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The Gift Of Knowledge
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Don't Forget Uncle Charlie
It has just dawned on you that you forgot to buy Uncle Charley a Christmas present! He's the same Uncle Charley that is old and rich and likely to include you in his will if he thinks you love him enough to buy him something unexpectedly cool.
The Gift of Knowledge
Then you remember that Uncle Charley values education. Being smart is how he got all that money in the first place. You realize that Uncle Charley would really like a fly fishing school from The Fly Fishing Shop. When he gets this gift of knowledge from you, his natural assumption is that you are very smart, and you love him and you need to be included in his will.
Also don't forget that Monday,
December 21 is the last day for mailing gifts reliably!

The Fly Fishing Shop will not charge extra for two-day shipping on orders of $100 or more received before 2:00 p.m. 12/21/209.

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Gift Certificates
If you need a gift super quick, or you can't figure out what to buy for your fly fisher friend,
a Gift Certificate from The Fly Fishing Shop can't miss.
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An e-mail with detailed instructions on how to use their Electronic Gift Certificate will be sent to the recipient of the Gift Certificate.

The Gift Of Knowledge
There is no greater gift than knowledge!  All school gifts can be sent electronically!
Everyone wants to be hooked up...

Because of its unique location, The Fly Fishing Shop is able to offer high quality fly fishing schools. Our shop boasts the most complete indoor fly fishing classroom on the west coast of North America.  Our instructors are second to none in their dedication and understanding of the sport of fly fishing. Our community boasts a number of unique amenities that are well suited to beginning anglers. The Mount Hood area has a myriad of small trout streams and lakes that are well suited to both entry level and intermediate anglers. Within easy reach are many fabled steelhead/salmon rivers such as the Sandy, Deschutes, John Day and Clackamas. Each has a different personality and is suited to different experience levels. Take our schools and you will learn a lot in a short period of time from the classes listed below.

Nymph Fishing, a workshop with Rick Hafele and Dave Hughes, Price $50
Four Hour Private Fly Fishing For Trout, Price $120
Four Hour Private Fly Fishing For Steelhead School, Price $120
Spey Casting Class, $150
Winter
Steelhead Fly Fishing School, Price $225
The Complete Suite of Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Schools
1-800-266-3971     flyfish@flyfishUSA.com
Around the steel no tortured worm shall twine,
 No blood of living insect stain my line;
 Let me, less cruel, cast feathered hook,
 With pliant rod athwart the pebbled brook,
 Silent along the mazy margin stray,
 And with fur- wrought fly delude the prey.
 John Gay  1720.
This poem was sent to us by our Australian fly fishing friend, Mr. Alan Davies.

Nymph Fishing, a workshop with Rick Hafele and Dave Hughes.
This is a great Christmas Gift for any fly fisher!

Rick Hafele, author of Nymph Fishing Rivers and Streams
and
Dave Hughes, author of Nymphs for Streams & Stillwaters

Rick covers nymph rigging and tactics to suit all of the situations you might ever encounter in nymphing:  on streams and rivers, spring creeks and tailwaters, lakes and ponds. Learn to choose the right rig, and fish the right method, to catch trout from whatever water you find yourself fishing.

Dave covers nymph pattern selection, with emphasis on an essential box of searching nymphs, another of imitative nymphs, and a third for stillwater situations. You'll learn about the insects and other trout foods that nymphs imitate. You'll learn to select the right nymph, or pair of them, to suit the situation and please the trout.

A question and answer session assures that you'll get to hear about problems that have been bugging you in your own nymphing. This workshop is suitable if you're interested in improving your nymph fishing, increasing your catch, and having more fun doing it. You'll get a lot out of it whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or expert angler.

Don't miss this opportunity to spend time with two experts in the field of fly fishing for trout, a chance that comes rarely, and one that you're not likely to get again. You'll learn a lot about nymphing. You'll also have a lot of fun.

Rick Hafele, in addition to authoring the best-selling Nymph Fishing Rivers & Streams, is well-known for his series of Nymph Fishing DVDs with John Smeraglio. He is also the talent in the classic Scientific Anglers video 'Anatomy of a Trout Stream'.

Dave Hughes, in addition to authoring the recent Nymphs for Streams & Stillwaters,  is best known for his more than 20 books about fly fishing for trout, including Nymph Fishing, Trout Flies, American Fly Tying Manual, and Essential Trout Flies.

Rick and Dave together are co-authors of the classic book Western Hatches and Western Mayfly Hatches. Rick and Dave's books will be available for sale at the workshop. They will also be glad to autograph any books you already own.

