Fly Fishing Collaborative banquet

Fly Fishing Collaborative is having its annual fundraising banquet on March 3rd, 5pm-9pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, OR.

If you haven’t heard of FFC, their vision is quite inspiring. The founder and Executive Director, Bucky Buchstaber along with his wife, started Fly Fishing Collaborative as an opportunity for the fly fishing community to pool their resources in order to help children fight the social injustice of human trafficking and sex-slavery.

How does this work? Through many contributing avenues of collaboration. As examples: Notable outfitters and guides have donated guided trips to FFC in which the public can reserve a trip on FFC’s website; Flytyers worldwide have donated their patterns that are also available for purchase through FFC; Custom leather fly wallets are available and can be customized for standard flies or maybe even vintage patterns (this just in: new leather goods are coming soon, including leather reel cases, rod cases, etc. – keep your eyes peeled for a March “reveal”).

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All these donated items from passionate fly fishers help raise funds so that FFC can “bring sustainable livelihood to innocent children who are either at risk, or have been rescued from, the horrible injustice of sex trafficking. They do this by building (and providing on–going support of) sustainable aquaponics farms for safe houses and orphanages around the world, offering education and sustainable job opportunities for women from local safe-homes, and through a number of other justice based initiatives.”

It might be worth your time to check out the following link to find out more about FFC’s Vision as well as their use of aquaponic farming. A few videos in the link also explain the passion that is behind the organization.

FFC’s banquet goal is to raise $100,000 in order to fully fund new sustainable farms in Africa and Southeast Asia as well as develop a new anti-trafficking initiative in Portland, Oregon. Join fellow fly anglers​​ in making a difference.

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Who We Are Series, Post 1: Bryson Fairlamb

Welcome to the “Who We Are” Series. 

This series of posts is meant to introduce all of you terrific tiers and cool customers to our small, but fantastic team of anglers here at The Caddis Fly Angling Shop. Each employee answered a number of questions about their fishing expertise, their favorite style of fishing and fishing products, and each week we will publish another employee’s answers to these questions to let you know Who We Are. This series will hopefully give you a peak into who we are, how we fish, and who you are chatting with when you next call or email Caddis.

So, to start us off, we figured who better to introduce you to than our wonderful Manager, Bryson.

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Who: Bryson Fairlamb, Manager

Years at Caddis: 5

Are you a Eugene local, or are you a transplant? 

I’m an Oregon Native, born in Elgin OR, raised in Coast Range then Eugene through high school. Then I lived in Bend OR for 15 years, and now I’m back in Eugene.

How many years have you been fly fishing?

20+

What is your favorite rod and reel combo?

Sage X 6120 an Lamson Speedster 3.5

Wet wade or float, and why?

I love floating rivers for fishing or adventure and 90% of my fishing utilizes my drift boat or raft. I do love walking into places when traveling but day in and day out I’m in my drifter.

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Dry fly, streamer or nymph–and do you tie them?

All of the above, and yes I tie. I tie a lot of my own flies for steelhead fishing but purchase most of my trout patterns; I just go through so many trout flies in the summer.

Spey or single hand cast? 

Yep

Salt or Freshwater?

Freshwater mainly but last years trip to Mexico has me thinking of baby tarpon quite often.

Where do you fish/have you fished?

States: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico,  New Zealand

Waters: Deschutes,  Mckenzie, and Willamette Rivers. The Cascade lakes.

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What is your favorite part about working at Caddis?

Interacting with fisherman from all over the world, and the knowledge gained from my coworkers and fellow anglers.

When a fellow angler asks, “What is the biggest fish you have ever caught?” what is your answer? 

30 ish pound chinook

And there you have it. Bryson is one of our most knowledgable anglers with an awesome breadth of experience fishing near Eugene and beyond.  He is always abreast to the latest product information and updates from our brands, and you can count on him to tell you his honest opinion about that rod and reel pairing for your next fly fishing setup. He can be found either working the Customer Service and shipping desk in the back of the shop, or helping someone out on the shop floor.

