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Fly Tyers Expo Saturday

The 17th annual Northwest Fly Tyers Exposition will be held Saturday in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Convention Center in Eugene. About 175 tyers from throughout the Pacific Northwest are slated to demonstrate a variety of fly-tying techniques. Expo-goers wander among the tables and are free to ask questions of the tyers as they work. There is also a silent auction and sale of fly-tying materials. Sponsored by the Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, the expo is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children younger than 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Elk Foundation banquet set

CORRECTION (ran 3/26/2005): The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's annual banquet and auction at the Hilton Eugene will be held Saturday, April 2. An incorrect date was listed in Thursday's Outdoor Digest.

Monday is the deadline to purchase tickets for the 20th annual banquet and auction put on by the Willamette Valley chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The event, to be held April 20 at the Eugene Hilton, includes games, raffles, oral and silent auctions and dinner. Among the items to be auctioned are a 10-day South African plains game hunt for two people and a silver-red deer hunt in New Zealand. Seating is limited to 350 people. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Call 741-2211 for ticket information.

Youth casting seminar offered

The Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers will conduct a "Youth Casting Seminar" at Eugene's Alton Baker Park on Saturday, April 9. The seminar will focus on casting both single-hand and two-handed fly rods. The cost of the seminar, limited to the first 25 youths signing up, is $5. A continental breakfast and sack lunch will be provided. To register, send name, address and telephone number, along with a check for $5, to the Oregon Council FFF, P.O. Box 2417, Grants Pass, OR 97528. Details: 541-479-0009.

Hunting grants approved

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved nearly $2 million in Oregon Access and Habitat Program grants to improve wildlife habitat and public hunting access statewide. Money to fund the program comes from a surcharge on hunting licenses. Among the grants is $697,306 to hire six retired Oregon State Police officers to patrol 1.25 million acres of private timberlands in Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Polk and Yamhill counties for five years, ensuring continued public hunting access to those lands. Also approved was $16,240 for the Price Creek hunter access project, which opens 5,600 acres of private timberland in Lane County.

'Rip tide' warning issued

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department urges beach visitors to look for rip currents before taking a dip in the ocean. Beach safety coordinator Robert Smith said reports of swimmers falling victim to rip currents have become a concern for coastal public safety officials. "Rip currents are quickly becoming the number one danger on the Oregon Coast," Smith said. Rip currents, "fast moving rivers of water flowing out to sea," are especially prevalent near jetties and headlands. Choppy dark water and debris floating seaward are warning signs of rip currents. Anyone caught in a rip current is advised not to struggle against the current, but to swim parallel to shore until out of the current.

Deschutes opened for salmon

Chinook salmon fishing will be allowed April 15 - July 31 in the lower Deschutes and Hood rivers, under a temporary rule adopted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. State fish managers expect strong returns of adult fish, which provide opportunity for harvest while allowing adequate escapement for spawning. The catch limit for spring chinook salmon allows anglers to keep two adipose fin-clipped adults and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day. Jack salmon are 15-24 inch long. Steelhead are included in the daily two-salmon catch limit, although one additional steelhead may be kept per day, for a total of three adult fish.
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Title Annotation:Recreation; NEWS & NOTES
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 24, 2005
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