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Early Season Trout, Spring Steelhead
Patty Barnes with a fat Deschutes Redside that ate a Glo Bug.

If you are going to fish for trout this spring in the Pacific Northwest, be prepared for high water.  The above average snow pack along the spine of the Cascade Mountains will keep water levels high in many streams throughout Central Oregon & Washington.  This is the best news lake & reservoir fishers have had in years.  Chickahominy, Rock Creek & Pine Hollow Reservoirs come to mind as places that produce good catches of trout early in the season (now).  Anglers fishing the lower Deschutes River this spring will find the flows very high.  Many

anglers will whine and give up.  That will make it a lot easier on the rest of us.  There are

advantages in every situation and although few anglers would vote for the flows we are going to have this spring because of the higher water velocity, trout will be concentrated in the soft spots along the shore line.  Most fishing will be conducted from the bank with a really short line.  This situation is especially advantageous to anglers who never learned how to cast very far. Much angling can be accomplished with only the leader extending past the rod tip.  Last week Patty and I caught lots of trout with Glo

Mark Bachmann with a Deschutes Redside that ate a pink worm.

Bugs and Worms.  A split shot or two put the flies in the strike zone. For this kind of fishing longer rods of nine or ten feet are an advantage.  The flies need to be fished absolutely dead drift.  Strikes can be very gentle.  Some purist might turn up their noses at this kind of fishing, but eggs and worms a large part of the natural food chain when the river is high and off color. 

Steve D'Lack with a large Sandy River Steelhead. Marty Sheppard photo.

Fishing continues to be productive in the local rivers for bright steelhead.  Both winter and summer steelhead are being caught.  Brand new summer fish are now available in good numbers. Summer levels in regional steelhead rivers will be the best in several years.  Expect the Sandy, Santiam and Clackamas Rivers to fish well into July. Water levels could be conducive to bring Spring Chinooks into areas where they can be reached with flies.  Total Chinook run sizes are not expected to be large, but water conditions might be good enough to tip the balance in your favor.


Aquatic Worms
Red Tan Pink

Aquatic worms become a high percent of Deschutes River trout's diet during periods of extreme high flows.

Worms occur in dense populations in many silty stream and lake beds. Worms also occur in the bottoms of fast moving gravel bed rivers. During times of floods, catastrophic drift can expose many worms to waiting trout. During these high water periods a San Juan Worm drifted along the bottom can be deadly. On local rivers "the worm" is a very productive fly during winter months or any time the river rises due to flash floods.  Aquatic worms come in a variety of colors ranging from tan to red.  Often a fake worm fly that is brighter colored than real ones
will produce more strikes, especially when the water is turbid.  Be sure to have several colors of worms in your fly box.

San Juan Worm, Red San Juan Worm, Red
Some aquatic worms are reddish.  We have never seen any worms as bright as these flies, but don't let that fool you.  There have been lots of trout caught on this pattern.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12280-12 San Juan Worm, Red 12 3 for $2.95


San Juan Worm, Tan
Many Aquatic worms are tan in color.  This pattern seems to work best in streams and lake that have very clear water.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12290-12 San Juan Worm, Tan 12 3 for $2.95


Deschutes Worm, Pink Deschutes Worm, Pink
We spent a lot of time screening the Deschutes River, looking at the aquatic invertebrates that live there.  The majority of worm that live in the substrate are pinkish.  the first time we fished this pattern during spring run-off the trout gave it two thumbs up.  (Well they would have if they had thumbs.)
Item Description Size Price To Top
12291-12 Deschutes Worm, Pink 12 3 for $2.95


Partridge Feathers
Natural Color Bleached Dyed Brown Dyed Olive
Hungarian Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Hungarian Partridge (Perdix perdix)

