One Year Celebration!
Rabbit Strip Flies
A Day On The Skeena
Vest On Sale!  Cheap!

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FEBRUARY 24, 2002 is the date.  TEN TO FIVE is the time.
Hundreds of dollars worth of nifty prizes will be given away.
(Vests, wading shoes, waders, rods, flies etc.  If you don't come, you won't win.)
Free fly casting and fly tying instruction for everyone!

BACHMANN HOLDING SOMEONE ELSES FISH. There may be some truth to the rumor that
Mark Bachmann
has single handedly set the art of fly tying back 100 years.  However, he works cheap and since we are on a tight budget, we decided to have him as a guest tier at the 
"One Year Celebration" Round Table.  If you don't know Mark Bachmann he's the one that you occasionally see in this newsletter holding other people's fish (mostly local steelhead).  He ties fairly weird but fun flies made out of rabbit strip...

... flies that are quick, easy, inexpensive and TASTY TO LARGE FISH.   
He will show The Fly Fishing Shop!
Sunday, February 24, 1pm - 5pm   
Click here for a mind boggling selection of Rabbit Strip...straight & cross-cut !!!

Don't Miss The Sandy River Spey Clave!
It's a party for steelhead and salmon fly fishers May 18-19, 2002.

Alberto with his 44 pound steelhead. A Day on the Skeena River
by Luciano
We were close to the end of a beautiful October day spent on Skeena river, some miles north of Smithers. It was a cloudy day and the sunset was quickly approaching, Alberto was still fishing at about 50 yards from the shore with the water raising his waist, gently looping his Teeny T130 with a big Articulated black leech, while me and Mimmo were seated on some rocks smoking a good cigar with our rods on the 
knees. We were talking about what happened during the day and, of course, we had the same questions who have all when a fish is lost: do you think that if I just waited a little bit before setting the hook it would have been better ? Or if I had the rod tip higher ? Or if I set the hook several times while playing the fish ? Or if I used a bigger hook ? Or…Or…, we all know very well that all these questions will stand for the eternity without a reply, but we like, we need to ask them each time, it is part of our breed, as if we try to find out a justification or simply because after that we feel better. While me and Mimmo were fantasticating, suddendly the silence broke: Alberto set the hook and instantly said: e’ grossa, e’ grossa !!! (fish on, it’s big, it’s big !!!). Knowing Alberto and his more than 20 years of steelhead flyfishing experience I realized that ‘big’ for him was meaning not less than 20 lbs. It had been an unforgettable vision what me and Mimmo saw: Alberto was dangerously swinging back and forth in the water pulled by an incredible force, the 11’ 8wt Diamondback rod was at it maximum point of flexibility, while the Ari’t Hart steelhead reel was close to the collapse, hissing like never heard before. I screamed: Alberto, pay attention pls !! beware that if you lose the fish now, you will swim in the water, I’m sure!!! Alberto said: I have 250 yards of 30 lb backing on the reel and I’m starting to see the end….I’m unable to stop it…..In those 10 seconds, the ‘monster’ took 200 yards of backing across the current going close to the other side of the river where other guys were fishing, it also jumped outside and our hearts stopped to breath for a while: is it a dolphin or something else ??? Since the fish was very far, we were unable to give it the first estimated weight. When the big run stopped (simply because the fish reached the other side…), Aberto started to go back keeping the rod tip high in the attempt to reach us on the shore where it would be less dangerous and more easy to follow the big one. While reaching the shore he was able to reel in some line and now he had about 70 yards of backing. As if we had not enough troubles, one more was adding up: a motor boat with one Canadian guide (Gunter Zweifler) and two Japanese clients was approaching quickly. Before I had the need to scream, the guide realized what was happening and lowered the motor speed, in that moment, the steelie jumped again close to the boat and the guide screamed: Hey, Hey, you have got not less than a 35 pounder !!!

After speaking with the clients, they decided to land the boat where we was and see the free show given by Alberto who never did anything wrong until that moment. Now the steelie was going downstream and Alberto was following it while reeling some line, but the fish was still far. Some hundreds of yards below Alberto there was  a little gravel island in the middle of Skeena: that was the only place Alberto had to land the dolphin.

In fact, without thinking 2 times, Alberto crossed in diagonal the water and reached the small island not without risks, as you can imagine, crossing the current with the water raising the waist is already dangerous for itself, but if you add a big fish on the rod, it becomes worst jet, but it had not been a problem for Alberto, because his adrenalina was pumping up very fast.. At this time, the elapsed time was at about 30 mins from the hookset and we were all on the shore following Alberto, laughing and screaming like supporters on a football game. It took other 10 mins to land the trophy fish, after that, we reached Alberto who was completely exausted but extremely happy. The ‘fish’ was hanging in low water kept by the tail: it was the biggest steelie I (and other guys) ever seen anywhere, there were no words to describe it, other than  lose our eyes on it. The Canadian guide measured the fish: it was a male 46.45 inches in length, 26.8 girth, based on this formula: (girth squared) x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches) = approximate weight of Steelhead, the fish weight  would fit in the range of 44 lbs (WOW !!!). We took some pics, gave a kiss to the steelie then released it. I think I went thru one of the strongest emotions I ever had in my life.
PS: sorry for my bad English….

Editors Note:  "What an epic fishing saga! I think your English works just fine."
Luciano is from Italy.  He has sent us big fish pictures before.  Check out his brown trout.

This vest is such high quality, no one will ever know you only paid $19.95.
This vest is such high quality, no one will ever know 
you only paid $19.95.

The 39.95 Fishing Vest 
for $19.95

$39.95 is what our competition sells this vest for when they put them on sale.  You will be astounded at the quality of materials, craftsmanship and features in this vest.  Some vests with the same features sell for over $100.
The design of this vest makes it handy for 
fly fishing, spin fishing, photography etc.  It is so affordable that you can have several and organize each for a different task.  Now you can afford to have separate vests for steelhead, bass and trout. That is organization for a dedicated angler who is on the go.  Imagine the time you will save not having to swap fly boxes, leaders and tippet every time you want to sample a different fishery.

Vest Features:
Pockets - (14) front, (3) back, (10) inside.  (3) D-rings.  (1) Fly Drier Patch.  (6) Loops.  Medium weight fabric.  Tan color.  You can't buy anything close for the money.  
Limited to stock on hand! When they are gone you will be sorry! 

Item Description Size Price To Top
V3995-S The 3995 Fishing Vest Small $19.95

V3995-M The 3995 Fishing Vest Medium $19.95

V3995-L The 3995 Fishing Vest Large $19.95

V3995-XL The 3995 Fishing Vest Extra Large $19.95

V3995-XX The 3995 Fishing Vest XX Large $19.95

*  Sandy River Fishery Information Bank

Daily Fishing Report
Watershed Over-view
Sandy River Book
Biology Etc. 
Watershed Council Web Site
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