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First Annual Oregon Fly Fishing Festival A Huge Success
Judge Mike Perusse watches closely as a contestant cast for a chance at a G. Loomis rod.

Saturday was beautiful weather for being rain, no wind...a perfect 65-degrees...the smells of spring all around.  Several hundred fly anglers visited the Festival. High points were the huge selection of tackle to feel & try, casting events & non-stop prizes. Good times were had by all.

Patty and her customers.

Our store was jammed with people. The local restaurants reported a huge surge in business.  All parking areas were used up, traffic jams were created and shuttles were performed...much to amusement of all involved.  This was the First Annual Oregon Fly Fishing Festival.  Next years even will involve more of our community.  June 16-17, 2007.

Trafic jam,...traffic jam...

Green Drakes
 Epoxyback Nymph Hair Wing Dun Paradrake
  Hackle Stacker Quill Body Parachute
Cripple Loop Wing Paradun  Spinner
Comming soon: Ultralight Emerger B.D. E. EXT Dun 

This Green Drake photo is the cover shot from: WESTERN MAYFLY HATCHES By: Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele, which is the most authoritative work on western mayflies available. Click this picture to buy one. Fishing Green Drake Hatches
These large insects are trout candy on our western streams. Green drakes are the largest mayflies that provide fishable hatches in our fast local waters. In the Pacific Northwest region, look for them toward the end of the giant stonefly hatches; May & June. Hatches occur during mid-day and are usually easily visible.  Windless, cloud-cover days are best. Green Drakes are large insects and evidently taste really good to trout.  When Green Drakes hatch in good numbers the trout forget all other foods and target them only.  A dense hatch of Green Drakes can bring the largest trout to the surface.   But, Green Drakes are fickle and somewhat unpredictable.  Some days have heavy hatches others very light.  Some regions of a stream will have more insects than others.  Green Drake hatches are something that the fully armed angler prepares for, even though it may not be the main target.  However, if you ever encounter a major Green Drake hatch and are unprepared you will remember it with sorrow.  Pictured is a Drunella Grandis dun, which is the cover shot from WESTERN MAYFLY HATCHES, By: Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele.  It is a great reference material for the trout fisher. Check out our special deal.

Green Drake Epoxyback Nymph Green Drake Epoxyback Nymph
Green Drake Mayflies are the largest mayflies that hatch from our faster west coast rivers.  They often leave the water in dense enough hatches to create good rises. They also create interest for a couple of hours before each hatch.  Green Drake nymphs are big and very rough looking.  Pound the bottom with this fly early in the morning.  Fish it unweighted during the earliest stage of the hatch or as a dropper during the hatch.
Item Description Size Price To Top
11925-08 Green Drake Epoxyback Nymph 8 3 for $5.25

Green Drake Ultralight Emerger
Some times Green Drakes emerge from the nymphal shuck while they are still submerged.  Usually they emerge as written above.  As the dun pushes through the opening in the back of the nymph it assumes a hunch back pose.  This fly was designed by Mike Huffman and is similar to his famously successful Ultralight Hex Emerger.  This fly floats because of the sealed cell foam on the back of the fly.  You should dress the dear hair wing with fly floatant. Spit on the lower part of the fly so it dangles below the surface of the water.  Available by 06/10/06.
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03106-08 Green Drake Ultralight Emerger 8 3 for $5.25

Green Drake Cripple  Green Drake Cripple 
Sometimes the emergence doesn't go acording to plan.  The dun gets stuck in the nyphal shuck and runs out of strength before it can pull free.  It is neither a water or air breathing insect. It dies half in and half out of the water.  It is a cripple.  It becomes fresh meat for the scavengers.  Its an easy enough target to interest big, selective trout.  Grease the hackle and deer hair wings.  Spit on the soft absorbent body and tail.  This is a particularly effective fly on slick water places.
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2007-08 Green Drake Cripple 8 3 for $5.25

2007-10 Green Drake Cripple 10 3 for $5.25

Green Drake B.D. E. EXT Dun
The hardest part about fishing this fly in a dense hatch, is its hard to tell your fly from the reel ones.  It floats because of the foam body, but you will want to dress the fly with floatant for the best performance.  The B.D.E. EXT Dun will float in the fastest flows, but it also fools 'em on slick spring creek water.

Available by 06/10/06.

