Category Archives: Fly Fishing Profiles

The North Umpqua Chronicles: Q&A with Pat McRae

Saturday, I was fishing with Pat McRae, author of the new steelhead diary The North Umpqua Chronicles on his home water – the famed pools of the North Umpqua. McRae’s book will be available in August — it covers fishing … Continue reading

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Buying Locally: Frank’s Custom Oars

Update: I made my first run with these oars this past weekend and was pleased with the balance and performance . . . and yes, I am able to lift them with one finger. I finally had enough. The pain … Continue reading

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Derek Fergus, creator of the MOAL leech talks shop

In this video, Derek Fergus, creator of the MOAL leech talks about how he created this favorite strung-out leech pattern, and some tips for tying it. Fergus also talks about how he came up with some of his other strung-out … Continue reading

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Q&A: Wooden McKenzie Drift Boats with Randy Dersham

This week we visited Randy Dersham at Tatman wooden drift boats up the McKenzie River. Randy also owns Eagle Rock Lodge and runs WoodenBoatPeople.com. He’s got a lot of oars in the water. Randy is going to be at the … Continue reading

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Derek Fergus, MOAL leech creator, seminar Thurs 1/29

Derek Fergus, creator of the MOAL leech pattern will be at the Caddis Fly Shop on Thursday, January 29th 6pm-9pm for an advanced fly tying seminar. Sign up today — the class costs $25. We caught up with Fergus for … Continue reading

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Protecting the McKenzie River from death by 1,000 cuts

Joe Moll, Executive Director of McKenzie River Trust is working hard to prevent us from loving our homewaters to death. Find out more about the threats to the McKenzie River watershed and what our local land trust is doing about … Continue reading

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Bellinger Bamboo Fly Rods, made in Oregon

Chet Croco, owner of Bellinger Fly rods in Albany, OR has a passion for taking gnarled burl wood and lengths of bamboo and turning those materials into works of art. And he wants you to learn to do it too. … Continue reading

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Fly fishing for salmon: Q&A with Jay Nicholas

Jay Nicholas knows how to catch Chinook salmon on the fly. He spent the last 30 years studying and supporting wild salmon as a fisheries biologist with ODFW and has been fly fishing since 1954. He was a longtime gear … Continue reading

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Q&A with Jim Van Loan, Steamboat Inn North Umpqua River

Jim Van Loan, proprietor of the Steamboat Inn on the North Umpqua likes his steelhead wild and wary, not brainless bruisers dispensed from an ODFW fillet factory. Van Loan has been arguing at ODFW hearings, championing habitat over hatcheries and … Continue reading

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Fly fishing books: Fool’s Paradise by John Gierach

We’ve got a few copies of John Gierach’s latest book, Fool’s Paradise down at the shop. Stop by and pick one up if you’re a Gierach fan. We asked him a few questions while he was in Eugene back in … Continue reading

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Q&A with fly fishing photography pro Brian O’Keefe

According to professional fly fishing photographer Brian O’Keefe’s website, he has been serious about fly fishing for the past 30 years. During the past 20, cameras have played a significant part in his outdoor lifestyle. You might say that is … Continue reading

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Bauer Fly Reels, made in Oregon: Factory tour and interview

Last week we traveled down to Southern Oregon to meet up with John Bauer, founder of Bauer Fly Reels. John took us through the machine shop in Medford, where the components for the Rogue Series reels are made, to his … Continue reading

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Catching up with Jim Teeny

This week we talked to Jim Teeny, Oregon fly fishing legend about his new projects and product lines. This is an excerpt of that conversation: What is the most exciting fishing you’re getting into these days in Oregon? Jim Teeny: … Continue reading

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