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TFO TFO BVK Rods NEW FOR 2011!!! Click for TFO ROD CASES...
8' - #3 8' 6" - #5 9' - #6 9' - #8 9' - #10
8' 6" - #4 9' - #5 9' - #7 9' - #9 RPM
Lefty's New Rods
A finely tuned instrument - lightweight and highly responsive.

That's what experts are saying about our new BVK series of fly rods. Engineered to the highest performance standards, the BVK utilizes new materials that dramatically reduce weight while creating an aggressive blend of power and strength. The result is amazing performance and an incredible price.

Lefty Kreh testing a TFO Fly Fishing Rod while fishing for smallmouth bass...
Lefty Kreh caught in the act testing a 9'-#8 BVK rod on Maine's Sabastacrook River, August 2010.
BVK rods are designed to excel in both presentation and distance aspects of casting and fishing. Customers have been amazed at how well BVK's cast. They are smooth and easy at all distances.
These rods are fairly fast, yet super-lightweight. For example, an eight-weight BVK weighs about as much as the conventional six-weight rod.
Three through five-weight BVK rods are made to protect fine tippets. You will find that 5X tippet material is difficult to break with these rods if your knots are tied well. We all know that favorite trout rods are engineered this way.
As lightweight as BVK models are, they are also incredibly strong due to some magic materials engineering within each rod blank.
Lefty says, "My friends on the Outer Banks of NC have been catching albacore (Little Tuna) weighing more than 12 pounds. While testing prototypes I used a 20-pound tippet and tried to break the BVK óno luck. Customers tell us BVK's throw a long line as well as any rod in their class."
BVK Rods Feature: rich translucent olive blanks are topped with matching braided carbon fiber reel seats, REC titanium recoil stripping guides, ultra lightweight chromium-impregnated stainless snake guides and flor grade grips that are comfortably contoured and uniquely contrasted.
RPM (Rod Power Matrix) RPM (Rod Power Matrix)
Presentation: Factor - 2.5
Distance: Factor - 2
Lifting: Factor - .5
BVK Rods are designed to be easy to cast and present flies delicately under normal conditions to normal size fish. Not a lot of emphasis has been put on lifting heavy fish. Smooth presentation is the prime design factor.

TF 03 80 4 B

Length: 8'    Line: #3     Pieces: 4

This delicate small stream and spring creek rod also double as your bluegill rod.
Rod weight: 2.4 ounces.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
TF 03 80 4 B BVK 3 Fast   $224.95

TF 04 86 4 B

Length: 8' 6"    Line: #4     Pieces: 4

This is the perfect mountain stream rod, or use it anywhere 4x-6x tippets are involved.
Rod weight: 2.7 ounces.

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TF 04 86 4 B BVK 4 Fast   $224.95

TF 05 86 4 B

Length: 8' 6"    Line: #5     Pieces: 4

If you only had one trout rod (heaven forbid), this certainly could be it.
Rod weight: 2.8 ounces. 

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TF 05 86 4 B BVK 5 Fast   $224.95

TF 05 90 4 B

Length: 9'    Line: #5     Pieces: 4

Lefty's 30-06 trout gun is an instant winner. This is one of the nicest five-weight rods we've ever tested, and it comes at an affordable price.
Rod weight: 2.9 ounces. 

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TF 05 90 4 B BVK 5 Fast   $224.95

TF 06 90 4 B

Length: 9'    Line: #6     Pieces: 4

This may become one of your favorite Alaska trout rods. It also shines as a bass rod for both surface and subsurface work.
Rod weight: 3.0 ounces.

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TF 06 90 4 B BVK 6 Fast   $224.95

TF 07 90 4 B

Length: 9'    Line: #7     Pieces: 4

This rod will be hard to beat for average size bonefish, redfish and sea trout. It is also a good choice for small steelhead, salmon & larger trout & bass.
Rod weight: 3.1 ounces.