Date: February 20, 2010
Time:  10am to 4pm with a lunch break from roughly 12:00 to 1:00
Location: The Fly Fishing Shop
Price (pre-registered): $50     (at the door): $60
Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended.
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NYMPH-WORK Nymph Fishing, a workshop with Rick Hafele and Dave Hughes, February 20, at The Fly Fishing Shop, per person $50

Four Hour Private Fly Fishing For Trout Schools 
This is a great Christmas Gift for any entry level fly fisher!
Can be redeemed June-October.

School will begin in our classroom with a PowerPoint presentation geared toward fly fishing for trout in small streams. Casting and fishing techniques for the local waters will be explored in detail. Learn how to set up the rod and rig it for fishing with both wet flies and dry flies.
 
After the PowerPoint presentation we move outside for hands on instruction in the art of fly casting.
 
After you have the basic casts down, we will move to one of the local streams and explore the fishing opportunities. Your instructor will demonstrate the techniques that were explored in the class room. You will learn basic stream entomology, how to match the hatch, how to read the water, and the art of presenting your fly to the fish. There is a good possibility that you will catch some fish.
 
Our fishing schools are taught by instructors that are full time guides and dedicated to teaching the art of fly fishing. Our classes a geared to teach you a lot in a short period of time.
These schools are 4 hours long.
Price: $120 for one or two students (Please give 24-hour notice).
We can accommodate larger groups if given advanced notice (Please call: 1-800-266-3971).

What you should bring for outdoor classes.
First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 
SEE CLASS POLICY

Trout Schools are taught from June 1 through October 31.
Please write your class date in the "Comments" section of your order form or call:
1-800-266-3971. Also include the number of students in the same order form.

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TROUT-SCH Four Hour Private Fly Fishing For Trout School for up to two people. $120

Private Fly Fishing For Steelhead Schools 
This is a great Christmas Gift for any fly fisher who wants to learn to catch steelhead!

School will begin in our classroom with a PowerPoint presentation geared towards steelhead fishing, casting and fishing techniques for the local waters. Learn how to set up the rod and rig it for fishing for steelhead. Both single-hand and two-hand rod techniques will be explored
 
After the PowerPoint presentation we move to a local river for hands on instruction in the art of fly casting with either a single-hand or two-handed rod. Your instructor will demonstrate the theories that were explored in the classroom presentation.
 
After you have the basic casts down, you explore fly presentation techniques that are proven on local waters. Both floating line and sinking tip line techniques will be examined
 
Our fishing steelhead schools are taught by instructors that are full steelhead time guides. Our classes a geared to teach you a lot in a short period of time.
These schools are 4 hours long.
Price: $120 for one or two students (Please give 24-hour notice).
We can accommodate larger groups if given advanced notice (Please call: 1-800-266-3971).

What you should bring for outdoor classes.
First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 
SEE CLASS POLICY

Steelhead Schools are taught year around.
Please write your class date in the "Comments" section of your order form or call:
1-800-266-3971. Also include the number of students in the same order form.

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STEELHEAD Four Hour Private Fly Fishing For Steelhead School for up to two people. $120

Fly Fishing: “SPEY” Casting / Beginning – Intermediate
This is a great Christmas Gift for any fly fisher wanting catch steelhead !
Spey casting can be learned quite easily with the assistance of a professional instructor. This class starts with the most basic fundamentals so that you will have a solid foundation on which to build your "Spey Casting Skill Set". Our approach allows you to easily understand the scientific principles of how a rod and line work together to propel your fly to the target.
Our crash course starts in a nice warm class room with donuts and coffee. Here rod and line theories are discussed in detail so that before you get to the water, you have an understanding of the principals you are going to use. Then you will ride to the river with your instructors. There your instructors will demonstrate the theories you have already explored. Then you will take a rod into your own hands and be able to practice what you have learned. You will be amazed at how easy it is. All the major Spey Casts will be explored. Both floating and sinking tip lines will be learned.

Time: 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch is provided).

Meet at: The Fly Fishing Shop - Instructors: Josh Linn and Cullen Wisenhunt

Cost (8 hrs.): $150.
You will need the following equipment:  Waders, boots, rain coat, hat and polarized glasses. You may bring your own rod and reel if you want to. Properly balanced Spey Outfits will be provided.
(6) Students total.
First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 
SEE CLASS POLICY
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SPEY-CL-010910 Spey Casting Class, January 09, 2010 $150
SPEY-CL-020610 Spey Casting Class, February 06, 2010 $150
SPEY-CL-030610 Spey Casting Class, March 06, 2010 $150

One-Day Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School
This is a great Christmas Gift for any fly fisher wanting catch steelhead !
This is Winter Steelhead Fly fishing 101.
Take a pontoon boat ride down a Local River with: 

Mark Bachmann and Josh Linn.

