Monday, December 12, 2011

Frank and Jeanne Moore and Larry Levine

For all of you Frank and Jeanne Moore fans, Don Roberts has written about them (Part 1) in the November/December 2011 issue of Northwest Fly Fishing.

Larry Levin has written a wonderful steelhead piece titled "Doldrums" in the November/December 2011 issue of Grays Sporting Journal.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Frank Moore "Chevalier"

Frank Moore was given the French Legion of Honor at a Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony held at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Wed. November 9, 2011.  This is the highest decoration given by France in special recognition of merit for his service in France during World War II.   The French President issued a decree making Frank a “Chevalier” or knight of the Legion.  The decree was read during the ceremony.  In his usual humble demeanor, Frank briefly shared some of his experiences fighting through France and into Germany.  He said one of the “true” heroes of that war was Cloid Wigle, a local Riddle Oregon friend, now deceased, who parachuted ahead of Frank’s unit at Normandy.

The medal was created by Napoleon in 1802. According to research by Lee Lashway, Steamboaters BOD, there have been approximately 75,000 recipients of the Chevalier Legion of Honor (one of five levels) over its 200+ year history.

Read the full story in the Roseburg News Review or online at

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lee Spencer and the Big Bend Pool

If you haven't visted with Lee Spencer at the Big Bend Pool on Steamboat Creek, you are really missing out on quite a view. During the summer, Lee might have up to 500 fish under his watchful eye. In years past, this pool was dynamited often for the steelhead; however, since Lee has devoted his time from May until the fall rains come it no longer occurs.

Lee's stay is financed by The North Umpqua Foundation and this is the time of year for their annual fundraising drive. Since what Lee does is important to all of us, please consider sending your tax deductible donation, no matter how large or small to:

1224 Walnut St. PMB 310
Roseburg, OR 97470

Or donate online on the Foundation's website:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Frank Moore to receive Honor from the French government

Recently Frank Moore received a letter from the French Ambassador in Washington D.C. advising him that on September 16, 2011 by decree of President Sarkozy, Frank had been appointed a "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor.

This award testifies to President Sarkozy's high esteem for Frank's merits and accomplishments. In particular, it is a sign of France's infinite gratitude and appreciation for his personal and precious contribution to the Unted States' decisive role in the liberation of France during World War II.

The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of great merit.

The ceremony will be held on at 4:00 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on November 9, 2011. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011

Well boys and girls, I’m sure if you have been paying attention you would all agree that this has been an incredibly frustrating year on the North Umpqua.  I think it has been perhaps my personally frustrating since I first stepped into the river 40 years ago.   The incessant, unrelenting rains fueled obnoxiously  high water throughout  the winter and I mean swollen, tremendous volumes of murky green  flows…flows in which a fly had no significance, flows in which fly casting bordered on the ridiculous…trust me, I did it all winter long.  Of course I was not alone, there are plenty of us idiots hanging around and you can always point out the good exercise in the fresh air that you get.  But come on, I mean rainstorm after rainstorm after rainstorm and then there is the thought  that with all the high water they probably have  all gone up into the tribs and are taking it easy.    As the water begins to drop you can see changes in the river bottom and you know that you may be looking at a different river this fall - when the river finally recedes.   
It’s enough to make you want to read John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath!”

 (look up “Wrath” in the dictionary for full satisfaction).    

Monday, July 25, 2011

The North Umpqua Chronicles - July 16,2011

And so it has so it finally came to pass that the impossible huge volumes of water thundering down the North Umpqua River canyon have finally begun to slow and recede and dreaming of summer steelhead is no longer regarded as a mild form of insanity.
It is about now that I begin taking the fly rod upriver with me, not with some hope, but simply because hiking up and down the banks is darn good exercise.
Yeah, I do cast and let the fly swing and take joy in all of it when properly done and it also helps me keep the pool names and their location in order…Gawd Forbid I should forget that important info!
Today for some reason, as I approached Lower Archie I thought about glassing some pools for the first time this season.   I dug the binoculars from the pile of junk in the back seat and walked up to the edge and peered in. It was totally bare. After a few minutes of thoroughly glassing the bottom I saw a white glow coming into the pool from downriver. Then, majestically, the head of a huge bright steelhead began to come slowly and effortlessly into view until it filled most of the pool with its silver shimmering. It never really stopped and with very little effort it moved on upriver. I stood stunned while watching it and never made a move towards my fly rod until it was gone. I jumped into the car and raced up to Upper Archie in hopes of hooking it when it came through. Naturally, I never saw it again but someone surely will, it is a huge fish, over 40 inches.
Fish Bum.