New Flies for Spring 2019

Spring is a great time too add to and organize your fly collection. We have a robust collection of spring and summer flies in stock to help out. Today’s post highlights some super cool new flies from Rainy’s Flies.

New Nymphs

Loren’s Hot Intestinal Bug
Loren's Hot Intestinal Bug

Loren’s Stud
Loren's Stud

Rowley’s Pay Czech
Rowley's Pay Czech

Hindmarsh’s Pleaboi
Hindmarsh's Pleaboi

Rowley’s Mayday Mayfly Nymph -Rainbow
Rowley's Mayday Mayfly Nymph

Rowley’s Black Jack
Rowley's Black Jack

Finlayson’s Dirty Politician – Three Colors Available
Finlayson's Dirty Politician

Hindmarsh’s Pea Wee
Hindmarsh'e pea wee

Jigged Flexi Stone
Jigged Flexi Stone

Swimming Baetis Nymph
Swimming Baetis Nymph

New Flat’s Flies

Casa Blanca Rag head Crab
Colby's Casa Blanca Raghead Crab

Colby’s Pig Farm Shrimp
Colby's Pig Farm Shrimp

Colby’s Casuarina Spinner
Colby's Casuarina Spinner

Bass Pike and other Predators

Arculeo’s BC Frog
Arculeo's BC Frog

Arculeo’s BC Mouse
Arculeo's BC Mouse

Saunder’s Swimming Frog
Saunder's Swimming Frog

Rainy’s Dead Duck
Rainy's Dead Duck Yellow

Rainy’s Dead Duck Black
Rainy's Dead Duck Black

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Barr’s Slumpbuster Variant Fly Tying Video

In this video, Tony Torrence ties a Slumpbuster Variant fly pattern. An awesome fly to try swinging for trout both in the Spring and fall. Give this fly a try next time your out on local waters.

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Thread: 8/0 Veevus Black
Hook: TMC 5262, sizes 6-10
Cone: Tungsten Cone appropriate size for hook; I like a Hareline Tungsten Cone, small, or Spirit River TC, medium for a size 8.
Wing: Pine-Squirrel Zonker Strips
Rib: (optional) Ultra Wire: copper, olive, black, etc.
Body: Composite loop: Hareline STS Trilobal, Ice dub Olive Brown, Ice Dub UV Callibaetis and/or Ice Dub Minnow Belly
Throat: (in the composite loop) Hareline STS Trilobal Dubbing, Red.
Collar: Pine-Squirrel spun in composite-loop and wrapped in a collar style behind the tungsten cone.

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RIO’s Latest How To Video’s February 2019

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Spring Guide Trip Special 2019

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Each Spring we are reminded of how fortunate we are to have the Lower McKenzie and Willamette rivers within such close proximity to the Eugene area. When conditions align, there is potential for exceptional trout fishing.

If you would like to experience what the Lower River has to offer in Spring, take advantage of our half day special. The special includes 5-6 hours of fishing, and all tackle is provided. Anglers need only to bring lunch and beverages. The price for this “best part of the day half day” is $375 for one or two anglers.

One of the great things about this early season excursion is the varied tactics you will experience with one of our guides. Indicator nymphing, euro nymphing, swinging and dry fly fishing can all be done in the span of a few hours. It’s a really cool time of year.

Call the shop for a reservation. 541 342 7005

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March 2019: It’s time!

March Brown

Ok, enough of the white stuff….it’s time to think of March Brown’s. Sure it may be a bit early and very cool (stop laughing!), but the snow is gone, water temps may be an issue but for those that go….fish are being caught! It’s not red hot but the water levels are very good and hopefully the spring thaw will be kind.

The shop has an excellent selection of March Browns, BWO’s and the usual suspect nymphs….the Possie bugger and mega prince. Nymphing is the main focus right now but anglers are keeping an eye mid day for the MB’s to begin. The weather person says some showers and warming temps are in the forecast for the remainder of the week. Now is a good time to prepare and get set for what is shaping up for a great spring fishery! Get out there!

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Fly Fusion Cast Like a Pro Series: #3 Casting Loops

Fly Fusion Field Editor Jeff Wagner and fly-fishing icon Bruce Richards cover various topics in this informative 10 part fly-casting series that is packed full of cast-changing tips.

In this Episode Jeff Wagner discusses fly casting loops and what causes the dreaded tailing loop.

