Rogue on the Fly September 23-24, 2017

Rogue on the Fly

September is time for the third annual Rogue on the Fly! Held at Indian May Park on the Rogue river. R.O.T.F. is bigger and better than ever! A weekend long event, R.O.T.F. includes Spey casting presentations from some of our region’s experts, booth presentations from our products reps, fly-fishing games, fly-tying demos, great food, live music, camping, and more!

Our tops product reps will be on hand to show off the latest gear including rods that you can demo on the water. We are once again having a raffle, with some great prizes, the proceeds of which will benefit our conservation groups. 

This event is about steelhead, conservation, education, and most important, having a good time!

Call it a clave, a gathering, whatever you want. We call it Rogue on the Fly!

When: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24
Where: Indian Mary Park
Cost: Event is Free, not including park fees, food and lodging, see details below.
Other details: $5 Park Day Use Fee @ Indian Mary Park. Bring cash for park fees, raffle, and food truck. Also, September is prime steelhead fishing, so bring your stuff.

Casting Rogue on the Fly

Casting, Rogue on the Fly

Rogue on the Fly Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 23

8:00 am – Coffee and Donuts sponsored by Southern Oregon Fly Fishers Club
9am– Casting Presentation- Bruce Berry
9:30am – Casting Presentation- Charles Gehr
10am – Casting Presentation- Jeff Putnam
10:30 – Booth Presentation- (Garry Sandstrom) “The New Spey Lite series from SA”
11am– Booth Presentation- (Raging River Sales) “The how, when, and why of the Airflo FIST line.” A drawing for a free FIST line for all participants!
11:30 – Booth Presentation- (AFS) “You Asked for It Live” Top question wins a prize!
12pm – Lunch
1:30 – Casting Presentation – Eric Neufeld “Small Speys for trout and steelhead”
2pm–  Casting Presentation – Jon Hazlett “Spey Casting Made Easy”
2:30 – Casting Presentation – Charles St. Pierre
3pm – Booth Presentation- (Mainstream Outdoors) “Tying simple tube flies for steelhead”
3:30 – Booth Presentation- (Sage/RIO) “5 Rod/Line combos that will know your socks off”
4pm – Booth Presentation- (OPST) “The 2 Minute Intruder with OPST Brushes”
4:30 – Games
6:00 Dinner/Music/Bruce Berry comedy routine

Sunday, September 24

9am – Casting Presentation – Larimer or Zirkle
9:30 – Casting Presentation – Ben Paul
10am – Booth Presentation – PNW Nets “Building a net from A to Z”
10:30 – Booth Presentation – Aquaflies, G-Loomis, or ?????
11am – Open Casting
12pm Lunch/Raffle


Camping at Indian Mary Park Follow this link to reserve a camp site – 

Morrison’s Lodge
Located just a few miles from the event, Morrison’s is offering a special rate for ROTF participants.
Call Morrison’s Lodge for details and availability: 1 (800) 826-1963


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Orienteering on Mt. Ashland

Learn Orienteering

Orienteering tools

Orienteering tools, simple and basic: map and compass

Class: Orienteering on Mt. Ashland
Instructor: Brennan McGinnis, M.S.
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Location: Mt. Ashland
Tuition: $60

Gain confidence in plotting your back-country hikes and returning safely. Learn how to use simple navigational tools including map, compass, and solar position to prevent lost hours in the wilderness. Become expert in interpreting topographic maps to steer your way. This field course is invaluable training for naturalists of all ages seeking to take the anxiety out of hiking adventures.

For information on registering for this fun class go to Siskiyou Field Institute. The instructor for this class is Brennan McGinnis a wilderness skills and philosophy instructor at Free Lance Wilderness Instruction

About Orienteering

A sport (usually competitive) in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across rough country with the aid of a map and compass. Think car rally on foot. If competitive the winner is the one with the lowest elapsed time who found all the control points along the route. .
More about orienteering on wikipedia

About Siskiyou Field Institute

Siskiyou Field Institute offers wonderful immersive workshops and classes for those who what to learn about natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion. This special area of the world is one of the six global “hot spots” for flora and fauna biodiversity.

The Chanticleer Inn has a history of supporting SFI and promoting their education, research and community programs.

Crater Lake Vehicle-free Days: Sept 9 & 16, 2017

Announcing: The Annual Crater Lake Vehicle-free Days

Crater Lake vehicle-free days —  two Saturdays in September, the 9th and 16th. The rim road will be closed off to vehicles. What a great opportunity for visitors to the National Park to hike and bike on the East Rim road that goes around the lake. All 24 miles without cars and trucks!

You can leisurely enjoy the fabulous views of the 7th deepest lake in the world as well as the forests that surround the lake.

For more information go the this webpage


Crater Lake vehicle-free days

Crater Lake vehicle-free days


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Birding the Wood River by Canoe

Canoe and Bird on the Wood River

Wood River

Canoeing Wood River, Photo by KM Pyle


Where: Wood River, OR
Instructors: Kevin Spencer and Dave Haupt
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Location: Wood River Wetlands, Oregon
Tuition: $165
Maximum: 15 students, for adults and kids 16+
Level: Moderate fitness, expect 3-5 mile hike and then canoeing

About the Adventure on the Wood River

Expect to see 70 species or more recorded for this area. To enhance our chances of seeing riparian birds such as Willow Flycatchers and Black-capped Chickadees, we’ll start early with a bird walk at Wood River Wetlands, a BLM recreation site.

