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Tim Rajeff

You might have seen him.  He's that magnetic guy hanging around the casting pond at the sport shows, the Energizer Bunny guy...the one throwing those incredibly long narrow loops of fly line.  Or maybe you've seen him OLN channel where he hosts LL Bean Guide to the Outdoors.

Tim Rajeff with a pike.

Tim Rajeff was Born in San Francisco in 1959, Tim grew up in a middle class working neighborhood about a mile and a half from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. Tim’s father is of Russian decent born in Northern China and his mother Ilga was raised in Dresden Germany. Tim has a sister Laurie and a brother Steve. Tim now resides in Vancouver Washington with his partner Katherine Hart.  Tim started fishing at the age of five. His early fishing education took him from

trout fishing in Yosemite Valley to bass and carp fishing in the Russian River in California. Later Tim’s family took their annual vacations to the Rogue River near Medford Oregon and it is there that Tim started fly fishing. Tim was nine years old when his brother Steve got into tournament spin and fly casting.  Tim soon followed and began to compete at the local and state level.  In 1973 Tim worked with Frank and Gladys Gray at the Fenwick Fly Fishing School outside West Yellowstone

Tim managed a salmon camp for Atlantic Salmon in Russia.
Tim loves casting.

Montana.  During college he spent a summer on the Big Hole River in Montana working for the Complete Fly Fisher. Tim also spent two summers guiding in King Salmon Lodge Alaska.  Tim’s most recent lodge effort was setting up operations on the Ponoi River on Russia’s Kola Peninsula. Tim and Katherine spent five summers there prior to settling in the Portland area in 1995. Tim now leads groups of fly fishers to many unique destinations including Mongolia.  When not fishing, Tim balanced his time between skiing, tennis, and tournament casting. The rivalry with his brother peaked in 1984 when Tim won the National combined Fly Casting Distance and Accuracy trophy and narrowly missed the grand all-round

title as well. In doing so Tim broke the national distance record for the ten weight line class at 186 feet and the 15 foot rod class record at 265 feet. Tim’s international recognition came in 1984 in Lintz Austria where Tim captured the World’s Single Hand Fly Distance gold medal with a cast of 205 feet. Tim retired from competitive casting in 1985 and now is the owner of Rajeff Sports, the North American distributor of Aiflo fly lines and owns his own rod company, ECHO rods and reels. Tim’s future calls for hosting more fly fishing and casting schools combined with an advanced casting book and video with his brother Steve. Catch Tim on the OLN channel where he hosts LL Bean Guide to the Outdoors.


Echo2 Fly Fishing Rods

Fresh Water Saltwater Scandinavian

Echo, Part Deux New for 2006, The Echo2 Series of rods was designed by Tim Rajeff to bring the expectations for a fly rods performance...and its utility, to a new level.  Echo2 rods feature a selection of high-performance features, including top-of-the-line components, superior actions and stunning good looks. (That's right, they're dead sexy.) To further agitate our competitors and brighten the eyes of our customers, Tim put his design brain into overtime and created the Echo2 rods to perform better across a wider range of applications than any other rod on the market. Every Echo2 rod comes with 2 tips with differing actions; one tip is marked “A” for accuracy and the other “D” for distance.

A Tale of Two Tips, A.D. As a long-time casting instructor, Tim Rajeff has always tried to teach according to the physical and personal casting style of his students. Some casters have body types that naturally fit a more aggressive and abrupt casting stroke, while others are more fit for a smoother, slower style. Tim doesn't hold anybody to a given technique...different strokes for different folks, right? The problem many casters encounter, however, is matching their rods to that specific style. Another problem faced by fly-fishers is the dilemma of

All Echo2 rods come with two tips.
fine-tuning their equipment to fit changing fishing scenarios. No one buys one five weight for drifting nymph rigs and a separate five weight for sight-casting to rising trout, despite the fact that separate actions will better serve each scenario. Out of these dilemmas rose the concept of matching two tips with separate actions to each Echo2 rod.

The Accuracy tip was made for, well… accuracy. (Help me out here--they don’t pay me to be witty, just versatile). To quote Tim, “The accuracy tip is softer, which allows the rod to load with less line out the rod for times when you are starting with the fly in your hand. The accuracy tip also helps people who have smoother casting strokes because they can feel the rod load sooner in the stroke and help them take full advantage of the rods overall power.” This is the tip you’ll use when fishing flats, or making quick casts to moving fish.

The Distance tip is stiffer. This is the perfect tip to use for bringing sinking lines to the surface, for throwing longer lines, and for people with a more aggressive casting stroke.

Regardless of which tip you prefer, having an alternative gives you a great degree of flexibility in order to better meet the demands of fly-fishing.

