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10th Annual Two Fly Tourney This Weekend 10% of Sales This Friday Go to McKenzie River Trust

2017 marks our 10th Two Fly Tournament and kicks off this Friday. As part of the events fund raising we are donating 10% of our sales this Friday to the McKenzie River Trust. Come by, have a beer, spend a … Continue reading

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Modern Steelhead Flies Book Signing October 15th! – Rob Russell and Jay Nicholas

In case you haven’t heard, the new book Modern Steelhead Flies is finally in print, and the authors are coming to Eugene this Sunday to hang out and sign books. Our good friends Rob Russell and Jay Nicholas will be … Continue reading

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Simple Marabou Leech Fly Tying Video

Tony demonstrates how to tie a very easy but effective lake pattern. This fly can be fished at a variety of depths and has an attractive swimming motion that catches fish. Simple Marabou Leech Thread: Veevus 8/0 or 10/0, Color … Continue reading

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October Trout Unlimited Meeting

When: Oct 9 at 6:30PM Where: Roaring Rapids Pizza, 4006 Franklin Blvd, Eugene Dean Finnerty presenting Topic: Fall Chinook and an update on TU regional activities Business meeting to follow, members welcome to attend.

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Addition to Nicholas’ ECHO EPR fly rod reivew

I’ve lost track of the time, but I’m pretty sure that my initial review of the ECHO EPR was based on my Baja trip this spring. Since that time, I’ve faithfully fished my 8 wt EPR for spring and summer … Continue reading

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THE GREAT WILLAMETTE CLEAN UP 2017

From Willamette Riverkeeper SATURDAY OCTOBER 7th – REGISTER TODAY! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willamette-riverkeeper-1477897368 Hosted on the first Saturday of October, our annual Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day-of-action. Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, jet ski, … Continue reading

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What’s Been Goin’ on in Pacific City

A lot has been going on that’s for sure. While Chris and the crew have been fishing the McKenzie and North Umpqua, I have been haunting the coast in the vicinity of Pacific City with friends. This plus a LOT … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ Random thoughts on fly-bench organization

Sometimes a guy just has to blurt out some ideas. Not particularly organized ideas, perhaps, but hopefully some ideas that will help novice fly tyers. If this sounds like you, the I invite you to view this video and see … Continue reading

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Fantastic Fall Fishing in the Willamette Valley

Water conditions, light conditions, hatches, it’s all happening now. Fall doesn’t get any better than the past few days. It’s looking great for the next few days and simply put, you need to get out there! Gray drakes, October Caddis, … Continue reading

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Sea-run cutthroat fishing & behavior, September 2017 Part 3 of 3

  The following narrative is based on my book, Sea Run Cutthroat Flies and Fishing (2016 available on Amazon and from the Caddis Fly Shop). ______________________________________________________ Cutthroat tend to be predatory and one should fish most flies with an active … Continue reading

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Thoughts on sorting Schlappen & Saddle Feathers

  I often tie with strung schlappen and saddle feathers, and prefer to pre-sort these before I begin a mega tying session. In contrast with saddle and neck patches, strung feathers usually have a lot of scrap feathers on the … Continue reading

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Local Rivers Get a “Freshen Up”

Recent rains have caused the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers to rise quite a bit. This fresh water surge is sure to push fish into a “fall feeding mode”. Cooler water temps, lower light conditions, and increased insect activity will make … Continue reading

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Sea-run cutthroat primer, September 2017 Part 2 of 3

The following narrative is based on my book,¬†Sea Run Cutthroat Flies and Fishing¬†(2016 available on Amazon and from the Caddis Fly Shop). ______________________________________________________ Sea Run Cutthroat I will refer to the sea-run form of Oncorhynchus clarki clarki, coastal cutthroat, as … Continue reading

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Tackle recommendations to fly fish sea-run cutthroat September 2017 Part 1 of 3

Several customers have contacted the Shop or called me directly, asking for my recommendations regarding tackle and flies to fish for sea-run cutthroat. I’m drafting this blog post to cover the highlights of my thoughts. In the good old days: … Continue reading

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pH Violations in the Lower Deschutes River: Why it’s Happening, and Why it Matters

From The Deschutes River Alliance Dear Deschutes River Alliance Community, There has been a lot of discussion these last few years about how Selective Water Withdrawal operations at the Pelton Round Butte Project have impacted temperatures in the lower Deschutes … Continue reading

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