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M.O.W. Tips
Late Season Rocky Ridge


 More MOW Tips...Introduction to McCuneO’donnellWard
They are the new rage in Skagit Line accessories! All sizes are in stock!
Light Weight                              Medium Weight                              Heavy Weight
Mark Bachmann testing the M.O.W. Tip System...

Spey-Jedi, Ed Ward was one of the first of a Light group of hardcore anglers that began utilizing such tips in the late 1990’s/ early 2000 period. Mike McCune and Scott O’Donnell had been using custom-made Cheaters as length compensators for short T-14 tips on both the Oregon Coast as well as their Grande Ronde fall guide season. Over the course of the last 10 years, other folks have gotten onto this concept via the 3 Amigos allowing the Secret Society to build their own “chop-shop” product. This concept was needed to overcome the boomerang effect of fishing 2.5’ to 7.5’ sinktips that were attached directly to a Skagit or even a Windcutter type head. The integrated floating portion provides a buffer of smoothness making casting such short tips feasible, smooth and effective.
Usage. 
To quote Mike McCune: "One of the primary reasons for our adherence to Skagit principles is its unmatched versatility under a broad range of fishing applications. Not all good steelhead water is of a classic format. Indeed, some of my best water is anything but classic. Basalt ledges punctuated by large boulders defines many of my “go-to” spots. This is where the short tip excels. Having the capability to swing the fly through the zone with proper speed is very difficult if not impossible when using standard length sinking tips. Often, I can consider that I am steering the fly through this type of water as much as swimming it. One of the most difficult aspects confronting the sunken fly angler is developing the ability to see the imaginable third dimension that exists below the water surface. I think that these tips help greatly in regard to learning this. Other examples of the use of short tips would be clear water extreme angle presentations, shallow tail-outs and enhanced depth penetration under summer/fall conditions."
Other uses for the M.O.W. system would be Light-stream pocket water, along with boulder patches (Oregon Coast/Olympic Peninsula/SE Alaska), deep frog-water steelhead runs that have always proved problematic to the standard sink-tip approach, Alaskan slough-edge king and silver water along with general high-water soft edges.
It should be pointed out that these tips excel on both shorter Spey rods (12’3” to 13’9”) along with Switch rods in the 10’6” to 11’6” range. The M.O.W. concept in its initial offering features T-14 and T-11 systems (T-8 available September, 2010). T-11 M.O.W.’s will for the most part match up with 425 to 625 grain heads while T-14 will match up with 475 to 750 grain heads. However, as with all things Spey, there is always a given level of overlap which is to say the T-11 can and will perform on a 650 to 750 grain setup and that a T-14 in a 2.5’ or 5.5’ M.O.W. will see time on 350 to 450 grain heads. McCune, in his initial write-up, felt that tip selection (T-14 vs. T-11) was greatly influenced in terms of overall fly size and weight coupled with such factors as water speed/depth/temperature along with rod setup/size with consideration to wind direction and severity. 

M.O.W. System Kits and Individual Pieces. 
Available May 10th will be both the M.O.W. Kits and individual tips as follows…

Kits
Both T-11 & T-14 Kits, $149.95/kit retail complete with wallet consisting of:
2.5’ x 7.5’ M.O.W.
5’ x 5’ M.O.W.
7.5’ x 2.5’ M.O.W.
Both 10’ & 12’ Double-Looped Sinking tips
10’ Floating Tip

In addition to the full-on kits, any of the individual M.O.W., 10’ or 12’ sinktips and specialized floating tips, can be purchased individually. Prices ranges from $19.95 (10’ floating, 10’ sinking, 12’ sinking) to $24.95 (M.O.W. tip).

