Ron Robinson ~
I would like to thank all the members who sent me get well wishes while I was recovering from heart surgery. I want to give a special thank you to Bob Sickles for all his help while I was away. I should be back to limited action soon.
This month’s education class will focus on how and when to add “bling” to your flies. We will review how these techniques have evolved over the years and give each student an opportunity to tie a few patterns for their next trip. The club will supply all materials and equipment for those in need.
We also will talk about the upcoming Wyoming trip. All are welcome whether you are going on this trip, thinking about a future trip, or just want to hang out and socialize. Topics will include what to bring (clothing, cigars, etc.), rehash of last year’s experience and what to expect, information on rods, leaders, tippet, flies, etc., and current conditions at Grey Reef and the Miracle Mile. Come on out and share in the pre-adventure.
Please note that our formal casting classes have ended until cooler weather returns in the fall. You can still attend informal weekly “casting meet-ups” at Roadrunner Park every Wednesday at 9:00 AM. The meet-ups are good opportunities to get some one-on-one help as well as fly fishing information from other members.
Jim Cox, Director of Donor Relations for Western Rivers Conservancy will make a presentation entitled “Sometimes To Save A River You Have To Buy It.” WRC has been working to conserve and protect lands on more than 60 rivers in eight western states. The presentation will focus on how WRC purchases riverlands across the West to protect and conserve vital river ecosystems and to provide compatible public access. Included in the program is stunning photography of past and current projects including work on some of the most iconic fly fishing rivers across the West including Idaho’s Salmon River, Oregon’s John Day and North Umpqua, the Yampa and Rio Grande in Colorado, the Madison River in Montana, California’s Klamath Rivers, and Washington’s Hoh River. We will also chat about our work in Arizona to protect Fossil Creek and the East Verde.
Jim Cox Bio:
Jim joined Western Rivers Conservancy as Director of Donor Relations in 2011. He has more than 25 years experience working professionally in the nonprofit sector. Jim is a past steering committee co-chair of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and is an active member of the Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable and is also a member of Trout Unlimited, Flyfishers Club of Oregon, IFFF, the Native Fish Society, and The Freshwater Trust among many other conservation groups. Jim holds a Bachelor of Theatre Degree from Willamette University.