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Back eddy foam line sippers. Back Eddies
These are the places in a river where the currents reverse direction and flow upstream.  In eddies the currents swirl and revolve, some violently, others are soft and slow.  The eddies that are large enough to hold trout are our main interest here.  They can be as big as a wash tub or nearly 
the entire width of the river.  Eddies tend to gather drifting trout food items and condense them toward the slower turning areas.  In many slower turning eddies foam lines form in the slowest spots.  These foamy areas  provide cover for feeding trout and trout food organisms are often gathered in the foam as a vast smorgasbord.  These foamy areas drift with the changing currents or winds.  Back eddies concentrare food and feeding fish.

Much of the trout food in back eddies is crippled or dead insects.

Calm days are usually best for fishing in back eddies as wind scatters the floating food.  Trout can drift around with the food items and foam lines or station up in places where food concentrates. Feeding is usually quiet and deliberate.  Normally the only surface disturbance is a small dimple from a nose or dorsal fin.  Sight fishing is the best approach.  A pair of high resolution binoculars is a real asset for spotting what the fish are feeding on.  Back eddy feeders can be very picky.  Being able to see what 
the trout are feeding on is the key to success.  Some slow eddies have silty, weedy bottoms and the insects that hatch from them are of the varieties that you would expect to find in lakes.  But eddies also trap insects from hatches that occur in other parts of the river.  This is especially true of crippled or dead insects.  Observation has disclosed that many of the insects that trout feed on in eddies are dead or disabled.  Insects that are emerging from their nymphal to adult forms are also targeted.  Healthy adult insects are often ignored.  Most food items that get trapped in the flow of an eddy are very small in stature. 

You can catch big trout from back eddies if you have the skill.

On the Deschutes River most of the back eddy feeding is done on insects that are size 14 through 20.  To make the acquisition of these small food items pay off for the trout in the "calories in vs. the calories expended" equation, the expenditure of energy must be very small.  Any food item which can escape or takes pursuit is a potential liability.  Therefore insects which are incapable of escape are most desirable.  Some eddies collect food items in dense translucent rafts that appear as brownish scum.   These scum lines revolve in the eddy with the currents.  The trout follow them feeding leisurely.  These trout are extremely visible to people.  Many of these eddies receive a lot of angling pressure.  Trout in eddies which receive a lot of fishing pressure can become very suspicious feeders.  Any potential food item that moves un-naturally is refused.  Being able to present your fly so that it shows no influence from an attached leader is essential.  Long fine tippets made from nearly invisible material are the rule.  Being able to present the fly line and leader so that you get a drag free float takes planning.  Casting accuracy is essential. Observation is the real key to success in back eddies.  Use your polarized sun glasses and a pair if binoculars to study the fish and their prey.  Find a comfortable vantage point.  Try to position yourself so that you are camouflaged from the fish.  Use natural vegetation as a blind. Dress to blend-in.  Often the feeding fish will forget that you are watching them.  Get elevation if you can.   Station up in the shade.  Use the natural light to give you the best visibility.  When trout are spotted, it's hard to turn off the attack instinct. The trout are not going anywhere unless they are spooked into hiding.   Remember that once you start your presentation, you will get a limited number of shots.  The first shot has to be stealthy.  Choose it wisely. Take your time.  Survey the whole area.  Know where all the players are holding and what their movement patterns are like.   Sooner or later your hunting instinct will point out one fish that is most vulnerable to you.  Or possibly it will home in on an individual that is the best trophy.  No matter the criteria, you will zero in on one quarry.  This is a point where you can blow the whole scene.  Remember the first shot.  Take an extra measure of time to study the target in fine detail.  Watch it feed through your binoculars.  See exactly what it eats.  If you can match its favorite food item exactly not only in size, shape and color, but also in buoyancy,  your fly is as effective as it can be.  Now you can concentrate on the presentation of the fly.  How the fly lands on the water in relation to the fish is the first key element.  Place the fly on an intercept trajectory with the fish at the closest possible range that won't spook it.  Use a light touch.  The softer the fly lands on the water, the closer you can put it to the fish.  The closer it is to the fish the less possibility that drag will occur before the fish takes.  The cast must take into account the surrounding obstacles such as grass, shrubs and trees.  don't for get the wind.  It is always a player in you game.  Back eddy fly fishing can rival chess and golf for complexity.  That's why we do it.  Repeated back-yard casting sessions to targets with the tackle you plan to use, is a good way to gain confidence... in your ability...or if you are not satisfied with your performance...you can hire a casting instructor to help sharpen you up.  Remember to practice some of your casting from a kneeling position.  This often is the best position for fishing back eddies.

