Bruce Berry Ekis’ Christmas Island Special Fly Tying Instructional Video

Today Bruce Berry joins us at the Caddis Fly Shop to tie a staple fly in every saltwater fly angler’s box. A variation on a Christmas Island Special he picked up from his favorite guide there, this fly is simple to tie, requires few materials, and is absolutely deadly. Tie some up, book a trip to the salt, and have at it.

Justin and I got to talk with Bruce for awhile after he finished tying the flies, and it really seems like this is one of the most versatile saltwater flies you can put in your travel box. He spoke very highly of the guide from Christmas Island who he tied the fly with during his last trip down there, and Eketi swears by the fly. I’ll definitely be whipping some up myself for future saltwater trips!

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Materials for Fly #1:
Hook: Tiemco 800S #8
Eyes: X-small Lead eyes
Thread: 6/0 Tan through the body, 70D
Danville Shell Pink
Tail, Body, and Wing: UV Tan Krystal Flash
Wing: Finn Raccoon, Tan, Ginger
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Materials for Fly #2:
Hook: TMC 800S #6
Eyes: X-small Lead eyes
Thread: 6/0 Tan through the body, 70D
Danville Shell Pink
Tail, Body, and Wing: UV Tan Krystal Flash
Wing: Craft Fur, Sand

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All things Spey Lines and Sink Tips – George Cook, Erik Johnson, John Hazlett

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George Cook, Erik Johnson and John Hazlett have been innovators, instructors and anglers in the world of two handed rods since the beginning of the “Northwest Spey” movement. These guys have thousands of hours on the water testing line matches and performance. Below you will find an in-depth discussion of all things spey lines and sink tips.

Skagit/ology 4.0 “Generation 4 has arrived”
2021 George Cook/Erik Johnson/Jon Hazlett

Almost two decades have passed since the introduction of the vaunted, original Ol’ Yeller Skagit Line. However, despite its effectiveness and popularity, misconception, confusion, and lack of overall clarity of the use of Skagit Lines remains. The following is a short but specific conversation regarding the history and usage of the various Skagit lines in the worldwide spey fishing theater.

History- Beginning in the 1990’s many of today’s most recognizable spey authorities independently where developing Skagit type lines. Noted casters and anglers such as Ed Ward, Mike Kinney, Scott O’Donnell, Scott Howell. Mike McCune, Jerry French and the legendary Harry Lemire among others were at the forefront of the Skagit revolution. Along the banks of Northwest rivers coupled with late nights in the depths of fly-tying rooms of the Pacific Northwest the chop-shop artist and line theologists were hard at work developing what would become today’s Skagit Lines. Some would cut and splice their way; others would utilize bumped up WindCutter bodies to perfect the craft. The shorter belly approach was underway. The day had come to maximize the spey rod for winter Steelhead conditions as well as Alaskan and B.C. Kings with large, outsized flies. The use of Northwest hybrid and Skagit Casts such as the Snap T, Perry Poke, Snap Z and Wombat lent themselves to a shorter more powerful approach. Today the Skagit line is THE approach to sinking line endeavors worldwide. Be it Kings in Alaska to Sea Run Browns of the Rio Grande from the Umpqua to the Babine and all points in between. The Skagit Line has become the omnipresent tool. Originally developed purely as a sink tip asset, the Skagit line also can be an effective full floating line particularly on 12’ to 13’9” rods. To be sure, the spey caster will endure a greater level of stripping of line to recast (applies to all Skagit lines versus mid to long belly lines) but the reward is a undeniable highly energized, long and straight cast.

Types- The original RIO Skagit Line worked from a 27’ body that today in the era of the NEW Skagit Max Launch is found in a 23’ to 25’ length. In 2009, the Skagit Short came onboard providing an ideal line for switch rods as well as shorter spey rods in the 12’-12’9” range. These lines are specialized shorter 17’ to 20’ Skagit lines now known today as the NEW Skagit Max Power. Often times the Max Power serves the ardent spey caster well in strategic tight corridor situations often found in such Steelhead haunts as the Oregon Coast, Olympic Peninsula, and Vancouver Island.

Usage- Specific Skagit Line size (grain weight) matchups come with a degree of variability coupled with angler opinion. Line speed versus load, moderate versus fast action all add up to a witch’s brew of variables that must be fleshed out on any given rod regardless of manufacturer. The great casters often find themselves 25 to 100 grains apart on any given rod. In the end the angler must boil it down and get the details. All in all, most spey rods 12’ to 15’ in length will have as many as three different Skagit Lines that will work. For example, the TCX 7126-4 the famous “Deathstar” can work with a Skagit Max Long in 525, Skagit Max Launch 550 and even 575. The 525 offers the line speed choice while the 575 offers the max load choice. Overall as it relates to this rod, we found that the 550 Skagit Max Launch is the everyday choice. Generally, one will be ideal. To discover this, the angler must seek out opinion within the spey community, be it a guide, angling buddies, factory rep or retail representative, as well as GET OUT AND CAST!

Skagit Trout Spey- Skagit Trout Spey lines are an ideal choice for trout spey rods that are gaining popularity throughout the West. Available as fully integrated lines along with traditional heads spanning 200-375 grains these new lines hit the mark dead on for trout spey rods in 2wt through 4wt along with the smaller switch rods in 4wt and 5wt. The integrated version allows for seamless transition between head and running line allowing the streamer enthusiast should they desire to strip the fly without incurring any loop “clang.” Heads are available and will work with a multitude of floating, mono, or hybrid style shooting lines. Overall available weights and dialed in lengths make these ideal for fishing various poly-leaders, conventional 10’ sink tips, along with MOW light systems. Usage with 4wt and 5wt switch rods along with 4wt Trout Spey can include the whole of MOW Medium Systems. To be sure, the trout spey revolution is upon us, and ideal lines are now found in spades.

NEW Skagit Max Power- Ideal for switch rods in the 10’6” to 11’9” range along with application for shorter spey rods in the 12’ to 12’9” range, 9 weights and under. These are specialized shorter 17’ to 20’ Skagit lines. The Max Power is available in 25 grain increments from 325 grains to 650 grains.

NEW Skagit Max Launch- The Max Launch is the go-to Skagit line from the Pacific Northwest to Western Alaska to the wind-swept plains of Tierra Del Fuego. Featuring RIO’s exclusive connect-core technology, along with a new taper that produces outrageous line speed with wind slicing tight loops. Available from 400 grains up to 750 grains, these revolutionary 23’ to 25’ heads are destined to become a Northwest favorite.

Skagit Max Gamechanger 3D/4D. These strategic use heads feature multi-progressive sink rates that serves to sustain an acquired swing depth. For those of you who have cast and/or fished the F.I.S.T. line, these take 3D/4D (D=Density) technology to the next level. Coupled with various sink tips, (10’, 12.5’, conventional sink tips/custom cut 9’,11’,13’) and IM.O.W. (limited to 3D systems), these lines can serve the angler well for deep lies for winter Steelhead, spring and summer Chinook, and South American Sea-Run Browns.

Building a la carte Skagit Floating Lines- The Skagit line as a floating line is both an effective and practical match up particularly on 12’ to 13’9” spey rods. The a la carte construction for a full floating line works as follows; Skagit Max Launch 550 as an example (23’) with a #9, 15’ replacement floating tip or a 10’ Floating Medium M.O.W. tip. This format gives you a complete Versi-Tip approach with your Skagit line in the a la carte floating line approach.

No doubt spey casting has more opinions out there than any other sport other than maybe Archery. In this, one thing remains true to form. Sink tip lines, in conjunction with intruder type flies get free flight lessons, long and straight with the Skagit Max Family of tapers. Floating line enthusiasts upon acceptance of extra line strip will enjoy the benefit of highly energized long straight casts with dries and summer patterns as well.

RIO Switch Lines George Cook/Erik Johnson/Jon Hazlett 2021

To Switch, or not to Switch? What a silly question. Switch rod mania has fully arrived. Despite the beauty found with the versatility of such tools, lies a state of confusion. Switch rods mean many things to many anglers; an indicator rod fishing beads on the Kenai in late August; skating a dry fly on the North Umpqua in the same time period; an Oregon Coastal rod in the dead of winter; a Great Lakes stick of choice; the bomber beach rod on Puget Sound transcending to an extreme distance or “Spey Game” Rod from the pontoon boat on Eastern Washington lakes. Lots of fisheries, lots of methods, one tool. No one line will cover all these needs, however the RIO Switch Chucker Line covers two of the most predominant uses: nymph/indicator fishing along with spey style swing fishing. The Switch Chucker will prove to be the best foot forward as a one line “Does Most,” covering an array of uses that have popularized the switch rod craze. There is no compromise here as the Switch Chucker is a Super Legit spey casting line that gives up no ground for the nymph/indicator enthusiast as well. Available in 225 to 570 grain weights (#2 thru #9).

Traditional Switch line: RIO’s InTouch Switch Line brings connect core technology to the all-important switch category. RIO’s InTouch switch line features a 55’ head which answers the call for nymph fishing, and a little overhead when called upon. The 55’ foot length allows for short to mid range nymph fishing with plenty of body and back taper to spare for the tactical advantage of stack mending. The thick diameter tip turns over big flies and indicator rigs with ease, allowing the most ardent nymph enthusiast the ability to turnover all the “junk in the trunk.” This is the go-to line for the pure indicator angler whether wading or fishing from a drift boat. Available in sizes 4/5 through 8/9 to meet your switch rod needs.