You also have a spare tip in case of misfortune...in case of breakage.  Let's face it, the tip is the smallest diameter, most fragile part of the rod.  The tip section is often the most vulnerable part of the rod,


Freshwater Echo2
Echo2 Freshwater fly rods were designed by Tim Rajeff to be the ultimate tools for chasing trout. Each Freshwater Rod features the ultimate in componentry...friction free titanium coated SIC stripping guides, maple reel seats with nickel coated barrels and hoods, a beautiful wine colored blank finish, and high grade cork handle. Knowing that beauty is only skin deep, Tim Rajeff designed each rod with its own specific power and action in order to provide you with the best tool for the job. Other manufacturers utilize a single action across an entire range of rods, which is just downright silly.  To further allow you to fine tune the actions of Echo2 rods, each rod comes with 2 tips; an "A" tip for accuracy and a "D" tip for distance. Echo2 Freshwater Fly Rods

ECHO2-378fw-4x Length: 7' 8"     Line: #3     Pieces: 4

ECHO2 7’8” #3 was designed for small to medium rivers and small ponds. At 7’8” the rod is short enough to fish up close or under obstacles but has enough length for longer casts. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw small to medium flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 378fw-4x 3 3.1 1 $269.95


ECHO2-480fw-4x Length: 8'     Line: #4     Pieces: 4

The Echo2 8’0" #4 was designed for small to medium rivers and lakes. 8’0” is a good length to keep casts low to the water to help punch casts through the wind. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw small to medium flies.

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ECHO2 480fw-4x 4 4.3 2 $269.95


ECHO2-490fw-4x Length: 9'     Line: #4     Pieces: 4

The Echo2 9’0” #4 was designed for medium to large rivers. 9’0” is a good length to mend line and to keep back casts out of the trees and grass. The rod performs well in situations where delicate casts are needed to fool big fish. It has a medium fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw small to medium flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 490fw-4x 4 4.0 2 $269.95


ECHO2-590fw-4x Length: 9'     Line: #5     Pieces: 4

The Echo2 9’0” #5 was designed for medium to large rivers or anywhere trout live. It is the most popular rod for most trout fishermen. The rod has a perfect balance between action and power and feels like an old friend the first time you cast one. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw small to medium large flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 590fw-4x 5 5.3 2 $269.95


ECHO2-690fw-4x Length: 9'     Line: #6     Pieces: 4

The Echo2 9’0” # 6 was designed for medium to large rivers or locations that require extra power and distance. The rod is great for throwing large dry flies, chucking buggers, or for fishing sinking lines in rivers and lakes. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw small to large flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 690fw-4x 6 6.3 2 $269.95


Saltwater Echo2

The Echo2 Saltwater series of fly rods were designed by Tim Rajeff to do what every chaser of big fish needs most in a fly rod; cast large flies, give the wind something to howl at, survive the rigors of serious fishing, and have the backbone to play tug-o-war with Moby Dick.

No one wants to stick it to Moby Dick with an ugly fly rod, so Tim paid special attention to the components and made each Echo2 rod  beautiful to look at. The Echo2 Saltwater rods feature top of the line components; high grade cork handles, extra hard stripper guides with "illusion plasma coating system" in titanium coated frames, hard chrome snake guides, and a deep blue gloss finish. The #12 has a unique removable EVA foam fighting grip for really putting on the pressure. Poor Moby doesn't stand a chance.

Echo2 saltwater fly rods.

To further put the competition on the defensive, every Echo2 rod comes with two tips; one tip marked "A" for accuracy, and another marked "D" for distance. Each tip has a distinct action to help you further achieve your casting needs.


ECHO2-690sw-4x Length: 9'     Line: #6     Pieces: 4

ECHO2 9’0” # 6 was designed for days when the wind is light and the fish are spooky. The rod has enough power to punch casts into a breeze but is still light enough for stealthy presentations. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw small to large flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 690sw-4x 6 6.3 3 $279.95


ECHO2-790sw-4x Length: 9'     Line: #7     Pieces: 4

ECHO2 9’0” # 7 was designed for medium to large rivers or marine environments where a lighter rod is best. The rod is a perfect 7 weight. It has enough backbone for longer casts but is not so stiff that you have to work hard to load the rod. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw medium to large flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 790sw-4x 7 7.3 3 $279.95


ECHO2-890sw-4x Length:     Line:     Pieces:

ECHO2 9’0” # 8 was designed to perform under the widest range of fishing conditions. As a tough fresh water rod it handles heavy flies and lines for salmon, as well as long lines and sink tips for steelhead. In the salt it handles long casts into the wind without giving up. At home in the cold or the tropics it is the most popular of the “power” rods. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw medium to large flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 890sw-4x 8 8.3 3 $279.95


ECHO2-990sw-4x Length: 9'     Line: #9     Pieces: 4

 

