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Making Your Own Custom Sinking Tips and Shooting Heads
To take the best advantage of many freshwater and saltwater fisheries you often need to get your fly deep. This requires a fly line that sinks quickly. Rio makes extremely high density sinking fly lines that comes in a roll, which can be cut to any length that suits your purpose.
These lines come in four different weights: T-8 that weighs 8-grains per foot, T-11 that weighs 11-grains per foot, T-14 that weighs 14-grains per foot and T-17 that weighs 17-grains per foot. Rio T-lines are supple, easy to work with, and do not kink while fishing.  T-17 sinks about 11 inches per second. T-14 sinks about 9 inches per second. T-11 sinks about 7 inches per second. T-8 sinks about 5 inches per second. Replacement sinking tips and sinking shooting heads can be purchased in all useable weights and densities. The advantage you have using the Rio T-lines are that they cost about half as much and can be cut to any length to be customized for any presentation where the highest density sink rates are needed.
T-8 is designed for single-hand rods 6 through 8 weight and lighter #4-#7 two-hand rods.
T-11 is ideal for single handed rods between #7 and #9 and two-hand rods of #7 to #9.
T-14 is best for single-hand rods from 10 through 12 weight, and double-hand rod with spey lines #8 and heavier. T-14 works especially well with the Skagit Spey lines. 
T-17 is ideal for single handed rods between #11 and #13 and two handed rods of #8 to #10.
Heavier lines not only sink faster, but also retain the energy to turn over larger flies.
The Chart Below offers insights into lengths and weights of T-lines:
Type 9' 10' 11' 12' 13' 14' 15'
T-8 72-grains 80-grains 88-grains 96-grains 104-grains 112-grains 120-grains
T-11 99-grains 110-grains 121-grains 72-grains 132-grains 154-grains 165-grains
T-14 126-grains 140-grains 154-grains 168-grains 182-grains 196-grains 210-grains
T-17 153-grains 170-grains 187-grains 204-grains 221-grains 238-grains 255-grains
Type 16' 18' 20' 22' 24' 26' 30'
T-8 128-grains 144-grains 160-grains 176-grains 192-grains 208-grains 240-grains
T-11 176-grains -grains 220-grains 242-grains 264-grains 286-grains 330-grains
T-14 224-grains 252-grains 280-grains 308-grains 336-grains 364-grains 420-grains
T-17 272-grains 306-grains 340-grains 374-grains 408-grains 442-grains 510-grains
Mark Bachmann landed this steelhead using Rio T-17. Photo by Mike Kinney.
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20442 T-8. Rio, 30', T-8 with 3 braided loops, may be cut to length, 8 grains per foot, 6" to 7" per second sink rate $24.95

20444 T-11. Rio, 30', T-11 with 3 braided loops, may be cut to length, 11 grains per foot, 7" to 8" per second sink rate $24.95

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T-14. Rio, 30', T-14 with 3 braided loops, may be cut to length, 14 grains per foot, 8" to 9" per second sink rate $24.95

20446
T-17. Rio, 30', T-17 with 3 braided loops, may be cut to length, 17 grains per foot, 9" to 10" per second sink rate $24.95

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T-8. Rio, 500', T-8 Spool, may be cut to length, 8 grains per foot, 8" to 9" per second sink rate $279.95

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T-11. Rio, 500', T-11 Spool, may be cut to length, 11 grains per foot, 7" to 8" per second sink rate $279.95

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T-14. Rio, 500', T-14 Spool, may be cut to length, 14 grains per foot, 8" to 9" per second sink rate $279.95
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T-17. Rio, 500', T-17 Spool, may be cut to length, 17 grains per foot, 9" to 10" per second sink rate $279.95

Rio Braided Loops
Rio Braided Loops come in three sizes.
A Rio Braided Loop installed...
RIO Braided Loops are a quick and easy way to attach a leader to a fly line or the backing to the line. Just slip the hollow braided mono over the end of your line, slide the sleeve over the fly line to the end of the braid, apply a little Zap-A-Gap, loop on your leader and you’re ready to fish. Braided loops are also used for building custom changeable tip fly lines that are popular with steelhead and salmon anglers, and shooting heads that are popular with saltwater fly fishers.
Item Description Size Price To Top
26081 Rio Braided Loops, four loops per package, clear color 7-12 $$5.95
26082 Rio Braided Loops, four loops per package, clear color 3-6 $5.95
26083 Rio Braided Loops, four loops per package, clear color Extra Large $5.95