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SAGE Trout Schools – Summer 2019 Information

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SCHOOL

The Sage On The Water Trout School is the ultimate educational course to improve an angler’s trout fishing. The school combines on-site instruction and education with on-the-water guided fishing, for a holistic approach to learning and improving your fly fishing for trout. The location – Sage Lodge in Paradise Valley, Montana – is paramount, offering easy access to several different fly fishing venues: the Yellowstone River, the famous Paradise Valley spring creeks, and Yellowstone National Park. Students will have guided fishing days in three distinct methods – from a drift boat, walk-and-wade fishing on a freestone river, walk-and-wade fishing on a spring creek – with location-specific instruction prior to each.

The School’s format is a mix of presentations and discussions, instruction, and guided fishing. Venue-specific educational modules prepare students for the following day’s instruction and fishing.

To skip to booking info click here.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

The School includes 5 nights lodging at the Sage Lodge, and three meals per day (dinner upon arrival day and breakfast and lunch upon departure). One full day of instruction on-site is followed by three days of guided fishing. A Sage host will be on-site, as well as six Sage Ambassadors and Elite Pros who serve as the School’s instructors.

The School also includes access to Sage’s latest and greatest rods and reels, and RIO Products’ lines to match. We’ve curated the Perfect Setups for the three fly fishing venues – the Yellowstone River, Paradise Valley spring creeks and Yellowstone National Park. Students will fish different rod and reel models, depending on the fishing venue.

COMMUNITY

The School’s hosts and instructors are Sage Ambassadors, Elite Pros and staff, chosen specifically for this school. They bring decades of experience angling, guiding and instructing fly fishing around the world, and are intentionally a mix of Montana residents and national/international folks. The fishing guides are professional, experienced and licensed guides from Angler’s West fly shop, located just across the river from the Sage Lodge.

INSTRUCTORS

SCHOOL 1

• JON CAVE – SAGE AMBASSADOR, MASTER CASTING INSTRUCTOR, AUTHOR
• RICK WOLLUM – SAGE ELITE PRO, MANAGER ANGLER’S WEST FLYFISHING OUTFITTERS, LICENSED MT GUIDE
• MATT HERON – SAGE ELITE PRO, HEAD GUIDE OF MATT HERON FLY FISHING
• ROB PARKINS – SAGE AMBASSADOR, PUBLIC WATERS ACCESS AT BACKCOUNTRY HUNTERS & ANGLERS
• CHARLES GEHR – FLY WATER TRAVEL ROCKIES DESTINATION MANAGER
• ALEX BLOUIN – SAGE COMMUNITY COORDINATOR

SCHOOL 2

• JON CAVE – SAGE AMBASSADOR, MASTER CASTING INSTRUCTOR, AUTHOR
• RICK WOLLUM – SAGE ELITE PRO, MANAGER ANGLER’S WEST FLYFISHING OUTFITTERS, LICENSED MT GUIDE
• MATT HERON – SAGE ELITE PRO, HEAD GUIDE OF MATT HERON FLY FISHING
• MATSON ROGERS – SAGE AMBASSADOR, OWNER ANGLER’S WEST FLYFISHING OUTFITTERS, LICENSED MT OUTFITTER
• MARK RAISLER – SAGE AMBASSADOR, OWNER OF HEADHUNTERS FLY SHOP, LICENSED MT OUTFITTER
• RICH POST – SAGE ELITE PRO, MANAGER AT TELLURIDE OUTSIDE

SCHOOL 3

• JON CAVE – SAGE AMBASSADOR, MASTER CASTING INSTRUCTOR, AUTHOR
• MATSON ROGERS – SAGE AMBASSADOR, OWNER ANGLER’S WEST FLYFISHING OUTFITTERS, LICENSED MT OUTFITTER
• ADAM FRANCESCHINI – SAGE ELITE PRO, GUIDE AT WEST BRANCH ANGLERS
• PETER MORSE – SAGE AMBASSADOR, MASTER CASTING INSTRUCTOR, AUTHOR
• MATT MCCANNEL – SAGE AMBASSADOR, HEAD GUIDE OF RIGS FLY SHOP
• RUSS MILLER – SAGE AMBASSADOR, FLY FISHING TEAM USA MEMBER
• TOBY SWANK – SAGE ELITE PRO, OWNER OF FINS AND FEATHERS FLY SHOP, LICENSED MT OUTFITTER

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CURRICULUM

The curriculum is designed to take any angler’s skills to the next level, and teaches students to be prepared, comfortable and competent in nearly any trout fishing scenario. The School begins with a detailed, advanced overview of tackle, equipment and applications, followed by professional fly casting instruction, led by renowned instructor and Sage Ambassador Jon Cave. We’ll take a detailed look at trout-specific entomology and use that information to help you build your perfect fishing kit to take to the water. We’ll discuss essential knots, how best to tie them and when to use each. We’ll also present and discuss the best ways to land, handle and release trout. Next, students spend three days on the water with experienced guides. Prior to each guided fishing day, students attend educational sessions to prepare them for the following day’s fishing location and methods. As example, prior to a guided fishing day floating the Yellowstone River, a presentation will be given that covers topics specific to fishing from a drift boat, such as line management, casting angles, boat safety and etiquette, etc.