Want to know more about the Caddis Fly? Visit our website’s About page at this link and feel free to call or email us any time at our contacts below:

(541)505-8061

caddiseug@yahoo.com

Tight lines until next time!

The Caddis Fly Crew

 

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Korkers Darkhorse Wading Boot Review

Korkers Darkhorse Boot

It’s been a struggle to find a lightweight comfortable wading boot with enough durability to make it through the season here at Cedar Lodge. Our favorite boots have been the 2015/16 Patagonia Ultra light and the Simms Intruder boot. Both of these boots were/are great in terms of fit, comfort, weight but lack in terms of durability for the heavy user. We put our boots to the test during our season at Cedar Lodge. Depending upon the guide 60-90 days in a row of use is an excellent barometer to how a boot is going to handle a variety of conditions and use.

I am about 30 days in on the Korkers Darkhorse and other than a bit of sole wear and tear, which you would expect, these boots have enough going for them to get a positive review from me.

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Pros:

-Quick on and off. The boa lacing system is awesome in terms of getting in and out of the Darkhorse boot. It’s quick and painless; the boot opens up enough to get into easily.
-New “hydrophobic” fabric that dries really really quickly, like in between pools quick.
-Durability has been great. The quick drying fabric seems to be bomber no issues on mine to date, same with our pilot/guide Dion who does twice the miles in them as I do.
-Drainage has been excellent, there is way more water in my wet wading socks when I take these boots off than in the boot itself which has almost none.
-Roomy toe box allow for good circulation
-Interchangeable soles allow anglers to use these in non felt areas and swap into felt or studded felt as needed. I have been using the Idrogrip Vibram soles this year and they are way better than the standard Korkers Kling on sole, night and day in terms of grip and durability.
-Lightweight. The Darkhorse is not the lightest but it’s very light compared to most wading boots and for walking out of water more than in I have found it be excellent.
-Fit is superb, particularly around the ankle these fit like a glove.

Cons:

-I can’t seem to tighten the toe box quite as much as I think I need when I put them on. This is a pro in terms of movement of your toes in cold water but I seem to want them just a bit tighter at times.
-The standard “kling-on” rubber soles can wear out prematurely on the edge of the sole causing a small rubber flap. I have found the Sticky Studded Idrogrip Vibram sole to be the very best rubber sole when you have to go with rubber.

CD

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2017 NW Fly Tyer Expo March 10 & 11

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The 29th annual Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo will be held March 10th and 11th at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. There are many activities for anyone interested in fly fishing or fly tying.

There are 200 demonstration fly tyers that are scheduled in three daily shifts over Friday and Saturday. There are a wide range of tyers tying everything from dry flies, nymphs, steelhead, classic salmon flies, and even ultra-realistic flies. It is a great way to learn new techniques and improve your tying. There are also fly tying classes where you can follow along with an instructor learning to tie flies.

 

Frank Moore casting in 2016

Frank Moore casting in 2016

If you want to improve your fly casting check out the classes that are available. The casting classes including 1:1 Casting Doctor classes where you get personal attention to answer your casting questions. Throughout the day there are casting demonstrations at the indoor casting pool.

There are 50 exhibitors where you can find a new fly rod or new and interesting materials. Some vendors offer Expo specials. You can also try out the fly rod at the indoor casting pool to test out a rod.

Jay Nicholas tying in 2016

Jay Nicholas tying in 2016

For the younger fly fishers, there is a youth program that includes: fly tying, casting, knot tying, boat safety, fish anatomy, and more. It is a great way to get kids interested in fly fishing. Check out the website (http://nwexpo.com) when it gets closer to the Expo for a coupon that will get one free adult admission if you bring a child.

Got tinsel?

Got tinsel?

The Expo is sponsored by the Oregon Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. It is the main fund raiser for the Oregon Council and is used for conservation and education activities. Funds also allow for two scholarships for Oregon State University students pursuing fishing related degrees.

For more information, please visits http://nwexpo.com

My thanks to friend and fly tyer extraordinaire Garren Wood for providing the material for this blog post. Hope to see many of you at the Expo this year. I’ll be there both days, roaming around and visiting (if not tying).