Traditional Spey Series:
In Touch Short Head Spey (Looped 15’ Versi-Tip)
Old meets new in the form of the Short Head Spey line from RIO. This is an easy casting, traditional style spey line which is ideal for Northwest spey casters moving up from Scandi and Skagit style heads. Head length varies between 40’ and 50’ (available in a 5/6 through 10/11 weights) depending on line size. The longer head lengths allow for less stripping post swing, which for both the traditionalist and the “E-FISH-ENT” angler equates to less stripping and more fishing. While not a true mid-belly in the historical sense, the Short Head Spey is a modern day compact mid-belly that plays to today’s popular 12’ to 13’6” Spey Rods. This is a classic Versi-Tip format that can be utilized with traditional 10’ and 15’ sink tips (Type 3, 6, & 8). In addition, the MOW Light and Medium family will find a place at the table here as well. From a full floating line spanning the versatility of a multitude of sink tip types the Short Head Spey now becomes an all season line.

Traditional Spey Series
InTouch Mid Head Spey
RIO’s NEW In Touch Mid Head Spey features a progressive head in varying from 52-60 feet that provide today’s 13’-15’ rods in 6 through 10 wt. in ideal traditional mid length spey line. In a full floating integrated line featuring a 115’ overall length traditional casts like the single spey, double spey , and Snake roll can be performed both easily and with a high performance level. Whether you find yourself on Idaho’s Clearwater, BC’s Bulkley, the N. Umpqua, or Southern Oregon’s Rogue. Your traditional Spey line is here.

InTouch Long Head Spey
RIO’s InTouch Long Head Spey features head lengths from 64’-70’ (64’ at 7/8, 70’ at 10/11) with overall lengths from 110’ to 120’. More often than not rod length with these lines starts at 13’6” but hits a premium at 13’9” to 15’. The Sage 7140-4 X (14’ for a 7 Line) is a good example of ideal rod length coupled with expected steelhead use (Think Idaho’s Clearwater, Mainstem Snake/WA or Idaho sides and even Oregon’s Deschutes). The rear weight distribution ensures easy load while the unique front taper allows energy to unroll effortlessly to the fly.

SCANDI/OLOGY 2.0
George Cook/Erik Johnson/Jon Hazlett 2021

Rivers of the Pacific Northwest pose incredible yet rewarding challenges to the steelhead enthusiasts who pursue these great game fish from mid-May through October. Conditions can and will vary with a steady diet of both wind and fly size variance. Rivers led by the Deschutes of Oregon, along with the Grande Ronde, Rogue, Klickitat, Clearwater, and main stem Snake are prime examples of the need for today’s Scandi style heads.

RIO Scandi Lines are designed for the spey and switch rod steelhead anglers specific and focused Northwest needs. These lines feature an overall shorter head length 28’ to 40’ across grain weights from 180 grains to 640 grains. RIO Scandi lines are ideal for casting popular steelhead flies with 10’ & 12’ Spey VersiLeaders. RIO’s Spey VersiLeaders come in 6’, 10’ along with Scandi Light 10’ versions with 10’ being the default length of choice. Multiple varieties from floating, along with 1.5ips through 7.0ips are available. These heads will produce blistering line speeds coupled with positive turn over. Steelhead anglers can step into the Deschutes or Clearwater and proclaim, “What? Wind? No Problem!” RIO’s connect-core technology along with extreme slickness additives make these new heads the slickest shooting, greatest wind slicing lines available today.

RIO’s Scandinavian Series also features the Scandi Versitip lines. The Scandi Short Versitip features a 33’ head in 275-540 grains and provides the switch rod enthusiast with a high line speed offering to tackle summer and fall fisheries. Unlike the RIO Scandi heads these Scandi Short Versitips work off a 10’ interchangeable tip system that comes with a set of four 10’ tips featuring floating, intermediate, and type 3 and type 6 density compensated sink tips. These lines also play well on 12’9” and under spey rods particularly 5-7 weights. NOTE: It is critical that the angler understand that the overall fly size and weight lean towards smaller, lighter, and un-weighted, in order to effectively realize the line speed and turnover capability of these Versi-tips, along with Scandi lines in General.

The Scandi Versitip available in 445 through 700 grain weights also come with four tips of a 15’ variety. This new line plays particularly well for spey rods in the 13’ to 15’ range in 6-10 weight line sizes.
Trout (Scandi) Spey
RIO InTouch Trout Spey: Make no mistake these are Scandi lines, but in a Trout Spey Formula. Featuring a 22’ Taper these are simply wicked on today’s trout spey rods in 1wt-4wt. In addition, Switch rods in 4wt, 5wt, and even 6wts work wonderfully with these lines. Available in two formats, there are traditional heads (200-375 grain) along with an integrated version available in four grain weights (230/265/305/350). These new lines can be fished as full floaters utilizing either a floating poly-leader, a 10’ replacement tip (Floating #5), or even a 12’-15’ trout leader. Sink tip use can be of Poly-leader variety or conventional 10’ sink tips in a size 5 or 6, MOW Light Systems can see some employed here as well. Whether you are swinging soft hackles, Classic old school Streamers, or swinging/stripping a Sculpzilla (size 8 version) or micro mini intruder you will find these lines to produce blistering speed producing positive and repeatable turnover to which the Scandi concept is famous. All in all, for the trout spey enthusiast these are great casting and fishing lines, simply not to be missed as the Trout Spey Revolution forges forward.
One Final Note:
It should be noted that Scandi lines as a whole, are incredibly good tools for summer and fall endeavors but posing fly size/weight limitations. In this, an angler must understand and get his hands around the fact that while the Skagit style line approach provides the best anecdote to large intruder style flies, compared to the elegant, high line speed, and laser like loops produced with the Scandi style line approach. Given this, fly selection is a critical factor in getting the best performance from your Scandi style line. Traditional steelhead patterns working up through such vaunted summer run patterns as the Hoh Bo Spey, and smallish, lightly weighted, Micro intruders round out both an effective and productive fly to line strategic approach. All in all, an angler in the Pacific Northwest should expect to have a two-line battery for any given spey rod in his quiver. A single running line such as the Connect-core or Grip Shooter from RIO form the base of which a Skagit head along with a Scandi head can form a complete 12-month steelhead system.

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The Genius of RIO’s Skagit MOW and iMOW Tips 2021
By George Cook

Originally brought forth by the “3 Speyketeers” as I call them, Mike McCune, Scott O’Donnell, and Ed Ward (Hence the name MOW…McCune-O’Donnell-Ward). The MOW System is nothing short of brilliant!!

Available in Light (T-8 format 7.0 ips), Medium (T-11, 8.0 ips), Heavy (T-14 format @9.0 ips) and Extra Heavy (T-17, 10.0 ips).

Each MOW Family (Series) has 6 “Family Members” consisting of the following:
10’ Floating Tip
10’ Sinking Tip
12.5” Sinking Tip
THEN….the 3 MOW’s…..7.5 x 2.5 (7.5 Floating integrated into 2.5 of given make up say medium as an example in T-11). 2nd MOW is a 5 x 5 (5’ of Floating integrated into 5’ on sinking).MOW #3 is a 2.5 x 7.5 (2.5 of Floating Integrated into 7.5 of sinking).

There are two ways to get these 6 family members, either individually or in a MOW Kit (Say, a MOW Medium Kit as an example).

Practical Usages as prescribed below….

10’ Floating Tip: The MOW system is built for use with Skagit Style Spey Lines. Regardless of Skagit “Type” (RIO formula’s include Max Launch/Max Power) the MOW’s are formulated to play in the Skagit line theater. The 10’ Floating Tip is a quick way to “Ala Carte” your Skagit Line into a Full Floating use line.

10’ and 12.5’ Sink Tips: Available throughout the MOW Range (Light/Medium/Heavy/EX Heavy), these practical length sink tips play incredibly well with a wide range of Spey and switch rods making them a wonderful addition to the standard “Traditional” 15’ sink tips (Intermediate/Type 3, 6 and Type 8). These 2 sink tips will provide the Angler with sink rates from 7.0 ips (Light T-8) all the way to 10.0 ips (EX Heavy T-17)that will cover a wide range of use from Alaskan Kings to Tierra Del Fuego Sea Run Browns as well as the full gamut of Steelhead application.

The 3 True MOW’s

Here is where the absolute Genius of the MOW boys shines brightest! Given that any “Cut” sink tip under 9’ is likely going to basically become a boomerang/tumbler within the cast that will prove to be ugly at best and ultra-frustrating at worst. The “Integration Format” that McCune/Scotty O and Ed brought to the table from their “Chop Shop” artistry days providing the stability/cast-ability of a 10’ common denominator in overall length coupled with the desirable “Baby Tips” making for one of the all-time great innovations.

7.5 x 2.5 (2.5 being the Sinking Portion): True “Rock Garden/Tail Out Probe Tool”. One could think of a 15’ Type 3 in this instance but the beauty of the MOW idea/format is that the mere 2.5 sinking portion is simply unrivaled when it comes to sliding around and thru such haunts. The traditional 15’ sink tip or even the 10’ and 12.5” MOW Sink Tip family members are all prone to “Swing Drag Thru” often catching/hanging up and killing any real chance at a follow and/or GRAB.

5 x5 (5’ Floating with 5’ Sinking): Again, another Rock Garden probe but long enough to provide quick drop for given slots particularly in ledge rock environments found in many Steelhead streams. The 5 x 5 MOW Heavy (T-14 Format) is a great one for such a task where the angler needs a quick drop into a slot where he’ll need to engage quickly in order to be in that zone/slot target area. Lots of Pacific Northwest watersheds feature just such places making the 5 x 5 MOW a handy tool.

