Fly-fishing expert will fly in, teach seminar

    A consortium of fly-fishing clubs in Southern Oregon has pooled resources to fly in a Canadian stillwater fly-fishing expert for a series of appearances and a fishing workshop at one of the Northwest's best fly-fishing lakes.

    Phil Rowley will make presentations to the May meetings of the Rogue Fly-Fishers Association in Medford, as well as the Southern Oregon Fly Fishers of Grants Pass, the Klamath County Fly Casters and a similar group in Roseburg.

    The Medford presentation will be Wednesday, May 15, at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave. The meeting starts with a 6 p.m. Wet Fly hour followed at 7 p.m. by dinner, club business and Rowley's presentation. The meetings are open to the public.

    Rowley will speak Thursday, May 16, at the Grants Pass club meeting.

    Rowley will present a three-day weekend seminar Saturday to Monday, May 18-20, that starts with an all-day class and finishes with two days of fishing at Diamond Lake in eastern Douglas County.

    There is room for 25 people in the class, and space is available. The three-day class costs $60 for club members and $70 for nonmembers.

    For information and registration, email John MacDiarmid at

    Winners of big-game raffle tags receive the same special hunting privileges that people pay thousands for at auction — hunting for an extended season (eight weeks or longer) and in an expanded hunt area (statewide for some hunts).

    Raffle tickets can be purchased for other people, and they make a great gift for family and friends who hunt.

    A California man's lucky raffle draw of a tag to hunt Rocky Mountain goat landed him in the Oregon record books and positioned him as a poster boy for the state's raffle-tag fundraising program.

    Will Garroutte won last year's goat tag in the raffle, and on Sept. 6 in Wallowa County, he shot the largest goat ever taken in the state.

    The horns recorded a score of 54 inches, best in Oregon and 27th all-time in North America as chronicled by the Boone & Crockett Club.

    Raffle tickets for this year's goat tag and other tags will be offered online and through the mail until Monday. After that, tickets can be purchased only at the Oregon Hunters Association state convention on May 18 in Lincoln City, where the raffle drawing will be held.

    Ticket prices vary. For a breakdown of tags, ticket prices and ways to buy them, check page 23 of the "2013 Oregon Big Game Regulations" booklet or get a mail-order form at

    A series of campgrounds on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the Cascades will be opened today by Prospect-based Rogue Recreation, the concessionaire that operates them.

    Opening today is Farewell Bend Campground, which has 61 sites that cost campers $18 per night. Also opening is Union Creek Campground, which has 78 sites that cost $14 per night, and the 25-site Abbott Creek Campground, which costs $12 a night to stay. The first five sites at Abbott Creek are for off-highway vehicle camping.

    Rounding out the Rogue Recreation campgrounds is Fish Lake Campground, which has 19 sites that cost $18 per night.

    Each campground has bundles of cured firewood for $6, and they can be delivered to campgrounds by camp hosts on golf carts.

    Rogue Recreation does not take reservations at the campgrounds it runs, but typically there are open sites, says Rogue Recreation's Melanie Goodboe. Even on holiday weekends, hosts find spots for campers, sometimes directing them to open sites at other campgrounds, Goodboe says.

    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or

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