During a school, you have the benefits of watching an experienced guide show you how to fish the water that he has fished dozens of times. Winter Steelhead fly fishing is very practical if you know how.  Being able to find fish and being able to present the fly properly are key factors.  Save yourself five years of experimenting on your own. 
We will show you how. 

This school will cover a lot of water and fishing knowledge in one day.  Length of the class is 8-hours on the water.  All schools conducted on the Sandy River.  Big, safe, roomy pontoon boats will enable us to cover six miles of river during the class. Two students per boat/instructor format.
Learn how to locate steelhead water and how to approach it. Emphasis will be on giving you a solid foundation of skills to build on, with a high priority given to hooking fish during the class. We want to give you maximum advantage by having as many fish hooked during this class as possible.  Nothing teaches you more about fishing than being where fish are being hooked and landed.  Emphasis will be on spey rod use and sinking-tip line fishing. Students should at least have moderate casting skills. This is a fishing class. Nothing teaches you about steelhead like catching them.
If you need basic knowledge or a brush-up on Spey Casting skills, we suggest signing up for the January 3 Spey Casting Class and be ready to use these skills to catch winter steelhead.
Catch winter steelhead with flies... What you need to bring:
Bring your own waders and rain gear.  Bring your own rod/reel set up if you want to.  
A variety of premium quality 2-hand rod/reel set-ups will be available for you to use at no extra charge. Flies are supplied.
A hot lunch will be served on the river.  
There will be a very short rest period after lunch.  
Meet at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:30am for half-hour orientation.  Coffee and donuts will be served.

Watch an expert guide as he fishes and discloses the secrets and proven methods that put fish on the beach. Get a lot of hands-on help so that you too can be productive.
Arrive back at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:00pm.

What our customers say.  
A report on a Steelhead School.

First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 
SEE CLASS POLICY

Catch winter steelhead with your Spey Rod... 

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WST-CLASS-011510 Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School
January 15, 2010, Sandy River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum
$225
Per Person
WST-CLASS-011910 Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School
February 19, 2010, Sandy River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum
$225
Per Person

The Prom Dress Fly
By: Scott Howell

Blue Copper Fuchsia Purple
One look at my newest go-to fly, and you’ll see why it is called the Prom Dress.  I simply called it my “secret weapon” until a lady client of mine aptly named it!  The name captured the fly perfectly - it’s big, pouffy, shiny, and the envy of all the flies in my box.  It’s been so effective for me that I’ve kept it under cuff - until now.
You can blame the Prom Dress on the fact that I am an (admitted) recovering gear addict.  Although I grew up in a fly fishing family, I went astray for a period of my life and was a full-on spin weeny for a number of years.  As a matter a fact, at the age of 16 it got so bad that I thought I actually wanted to join the Bass Tournament Circuit!
Whether I like to admit it or not, I learned a ton about fish as a gear head, and it has helped shape who I am as a fly angler today.  Many of the
techniques and tackle I once used when spinning for steelhead now ties directly into how I currently chase them with the fly. 
 To this very day, when winter rolls around, I feel an urge to pick up a plug rod.  The feel of a big steelhead hammering a plug is addictive.  The only way I  calm the twitching in my right hand is to tie on a large plug-like fly.  For the last couple years, more times than not, that fly is a Prom Dress.

As a recovered gear angler, I now find it interesting that we used to fish subdued-toned plugs for summer steelhead, but as the water cooled and our fresh winter steelhead arrived, we would break out the flash.  Our most productive winter plugs were always metallic in color.  Understandably, many of the proven winter fly patterns are brighter in color and often incorporate flash into their dress, but virtually none fit the description of metallic.  Now looking back on it , it is hard for me to understand why it took me as long as it did to make this connection.  It was finally making that connection that spawned the Prom Dress (PD).

The Prom Dress’s success is due to the fact that it exhibits all the qualities that have proven to entice steelhead on both fly and gear tackle.  The PD is a large life-like silhouette that can be tied in nearly any color to suit all water conditions and fish preferences.  It is finished off with lead eyes to sink the fly deep.  And, most importantly it has lots of movement and FLASH!

Even though most fly anglers have little or no experience fishing terminal tackle for steelhead, there are few who are not aware of how productive gear fishing can be.  Spoon tossers and plug pullers snatch steelhead out of runs behind (or in front) of fly anglers all the time.   After witnessing such accounts, it is very easy to understand why a flashy fly like the PD is so successful.  It doesn’t take much imagination to see the correlation between the shiny action of a spoon and the flashy swimming movement of my go-to fly.

Admittedly, the PD stretches the boundaries of what actually constitutes a “fly”.  I continue to be amused by a story that worked its way through the grapevine back to me.   Unfortunately, some friends of a friend found one of my lost Prom Dresses somewhere on the river.    They were immediately turned off by how obnoxious the fly was.  How I heard the story - one of them said after finding it, “let’s burn it and never speak of it again!”   The fly has been so successful for me, I hope they did just that!