2.5 x 7.5 (7.5 being the sinking portion): My personal favorite in both the standard MOW as well as IMOW (See Below). This “Baby Tip” if you will has tons of application for a host of fisheries most certainly including the trout game. Given water depth and speed considerations often play perfectly into the hands of the 2.5 x 7.5 MOW quite often in the MOW Medium (T-11) format. Incredibly versatile sliding thru the boulders and swinging “All The way In” giving both “The Long Followers and The Down Below You” Critters time and opportunity to run down or run into your swung offering.

iMOW Family

I personally love the iMOW’s, as a general MOW use tool as they can, and do have their place covering a host of angling waters particularly where you know going in, that the bottom format is relatively clean but needing “Less” of a given sink tip. iMOW’s come in LIGHT/Medium and Heavy. Kits have 6 family members with the previously mentioned 10’ floating Tip subbed out for a 10’ Intermediate tip.

iMOW Family:
10’ Intermediate Tip
10’ Sink Tip
12.5” Sinking Tip
The 3 iMOW’s
7.5 x 2.5 (7.5 is intermediate integrated to 2.5 of given sink tip say iMOW Heavy T-14 as an example)
5 x 5 IMOW
2.5 x 7.5 IMOW

3D MOW Tips (Available in Light, Medium, and Heavy)

The 3D Story Line: The Success of the Skagit Game Changers (3D, 4D Skagit Heads), have provided the inspiration for a family of 3D MOW Tips. Increased “Swing Dig” is a hallmark trait of these 10’ tips. Available in 3 sinking formats (Light, Medium, Heavy). These new 3D MOW’s will find themselves as the new tip in many a sling pack, be it trout, steelhead, or salmon.
Light (8 grains per foot) with sink rates of I/S3/S4, S3/S4/S5, S5/S6/S7
Medium (11 grains per foot): with sink rates of I/S3/S4, S3/S4/S5, S5/S6/S7
Heavy (14 grains per foot) with sink rates of I/S3/S4, S3/S4/S5, S5/S6/S7

15’ Format MOW’s

The 15’ Storyline: The MOW revolution has become an omni-present item for anglers throughout the global spey theater. Over these last 10yrs it has become increasingly apparent that within this tremendous popularity, coupled with its incredible angling success that the 10’ basic length format is at times fundamentally too short. Not short in a fishing sense but rather in an execution of cast sense. It is noteworthy to understand that the original Skagit heads of 2003 were 27’-32’ across the original range. Today’s Skagit head lengths from all manufactures are largely in the 20’-26’ range. Depending on Spey rod length, coupled with head length, there can be, and is the potential for a percentage of casts to fall victim to a blown anchor within the D-Loop set. As rods reach 12’9” and beyond (Especially 13’-13’6”), a short head in that 20’-24.5” range is susceptible to this phenomenon. Given the overall popularity of 13’-13’6” spey rods, the need for a second-generation MOW system is well founded. This day has arrived.

15’ MOW TIPS. Available in Medium (T-11), Heavy (T-14), and Extra Heavy (T-17). Each MOW Family will have 6 family members. Consisting of the following:
15’ Floating
10’ Floating x 5’ Sink
7.5’ x 7.5’
5’ Floating x 10’ Sink
2.5’ Floating x 12.5’ Sink
15’ Full Sink

The Sinking lengths of these new MOW’s are based on proven sinking lengths which have not only become standard, but legendary. It is worth noting that the 15’ full sink tip may prove better at 12.5’ to 13’ to which an angler can feel free to custom cut back in order to achieve great casting coupled with wicked sink length. We say this because T-14 and T-17 have a known history of super effectiveness at 13’ in length, “where castability and sink rate meet on the curve.”

All in all, the MOW Families have a lot to offer the Spey and Switch Rod enthusiast. I can tell you with absolute confidence that every angler out there has and knows places that are “Made To Order” for MOW use, in particular the 3 True MOW tips. The Spey community owes a lot to the genius of the 3 “Speyketeers” Mike McCune, Scott O’Donnell and Ed Ward.

Sorting Out Sink Tips In The Modern Era 2021
By George Cook

For a good decade (1993 thru the early 2000 period) the conventional (Now Traditional) 15’ sink tip was the “Tip Of The day” so to speak. Here the angler was typically armed with an array of 15’ Sink Tips in Type 3, 6, 8 and even a clear version Intermediate. Both Single Hand as well as Spey Anglers employed their use plying waters from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego. Such tips, particularly in the Type 6 and 8 sink rates were extremely common in the Pacific Northwest. Such popularity was well deserved and fully earned as these sink Tips (The Brainchild of RIO Founder Jim Vincent) were simply indispensable be it winter or summer assignment. The beauty of these 15’ tips was that they cast extremely well and play wonderfully throughout the Steelhead range of the west coast. In this, the classic and beautiful gliding runs from the Rogue to the Babine and all points in between were covered by single hand (Versi Tip Line sets) and spey anglers alike, (Windcutter and Skagit lines of era). The selection of these tips by the Steelhead and at times the King enthusiast, was well thought out on any given run. The study of a given run (Head/Body/Tail out) closely coincided with just how these tips would play out in such waters and the education/selection/use understanding was well under way. Available in various Grain weights from 95-190 with the #9 (129 Grain) and 150 grain (#10 Weight) leading the way these tips while not as popular today these still have their place in every anglers shooting head wallet.

15’ Intermediate Tip

Use: The sleeper tip in your wallet. The intermediate has a reputation as a “Slicer/Wind Cutter” that can and will serve the summer angler well from dawn to mid-morning even during the day as it provides what I like to call slicer line speed that often makes the difference on a turned over fly on such haunts as Oregon’s Deschutes or Idaho’s Clearwater (Same goes for an Intermediate Spey-Freshwater Versi-leader used on a Scandi style line).

15’ Type 3

Often overlooked but has a distinctive place in the Steelheaders wallet with Silver Salmon use as well. The obvious use is classic tail out scenarios both winter, and summer; unobvious use is for what we lovingly call “Frog water” which many of these Pacific Northwest Rivers have and Big Ol’ Late winter Runs have a penchant for hanging in. These often “Given Up On” portions of bottom end runs can hold Big Nasty Steelie Bucks that can only be swung up with lesser sink tip or MOW type animal. Anything beyond a Type 3 (3.0 ips /inches per second sink rate) sink tip is simply too much, dragging bottom and out of the game.

15’ Type 6

A Longtime, prime time sink tip player. To be sure, loads of Steelhead and Kings have been subdued with these 6.0 ips tips. When in doubt upon arriving courtside on a classic northwest Steelhead run string up a 150 grain (#10) 15’ type 6 sink tip and proceed with CONFIDENCE. Truly a tip to not be missed as it will serve one well in the global spey theater.

15’ Type 8

7.0 ips provides for high line speed charged cast coupled with a sink rate that has become the new standard in historical 15’ tips. #9 @129 Grain along with the vaunted 150 Grain (#10) are the go to players here. Long classic glide runs are possibly the foremost targets with these tips.

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Win a fishing trip to the Babine Steelhead Lodge for $100!

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Question: What do you get when you have one generous donor and two local Oregon organizations working together?

Answer: A match made in heaven and an opportunity to revive the Lower Deschutes River!

An anonymous donor – a supporter of both Native Fish Society and Deschutes River Alliance – has generously donated their prime-time Babine Steelhead Lodge spot to our organizations. To leverage this donation, DRA and NFS have decided to raffle off this prime spot and use the funding to help fuel our shared missions of reviving the Lower Deschutes River.

BUY TICKETS HERE

According to legendary Babine guide Bob Wickwire, the week donated is labeled “The best of the season, year in and year out!” You will enjoy some of the most epic Steelhead fishing known to humankind the week of September 17 – 24, 2021.

Ticket sales will begin on Sunday, August 15th and run through August 31st.

Each entry is $100 with only 250 tickets being sold. The winner will be drawn at 3pm on Wednesday, September 1st.

The fortunate winner of the draw will have 16 days to pack their bags – and lucky fly rod – and make the trek to Smithers, BC in time for the helicopter ride to the Babine.

It really doesn’t get much better than this!

All proceeds from this raffle will support the Native Fish Society and Deschutes River Alliance’s collaboration conservation project to revive the lower Deschutes. Learn more about this amazing and unique project HERE. Hint…it involves 600 goats!

Details:
1 angler / September 17 – 24, 2021 / Guided steelhead fishing on the Babine River
*Does not include travel to Smithers, B.C., taxes, tip, or licenses.

Raffle tickets on sale: August 15 – 31, 2021
Drawing: September 1, 2021 @ 3pm

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Native Fish Society ACTION ALERT: PROTECT DESCHUTES RIVER STEELHEAD

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From Native Fish Society

In the middle of another heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shocked coldwater-fishery advocates by lifting Hoot Owl regulations on the Deschutes River between its mouth and Sherars Falls. Join us in standing up for wild steelhead by asking ODFW to reinstate Hoot Owl regulations, calling for the implementation of Climate and Ocean Change Policy in the Deschutes Basin and statewide. Click here to to add your voice.

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2021 Spey Write-ups from George Cook and Erik Johnson – Sage – RIO – Redington

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Our sales reps for Sage, RIO, Redington have given us the latest in Spey line matches for the complete line of rods they represent. This update addresses the new RIO Skagit Max Launch and Skagit Max Power heads, new thoughts on reel and rod matches for the 2021 fall season.