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TF 07 90 4 B BVK 7 Fast   $249.95

TF 08 90 4 B

Length: 9'    Line: #8     Pieces: 4

This is a great rod for the flats or in the mangroves. Take this rod to the Amazon or to Alaska for Silvers.
Rod weight: 3.2 ounces.

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TF 08 90 4 B BVK 8 Fast   $249.95

TF 09 90 4 B Length: 9'    Line: #9     Pieces: 4

Here's your east coast or west coast striper rod. Whether it's Chesapeake Bay or San Francisco Bay, you will be well served with this rod.
Rod weight: 4.3 ounces.

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TF 09 90 4 B BVK 9 Fast   $249.95

TF 10 90 4 B Length: 9'    Line: #10     Pieces: 4

Need to cast really heavy or wind-resistant flies, like crab-flies for permit? This rod will cast the flies and handle the fish.
Rod weight: 4.5 ounces.

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TF 10 90 4 B BVK 10 Fast   $249.95

Rio Steelhead Scandi vs. Airflo Tactical Steelhead Spey
There is a dogma that only very large flies dressed with lead eyes and fished deep with fast sinking tips are appropriate for catching winter steelhead from most rivers in the pacific Northwest. There is little doubt that a Skagit line with a heavy tip has accounted for many steelhead, and under many circumstances this type of tackle will remain very popular, and productive. Some anglers new to the game forget that even when the water is off-color, wild steelhead have acute senses for detecting the rip and tear of noisy casts and the splash of heavy flies. A poorly timed cast which lands your pet chunk of T-14 on the surface with impact of a diving osprey can send all the steelhead to the other side of the river. Ripping your lead-eye intruder across the surface to set up up your double spey or snap-tee cast can have the same effect. Ditto for fishing too heavy and getting your fly hung up repeatedly. This doesn't mean you should sell all your big flies and Skagit lines. There are many times and places where they will always remain your best options. But there are also times when a stealthy approach will pay big dividends. When fishing for steelhead any time of year, pretending you are archery hunting for elk isn't a bad frame of mind to put yourself into. As luck would have it, in this day and age, there is tackle available for every fishing situation you will ever find. A fly fisher who uses a two-hand rod equipped with a reel loaded with a shooting line can not only change the length and density of the sinking tip, but also the entire head system to match changing fishing conditions. Some pieces of water will always require fast sinking lines and heavy lines, but many do not. When the water is colored, steelhead will often travel and hold in water that is less than four feet deep.  Often the best water is moving at moderate speed. I know a couple of very productive steelhead guides that have their clients use type-3 tips much of the time. An even stealthier approach is to use a Scandi Head with a sinking PolyLeader (VersiLeader). These line/leader systems land flies very softly and fish them with a more delicate approach because the thin sinking PolyLeader has less mass and therefore less water drag. There are two new line systems that are perfectly designed for this stealthy approach. They are the Rio Steelhead Scandi and the Airflo Tactical Steelhead Spey Shooting Head. Both lines are designed to work well with lightweight tips such as PolyLeaders or VeriLeaders. The Airflo Tactical Spey line comes with an eight foot long removable floating tip which has a grooved surface to provide more grip on the water to help keep the line anchored for casting during windy conditions. Because of this the Airflo line costs $10 more than the Rio. For winter fishing, this eight foot long tip was removed and a 10-foot long sinking Versileader was added.
Three different seven weight rods were used: Sage 7136-4 Z-AXIS, Winston 7133-4, and Echo 7130-4 TR.
The two heads that were used on these rods were the Airflo 520-grain and the Rio 450-grain. At first this may seem like an uneven match. But, as you will see it is not. All lines and tips were weighed with a digital scale. Advertised at 520-grains, the Airflo I tested actually weighed 510-grains on my scale. The floating tip weighed 64-grains. With the this tip removed the body of the line weighed 436-grains. Advertised at 450-grains, the Rio line actually weighed 430-grains. The Rio head was 33' long, and the Airflo with the floating tip removed was 31' long. Both lines measured out to be what they were advertised as.
When comparing the two heads side by side there is a significant difference in tapers. The Rio is much larger in diameter in the rear. The Airflow is larger in diameter at the tip. The Airflo line has a longer belly and a shorter front taper. Surprisingly, there didn't seem like there was a significant difference in casting and fishing performance between the two heads. Possibly the Airflo with its larger tip diameter turns over larger flies a little better. Possibly the Rio with its longer tip taper stays in the loop a little longer for distance casting. Small changes in your casting stroke and timing will easily compensate for the differences in these line designs. They both give excellent performance with smaller and medium size flies.
The loops on the Rio line were slightly smaller in diameter and passed through the rod guides easier. Neither line posed any problems in this department. Airflo uses a color coding system to identify line weights. Rio uses printed numbers on the line. The Rio system is superior in that regard. Neither head retains significant amounts of memory in any water/air temperatures that they would be used in. Tests varied from hot days on the Deschutes to cold days on the Sandy.
The Airflo floating tip with its grooved surface dose stick to the water, which provides some advantages when anchoring the line, especially when casting in the wind. This tip weighs 64-grains. In comparison a 10-foot Rio VersiLeaders can weigh between 38-110 grains Depending on their density. Both lines cast all of the VersiLeaders as well a T-8 M.O.W. tips. The Airflow line did seem to have a slight edge when the leaders or tips weighed more than 100-grains.

