The Lower Umpqua Flycasters is a non-profit fly fishing club. The club has 3 main goals:
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 Fly Fishing Expo to introduce the sport of fly fishing to the general public. The Expo features presentations and demonstrations by experts in fly fishing, fly tying, fly casting, and conservation.
The Lower Umpqua Flycasters work with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on projects that pertain to the conservation and restoration of coastal streams and the enhancement of local fisheries. The Winter Arm Creek Habitat Project is our most recent conservation project.
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 has been in decline throughout the Pacific Northwest.
For our efforts the Lower Umpqua Flycasters received the Robert L. Borovicka Conservation Achievement Award from the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society.