The North Umpqua’s ambassador and protector, Frank Moore will be at the Caddis Fly from 12-1:30 in the shop tying flies, and then from 1:30-3:00pm at Alton Baker Park demo day for G. Loomis NRX fly rods, spey, and single handed. Meet Frank and go cast some of these great new rods.
I had the great pleasure of fishing with Frank a couple years back and he is one of the greatest anglers I’ve ever met.
If you don’t know Frank, here is a bio in his own words:
I was born 1/20/23 in Carlton, Oregon, and my ancestors came over to Oregon in 1850, settling north of Dallas.
My father was an ardent fly fisherman who made his own lines and rods back in the 20s, and was on some stream at every opportunity. He would have employees run his business for a couple of months every summer so he could search out remote areas in Oregon to catch the elusive trout, always taking his family with him.
I was in the service in WWII, landing in Normandy with the 4th Inf Division, then on June 18th was assigned to the 83rd Inf Division, and finishing the war over the Elbe River in Germany, not to far from Berlin.
Came home and instead of going on to school went into the restaurant business early 1946, in Roseburg, fishing the N. Umpqua every moment possible. I became so adept that Clarence Gordon, owner of the North Umpqua Lodge at Steamboat, and Mildred Young, owner of the Circle H Lodge at Susan Creek, used me for guiding their clients whenever possible until they closed in 1952 and 53.
In 1957 we, Jeanne and I, built Steamboat Inn at Steamboat, running that until 1975.
I tested and gave advise on new rods from different companies starting in the 50s and still have many prototypes in my collection.
I was one of the earliest in the 50s to recognize we had to protect the Wild or Native fish, and not to depend on the Hatcheries. Had a film made in 1969 exposing what happened to the fisheries habitat due to careless logging.
From early on until the present have fished all over with some of the worlds most renowned fly fishermen, learning from them all.
Have received many honors for conservation achievement and fishery related activities, including National Wildlife, Sears Roebuck Foundation Conservationist of the year, Audubon Beaver Award for Conservation Achievement, Anders Award for Wild Trout Management, Wild Steelhead Coalition conservationist of the year, Federation Fly Fishermen Conservationist of the Year, have been Enshrined in the World Fresh Water Fishing Hall of fame, to name a few.
Was twice appointed to the Oregon Game Commission (ODFW), by Gov Tom McCall, helping put in regulations to protect and preserve many of our fisheries, and served one term on the State Water Commission, as well as several other National, State and local commissions or advisory groups.
When Loomis Rods came out I was impressed as to how they cast so much easier than any other rods and started working very closely with them. In my judgment MOST rods today do a good job, but there is only one rod designer like Steve Rajeff and Loomis Rods are a tad above all others. I call them my Geriatric rods, because they cast so much easier, if you let the rod do the work. For a person 1 1/2 year away from 90, that is important. Also, they are MADE IN THE GOOD OLD USA.