Trout Opener, Caddis, Predator Wading Shoes
|Trout Opener - April 24|
|All of the
Deschutes River that borders the Warm Springs Indian Reservation opens for
fishing on April 24. We are situated on the most direct route from Portland
to Warm Springs, and are very familiar with the stretches of river from Warm
Springs to Trout Creek and from Trout Creek to Maupin. We started fishing
these parts of the river during the mid-'60's and began guiding there in
1981. We have the best selection of flies for fishing Central Oregon waters
(heck, we just have the most experience). The Deschutes is running a little
high and slightly off-color. Spring run-off has begun, which means it's
perfect for fishing nymphs for larger fish. Our mild winter with low, stable
flows has been perfect for aquatic insect survival and this will be "the
summer of the hatches".
To fish Warm Springs to Trout Creek with a boat, you will need an Oregon Fishing License, Deschutes Boaters Pass, and Warm Springs Reservation Fishing Permit. All of these items are now available online. We will be glad to facilitate and print your online purchase of these necessary documents (if you stop by our shop).
Rock Creek and Pine Hollow Reservoirs have been stocked and are fishing well with the warming weather. Popular Laurance Lake opens on April 24. The road into Clear Lake is currently open. Check out our helpful menu of Public Fly Fishing Lakes. Rocky Ridge Lakes continue to be and anglers paradise.
The local steelhead scene is providing the best spring fishing we have had in years with perfect water levels and strong runs of both winter and summer steelhead. The Sandy, Clackamas, Molalla, Santiam and Hood Rivers are all fishing extremely well. In addition the prediction for Spring Chinook runs are very favorable. This will probably be the best spring season for fly fishing we have experienced in the last thirty years.
We've got the gear and we've got the experience! Call us 1-800-266-3971, or stop by.
Imitating Caddis Adults – When dry flies shouldn’t float
By: Rick Hafele
|In most cases aquatic insects lay their eggs on the water’s surface, providing excellent dry-fly fishing opportunities. Many caddisflies, however, take egg laying to another dimension – the bottom. This means the female caddis actually dives underwater and swims to the stream bottom to lay her eggs. Such behavior is in fact a common method of egg laying among stream dwelling caddis, though it is probably the least known by anglers. The primary caddis hatches occurring right now, which are the small size 18 saddle-case caddis (Glossosoma sp.) and larger size 12 green rock worms (Rhyacophila sp), dive underwater to lay their eggs. Starting about mid June and continuing throughout most of the summer, net-spinning caddis (Hydropsyche sp. and Chuematopsyche sp.) hatch in a big way, and these females also dive below the surface for egg laying.|
|It can be difficult to actually see this underwater action, but the next time you’re on a stream with a large swarm of caddis adults sit and watch them carefully. If the females are diving underwater they will usually fly three or four feet above the water, then, with a sudden change of direction, they will dive head first into the surface. The forceful dive to the water is necessary for such a small insect to penetrate the surface film. Once through the surface the females continue to swim to the bottom even if this means traveling three or four feet down through swift currents. Upon reaching the bottom the females then grab a rock and plaster strings of eggs to it. When finished they release their hold and swim or drift back up to the surface where they either take off back into the air, appearing to be newly hatched adults, or lie exhausted and spent. Females may stay underwater for five or more minutes, and are enclosed in a bubble of air giving them a sparkling silvery appearance.|
|Wet flies are the general rule for imitating diving caddis adults. These can be simple soft hackle patterns tied in the color and size of the adult, or more imitative patterns like Gary LaFontaine’s diving caddis series. I’ve have also had good success by simply fishing a standard dry fly pattern (like a deer hair caddis) underwater by placing a small split shot 18 inches or so up the leader. In all cases you are imitating the adult’s color and size. You also want your fly to sparkle with bubbles of air while submerged. Flies tied with soft loose materials helps with this, as does adding materials with flash like antron. Another trick is to dip your fly in powdered dry fly floatant before fishing it. While this is used to help a fly float, it adds considerable sparkle to your fly when submerged.|
|Presentation is the key to success and often your best indicator that something isn’t right. For example, if caddis adults are active over the water and fish are seen feeding in what appears to be the surface, but your dry flies continue to be refused, it is time to think “diving adults.” The presentation for this is similar to that used for fishing pupa patterns. Cast up and across so your fly will sink at least a foot or two below the surface. As previously mentioned this often requires adding a little weight to you leader. Now simply let the fly float dead-drift through current seams that concentrate the naturals and create feeding lanes for trout. An upstream and across cast with a lift retrieve to imitate an adult swimming back to the surface, should also be tried, but use a less active retrieve than you might with pupa patterns. Finally, if there is a concentration of spent females on the surface, a flush floating dry fly fished without action may also prove effective.|
|Diving Caddis, Submerger Caddis pics|
Remember, for many of the big caddis hatches
you’ll see on streams the best dry fly action is actually underwater. Not
what you might want to hear if you are a surface fly purest, but imitating
this egg laying behavior is just the ticket if you want to improve your
If you want a chance to find out more about aquatic insects of the Deschutes River, and how they relate to fly fishing for trout, Rick Hafele along with Mark Bachmann of the Fly Fishing Shop have a unique 3-day, on the river class to do just that and more. We call it the “Trout Fishing PhD Program,” and it will be held June 9-11. Call: 1-800266-3971 to sign up. Only 8 lucky anglers get to go!! Click for mor info...
|Korkers Predator Wading Shoes|
|Predator Boots With Kling-ON Soles||Predator Boots With Felt Soles|
|Korkers are famous for wading shoes with changeable soles. Now they also make the Predator Boots with fixed felt or Kling-On Sticky Soles.|
Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles
Traditional styling and new Kling-On Sticky Rubber traction along with the latest lacing technology. Wear this fly fishing wading boot and you can forget about tying and retying laces, set the Boa dial and you're ready to go.