Sage Sonic Spey Rods Spey/Two-Handed Rods 2021
George Cook/Erik Johnson/Jon Hazlett

As you read about the various offerings of Sage Spey Rods, along with line and reel match ups, please take note that the different line match variations do have specific usage. Line choice will be dictated by such factors as seasonality, method, casting style, water temperature and fly type. In other words, an ideal line for the Deschutes on Labor Day is a different animal than the ideal line for the Hoh/Queets/Sol Duc in early March.
• RIO Scandi: A Pure Northwest Steelhead Use Scandi Taper. *See Scandi/ology 2.0 for details*
• Skagit Max Line: The focused tool for Sink-tip use with the ability for pure full floating fly line adaptation. *See “Skagit/ology” for more details.*
• PowerSpey Line: The summer/fall floating line of the traditional long line caster.
• Short Head Spey: Lovely, Modern day compact mid-belly that excels on 12’ to 13’6” Rods.

7136-4 Sonic – 13’6’’ 4 piece 7wt. The perfect summer run rod that can see duty for big Alaskan rainbows and TDF Sea Run Browns as well. Grande Ronde, Deschutes, Rogue or Umpqua this is the ideal year round rod in Oregon. This is a rod every spey enthusiasts everywhere-should own.
• Line Match: RIO Scandi 480, Skagit Max Launch 525, Short Head Spey 7/8
• Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 grain in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’, 12.5.’ Spey VersiLeader 10.’
M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14
• Reel Match: Spectrum LT 9/10, Sage Spey 6/7/8, Spectrum 9/10

8136-4 Sonic 13’6” 4 piece 8wt. The perennial steelhead spey rod has arrived. Be it spring or fall, summer or winter this rod will prove hard to beat anywhere in the steelhead theatre. Whether it’s your first Northwest spey rod or another arrow in the quiver, this light, smooth, powerful tool excels without fatigue places this rod atop the list of stellar Sage steelhead spey rods.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 600, RIO Scandi 520, Short Head Spey 8/9, Mid-Head Spey 8/9
Sink Tip Match: 15’ 150 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-14 in 10’, 12.5’& 13’ lengths T-17 in 10’ & 12.5’ lengths. Spey VersiLeader 10’all types.
M.O.W. Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum Max 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9, Spectrum LT 9/10 Spectrum 9/10,

9140-4 Sonic 14’ 4 piece 9wt. The ideal Big winter steelhead, King Salmon combo rod has arrived (for those traveling to the Kola Peninsula this is your stick). The Clackamas to the Skagit, the Kispiox to the Kola, this is the rod to “get-er-done”.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 700, RIO Scandi 640, Short Head Spey 9/10, Mid-Head Spey 9/10, Long Head Spey 9/10
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 & 166 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-11/T-14 in 10’ 12.5’ and 15’ lengths. T-17 in 11’, 13’ & 15’. Spey VersiLeader 12’ all types.
M.O.W Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9, Spectrum Max 9/10

Now Available in two super travel sized 6-piece spey rods

7136-6 Sonic 13’ 6” 7wt. The perfect summer run rod that can see duty for big Alaskan rainbows and TDF Sea Run Browns as well. Grande Ronde, Deschutes, Rogue or Umpqua this is the ideal year round rod in Oregon. This is a rod every spey enthusiasts everywhere-should own.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 550, RIO Scandi 520, Short Head Spey 7/8
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 grain in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’, 12.5.’ Spey VersiLeader 10.’
• M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14
• Reel Match: Spectrum LT 9/10, Sage Spey 6/7/8, Spectrum 9/10

9140-6 Sonic 14’ 6 piece 9wt. The ideal Big winter steelhead, King Salmon combo rod has arrived (for those traveling to the Kola Peninsula this is your stick). The Clackamas to the Skagit, the Kispiox to the Kola, this is the rod to “get-er-done”.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 725, Skagit Max Game Changer, RIO Scandi 640, Short Head Spey 9/10, Mid-Head Spey 9/10, Long Head Spey 9/10
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 & 166 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-11/T-14 in 10’ 12.5’ and 15’ lengths. T-17 in 11’, 13’ & 15’. Spey VersiLeader 12’ all types.
M.O.W Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9, Spectrum Max 9/10

Sage X Spey and Sage X Switch 2021
George Cook/Erik Johnson/Jon Hazlett

SAGE’s Spey and Switch X rods let you experience the remarkable benefits of Konnetic HD Technology. Efficient, effective load carry enhances the casting stroke. Unrivaled recovery optimizes the line speed equation which produces consistent, smooth, long, and most importantly straight casts.

X 5120-4 12’ 4pc 5wt: The awaited 5wt Spey X has arrived. The summer run Steelhead enthusiast now has a unique combination of light weight in hand coupled with line speed. From Northern California to the Kenai Peninsula small ball with power is now available. Scandi dry line work along with sink tip probing via Skagit heads will make this a fall Steelhead and Big Alaskan Rainbow classic.

• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 425, Skagit Max Power 450, RIO Scandi 360
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 109 Grain type 3, 6, & 8, T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10, 12.5.’ Spey and Scandi Light VersiLeader 10’ all types
M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum Max 7/8, Spectrum LT 7/8

X 6120-4 12’ 4pc 6wt: Ideally suited for a multitude of steelhead, light salmon and big trout duty. A really good choice for the brace rod below the #8 that everyone owns. A Deschutes favorite along with a Tierra del Fuego small rod.
• Line Match: RIO Scandi 390, Skagit Max Launch 475, Skagit Max Power 500, Short Head Spey 6/7
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129 grain tips in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11 10’ and 12.5’, Spey and Scandi Light Scandi-VersiLeader 10’ all types
• M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum Max 7/8, Spectrum LT 7/8, Tibor Signature 7/8

X 6139-4 13’9” 4pc 6wt: The ultimate Big Water, Summer/Fall Steelhead rod is here. From the Rogue to Idaho’s Clearwater this shall become the kings crown of 6wt Spey. Naknek, Kvichak, and Middle Kenai big Rainbow chasers will most certainly find this rod to their liking both Spring and Fall.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 475, Skagit Max Game Changer 4D 475, RIO Scandi 450, InTouch Mid Head Spey 6/7, InTouch Short Head Spey 6/7
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129 grain tips in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11 10’ and 12.5’, Spey and Scandi Light Scandi-VersiLeader 10’ all types
M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum LT 9/10

X 7120-4 12’ 4pc 7wt: Kick ass all-purpose #7 Weight for the Pacific Rim and beyond. Everything from Steelhead, Giant Rainbows to Tierra del Fuego browns are all on the menu for this stellar performer.
• Line Match: RIO Scandi 510, Skagit Max Launch 550, Skagit Max Game Changer 550, Skagit Max Power 575, Short Head Spey 7/8
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129 and 150 grain in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10, 12.5.’ Spey and Scandi Light VersiLeader 10’ all types
M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum LT 9/10, Spectrum Max 9/10

X 7130-4 13’ 4pc 7wt: The Steelheader’s Choice, be it Oregon or Washington here’s your stick. Travel with Confidence knowing that you’re sitting in the “Just Right” Length and Line weight for both winter and summer endeavors. At 13’ you’ll cast distance with ease yet in the canopy it’ll still work flawlessly. Step on in, the water’s ready… So Are You!
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 550, Skagit Max Game Changer 550, Scandi 510, Short Head Spey 7/8, Mid Head Spey 7/8
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129 and 150 grain in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10, 12.5.’ Spey and Scandi Light Versi-Leader 10’ all types
M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum LT 9/10, Spectrum Max 9/10, Tibor Signature 9/10

X 7140-4 14’ 4pc 7wt: The casters delight 7wt has arrived. Given the popularity of the 7wt spey rod throughout the Pacific Rim it is only fitting to bring this long-anticipated rod to the steelhead theater. No longer will you wonder if you could have just reached another 10’. Dial the distance and cast…summer runs beware.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 575, Skagit Max Game Changer 575, Scandi 510, Mid Head Spey 7/8, Long Head Spey 7/8
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129 and 150 grain in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10, 12.5.’ Spey and Scandi Light Versi-Leader 10’ all types
M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9, Spectrum LT 9/10, Tibor Signature 9/10

X 8120-4 12’ 4pc 8wt: Super tactical spey rod. From Kings in Alaska to winter runs on the Sol Duc to tight casting quarters on the North Umpqua. This is an ideal 2nd rod for winter spey enthusiasts. Don’t be fooled by the 12’ length, long casts come surprisingly easy with minimal effort.
• Line Match: RIO Scandi 510, Skagit Max Launch 600, Skagit Max Game Changer 600, Skagit Max Power 625, Short Head Spey 8/9
Sink Tip Match: 15’ 150 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-11/T-14 10’,12.5’ & 15’. T-17 in 11’, 13’ & 15’ lengths. Spey and Scandi Versi-Leader 10’ all types.
• M.O.W. Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum Max 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum LT 9/10

X 8130-4 13’ 4pc 8wt: From the Umpqua to the Babine this is an ideal all around spey rod as we’ve seen in years. No stone shall be unturned as you take the river step by step and ultimately by storm. In addition to steelhead this will prove a versatile 8wt from TDF to Western Alaska (Kings).
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 625, Skagit Max Game Changer 600, Scandi 520, Short Head Spey 8/9, Mid Head Spey 8/9
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-14 in 10’, 12.5’& 15’ lengths T-17 in 11’ & 13’ lengths. Spey Versi-Leader 10’ all types.
M.O.W. Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9, Tibor Signature 9-10, Spectrum Max 9/10, Spectrum LT 9/10

