McKenzie Flyfisher’s meetings are held at Willie’s Lebanese and Northwest Cuisine ( 400 International Way, Springfield, Oregon 97477 ) on the third Monday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and doors open at 6pm. Most folks arrive by 6 in order to tell fish stories and sip a beverage from the cash bar. A delicious buffet dinner, $20 – check or cash only, is normally served around 6:30 pm, and is followed by the introduction of guests, and a short update on club business. There is a break after dinner, then a presentation by our featured guest speaker, usually a guide or fishing expert familiar with the Northwest fishing scene, followed by a raffle of fishing items.
This is our 2017 schedule of Guest Speakers:
January 16, 2017: John Squires – “Flyfishing Alaska”
February 20, 2017: Brian OKeefe – Fly Fishing Oregon + photography session
March 20, 2017: Stan Gregory, OSU Hydrologist – Flood plain hydrology and importance
April 17, 2017: Rob Jones, NOAA Inland Hatchery Branch Chief & Lance Kruzic – They will be discussing the status of the Hatchery/Wild salmon controversy, the status of the Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMP), the ESA (Endangered Species Act) listing, and the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) review.
May 15, 2017: Travis Williams, Executive Director of the Willamette Riverkeeper – The Willamette Riverkeeper’s sole mission is to protect and restore the Willamette River and enable the Willamette River Watershed to function more naturally with cold, pure water, meandering backchannels, and dynamic habitat for fish and wildlife.
For the past 17 years Travis Williams has led the fight to cleanup the Willamette River. As Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper he has been involved in many Willamette River issues, from experiencing the river in low impact craft, to coverage of work to restore habitat, and to cleanup Portland Harbor.
In 2001 the Willamette Riverkeepers began their River Guardians program. The “Guardian” network patrols 187 miles of the Willamette River from the confluence of the coast fork and middle fork to the Portland harbor. Divided into sections River Guardians monitor activities in and along the river corridor year round on a regular monthly schedule and report unusual, illegal, or suspicious activity.
Paddle Oregon is another popular and educational Willamette Riverkeeper project. Paddle Oregon provides an up close and personal river experience, helping people of all backgrounds to see and experience the Willamette River up close, providing free canoe and kayak trips to literally thousands of people. Travis Williams formed the first Paddle Oregon trip in 2001, and led the effort to establish the Willamette Water Trail in 2005. Williams also instigated the creation of the Great Willamette Cleanup, which has removed literally tons of trash and debris from the river each year.
The Willamette Riverkeepers are truly the “Watchdogs on the River” Join us Monday evening and learn about the Willamette Riverkeeper, all it’s accomplished and plans for the future of the Willamette River.
June 19, 2017: Phil Fischer, Sun River FF – “Solving Puzzles” – A mystery, investigating some common fly fishing myths, misconceptions, and problems.
July 17, 2017: Annual McKenzie Flyfisher Picnic – Don’t miss our annual riverside picnic hosted by Jeff and Joanie DeVore.
August 21, 2017: Jay Nicholas — Flyfishing opportunities around Pacific City. – Fly fishing opportunities throughout the year near Pacific City touches on winter steelhead, sea-run cutthroat trout, ocean bass, ocean lingcod and Albacore, coho salmon, estuary chinook, sight fishing for summer steelhead in the town lake and hatchery trout in the lake. This presentation has something that is likely to appeal to very wide range of abilities and interests.
September 18, 2017: Joe Moll, Executive Director of The McKenzie River Trust – Joe will bring us up-to-date on the activities and acquisitions of the trust and how it is impacting the health, restoration, and preservation of the McKenzie River and other conservation projects. Joe promises not to sing and play his banjo.
October 16, 2017: Ty Holloway, fly fishing guide. His presentation is All About Catching Summer Steelhead on the Fly. The Holloway Brothers, Ty and Clay were raised just outside of Eugene. They grew up fly-fishing the McKenzie, exploring the area’s rivers and lakes, and working at the local Caddis Fly fly shop.
Following high school and after a couple of seasons guiding in Montana they returned to Oregon in search of year-round fishing and focused their energy and knowledge developing their guiding business. The Hollowaybros. guide service showcases the finest fly fishing the state has to offer.
Ty Holloway is a knowledgeable and respected fly fishing guide, one of a handful of certified fly fishing guides on the North Umpqua. Don’t miss this presentation as Ty shares his secrets for success fly fishing for Summer Steelhead.
November 20, 2017: Annual McKenzie Fly Fishers Auction
Sunday, December 10, 2017: Holiday party