Funding History

Spending Rule (adopted 2006) Purpose:  The spending rule’s purpose is to provide a guideline for the FFF Board.   In the past, spending decisions have been made with little regard of income generated from the auction and investments.  This guideline links the two so that the FFF will continue to fund. The Rule:  The FFF Board, at its discretion, shall have the authority to spend the sum of the following:

  1. 5% of the investment portfolio, calculated as the average of the past twelve months’ assets on a rolling basis, and
  2. The net profit derived from its fund-raising efforts (currently, the annual auction held in May).

“Tom McAllister” FCO Graduate Scholarship Recipients

Background: Since 1997, The Flyfisher Foundation has provided $99,500 to the Oregon State University’s Foundation for scholarships within the Graduate School. These are annual $5,000 research grants where the thesis pertains to wild fish populations in Oregon and adjacent waters. Our scholarships are open to science majors from the Zoology, Marine Science, Microbiology, Forestry and Fishery departments. Each year’s grantee gives a presentation about their research at one of our Spring dinner meetings. The following is a list of the individuals that have received the scholarship.

Year Name Thesis Topic or Focus Area
1996-97 Jack Burgess Evaluating the response of trout and associated stream organisms, from caddis flies to sculpins and salamanders, after woody structures have been placed in streams.
1997-98 Kitty Griswald (?) Coastal cutthroat
1998-99 Andy Talabere Relationship between beaver ponds, stream temperatures and trout distributions and abundance.
1999-2002   No contributions
2002-03 Charles Criscione Population genetic structure or variation among the helminthes (parasitic worms) that infect Salmonids in the PNW.
2003-04 Michael Chi-Chang Liu Impact of exotic species on native fish communities through experimental manipulations and modeling.
2004-05 Seth White Interactions within fish communities in South Fork of the John Day and pressing management questions that could limit or threaten them.
2005-06 Ian Tattum Life of juvenile steelhead in the John Day system and the migration of parr both up and down stream prior to emigrating to the ocean as smolts.
2006-07 Todd Sandell Bacterial kidney disease (BKD) as it effects juvenile Chinook and coho salmon survival in nearshore waters of the Oregon-Washington coasts.
2007-08 William Brignon Interactions between juvenile hatchery and wild fish on Eagle Creek, a prime steelhead/salmon tributary of the Clackamas River.
2008-09 John McMillan Life history development of anadromous (steelhead) and resident (rainbow trout) Onchorhynchus mykiss
2009-10 Matthew Sloat Born to Run? Integrating Behavior, Physiology, and Life Histories in partially Migratory Steelhead and Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
2010-11 Brooke Penaluna New Insights on an Old Topic: Understanding the Effects of Forest Harvest on Trout in the Context of Climate
2011-12 Charlene Hurst Deadly parasite of salmon and trout, Ceratomya shasta
2012-13 Haley Ohms Title: “The Influence of Sex, Latitude, and Migration Distance on Expression of Anadromy in Oncortynchus mykiss
2013-14 Neil Thompson Determining if high hatchery rearing densities are driving the ability for domestication selection to act.
2014-15 Leah Segui Studying how invasive species alter the structure and functioning of stream food webs.
2015-16 Christina Murphy The major products from her research will include tools to understand the sustainability of ESA list salmonids where river networks have been modified for flood control and energy production.
2016-17 Thaddeus Buser Research using a newly-available technology, X-ray micro-tomography, to examine the link between morphology and habitat in a large group of fishes commonly known as sculpins.
2017-18 Caren Barcelo Research is seeking to understand the spatial and temporal dynamics influencing the distribution patterns of organisms that comprise the pelagic marine ecosystem. The goal is to futher our understanding of how the distributions of different trophic level species overlap, interact, and respond to their surrounding environment in order to better predict present and future species and community distributions in the context of the earth’s changing climatic conditions.

Funding History

Tom McAllister Scholarships Since 1997, The Flyfisher Foundation has provided $99,500 to the Oregon State University’s Foundation for scholarships within the Graduate School. These are annual $5,000 research grants where the thesis pertains to wild fish populations in Oregon and adjacent waters. Our scholarships are open to science majors from the Zoology, Marine Science, Microbiology, Forestry and Fishery departments. Each year’s grantee gives a presentation about their research at one of our Spring dinner meetings.