SAMPLE OF TOPICS COVERED:

• FLY FISHING TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT DESIGN AND APPLICATION
• FLY CASTING FOR DISTANCE, ACCURACY AND CONTROL
• READING WATER IN SMALL AND LARGE FREESTONES, AND SPRING CREEKS
• DRIFTS AND MENDING LINE FOR BETTER PRESENTATIONS
• BEST PRACTICES FOR HOOKING, FIGHTING AND LANDING AND RELEASING FISH
• TROUT FISHING ENTOMOLOGY
• HOW TO PUT TOGETHER YOUR PERFECT FISHING KIT/PACK/VEST
• THE KNOTS YOU NEED TO KNOW, HOW TO TIE THEM, AND WHEN TO USE THEM
• ADVANCED TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES FOR TROUT
• FLY FISHING ETHICS AND CONSERVATION

VENUES

Each of the three fishing venues visited while at the On The Water School present anglers with a variety of fishing situations, and several different techniques are utilized. Having the right equipment to match the different tactics is paramount, so we’ve assembled the Perfect Setups that will be provided for use for each specific fishery.

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Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone is the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States and its watershed is the source and stronghold of beautiful, native Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Anglers staying at the Sage Lodge have easy access to over 50 miles of trout water on the Yellowstone, from Gardiner to east of Livingston. Fishing on the Yellowstone is done primarily out of drift boats, though there are ample opportunities to anchor and wade-fish productive riffle sections. Tactics and techniques on the Yellowstone vary, depending on timing. The height of summer shows anglers incredible dry fly fishing with hopper and terrestrial patterns; fall and spring will bring success on streamers; there are also localized mayfly hatches in spring and fall; pre-runoff caddis fishing can be excellent, and subsurface nymph or soft hackle fishing is productive most months.

PERFECT SETUPS

DRY FLY & DRY-DROPPER

ROD: X 590-4
REEL: SPECTRUM LT 5/6
LINE: RIO PERCEPTION WF5F

WHEN FISHING SMALL TO MEDIUM DRY FLIES OR ATTRACTORS LIKE BLUE WING OLIVES, CADDIS, WULFFS, TRUDES, ETC., THE 590-4 X EXCELS PAIRED WITH A RIO PERCEPTION FLY LINE. THIS SETUP GENERATES ENOUGH LINE SPEED TO CUT THROUGH THE INFAMOUS PARADISE VALLEY BREEZES, BUT OFFERS ACCURACY AND DELICACY TO PRESENT TO RISING FISH.

TERRESTRIAL, BIG BUG, STREAMER

ROD: IGNITER 691-4
REEL: SPECTRUM MAX 5/6
LINE: RIO GRAND WF6F & INTOUCH STREAMER TIP WF6I

SUMMERTIME ON THE YELLOWSTONE IS HOPPER TIME, AND THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB IS A ROD AND LINE THAT CAN CAST WIND-RESISTANT FLIES GREAT DISTANCES, INTO THE WIND, WITH ACCURACY. THE 691-4 IGNITER MATCHED WITH A RIO GRAND DOES JUST THIS. THIS SETUP ALSO INCLUDES RIO’S FLOATING/INTERMEDIATE STREAMERTIP LINE, FOR USE WITH STREAMER PATTERNS.

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Yellowstone National Park

The National Park offers a lifetime of fly fishing. It is a wade-angler’s dream, from Memorial Day Weekend through October. The headwaters of some of the West’s famed rivers lie in the park – Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, Snake – as well as famous smaller waters like Slough and Soda Butte Creeks and the Firehole, Gibbon, Gardner and Lamar Rivers. Hatches occur in the National Park throughout the fishing season, though in the absence of bugs on the water, subsurface nymphing is also effective. Terrestrial dry fly fishing can be spectacular in summer and spring and fall are great times to fish streamers or swing soft hackles.