Jay Nicholas – winter season 2017

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State Land Board votes to privatize Elliott State Forest

Yesterday, via the Register-Guard:

Oregon’s new state treasurer and new secretary of state teamed up Tuesday to vote for the potential sale of the Elliott State Forest, rejecting Gov. Kate Brown’s recently revealed plan to keep public the 82,500-acre forest near Coos Bay.

Brown expressed frustration about the Tuesday vote.

“Having heard from hundreds of Oregonians and after long deliberation, it is clear to me that it is in the best interest of Oregonians to ensure public ownership of the Elliott State Forest for future generations,” she said. “Retaining the Elliott as a state asset is the proper exercise of the fiduciary responsibility of the state.”

The forest includes habitat for northern spotted owl and marbled murrellet, a pair of federally protected birds, as well as coho salmon, a federally protected fish.

Save The Elliott State Forest from Cascadia Wildlands on Vimeo.

Sean Stevens, Executive Director of Oregon Wild made the following statement:


Oregon has long prided itself on its environmental pedigree, touting its conservation leadership. This perception, some might say mythology, that is loudly proclaimed by our politicians at every available moment was dealt a heavy blow today when Democratic Treasurer Tobias Read joined with Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson to sell off the Elliott State Forest. The final decision was kept open by Governor Kate Brown, who has reversed course in the last week and come out strongly for a public option for the Elliott.

But a greater problem remains.

Oregon Democrats like Tobias Read have for years run campaigns around their environmental bona fides, only to continue to allow the state to fall further and further behind when it comes to environmental protections. Today’s vote underscores that when it comes to timber interests and public lands, Oregon Democrats are willing to look the other way. Like coal is to West Virginia, clearcut logging is to Oregon.

Combined, Read and Richardson received $13,000 from the logging interests trying to purchase the Elliott State Forest, not to mentioned tens of thousands more from the industry at large.

The deal is supposed to be finalized by the end of the year. Get involved with local conservation organizations to try to help #SaveTheElliot.

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2017 Flyfishing Film Tour (F3T) in Corvallis on Sat. Feb 18

Join the rascally Bluebacks for the annual film festival to raise funds for the chapter steelhead surveys in the Siletz River Basin, SOLV River cleanups, and the Linn-Benton Salmon Watch for children. These activities depend on your support.

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As in the past, they will have some great silent auction items and will welcome Two Towns Ciderhouse and Block 15. They will also be serving pizza and wraps if you get a bit hungry.

So please join The Bluebacks Saturday (Feb 18th)! Doors open at 6:30 and the films will start at 7:30.

Parking is across from LaSells Stewart Center in Reser stadium parking lot.

Buy tickets at Watershed Fly Shop with cash or check and online here.

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Letter from Cedar Lodge, “Summer” Update 2017

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Dear Dale and Charles,

I know it was a tough decision not to come to New Zealand this year. Life throws curveballs and we have to adjust. But… if it makes you feel any better this year has been a “once in every 40 years – cold ass summer”.

Our “summer” season has been plagued with constant cold fronts bringing more wind and rain than anyone can remember. Rivers have been high, cold and “unfishable” much of the season. Cicadas have been chirping for a month now but only during the occasional periods of heat.

We’ve had a few magical days, as you well know the South Island will give you that. West Coast Rivers on the drop with reasonable weather can be fantastic. But these have been minuscule gaps in an overall nasty onslaught of wet, cold and windy weather.

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NZ summer 2017

I have been hesitant to report (complain) on the season here at Cedar Lodge as I know the Pacific Northwest has been smashed with snow and ice. Hopefully you are able to catch some Winter Steelhead behind the fronts on the Oregon Coast.

What does a lodge owner do when the weather is constantly limiting your options for fishing and flying you ask?

Drive to fishing, yes we certainly do this, but again when it’s blowing 45-knots and pelting down rain on a swollen river are we having much fun?

