Conservation News: Proposed Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary

Jay Nicholas North Umpqua

This is a brief note to let our readers know that there is a new film  by Shane Anderson featuring the Proposed Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary.

Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary from Pacific Rivers on Vimeo.

My interest in this sanctuary is both professional and personal. On the science side of the coin, Steamboat Creek is paramount in it’s importance to wild summer steelhead on the North Umpqua River. Across the Oregon coast, its importance to summer steelhead in general is also extremely high in a region that supports only three populations of summer steelhead (Siletz, North Umpqua, Upper Rogue). I’ll not go into details on the proposal but will attach a press release by Pacific Rivers at the end of this post.

On a personal level, Frank and Jeanne Moore are among the most dear friends of my family; we have enjoyed many walks looking at wild flowers with them as well as hours sitting around the kitchen table at meals, tying flies, exchanging fishing stories,  second-guessing questionable ODFW and federal management decisions, and applauding the good decisions. Our criteria are beyond reproach, so there is no need to go into specifics here. Point is, Frank has shouldered a huge part of the load of protecting Steamboat Creek when no one else did. Frank’s indomitable spirit is a key factor in creating the world we inherited, a world in which the North Umpqua still supports a decent (if not optimum) population of wild summer steelhead—period.

Enjoy the movie. Support the cause. We might still enjoy our hatchery summers in the Umpqua; but without  a decent population of wild summers in this river, we might as well admit that we allowed one of Oregon’s precious and unique wild runs to perish because of our inattention.

Jay Nicholas (August 26 2016)

Press Release follows:

Contact Hilary Shohoney (503 228 3555 x 207) — Hilary@pacificrivers.org

Pacific Rivers Releases New Film on Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary

Portland, Ore. – Pacific Rivers’ Shane Anderson just released a new 5-minute film on Frank Moore and the proposed Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary. The film focuses on Frank Moore and his dedication to the summer steelhead that call Steamboat Creek home. Legislation has been proposed that would protect approximately 100,000 acres of public land for critical steelhead spawning and rearing habitat and honor a legendary conservationist.

In World War II, Frank Moore fought on the shores of Normandy, earning the prestigious Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his bravery. In 1946, he returned home to his wife Jeanne and together they started the Steamboat Inn, which has served as a gathering place for fly fishing enthusiasts from all over the world. Frank Moore has been angling for over 80 years and has dedicated his life to conserving and protecting his home watershed and the summer steelhead that live there. Frank has served on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, received numerous conservation awards including the National Wildlife Federation Conservationist of the Year, the Wild Steelhead Coalition Conservation Award, and has been inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

The proposed legislation permanently protects critical portions of Steamboat Creek, one of the last remaining cold water sanctuaries for spawning steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. It preserves over 50 miles of Steamboat Creek and the surrounding landscape, protecting clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, and creating scenic recreation space for fishing, hiking, and more. The North Umpqua watershed draws anglers from far and wide to cast for summer and fall steelhead, fall and spring Chinook, Coho, and sea-run trout. Additionally, black bears, river otters, bald eagles, spotted owls, elk and much more wildlife call this watershed home, making this Sanctuary crucial for biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and a healthy well-functioning ecosystem.

About Pacific Rivers

Started in 1987 by two whitewater rafting guides who had witnessed the destruction of Oregon’s rivers first-hand, Pacific Rivers works at the watershed level to promote clean and healthy rivers, because water and land are indelibly connected. Our mission is to protect and restore the watershed ecosystems of the West to ensure river health, biodiversity, and clean water for present and future generations.

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Surface Seducer Double Barrel Slider Baitfish Fly Tying Video

Tony uses the Flymen Company Surface Seducer Double Barrel Popper bodies, hooks and eyes to create a really cool slider pattern. Use it for bass and even sea run cutthroat.

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Surface Seducer Double Barrel Slider Baitfish

Hook: Suface Seducer Popper Hook, sizes 2-8

Slider: Surface Seducer Popper & Slider Body, Sizes X-Large to X-Small
Glue: Zap-a-Gap(fast) or Gorilla Glue(slower)**apply water first**
Eyes: Zap-a-Gap Gel; Hareline Adhesive Holographic Eyes, Super Pearl or Hareline Adhesive Eyes, Super Pearl Black
Popper Finish: Fine Glitter mixed with Liquid Fusion & Top Coat of Liquid Fusion mixed in Loon Mixing Cup
Thread: White Veevus 10/0
Tail: Steve Farrar SF Blend, UV White and 1/69 Opal Mirage Lateral Scale
Collar: Hareline UV Polar Chenille, Silver UV

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McKenzie River Fishing Report: End of August 2016

Upper McKenzie August 2016

Despite some hot days on the water lately fishing has been good. Each day more shadows come into play and that “high sun” period shrinks. I have seen more small caddis and mayflies each of the past few days and hatches will continue to improve as we get lower temperatures next week. A hint of fall is in the air…..