A flocking ground-bird. Also known as Grey Partridge and European Partridge. Most commonly are called "Huns" in U.S. Huns inhabit the northern third of the agricultural lands in North America. They are especially fond of open, irrigated land. Hungarian Partridge are not native in the Western Hemisphere.  The North American strain appears to have been imported from Czechoslovakia.  Relatively small in size, the adult Hungarian Partridge averages 12-14 inches

in length. They have short, round wings and a short, dark, chestnut-brown tail. The body feathers are brown and gray, and the male's flanks are barred in chestnut and white and the gray breast has a distinctive horseshoe-shaped chestnut patch on the lower portion.
Hungarian Partridge Plumage is avidly sought after as wet fly tying material. The fibers are soft and water absorbent, which make them come alive when fully saturated while submerged. Even more appealing is the coloration which is is a combination of earthy tans, grays and browns. All feathers are cross barred, which easily imitates the barring on most aquatic insects.  There is a plumage difference between the sexes. The plumage of both males and females are used. The feathers from one sex is not commonly more valuable than the other. "Most fly tiers are not aware that there is a plumage difference."   Females have a smaller chest patch or lack one altogether, and the body feathers are paler. Female shoulder feathers have darker brown cross bars.  Male shoulder feathers tend to be more rust color. Feathers from all parts of Hungarian Partridges are used for fly tying.  Breast, neck, saddle and rump feathers are commonly used for soft hackle flies, traditional wet flies and nymphs. Coloration, barring pattern and size of feathers vary widely in different areas of one bird skin.  Individual birds also vary in feather size, barring and color tone.  Tail and wing feathers are used as well as body feathers.  These stiffer feathers are commonly used for winging or tailing material on traditional wet flies, as well as tails, legs and shell backs on nymphs. 

We offer skins that have been bleached and also dyed.  These exotic skins give the tier even more options in creativity.  All skins are hand selected Number #1 Quality with very straight feathers.  Dyed pelts appear to be smaller than natural ones because of skin shrinkage caused by the dying process.  The feathers are unaffected in volume or individual size.  You are going to love our Hun Hides.  We guarantee it.


Hungarian Partridge, Natural colored pelt. Hungarian Partridge, Natural colored feather. Hungarian Partridge, 1
Natural Color

This is still the most commonly used color of partridge pelt for fly tying.  These skins contain enough feathers to tie hundreds of flies.  Packaged feathers also contain enough feathers to tie dozens of flies, but are not the same quality as those available from whole hides.
Item Description Size Price To Top
1HPS242 Hungarian Partridge, Natural Whole Hide $23.45

HP242 Hungarian Partridge, Natural Packaged Feathers $2.05


Hungarian Partridge, Bleached pelt. Hungarian Partridge, bleached feather. Hungarian Partridge, 2
Bleached Color

Popular hackling material for light colored mayfly and caddis emergers. 

Item Description Size Price To Top
HPS18 Hungarian Partridge, Bleached Whole Hide $25.50


Hungarian Partridge, brown dyed pelt. Hungarian Partridge, brown dyed feather. Hungarian Partridge, 3
Dyed Brown Color

Very popular material for soft hackles and nymph patterns used in dark bottom streams and lakes.
Item Description Size Price To Top
HPS40 Hungarian Partridge, Dyed Brown Whole Hide $25.50


Hungarian Partridge, olive dyed pelt. Hungarian Partridge, olive dyed feather. Hungarian Partridge, 4
Dyed Olive Color

Popular material for many flies used in lakes. These skins contain enough feathers to tie hundreds of flies.  Packaged feathers also contain enough feathers to tie dozens of flies, but are not the same quality as those available from whole hides.
Item Description Size Price To Top
HPS263 Hungarian Partridge, Dyed Olive Whole Hide $25.50

HP263 Hungarian Partridge, Dyed Olive Packaged Feathers $2.05


These hard-to-get Billfish Poppers ARE BACK IN STOCK !!!
After much demand and much delay The Pink Squid and Green Machines are back in stock ready to catch billfish for you.
Pink Squid Billfish Popper Pink Squid Billfish Popper

They gotta' see this one if it's anywhere near 'em.  Designed by Trey combs.  Works well with Trey Combs " Tandem Hooks" (not included). 
Item Description Size Price To Top
15374 Pink Squid Billfish Popper 6" - 7" $14.95


Green Machine Billfish Popper Green Machine Billfish Popper

Looks just like tasty a baby Dorado.  Designed by Trey combs.  Works well with Trey Combs " Tandem Hooks" (not included). 
Item Description Size Price To Top
15375 Green Machine Billfish Popper 6" - 7" $14.95


Simms Shirts & Pants
Simms, the world's best known wader company has expanded their clothing selection to include technical fishing shirts and pants.  You are going to like the look and and practical nature of this outdoor clothing.  This clothing sheds water, dries quickly when wet, and vents interior moisture.

3XDRY Simms Rivertek Shirt, Blue

A highly functional fishing shirt made with a 60/40 cotton/poly blend that's lightweight and easy to care for.