Then we’ll move to Petric Park, have an early lunch, and put in our canoes midmorning, paddle out the channel and head into Agency Lake. Paddling unobtrusively in cattail, bulrush, and “wocus” habitats, we’ll observe birds at their peak in breeding plumage, songs, and displays. The loud “kalwp” calling of the Pied-billed Grebe and pumping sounds of the American Bittern will come from the marsh, while Franklin’s Gulls could be fly catching overhead. With possible views of “rushing” Western and Clark’s Grebes atop the open water, the day will also be an intriguing hunt for birds performing mating dances and behaviors.

All canoeing will take place in a sheltered part of the Upper Klamath lake. After returning to Petric Park, you’ll have the option to continue with more land birding if desired. Canoes provided by Let’s Paddle outfitters.

For more information and to register go to The Siskiyou Field Institute’s website

About Siskiyou Field Institute

Siskiyou Field Institute offers wonderful immersive workshops and classes for those who what to learn about natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion. This special area of the world is one of the six global “hot spots” for flora and fauna biodiversity.

The Chanticleer Inn has a history of supporting SFI and promoting their education, research and community programs.

Video: Beginner Single Hand Fly Casting Basics

Beginner Single Hand Fly Casting Basics” — an Ashland Fly Shop Video

Interested in picking up beginner and basic tips on single hand fly casting?

The Ashland Fly Shop is THE go-to place for all things fishing in the Rogue Valley. Their website is chocked full of informative videos, such as this one on spey single-hand fly casting taught by Jon Hazlett.

Ashland Fly Shop is located on the corner of East Main Street and Third (just down the street from the Chanticleer Inn, in fact!)


Single Hand Fly Casting

Beginner Single Hand Fly Casting Basic Video by Ashland Fly Shop


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Wild Flowers on Upper and Lower Table Rock Trail

Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails

Lower Table Rock Trail flower

Cascade Mariposa Lily

Upper and Lower Table Rock trails are some of my favorite springtime trails, especially during the mid-week. I like that they go through a few distinct eco-systems, each with its own set of wild flowers. The trails start from two separate car parks and briefly go through oak savannah, where you see meadow/woodland flowers, such as camas, buttercups, mariposa lilies, shooting stars, with white oak trees and chaparral. The trails then steadily wind through more forested and shady section as they climb up the side of their mesas.  On top of each mesas, is where you can see the mounded prairie and vernal pool plant communities. The meadow flowers that form concentric circles around the vernal pools are especially striking. Depending on how much spring rain we get, the vernal pools might be seen as late as early May.  It’s usually better to go in April.

Lower table rock trail vernal pools

Vernal pools with Fields of Gold



The Table Rock vernal pools are micro-ecosystems of habitat that support a federally threatened species of fairy shrimp and a state endangered plant called dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila). This plant is endemic to the Table Rocks, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world.

You can see Mt. McLoughlin and Mt Ashland from the top of the mesas, as well as the Rogue Valley floor stretching south toward the Klamath/Siskiyous.



From Interstate 5, take Exit #33 heading east one mile on East Pine Street and turn north (left) at the second signal onto Table Rock Road. For Upper Table Rock, turn right on Modoc Road. For Lower Table Rock continue to Wheeler Road and turn west (left). The signs for both Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails are well posted.

Details of the Upper and Lower Table Rock Trails

Lower Table Rock trail

Arrowleaf balsamroot

Parking and toilet facilities are available at each trail. Water is not available along the trails or at the trailhead. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Allow approximately 2-3 hours for a round trip hike — time depends on fitness and how much gawking one does along the way.

Upper and Lower Table Rocks are side-by-side mesas. The Upper Table Rock mesa is shorter and the Lower Table Rock mesa is taller. Yeah, it took me awhile to work out that the upper and lower designations didn’t describe height, but pertained to positions vis-a-vis the Rogue river. Up river = Upper Table Rock: further down river = Lower Table Rock.

Upper Table Rock’s out and back trail is 2.5 miles, with an elevation gain of 730 feet. You can extend the walk for as long as you like by wandering on top of the mesa.

Lower Table Rock’s trail is 3.5 miles round trip with elevation gain 770 feet. It is a moderately difficult trail. The trail offers interpretive signs for hikers. For those eager to extend their hike, you may enjoy walking along the abandoned airstrip to the edge of the rock. This will add an extra mile to your trip.

Both trails at their south edges of the rock offer a great view of the unique habitat of Kelly Slough. This wetland lies 800 feet below and provides unique habitat for many aquatic birds.


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Lithia Park Blossoms in Spring Time

Lithia Park Blossoms in the Early Spring

For floral displays, Lithia Park blossoms are a three-season destination. After attending Ashland Garden Club at the Community Center on Winburn, we wandered through Lithia Park. I wanted to see which tree were blossoming, and if perhaps, the rhododendrons were starting to bloom. The tulip magnolias and plum trees were still in full bloom, but we’ll have to return for the rhodies.

