New Hareline Fly Tying Materials Now Available to Order at Caddisflyshop.com

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As fall kicks in it’s time to get back to the bench. We have you covered with all new materials from Hareline Dubbin. New Cottarelli Vises, Ahrex Hooks, Upavon Foam Cutters. Check them all out here: NEW HARELINE

Additionally, we have new colors of old favorites:Plummeting Tungsten Beads, Slotted Tungsten Beads, Insta Jig Heads, Dazzle Beads, Ice Wing, Ice Dub and much more. 

For a downloadable consumer Hareline Dubbin Catalog Click Here.

We thank you very much for your patronage and look forward to serving all your fly fishing needs.

Stay safe

Caddis Fly Shop Staff

phone: 541 505 8061

email: caddiseug@yahoo.com

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Egg Sucking Alaskan Bling Brush Flash Fly Tying Video – Jay Nicholas

In this video, Jay Nicholas ties a variation of a classic egg-sucking Alaskan salmon & steelhead fly using new materials from Hareline such as Magnum Bling Rabbit Strips, Helix Flash, and Polar Fiber Streamer Brushes.

Follow Jay as he discusses how to tie these flies, how to fish them, and how the new materials feel & look.

Follow the links below to new Hareline materials.

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Materials:
Hook: Ahrex PR320 1/0
Thread: Veevus GSP 150d White
Eyes: Hareline Double Pupil Lg.
Tail: Magnum Bling Rabbit Strip 1/4″ Hot Pink/Chartreuse Backing
Helix Flash Chartreuse
Body: Just Add H2O Polar Fiber Dubbing Brush Pink 1.5″
Head: Chennille Pink Md
Zap A Gap

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Hendricks Ramp Open & Upriver Mckenzie Report

Took a drive up river to Finn Rock yesterday. I prepared for the worst, and sadly, it was beyond what I expected. The road crews are faced with the daunting task of road clearance of many obstructions. Power lines are still a work in progress. There is signage stating “no parking on roadway, emergency vehicles only”. Boaters should be aware of some passable river obstructions. See the Marine Board report for details. One can’t say enough times: “THANK YOU FIRE FIGHTERS & FIRST RESPONDERS”

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On the down river portion of my trip a freshly newly revised Hendricks Park Boat ramp. Complete with many spaces for trailer parking and even a 15 minute loading zone to wait for the ramp. Oh, for the fishing report…looks like October Caddis are still plentiful and likewise Blue Wing Olives. We are headed into some nice weather the next few days…time to get out there!

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NOTE: Do not forget you must have a Lane County Park Permit to park in the park!! It is a fee area, per the signage.

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Silveynator Variation Fly Tying Video by Jim Sens 2020

In this video, Jim Sens ties a PNW classic steelhead pattern using Pro Sportfisher Nanotube, Sonic Disc and more.

The Silveynator can be tied in many different color combinations and weights. Tie some up and give them a try.

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Tube: Pro Sportfisher Nano Tube Sink 2
Hook Guide: Pro Sportfisher Large Pink
Thread: Veevus 10/0 Light Pink
Tail: Rabbit Strip Black Barred/Purple
Wing: Lateral Scale
MFC Ostrich Purple
Nature Spirit Spey Marabou Purple
Collar: Silver Pheasant Pink
Pro Sportfisher Sonic Disc Large Pink
Zap A Gap

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Duxbury Clouser Variant – Jay Nicholas

In this video, author and fly tyer Jay Nicholas ties a variant to the Duxbury Clouser using a Gamkatsu 60º Jig hook.

Using Flash ‘N Slinky and Fair Flies brushes giving the fly life-like movement and balance, these flies are for striper, tuna, and other saltwater creatures, but you could tie them smaller for bass and sea-run cutthroat trout.

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Materials List:
Hook: Gamakatsu 60ºJig 2/0
Thread: Danville 210D Chartreuse
Eyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes Lg. Chartreuse/Black
Belly: Flash ‘N Slinky White/Pink
Back: Flash ‘N Slinky chartreuse/Tan
Collar: Fair Flies 5D Predator II White/Chartruese
Glue: Zap A Gap

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TAKE ACTION for Klamath Revival

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From Our Friends at Native Fish Society

On Friday, October 23rd, Save California Salmon, the Klamath Justice Coalition, and Ancestral Guard are calling for an Un-Dam the Klamath Day of Action. This Day of Action is critical right now as the owners of the four Klamath dams that are slated for removal, PacifiCorp, and their parent company, Berkshire Hathaway, are threatening to pull out of the dam removal agreement and break their promises to Klamath River Tribes. The agreement to remove the Klamath River dams is the result of almost 20 years of scientific studies, advocacy and negotiation. During these 20 years, the Klamath has dealt with serious toxic algal blooms and salmon numbers have dwindled, threatening the West Coast fishing industry and Tribal subsistence.