Rio Steelhead Scandi Line NEW for 2011
Rio's latest Scandinavian style shooting head is designed for the two-hand and switch rod steelhead fly fishers. With shorter head lengths and shorter front tapers than previous Rio Scandi designs, they are ideal for casting larger steelhead flies and sinking VersiLeaders. The head size options have been carefully selected, and tuned for the most common rods used by modern steelhead fly fishers, and feature Rio's newest skinny welded loops on each end for easy rigging. In 31' lengths they are meant for very short spey rods and switch rods of 12' or less in lengths. In lengths of 32' to 34' they are meant for rods of 12' and longer.
Item Description Size Price To Top
20101 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 310 grain
31 ft.
20102 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 350 grain
31 ft.
20103 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 385 grain
31 ft.
20104 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 480 grain
31 ft.
20105 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 435 grain
32 ft.
20106 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 450 grain
33 ft.
20107 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 480 grain
34 ft.
20108 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 510 grain
34 ft.
20109 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 550 grain
34 ft.

Tactical Steelhead Spey Shooting Head
Take the tight loop and casting ease of a Scandi Compact head and couple it to the versatility of a multi-tip line and you have the basis for the Airflo Tactical Steelhead shooting head. To help cut through the wind and to make casting modest sink tips and larger flies easier, the Tactical Steelhead has a larger tip diameter than the Scandi Compact. With a smooth front taper and removable floating tip the newest two-hand line from Airflo will convert from a floating line to sink tip better than any existing line. The mint green colored heads come in a #5 weighing 400 grains all the way to a #9 weighing 670 grains. Unique to the Tactical Steelhead is the 8 foot removable ridged floating tip. The ridged tip helps anchor the cast. Airflo's indestructible heavy duty loops connect the tip to the head and the head to the running line. All sizes are made on a low stretch 30lb core. Remove the floating tip and connect your

 favorite sink tip and get down. Color: Pale Mint Green
Item Description Size Price To Top
511227 Airflo Tactical Steelhead Spey Shooting Head Line #5
390 grains
37 ft.