PERFECT SETUPS

DRY FLY & NYMPHING
ROD: X 490-4
REEL: SPECTRUM LT 3/4
LINE: RIO PERCEPTION WF4F

SUMMERTIME IN YELLOWSTONE OFFERS ANGLERS A PLETHORA OF FISHY, BUGGY WATER. THE MULTI-APPLICATION X ROD IS THE BEST CHOICE TO EMPLOY BOTH SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE PRESENTATIONS. THE 490-4 IS A PERFECT SIZE FOR THE WATER AND FISH TO BE ENCOUNTERED.

POCKET WATER DRY FLY

ROD: DART 376-3
REEL: CLICK 3/4/5
LINE: RIO CREEK WF3F

AMONG YELLOWSTONE’S WIDE VARIETY OF WATER TYPES ARE SMALLER RIVERS AND CREEKS WHERE THE CASTS AREN’T LONG AND WATER IS COVERED QUICKLY. IN THESE SITUATIONS, A SHORT ROD WITH A QUICK-SHOOTING FLY LINE IS ADVANTAGEOUS; THE 7’6”, 3-WEIGHT DART ROD, MATCHED WITH RIO’S CREEK LINE IS OUR FAVORITE.

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Paradise Valley Private Spring Creeks

The famed Paradise Valley Spring Creeks – DePuy, Armstrong and Nelson’s – are a short drive north from the Sage Lodge. The Spring Creeks offer year-round accessibility to challenging rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. The settings are intimate, and anglers are rewarded for stealth and patience. The Creeks are bug factories, with the major hatches including Pale Morning Duns, Blue Wing Olives, Caddis, and midges. Sight-fishing is often the approach while on the Spring Creeks, and in a heavy hatch, the targets are numerous. A day or two on the Spring Creeks is a perfect complement to the bigger Yellowstone River and the freestones of Yellowstone National Park.

PERFECT SETUPS

PRESENTATION DRY FLY
ROD: MOD 486-4
REEL: SPECTRUM LT 3/4
LINE: RIO GOLD WF4F

WHEN A HATCH IS IN FULL-EFFECT ON THE SPRING CREEKS, ANGLERS NEED A TOOL THAT ACCURATELY AND DELICATELY DELIVERS DRY FLIES. THE 486-4 MOD ROD DOES JUST THAT; IT’S MODERN, MODERATE ACTION ENSURES LINE CONTROL AND SOFT PRESENTATIONS TO FINICKY TROUT.

TIGHT QUARTERS DRY FLY

ROD: DART 476-3
REEL: CLICK 3/4/5
LINE: RIO CREEK WF4F

THERE ARE AREAS OF THE SPRING CREEKS WHERE THE BANKS ARE HIGH, TREES OR BUSHES ARE CLOSE BEHIND, OR THE CREEK NARROWS. IN THESE INSTANCES, A SHORTER ROD IS PREFERRED. THE 7’6”, 4-WEIGHT DART ROD HANDLES THESE SITUATIONS WITH EASE AND RIO’S CREEK LINE HAS A TAPER TO MAKE QUICK, ACCURATE SHOTS.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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LODGE

Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley and just 35 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Sage Lodge is an inspiring destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking an escape to unspoiled and rejuvenating natural beauty. Looking out at the banks of the Yellowstone River and the majestic Emigrant Peak, the Lodge blends raw and rugged beauty with distinctive Montana hospitality. The Sage Lodge features 50 guestrooms, 34 in the main lodge and four stand-alone Ranch Houses with 4 suites each. Additional amenities include two restaurants and bars (The Grill and the Fireside Room), an onsite casting pond, and outdoor hot tubs and firepits.

The Water Trout School students will stay in the Sage Lodge Ranch Houses which accommodate up to six, and include a shared kitchen plus indoor/outdoor common areas. The Ranch Houses are a wonderful setting for the school, as the common spaces are used for educational presentations and discussions and are also the perfect spot to share the day’s fishing report. Located a short walk away from the main lodge, the cabins offer a private, intimate setting for the schools while still having easy access to the lodge’s amenities.

LOGISTICS & BOOKING

DATES

SCHOOL 1: July 21st – 26th 2019
SCHOOL 2: August 11th – 16th, 2019
SCHOOL 3: September 29th – October 4th, 2019

• All students should arrive Sunday afternoon by 5:00 pm.
• School ends Friday morning by 12:00 pm.

