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  • Fly-fishing group to discuss impact of Alaska mine proposal

  • Members of the Rogue FlyFishers Association will have pebbles on their minds when they gather in Medford Wednesday for their monthly meeting.
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  • Members of the Rogue FlyFishers Association will have pebbles on their minds when they gather in Medford Wednesday for their monthly meeting.
    Ashland angler and Fly Water Travel co-owner Ken Moorish will give a presentation on the potential impacts to fish and fishing in Alaska's Bristol Bay should the proposed Pebble Mine operation gain federal approval.
    The mine would tap into deposits of copper, gold and other minerals beneath the headwaters that feed Bristol Bay and its vast fisheries. Some angling and conservation groups have fought the mine's proposed operations because of its potential impacts of acids, heavy metals and other mine waste on the bay's famed salmon and rainbow trout populations.
    Moorish's company takes anglers on destination-fishing trips worldwide.
    The meeting is at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave., and is open to the public.
    The Wet Fly social hour begins at 6 p.m., with Moorish's presentation following a 7 p.m. dinner and raffle.
    For more information on the association, see www.rogueflyfishers.org.
    The Southern Oregon Fly Tyers will meet Tuesday to swap patterns and techniques for tying grasshopper flies, which work tremendously well during summer evenings for trout in the Wood, Williamson and other regional rivers.
    Anyone from beginner to experienced tyers are welcome at the meetings, which are held the second Tuesday of each month in the community building at the Madrone Hill Mobile Home Park, 8401 Old Stage Road near Gold Hill.
    Participants are urged to bring their fly-tying tools and materials, as well as a tying technique to be shared. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.
    To get there, take Interstate 5 to Exit 40, then go west on Old Stage Road 1.3 miles toward Jacksonville.
    For more information, email Dan Kellogg at flyguy@eznorthwest.com.
    The Rogue Basin Coordinating Council, Seven Basins Watershed Council and Rogue Valley Council of Governments are sponsoring a river cleanup event Saturday, targeting a stretch of the upper Rogue River from TouVelle State Park down to the Fisher's Ferry ramp.
    Volunteer boaters will assemble at the TouVelle ramp and be ready for launch at 9 a.m. The cleanup is expected to take about two hours, and a lunch is planned at the former dam site.
    Anyone interested in volunteering should call Chad Woodward at 541-690-8799 or email him at coordinator@roguebasinwatersheds.org.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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