511203 Airflo Tactical Steelhead Spey Shooting  Head  Line #6
460 grains
38 ft.

511210 Airflo Tactical Steelhead Spey Shooting Head Line #7
520 grains
39 ft.

511180 Airflo Tactical Steelhead Spey Shooting Head  Line #8
590 grains
40 ft.

351197 Airflo Tactical Steelhead Spey Shooting Head  Line #9
660 grains
41 ft.

Deschutes River Trout School Fly Fishing School
With fly-fishing authors and instructors Rick Hafele and Mark Bachmann
June 1, 2, & 3, 2011 on the Deschutes River     Sign Up NOW!
Report from 2010 School
Rick Hafele
The Deschutes River Trout Fly Fishing School, sponsored by The Fly Shop in Welches, Oregon, is a unique opportunity to take your fly fishing skills to another level and do it in a secluded setting on a world class trout stream with world class fly fishing instructors.

First, the location for this program is special.  Students will be brought in by a large comfortable jet boat to a roadless section of the Deschutes River to a completely set-up campsite.  ďCampĒ will include all the amenities including electricity and a classroom for slideshows and instruction.  The Deschutes River is well known as a first-class trout stream with incredible scenery, and in late July insect hatches include caddis flies, mayflies and stoneflies.  Trout fishing will be augmented with the first arrivals of World Famous Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Run. With long days and pleasant temperatures itís a perfect time to be on the river. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome!
Mark Bachmann

 Second, the instruction for this program will be extensive, hands-on, and fun.  It will include:

  • Tackle: You will get first-hand help with your tackle, making sure it is balanced properly with the correct fly line and leader, so you can make proper casts and presentations.
  • Tactics: Fishing nymphs, emergers, and dries will be discussed in detail and demonstrated and then you will get individual guidance and help with each method. The basic applications of both single-hand, and two-hand (Spey) rods will be explored.
  • Pattern Selection: You will get in-depth instruction in how to decipher the often-confusing world of pattern selection.  What insects are abundant and important?  What are the trout actually feeding on?  What patterns will effectively match the insects and look like food to the trout?
  • The Biology of Trout and Bugs:  Getting set-up with proper tackle, tactics, and fly patterns is where most classes stop.  But in this class you will also learn about the biology of trout and the insects they eat.  Using the teaching facilities at camp, engaging slide shows will be presented that cover how to recognize key insect hatches important across the west, how insects behave, and how that behavior affects trout feeding and your fly-fishing tactics.  But donít worry, you wonít need a biology degree to grasp this information, and you will come away with a whole new level of understanding of trout and bugs that will improve your fishing and your appreciation of the places you fish. 
  • Application: Since you will be camping on the banks of the Deschutes River, there will be ample opportunity to apply the information covered throughout the program and get help when needed.  This also means you will have a chance to catch some of the Deschutes wild redsides and maybe even a steelhead!
  • Mark Bachmann has been a professional Deschutes River fly fishing guide and instructor for 30-years. His camps and equipment are legendary for being the most luxurious on the river. His knowledge of the river and his attention to detail are second to none.

    Finally, the guest instructor for The Deschutes River Fly Fishing School will be Rick Hafele.

    Rick is one of the best-known and accomplished fly-fishing authors and instructors in the West.  He spent his professional career as a freshwater biologist and has a masterís degree in aquatic entomology.  He has also been fly fishing for more than 45 years and has applied his knowledge of biology and fly fishing by authoring and co-authoring many important books like Nymph Fishing Rivers and Streams, Western Mayfly Hatches, The Complete Book of Western Hatches, and An Anglerís Guide to Aquatic Insects.  In addition he has written the Entomology column for American Angler magazine for 30 years, plus is the instructor in many well-known and effective instructional DVDís including Anatomy of a Trout Stream, Fly-Fishing Large Western Rivers, and Nymph Fishing Basics and Advanced Nymph Fishing.  While Rick has a great deal of knowledge and experience, he also has the ability to share that knowledge in a clear and entertaining way.  Thereís no better way to learn than by having fun while you do it.