Mike McCune
Mike goes on to say, "First of all my involvement fishing short tips is somewhat recent, the last seven, eight years or so. I don't know for certain how long Ed has been using them, but I'm reasonably confident in saying that he evolved into the short tip game way before that. In fact, the first integrated sink-tip that I saw was one that he left on a table at one of the original Kaufmann's Spey Days. Up to that time we (Scott and I) had been using custom made cheaters as length compensators for our short T-14 tips, and while these worked very well the integrated version looked very clean and cool (can't overlook the cool factor), so I started building them for myself and my clients. Loved 'em. Fast forward to the Grande Rhonde, morning "guide shack b.s. session" where Scott, Ed, and Mike are discussing potential new and unrealized products. What about integrated sink-tips? And why not a shorter floating tip. And you listened. The criteria that I use to decide on what density of T-material to use is very simple - size and weight of the fly. Large, heavy, and resistant flies require T-14. Moderately sized, light to zero weight flies, I use T-11. Light, diminutive cute ones, T-8. I could, of course use T-14 for all of them but why would I? Rods that cast a belly weight of 275-425 grains are much more fun with the lighter T-tips. The differential in sink rate isn't all that important to me. Why put water in your tires at the drag race?"
Scott O’Donnell
Scott O'Donnell says, "I like what Mike has written. I would just add that as far as what grain weight heads to use for which tips (or vice versa) there's going to be a large overlap. For example, I put the 5 and 5 T-11 tip on a 750 and it performed adequately enough. If I had to put together a guide together for this right now (which apparently I do) it would look like this:
T-8 tips: 475 grain heads and under
T-11 tips: 425 to 625 grain heads.
T-14 tips: 475 grain heads and on up.
That being said, I agree with Mike that the most important factor is the fly being used. Also, I've been guiding quite a bit and using these tips on my dudes rods, and I've used caster skill level to determine which tip to use. In other words, if a guy isn't a very good caster and he's using a 550 grain head I'll go with the T-11 tip over the T-14.
Ed Ward
Ed Ward says, "My recommendations on the tips are in-line with everyone else's. It's a combination of fly size and rod designation. As per fly size - T-8 for Light, low resistance flies, generally under size 4. T-11 for medium sized, medium resistance flies, generally size 4 to 1/0. T-14 for large, high resistance flies, 1/0 and larger. T-17, have not had a use for it yet. This in conjunction with rod ratings - T-8 for rods rated 4, 5, and 6. T-11 for rods rated 6, 7, and 8. T-14 for rods rated 7, 8, 9 and higher. 
   That's the "simple" version. Of course it can be overlapped by quite a bit according to the design of the line and ability of the caster. For instance, certain lengths of T-14 CAN be cast on a 4 weight Spey/Switch if the belly being used is of a short enough configuration to create enough "concentration of mass/weight" on a per foot basis to match or exceed that of the T-14."
MOW Tips
Light Weight                              Medium Weight                              Heavy Weight
M.O.W. Tips Size: Light, for Skagit Heads 475-grains and less.
Loop Color and Floating Line Color: White, Sinking Portions = T-8, Sink Rate = 7 ips.
Item Description Size Price To Top
21885 MOW Tip, 10’ Floating Tip Light
T-8
$19.95
21886 MOW Tip, T-8,
2.5’ Sinking  x 7.5’ Floating M.O.W.
Light
T-8
$24.95
21887 MOW Tip, T-8,
5’ Sinking  x 5’ Floating M.O.W.
Light
T-8
$24.95
21888 MOW Tip, T-8,
7.5’ Sinking  x 2.5’ Floating M.O.W.
Light
T-8
$24.95
21889 MOW Tip, T-8,
10’ Sinking M.O.W.
Light
T-8
$19.95
21890 MOW Tip, T-8,
12.5’ Sinking M.O.W.
Light
T-8
$19.95
21884 Complete MOW Kit Light
T-8
$149.95
M.O.W. Tips Size Medium, for Skagit Heads 475-grains to 575-grains.
Loop Color and Floating Line Color: Light Green, Sinking Portions = T-11, Sink Rate = 8 ips.
Item Description Size Price To Top
21878 MOW Tip, 10’ Floating Tip Medium
T-11
$19.95
21879 MOW Tip, T-11,
2.5’ Sinking  x 7.5’ Floating M.O.W.
Medium
T-11
$24.95
21880 MOW Tip, T-11,
5’ Sinking  x 5’ Floating M.O.W.
Medium
T-11
$24.95
21881 MOW Tip, T-11,
7.5’ Sinking  x 2.5’ Floating M.O.W. .
Medium
T-11
$24.95
21882 MOW Tip, T-11, 10’ Double-Looped Sinking Tip Medium
T-11
$19.95
21883 MOW Tip, T-11, 12.5’ Double-Looped Sinking Tip Medium
T-11
$19.95
21877 Complete MOW Kit Medium
T-11
$149.95
M.O.W. Tips Size Heavy, for Skagit Heads 575-grains and larger.
Loop Color and Floating Line Color: Light Blue, Sinking Portions = T-14, Sink Rate = 9 ips.
Item Description Size Price To Top
21871 MOW Tip, 10’ Floating Tip Heavy
T-14
$19.95
21872 MOW Tip, T-14,
2.5’ Sinking  x 7.5’ Floating M.O.W.
Heavy
T-14
$24.95
21873 MOW Tip, T-14,
5’ Sinking  x 5’ Floating M.O.W.
Heavy
T-14
$24.95
21874 MOW Tip, T-14, 7.5’ Sinking  x 2.5’ Floating M.O.W. Tip Heavy
T-14
$24.95
21875 MOW Tip, T-14, 10’ Double-Looped Sinking Tip Heavy
T-14
$19.95
21876 MOW Tip, T-14, 12.5’ Double-Looped Sinking Tip Heavy
T-14
$19.95
21870 Complete MOW Kit Heavy
T-14
$149.95

Late Season Fun At Rocky Ridge Ranch
Jerry has fished with me for nearly 30-years. Joe joined us for the first time last season. We like fishing the lower Deschutes River for steelhead. Because White River played its dirty tricks on the Deschutes last week, we changed to an over-night expedition to Rocky Ridge Ranch. Dry Fly Fishing was very productive. Fishing #18 dry flies was both challenging and exciting. The over-night stay in Pine Cabin was warm and comfortable. Our days were serine. BOOK NOW !!!

Pontoon boats gave us mobility and access to all parts of the lakes.

Joe & Jerry have fished a number of other Oregon private lakes. They really enjoyed Rocky Ridge Ranch.

Here's Jerry releasing a bright fish that ate his floating midge pattern.

Big trout on small dry flies was the agenda. This one a Griffith's Gnat

Fishing was good. Fall scenery was even better

Rocky Ridge Ranch is a play ground for fly fishers...a Disneyland of fly fishing fun!   BOOK NOW !!!
The Heron & The Golden Eagle
Many of the wild birds and smaller animals that live in the ecosystem provided by the Rocky Ridge Ranch Lakes have natural enemies that strike from above. Several predatory birds hunt the margins of the lakes. Falcons hunt for song birds. Marsh Hawks for voles. Redtail Hawks hunt the grey digger squirrels. Golden Eagles stalk herons & geese. Here's a little drama provided by a heron and an eagle. There's more to fishing than just fishing.

I'm the heron. I'm cool...so cool...so very cool!

 I rule the frogs, leeches and little fishes. I'm so cool!

OHHH NOOO!!! It's that f.....ing golden eagle again...

I'm scared...so scared...so very scared.
Where did he go? Is he gone. I hope he's gone!

The eagle's gone. I'm cool. I rule.

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