The only true “purest” I know is Lee Spencer.  He has dedicated his life to protecting the steelhead of Steamboat Creek.  Considering the fact Lee fishes strictly dry flies with no point on his hook, we should all accept that we each find our own comfort level within the sport.  I myself have rationalized that my concoction of tinsel, spun goat, and flashabou is as much of a fly as a strip of rabbit fur.   At the same time, I have to admit, one is able to rationalize all sorts of things if it serves them well and is in their best interest.  That is exactly the case with the Prom Dress.  The  PD has done more for my winter steelheading success than anything since I first picked up a two-handed rod.

Over the years, the PD has proven its worth well beyond the realm of just the winter steelhead game.  Some of the anglers that are most displeased that I am now revealing the PD’s secret cover are clients of mine that have taken the fly to the Columbia Basin streams.  Just this fall I had a friend return from his yearly sabbatical on the Salmon River in Idaho.  I will let his words from an e-mail to me do the talking, “The prom dress was the ticket!  Our group caught nearly all of their fish on the PD.  We did well on the copper but the blue crushed them.  Ya heard me right - BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Stories like this from clients of mine taking this fly outside of my home waters have become the norm.  After hearing so many success stories,  I had to send some to my friends in BC who call the Skeena Valley home.  The PD has since become the staple of their fly arsenal very much the same way it has for me here in Oregon.  It is often the fuchsia color that gets the rave reviews from the mighty rivers to our north.  But, after spending a dozen seasons living on and fishing the Skeena drainage myself, I can testify that the blue and copper can prove equally as deadly.  I had a client report back to me about landing back-to-back 20 pounders on the Babine fishing behind a fellow angler fishing a purple articulated leech.  There’s just something magical about all that flash!

However, it is the stories that make their way back to me from outside the realm of steelheading that proves the PD’s versatility.  It had become a part of my Holiday off-season to tie Prom Dresses for a group of my clients who would chase sea run browns in  Tierra del Fuego each February.  They have gotten to the point that they are just not nearly as confident fishing anything else.  They just had to have them!  Now that Solitude has taken on this pattern, I will not be tying their flies this winter - thank goodness!

But maybe one of the most rewarding stories came from fellow guide, Frans Jansen who I have come to respect as one of this industries true innovators.  Admittedly, he was the mind behind the foam popping bill on my Ska-opper pattern.  Last year, when Frans headed to Canada for his annual Atlantic Salmon trip, he arrived to find the rivers very low and fishing poorly.  The salmon had all gone stale in the pools and were off the bite.  That was at least until they were shown a Prom Dress.  Frans had a single copper PD that I had given him earlier that year. It was while he was out here in Oregon promoting his lodges in South America.  He said the only fly he could get a fish to eat was the fly I gave him.  He returned home a true believer and was already visualizing places in Patagonia where the PD was going to prove useful for him.
Who knows where the Prom Dress will head next.  The potential for this pattern in Alaska is endless.  It has already earned its keep as a killer king salmon pattern but its versatility does not stop there.  Silvers, chums, rainbows, char, steelhead - you name it!  Now that I have settled with my business and family here in Oregon, my traveling days are limited. I will have to wait for others to report back to me with stories from their next adventure with the PD.

Prom Dress, Blue
As a sport, fly fishing is the scientific  exploration of the aquatic world with tools, which deliver information about game fish that no other equipment can render. Often this information is collected and the fish is released with a minimum amount of wear & tear. It survives to possibly be re-examined by someone else.  Even the most experienced anglers are often reluctant to try to explain why anadromous salmonids will strike any fly while in fresh water. Nothing bright blue lives in the water with these fish. Maybe that's the Que. 

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PD-BLUE  Prom Dress Fly, Blue  

 Prom Dress, Copper
It's pretty safe to say that nothing in a bright metallic copper color lives in the rivers with your intended quarry either. Yet, copper colored wobblers are known to be deadly at times, especially in tannin colored water.

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PD-COPPER  Prom Dress Fly, Copper    

Prom Dress, Fuchsia
What do they take this thing for, a cloud of blood, a pulsing squid, of some thing in their territory that makes them very angry?  Fact is we have been told by a couple of fly fishers that are in the know, that this is the sleeper color.

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PD-FUSCHIA  Prom Dress Fly, Fuchsia      

Prom Dress, Purple 
When the light levels go dim, there are a great many things under water that turn purple Maybe that is why purple is a such a successful theme in flies, because the color is so familiar.

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PD_PURPLE  Prom Dress Fly, Purple   

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