PO Box 4637
Medford, Oregon 97501
Organized in 1971, the Rogue Flyfishers seek to promote fellowship among individuals and groups to further interest
in the sport, to improve angling techniques, and to educate members and the public in ways to preserve and improve the
natural resources, environment, and conditions for fishing in the Rogue Valley.
Proud to be an FFI Affiliated Club
Action Alert: Comments needed on DEQ’s proposed Medford Wastewater Treatment Plant Discharge Permit
Rogue Fly Fishers initiated action on the negative water quality impacts of the Medford Wastewater
Treatment Plant discharge to the Rogue River in 2012. This action resulted in an ongoing law suit that
is discussed in the club June 2020 newsletter. All newsletters are available to read at the RFF web
site. Briefly, the Northwest Environmental Advocates(NEA) sued Medford (12/17) under the Federal Clean
Water Act for harming the Rogue River water quality. Soon after the suit was filed, NEA agreed to
suspend legal action while both parties investigated the problem further. Both hired experts to study
the problem and file reports. All results were shared. Then the two parties negotiated what level of
treatment is necessary to protect the water quality. NEA was not satisfied with Medford’s response so
they reactivated the suit in early 2021; the Medford Federal District Court will now decide the level
of treatment necessary to protect water quality in the Rogue River.
Water Quality in Oregon is managed by the state Department of Environmental Quality(DEQ). They issue discharge permits to all dischargers. Medford is operating under a permit issued in November,2011; it expired in November, 2016. DEQ is now in the process of issuing a new permit for Medford’s discharge and the comment period is open until May 10. Because so many water quality experts have investigated the needs and sensitivity of the Rogue River as a part of the lawsuit discussed above, NEA is in a definitive technical position to evaluate and challenge the proposed discharge permit. They have determined the proposed permit is inadequate to protect the river. Your comments expressing your concerns for the Rogue River are necessary to try and protect the river. NEA has a letter writing campaign underway and you can participate by clicking on the following. Read the short introduction and follow the prompts. Please do your part to protect our river. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/rogue-river-medford-permit?source=direct_link&
Also, if you twitter, Patagonia is doing a twitter campaign. You can go to the following and retweet
it out: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/rogue-river-medford-permit?source=direct_link&
Thank you for your support in protecting our river!
Outing to Galesville Reservoir
On Saturday May 1, the Rogue Flyfishers will have an outing to Galesville Reservoir. The reservoir sits a short distance east of the Azalea exit off I-5. We will
meet at 9:00 AM in Chief Miwaleta Park at the lake’s main boat ramp.
Galesville Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout and has good populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, and other warmwater species. While
there are places to fish from the bank, having a floating device will improve your chances of finding fish. You can use anything from a float tube to a large
motorboat. The typical still-water techniques will work here for the trout. Casting wooly buggers toward the banks or the flooded trees is a productive technique
for the warmwater species. Since you could catch anything from a small bluegill to a big bass, five or six-weight outfits are a good compromise. Bring your
floating, intermediate, and faster sinking lines. Bring an assortment of flies (wooly buggers, nymphs, balanced leeches, streamers, poppers), your usual fishing
accessories, a hat, sun screen, food, and water. Also bring some small bills to pay the day-use fee at the park.
Galesville Reservoir offers a good spring fishery close to home. Another big plus is that, unlike some of the other reservoirs in southwest Oregon, it does have
enough water this year to fish.
David Haight, Outings Chair
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