Saturday gear swap at McKenzie Outfitters

    The McKenzie Outfitters store in Medford is hosting a free outdoor gear swap and sale in its parking lot Saturday as a way to redistribute some of Southern Oregon's gear-wealth among the backpack and fly-rod needy.

    Everyone is invited to set up a table between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in McKenzie's parking lot at 1340 Biddle Road and barter away their slightly worn, unused or simply unwanted outdoor gear.

    Everything but firearms is welcomed in the swap, which is patterned after Ashland's annual ski-swap event.

    "It's an opportunity to clean out your closet," store manager Scott Keith says. "Driftboats, Sotars, fly rods or backpacks. It's pretty much anything outdoor related."

    There is no catch, Keith says. Sellers, buyers and swappers alike will not be charged a dime.

    It's all about encouraging people to either reduce, or add to, their outdoor clutter and get people matched with the gear they want.

    "We're taking the profit out of it and making it all about fun," Keith says. "Swap, sell. Do whatever you want to do."

    Interested barters can telephone the store ahead of time at 541-773-5145 to reserve a parking spot for the swap.The McKenzie store, which is in its 30th year in Medford, is behind the Barnes & Noble store in east Medford.

    Rogue Fly Fishers Update

    The Medford-based Rogue Fly Fishers Association is changing its meeting date in November to make way for Thanksgiving, and it also is bringing in one of Oregon's top fishing entomologists to talk about matching the hatch.

    The association's meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 — a week earlier than usual — at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

    On the program is Rick Hafele, an entomologist who has teamed with author Dave Hughes on fly-fishing books and also a contributing writer on entomology at American Angler.

    Hafele's program is entitled "De-Bugging Entomology."

    The association's "Wet Fly" social hour runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner and the program.

    Guests are always welcome. For more information on the Rogue Fly Fishers, telephone 541-858-5981 or visit the group's Web site at

    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail

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