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 990sw-4x 9 9.3 3 $279.95


ECHO2-1090sw-4x Length: 9'     Line: #10     Pieces: 4

ECHO2 9’0” # 10 was designed to be the work house of the salt water rods with enough butt power to lift fish that fight hard and deep. The rod has a friendly action that is at home roll casting heavy heads to the surface or chucking them a mile. It is also a good rod for situations that require a person to start short and get to the target in a hurry. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw large to crazy large flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 1090sw-4x 10 10.4 4 $279.95


ECHO2-1290sw-4x Length: 9'     Line: #12     Pieces: 4

ECHO2 9’0” # 12 was designed as a casting rod that can still crank tuna and billfish to the boat in a hurry. The extra heavy butt section helps drive half a chicken sized flies into the stiffest winds. Equipped with a removable fighting grip, it meets the needs of the Tarpon fisherman as well as the offshore fanatics. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw flies from large to prarie dog size.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 1290sw-4x 12 12.4 5 $279.95


Scandinavian Echo2

The Echo2 Scandinavian series of fly rods were designed by Tim Rajeff in response to the growing demand for fast action two hand rods to throw shooting heads. Each Echo2 Scandinavian rod is precisely designed to allow shorter casting strokes than is possible with longer, softer rods. Scandi style rods have been growing in popularity due to their ease of use and the incredible range of fishing styles they cater to. Whether you're overhead casting in the surf, swinging Skagit heads, or skating muddlers with your own home-grown line, the Echo2 Scandinavian rods can deliver. Echo2 Scandi rods come in a rich "red wine" colored gloss blank with a full range of high-end components. The high-grade cork handle comes in a modified full-wells design. The stripping guides are made with a new extra hard "illusion plasma coating system" in titanium coated frames. To top it off, each Echo2 Scandi rod comes with two tips, an "A" tip for accuracy and a "D" tip for distance. How 'bout them beans?

The Echo2 Scandinavian series of fly rods were designed by Tim Rajeff

ECHO2-7124fa-4x Length: 12' 4"     Line: #7     Pieces: 4

ECHO2 12’4” #7 was designed to bring the ease of Scandinavian style Spey casting to people fishing in medium to large rivers where extreme distance is not important. It is also a great rod for overhead casting in the surf zones where heavy rods are not necessary. Like most lighter two hand rods the 7124 ECHO2 will allow a person to fish all day without tiring in the least. . It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw medium to large flies.

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ECHO2 7124fa-4x 7 7.2 6 $349.95


ECHO2-8124fa-4x Length: 12' 4"     Line: #8     Pieces: 4

ECHO2 12’4” #8 is the most popular rod for Scandinavian or underhand casting. Using shorter shooting heads and a “Spey cast” Europeans have made using two hand rods easy. The 8124 ECHO2 is the best all around rod to fish large rivers with most fly patterns. It was also designed to throw Skagit style heads to dredge for steelhead that refuse to rise to a fly. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw medium to very large flies.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 8124fa-4x 8 8.3 6 $349.95


ECHO2-9126fa-4x Length: 12' 6"     Line: #8     Pieces: 4

ECHO2 12’6” #9 was designed for big flies and long casts. The fact that you are using bigger flies and casting farther will not cause you to tire easily. The 12’6” rod feels light in the hand even though it has extra power in the butt to help lift ridiculously large flies. Besides working great with Scandinavian heads the rod easily handles Skagit heads with insane sink tips. It has a fast action when the “A” tip is used and has a medium fast action when the “D” tip is used. The rod is designed to throw medium to articulated flies that would scare most fish.

Series Item Line Wt. Tim's Power Rating Handle Price To Top
ECHO2 9126fa-4x 8 9.2 6 $349.95


Arctic Fox Tails

Arctic fox steelhead fly tied by Brian Silvey.

These giant fox tails have enough fur to tie hundreds of flies.  Tails average 12-inches long by 4-inches in diameter. The under fur is very fine and densely packed. The fine tapered guard hairs are slightly longer than the under fur.  This is a favorite wing material for Temple Dog style salmon flies.  The effect of fox tail fur when wet, is very much like marabou, animated and flowing, but much more durable.   Fur can be spun in a dubbing loop, wrapped on the hook and then combed out.

The resulting fly pulses and swims with every change in currents.  Local anglers  such a Brian Silvey have used brightly colored arctic fox fur to tie what may be called fox fur leeches. Several clumps of fur are secured to the top of the hook and the butts are spun into a dubbed body.  A collar of fur is added to the frond of the fly and a fuzzy head is added.  the resulting fly is quick to tie and very effective at getting strikes.  One of the secrets in tying great fox fur steelhead flies is to comb them out with a pet brush.  This maneuver aligns and separates the 

Fly rod & reel help show size of premium fox tails.

individual hairs so that water will flow through them and allow them to wiggle.  The arctic fox tails sold here are premium grade and have long straight hair which ties the best flies possible.  Each tail was over 12" long before it was died.  Shrinkage of the leather occurs with some colors of dyes.  this does not affect the quantity of hair available.