Upper McKenzie August 2016

Best patterns have been Chubby Chernobyl with a Jigged Pheasant Tail or Jigged Prince under it and Parachute Adams on top.

Upper McKenzie August 2016

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Grant McOmie earns award for Fish Whisperer video

I case you missed it and even if you didn’t, my friend Grant McOmie was awarded first place for 2016 by the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America in cooperation with the Ocean Conservancy in the TV/Video content – Fishing  – production. His segment is online and may be viewed here at Oregon’s Fish Whisperer. This is a national award and very prestigious.

Congratulations to Grant for the honor of being featured and recognition this award bestows on Oregon’s wild salmon runs. The salmon are, after all, the real story here.

Jay Nicholas, August 24th 2016.

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Check out 5 simple Sea-run flies in 5 days . . .

Day 3 Sea-run cutthroat fly by Jay Nicholas.

Day 3 Sea-run cutthroat fly by Jay Nicholas.

This is one of the 5 flies (from Day 3) that I’m posting day-by-day on my wordpress blog and Facebook page. Not fancy. Just five fishing flies that I’e already stashed in my box and hope to fish the next month or so as time and tide permit. These are no-name patterns – just simple damp wet flies that I have confidence fishing for sea run cutthroat in tidewater and the lower reaches of Oregon Coastal rivers.

Wish me luck when i get these five flies wet soon – I need it!

Best wishes to you all – JN (August 20th 2016)

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Fall Flies That Catch Fish in our Local Waters

Not to jump the gun on Fall….. but I am a bit tired of this heat and ready for some cooler temps, shadows on the water, and even that wet stuff that falls from the sky. Here are a list of our favorite fall fly patterns. You can count on these from late August all the way through October.

Chubby Chernobyl – Our favorite “low maintenance” guide fly. Ty has been known to leave one on a rod for weeks. Super durable and holds up a huge variety of tungsten beadhead nymphs. Great hopper for the “hopper dropper rig” when you need to fish deeper and still want a dry on for show.

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Double Dip Nymph – Two is better than one! The Double dip combines a brass and tungsten bead, CDC, flash, and either a natural pheasant body or holographic red. This fly has been killer since the folks at Dreamcast Flies on the North Umpqua introduced it to us.

Double Dip nymph

Mercer’s Missing Link – The Missing link fishes as a caddis or drake. As the weather turns cooler and we see a few more mayflies it can be the go to pattern on tougher fish in slick water.

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Parachute Caddis – Evenings from here on call for a few caddis in the box. The Swisher’s or Bloom’s version of the Parachute Caddis fish great.

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Parachute Adams – The classic Parachute Adams is one of those patterns that works well all year. For fall fishing it imitates a Grey Drake in larger sizes and Blue Winged Olives down to #18’s. It’s effective in sizes #10-18 on the McKenzie and Willamette.

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Parachute Purple – Many anglers ask the question, why purple? What is it about the many variations of a “purple parachute adams” style fly. Try the Purple Rooster, Parachute Purple, Purple Haze, they all work.

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Elk Hair Caddis Orange – The smaller size Orange Caddis works well in evenings all fall. It’s not the big October Caddis but it consistently brings more fish to top than it’s larger cousin.

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Advanced Stimulator – Half “attractor” half October Caddis the Advanced Stimulator is one you can see late into the evening.

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Rusty Goddard Caddis – Another Fall dry fly with excellent flotation and that rusty orange color that just seems to work in the fall months. Fish it by itself or with a double dry rig including a Parachute Adams or Parachute Purple.

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Parachute Madam X Orange – Another fly that will hold up a nymph or fish well all on it’s own. The rubber legs offer stability and fish attracting movement.

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McKenzie Caddis Orange – Like our Green McKenzie Caddis this “buggy” oversized caddis pattern fishes well when skated, jigged and danced on the surface. Size 8 and 10.

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Half Down Golden Orange – We stole this design from a very effective spring fly, Gould’s Half Down Golden. Adding an Orange Body makes it an October Caddis imitator, size 8.