Sage 8134-4 Z-AXIS

Length: 13' 4"     Line: 8     Pieces: 4

Clackamas River, 8134-4 Sage

Fast action spey rod.  This is a longer brother to the 8129-4. New in 2009, the 8134-4 has become a favorite stick for Chinooks and winter steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. Long casts come surprisingly easy with minimum effort. George Cook says he likes a Rio 550 Skagit for this rod the best. Some casters like a 540-grain Airflo Skagit Compact even better. I guess I liked the feel of the rod better when it was bent deeper, so a 570-600-grain Skagit felt better to me. I prefer to use an Airflo 570-grain Skagit Compact or Rio 575-grain Rio Skagit Flight and 15' type-6, 11-weight tip or 15' of T-11 for a total of 740-grains. This combination generates an incredible burst of energy at the end of the cast. However, lighter heads of 669 to 709-grains gave plenty of line speed and offered more finesse. Recently I have been using my 8134-4 Z-AXIS as a tool for covering big water where getting deep is the best option. The pet line for this work is a Rio Skagit Flight 575-grain with 12'-15' of T-17 and large lead-eye Intruder type flies. This head weighs a total of 780 to 830 grains and is able to deliver large flies at long range.
Line Match: 8/9/10 WindCutter, AFS 8/9, Skagit 550 to 600 w/out Cheater
Sinking Tips:15' 150-grain type 3, 6, & 8 as well as T-11, T-14 & T-17 in 9' to 15' lengths.
Reel Matches: Sage 6112Tibor Riptide, Nautilus 12, Ross CLA 6, Ross Momentum 6.
Rod weight:  8 3/4 Ounces

Item
Series
Line Wt
Action Handle Price To Top
8134-4 Z-AXIS 8 Fast F $795


Fly Fishing Events For Your Entertainment and Enlightenment
January 10 February 16 March 7 April 11 May 2 June 9-11
January 31 February 20 March 12-13   May 14-16  

January 10 Fly Tiers' Round Table

Sandy Candy
Free Fly Tying Party
January 10, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday Afternoon.
"Tying Winter Steelhead Flies From Marabou"
 
Perhaps no other tying material has influenced 
winter steelhead fly design in our region as much as marabou.
This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
Agitators, Marabou Tube Flies , Stinger Flies & Alaskabous will be demonstrated by:
 Mark Bachmann & Josh Linn. PowerPoint Program starts at: 1:00pm sharp.
Instructional demonstrations are with big-screen TV.
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!
At: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR     503-622-4607

January 31 Fly Tiers' Round Table

Hoh Bo Spey
 Charles St. Pierre Innovative northwest steelhead/salmon angler Charles St. Pierre has created several unique series of steelhead/salmon flies using a blend of natural and synthetic fly tying materials that combines a large silhouette with amazing lifelike action. Charles is much sought after as a spey casting instructor, and a member of the Sage pro staff. He is a regular celebrity instructor at the popular Alaska West Lodge. Charles is also one of the most successful fly designers for the Solitude Fly Company.
Free Fly Tying Party
January 31, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday Afternoon.
"Demonstrations by One Of the West's Most Renowned Steelhead Fly Tiers,
Mr. Charles St. Pierre"
This program centers on flies that work in rivers of the Northern Pacific Rim.
This program is best suited for experienced tiers.
Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV
 in a custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
and special teaching aides are provided for free.
 Please bring your own tools & materials,
or purchase them from our well-stocked inventory.
Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.
Everyone is welcome!
At: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR     503-622-4607
 

Mark Bachmann To Speak At Clackamas Fly Fishers Club
Mark Bachmann with a dorado... 
 February 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday Evening.
High Rocks Pub, Clackamas, OR
PowerPoint Presentation illustrating the dynamic saltwater fishery in the Sea of Cortez.
Over the past ten years Mark Bachmann & Patty Barnes have explored the Mexican Pacific Coast and the Sea of Cortez with fly rods. This presentation shows pictures of many species of beautiful fish and explores the equipment and techniques that caught them.
High Rocks Pub and the Clackamas Fly Fishers Club provide a unique intimate atmosphere for Mark to tell his stories of fly fishing high-adventure.
If you want to get the inside scoop on Mark, check out the current issue (December 2009) of Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, pages 54-59.