X 8140-4 14’ 4pc 8wt: Big water, Big time Performer. Be it British Columbia in the Fall, various Olympic Peninsula Rivers in the Winter, Oregon’s Nehalem and Clackamas come March and April, This is the stick you want. This is Geo’s go to spey rod in Western Alaska nowadays. Never before has a rod this light weight, and with such stunning capabilities been available. Uncharted ground will soon turn to uncharted casts as you cover runs like never before.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 625, Skagit Max Game Changer 600, Scandi 520, Mid head Spey 8/9, Long Head Spey 8/9
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-14 in 10’, 12.5’& 15’ lengths T-17 in 11’, 13’ & 15’ lengths. Spey Versi-Leader 10’ all types.
M.O.W. Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Tibor Signature 9/10, Spectrum Max 9/10, Tibor Riptide, Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9,

X 9120-4 12’ 4pc 9wt: King Salmon are nervous everywhere. From Bristol Bay to Chile the King Tamer is fixing to travel, Divide and conquer. Not since 1990 going back many years has this caliber/length of Spey rod been available. Ideally suited for king salmon but equally at home in wind swept TDF this rod is soon to be the traveling angler’s close companion.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 675, Skagit Max Game Changer 675, Scandi 610
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 & 166 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-11/T-14 in 10’ 12.5’ and 15’ lengths. T-17 in 11’, 13’ & 15’. Spey Versi-Leader 10’ all types.
• M.O.W Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum Max 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9, Spectrum LT 9/10

X 9140-4 14’ 4pc 9wt: The ideal Big winter steelhead, King Salmon combo rod has arrived (for those traveling to the Kola Peninsula this is your stick). The Clackamas to the Skagit, the Kispiox to the Kola, this is the rod to “get-er-done”.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 725, Skagit Max Game Changer 725, RIO Scandi 640, RIO Mid Head Spey 9/10, Long Head Spey 9/10
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 & 166 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-11/T-14 in 10’ 12.5’ and 15’ lengths. T-17 in 11’, 13’ & 15’. Spey Versi-Leader 10’ all types.
M.O.W Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum Max 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9

X 10150-4 15’ 4pc 10wt: A focused specialty rod for big rivers and big fish like B.C.’s Thompson River, B.C. & Alaskan Kings, Norwegian and Kola Peninsula Atlantic Salmon.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 750, Scandi 640, In Touch Long Head Spey 10/11
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150, & 166 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-14/T-17 in 12.5’, 13’ and 15’. Spey Versi-Leader 10’ all types.
M.O.W. Match: Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Tibor Gulfstream, Spectrum Max 11/12, Tibor Signature 11/12S

Sage Igniter Spey/Switch Two-Handed Rods 2021
George Cook/Erik Johnson/Jon Hazlett

Blistering line speed coupled with reserve power marks this newest generation of performance spey rods. When the chips are on the table and conditions and opportunity demand performance wade on in knowing that you are armed with the highest performing spey rod of all time!

Igniter Spey Rods

Igniter 6126-4 12’6” 4-piece 6wt. A Super Charged classic Northwest 6 wt Spey Rod. When the wind blows hard, Wade out Proud and Yell out Loud, “Who Cares” because this rod will cut right through it.
• Line Match: RIO Scandi 400, Skagit Max Launch 475, Skagit Max Game Changer 4D 475, Skagit Max Power 500, Short Spey Head 6/7
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129gr type 3, 6, & 8. T-8/T-11 in 10’, 12.5’. 10’ and 12’ Spey Versi-Leaders All Types.
M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11.
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum Max 7/8, Spectrum LT 7/8

Igniter 7126-4 12’6” 4-piece 7wt. The #1 requested line weight that generates insane, blistering line speed. Destined to become a true favorite of the Pacific Rim Spey Clan. Steelhead anywhere, everywhere. Tierra del Fuego and Big Alaska Rainbows.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 550, Skagit Max Game Changer 4D 525, RIO Scandi 510, Short Head Spey 7/8
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’, 12.5’ and 15’. 10’ and 12’ Spey Versi-Leaders All Types.
• M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11 & Heavy/T-14
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum Max 9/10, 9/10, Spectrum LT 9/10

Igniter 8136-4 13’6” 4-piece 8wt. An enduring 8wt Spey Rod. Might be the single best rod for Tierra del Fuego, and equally at home on the Kispiox in October, The Olympic Peninsula come February, and the Umpqua all winter long. A true sleeper King Salmon stick!
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 625, Skagit Max Game Changer 4D 625, RIO Scandi 520, Mid Head Spey 8/9
• Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 grain type 3, 6, and 8. T-11/T14 in 10’, 12.5’, and 15’. T-17 in 11’ 13’ 15’, 10’ and 12’ Spey Versi-Leaders all types.
M.O.W. Match: Medium/T-11, & Heavy/T-14, and even Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum Max 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9, Spectrum LT 9/10

Igniter 9140-4 14’ 4-piece 9wt. In the gun world, they call this an Ultra Mag. So, welcome the new magnum 9 weight spey. Alaska Kings, Alta Atlantics, B.C. and big Winter Runs everywhere. The Method 9wt spey, all the power without weight or fatigue.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 725, Skagit Max Game Changer 4D 725, In Touch Long Head Spey 9/10, RIO Scandi 640
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 & 166 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-14/T-17/T-20 in 10’, 12.5’, 13’ and 15’ lengths. Spey Versi-Leaders 12’ All Types.
M.O.W. Match: Heavy/T-14, Extra heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum Max 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9

NEW Igniter 9140-6 14’ 6-piece 9wt. In the gun world, they call this an Ultra Mag. So, welcome the new magnum 9 weight spey. Alaska Kings, Alta Atlantics, B.C. and big Winter Runs everywhere. The Method 9wt spey, all the power without weight or fatigue.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 750, Skagit Max Game Changer 4D 725, In Touch Long Head Spey 9/10, RIO Scandi 640
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 & 166 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-14/T-17/T-20 in 10’, 12.5’, 13’ and 15’ lengths. Spey Versi-Leaders 12’ All Types.
• M.O.W. Match: Heavy/T-14, Extra heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum Max 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9

Igniter 10150-4 15’ 4-piece 10wt. How far do you want to cast? Whatever the MAX job that awaits your angling adventure, this is the tool to bring to the party! The largest rivers, the biggest challenges from the World’s great Anadromous game fish.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 750, In Touch Long Head Spey 10/11
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 166 or 190 grain type 3, 6 and 8. T-14, T-17, T-20 in 13’, 15’ and 17’
• M.O.W. Match: Heavy/T-14, Extra heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum Max 11/12, Tibor Signature 11/12S Tibor Gulfstream

The NEW Igniter Switch feature 6-9wt Switch rods in the Classic Baby Spey 11’9” length. These ultra-light-weight powerful tools cast like 13’ Spey Rods but feel like a 10’ single-handed rod. Sage’s Proprietary Konnetic HD Technology, has once again raised the bar in today’s switch rod world.

NEW IGNITER 6119-4 11’9” 4 piece 6wt. Small but Powerful. Pacific Rim Steelhead, Alaskan Rainbows, & Fall Browns swingin’ stick, lake and beach too, small steelhead use for such haunts as the Rogue, Grande Ronde and John Day.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Power 475, Max Launch 425, RIO Scandi 390, Switch Chucker #7
Sink Tip Use: 15’129 Type 3, 6 & 8. T-8/T-11 in 10’ & 12.5’. 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types.
M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light, T-11/Medium
• Reel Match: Spectrum LT 7/8, Spectrum 7/8

NEW IGNITER 7119-4 11’9” 4 piece 7wt. As with most Switch rods, the #7 represents the 30.06 of Switch. From Alaska Rainbows to Oregon Coastal Steelhead to Tierra Del Fuego Sea-Run Brows, the 7 plays big. Not overkill for Trout but big enough for Anadromous Critters, here is your all-purpose player.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Power 525, Skagit Max Launch 475, RIO Scandi 435, Rio Switch Chucker #7
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129 Type 3, 6 & 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’ & 12.5’. 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types.
• M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light,T-11/Medium & T-14/Heavy
• Reel Match: Spectrum LT 7/8, Spectrum 7/8

NEW IGNITER 8119-4 11’9” 4 piece 8wt. Talk about power in a light package. Focused Anadromous Switch rod, steelhead anywhere, smaller Atlantic salmon venues, Sea-Run Browns, Coastal Steelhead. You will be shocked at the distances this rod will produce.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Power 550, RIO Scandi 480, Skagit Max Launch 525, Skagit Max Game Changer 525, RIO Switch Chucker #8, Rio Switch 8/9, Outbound Coldwater WF-9
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129 & 150 grain Type 3, 6 & 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’, 11’ & 12.5’, 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types.
M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light,T-11/Medium & T-14/Heavy
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8 Spectrum Max 7/8, Spectrum LT 7/8

NEW IGNITER 9119-4 11’9” 4 piece 9wt. WOW, it is finally here the “Chrome Crowbar!” In the rifle world they call this a short Magnum, this rod is truly such. B.C. and Alaska Kings, Strategically used in some of the bigger steelhead haunts as well. California, and Jersey Shore Striper Boys may have a pet rod here too.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Power 600, Skagit Max Launch 575, RIO Switch Chucker #9, Skagit Max Game Changer 575
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 grain Type 3, 6, & 8. T-11/T-14/T17 in 10’ and 12.5’. 10’ Spey Versileaders all types.
• M.O.W Match: T-11/Medium, T-14/Heavy, T-17/Ext Heavy
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8 Spectrum Max 7/8, Spectrum LT 7/8