Join tribal members from the Klamath River in advocating for a free-flowing Klamath River. Here’s how you can make an impact:

Participate in the Undam the Klamath River Day of Action, virtual rally at 3:30pm on October 23rd

Sign petition to encourage Warren Buffett and PacifiCorp to move forward with Klamath Dam Removal Agreement

Join us in creating a social media/twitter storm. Make a video, post a photo, make a sign, and/or hang a banner. Use the hashtags #UnDamtheKlamath #KlamathJustice and #WarrenBuffett. Tag @WarrenBuffett, @PacifiCorp and @PacificPower, @GatesFoundation, @GavinNewsom and @OregonGovBrown. We encourage you to post and email your friends so they can support the Day of Action.

Please use your voice this week and help advocate for justice and the removal of the four Klamath River dams. With your help, we can create the groundswell of public support needed to revive the Klamath River and its wild fish.

Register Here

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#SAVETHESOUTHFORKSALMON | Take Action Now!

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Our friends at Rising shared this with us.

A tragedy is unfolding on the South Fork Salmon River Idaho. Midas Gold Corp is proposing a large scale mining project (Stibnite) at the headwaters of the East Fork South Fork Salmon River on the footsteps of the Frank Church Wilderness and tribal access of the Nez Perce indigenous people. It is the pathway for one of the longest fish migrations on the planet for chinook salmon and is designated critical spawning habitat for bull trout, chinook, steelhead and westslope cutthroat trout. The draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) is open for public comment and we need your help in making the voices of the fly fishing community heard in opposition of what is being “Fast Tracked” for permitting.

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IDAHO RIVERS UNITED has put the following information together as well as a link to submit your comment to the US Forrest Service and Idaho State officials.

We need to act fast. The commenting period for the proposed DEIS ends October 28th. Let them know that as a fly fishing community we were ignored in their analysis.

#SAVETHESOUTHFORKSALMON

TAKE ACTION NOW BY CLICKING HERE

More Info on the Stibnite Mine and Salmon River HERE

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Kopter Absolute Stealth Scissor Review by Jim Sens 2020

In this video, professional fly tyer Jim Sens reviews Kopter Absolute Stealth Scissors new for 2020.

Ultra sharp and small enough to get into those hard to reach spaces, these scissors set the standard for superiority.

One of our customers in Hawaii sent us this email…”So glad you guys are carrying the Kopter scissors. If I didn’t ready have two pair I would certainly order from Caddisflyshop. I’m a fully ordained fly tying gear head and own virtually every scissors out there in search of the ultimate and for someone who ties production volume , these are amazing. I tie with the scissors in my hand all the time and the Kopter design is ideally suited for that.”

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Kopter Absolute Stealth Scissors

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Fall Guide Special continues through November 2020

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The lower Mckenzie and Willamette Rivers including the upper Middle Fork near Oakridge continue to fish well. Beautiful Fall weather looks like it’s here to stay for a while longer. We are seeing more mayflies and more October Caddis each day.

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Take advantage of our Fall guide special good for one or anglers while the weather is still nice!

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead September 25-November 30th. The cost of the trip is $375. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for one or two anglers. The trip does not include lunch. The trip is designed to hit the best time of day, we recommend approximately 11:00am-4:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn some of our close in to the Eugene/Springfield waters. Give us a ring to discuss options, water conditions and booking possibilities. Phone (541) 342 7005 Email: caddiseug@yahoo.com

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Why you Should Tie Your Own Flies

Jay Nicholas’ Rationale for Tying your own flies.

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Although l began writing this blog thinking about people who are trying to decide whether or not they should learn how to tie flies, I soon started thinking that many of us who’ve been tying for years, decades even, might not have explored the why and the benefits we receive when we tie.

With this in mind, I invite you all – whether you (1) never tied before, (2) are barely getting started tying, or (3) have been tying a long time – to read on.

The usual rationale I read about the reasons for tying one’s own flies reads something like this.
• Tying flies is fun.
• You might save money by tying rather than buying flies.
• Tying flies provides a form of entertainment that is far more uplifting than watching TV (yuck) or mowing the lawn.
• Fly tying involves mind-hand-eye coordination and trains your manual dexterity; exercising these activities is a big positive for people of any age, and can be of great benefit for maintaining these skills as a person ages.
• Like any hobby, fly tying is your ticket to joining the ranks of men and women who have developed a special set of skills. People who tie flies have a whole world of knowledge that brings them together and opens the door to new friendships through clubs and informal gatherings.