Nymph Fishing, a workshop with Rick Hafele and Dave Hughes.
Rick Hafele, author of Nymph Fishing Rivers and Streams
and
Dave Hughes, author of Nymphs for Streams & Stillwaters
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.  More Information

March 7 Fly Tiers' Round Table

Pacific Sardina
Free Fly Tying Party
March 7 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday Afternoon. 
"Tying Saltwater Streamers
((for bluewater fishing)"
Learn to tie: Deep Eyed Minnows & Epoxy Head Baitfish!

This program centers on flies that work in the Sea of Cortez & Mexican Pacific Coast.
The demonstrations by Mark Bachmann are best suited for experienced tiers.
Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV
 in a custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
and special teaching aides are provided for free.
 Please bring your own tools & materials,
or purchase them from our well-stocked inventory.
Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.
Everyone is welcome!
At: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR     503-622-4607

The Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo, March 12 & 13, 2010
Expo at the Linn County Fairground and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon.
Watch and talk to some of the best fly tyers at the largest fly tying demonstration in North America. Take classes on casting, tying techniques and fishing methods. See new products at vendor booths.

March 12th, 10am - 5pm
March 13th, 8am - 5:30pm

April 11 Fly Tiers' Round Table

Damsel Nymph
Free Fly Tying Party
April 11 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday Afternoon. 
"Tying Nymphs For Lakes"
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!
At: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR     503-622-4607

May 2 Fly Tiers' Round Table

Salmon Fly
Free Fly Tying Party
May 2 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday Afternoon. 
 "Tying for the Salmon Fly Hatch (all stages)”
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!
At: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR     503-622-4607
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May 14, 15 & 16
10th Annual Sandy River Spey Clave at Oxbow Park
This is the big-one, the Woodstock of Spey Casting Events!
The largest two-hand fly rod party in the Western Hemisphere!
At: Oxbow Park on the Sandy River!
The Sandy River Spey Clave
Sponsored by: The Fly Fishing Shop & Metro Parks
It's Free, except for Oxbow Park entry & camping fees.
Everyone is welcome!
Call for more info: 503-622-4607

Get your Trout Fishing PhD
With fly-fishing author and instructor Rick Hafele,
and a supporting cast of: Mark Bachmann, Josh Linn & Ron Walp
June 9, 10, & 11, 2010 on the Deschutes River.
Rick Hafele
The Trout Fishing PhD program, sponsored by The Fly Shop in Welches, Oregon, is a unique opportunity to take your fly fishing skills to another level and do it in a secluded setting on a world class trout stream with a group of world class fly fishing instructors.
More Information

Date: June 9, 10, 11, 2010 
8 students only!
First come, first served. 

Price: $1250 per person.  Non-Refundable Deposit: $250 Balance Due: $1000 by 04/01/10

Winter Steelhead College
"The Most Comprehensive Suite of Winter Steelhead Schools ever offered!"
Spey Casting School Winter Steelhead 101 Finishing School Where To Stay
Or sign up for the "Complete Winter Steelhead Skill Package".
We know that winter steelhead are often uncooperative and unpredictable. That is why they are such great sport fish. It takes skills to get them, and acquiring the skills takes dedication, and a well laid out plan. Many anglers stop half way to their goal because they weren't even able to lay out a comprehensive plan. Now you don't have to because your plan has been designed by a team of anglers who have landed hundreds of winter steelhead with flies in the most traditional manner. No we're not talking about side-drifting with a slinky on the end of your fly line, nor are we talking about harassing spawners with glo bugs and split-shot. We are talking about swinging flies with a spey rod for bright moving fish in the most respected fashion possible. There is probably no more experience duo than Mark Bachmann & Mike Kinney, they have certainly been at it longer than about anybody. Then you throw in the younger talent of Josh Linn & Cullen Whisenhunt and you have a formidable team to help you get to the finish line. Our plan is as simple as it is effective. First you learn to cast precisely. (You can only catch a fish when your fly is in the water and you can only catch fish that you can reach.) Then you learn how and where to find your prey. Then you learn to present the fly properly to the prey, covering vast amounts of water in the most efficient manner. The method is academic, show the fly to the largest number of fish in the shortest period of time in the most enticing manner. By day four of this curriculum you won't have many doubts about how it works.