  • UPF 30+ provides very good sun protection
  • 60% cotton/40% polyester blend fabric - light and easy care
  • 3XDry® finish sheds water on exterior and wicks moisture from interior
  • Mesh venting at yoke and sides
  • 2 chest pockets with hook and loop closure
  • Features articulated, button roll-up sleeve and full-coverage cuff

3XDRY Simms Rivertek Shirt, Blue
Item Description Size Price To Top
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  • UPF 30+ provides very good sun protection
  • 60% cotton/40% polyester blend fabric - light and easy care
  • 3XDry® finish sheds water on exterior and wicks moisture from interior
  • Mesh venting at yoke and sides
  • 2 chest pockets with hook and loop closure
  • Features articulated, button roll-up sleeve and full-coverage cuff
3XDRY Simms Rivertek Shirt, Light Green
Item Description Size Price To Top
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CVG1062030 Simms Rivertek Shirt, Light Green Medium $59.95

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CVG1062050 Simms Rivertek Shirt, Light Green X-Large $59.95

CVG1062060 Simms Rivertek Shirt, Light Green XX-Large $59.95


Simms Men's Guide Zip-Off Pant

Cool, quick-drying pants that you can easily turn into shorts.

  • UPF 30+
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  • Design includes deep front pockets with key cord, zippered back pocket, and side cargo pocket
  • Elastic waist with fly opening/button closure and belt loops

Colors: Khaki, Dark Green

Simms Men's Guide Zip-Off Pant

Item Description Size Price To Top
CZP1060330 Simms Mens Guide Zip-Off Pant, Khaki Medium $49.95

CZP1060340 Simms Mens Guide Zip-Off Pant, Khaki Large $49.95

CZP1060350 Simms Mens Guide Zip-Off Pant, Khaki X-Large $49.95

CZP1062230 Simms Mens Guide Zip-Off Pant, Dark Green Medium $49.95

CZP1062240 Simms Mens Guide Zip-Off Pant, Dark Green Large $49.95

CZP1062250 Simms Mens Guide Zip-Off Pant, Dark Green X-Large $49.95


Have you put it on the calendar & booked your motel/hotel room for:
The Greatest Spey Rod Party On Earth?
The Sandy River Spey Clave, May 13-14, at Oxbow Park on the Sandy River
Don't miss:
May 14, 9:00-10:00am

Steve Choate
, Ed Ward, Steve Rajeff 
They will demonstrate the Current Three Most Popular Casting Styles
.

When it comes to delivering long, accurate casts or dropping a fly on a dime, nobody in the world does it better than the G. Loomis Director of Research & Development, Steve Rajeff.  Rajeff has dominated the world of competitive casting for over three decades.  He has no less than 29 national and 13 world All Round Championships on his casting resume. Steve holds the current National single and two hand fly distance records at 238 feet and 295 feet respectively. Steve will demonstrate his competative casting power at the Sandy River Spey Clave, May 14, 1:30pm to 2:00pm, when he attempts to cast 300-feet.  This show has been a big draw for the last three years.

Steve Rajef fishes the Sandy River in the pouring rain.

Ed Ward & Steve Choate testing G.Loomis rods.

You might remember that Steve Choate of Kalama, Washington won the 2002 International Open Spey Casting Championship at Broadlands on the river Test River in England with a single Spey cast of 50 yards.  This cast was performed on moving water as a "fishing cast".  Steve perfected the "Spiral-Single" spey cast and has been one of the major cornerstones of the Sandy River Spey Clave since its beginnings in 2001.  Ed Ward has fished nearly the entire native range of Oncorhynchus mykiss (steelhead).  He is universally respected for his highly refined two-hand fly rod fishing skills.  He lives very close to

the Skagit River in Northern Washington and has been very instrumental in developing the "Skagit Style" of Spey casting, which enables an angler to fish with very large, heavy flies with sinking tip lines.  Ed Ward along with Steve Choate assisted Steve Rajeff in the design, testing and perfection of the new Roaring River Series of G. Loomis Spey Rods.

The Roaring River Two-Hand Series

Grease Line Series
HiTech Traditional  Spey
Dredger Series
Leading Edge Skagit Style
Stinger Series
Scandinavian Fast Action

Mark Bachmann caught this steelhead with a G.Loomis two-hander in 1995.
Fish long & prosper !!!


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