Item Description Color Price To Top
FOX-001 Arctic Fox Tail, color Black   $18.95

FOX-002 Arctic Fox Tail, color Fl Orange   $18.95

FOX-003 Arctic Fox Tail, color Bright Red   $18.95

FOX-004 Arctic Fox Tail, color King Fisher Blue   $18.95

FOX-005 Arctic Fox Tail, color Natural Snow White   $18.95


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Free Fly Tying Party Dec. 3 -  3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday Afternoon. Tying Basic Nymphs (achieving traditional proportions). 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!


Clearwater River Trip
By: Roger Shearer 

Mike Owens with a Clearwater steelhead.

Retracing Lewis & Clark's footsteps to Lewiston, Idaho three fly fishers, Mike Owens, Mike Reeves, and Roger Shearer rendezvous for five October days fly fishing for "B" run steelhead .  The diversity of the fly fishing opportunities in the region are outstanding, ranging from the Clearwater, Snake, Salmon, and Grande Ronde rivers all within a few hour's drive from Lewiston, ID.   Fish managers have grouped Idaho steelhead into two run types, which we have termed "A" run, and "B" run.  "A" run steelhead originate mainly from the

Snake, Salmon, and Grande Ronde rivers and typically spend one or two years in the ocean, returning as 5 to 10 pound adults.  "B" run fish originate primarily from the Clearwater River, and Salmon River; these monster steelhead typically spend two to three years in the ocean, returning as 12 to 25 pound adults.  This year's return over Lower Granite Dam at 149,000 steelhead  exceeds the ten year average of 121,000, and  represents 50% of the Columbia river's steelhead return The Clearwater is a classic cobble stone river.  Highway 12

The mighty Clearwater is well suited to long casters.

Skip Gibson prepares to release a Clearwater steelhead.

provides 40 miles of access to prime water for those hardy spey casters who cast and step their way down the many steelhead "beats" that  plunge them into another world where time slows down.  In quiet solitude, fly fishers focus on long casts, the swing of the fly, and then another step down the Clearwater River until suddenly  a "B" run monster takes the fly.   Arriving Wednesday afternoon I put on my capilene underwear and fleece, slipped on my Simns' waders and wading boots and grabbed my 14 foot, 9 weight  spey rod for those last daylight moments at one of my

favorite runs on the Clearwater.  ( For those fly  fishers that enjoy the Simms studded Guide model wading boot, take notice that Simns will not be offering the Guide model wading boot studded in 2006).  Just as the end of day shadow crossed the hole I had my first steelhead hook up, a very nice 16 pounder.  Wow, that was quick success for my first afternoon!!!  
Dinner that night with Mike Owens and Mike Reeves I related my fishing success and renewed expectations for continued hot steelhead fishing.  Little did I realize that I would not hook another steelhead for two days.  The next day Mike Owens hooked a very nice, chrome bright 32 inch steelhead, and then that afternoon Mike had another steelhead to the beach.  My early success only fueled  Mike's passion and determination.  With his 15 foot, 10 weight Thomas and Thomas spey rod and Rio Windcutter he launched repeated100 plus casts.  Now the pressure was on Mike Reeves and myself. 

That second day had been a heartache for Mike Reeves since he had cracked the ferule on the tip section of his classic Jimmy Green spey rod. Black tape lashed his rod together for more spey casts.  That  third day  Mike Reeves hooked, and landed a 35 inch chromer, but the fight only stressed his spey rod with further cracks.  More black tape!!   Mike Owens also hooked another "B" run steelhead that day.  I just could not "buy" a fish the last two days wading and casting daylight to dark.  Finally on the fourth day I hooked another "bad boy".  This steelhead headed right to the bottom of the river and would not move.  I kept the pressure on the "hog" until suddenly he realized my hook was in his jaw and took off downriver with my rigging.   Ah, time for a new leader and a warm dinner.       
In  October, steelhead are distributed throughout the Clearwaterfrom Lewiston to Orofino.  Catch and release steelhead fishing opens on the Clearwater river July 1st, and remains catch and release until the harvest season begins October 15th.  Both Mike Owens and Mike Reeves made a second trip to the Clearwater River this year.  Mike Reeves retired his classic Jimmy Green spey rod; he is now the proud owner of a Loop 14 ft, 9 weight Grey Line Spey Rod which I understand hooked and landed several additional Clearwater  steelhead.  Mike Owens also purchased a second spey rod for the Clearwater; a 14 ft 5 inch 9 weight Burkheimer spey rod which Mike put to good use hooking and landing monster steelhead.  The Clearwater River is currently at 41 degrees offers steelhead rewards for the persistence fly fisher. Remember to pinch your barbs down on all hooks you use.
 


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