Monday, February 22, 2016

A Letter to Shady Cove

The Rogue Flyfishers follow conservation issues that involve the many local, state, and national agencies and institutions.  This letter is just one of the more recent pieces of the struggle to conserve the water quality.  Going to meetings to give testimony and support also is an important part of the overall effort.


February 12, 2016


City Council
City of Shady Cove
PO Box 1210
Shady Cove, OR  97539


 Re:  Riparian Ordinance, CPA 15-01

Dear Members of the City Council:

Through the 45 years of its existence, the Rogue Flyfishers, an organization of some 175 sportsmen and women, has engaged in many projects to help improve the quality of the water in the Rogue River.   It is well known that maintaining and restoring riparian vegetation along the river and its tributaries is one of the most important things that can be done to ensure a healthy fish population. 
Other benefits of healthy riparian zones include lower water temperatures, erosion control which can reduce property damage, channel and flow stabilization, streamside habitat for a variety of birds and animals and a filtering system for sediment and pollutants entering the river from other sources.  There are many more, but we assume the Council has spent time discussing all aspects of riparian zones as you have deliberated and debated the proposal for the City to adopt a riparian ordinance patterned after the State’s Safe Harbor rules.
Knowing the benefits associated with riparian zone health, the Rogue Flyfishers strongly urge the City Council to adopt Riparian Ordinance, CPA 15-01.

Sincerely,


Jack Patterson
President
Rogue Flyfishers



February 12, 2016
City Council
City of Shady Cove
PO Box 1210
Shady Cove, OR 97539
Re: Riparian Ordinance, CPA 15-
01
Dear Members of the City Council:
Through the 45 years of its existence, the Rogue Flyfishers,
an organization of some 1
75
sportsmen and women, has engaged in many projects to help improve th
e quality of the
water in the Rogue River. It is well known that maintaining
and restoring riparian
vegetation along the river and its tributaries is one of the
most important things that
can be done to ensure a healthy fish population.
Other benefits of healthy riparian zones include lower water tem
peratures, erosion
control which can reduce property damage, channel and flow
stabilization, streamside
habitat for a variety of birds and animals and a filtering sys
tem for sediment and
pollutants entering the river from other sources. There are
many more, but we assume
the Council has spent time discussing all aspects of riparian
zones as you have
deliberated and debated the proposal for the City to adopt a r
iparian ordinance
patterned after the State
s Safe Harbor rules.
Knowing the benefits associated with riparian zone health, th
e Rogue Flyfishers strongly
urge the City Council to adopt Riparian Ordinance, CPA 15-0
1.
Sincerely,
Ja
ck Patterson
President
Rogue Flyfishers
February 12, 2016
City Council
City of Shady Cove
PO Box 1210
Shady Cove, OR 97539
Re: Riparian Ordinance, CPA 15-
01
Dear Members of the City Council:
Through the 45 years of its existence, the Rogue Flyfishers,
an organization of some 1
75
sportsmen and women, has engaged in many projects to help improve th
e quality of the
water in the Rogue River. It is well known that maintaining
and restoring riparian
vegetation along the river and its tributaries is one of the
most important things that
can be done to ensure a healthy fish population.
Other benefits of healthy riparian zones include lower water tem
peratures, erosion
control which can reduce property damage, channel and flow
stabilization, streamside
habitat for a variety of birds and animals and a filtering sys
tem for sediment and
pollutants entering the river from other sources. There are
many more, but we assume
the Council has spent time discussing all aspects of riparian
zones as you have
deliberated and debated the proposal for the City to adopt a r
iparian ordinance
patterned after the State
s Safe Harbor rules.
Knowing the benefits associated with riparian zone health, th
e Rogue Flyfishers strongly
urge the City Council to adopt Riparian Ordinance, CPA 15-0
1.
Sincerely,
Ja
ck Patterson
President
Rogue FlyfisherFebruary 12, 2016
City Council
City of Shady Cove
PO Box 1210
Shady Cove, OR 97539
Re: Riparian Ordinance, CPA 15-
01
Dear Members of the City Council:
Through the 45 years of its existence, the Rogue Flyfishers,
an organization of some 1
75
sportsmen and women, has engaged in many projects to help improve th
e quality of the
water in the Rogue River. It is well known that maintaining
and restoring riparian
vegetation along the river and its tributaries is one of the
most important things that
can be done to ensure a healthy fish population.
Other benefits of healthy riparian zones include lower water tem
peratures, erosion
control which can reduce property damage, channel and flow
stabilization, streamside
habitat for a variety of birds and animals and a filtering sys
tem for sediment and
pollutants entering the river from other sources. There are
many more, but we assume
the Council has spent time discussing all aspects of riparian
zones as you have
deliberated and debated the proposal for the City to adopt a r
iparian ordinance
patterned after the State
s Safe Harbor rules.
Knowing the benefits associated with riparian zone health, th
e Rogue Flyfishers strongly
urge the City Council to adopt Riparian Ordinance, CPA 15-0
1.
Sincerely,
Ja
ck Patterson
President
Rogue Flyfisher

Friday, February 19, 2016

Senator Alan Bates

Harry Foster has been going to all the meetings about the suction dredging and giving his full support to stopping the dredging.  Harry wrote a letter to the Senator to encourage him in his efforts to stop the dredging.  The Senator has been leading the fight and has done an amazing job.  The senator sent this nice reply to Harry.  When you see Harry give him an attaboy.  Hint, he also likes beer.

