River Spey Clave 2003
17 - 18, 2003 At: Oxbow Park
On: The Sandy River
The Greatest Spey Casting Show in The Pacific Northwest Presents an All-Star Cast:
Andy Murray, Simon Gawsworth, Steve Choate, Dr. Way Yin, Mark Bachmann,
Brian Silvey, Jon Covich, George Cook, Scott O'Donnell, Ed Ward,
Derrick Fergus, Greg Snieder, Randy Sholes, Leroy Teeple.
Meals & Hospitality by Bob & Laura.
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River, Utah: Big Flies, Big Fish, Big Fun
By Bret Carlson
The appearance of
salmon flies on the Deschutes and green drakes on the Metolius
provide some respite for Oregonians who’ve strained their
eyesight through too many Baetis and midge hatches. However, if
you really want to give your dry fly eyes a break – and your
forearms a workout – the Green River in Utah will likely do the
the very least – thrived. The browns – combined with introduced
populations of rainbows and cutthroat – make up one of the most
prolific trout rivers in the United States. In the seven mile
“canyon” section immediately below the dam, populations range from
16,000 to 20,000 trout per mile! Thanks to a fecund biomass especially
rich in scuds, the fish grow large fast, adding two inches per month
in the spring and early summer. Many fish eclipse 20”, and fish
exceeding 24” are commonly seen...though not commonly caught.
(including memorable blue-winged olive hatches in early spring), terrestrials provide a singular opportunity to take large fish on large flies. Hoppers, crickets, and variety of ants and beetles all provide large food fodder – but it’s the cicadas that bring the big fellas to the surface. Cicadas are the largest member of the suborder Homoptera, which include leafhoppers, treehoppers and aphids. As nymphs, they live underground and feed on the roots of trees and shrubs. When they leave their burrows, they climb the trunk of a tree, their skins split open, and mature cicadas emerge. Their recognizable nocturnal tune is a siren song to trout and anglers alike.
River aficionados rely on a number of patterns to mimic the cicadas.
Favorites include the McFly Style Cicada, the Noble Chernobyl, and the
Marshmellow and Calf Wing Cicadas.
Fishing from a drift boat allows anglers to reach the greatest number of likely lies -- seam lines, cliff sides, grassy banks, and subsurface structures. Casting straight downstream with a continued long drift is a great way to trigger explosive strikes from browns waiting in ambush.
Cicada activity begins in late May and continues in earnest through June. The good news is, due to the vast number of cicadas that the trout eat during this period, they continue to key in on large artificials throughout the summer…which brings joy to the hearts (and eyes) of anglers the world over!
Bret Carlson is part-owner of Spinner Fall Guide Service in Heber City, Utah. He and his partners acquired the service from Bret’s uncle, Monty Howard, last year. For more information about the Green River, visit www.spinnerfall.com , or call 877-811-FISH.
The Ross Evolution has experienced the best reception of any reel series we have introduced in our 22-year history. This is really no surprise considering the Evolution is the result of collective input provided by Ross dealers, pro staff and customers.
The Evolution series was introduced in October, in sizes to balance with #1 - #6 outfits. Now this lightweight reel series has a model that will match perfectly with a 7, 8 or 9 weight rod. The reel will accommodate an 8-weight line with 175 yards of 20 pound backing; the perfect setup for
steelhead, bonefish, larger trout
and a variety of warm water species.
Leaders and Tippet
Performance By Design
Every Climax Leader is designed with a stiff butt section to transfer your casting energy progressively down the length of the leader to the tippet section. All TROUT leaders are manufactured with high-abrasion resistance, yet supple co-polymer materials, which allow this energy transfer to deliver a quick, powerful turnover and delicate, natural presentation of the fly. TIPPET MATERIALS compliment Trout leaders. Climax Leaders are specifically designed for different species of fish and fishing conditions. STEELHEAD and BONEFISH leaders are made of harder more abrasion resistant material. BARRACUDA/SHARK leaders have wire bite tippets. The revolutionary STU APTE BIG FISH leaders are in a league of their own for fishing Tarpon and Bluewater Species. Climax designs give maximum leader performance for specific fishing techniques. That is why they have been the most popular brand of fly leaders sold at The Fly Fishing Shop for 10 straight years.
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