Travis Johnson, Shooting Lines, Pro Tube, George Cook
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Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting.
He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team.
Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at
Blenheim Palace. Winner of the
event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of
70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon,
Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for
the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This
team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams
combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance
records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are
Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood,
just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently
employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing
instructor. He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and
regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand.
The video below was shot adlib while fishing. Nothing was staged or scripted. Everything was shot with a hand held pocket camera. We hope you find it entertaining and informative.
CLA Spey Casting Championships Want to get to know Travis: Take a School.
Used In This Video: Winston 7133-4, Airflo Skagit Compact 570, VARIVAS® Airs .019
Carron Team Members: Travis Johnson, James Chalmers, Gerard Downey, Ian Gardner with their stash of hardware from CLA World Championships.
|A Brief History of Shooting Lines|
Jim Green introduced monofilament as a
running/shooting line for distance fly casting in 1946 at the
Golden Gate Casting Club. That revolutionized fly casting.
Suddenly fly casters could reach what before were unobtainable
distances because the small diameter monofilament greatly reduced
friction between itself and the rod guides. These shooting lines
were attached to high density shooting heads. Lines of this
design are still used today by such legendary distance casters as
13 time World Champion, Steve Rajeff. As a matter of fact,
monofilament is still the choice as shooting line for the majority
of tournament distance casters today. Monofilament does have
one problem however, after it has been wound on a reel for a while
it tends to take on the shape of the reel spool, and to coil much
like the Slinky kids toy. This is called memory. In
the early 1960's Amnesia shooting line was developed by the Sunset
company. It was was developed specifically as shooting line,
and could be stretched to instantly loose all memory which greatly
reduced the possibility of tangles. This shooting line remained
popular for more than forty years. Amnesia is no longer available,
but monofilament shooting lines are still evolving.
Rio SlickShooter with its oval cross section is very popular.
Frog Hair Shooting Line is bombarded with gamma rays during
manufacturing to make it slicker and more tangle free. The
latest monofilament shooting lines to hit the market are hollow so
that they float and not only reduce friction in your rod guides,
but also reduce friction when contacting the water.
The newest friction cutting shooting line is
Varivas AIRS, a monofilament line which had a ridged exterior
cause by six hollow interior air chambers. It is incredibly slick
and could add many feet to your casts. Although the new
monofilaments in both and hollow configurations are extremely
popular, tangle-free, braided, monofilament shooting lines have
also found favor. We've tested
Airflo Miracle Braid extensively. This
is a braided monofilament, which has a core. Theoretically,
because the braided line has intermittent contact with your rod
guides it reduces friction more than lines which have constant
contact with the guides. Miracle Braid can be rough on your hands
|Airflo Floating Miracle Shooting Braid|
Recently upgraded with a solid core and s harder, slicker,
smoother finish. One of the best overall shooting/running line for
cold-water fishing with Spey shooting heads, is Airflo Miracle
Floating Shooting Braid. It's incredibly light so it shoots a long
way, has NO memory, floats, and doesn't tangle very often. This is
a great line to use in combination with Skagit and Scandinavian
heads. Some anglers are even cutting the stock shooting lines
from mid-length heads and replacing them with Miracle Braid
because it gives superior performance.
|MBRAID50G||Airflo Miracle Floating Shooting Braid, 50-yard spool||30-pound test||$27.95|
|Airflo Ridge Running/Shooting Line, Pre-looped|
compliment to any shooting head, Ridge technology comes to the
fore on our running lines.
|468415||Airflo Ridge Running Line, Yellow||20-pound
|468422||Airflo Ridge Running Line, Orange||30-pound
Frog Hair Shooting Line
GAMMA's new "Molecularly Altered" Frog Hair Shooting Lines offer all of the casting qualities the big water angler desires. GAMMA's exclusive process builds-in flexibility and virtually eliminates coil memory, which produces lines that will shoot further and handle easier than any other running/shooting lines. Frog Hair Shooting Lines have the "slickness" needed to achieve greater distances. This processing also helps prevent kinking and allows the line to lay in soft, loose coils that literally "shoot like a bullet" through the rod guides. In the larger diameters, stripping is also easier, more controlled, and provides more secure
Many shooting/running lines must be presoaked the night before and
kept wet right up until fishing time to help make them more
flexible. But not Frog Hair! GAMMA's proprietary manufacturing
process eliminates this bothersome step to ensure greater
suppleness and more flexibility throughout the line. At home in
both fresh and saltwater.