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03108-08 Green Drake B.D.E. EXT Dun 8 3 for $5.25

Green Drake Hair Wing Dun  Green Drake Hair Wing Dun 
These hefty mayflies are a big enough bite to bring trout up in rough, fast moving water.  To fish this kind of water takes a different fly the fishing smooth water.  Here the the fly doesn't have to be as realistic, but it needs to be extremely buoyant.  It also need to be very durable.  The hair wing dun carries a lot of floatation in the wing as well as hackles and large body. Grease the whole fly, but with just enough to coat the fly but not weight it down or change its color.   Dave's Bug Float works good on this fly.
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2005-10 Green Drake Hair Wing Dun 10 3 for $5.25

2005-10 Green Drake Hair Wing Dun 12 3 for $5.25

Green Drake Hackle Stacker  Green Drake Hackle Stacker 
The Hackle Stacker is a fly that will fool trout even when the water is slick and slow moving.  It is often good to position your self up stream of a rising trout. Use a downstream slack line cast to bring the fly to the fish tail first before the leader.  Long tippets are a real help.  If the fish can not be approached this way and the cast has to be made upstream, be sure your tippet sinks before it comes into view if the trout.  Because this fly is made from soft deer hair, it is good for a limited number of fish.  Buy a number of spares.
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Q1073-10 Green Drake Hackle Stacker  10 3 for $5.25

Q1073-12 Green Drake Hackle Stacker 12 3 for $5.25

Green Drake Loop Wing Paradun Green Drake Loop Wing Paradun 
Very similar to the Hackle Stacker, except that the loop wing is more prominent.  This fly is also a slightly different color and will better mimic certain hatches, as there are variances in tones from stream to stream.
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Q212-12 Green Drake Loop Wing Paradun 12 3 for $5.25

Green Drake Paradrake Green Drake Paradrake
This is the most popular Green drake dry fly we sell.  It closely resembles the major hatches on the Deschutes, Metolius and Sandy.
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2010-10 Green Drake Paradrake 10 3 for $5.25

2010-12 Green Drake Paradrake 12 3 for $5.25

Green Drake Quill Body Parachute Green Drake Quill Body Parachute
This fly is gaining popularity, both in the Pacific Northwest and the rocky Mountain states.  The body is wrapped with a turkey biot feather which gives a very realistic, segmented look to the abdomen of the fly.  Since this is the part of the body that most heavily impacts the surface of the water, it is highly visible to the trout.  It is slightly more durable than bundled deer hair bodies of the extended body paradrake flies.
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2004-10 Green Drake Quill Body Parachute 10 3 for $5.25

2004-12 Green Drake Quill Body Parachute 12 3 for $5.25

Green Drake Spinner  Green Drake Spinner 
Some reference books will tell you the Green Drake spinner-falls occur only in the dark and are of no consequence to the angler, but I have encountered several. My first Green Drake spinner-fall was in the mid-1970's on the pool upstream of Bridge 99, on the Metolius River.  We had arrived too late for the hatch the day before, but I had noted some very large Green Drake spinners with a few trout rising to them.  I caught a couple spinners and put them in a jar.  Later at the cabin, I tied three flies using stiff poly
yarn for the wings.  This morning the hatch had been very sparse, but the hatch the day before had been very heavy, and this days spinner-fall was equally heavy.  The trout went nuts and my new fly was an instant success.
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2015-08 Green Drake Spinner 8 3 for $5.25

The key to success is "understanding".  You can never know enough.
Understanding the organisms that trout feed on is one of the keys to catching trout.

Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele
is great reference material for the trout fisher.
Check out our special deal.

Winston B2X Spey Rods
Per model, these are the lightest weight two-handers available.
13' 3" - 7/8 13' - 8/9 14' - 8/9 15' - 9/10

See Winston Pro Andre Scholz at the 2006 Sandy River Spey Clave !!!
Field Test 05/30/06

After extensive testing, our shop people feel the Rio Skagit Floater is the best floating fly line choice, for the Winston BIIX Spey Series fly rod action. 

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FREE LINE-B2X SPEY Free Free Rio Skagit Floater fly line with Winston B2X Spey rod purchased in 2006 $FREE


Length: 13' 3"       Line: #7/8     Pieces: 4   

An extraordinary lightweight medium-action two-hand rod that will make effective fly presentations at all distances.
Rod weight: 6 3/4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
78133 B2X 7/8 Medium Spey $795


Length: 13'       Line: #8/9     Pieces: 4   

An extraordinary lightweight fast-action two-hand rod that will make effective fly presentations at all distances.
Rod weight: 6 3/4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
8913 B2X 8/9 Fast Spey $795


Length: 14'       Line: #8/9     Pieces: 4   

An extraordinary lightweight medium-action big water spey rod.
Rod weight: 7 3/4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
8914 B2X 8/9 Medium Spey $795


Length: 15'       Line: #9/10     Pieces: 4   

An extraordinary lightweight fast-action big water spey rod.
Rod weight: 8.5 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
091015 B2X 9/10 Fast Spey $795

Winston Field Test 05/30/06, Mark Bachmann
"One of the best things about my job is being able to use the best tackle the world makes."