After writing this article, I went back to create this list of the reasons why you should tie your own flies, including the following:

Save money.
Nurture your creativity.
Make it your own.
Make it better than commercial flies.
Craft a better fly than you can buy.
Tie the fly you want, when you want it.
Think like a fish.
Meditate.
Dream of the hunt.
Hone your weapon.
Sign your art.

What happens when you tie your own flies?
What happens when you take bobbin and scissors in hand the very first time? Some people might think that the process is something simple, that all you are doing is making a lure to catch fish. I think this is part of it, but I. also think that it is very much more complicated. If you will read on, I’ll share my opinion, and you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether or not fly tying is for you.

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Will you save money by tying your own flies?
As a general case, I answer this question with a resounding no. I’m aware of only two situations in which a person will save money tying their own flies. The first involves professional fishing guides. These people provide flies for their clients to use season after season, year after year. These professionals have earned the cost of their tools years ago and limit their material purchases to what is needed to tie the flies their clients need. They might even charge their clients a fee for these flies.

The second scenario is a rare situation, and I’ve only heard about this from watching YouTube videos about individuals practicing the traditional art of Tenkara fishing. According to what I’ve seen, these individuals use plain sewing thread, a hook, and a found feather to craft their fly. The hook is held in hand, the thread wound around the hook, and the hackle is formed without the use of any tools. While I have no personal experience with this practice, it seems plausible that it results in a fly that is less expensive than purchasing the same fly.

Other than these two scenarios, I find it difficult to imagine anyone saving money by tying their own flies to fish with. After all, we are anglers and crafts-persons. We love stuffing our fly boxes with flies we will never have the time to fish because we enjoy the process so much.

Given that saving money isn’t a motivation for tying flies, what are the reasons?

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Nurture your creativity.
This is something a fly tyer experiences every time they sit at the fly bench. You take scissors and bobbin in hand, place a hook in the vise, and begin to create a work of art, start to finish, with each fly you tie. Small or big, this fly is a tangible expression of your hands, eyes, skill, and intention.

Make it your own.
Make something that is entirely, uniquely, yours. Sure, you are trying to emulate a fly you have seen someone else create. Perhaps you are looking at a photograph in a magazine or book. Maybe you’re looking at a YouTube video of someone tying the fly. You might have a sample fly laying on your tying station. Whatever the case may be, your fly will be different, and it will be uniquely yours. I have tied flies for over 55 years, and no one ties flies exactly like I do, and my flies are unlike any I’ve ever seen or tried to emulate. Expert tyers can often look at a fly and tell you who tied it. Only a very few e few experts are so good that they can craft exact copies of a sample fly. For the vast majority of tyers, me included, our creations are unlike anyone else’s.

Make it better than the commercial fly?
You might tie a fly that is superior to. Anything you can buy in a store, on the internet or bum from a friend. Your fly might not. Who is to judge whether one fly is as good as another. What characteristics are being evaluated? Which fly is the standard by which all others are judged? I tie good flies that catch fish. But I’ve seen my own flies rejected by trout while a fly that I judged as inferior to mine – fished by a companion – was immediately gobbled by trout after trout. Those trout were the judges, and they made their declaration quite differently than I. So, when you tie a fly, don’t worry about whether it is inferior or superior, technically, to a commercially tied fly. Such comparisons are a waste of everyone’s time.

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Remember, this fly is your baby, and it is beautiful.

Create a more delectable fly than any you can buy at any store.
This might seem a simple re-wording of the previous entry, but I mean it to be different. Rather than talking in terms of being better or some slippery value comparison, I’m hinting here at the possibility that you might create a fly that is significantly different than any fly you could purchase, and this difference might in fact result in a fly that entices more slurps, grabs, strikes, nibbles or eats. Yes. It is possible that your fly might catch more fish than any other fly in the hundreds of thousands of fly catalogs, shops, and display bins in the world.

Tie the fly you want, when you want it.
Let’s say you are planning on going fishing next week, tomorrow, or in an hour or two. If you tie your own flies you never need to worry about what flies are in-stock, or whether a package will arrive in time for your trip. You can tie what you want, no more and no less, rather the being dependent on the styles and sizes available for purchase.

Think like a fish.
You are about to venture into the field and challenge an animal to eat the fly you are dangling at the end of your string. Everyone perched in front of their bench with tools in hand and materials at their side is trying to imagine what their quarry will think about the fly as it drifts alongside or swings across the current. Anglers who craft their own flies are especially attuned to the aquatic environment and the manner of their fly’s interaction with water clarity, current, light angles, depths, and the like. The hours when you are tying flies in the den, garage, or dining room are hours when you are in the water with the fish, imagining how you will perceive the fly taking shape in your hands.