SIZE .030, 88-pound test
Hair Shooting Line,
There are a number of reasons for using shooting heads and shooting lines. Traditionally shooting lines are used to cut down on friction in the rod guides while performing long casts. A floating or sinking head is used to load the rod, the cast is made and the head pulls the fine diameter shooting line behind it. First used for tournament distance casting, this system quickly migrated to salt water, and Pacific salmon fishing. Since then it has been used for many fly fishing applications. The newest arena where shooting heads and shooting lines are making an impact is in Spey fishing. Spey line shooting heads have been popular for a number of years in Scandinavia.
Many west coast steelhead anglers have also found Scandinavian style shooting heads to be very practical for fishing their rivers. The original Skagit style lines were shooting heads. The latest fad is to replace the running lines on Rio's Skagit Spey and WindCutter lines with Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting Line, because it is slicker and more tangle free than the original running line. Also one reel can be loaded with backing and a shooting line, and many heads can be interchanged on to it. This system creates less bulk than packing around several extra reel spools.
A super hard, slick finish oval-shaped nylon shooting line.
Has no memory after being stretched before fishing each day.
Has an extremely low coefficient of friction for long distance
Length: 115 feet
|20489||Rio SlickShooter, Blue||25 pound-test||$9.95|
|20490||Rio SlickShooter, Orange||35 pound-test||$9.95|
|20491||Rio SlickShooter, Green||50 pound-test||$9.95|
Rio Powerflex® Core
Improved for 2009!
The Powerflex Core shooting lines have a strong monofilament core that results in thin diameters, great strength and durability and a very slick XS Technology coating (new for 2009) for ultimate distance. These shooting lines are available with either a supple coldwater coating for tangle free performance or with a hard tropical coating that will not wilt in the heat. These lines feature a large welded loop at the front end to speedily attach a shooting head. Two densities available: Floating and Intermediate.
Each size is color coded for easy recognition.
Powerflex® Core are the ultimate
shooting lines when distance and manageability are important, they
combine the slickness and suppleness needed for the highest in
performance and are virtually tangle free. These lines were
developed for fishing with indicators for salmon and steelhead in
the Great Lakes and West Coast fisheries, as well as being an
excellent choice when used with any shooting heads.
Length: 100 ft (30.5 m)
|19030||Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Floating, Orange||.024"||$39.95|
|19033||Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Intermediate Sink, Orange Tint||.024"||$39.95|
|19031||Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Floating, Chartreuse||.030||$39.95|
|19034||Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Intermediate Sink, Chartreuse Tint||.030||$39.95|
|19032||Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Blue||.035||$39.95|
|19035||Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Intermediate Sink, Blue Tint||.035||$39.95|
|Sharkskin Mono SL Braided PE|
|Scientific Anglers Sharkskin Shooting Line|
This shooting line incorporates all of the great
characteristics of standard Sharkskin technology plus some very
cool features. An 8 inch welded loop allows an angler to slip a
spool or reel through for easy switching out of shooting heads. A
very slight taper from .032 up to .040 is provided for extra
durability. A drab colored 5 foot tip allows for easy
differentiation between head and shooting line. This line really
shoots and is easy to hang on to, but can be hard on your hands.
Scientific Anglers Sharkskin shooting Line,
|Scientific Anglers Mono SL Shooting Line|
Remarkable technology produces monofilament nylon that is hollow, but
which retains a round configuration under extreme stress. In
cross-section Mono SL is hollow, but partitioned into six separate
compartments. Mono SL is lighter in weight than water, and therefore
it floats. This may be the most friction free shooting line available.
Because of the lightweight Mono SL barely touches the rod guides, and
coiled loops come off the water cleanly. We first saw this shooting
line in the hands of Spey Casting Wizard, Steve Choate, who was able
to reach parts of the Sandy River which had never been touched by a
fly before. Slick and easy on your hands
Mono SL Specifications:
Color: Transparent Orange
Size: .021" - 36-pound test
Cross-Section of Mono SL
|982765||Scientific Anglers Mono Shooting Line COLOR orange||.021"||$32.95|
|Scientific Anglers Braided PE|
|This is the finest
grade of hollow braided polyethylene rope. It is smoother than any
competitive brand of braided shooting line we've found. Braided PE has
virtually no memory, even in the coldest conditions you will encounter
while fly fishing. PE is comparatively easy on your hands. It floats
and is a favorite with Spey and surf fishermen because it remains
tangle free. It is easy to hang on to and shoots long distances.
