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President’s Message

By Tony Brauner

The old adage in fly fishing and fly tying, “You never learn it all,” is surely true today as it was when our beloved sport saw its beginnings with the writings of and fishing flies tied by Dame Juliana Berners in Europe centuries ago. There is always something new to learn and certainly all of us could use some fine tuning to become better fly casters, whether you are using a single handed fly rod or a spey rod. The Oregon Council is offering you another chance with the “Fly Fishing the Northwest Show” in Seaside at the end of September to add to your arsenal of knowledge and skills and become better at our sport.

Federation of Fly Fisher’s master and beginning casting instructors will be available for classes and for the opportunity to be tested for casting certification. Such fine casters as: Al Buhr, Brian O’Keefe and out of California, Floyd Dean and the world’s best spey caster in 2002, Steve Choate and others will be available at this Council Show and should have some technique that helps improve your casting.

The array of fly tiers that have committed to this Show also provide you with having more information to improve your fly tying skills. Many fly fishers in our State have not delved into fly-fishing saltwater whether in coastal waters of Oregon or elsewhere in the world. You have the chance to experience saltwater fly fishing for surfperch in the waters of the Pacific while at this show in Seaside. The Oregon Council will look forward to seeing many of you in Seaside and enjoying the Show, the Oregon Coast and another learning experience.

The Oregon Council’s Board of Directors (at the Council’s summer meeting) has voted and approved some major changes for the Council. The three major changes are: 1) a second Oregon Council scholarship to be awarded to a fisheries student recipient attending Oregon State University; 2) a Council handbook that is designed for use by Council clubs and their club representatives, Council officers and Board Members; 3) creation of the new Oregon Council offices o : Vice Presidents of Habitat / Conservation and Development / Fundraising. Officials at Oregon State University have been notified of this second Oregon Council scholarship and have agreed to award this grant beginning in 2004. The Council Handbook is in the hands of Vice President of Communications, Keith Burkhart for final revision and authentication. This final Handbook product should be available to the Council in early 2004. The Oregon Council will, shortly after the conclusion of the Seaside Sho , be advertising on our web site for those persons who are interested in volunteering for one of the new Vice President offices described above. The Council web site will detail the credentials and experience that the Council is looking for in prospective candidates for these jobs.

Lastl , don’t put things of ; register now for a stay in Seaside, be sure to attend the banquet and auction and some of the classes and seminars that will be offered in Seaside in late September. See you in Seaside!

2 The Oregon Fly Fisher • Spring

Contents

Fly Fishing the Northwest Show ....1 President’s Message.........................2 15th Annual NW Fly Tyer’s Expo ..... 3

Burkhart Recognized for Lifetime Achievement .....................4

2003 Oregon Council Fly Tyer of the Year..........................5

Oregon Council Awards .................5 OCFFF Education Report................6 OCFFF Clubs ...................................7 OCFFF Officers................................7

OCFFF Directors & Committee Members ..................7

Committee Chairs

Steelhead .........................Dick Bauer Saltwater ..................................Open FFF Casting ...........................Al Buhr Grant Analyst ......................Jim Boyd Awards ........................Keith Burkhart 2003 Fly Expo....................Al Brunell Editor..........................Keith Burkhart .N..e..w..s.l..e.t.t..e..r..l.a..y..o..u..t..a..n..d...p.ublishing

Webmaster .....

Bryan Ostlund ................Garren Wood

The Oregon Flyfisher is published by the Oregon Council of the Federation of Flyfishers, 2120 Robins Lane SE #101, Salem, Oregon 97306. It is distributed to all members of the Federation of Flyfishers within the Oregon Council and all members of the affiliated clubs as a benefit of membership. Address all editorial correspondence to: Keith Burkhart, Oregon Fly Fisher, 2120 Robins Lane SE #101, Salem, Oregon 97306. Deadline for submittals is one month prior to the month of publication. Articles for publication can be submitted as computer files (MS DOS text or rich text format) as long as they are accompanied by “hard copy.” Articles may be submitted as typed, double spaced, copy. Black and white line art, cartoons and photos (either B&W or color) are welcomed and will be returned. The editor reserves the right to edit submissions for style and length. Letters to the editor are welcome.

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