Back of the Elizabethan Theatre from Lithia Park blossoms

Back of the Elizabethan Theater from Lithia Park

Upper Duck Pond Lithia Park blossoms

Upper Duck Pond


Jim at Lithia Park Upper Duck Pond

Jim at the Upper Duck Pond

We are lucky to have such a lovely park, and so accessible to downtown.

Then on the walk back to the Chanticleer at the corner of E. Main and Gresham, here is a picture of Ashland’s library over blooming Oregon grape. Oregon grape, by the way, is the State of Oregon’s flower.

Oregon Grape in front of Ashland's Library

Oregon Grape in front of Ashland’s Library


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Table Rock Geology and Its Influence on Plant Communities

Table Rock Geology and Its Influence on Plant Communities, a Siskiyou Field Institute Class

Geology on table rock

Grass widows, Olsynium douglasii, Table Rock Geology Photo by Ellen Campbell

Instructor: Larry Broeker
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Location: Introduction at Central Point Library; class will then carpool to Upper Table Rock parking lot.
Tuition: $60

We will examine the geologic events that shaped architecture of the Rogue Valley and surrounding foothills, specifically the origin and transformation of the Table Rocks.

This field course begins with an introductory slide presentation at the Central Point Library, then continues in the field with a hike up the Upper Table Rock trail to the summit, then travel to various points of geologic and ecologic interest on its southeast arm. On our trip, we will observe mass-wasting processes of erosion as well as explore three distinct microhabitats that host diverse plant communities.
Register for this course.

About Siskiyou Field Institute

Siskiyou Field Institute offers wonderful immersive workshops and classes for those who what to learn about natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion. This special area of the world is one of the six global “hot spots” for flora and fauna biodiversity.

The Chanticleer Inn has a history of supporting SFI and promoting their education, research and community programs.

Jay Nicholas: Bug n’ Brew Fly Fishing Class at Ashland Fly Shop

Jay Nicholas

Jay Nicholas

Jay Nicholas

Jay Nicholas is one of fly-fishing’s resident all-stars. If you haven’t seen one his recently published books like Advanced Intruder Strategies or Intruder Essentials, you have likely seen one of his many tying videos. A retired fish biologist, Jay has a fervent passion for salmon, steelhead, sea bass, albacore, and every other fish that swims off the Pacific coast.

Join Jay Nicholas on Friday night in the Ashland Fly Shop for a book signing; and again for his tying class and presentation Saturday.


Friday, March 24, 2017

  • 2-5pm Book Signing and Q & A with Jay

Saturday, March 25, 2017

  • 1-4 pm: Steelhead Tying Class: Tube Flies ($50)
    Learn to tie steelhead tube flies like intruders, bunny and marabou leeches, and the silveynator. These are bread and butter flies that get ’em!
  • 4-6 pm: Tidewater Chinook Flies and Video with Jay Nicholas (Free!)

Bug n’ Brew is a series of classes and workshops hosted by Ashland Fly Shop on the corner of Main St. and 3rd St in Ashland Oregon. This year (2017) you will have the opportunity to take a class from some of the Northwest’s most innovative steelhead fly tyers. Each class is $50, or all four classes at a discount of $180. Following the class, each tyer will give a free presentation on various topics. Check out the schedule here and get signed up while there’s still room!


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Snowshoe Crater Lake!

Snowshoe Crater Lake This Winter

snowshoe crater lake

Snowshoe Crater Lake

Popular and free ranger-guided snowshoeing is a wonderful way to see Crater Lake and learn about the local natural history, especially how plants, animals, and people have adapted to thrive in the snowiest inhabited place in America.

The views are absolutely spectacular when you snowshoe Crater Lake — and snowshoes are really the only way to explore the park because the park receives an average of 43 feet (516 inches) of snow per year.

The snowshoe “walks” are offered every weekend on Saturday and Sunday (and on some holidays) over the winter for as long as there’s snow up to April 30, 2017. Visit the Crater Lake park’s website for the latest in schedule and information — you don’t want to miss the opportunity to snowshoe Crater Lake.

Some details:

The “walks” begin at 1:00 p.m., last two hours, and cover one to two miles of moderately strenuous terrain. The ranger will lead the hike off-trail to explore the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake.

Never snowshoed? No problem! No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The rangers restrict the age starting at 8 years old. One should come prepared with warm clothing (dress in layers, it gets warm when you’re moving about, but can get cold quickly when standing about) Wear water-resistant footwear (Gortex), I prefer to use gaiters as well.

Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call the park’s visitor center at 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on December 25. Groups of 10 or more people (such as scout troops, hiking clubs, and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour just for their group.

Crater Lake National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The park’s north entrance and Rim Drive are closed to cars in the winter, but the west and south entrances are plowed daily and are open to automobiles throughout the year. There is no winter lodging in the park, but the Rim Village Café & Gift Shop is open daily except on November 26 and December 25. Spectacular views of Crater Lake can be obtained at Rim Village during periods of clear weather.



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