Multnomah County Central Library In 2000 the Flyfishers’ Club of Oregon donated its entire C. Edwin Francis collection of rare and out-of-print fly fishing literature, valued at over $100,000, to the Central Library in downtown Portland. It is in the library’s John Wilson Special Collection of rare books curated by Jim Carmin. Since making this gift, The Flyfisher Foundation has invested $62,000 in maintaining and expanding this collection. It is one of the finest libraries of fly fishing literature in America that is available to the public. More recently, the MCL agreed to archive and preserve all the FCO/FFF historical documents in a single, unique archive.

Conservation Grants Since 1998, the Flyfishers’ Club of Oregon and its Flyfisher Foundation have awarded over $250,000 in grants to a wide range of conservation, restoration and education organizations undertaking significant projects to protect rivers and fish and to enhance the appreciation of these resources for children and adults alike.

1998 Deschutes River wild steelhead recovery project > $4,500 The North Umpqua Foundation > $500
1999 Deschutes River wild steelhead recovery project > ???
2000 Raised funds for the 40th Anniversary of The Creel, McKenzie River Edition, published in 2001
2001 ???
2002 ???
2003 The Deschutes Basin Land Trust purchase and protection of 1,240 forested acres on Lake Creek in the Metolius River watershed > $16,950
2004 Oregon Trout as part of their campaign to plant 100,000 trees along the Deschutes River > $20,000 (check issued 12/4/04) North Umpqua Foundation for camera surveillance system > $3,000
2005 Raised funds for the 50th Anniversary of The Creel, North Umpqua Edition, published in 2008, edited by Bob Wethern
2006 Casting for Recovery: special pink fly fishing reels and an outing for breast cancer survivors > $8,608 Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation for Diamond Lake restoration > $5,000 North Umpqua Foundation for surveillance of primary steelhead holding pool on Steamboat Creek > $5,000
2007 Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation for Diamond Lake restoration > $7,500
2008 Sandy River Basin Watershed Council to restore side channels on the Salmon River > $11,900
2009 Western Rivers Conservancy for Murtha Ranch purchase (now Cottonwood State Park) on lower John Day River > $10,700
2010 Youth Fishing Camp at Camp Angelo on the Sandy River > $5,000 McKenzie Chapter of Trout Unlimited for McKenzie River Native Redside Trout Recovery Study > $5,000

Beginning in 2010, the Foundation’s Conservation Grant was renamed in honor of the Flyfishers’ Club of Oregon member Keith Hansen whose outstanding commitment to the conservation of Oregon’s rivers was memorialized by the creation of the Keith Hansen Memorial Conservation Paddle Raise.

2011 Western Rivers Conservancy for work to support the creation of a salmon/steelhead sanctuary at the confluence of the West and East Forks of the Hood River and Punchbowl Falls > $8,175
2012 Taimen Conservation in Mongolia re/Blue Wolf Journey > $500 Water Watch of Oregon to support stream flow protection in the Deschutes River Basin > $11,550
2013 Native Fish Society for their Oregon River Stewards Program > $14,000 The North Umpqua Foundation for their Fish Watch Program on Steamboat Creek > $5,000 McKenzie River Chapter of Trout Unlimited re/trout study > $1,400
2014 Deschutes River Alliance re/founding member contribution > $1,000 Deschutes River Alliance re/scientific research on the lower river > $20,000 World Salmon Council/2014 Salmon Watch Program > $5,000 Klamath Fly Casters/ORCFFF for Spencer Creek improvements > $5,000 (returned)
2015 Clackamas River Trout Unlimited to install Bull Trout Signage > $787 Pacific Rivers Council > $20,000 Western Division AFS Special Cutthroat Workshop > $1,000 Trout Unlimited for a Steelhead Monitoring Project on Oregon’s Coastal Rivers > $5,000 The Freshwater Trust re/memoria1 for Cal Cole > $2,500 The North Umpqua Foundation re/memorial for John Eustice > $2,500
2016 Western Rivers Conservancy re/Thirtymile Creek Steelhead Project > $20,100 Deschutes River Alliance for Continuing Research on Lower Deschutes > $5,000
2017 Deschutes River Alliance for Continuing Scientific Studies on Lower Deschutes > $23,200
2018 Freshwater Trust re/memorial for Roger Bachman > $2,500 Kilchis Point Reserve, Tillamook County re/memorial for Tom McAllister > $2,500 The North Umpqua Foundation re/the Fish Watch Program > $10,500 Steamboaters/Trout Unlimited for the North Umpqua re/Fish Tick Project > $10,500

Total Conservation Grants = $276,370 (as of 6/19/18)  

OSU scholarships = $99,500
MCL grants = $62,000
Conservation grants = $276,370
Total = $437,870