Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers member Terry Chester works on a fly at the Douglas County Sportsmen’s and Outdoor Recreation Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in 2017. The fishing equipment will be among the items available at theis weeken’s annual show.

The Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers will hold its 10th annual North Umpqua Fly Fishing and Tying Festival 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Glide Community Center, 20062 N. Umpqua Highway.

Attendees are encouraged to donate nonperishable food to the Glide Food Bank.

Tyers will demonstrate favorite patterns for classic salmon fly dressings to trout, steelhead and bass.

“There will be just a wonderful collection of experts at the show spinning fur and feathers into artful creations ready to be tested on your favorite waters,” the press release said.

Attendees will have the chance to learn from expert casters, including World War II veteran and early owner/operator of the Steamboat Inn, Frank Moore. All skill levels are encouraged to visit the casting pond to throw a line, get some tips and learn some tricks.

The event will feature arts and crafts, fly tying supply and bamboo rod vendors, as well as clubs from around the state. Healing Waters and Casting For Recovery chapters will also be present.

Prize baskets and various equipment can be won via an ongoing raffle. A silent auction table will host guided trips, equipment and sporting art.

“Fly fishing has suffered in the past with misconceptions of it being a sport for ‘elites,’” according to the press release. “Nothing is further from the truth. So many new to the sport are learning how much personal satisfaction can be derived as they pick up a fly rod and discover how easy and fun it is to learn this fascinating outdoor activity.”

Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native of Roseburg. She is an alumni of Roseburg High School, UCC and Western Oregon University. Contact her at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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