Braided PE Specifications:
Size: .032" - 29-pound test
|995680||Scientific Anglers Braided PE||.032"||$32.95|
|Varivas Airs Shooting Line|
|The VARIVAS® Shooting Line has become very popular with distance casters and steelhead/salmon anglers who want to reach our farther. Simply stated, AIRS reduces friction while running through your guides. You will instantly notice the difference between this and any other shooting line we are aware of. The secret is the eight air chambers that run lengthwise inside the line, which gives AIRS its floatation, and also gives it a slightly ridged cross-section on the outside for less contact with rod guide surfaces. Varivas AIRS remains supple even in winter cold water conditions for tangle-free performance. You will have to stretch it as it comes off the reel spool and then it remains straight for that casting period. Ideal for Scandinavian and Skagit style shooting heads. Hi-viz yellow for great visibility. Supplied in 100m spools (approximately 110 yards)||
|VSL-024||Varivas Airs Shooting Line||24-pound, .016||$39.95|
|VSL-030||Varivas Airs Shooting Line||30-pound, .019||$39.95|
|VSL-036||Varivas Airs Shooting Line||36-pound, .021||$39.95|
|VSL-047||Varivas Airs Shooting Line||47-pound, .027||$39.95|
January 22, 2012
This program is for new tiers and experienced
examples of the free instructions you will receive.
Click form more information on Pro Tube Systems...
One-Day Winter Steelhead Finishing School
drift boat ride down a local River with:
Mark Bachmann, Josh Linn Travis Johnson and George Cook . The Fly Fishing Shop has a long history of collaboration with the best Spey Casting Instructors in the world. George Cook has helped us with many schools in the past, often in collaboration with other elite instructors such as Simon Gawesworth . He has been anchorman at the Western Hemisphere's largest two-day Spey Casting School: The Sandy River Spey Clave.
|It has always been a goal of ours to offer the widest array of "finishing schools" for the Spey casting aficionado. An experienced angler might want to gauge his/her skills against a professional guide/instructor. During a guided trip you rarely see how your guide would actually fish the water because they are helping you fish. During this school you will see how the most experienced anglers would fish differing water types. That is why we have teamed with George Cook for a couple of special days aimed at taking you, the accomplished angler to the next skill level. Mark, George, Travis and Josh are the kind of guides that fish on their days off. They live for steelhead fly fishing. George Cook is a special casting coach. George has fished all the great steelhead fisheries of North America and has fished from the Arctic to the Antarctic. George has guided in Alaska and ran Sage's elite casting schools. George's Alaskabou series of flies is (after 20+ years) still the standard for steelhead and Alaska salmon. We are very fortunate to be able to work with George in this unique venue. Combined with our unique class room and PowerPoint presentations, we believe that this class offers benefits available nowhere else, and will appeal to any student who has taken any other classes on how to catch steelhead/salmon with two-hand rods. This School will be a lot of fun and a memorable experience for all involved.|
|Winter Steelhead fly fishing is very practical if you know how. Being able to find fish and being able to present the fly properly are key factors. We have all heard from clients that catching fish comes easy for guides. This is especially true of certain guides. They are the kind of guides that fish on their days off. They are constantly refining their skills. We are those kind of guides. We find that this kind of guide also makes the best teacher. We just have more to offer. George Cook is this kind of guide/instructor and has been part of our team for many|
|years. In this school you will continue to refine skills in understanding steelhead water and how to approach it. Emphasis will be on refining casting and fishing skills. We want to give you maximum advantage by having as many fish hooked during this class as possible. Nothing teaches you more about fishing than being where fish are being hooked and landed. Emphasis will be on spey rod use and sinking-tip line fishing. Students should have above beginner casting skills. This is a fishing class. This is the third level of class offered this|
|season. Sign up for the casting school and the fishing school and save $25.|
What you need to bring to The
Fly Fishing School:
Bring your own waders and rain gear. Bring your own rod/reel set up if you want to.
A variety of premium quality 2-hand rod/reel set-ups will be available for you to use at no extra charge. Flies are supplied.
A hot lunch will be served on the river.
There will be a very short rest period after lunch.
Meet at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:30am for half-hour orientation. Coffee and donuts will be served.
expert guide as he fishes and discloses the secrets and proven
methods that put fish on the beach. Get a lot of hands-on help so
that you too can be productive.
|SPEY-CL-031512||Spey Casting Class,
March 15, 2012
With George Cook
|EST-CLASS-021612||Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School March 16, 2012, Sandy River, 2-students per boat, 8-students maximum With George Cook||$300
|EST-CLASS-03151612||Spey Casting Class, March 15 - PLUS - Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School March 16, 2012 - TWO DAYS. With George Cook||
Fish long & prosper,
Mark & Patty