Ever since I first started making the trip to the upper Rogue for spring salmon, I always stopped in at Pat’s Hand Tied Flies to look at recent pictures, talk a bit of fishing, and grab a snack for the day. However, soon anglers will be forced to stop in Medford to get their needed supplies, as an end of an era is coming on the upper Rogue.
|Anglers always stopped for a Polariod picture
of their day’s success
It’s been 45 years since Pat’s Hand Tied Flies opened its doors along Hwy 62 on the upper Rogue. Since then it’s become a one stop shop for anglers looking for recent reports, and last minute supplies. It’s also THE place to stop and get your picture taken if you were lucky enough to land a big springer. Anglers also looked forward to the annual springer derby, and vied for that top spot, which often took catching a 45+ lb salmon.
That will all become a distant memory soon, as Pat’s will have to close their doors due to a myriad of events that have taken a financial toll.
It all started with the infamous bait ban for summer steelhead during September and October. Then in 2004 the ODFW closed angling after 7 pm above the Hwy 62 bridge for springers. The spring salmon run took a big dive in numbers starting in 2006, which caused a closure on the retention of native salmon. As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also been in a recession, and gas prices have skyrocketed since then.
All of these factors, plus the opening of big box stores in Medford, have put a huge damper on business at Pat’s Hand Tied Flies. It was a snow ball effect of less people driving to the upper Rogue to fish, and less people needing to stop in at the store, that has ultimately lead to their demise.
How long the store will remain open will depend on how fast they sell off the rest of their inventory. They’re currently having a 20% off sale to get rid of the rest of it, and expect to close in about a month. You’ll want to make the trip soon if you want to talk fishing one more time at Pat’s Hand Tied Flies.
So here’s to the end of an era, and the end of many great memories. You guys sure will be missed…
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