Wednesday June 7th, 2017 at 6:30

The Watershed Fly Shop
2085 NW Buchanan St, Corvallis
6:30 to socialize… meeting starts at 7

Jana Seeliger will talk to us about the Linn Benton Salmon Watch. LBSW is a program to education school children about salmon and their habitat and depends upon volunteers. The Bluebacks regularly support LBSW activities.

After Jana’s talk we will have a short business meeting to discuss recent and upcoming events, and also to elect our new chapter President and Vice President

Save the Elliott Forest with Dean Finnerty

Save the Elliott Forest with Dean Finnerty and then experience some Shad and Chinook fishing on the Umpqua.

Join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 PM for social and meeting at 7 at the Watershed Fly Shop, 2085 Buchanan, Corvallis.

We will also make take nominations for officer positions and elections will follow in June.




Joe Kerkvliet will take you into the wilderness….

Wednesday, April 5th, at the Watershed Fly Shop, 2085 Buchanan, in Corvallis. Social at 6:30, meeting starts at 7 PM.

Inspired by an article in Northwest Fly Fishing and a passion for bull trout, a long-time fishing buddy, a son, and I took a pack-rafting trip down northeast Oregon’s Wenaha River last June. We found a dramatic, rugged landscape, a river being transformed by fire, an adventure that tested our skills and determination, and some bull trout.

Come to the Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo

( on March 10 and 11 at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany!  If you’re new to fly fishing or an old hand, you’ll meet people, make new friends and generally hobnob with the best in the game. We’re lucky to have this annual event so close to us. 


The Bluebacks will have a booth at the Expo. To volunteer to help represent the chapter and our activities for a spell contact: Doc Reedy at



Program will be by Kathy Kim featuring fishing in Patagonia. She is IFFF Certified Casting Instructor, Fly Fishing Instructor at OSU and Sierra Pacific Fishing Adventures’ guide/host plus she is a Blueback!

Watershed Fly Shop, 6:30 social and meeting at 7.


Bluebacks River Cleanup 

On Saturday June 4, The Bluebacks floated Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley bridge on the South Santiam River carrying out our third cleanup of this section of the river. Led by newly elected chapter Treasurer, Jason Balderston, 15 Bluebacks in five boats departed under a bright spring sun and loaded trash into our drift boat flotilla. See the photo above of our recovered junk (the garbage is on the right!). Prized debris removed from this special river included a window pane, a folding chair, pieces-parts of a culvert, and yards and yards of fishing line. Lead, hooks, yarn, and lures will be re-purposed. Items that we could not reach (clay pigeons on the bottom) or move (an engine block) inspire devices for future recovery missions. Coming ashore amongst a group of steelheaders served two purposes: we cleaned the fishing site and inspired them to help us out.

Our next cleanup on the SoSan will be in September. Come join us!

About the Chapter

The Bluebacks are headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon. Our territory reaches south to the Calapooia River, up to the North Santiam River, east into the foothills of the Cascades, and west to the Oregon Coast. The chapter was started in April 2013 with the goal of reaching out to young, diverse audiences and engaging them in fly fishing, conservation, and leadership. We accomplish our goals through river cleanup, casting lessons, youth education, and spawning surveys.


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