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Welcome to 'just old flies,' a section of methods and flies that used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials available. Long before the advent of 'modern' tying materials, they were created and improved upon at a far slower pace than todays modern counterparts; limited by materials available and the tiers imagination.

Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you will fish the flies. Perhaps . .

Part Sixty-three

What We Should Do

By Old Rupe

I never tried to write a conservation article before. I always thought conservation was throwing a few fish back and re-cycling your Foster Lager cans.

I have looked at small aspects of the problem and find that fly fishermen as a group are behind the eight ball. The problem is in the presentation.

Orvis is kind enough to send me their Orvis News every month or so and I really appreciate it. They have an in depth involvement in conservation issues that makes me glad I order a lot of my fly fishing stuff from them. I never got a bad product.

The January/February issue of the Orvis News chronicled the problem on the Rogue River in Oregon. We are ruining 200 miles of unique wild trout and salmon runs. What a sad thing.

3 views of the Rogue River

The simple picture is that everyone wants the river's water. That one sentence says it all. Orvis said it in two pages and threw in a lot of support, but the basic fact stands. The fish don't have enough water. Most won't read two pages chocked with facts just to understand the problem. No water - no fish.

I will probably never fish the river but it makes me sad to see our resources diminished. My niece, Sandra, hopes to fish the great waters some day even if I can't. How can I sit back and kill her chances.

If you want more details go to the Orvis Rogue River Conservation page. Or email Orvis they will send you the issue. Donations are requested at: Orvis Water Trust Rogue River Project, Dept. AR., Orvis, Route 7A, Manchester, VT, 05254. (Supported by matching funds too.)

No money, no fish, no fly fishing life style. It's really hard to catch a steelhead, trout or salmon in your bathtub. They just don't grow there.

If we don't rectify the problem now the point will be moot in the future. Without the wild runs the Rogue is just a pretty river.

Conservation stuff is not my thing as a writer, but someone has to do it. I hope others more articulate can motivate the fly fishing community to step up and get involved.

My mother asked me a week or so ago, "When the trout and salmon are all gone, what will you do?"

What a sad question.

PS: Today it's Oregon - tomorrow it will be your stream - When will you become involved? ~ Old Rupe

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