OUTFITTING & GUIDE SERVICES THROUGH ANGLER’S WEST FLYFISHING OUTFITTERS, MATSON ROGERS. MT OUTFITTER LICENSE #5137, YNP CUA 14-208, GALLATIN-CUSTER NATIONAL FOREST PERMITTEE.
TRAVEL LOGISTICS

The Sage Lodge is located in Emigrant, Montana, a scenic, 60-minute drive from Bozeman International Airport. Airport transfers can be arranged.

PRICING

$4495 for a 5 night/4 day school package, per angler, based on double occupancy. $4995 for single occupancy.

NOT INCLUDED: AIRFARE, AIRPORT TRANSFERS, RENTAL CAR, GRATUITIES, FISHING LICENSES, AND ALCOHOL. WADERS AND BOOTS ARE NOT INCLUDED, BUT ARE AVAILABLE TO RENT FROM ANGLER’S WEST FLYFISHING OUTFITTERS. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED.
BOOKING

You may submit an online inquiry and receive a call-back by following
this BOOK NOW link.

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Fly Fusion Cast Like a Pro Series: #2 Distance Casting

Fly Fusion Field Editor Jeff Wagner and fly-fishing icon Bruce Richards cover various topics in this informative fly-casting series that is packed full of cast-changing tips. In this Episode Jeff Wagner covers the fundamentals of distance fly casting. With these simple techniques you can add distance to your cast for that next saltwater fly fishing trip for bonefish.

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Greg’s Perdigon Dart Fly Tying Video

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In this video, Greg ties an easy attractor pattern for European nymphing called the Perdigon Dart. Designed to get the fishes attention, Greg ties these in blues, purples, and reds. He will usually fish this as a dropper fly on a European nymph setup or under an indicator when “traditional” nymphs aren’t working.

Hook: Gamakatsu J20 Hook Size 14 (14-18)
Bead: Hareline Tungsten Bead 2.8mm Pink
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 Black
Tail: Mallard Flank Natural
Body: Veevus Holo Tinsel Blue Small
Collar: Ice Dub Fl. Pink

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Wild Fish Need You to Comment on Huge BLM Timber Harvest Proposal in the Yamhill River Watershed

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From: Native Fish Society

Please join Yamhill River Steward, Andrew Chione, and Native Fish Society in participating in the public comment period for an Environmental Assessment released by the Marys Peak Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). If finalized in its current form, the BLM proposal would log 651 acres of forest in the Mill Creek Watershed. Mill Creek is a tributary of the Yamhill River that supports threatened Upper Willamette River steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout, coho salmon, and Pacific lamprey.

The BLM’s proposed method of logging is regeneration harvest, which would only retain about 7-17% of the trees in clumps. Another alternative considered is commercial thinning, which would be vastly preferable and would allow the remaining trees to grow larger and continue to provide habitat for the marbled murrelet, red tree vole, and spotted owl. The area is part of the O&C lands that are federally mandated to provide timber harvest. The amount of timber produced by thinning would still produce the amount that the BLM needs to meet its legal requirements. Still, the BLM is proposing to clear almost all of the acreage through “regeneration” harvest, including logging around an Area of Critical Environmental Concern designated by the BLM for its plant and animal diversity. Additionally, the logging will occur inside the Gooseneck Recreation Area and a stone’s throw away from the Mill Creek Recreation Area.

As a comparison to the size of the project, the state of Oregon limits the size of clearcuts on private and state lands to 120 acres. The federal government removing 80-90% of the trees on 651 acres of public land is not something that should be ignored. A recent study by researchers at Oregon State University identified reduced logging on public land in Oregon as a way to significantly increase carbon storage and mitigate climate change.

Last year, Mill Creek was utilized by native salmonids as a thermal refuge after a dry winter and hot summer left many streams in western Oregon dangerously low and warm. Clearcutting in Oregon and the resulting timber plantations have been found to reduce streamflow by 50%. Is this what we really want to happen on federal land when Willamette steelhead are hanging on by a thread? Effects to Willamette steelhead were not considered in detail in the Environmental Assessment, which assumes that there are few to no steelhead in the area due to their low population numbers. This is contrary to Andrew’s own observations while snorkeling in the watershed.

To learn even more, you can read Andrew’s comprehensive comments submitted to the BLM.

Please make your voice heard to support Willamette steelhead and the sustainable management of public land for the benefit of all.

The deadline is March 4th so act quickly! Click here to sign the petition.

Sincerely,

Andrew Chione
NFS Yamhill River Steward

Jennifer Fairbrother
Campaign & Columbia Regional Director

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Rio’s How To Video Series January 2019

Quickly Attach A Fly from RIO Products on Vimeo.