    This special program will be limited to just 5 people.  Whether you have been fly fishing for one year or 30, this unique in-depth learning experience in a truly special setting will give you the knowledge and skills to catch trout that could take years to get on your own, and give you a chance for some excellent fishing to boot! Sign up now.

    All-inclusive price (3-days food, 2-nights in camp, jet boat ride to and from camp, plus 3-days of instruction) is $1295.00 per person.

     Day 1 (June 1) Ė 

  • 8:00 am:  Pick-up at Mackís Canyon on Deschutes River
  • 9-10 am:  Unpack and get organized at camp
  • 10-12 am:  Morning class room session: Tackle set-up and casting
  • 12-2:00:  Lunch, relax and fish
  • 2-4 pm:  Nymph fishing slide show and on-stream instruction
  • 4-6 pm:  Your chance to fish nymphs
  • 6-7:30:  Dinner and slide show (Fishing Top to Bottom)
  • 7:30-dark:  Go fish and/or relax
  •  Day 2 (June 2) Ė 

  • 8-9 am:  Breakfast
  • 9-11 am: Mayflies and stoneflies (slide show and on-stream collecting)
  • 11-12 am: Reading the water discussion
  • 12-1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30-3:30:  How to fish emergers slide show and on-stream instruction
  • 3:30-5:30:  Your chance to fish and get help as needed
  • 5:30-7:00: Dinner and dry fly fishing presentation
  • 7:00-dark:  Go fish
  •  Day 3 (June 3) Ė 

  • 8-9 am: Breakfast
  • 9-11am: Caddisflies and Diptera (slide show and on-stream collecting)
  • 11-12 am: Relax and fish
  • 12-1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30-5:00:  Last chance to fish and get personal help and instruction
  • 5:00:  Jet boat ride back to Mackís Canyon.

    You will be pampered!
    You will stay in a very comfortable tent camp on the water.
    A Camp Person will be available at all times to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
    All cooking and eating will be done in a spacious screen-house.
    Comfortable sleeping cots and pads are supplied in double occupancy tents. 
    All food & non-alcoholic beverages are included.
    Price includes Deschutes Boaters Pass.

    Bring your own sleeping bag, clothing, toiletries, waders, rain gear, rods, reels, flies & tackle.
    Price does not include Oregon Fishing License.

    Date: June 1, 2, 3, 2011 
    4 students only!
    First come, first served. 
    Price: $1295 per person. 
    3-day, The Deschutes River Trout Fly Fishing School, with Rick Hafele and Mark Bachmann, June 1, 2, 3, 2011, Deposit for one student $595. Second payment of $700 will automatically be rang on same card April 15, 2011. Payment in full is NON-REFUNDABLE after April 15, 2011,
    $595 deposit paid with this transaction

    22-foo Alumaweld Jet Boat
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    TROUT-SCH-06-123-11 3-day, The Deschutes River Trout Fly Fishing School, with Rick Hafele and Mark Bachmann, June 1, 2, 3, 2011,

    January 9, 2011

    :00 pm to 4:00 pm Sunday Afternoon.
    An In-depth class on: Tying Intruders
    Featuring Free Instruction Provided by: Josh Linn, Travis Johnson & Troy Bachmann

    Pink Guide Intruder

    This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
    Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV and PowerPoint projection.
    A custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
    and special teaching aides are provided.
    Please bring your own tools & materials or purchase what you need from our extensive selection.
    Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.

    January 16, 2011
    :00 pm to 4:00 pm Sunday Afternoon.
    Tying Steelhead Flies With Pro Tube Systems
    Pro Tubes offer a revolutionary tying system.
    Featuring Free Tying Instruction From Pro Tube Systems Rep: Bruce Berry

    This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
    Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV and PowerPoint projection.
    A custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
    and special teaching aides are provided.
    Please bring your own tools & materials or purchase what you need from our extensive selection.
    Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.

    The Fly Fishing Shop HOME. The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR

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    Fish long & prosper,
    Mark & Patty