· In and out of the water, the Boa Lacing System allows on-the-fly adjustment, with a turn of the dial, to achieve a glove-like fit and uniform closure of the aircraft grade stainless steel laces. Boa Lacing System is guaranteed for the life.
· Quick drying synthetic leather uppers with a protective rand wrap for durability
Keep grit out and drain water quickly with five large
micro-screen mesh panels
· Double stitch reinforced construction
Fixed Kling-On™ high friction sticky rubber sole
Accessory screw-in Spikes (20) available for extra bite (sold
separately - K9010S)
· 41.6 oz /pair
· To accommodate waders, increase size from 1 to 1½ sizes
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|K-9100-06||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soless, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||6||$149.95|
|K-9100-07||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||7||$149.95|
|K-9100-08||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||8||$149.95|
|K-9100-09||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||9||$149.95|
|K-9100-10||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||10||$149.95|
|K-9100-11||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||11||$149.95|
|K-9100-12||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||12||$149.95|
|K-9100-13||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||13||$149.95|
|K-9100-14||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||14||$149.95|
|K-9100-15||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||15||$149.95|
Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with
Traditional styling with the latest lacing technology — wear this fly fishing wading boot and you can forget about tying and retying laces, set the Boa dial and you're ready to go. · In and out of the water, the Boa Lacing System allows on-the-fly adjustment, with a turn of the dial, to achieve a glove-like fit and uniform closure of the aircraft grade stainless steel laces. Boa Lacing System is guaranteed for the life.Quick drying durable synthetic leather uppers with a protective rand wrap
· Keep grit out and drain water quickly with five large micro-screen mesh panels
· Double stitch reinforced construction for durability
· Fixed felt sole
· Accessory screw-in Spikes (20) available for extra bite (sold separately - K9010S)
· 41.6 oz /pair
· To accommodate waders, increase size from 1 to 1½ sizes
Click for Larger
|K-9000-06||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||6||$149.95|
|K-9000-07||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||7||$149.95|
|K-9000-08||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||8||$149.95|
|K-9000-09||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||9||$149.95|
|K-9000-10||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||10||$149.95|
|K-9000-11||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||11||$149.95|
|K-9000-12||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Kling-On Soles||12||$149.95|
|K-9000-13||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||13||$149.95|
|K-9000-14||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||14||$149.95|
|K-9000-15||Korkers Predator Wading Shoes, with Fixed Felt Soles||15||$149.95|
Predator Studs by Korkers
Brand new. In stock now for installation.
|K-9010S||Korkers Predator Studs, per 20-pack||3/8-inch diameter||$19.95|
|The Warm Water Whammy Bass Fly Series|
|Olive and White||Yellow and Chartreuse||How To Strip Your Whammy|
Bass Flies by Kevin Price
About Rigging Bass Flies
|How To Fish Your Warm Water Whammy Bass Flies|
Methods by: Kevin Price Click For Video!
The angler can modify their stripping technique to impart different movement to the fly as it is being retrieved across the water. Fluorocarbon leader material sinks, and when the fly is stripped the sunk leader gives the fly a downward motion. Monofilament tends to float and works better for sliding a fly or staying on top of weed mats. Kevin reports that he has also been experimenting using intermediate-sink poly leaders, and riffle hitching his flies to get some insane darting and zig-zag action.
The Warm Water Whammy is an easy fly to cast, as it slides off the water easily to form your back-cast. These flies also right themselves if they happen to land on the water upside down. The weed guards on these flies are very thick and stiff, which allows these flies to be fished in heavy cover.
Watch the videos and you will be convinced that a lot of research and development went into the design and construction of these unusual, but highly productive flies. We're betting these Warm Water Whammy flies will prove deadly on baby tarpon and snook as well as large mouth bass.
|Warm Water Whammy, Olive and White|
|SIG1613||Warm Water Whammy, Olive and White||2||3 for $16.95|
|SIG1614||Warm Water Whammy, Olive and White||1/0||3 for $16.95|
|Warm Water Whammy, Yellow and Chartreuse|
|SIG1615||Warm Water Whammy, Yellow and Chartreuse||2||3 for $16.95|
|SIG1616||Warm Water Whammy, Yellow and Chartreuse||1/0||3 for $16.95|
May 2 Fly Tiers' Round Table
Free Fly Tying Party
May 2 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday Afternoon.
"Tying for the Salmon Fly Hatch (all stages)”
This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV,
and all tying materials & hooks are free.
A custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
and special teaching aides are provided.
You get to keep all the flies you tie.
Please bring your own tools & tying thread if you have them.
If you don't have them, we will provide them.
Refreshments will be served. Bring snacks if you want to.
Everyone is welcome!
At: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR 503-622-4607.
Mia Sheppard Wins At Spey-O-Ramma
Local Welches women, Mia Sheppard brings home the gold!
|Mia's score: 108' 107' 127' 122', total 464'|
Bob Pauli put it well in summing up Mia's victory at Spey-O-Ramma 2010: “Women’s World Champion Mia Sheppard displayed an effective game plan. In six years of judging, she is the first competitor I recall completing the four required casts in her first four attempts. The pressure was off. This left the remaining time to be used for long cast attempts and to better her score. She was successful and took home the long cast trophy at 127 feet as well as the championship. Mia definitely was mentally prepared.”
|Huge Stock of Fish Cat Float Tubes|
|...the most popular float tubes !!!|
The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR
Fish long & prosper,
Mark & Patty