SAGE Trout Spey 2021
George Cook/Erik Johnson/Jon Hazlett

1109-4 10’9” 4pc 1wt: Historically, 2wt Trout Spey was the lightest available but Little guy Little has arrived. The smallest of the small Trout Spey rods is now available and ready for action. Be it East or West baby spey is here to stay. Fly selection and use will dictate the boundaries for this light tackle specialty rod. Swinging soft hackles is assured but classic streamer patterns along with carefully designed micro intruders will see action as well.
• Line Match: RIO Trout Spey #1 (Scandi Style Line at 190gr), Skagit Trout Spey 200gr
• Sink Tips: 10’ conventional (Replacement) Tips, Floating, Intermediate, Type 3 & 6 in 55 grains, Scandi Light Versi-Leaders 7’ all types.
• Reel Match: Sage Trout Spey Reel 1/2/3

2109-4 10’ 9” 4pc 2wt: Today the 2wt Trout Spey rod represents ultralight versatility based on specialized lines coupled with well thought out fly patterns. The angler’s ability to harness fun and effectiveness is found here.
• Line Match: Skagit Trout Spey Integrated 225gr, (Head 250gr), Trout Spey #2 (Scandi) 230gr
• Sink Tips: 10’ Floating, Intermediate, Type 3&6 in 55 grains, Scandi Light Versi-Leaders 7’ all types.
MOW Match: MOW Light through 10’ sink tip.
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 1/2/3

3103-4 10’ 3” 4pc 3wt AND the 3110-4 11’ 4pc 3wt: The 3wt Trout Spey represents the step right in and get after it Trout Spey rod. For the spey caster the transition from conventional spey rods is found with ease here. While there are two 3wts listed here, it should be noted that the shorter of the two (3103-4) is targeted toward smaller water, and a versatile offering, the 3110-4 sits in the historical length of a 3wt Trout Spey. Destined to become a favorite of the trout chasing crowd, be it east, west, north (Alaska Trout, Dollies, and Grayling) and south (South American and New Zealand trout). Sweet swinging is on the way.
• Line Match: Skagit Trout Spey #3 275, Trout Spey #3 (Scandi) 265gr
• Sink Tips: Scandi Light VersiLeaders 7’ all types.
• MOW Match: MOW Light through 10’ Sink Tip, MOW Medium through 10’ Sink Tip
• Reel Match: Sage Trout Spey 3/4/5

4113-4 11’ 3” 4pc 4wt: The biggest of the SAGE Trout Spey offering, the 4113-4 is also the Work Horse of the Trout Spey Kingdom. This rod will see a myriad of angling opportunities throughout the west along with Alaska adventures as well as favorite haunts of both South America and New Zealand. The beauty of a 4wt Trout Spey is your fly selection, and use expands greatly along with casting expectations (distance). Northern California and Southern Oregon ½ Pounders will indeed find themselves posing for photos as well. Come cast this gem and see how little plays BIG.

• Line Match: Skagit Max Power 350, Trout Spey #4 (Scandi) 305gr, Skagit Trout Spey (integrated) 325gr, Skagit Trout Spey (HEAD) 350gr
• Sink Tips: 10’ Spey Versi-Leaders, all type (Scandi 300). 15’ 109 grain sinktips in type 3, 6 & 8. (Skagit Max Power 350)
MOW Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11
• Reel Match: Sage Trout Spey 3/4/5, Spectrum LT 7/8

Sage Pulse Spey/Switch Rods for 2021
George Cook/Erik Johnson/Jon Hazlett

6126-4 Pulse 12’6” 6wt 4pc: Ideally suited for a multitude of steelhead, light salmon and big trout duty. A really good choice for the brace rod below the #8 that everyone owns. A Deschutes favorite along with a Western Alaska small rod.
• Line Match: RIO Scandi 390, Skagit Max Launch 425, Skagit Max Power 450, Short Head Spey 6/7
• Sink Tip Use: 15’ 129 grain tips in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11 from 10’ and 12.5’, Spey Versi-Leader 10’ and 12’ all types
• M.O.W. Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11
• Reel Match: Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8, Spectrum 7/8

7130-4 Pulse 13’ 7wt 4pc: Pulse…Feel your heartbeat when you first step into the morning mist, knowing performance and value have met on the curve and you are ready to be on the water. Step into the summer of Spey with confidence with the preferred spey rod in the legendary 7wt. Whether you choose the Power of the Skagit Line or the Grace of the Scandi you are in business with the new Pulse Series.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 550, Skagit Max Game Changer 4D 525, RIO Scandi 480, Short Head Spey 7/8
Sink Tips: 15’ 129 and 150gr Type 3,6, & 8 Density’s, T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’ and 12.5’. 10 and 12’ Spey Versi-Leaders, all Types.
• MOW Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14
• Reel Match: Spectrum LT 9/10, Spectrum 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 6/7/8

8136-4 Pulse 13’6” 8wt 4pc: Value and Performance play big here. The winter steelhead angler has an ideal stick here. In Washington State along with BC this is an all-purpose spey rod. Go ahead, Step in and start Hucking
• Line Match: Skagit Max Launch 600, Skagit Max Game Changer 600, RIO Scandi 520, Short Head Spey 8/9, In Touch Mid Head Spey 8/9
Sink Tip: 15’ 150gr Type 3,6, & 8 Density’s, T-11/T-14 in 10, 12.5, 13’, and 15’ lengths
MOW Match: Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14, Extra Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum LT 9/10, Spectrum 9/10, Sage Spey Reel 7/8/9

Sage Pulse Switch Rods
3110-4 Pulse 11’ 3 wt 4pc: Trout Spey arrives in a price point version geared for the angler looking to try out this relatively new angling format. In the Trout Spey Theater the 3wt becomes the Omni-present tool. With a host of lines available, versatility abounds with this Trout Spey specialty stick.
• Line Match: Trout Spey #3 (Scandi) 265, Skagit Trout Spey #3 275
• Sink Tips: Scandi Light Versi-Leaders 7’ all types. 10’ conventional sink tips all types 55gr
• MOW Match: MOW Light through 10’ Sink Tip, MOW Medium through 10’ Sink Tip
• Reel Match: Sage Trout Spey Reel 3/4/5, Spectrum LT 7/8, Spectrum 7/8

7114-4 Pulse 11’4” 7wt 4pc: It’s been said that the 7wt switch rod is the 30-06 of switch. To be sure this is a versatile statement as well as a versatile fact. Steelhead, Bruiser Rainbows, Sea Run dollies, and even Silvers all make the menu here. Whether you are using an indicator or swinging your favorite run, this is an ideal switch rod to have.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Power 475, RIO Switch Chucker #7, RIO Scandi 435, In Touch Switch 7/8
• Sink Tip: 15’ 129gr Type 3, 6, & 8. T-8/T-11 in 10’, 12.5’. 10’ Spey Versi-leaders all types
MOW Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-11
• Reel Match: Spectrum LT 7/8, Spectrum 7/8

8114-4 Pulse 11’4” 8wt 4pc: In the realm of switch rods the 8wt kicks over into a true anadromous switch rod. Here you have a focused steelhead stick that will battle the smaller salmon with ease be it Silvers, and Chums. Rigged up with a Switch Chucker #8 the indicator enthusiast can throw everything short of a hot air balloon.
• Line Match: Skagit Max Power 525, Skagit Max Game Changer 4D 500, Switch Chucker #8, RIO Scandi 450, In Touch Switch 8/9
Sink Tip: 15’ 129gr Type 3, 6, & 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’ and 12.5’. 10’ Spey VersiLeaders, all types.
• MOW Match: Light/T-8, Medium/T-14, Heavy/T-17
• Reel Match: Spectrum LT 7/8, Spectrum 7/8, Sage Spey Reel 6/7/9

Claymore Trout Spey Rods 2021
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2110-4 11’ 4pc 2 wt: The little guy trout spey is upon us. Bringing performance and value to center stage the 2wt Claymore brings true trout spey to the west, be it an easy-going soft hackle swing session, or select streamers swung mid-current the delightful ultra-lightweight toy has arrived.
• Line Match: RIO Skagit Trout Spey (Head) #2/3 250gr, RIO Trout Spey (Scandi) #2 230gr, Single Hand Spey WF5F
• Sink Tips: 10’ MOW Light Sink Tip, 10’ Scandi Light Scandi Versi-leader’s All Types
• MOW match: MOW Light Series (all types)
• Reel Match: Rise 7/8, Spectrum LT 7/8, Spectrum C 7/8

3113-4 11’ 3” 4pc 3 wt: Trout Spey in a 3wt provides versatility across a wide range of angling pursuits. From mid-current salmon fly endeavors, to Sculpzilla (size 8) sneaky swims, the 3wt Trout Spey is destined to become a western favorite. Be it Trout, Southern Oregon, Northern California half pounders the 3113 Claymore will find its place in haunts both near and far.
• Line Match: Trout Spey (Scandi) #3 265gr, Skagit Trout Spey (Head) #3/4 300gr, Single Hand Spey WF6F
• Sink Tips: 10’ Standard Sink Tips (55gr) Matches with Trout Spey (Scandi/Skagit), 10’ MOW Light Sink Tip, 10’ Scandi Light Scandi Versi-leader’s All Types
• MOW match: MOW Light Series (all types)
• Reel Match: Rise 7/8, Spectrum LT 7/8, Spectrum C 7/8

4116-4 11’ 6” 4pc 4wt: Small plays big here. 4wt in trout spey takes the angler straight to the men’s tees for trout, West Coast half Pounders along with sea-run Cuts and Dollies. Summer time swings for aggressive smallmouth makes the menu as well. In the 4wt. theater fly use size takes a jump up providing a list of targets and success stories for the taking… start the truck, Launch the boat.
• Line Match: Skagit Trout Spey (Head) #4/5 350gr, Trout Spey (Scandi) #4 305gr, Single Hand Spey WF7F, Skagit Max Power 325
Sink Tips: 10’ Standard Sink Tips (65gr) Matches with Trout Spey (Scandi/Skagit), 10, 12.5’ MOW Light and Medium Tips, and Scandi Versi-Leader’s All Types.
• MOW Match: Light and Medium MOW Series
• Reel Match: Rise 7/8, Spectrum 7/8, Spectrum LT 7/8

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Knoll Fire on the McKenzie Causes Closure of a Portion of the McKenzie

Marine Board Issues Temporary Rule to Close Portion of McKenzie River

The Oregon State Marine Board issued a temporary closure on a portion of the McKenzie River to recreational boating due to the Knoll Fire reaching the riverbank and burned, fallen trees entering the river.