Fortunately we are about one hour from Central Otago wine region. The 45th parallel south is right up there with the Willamette Valley and Burgundy France in terms of noted Pinot Noir. I have been a wine tour guide more than I would like this season. On a positive note we have found some real gems to serve at the lodge. We stop at a couple of wineries, lunch, fruit stand, real fruit ice cream and home. Not fishing, but a New Zealand day out for sure. Additionally I have done a day of Horse Trekking, a day at the track (Highlands Motorsport Park is pretty cool) a day in town, and even a day at the movies. Yep not ideal but not sitting at the lodge playing cards either.

NZ summer 2017

NZ summer 2017

I haven’t give up on the season but I have to admit the conditions do wear on you. The long term forecast is for things to get better late February and March, one can hope!

Your Friend

Chris Daughters

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A Chance for Trump to Save Our Streams

An awesome op-ed in the NY Times by Trout Unlimited CEO, Chris Wood.

Over the past 20 years, mining operations have buried or degraded nearly 2,000 miles of streams in Appalachia. It goes without saying that cutting the tops off mountains and dumping them in streams is bad for fishing. It is also bad for anyone who cares about clean water.

Brook trout in cool water

Which brings me to President Trump, who in an interview after the election said that “clean water, crystal clean water is vitally important.” The president is correct, and now he can take a first step toward protecting our water resources — and incidentally, earn a place as a conservation champion in the eyes of the nation’s hunters and anglers — by vetoing Congress’s misguided vote to roll back stream protection.

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House votes to kill BLM Planning 2.0 Rule

From the Denver Post:

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to kill a federal rule that gives Americans more of a voice in large-scale planning for projects using public land. The action launched by House Republicans, including sponsors Rep. Scott Tipton of Colorado and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, would nullify the Bureau of Land Management’s “Planning 2.0” rule that took effect in December. That rule governs all planning for future uses of 250 million acres of federal public land that is concentrated in the West.

Summer storm at the Capitol

Last week, Congress killed the Stream Protection Act that required efforts to protect waterways near coal mines.

Folks, it’s time to fight. Send your donations to conservation organizations. Call lawmakers. Fight.

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Torrence’s Black and Blue Scandi-Tube Fly Tying Video

In this fly tying instructional video Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie a Scandinavian Style Tube Fly using the Protube system by ProSportFisher. The Protube system allows the tier to control the every aspect of their creation with the addition of weight, color, and turbulence. In this fly tying tutorial Tony demonstrates the use of the Flexi weight and Pro Sonic Ultra Sonic Disc to tie his favorite Summer and Winter Steelhead Fly.

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Torrence’s Black and Blue Scandi-Tube

Tube: ProSportFisher Blue 40/40, Medium Flexiweight (15mm)
Tip: Lagartun or Veevus Small Oval Silver Tinsel
Tag: Danville Fl. Orange Floss, use a single strand

Tail: Fl. Orange Fluoro fiber
Butt: Black Ostrich Herl
Rib: Lagartun or Veevus Medium Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: 2/5 Large Veevus Teal Holographic Tinsel, 3/5 Hareline Black STS Trilobal Dubbing
Hackle: Black Medium Blue Eared Pheasant
Wing: Hareline Kingfisher Blue Arctic Fox
Flash: Angler’s Choice Blue Ice Angel Hair
Hackle: Hareline Kingfisher Blue Guinea Fowl
2nd Wing: Black Pro Marble Fox or Arctic Fox
Disc: Blue Chrome Pro Ultra Sonic Disc

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North Coast Fly Fishing Report – Late January 2016

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I’ve had a week to swing flies in several locations around the North Coast this past week. Wow, this has been a classic winter steelhead experience, as in, a textbook situation.

It is no surprise that swinging flies for winter steelhead is a daunting proposition. Fishing beads or egg patterns under a strike inceptor is, on average, more likely to result is success than swinging flies.

Anyone who knows how averages are calculated will understand that these statements conceal the wide range of conditions that make up the average. Here is what I mean by this polite explanation.

So here is the real story. There are times when the dead drifted fly or lure is far more effective than the swing fly—but—there are times when winter steelhead respond really well to a swinging fly. This is one of the secrets of a relatively small proportion of anglers and fly fishing guides who specialize in swinging flies for winters. These folks know how to target optimum water conditions and locations where the probability of hooking a winter steelhead on a fly.