When Winston initially introduced their new line of B2X Spey rods in 2005 there was a favorable reception in the market place, but no big stir.  They were different, maybe too different for the average caster to appreciate.  They were too powerful for their weight, they recovered so fast it was hard for the average guy to feel the "kick" as the rod unloaded, therefore a little hard for the average guy to time.  I know because even though I get lots of time on the water, it's sometimes hard to adapt to a new rod/line setup. My initial interest was the 8914 model because that's a rod size that fits our fishery very well. Brian Silvey and I experimented with WindCutter fly lines and came to the conclusion

that if we over-lined the rod one size, it loaded down into the butt and delivered real power. At the last Sandy River Spey Clave, I got to cast this same rod with Andre Scholz, Winston's Spey Pro.  Andre prefers a Scandinavian Shooting head system with a much shorter and lighter head and loading the rod off the tip.  The results were blazing, narrow, pretty loops.  Incorporated into Andres system were Poly Leaders and and extremely long tippets.  This kind of set up will present small flies with maximum delicacy and stealth, great for Atlantic Salmon and east-side summer steelhead.  Marty Sheppard Talked about using a 550 Skagit with a 5-foot Cheater and a standard Rio fast sinking tip on this same Winston rod.  He said it was the easiest outfit for his customers to learn to cast and fish with.  That caught my attention, because there ain't nuthin' the matter with easy.  He was right!  It is an easy outfit to fish the rivers on the west side where we use larger flies fished deep.  My wife Patty used this comfortable outfit the last two trips we fished together.  I Mostly fished a 13' 3" 7/8 Winston with a 450 Skagit, using a 5-foot cheater and standard tip.  I could cover all the water I wanted too with this lighter weight outfit, even when fishing with larger tub flies.  Then I tried the new 15' 9/10 weight cannon with a 650 Skagit.  Wow!  The limitation on distance was keeping the shooting line from tangling.  This is the new big water tamer.  Might be interesting to see someone use one of these rods at Spey-O-Rama.

Rio Skagit Floater Spey Line

Your Skagit Floater Spey might help you feed yourself. Overall Length: 120ft
Head Length: 45ft

Color: Yellow Head/Green Running Line
This is a weight forward line that is designed for "Skagit Style" casting. It incorporates a short, heavy shooting-head type line with a compound taper for presenting very large, weighted flies.  The head on this line is 10' shorter than the popular WindCutter line of the same weight.  The compact design allows easier casting of large flies and requires a shorter "D" loop which will appeal to beginners or anglers working around stream bank vegetation.

Field Test Report          Relative Weights
45' head.
Item Description Size Price To Top
21644 Rio Skagit Floater Spey Line 6/7 - 500 gr. $90.00

21645 Rio Skagit Floater Spey Line 7/8 - 600 gr. $90.00

21646 Rio Skagit Floater Spey Line 8/9 - 700 gr. $90.00

21647 Rio Skagit Floater Spey Line 9/10 - 800 gr. $90.00

These lines are very much like the "Mark-mark" lines of a few years ago.  They were shortened WindCutters.  We had found that if we shortened the head of WindCutter Spey Line, it was a lot easier for beginners to learn with.  Since the WindCutters of the era didn't change color at the rear taper like the modern ones, it was hard to see how much "over-hang" you had past the rod tip.  We installed a 6" band with a black waterproof marker pen.  We sold so many of these lines, that guys started calling it the "Mark-mark" line.  It sounded kind of like the hair-lip dog joke, but it worked very well for the purpose intended.
We have tried Skagit Floaters on a wide range of rods and field conditions. Because of its compactness, it is a great line when working in tight places, such as smaller rivers or when working off the steep side of any river that has overhanging branches, or anywhere there is little back cast room.  This is a great teaching line when you want a group of students clustered around you in a small area. It is a great practice line when your practice area is small. The best attribute this line has is beating the wind.  The short, compact head allows you to load a rod hard and stop very quickly, thus generating very fast line speed.

When choosing a Skagit Floater to match your present Skagit Spey system, you might want to rethink sizing.  The chart below shows the the total head weights for Skagit Speys with standard Rio components.  As you can see, the the relative weights of the heads vary widely between floating and sinking tip lines of the same size designation.  If you like the way your rod feels with your sinking tip setup, then you should move up a size when buying a Skagit Floater.

Skagit Spey w/5' Cheater & 15' Rio Tip Skagit Floater
Model Body Wt. Cheater Wt. Tip Wt. Head Wt. Head Length Head Wt. Head Length
7/8 450 gr. 65 gr. 117 632 gr. 47' 500 gr. 45'
8/9 550 gr. 72 gr 125 747 gr. 47' 600 gr. 45'
9/10 650 gr. 80 gr 150 880 gr. 47' 700 gr. 45'
10/11 750 gr. 93 gr 172 1015 gr. 47' 800 gr. 45'

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