The Lower Umpqua Flycasters is a non-profit fly fishing club. As a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers, the club has 3 main goals:
1. To educate people on the importance of the environment through fly fishing;
2. To help preserve and restore natural habitats; and
3. To get people started on the joy and satisfaction that is fly fishing.
The Lower Umpqua FlyCasters, a non-profit fly fishing club in Reedsport, Oregon, was founded in 1990 to accommodate persons with all levels of fly fishing and fly tying skills. The club is a member of the Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers.
Club meetings and special sessions have featured fly-tying, rod building, leader construction, fly casting, and many other activities. Outings have included fly fishing for trout, half pounders, and salmon. In addition, the club hosts an annual Tube-O-Rama float trip on the Umpqua River fishing for smallmouth bass.
Once yearly, LUFC sponsors a FlyFishing Expo to introduce the sport of flyfishing to the general public. The Expo features lectures and demonstrations by experts in fly fishing, fly tying, fly casting, and conservation.
The Lower Umpqua FlyCasters work with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife on projects that pertain to the conservation and restoration of coastal streams and the enhancement of local fisheries. The cutthroat trout of Winchester Creek is our present conservation project. LUFC is also active in recommending and supporting legislation regarding the protection of various species of fish and certain waterways.
In 1992, the Lower Umpqua FlyCasters received the "Conservation Club of the Year" award from the Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers. This was in recognition of our project with sea-run cutthroat trout.
In October 1995, LUFC hosted a symposium on sea-run cutthroat trout entitled "Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout: Biology, Management, and Future Conservation." The symposium was the first of its kind to focus on sea-run cutthroat trout, a species that is in drastic decline throughout the Pacific Northwest. More than 200 enthusiastic biologists, anglers and others from the Pacific Northwest, California, Nevada, Colorado, Florida and Washington DC attended the three-day meeting.
For our efforts, the Lower Umpqua FlyCasters received the Robert L. Borovicka Conservation Achievement Award from the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society.