The anglers you see who are swinging flies throughout the winter know that they have a genuine chance of getting a grab. They are not crazy. It can and does happen on a regular basis. Sure, they could hook more fish by dead drifting flies and beads, but they have decided to dedicate themselves to the swung fly. Not crazy, just dedicated, persistent, and stubborn.

There are rare days when the swung fly is downright killer for winter steelhead, and I do mean rare. But these days do exist.

This report is not a about one of those days.

I swung flies several days last week, under very good conditions. I fished with friends, and for four rods we hooked one steelhead. One winter among four rods across four days. I also fished with friends drifting a river in a drift boat – bobber dogging a bead under a strike indicator. I fished this way for two half days, hooking and loosing one steelhead.

I’m hoping that this report will serve to communicate the fact that anglers can hook winter steelhead using a wide variety of flies and lures on a fly rod. I saw guided anglers fishing beads and egg patterns on fly rods when I was drifting the river. Upon questioning six anglers over two days I found that their collective catch amounted to two steelhead hooked on beads. None of the guided anglers were swinging flies.

On the other hand, first hand reports from three friends who have been swinging flies through the past week indicate that they have hooked two fish, loosing both.

Overall, these stories serve to illustrate a few points. First, winter steelhead can be tough to catch. Second, both swinging flies and beads will hook fish. Third, fishing beads is no guarantee that you will catch buckets of steelhead – swinging flies can also bring on the magnificent grab.

Overall, I’d have to say that steelhead fishing has been fairly slow on the North Coast in the reaches I have been fishing. Some folks fishing conventional gear have done better, some about the same, with a fish or so a day hooked.

The photos following are from this last week supplied by my friend Guy Allen. The anglers pictured are friends who cast far better than I do. The fellow throwing a great cast clear across the river to cover a far-side tailout is Tim from the Caddis Fly Shop. Nice cast Tim!

I’m headed upriver again today, with two Echo OHS rods strapped to my truck. Wish me luck, because I’ll be swinging some of my recent Tube Intruders with great anticipation. I’m due for a grab soon, whether today, next week, or next month – I’ll be ready.

Jay Nicholas  – Winter season 2016/17

 

PS:  I fished 9 AM – 4PM before heading home to my family. Great water, just a little lower than I prefer to swing — no grabs.  Next time. Next time.

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Senyo’s Aqua Veil and Hareline Polar Chenille: flashy hackles for Steelhead and Salmon Flies

Some of my steelhead and salmon flies incorporate flash only in the wing—but there are many patterns I craft that incorporate additional flash by winding on what I refer to as “flash hackles.”

Two products that I often reach for at the fly bench are Senyo’s Aqua Veil, and Hareline UV Polar Chenille.

One option for "flash hackles" is Senyo's Aqua Veil, with four colors pictured here.

One option for “flash hackles” is Senyo’s Aqua Veil, with four colors pictured here.

 

Mountain Berry and Sky colors of Senyo's Aqua Veil out of their package.

Mountain Blueberry and Sky colors of Senyo’s Aqua Veil out of their package.

Three colors of Hareline UV Polar Flash -- another excellent option for creating "flash hackles on steelhead and salmon flies.

Three colors of Hareline UV Polar Chenille – another excellent option for creating “flash hackles on steelhead and salmon flies.

Silver and Gold UV Polar Chenille pictured out of their packages.

Silver and Gold UV Polar Chenille pictured out of their packages.

Senyo's Aqua Veil (upper) and Hareline UV Polar Chenille (lower) shown in comparison.  The strands on both products are roughly 1.25" long.

Senyo’s Aqua Veil (upper) and Hareline UV Polar Chenille (lower) shown in comparison. The strands on both products are roughly 1.25″ long.

Tying tips: I am prone to twisting both of these materials just as you would spin a dubbing loop — before winding the material around my tube or shank. Spinning the strand causes the fibers to stick out from all sides of the core instead of coming out on one side only. I have difficulty coaxing the un-twisted material to behave as I wind it on. I seem to have better consistency when I twist the material first and then wind it on. Twisting is easily accomplished by clamping in my hackle pliers and spinning the pliers.