Fly Fishing: “SPEY” Casting / Beginning – Intermediate
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 Whisenhunt

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. 
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Item Description Price To Top
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 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 9 Spey Casting School 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... 

Item Description Price To Top
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


Winter Steelhead Finishing Schools                 Three instructors for the price of one.
The Winter Steelhead Finishing School
Take a drift boat ride down a local river with: 
Mark Bachmann, Josh Linn and Mike Kinney

The Fly Fishing Shop has a long history of collaboration with the best Spey Casting Instructors in the world. In the past we have sponsored very successful schools with such elite instructors as George Gook, Simon Gawesworth, Brian Silvey and Andy Murray. We sponsor the biggest three-day Spey Casting School in the world...the Sandy River Spey Clave.
Sponsored By Temple Fork Outfitters
It has always been a goal of ours to offer the widest array of finishing schools for the spey casting aficionado.  That is why we have teamed with Mike Kinney for a couple of special days aimed at taking you, the accomplished angler to the next skill level. Mark, Mike and Josh are the kind of guides that fish on their days off. They live for steelhead fly fishing. Mike Kinney is a special casting coach who has developed unique teaching methods that will enhance your personal skills. Mike helped develop the Temple Fork Outfitters' popular Deer Creek series of Spey rods. There will be a couple of full sets available for students to try. Mike and Mark have been in pursuit of steelhead with two-hand rods about as long as anyone in the game. Josh adds a youthful touch. Combined with our unique class room and PowerPoint presentations, we believe that this school offers benefits available nowhere else, and will be a lot of fun and a memorable experience.
Mark Bachmann 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. We have all heard from clients that catching fish comes easy for guides. This is especially true of certain guides. They are the kind of guides that fish on their days off. They are constantly refining their skills. We are those kind of guides. We find that this kind of guide also makes the best teacher. They just have more to offer. In this class you will  refine skills
in understanding steelhead water and how to approach it. Emphasis will be on refining casting and fishing skills. 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 have solid rudimentary casting skills. This is a fishing class. Josh Linn
This is the third of three levels of training for the angler who is serious about his/her skills for catching winter steelhead. We highly recommend that in preparation for this school, you sign up for these two other schools:  January 9 Spey Casting School, then the January 15 Winter Steelhead School. This will enable you to get more out of the Finishing School (that's why it's called "Finishing"). If you are a beginner at fly fishing for winter steelhead, you are still very welcome to attend, but, in preparation for this class we suggest you start with two other more basic classes. No matter which level of angler you are (even if you have caught a hundred winter steelhead with a fly), you will learn something new from each of our classes (or your money back).
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.

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

SEE CLASS POLICY

There will be winter steelhead available for you...

Item Description Price To Top
WST-CLASS-012910 Winter Steelhead Finishing School January 29, Clackamas River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum $250

WST-CLASS-013010 Winter Steelhead Finishing School
January 30, Clackamas River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum
$250

WST-CLASS-01BOTH Winter Steelhead Finishing School
January 29 and 30, Clackamas River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum
$475


Complete Winter Steelhead Skill Package
This suite of schools will give you a complete understanding of fishing winter steelhead and the skill set to be successful. It saves you a little money and includes the following:
Spey Casting Class, January 09, 2010
Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School, January 15, 2010
Winter Steelhead Finishing School January 29 and 30, 2010
Item Description Price To Top
WST-CLASS-ALL-2010 Complete Winter Steelhead Package - Spey Casting Class, January 09, 2010 -
Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School, January 15, 2010 -
Winter Steelhead Finishing School January 29 and 30, 2010
$825


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Mark & Patty