Dear Harry Foster,

Thank you for reaching out to my office about protecting Oregon’s rivers, streams, and salmon. I stand with you in your commitment and passion to protect our rivers; I too looked at including a full moratorium. Threading our value into a legal structure that is strong and defensible in court is the foundation for making good laws. The suction dredge mining regulations as outlined in SB 1530 takes critical action which Oregon needs to protect our beautiful streams and rivers and their many inhabitants. I hope you can support its passage.

Please feel free to contact my office by email or at (503) 986-1703 if you have any more questions, comments, or concerns.

In Health,
Senator Alan Bates

Saturday, February 13, 2016

FEBRUARY 2016 MEETING REMINDER


ROGUE FLYFISHERS MEETING

Wednesday February 17, 2016

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Rogue Regency2300 Biddle Road, Medford

Wet Fly 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Dinner and raffle at 6:45 PM

Dinner Tickets $22
Dinner Special:
Dinner and 4 Raffle Tickets for $25.00
Dinner and 12 Raffle Tickets for $30.00


The Speaker will be:
Jay Nicholas

Here is a one-sentence bio: Jay is passionate about all things related to fish and fishing.


He is a fish biologist fly tyer; angler; writer; photographer; artist; teacher; storyteller; mentor; and life-student. “My heart pounds every instant I’m on the water with something pulling back on the end of my line. I’m also husband, dad, grandpa, retired, working, and continually wrestle with the elusive concept of “balance” in life.”

His professional career as a fish biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spanned four decades. A Wild Salmon Hall of Fame Inductee in 2006, Retired from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2007to work as the senior Salmon Scientist at the Wild Salmon Center; retiring finally by 2014.

As far as fly tying goes, he is heavy into Pacific Salmon flies and winter steelhead flies. The last several years provided an opportunity to delve into the world of saltwater flies fished for bass, lingcod, salmon, and albacore. Finally, he has published over ten books on Amazon, a portfolio of writing that spans science and art, from serious to silly, with 
fish and fishing as unifying theme.



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Friday, February 12, 2016

Message from the President

As many of you know by now, Adam Wright has resigned as president of the Rogue Flyfishers.  It is my understanding that he had employment situation that required him to move out of the state.   As a result, there was an opening on the Board and a need for a new president.  When I was first approached by some members of the Board to consider taking the position, while flattered, my initial reaction was “no”, I’ve done that already”.  But then, as I thought about it more, I realized how much fun I had the first time around and how much enjoyment and pleasure I have derived from being a member of the Rogue Flyfishers over the past 39 years, then I reconsidered.

Thus, I am your newest president.  And, I am excited and eager to get on with the work.  I attended my first Board meeting in over 10 years last week and I must say I was impressed with the condition of our club.  We have an excellent group of people on the Board, both former and new members.  These members will be introduced at the next general meeting on Wednesday, the 17th.  I felt the Board has a tremendous amount of expertise, enthusiasm, interest and energy and I am looking forward to getting to know and work with them. 

I was very pleased to see the club is in excellent financial condition.  Having enough money to operate the club on a month to month basis without worry is critical to its survival and we certainly have that at this point.  Likewise, it is critical to have enough money to participate in and donate to the organizations and causes that relate to the club’s mission.  There is never an end to the good we can do with the money we raise and that is why we are constantly looking for ways to gain it and put it to use.  To that end, the resumption of the annual dinner and auction is a positive step.  With Mike Masters as chairman, the committee is off to an excellent start and the auction this year should be outstanding.  Mike will have more information and details about the event at the next meeting and will define ways for each member to contribute to its success.

In my opinion, there are so many good things to look forward to during the coming year.  Dave Haight has put together an excellent schedule of outings.  Will Johnson continues to provide the monthly meeting with excellent presenters. The list goes on with opportunities to improve your fly casting skills, to learn or improve your fly tying skills, to help on various habitat projects as they arise, to work with youth and to just generally learn more about when, where and how to fly fish.

On a more personal note, I believe that each member of our club is important and I value all questions, comments and concerns relating to the club.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any member of the Board if you have any.

I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.           Jack Patterson