Use in composite dubbing loops: you can cut these fibers off the  core material and incorporate them in your composite dubbing to craft sparkle and shine in your bodies.

I hope these ideas help. As always, you may shoot an email to the fly shop and I or someone on our staff will try to help answer your tying questions.

Jay Nicholas – winter season 2016/17

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Six Excellent Options for Adding Flash to Wings of Steelhead & Salmon flies

We have many very good options for adding flash in the wings of our steelhead and salmon flies these days - here are six of these options.

We have many very good options for adding flash in the wings of our steelhead and salmon flies these days – here are six of these options.

This post will just feature a half dozen of the various options we have at hand on the bench to add flash to wings of steelhead and salmon flies. There are well over a hundred options if you consider colors, thickness, and base properties of the flash material. The six products shown here are among my favorites but are by no means the only products you should consider.

Color consistency: tends to be very good between individual packets of flash and over time. These are synthetic materials and dying tends to be very consistent at least within a batch of flash material. I have seen some variation in (for example) pink Krystal Flash over time because one batch of material came out of the dye vat a little more or less pink than a different batch dyed a year or more later. Overall, though, you can count on purple being purple in packet after packet.

Limpness: varies between products but will be consistent within a produce across colors and time. Lateral Scale, Flashabou, Ice Wing, and Larva Lace tend to be relatively limp. Krystal Flash is not as limp as the previously noted products. Purple Haze holographic flash fibers tend to be a little less limp than traditional Flashabou but gosh the holo effect on the brilliant purple looks nice.

Lateral Scale is a stippled material that exhibits exceptional sparkle and flash. I like this material and use it often. Many of my steelhead flies incorporate two strands of Lateral Scale on each side of the wing.

Lateral Scale is a stippled material that exhibits exceptional sparkle and flash. I like this material and use it often. Many of my steelhead flies incorporate two strands of Lateral Scale on each side of the wing.

 

Traditional Flashabou is offered in close to 30 colors and still represents a great option for adding flash to our flies.

Traditional Flashabou is offered in close to 30 colors and still represents a great option for adding flash to our flies.

 

Krystal Flash also offers great options in over 40 colors to add flash to our fly wings.

Krystal Flash also offers great options in over 40 colors to add flash to our fly wings.

 

Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fibers are yet another  innovative example of a flashabou-like material we have at hand on our fly bench.

Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fibers are yet another innovative example of a flashabou-like material we have at hand on our fly bench.

 

Ice Wing is relatively fine and very different than traditional materials like flashabou and lateral scale. It is a little more difficult to tie in but makes for most excellent flash in wings.

Ice Wing is relatively fine and very different than traditional materials like flashabou and lateral scale. It is a little more difficult to tie in but makes for most excellent flash in wings.

 

Larva Lace is very similar to Ice Wing and also offers an excellent option for  adding sparkle to our steelhead and salmon wings.

Larva Lace is very similar to Ice Wing and also offers an excellent option for adding sparkle to our steelhead and salmon wings.

I just took a look in the Hareline Catalog and found something like forty different options for various flash products that are currently available. Some of these are holographic, magnum, micro, flourescent, UV, traditional and innovative products that allow each tyer of steelhead and salmon flies to choose the means of adding flash that most suits our intentions.

Jay Nicholas, winter 2016/17 season

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Three Sink Tip Options for Winter Steelhead Swing Fishing

An increasing proportion of our winter steelhead fishing these days involves the use of two hand rods (spey or switch rods). Where winter steelhead fishing is concerned, the use of a Skagit style head and sink tip is the most common line combination we fish in winter. The Skagit head and sink tip are well suited to cast large flies, weighted flies, and water-resistant flies.

This post is intended to remind folks that there are three sources of very good sink tips that you may fish on any brand of Skagit line. These include sink tips by RIO, AIRFLO, and OPST (Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics). RIO and Airflo have been in the sink tip game for many years — OPST is a recent entrant into the sink tip producers ranks, but the folks at OPST (including Ed Ward) are well respected experts at Skagit style casting and swinging flies for steelhead and salmon.