G. Loomis EastFork Fly Reel
Our view, "A high-classed looking reel, with a very appealing price."

This reel is brand new, but very impressive looking.  It has much in common with the proven Venture Series of reels, but is modernized and refined.  Machined from bar stock aircraft grade aluminum alloy the reel foot, frame cage and spool are deeply anodized a rich bronze color.  These machined aluminum parts are not polished.  You can see the mark of every cutting tool.  It is upon close inspection, that you realize that the tools which sliced this reel from solid metal, are incredibly sharp and precisely controlled to the point that no further polishing was necessary.  When you rotate the spool there is no perceptible end or side play.  Tolerances are better than some reels costing more than twice as much.  The drag is equally smooth, and the adjustment from very-light to full-on tight, is easy to fine tune and is very smooth.  As soon as our friend Mike Perusse, the Pacific Northwest G. Loomis Rep showed us the new EastForks, we knew we wanted some.  Take a close look.  We bet you will feel the same way.

3-4 WF3F + 100 yds. #20, WF4F + 50 yds. #20
5-6 WF5F + 125 yds. #20, WF6F + 100 yds. #20
7-8 WF7F + 175 yds. #30, WF8F + 150 yds. #30
Item Description Size Price To Top
55838 G. Loomis EastFork Reel 3-4 $165

55839 G. Loomis EastFork Reel 5-6 $175

55840 G. Loomis EastFork Reel 7-8 $185

58903 G. Loomis EastFork Spool 3-4 $85

58904 G. Loomis EastFork Spool 5-6 $90

58905 G. Loomis EastFork Spool 7-8 $95


Big Flies For Bull Trout
With nearly every river in the State blown out by heavy rain, the Metolius is a spring creek.  The Metolius River can provide a unique winter time fly fishing experience for Bull Trout.  The Metolius River is open year round and has a great winter population of
Bull Trout, some of which will exceed twenty pounds.  Bull trout eat other fish.  To catch them a large fly is needed.  Try fishing 4" to 8" streamers in some of the larger holes with a very fast sinking line such as a Teeny
T-200 or T-300.  The presentation is much like for winter steelhead; deep & slow.

 


Deceiver, Streaker
This is my favorite Bull Trout fly.  It is tied with matched peacock sward feathers for the back.  White saddle hackles form the sides & flash is added for sparkle.
Item Description Size Price To Top
50050-3/0 Deceiver, Streaker 3/0 $4.50


Epoxy Head Deceiver, Blue & White
A decent herring pattern for Pacific Salmon and possibly the best fly for big jacks and barracuda in the Caribbean.  This fly is also deadly on Bull Trout in both rivers and lakes.  
Item Description Size Price To Top
64250-3/0 Epoxy Head Deceiver, Blue & White 3/0, 6" $3.95


Epoxy Head Bait Fish, Gray Back Minnow
This fly simulates all kinds of bait fish and is easier to cast than some of the larger Bull Trout patterns.  You definitely need a few of these in your bag of tricks.
Item Description Size Price To Top
64277-2/0 Epoxy Head Bait Fish, Gray Back Minnow 2/0, 3.5" $3.25


Conehead Rabbit Strip String Leech, Olive
This pattern has a very life like action and is most effective when you need to get deep.
Item Description Size Price To Top
00507-06 Conehead Rabbit Strip String Leech, Olive 6 3 for $6.50


Conehead Rabbit Strip String Leech, White
Possibly the single most effective pattern for Bull Trout when they are holding is very deep water.
Item Description Size Price To Top
00509-06 Conehead Rabbit Strip String Leech, White 6 3 for $6.50


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