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Spun Hair Hopper or Dave’s Hopper – Above Hills Creek and Cougar Reservoirs, the North Fork of the Middle Fork and other valley waters anglers can find success with hoppers this time of year.

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BeadHead October Caddis – One of numerous October Caddis pupae patterns anglers should fish deep prior to the adult emergence of October Caddis.

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Grey Drake Hair Wing – Late September on both the McKenzie and Willamette anglers will find these slow flying large mayflies that trout love to gobble up.

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Jigged 20 Incher - This tungsten headed jig nymph gets down in a hurry and seems to imitate stonefly nymphs. You need a Chubby to hold this one up or go right to the Air-Lock indicator and nymph it.

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Jigged Prince
- The Prince Nymph is an all time favorite, add quick sink and a hook riding up for less snagging and you have the recipe for success.

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Jigged Pheasant Tail
– Another variation on the CDC Pheasant Tail this pattern is slender and deadly.

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Mini Foamulator - An excellent floater, this attractor pattern is just the right size for all water types. It will imitate mid-sized caddis and stoneflies through the fall.

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There are of course many more patterns that catch fish. I have neglected soft hackles and blue winged olives both of which are deadly in October as the weather shift cooler and mayflies become more abundant. Armed with the patterns above you will have options for successful strategies on our local waters.

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Coastal Chinook – The Game is ALMOST on . . . .

Jay Nicholas Pacific City Chinook Fishing

In the estuaries anyway.

One friend who lives south of me has caught five kings so far, four on anchovies and one on a fly. Another friend sent me the photo above on August 16th from a river to my north. This gentleman got his fish on shrimp under a bobber. A look at the historical catch records shows that the kings should be seeping into our estuaries by now, with numbers picking up in October for sure. Odds of hooking a fish now are slim, but so is the competition in many locations. I netted a 27 pound king for an 80 yr old angler one recent day – a fish he caught on a spinner.

Check the regulations and make sure it is legal to retain a chinook wherever you wish to fish, and remember that all wild coho must be released.

But for the angler seeking to refresh the skills, or build new skills fly fishing for King salmon, this is a great time to fish alone and still have a chance to get close to the chinooks.

Where to fish? A few chinook are filtering into all of the coastal rivers now, and issues like avoiding excessive wind and finding rolling fish are more important than picking any particular river over another. Just go fishing. Look around and see if anyone else is fishing for salmon in your destination river. Chances are that there are a few such king hunters in all of the coastal rivers already. Maybe not on every tide, but just take a look and see what you can see. The fellow pictured above was the only one casting gear from the sandbar when he hooked the 16 pound salmon. Fifteen minutes later, the wind drove him off the water, but he left happy.

If you have king salmon on the brain, now’s the time to get your gear ready and wet if you are so inclined.

Jay Nicholas, August 17th 2017

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Frenchie Jig Nymph Fly Tying Video

In this instructional Fly Tying Video, Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie the Frenchie Nymph in the jig format. While the Frenchie is just another Pheasant Tail Nymph variation, it has become a popular fly on a lot of Eastern Oregon streams and rivers because it’s so effective. The jig style really shines when fished on a hopper-dropper rig, but also as you main fly in a two fly indicator rig.

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Frenchie Jig Nymph

Hook: TMC C400BL or Daichi 4647, Sizes 10-16
Bead: Copper Slotted Tungsten Bead
Thread: Veevus 10/0, Fl. Orange
Tail: Coq De Leon
Rib: Small Copper or Gold Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax: UV Shrimp Pink Hareline Ice Dub

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Sage X Rods: Everything You Need To Know

As I stood in the lot casting one of our last ever 9′ 5wt Sage Ones last month the Sage logo glinted gold in the afternoon sun and my palms ached for the loss of this beautiful tool. Luckily though, a discontinued product normally signals the introduction of the new (and hopefully improved) generation.

In this case, that new generation is the Sage X.

Anyone who has cast a rod knows that it takes skill to maneuver a line over head and then out to touch a specific spot. And anyone who has cast a Sage One understands that this rod makes that feat a lot simpler than others. The One was the fast action, lightweight, line shooting machine I dreamt of when I was first learning to fish. And it was the type of self-casting candy you had to earn with years of practicing the motions with other rods on your own. The Sage X maintains that casting caliber.