I will note that RIO and AIRFLO offer an extensive range of sink tips in addition to the example shown in this article. I’m hoping simply to start the conversation about sink tips for Skagit head fly lines by noting that you may be confident selecting a tip offered by all three of these manufacturers, regardless of whether you fish with a Skagit head manufactured by RIO, AIRFLO, or OPST.

Three sink tips that are designed to fish on Skagit heads and cast on two hand spey or switch fly rods. At left is a RIO MOW tip. At center is an AIRFLO sink tip. At right is an OPST sink tip.

Three sink tips that are designed to fish on Skagit heads and cast on two hand spey or switch fly rods. At left is a RIO MOW tip. At center is an AIRFLO FLO sink tip. At right is an OPST Commando sink tip.

RIO MOW tips come in  versions that include a floating tip as well as a wide range of sink rates and combinations of floating, Intermediate, and sinking sections in the tip. The tip pictured here has a 2.5 ft floating butt with a 7.5 ft tip that sinks at 8-9" per second.

RIO MOW tips come in versions that include a floating tip as well as a wide range of sink rates and combinations of floating, Intermediate, and sinking sections in the tip. The tip pictured here has a 2.5 ft floating butt with a 7.5 ft tip that sinks at 8-9″ per second.

AIRFLO offers a wide range of sink tips also, including various Polyleaders, but the  tip pictured here is a FLO tip with an Intermediate-sink butt and a fast sinking tip.

AIRFLO offers a wide range of sink tips also, including various Polyleaders, but the tip pictured here is a FLO tip with an Intermediate-sink butt and a fast sinking tip.

OPST offers fewer iterations of tips for use with Skagit head fly lines but all are very specifically attuned to swinging flies on the Skagit lines. The tip featured in this photo is especially well suited for achieving a fast sink rate.

OPST offers fewer iterations of tips for use with Skagit head fly lines but all are very specifically attuned to swinging flies on the Skagit lines. The OPST Commando tip featured in this photo is especially well suited for achieving a fast sink rate.

The staff at the Caddis Fly Shop will be pleased to help you select a sink tip for use with your Skagit Head fly line set-up. Hopefully, this article will reassure you that it is perfectly reasonable to mix and match product manufacturers as you purchase additional sink tips.

Jay Nicholas – winter season 2016/17

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Torrence’s Carp Caller Fly Tying Video

In this instructional fly tying video Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie his Carp Caller carp fly. Using some of the latest materials available, this fly lands softly to its target due to the buggy dubbed head. After settling to the bottom, the fly moves tail up to seduce your quarry to grab. Equally deadly on Smallmouth Bass this is a fly to give a shot on your favorite Carp or Smallie waters.

Torrence's Carp Caller

Torrence’s Carp Caller—Natural (this one is in the video)

Thread: Veevus 10/0, Brown or Tan
Hook: TMC 2457 or Daichi 1120 sizes 6-10
Weight: Lead Wire 0.025 from point of hook to behind eyes
Tail: Caster’s Squirmito, Tan
Underbody: Hareline UV Ice Dub, Tan
Body: J’Son Realskins, Natural
Legs: Hareline Barred Crazy Legs, Yellow/Pearl Flake
Hackle: Grizzly Soft Hackle or Grizzly Soft Hackle Marabou patch, Tan
Head: Cohen’s Carp Dub, Blaze Orange

Torrence’s Carp Caller—Olive

Thread: Veevus 10/0, Olive or Brown
Hook: TMC 2457 or Daichi 1120 sizes 6-10
Weight: Lead Wire 0.025 from point of hook to behind eyes

Tail: Caster’s Squirmito, Light Olive
Underbody: Hareline UV Ice Dub, Caddis Green or Olive
Body: J’Son Realskins, Olive
Legs: Hareline Barred Crazy Legs, Olive/Green Flake
Hackle: Grizzly Soft Hackle or Grizzly Soft Hackle Marabou patch, Olive
Head: Cohen’s Carp Dub, Cray—Zee Olive

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