The closure is from Trail Bridge Reservoir Dam (River Mile 81.9) downstream to the Frissel Boat Ramp (River Mile 76.1). This restriction is in place through August 20, 2021, or until this temporary rule is lifted.

The U.S. Forest Service is currently leading efforts to suppress fires in the area affected by this temporary rule. The fire suppression crew operations pose a significant danger to any boaters on the river.

Lane County has issued a Level 1 evacuation for nearby residents. A Facebook page has also been created with updates on evacuations and risk levels: https://www.facebook.com/KnollFire/. More information on the Knoll Fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7790/.

View the temporary rule notice (250-020-0221).

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Emergency Angling Closure of the North Umpqua River

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From Native Fish Society

The North Umpqua River will be closed to all angling from August 10, 2021 through December 1, 2021 due to low numbers of Summer Steelhead and extreme environmental conditions in the North Umpqua River. Although a devastating decision for our angling community, this regulation change displays outstanding leadership from ODFW’s Roseburg District office and Biologist Greg Huchko. He and his staff have made a tough decision that will protect the resource now for the benefit of recovery in future seasons.

“This management change is painful, yet 100% necessary in order to protect and enhance the fish and fishery of the North Umpqua River,” says Kirk Blaine, NFS Southern Oregon Regional Coordinator, based in Roseburg, OR. “We’re committed to work with the department, stakeholders, and NGO partners to restore the wild summer steelhead for the fish and communities in the Umpqua Basin. Native Fish Society fully supports ODFW biologist Greg Huchko and other ODFW staff in making this bold decision.”

Without a doubt, Summer Steelhead of the North Umpqua River are on the brink now after years of decline. As wild fish advocates, we must pull together and support changes that build the resilience and health of these iconic fish. We must also pull together this summer and support the small businesses and community members who depend on these iconic fish and are an irreplaceable part of the North Umpqua’s history and culture. Together we can make it through this tough year and advocate for the changes necessary for a resilient wild Summer Steelhead population in the years ahead.

Native Fish Society is part of a Coalition working together to restore and protect the North Umpqua River. Below is a copy of the letter our coalition submitted to ODFW Commission and staff.

RE: Fisheries Management on the North Umpqua River

Chair Wahl, Commissioners, Fish Division Administrator Harrington, and ODFW Staff,

The North Umpqua Coalition is writing in support and appreciation of the newly implemented emergency closure on the North Umpqua River effective August 10, 2021 through December 1, 2021. This regulation change displays outstanding leadership from the Roseburg District ODFW Biologist Greg Huchko and management staff to implement regulations that will protect our struggling fisheries from the harmful effects of climate change.

In June of 2020, ODFW Commission adopted a Climate and Ocean Change Policy which highlights the department’s commitment to protect our fish and wildlife long into the future. In the face of the extreme heat, low summer steelhead returns, all coupled with habitat alterations from current and past fires, Greg Huchko has implemented bold action to help protect and enhance the fisheries of the North Umpqua River. These actions are not only limited to the most recent closure, it includes Mr. Huchko’s actions to implement a bubble closure on the Mainstem Umpqua River and “Hoot Owl” regulations in early July of this year. These actions will help reduce the stress on fish, and educate the public on the importance of these sanctuaries in a time where numerous salmonid populations are struggling.

Regulation changes such as these will chart the future of fisheries and wildlife management. The Coalition realizes that these management changes are very difficult, but agree they are deemed necessary to help protect the fish, river and communities of the North and Mainstem Umpqua Rivers. The effects of these management decisions will trickle throughout the community hurting small businesses and other communities that depend on the fish for their livelihood. We have the utmost empathy and compassion for these businesses and would be willing to help advocate for support from our governor’s office. Our long-term goal is to recover wild salmonid populations in the Umpqua Basin in the hopes that one day they can not only sustain catch and release fisheries but also sustain the harvest of wild fish. Management actions such as these are an important step in ensuring that someday we may experience this opportunity.

The North Umpqua Coalition fully supports the recent regulation changes on the North and mainstem Umpqua Rivers and thanks ODFW staff, specifically Greg Huchko, for their leadership in implementing these management changes. Summer steelhead of the North Umpqua River are on the brink. We encourage the agency and all fisheries managers to continue to manage with extreme caution to help protect and enhance these fish for future generations.

Sincerely yours,

Mark Sherwood

Executive Director, Native Fish Society

mark@nativefishsociety.org

Tim Goforth

President – Steamboaters

tkgoforth1@gmail.com

David Moskowitz

Executive Director, Conservation Angler

david@theconservationangler.org

Becky McRae

President, The North Umpqua Foundation

bmcrae@centurytel.net

Ken Carloni

Vice President, Umpqua Watersheds

ken.carloni@gmail.com

Dean Finnerty

NW Director /TU A.C.P. &

Director of the Wild Steelhead Initiative

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Golden Stone Jig Nymph Fly Tying Instructional Video

In this video, Alex Worth ties another good low water jig nymph for the dog days of summer. Fish this on a dry dropper or tight line nymphing setup and you’ll be sure to find some success.

Note to the reader: I tied this fly on camera a couple weeks ago, and am planning on continuing to film and tie the flies that have been most productive for me. I’ve been fishing a dry, dry dropper, and euro nymph setup the past few weeks and am testing the efficacy of them in the unprecedented low water conditions we’re experiencing. Most of my fishing has been on tributaries or the far upper reaches of the McKenzie and Willamette this summer, in an attempt to find reasonable water temps. Yesterday, I had some great fishing on a McKenzie tributary, and the euro nymphing really outshined other methods.

This is nothing new, but it’s just a reminder that it is just ridiculously effective. I fished two stretches of water with a dry (sz 14 purple haze), a dry dropper (royal hippie stomper, sz18 black jig midge to be featured in an upcoming video, sz12 golden stone from the video), a and a euro setup with the same two nymphs in the dry dropper rig. The dry fly produced one nice trout in the first stretch, but none in the second. The dry dropper produced 1 fired up trout in the first stretch, on the dry fly, and 2 large whitefish in the second. The euro nymph set up was absurdly more effective relative to the others, with more than a dozen fish in each of the two spots fished. Notably, that was immediately AFTER fishing the spots with both other methods and casting over pretty much every fish around. If you haven’t tried euro nymphing, or have been aversive to it (the purist in me still feels a little guilty about it), now is a great time to learn.

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Materials:
Hook: Daichi 4640 Sz8
Bead: Slotted Tungsten Bead 3.8mm Gold
Thread: 6/0 Uni Rusty Brown
Tail: India Hen Back, Natural
Body: Hare-Tron Lt. Olive Brown, Ice Dub UV Light Yellow
Back: Pheasant Tail
Rib: Amber Ultra Wire, Brassie
Legs: India Hen Back, Natural

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New Products from Patagonia and Fishpond Tacky

We are excited to offer the new line of Patagonia packs, bags and the new Black Hole Rod Rolls for fall of 2021.

We now have the entire line up of Fishpond Tacky Peacador Fly Boxes. These super tough boxes offer fly storage for medium to Xl sized flies. Boxes are made from recycled materials and are super durable.

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Make the Metolius Catch and Release for all Species

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To be honest until long time Metolius river angler Chris Foster informed me that some species on the Metolius could be killed, I thought the river was catch and release for all fish species. Well this is not the case.

Chris is looking for anglers to help him in changing the existing Metolius river regulations that do not protect Mountain Whitefish, Salmon or Steelhead. By writing ODFW commissioners and suggesting to them that the Metolius needs to be Catch and Release for all species you can help.

Chris Foster writes:

The Native Mountain Whitefish is a Native Species in the Metolius River, along with Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout. Under the current rules, Native Mountain Whitefish can be killed since they are NOT PROTECTED by the current Oregon Fishing Regulations. Currently, only Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout are protected and must be released under the current regulations.

There are only about 400-600 total fish per mile in the Metolius River which was formed about 10,000 years ago. The number of those fishing the river has increased exponentially in the last several years putting extreme fishing pressure on The Metolius River.

Native Mountain Whitefish are in the Trout and Salmon Family and DO NOT interfere with Bull Trout or other Trout Species for spawning habitat. They are also a food source for the Endangered Bull Trout. They also provide angling opportunities.

They are NOT Trash Fish and they deserve Protection.

The Change in the 2022 fishing regulations would also protect the returning Salmon and Steelhead returning to the Metolius River that travel through and are trucked from Round Butte Reservoir. The change would also protect those 2,000 Chinook Salmon smolts released into the Metolius River by Black Butte School Students (K-8). The plan is to release that amount each year.

Here is the email: odfw.commission@odfw.oregon.gov. This email goes to all of the commissioners below.