Double Spey Tips – "The Box" from RIO Products on Vimeo.

Double Spey Tips – "The X axis" from RIO Products on Vimeo.

Double Spey Tips – "The Bloody L" from RIO Products on Vimeo.

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Rio’s How To Video Series Excerpt – How To Tie A Dropper Video

S3 E1 How To Tie a Dropper Video from RIO Products on Vimeo.

In this episode of RIO’s “How To” series, RIO brand manager Simon Gawesworth runs through a number of reasons of why you would fish a dropper on your leader. In addition, Simon shows 4 different ways of making a dropper – using a surgeon knot, a tippet ring, the “New Zealand” dropper and the swiveling dropper from Poland.

If you want to fish more than one fly on your leader, this videos will give you some great ideas for rigging, as well as showing many typical multiple fly set ups that Simon uses, and that can give you a more successful day on the water.

RIO’s “How To” videos are a series of short films that explain all you need to know to learn a particular way to fish, or cast. Where applicable, each film talks through the gear that you need, shows how to rig the gear, how to read the water, and how to fish that particular technique. These educational films are packed with information and top tips designed to improve the knowledge and skill level of all fly fishers. Each one is bought to you by a RIO employee or a RIO brand ambassador.

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Greg’s Pheasant Tail Fly Tying Video

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In this video, Greg ties a variation of the Pheasant Tail fly – a long-time classic amongst trout fisherman worldwide. Tied on a Gamakatsu J20 jig hook with a slotted tungsten bead gives this fly two advantages. 1) The hook rides upwards reducing snags and 2) The slotted tungsten bead gives the necessary weight to sink fast. These flies are used with European nymphing setups, but could also be used under an indicator.

Hook: Gamakatsu J20 Hook Size 14 (12-18)
Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Bead 2.8mm Cooper
Thread: Danville’s 140 Denier Brown
Wire: Uni Wire Cooper/Brown Small
Tail and Body: Pheasant Tail Brown
Collar: Ice Dub -Pheasant Tail Color
Collar: Wapsi CDC Super Select

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Native Fish Society – BULKLEY BASECAMP FOR A BENJAMIN

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You could spend a week steelhead fishing British Columbia’s Skeena River and its legendary tributaries for only $100!

What is Bulkely Basecamp for a Benjamin?
EPIC WATERS ANGLING is donating six days and six nights for 1 angler at their Bulkley Basecamp to support Native Fish Society’s work reviving abundant Pacific Northwest native fish. We’re selling 200 raffle tickets and if your ticket is drawn you’re headed to wild steelhead paradise for $100!

Location, Location, Location
Bulkley Basecamp is Epic Waters’ signature camp on the lower Bulkley River strategically located for easy access to the Skeena, Bulkley, and Morice rivers. With a multitude of options at their fly-flinging fingertips, Bulkley Basecamp guests have the best chance of fishing prime conditions and steelhead runs every single minute of their trip.

Dates: October 5-11, 2019
How does it work?
Native Fish Society is selling 200 tickets at $100 each. Click the link below to purchase your raffle tickets online. On March 15th, we’ll draw the lucky winner!

PURCHASE TICKETS

What if you aren’t the big winner?
Every penny we raise in this campaign will support our work protecting and recovering wild, native fish in their Northwest homewaters. So, no matter what, you’re giving a boost to wild salmon and steelhead, not to mention your fishing mojo.

Bulkley Basecamp with Epic Waters from Native Fish Society on Vimeo.

*Does not include travel to Smithers, British Columbia, classified waters license and gratuity.

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Jay’s Steelhead Swing Jig Fly Tying Video

In this video, Jay Ties a Steelhead Swing Jig in Black and Blue. This is a great pattern to swing for Summer and Winter Steelhead. It can be tied using a variety of eyes and hook options.

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Jay’s Steelhead Swing Jig Black/Blue

Thread: Danville’s 210D Black
Cement: Loc-Tite Brush on
Eyes: Balz Eyes/Double Pupil Black/Chart
Tail: Black Rabbit Strip
Body: Lagartun Carded Flatbraid Blue
Body: Blue Ice Dub
Collar: Black Craft Brush, Senyo’s Chromatic 3” Midnight #11
Flash: Ice Wing or angel hair
Flash: Krystal Flash Smolt Blue
Accent: Schlappen Silver Doctor Blue
Hook: Umpqua #2 or Gamakatsu 60 Degree Jig Hook #2

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