At a glance, the X isn’t much different from its predecessor. From afar, in fact, it is the same One we fell in love with. Its sleek blackish green design dresses a tight flex, fast action, line casting cannon. The cork handle is light (if not lighter in hand than the One) and the performance is just as straightforward as its predecessor–aim, fire, and let the action do the work. As Angling Editor Kirk Deeter puts it, the main difference with the X is that it loads closer to the cork, making its use “a more intimate casting experience“. And so Sage took the bones of a great rod, applied minimalist improvement on action and feel and gave us a next generation rod with the same superior performance.

If you want to get into specific improvements, here are a few:

1. Faster line speed and greater accuracy due to decreased torsional (rotational/side to side) movement in the blank.

2. The fact that Sage’s rod builders reduced the “wiggle” in the blank of the X enables anglers to achieve a more such precise presentation with each cast.

3. With a rod taper focused on accessing the lower rod sections, the action is brought closer to hand, enabling the angler to shoot line at high speeds with any X rod length.

The Sage X comes in the full array of length and weight match options, compatible with many lines. The table below is a great cheat sheet for anyone looking to outfit their new Sage X.

Sage Rod/Rio Line Recommendations Chart

Sage X Rod Performance Preference:
line speed and tight loop emphasis
Load Preference:
active rod load as desired by caster
3-5wt RIO Gold/InTouch, Perception, Trout LT/InTouch RIO Grand/InTouch, Extreme Indicator, Outbound, Single Hand Spey
6-8wt RIO Gold/InTouch, Grand/InTouch, General Purpose Saltwater RIO InTouch Single Hand Spey, Coastal Quickshooter, Bonefish Quickshooter
9-10wt RIO General Purpose Saltwater, Striper 300gr, Bonefish Quickshooter RIO Big Nasty, Redfish (Summer/Winter), Coastal Quickshooter XP

For more Spey and Switch rod specific information, visit our Sage X Spey and Sage X Switch pages for line, reel and sink tip recommendations.

Below are some videos we made with spey guru and long time Sage Sales Rep, George Cook, on the X’s performance and function. Check them out for the inside scoop on what makes the X such a

Spey Talk with George Cook:

Casting the Sage X 6120-4 Spey:

12′ 4pc 6wt Spey paired with Rio Skagit Max 450 grain fly line

Switch Rod Recommendations & Casting the Sage X 7110-4:

11′ 4pc 7wt Switch paired with the Rio Skagit Max Short 500 grain fly line

Spey Rod Recommendations & Casting the Sage X 6120-4:

12′ 4pc 6wt Spey paired with the Rio Scandi 390 grain fly line

Still want to know more? Give us a call, shoot us an email or come on by the shop to cast the Sage X for yourself! We’d love to tell you all about it.

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Coming soon – “Advanced Intruder Strategies”

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Yup, this will be a new book by the right honorable me, to follow on the successful book Intruder Essentials that was published last year.

What’s New in This Book?

1.  An expanded “Intruder Primer” section that covers the basics related to tying and fishing these flies.

2.  A discussion of  materials of special interest to Intruder tyers, including Ostrich, Guinea, & Marabou.

3.  A discussion of composite dubbing loops using a wide range of natural and synthetic materials.

4.  A description of six different Intruder Styles featured in this book: 1) Articulated Tube Intruders, 2) Articulated Shank Intruders; 3) Half-Intruders tied on 20mm OPST Shanks with Marble Fox Wings; 4) Mohawk Half-Intruders tied on 20mm OPST shanks with rabbit Strip wings;  5) Intruders tied on 45mm OPST shanks; 6) Tube Intruders; 6) Micro Intruders tied on tubes with and without cones; 7) flies tied on Greg Senyo’s Micro Shanks; and 8) Intruder style flies tied on traditional hooks.

5.  Step-by-step instructions for tying an Intruder, a Half-Intruder, and two Micro Intruders.

6.  Photos and recipes for 41 new Intruder-style flies, covering eight distinct styles noted above.

Advanced Intruder Strategies expands the reach of the tyer/angler by providing more detail regarding materials, composite dubbing loops, and a series of non-traditional Intruder styles. In doing so, I’m trying to expand the visual imagery of flies that we can call Intruders—if we choose—and show just how far afield any angler/tyer may stray in the quest for the perfect steelhead or salmon fly.

Greg Senyo wrote the foreword for this book, and I quote his closing remarks about Advanced Intruder Strategies:

Tie until your fingers hurt, and smile as you do, because all of this (book) is a labor of Jay’s love of fly tying and fishing . . . . . . . .”

Greg Senyo; August, 2016

Thanks for the kind words Greg.

I’m guessing that the book will be available in the next few weeks, all things cooperating, and will retail for $24.95.

Let me know if I may provide a signed copy!