Kathayoon Khalil— Portland
Jill Zarnowitz— Yamhill
Becky Hatfield-Hyde— Paisley (Hopefully she evacuated the terrible fire)
Gregory Wolley— Lake Oswego
Mary Wahl— Langlois
Bob Spelbrink — Siletz
Mark Labhart— Sisters

Here is the ODFW directors info: Curt Melcher’s Office Phone: 503-947-6044.

Here is Chris Foster’s email: fozman99@gmail.com

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Extended Body Green Drake Fly Tying Instructional Video

In this fly tying instructional video, Alex ties up an extended body green drake that he’s cooked up over the past year. Extended body dries float exceptionally well, which makes them a great fit for the fast broken surface of the upper reaches of our local streams like the McKenzie and Willamette. Tie this pattern in different colors and sizes to suit your needs — Grey Drakes are showing up now too!

Note to the reader: I recently fished this pattern in a size 10 hook with grey body to imitate a grey drake. I had it tied on just about all weekend while on the far upper reaches of the McKenzie during backpacking trip. The fly rides high and dry in even the fastest, most broken water, and looks incredible on the surface. The fish were in agreement, and plenty were fooled.

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Materials:
Hook: TMC100 Sz8
Thread: UTC 70D, Grey
Tail: Moose Body Hair
Abdomen deer hair: Deer hair dyed green
Abdomen dubbing: Superfine dub, BWO
Thorax dubbing: Blend of black hairs ear, ice dub peacock black
Hackle: Black Saddle Hackle
Wing: Deer hair dyed dark, Para post hot orange

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Captain VP Anchovy Variation – Gregory Nespor 2021

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The Captain VP Anchovy Variation can be tied in multiple color variations but, Black over White imitates an adult anchovy, Black over Tan imitates a juvenile anchovy, Blue and White is a for sure bet, Purple over Black a great attractor, etc.

Captain Vaughn uses Owner Gorilla light hooks in sizes 4-1/0 or something comparable. There are multiple salt water hooks to use such as, Kona BGH, Gamakatsu SL12XShort, and Ahrex 274. The important thing is that the hook has a short shank and strong.

Check out Captain Vaughn Podmore’s website at Saltyflyfishing.com for great information on guided trips, fly patterns, gear, and species targeted. Also checkout Capt. VP and his friends at SupaflyTV Youtube channel.

In this video, Greg ties a variation of Captain Vaughn Podmore’s Anchovy pattern using Steve Farrar’s SF Blend streamer fibers that shed water making the fly easy to cast, maintain a tapered profile, and come in a variation of colors to, “Match the Bait.”

Captain VP Anchovy Variation
Kona BGH Sizes 4-1/0
Uni 6/0 Black or Mono .4
Steve Farrar SF Blend Black & White
Hareline UV Minnow Belly
UV Purple Krystal Flash
Hareline Adhesive Eyes 1/4″ Silver/Black
Loon UV Glue Thick
Solarez Bone Dry Thin

The Galapagos of California or California’s Channel Islands are home to endemic island foxes, birds, plants, prehistoric wooly mammoths, some of the oldest human remains in North America and much more. “It has always amazed me that literally millions of people stare at these islands daily, but have never been there. It’s an amazing place in their backyard,” says Greg.

Besides world class diving and sailing the Channel Islands have superior fishing both with traditional gear and fly fishing gear.

In this video, Greg discusses his equipment for chasing Yellowtail, Barracuda, Dorado, Perch, Calico all while keeping it simple with minimal gear both for air travel and space on the boat. Simple, uncomplicated leader/tippet setups with effective flies that Hunt.

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Summer Tactics for Local Waters August 2021

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I wish we were discussing high water tactics in August of 2021…. Fish like water as we all know. It’s going to be a very interesting summer with extreme drought conditions wreaking havoc on numerous watersheds across the state of Oregon. There is a silver lining for anglers who don’t have boats, unprecedented wading access.

Tactics:

Fish early and late: Water temps are going to be cooler in the early a.m and late evening. Insect hatches are going to be concentrated early and late. Bigger fish are going to be more available in lower light conditions.

Fish fast water: As the summer progresses and water levels bottom out you are going to find the best fishing in highly oxygenated parts of the river or stream you are fishing. Fast runs, riffles and banks offer refuge to larger fish in low water conditions.

Fish light tippets and longer leaders: Move to 11-14 feet on your tapered leaders. You will find better presentations both in stealth and sink when you go longing and lighter. Dry flies land lighter, soft hackles swing “truer” and nymphs sink quicker with lighter longer tippets.

Fish more small dries: While hatches are minimal this time of year fishing smaller dries like Elk Hair Caddis, Purple Haze, Hippie Stompers, still work really well. Fish simply don’t have to look up as far in low water. Early in the day before the sun has moved over the top of them fish are keen to move to the surface despite a lack of hatches. Lately I have been challenging myself and guests with more dry fly fishing. Put a dry through the run first, think about it like steelheading, run the skater through first and then move subsurface.

Fish Deep Water: Look for deeper runs, pools and “drop-offs” when you are nymphing. Euro Nymphing remains deadly and you don’t need a monster nymph to get down. Our most successful rigs have included a mid sized ( #12 ) euro nymph and a smaller nymph (#16-18) above it.

The Mckenzie and Willamette rivers are very low and unseasonably warm. Do take care when fighting fish. Try and get fish landed quickly and don’t take them out of the water. Fish barbless hooks so you don’t struggle to get fish unhooked. The upper parts of both the McKenzie and Willamette rivers are the areas to concentrate. The lower reaches are where the water is warmest and you are going to stress fish the most. The upper reaches still have cold water, shade and more oxygenated water. Look at tributaries closer to the Cascades, the Middle Fork above Hills Creek Reservoir, the North fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette, the upper South Fork of the McKenzie, Horse Creek and the main McKenzie off the Mckenzie River Trial all have colder flows with excellent wild fish.

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Action Alert -Wild Steelheaders United team at Trout Unlimited

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From Wild Steelheaders United

After more than two years of plan development and stakeholder meetings, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is accepting public comments on its Rogue-South Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan (RSP). The plan proposes to continue harvest of wild steelhead without adequate monitoring data available. Additionally, the RSP has the following shortcomings:

-Does not propose to collect population level data for run size and escapement in all populations

-Lacks the ability to determine population specific harvest rates or fishery impacts to the most sensitive fish stocks, such as summer steelhead

-Relies on averaging harvest rates over several years rather than ensuring that harvest rates do not exceed maximums in any given year

-Does not estimate catch and release mortality and include it in harvest numbers

-Uses juvenile abundance and/or presence for forecasting run sizes

These issues will not allow managers to adequately assess the population dynamics of wild steelhead and continued wild harvest under these circumstances may have lasting, negative impacts on south coast salmonid populations. For this reason, we cannot support a framework that allows wild harvest in the absence of adequate data.

To help, click here to comment in support of Catch and Release of wild steelhead for the next 5 years while the agency conducts additional monitoring.

This alternative will help ensure we don’t trade short term opportunity for the long-term health of wild steelhead.

The plan also proposes several changes to hatchery management in the South Coast region as well. ODFW has specifically asked for feedback on the following actions which did not reach consensus in the stakeholder process.

-Increase the distribution of hatchery steelhead in the Rogue by adding an additional off-station release site in a wild steelhead spawning tributary

-A 25% increase in the number of hatchery coho smolts released in the Rogue

-Creation of two Mixed Emphasis areas in Euchre Creek and the Winchuck River which would leave the door open for new hatchery programs

-A proposed 10% goal for PHOS in all populations

These programs would have a variety of effects or risks on wild steelhead and coho, you can read more here.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
Please click here to tell ODFW to select Alternative A (Catch and Release) under the Winter Steelhead Angling Framework and reduce risk to wild steelhead. Comments are due by 11:59 PM on August 1, 2021.

Thank you for taking action on behalf of wild steelhead!

Sincerely,
Dean Finnerty, Sophia Kaelke, and the Wild Steelheaders United team at Trout Unlimited

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Good News from Bristol Bay – Sockeye Salmon Numbers off the Charts

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From Meghan and Trout Unlimited’s Save Bristol Bay team

Dear Bristol Bay supporters,

We have exciting news to share with you! Yesterday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported that the Bristol Bay’s 2021 sockeye run reached the largest on record with 63.2 million fish returning to the bay. The 2021 run broke the 2018 standing record at 62.9 million fish returning to the region.

Thousands of years of Indigenous stewardship and 100+ years of sustainable commercial fishery management made this year’s record-breaking sockeye run in Bristol Bay possible. Science has shown that clean water and healthy fish habitat will continue to support this world-class fishery that produces roughly 50% of all sockeye salmon on the planet.

Even though the fishery’s biggest threat- the proposed Pebble mine- was denied the key federal permit last year, Bristol Bay isn’t safe yet. The region still needs durable and permanent protections to ensure that Pebble, or another mining company, won’t come back in the future. Join us in asking decision-makers to advance permanent protections for Bristol Bay today.

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress have the opportunity to establish safeguards that, together, would protect the fish, people, and fish-based industries in Bristol Bay. They need to hear from people in Bristol Bay and beyond that this is a national treasure that requires permanent protection. Take action here.

The 2021 run record is just one reason why Bristol Bay needs greater protection for the years to come. It’s another reason we say “No Pebble Mine- Not Here, Not Ever.” And it’s why our work doesn’t stop until we can fully assure that we will never have to fight this irresponsible mine plan again. Help us continue our work in Bristol Bay by making a donation today.

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