Jay Nicholas, August  2016.

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Tonight -Tom Larimer Presentation – “Breaking the Rules” Free at the Shop 6pm

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Join Tom Larimer, National Sales Manager for G.Loomis Fly Fishing, for an evening of summer steelhead knowledge. As an 19-year veteran guide, Tom has developed unique techniques, strategies, flies and tackle for the steelhead of his home waters in Oregon and Washington. He’ll also share his experience of fishing the summer steelhead rivers of British Columbia. You’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a new perspective on chasing summer steel.

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We are confident this FREE presentation will be very popular and we ask that you RSVP. Please call or email so we can save you a seat.

August 12th 6pm at the shop:

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop
168 West 6th
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Phone 541 342 7005
email caddiseug@yahoo.com

On Saturday August 13th, Tom Larimer and other G.Loomis representatives will conduct a casting demo at Alton Baker Park from 10am to 12pm. This presentation will focus on the new single and two handed rod introductions from Loomis. More on this to come this week.

CD

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Surface Seducer Double Barrel Popper

Tony demonstrates how to use the coolest popper body on the planet. Surface Seducer Double Barrel Popper bodies from the Flymen Group are phenomenal! Light weight, soft poppers that cast and fish great!

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Surface Seducer Double Barrel Popper

Hook: Surface Seducer Popper Hook, Sizes 2-8
Popper: Surface Seducer Popper; Slider Body, Sizes X-Large to X-Small
Glue: Zap-A-Gap(fast) or Gorilla Glue(slower)**apply water first to thread**
Popper Finish: Copic Marker; top coat of Liquid Fusion
Eyes: Surface Seducer Dragon Eyes, Sizes 8.5mm to 3mm
Tail: EP Senyo’s Chromatic Brush 3”; Whiting Bugger Pack Hackle
Collar: Hareline Grizzly Variant Saddle Hackle
Legs: Hareline Barred Crazy Legs
Leg Tool: Zuddy’s Leg Puller

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Casting Demo this Saturday with G.Loomis and Tom Larimer

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On Saturday August 13th, Tom Larimer and other G.Loomis representatives will conduct a casting demo at Alton Baker Park from 10am to 12pm. This presentation will focus on the new single and two handed rod introductions from Loomis. The Asquith rod from Loomis is the most recent introduction into their extensive rod line up.

You will have a chance to cast both the single and two handed models, try different line configurations and get a sneak peak at some of the new lines Tom has been developing for Airflo.

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Check out Skagit Revolution Tom Larimer’s modern Spey Casting DVD.

Meet us at Alton Baker Park between 10am and 12 on August 13th to have a cast!

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Tom Larimer Presentation – Summer Steelhead “Breaking the Rules” Free at the Shop August 12th 6pm

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Join Tom Larimer, National Sales Manager for G.Loomis Fly Fishing, for an evening of summer steelhead knowledge. As an 19-year veteran guide, Tom has developed unique techniques, strategies, flies and tackle for the steelhead of his home waters in Oregon and Washington. He’ll also share his experience of fishing the summer steelhead rivers of British Columbia. You’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a new perspective on chasing summer steel.

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We are confident this FREE presentation will be very popular and we ask that you RSVP. Please call or email so we can save you a seat.

August 12th 6pm at the shop:

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop
168 West 6th
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Phone 541 342 7005
email caddiseug@yahoo.com

On Saturday August 13th, Tom Larimer and other G.Loomis representatives will conduct a casting demo at Alton Baker Park from 10am to 12pm. This presentation will focus on the new single and two handed rod introductions from Loomis. More on this to come this week.

CD

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Pacific City Dory fishing report – August 2nd 2016

Dory fly fishing can be a family adventure off Pacific City.

Dory fly fishing can be a family adventure off Pacific City.

The fly fishing for black rockfish and an occasional coho (not many of the silvers yet this season) has been good, and the crab pots are usually full these days. Capt John Harrell reports that the sea bass are occasionally difficult to tempt, but that the flies are tending to produce better than conventional gear in 20 to 40 feet of water off the beach near Kape Kiwanda.

Jack Harrell and I are developing a few experimental flies that we hope will turn the trick on days when the bass seem to be reluctant, but most days are seeing good catches for expert and beginner anglers fly fishing offshore.

Trips can be booked for individuals and groups by calling 503-812-9716.

 

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This is a fishing venture that is fun for everyone and that usually sends several great meals home too.

Hope to see you aboard sometime soon.

Jay Nicholas, August 2nd, 2016

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