Meditate a little.
Tying flies is creative, thought-provoking, challenging, and fun. At the same time, the process can become calming, meditative. Tying flies involves your hands, eyes, head, and intuition. There can be times when you are concentrating intensely, but there will be times, especially for the most experienced tyer, when the process is soothing. This is something difficult to quantify, difficult to prove, and each of us will decide if this is true or not. A meditative experience at the tying bench isn’t likely to occur when you are first beginning to tie, but in time, possibly after months or years, I believe every tyer begins to experience a meditative state.

Dream like the hunter, hone your weapon.
Imagine a primitive hunter, crouched by a fire, late at night, anticipating their next venture afield. They’re hoping to catch a fish. You are preparing to hunt. That hook in your vise is your weapon, and it is you and you alone, who is responsible for how your weapon takes shape.

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Other than in our imagination, catching fish isn’t a matter of survival like it was ten thousand years ago. But each of us who sits at the fly bench has the opportunity of re-enacting a ritual that is millions of years old; the ritual of preparing our weapon of the morrow’s hunt. This hunt might bring home food for our family, food for our tribe. Dive deep into your imagination: make sure that your fly is as good as you can make it because your life might depend on it.

And while you’re at it, please forget for the moment that we live in a catch-and-release era.

Sign your work.
Recognize that you’ve created something that is yours alone, the likeness of no one on else in this universe: now go ahead and give it your signature. I know I’ve expressed this sentiment before, but this idea is such an important aspect of fly tying that I believe it merits repeating.

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This modern world where you and I live in an industrialized place where people are increasingly more removed from nature. We are routinely robbed of feeling real things, with our senses bombarded by digital images, sounds, and words. Live music created by someone standing within earshot is real. People speaking within our sight are real. Feeling the breeze against our face is real. A clay bowl in our hands –created by a person’s hands at the potter’s wheel – is real.

That fly you have just released from the vise’s grip, the fly that just fell into the palm of your hand is real. You can see it and feel it, even though it might be a size 22. This little fly has weight and shape and color and the hook point is sharp and the hackles are silky or fuzzy. This tiny fly sparkles with possibility in your hands; that possibility only grows when you tie it to a 7X tippet and start waving it about your head.

Be proud of this fly. Cast it onto the waters, see what happens. Fishing your own flies is something that’s an experience you can’t buy in any store.
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There you have it. May you find peace and kindness on the water, at your fly bench, and in your life.

Jay Nicholas – October 2020

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Gob of Worms/Squirmy Wormie/Mini Squiggle Worm – Jay Nicholas

In this video, Jay discusses different materials and new hooks for tying a variety of worm patterns.

San Juan worms have changed from your typical chenille materials to modern “squimy” materials that have lots of movement and catch a surprising amount of fish. Here, Jay discusses Squirmy Wormie, Squirmito Squiggly Worm, and Mini Squiggle Worm materials and “unconventional” ways to use them.

“Well you’re not exactly tying a fly.” “Ya, but I’m going fishing!” Jay Nicholas 2020

Tie some up in different colors and get out there!

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Worms

Worm Materiels:
Squirmy Wormie
Squirmito Squiggly Worm
Mini Squiggle Worm

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Gob of Worms

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New Hooks

Hooks:
Kona BC1
Kona BC2
Ahrex FW541

Other Materials Used:
Veevus Iridescent Thread
Senyo’s Fusion Dubbing

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Catch Magazine – “The Mckenzie Fire”

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“Our power went out at about 9pm, but that’s common here… it was no big deal,” recalled Bill Schaefers of the September 7, 2020 evening at his home on Oregon’s upper McKenzie River. “I should’ve listened to my daughter,” he said. Unlike Bill, his 20-year old daughter followed the Blue River Bulletin Board Facebook page that evening, and she had warned her parents about the local concern and conversation on social media about smoke and high winds in the forested area. The wildfire approaching that night would become a shared experience for people- both a nightmare and a beacon of hope- a reminder that despite the times, we are most certainly connected. Keep reading Kelly Moen’s article here.

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Muskies in the North Country

Hey everybody, hope you’re all well. Matt here checking in. It’s been a while, but you’ve all been in my thoughts these past weeks. Thinking about the lives disrupted, the river valleys burned, all the loss and I’m so sorry for everyone who has been impacted by the wildfires on top of the ongoing pandemic. Hope this little photo journal takes your mind off your challenges for a bit.

I’ve been fishing in my new home in the southeast, chasing bass on small rivers in the Carolinas with my boys when I can. But last weekend, I made the hours-long journey north to fish Lake St. Clair with my dad and brother. Capt Nate bought himself a small center console for chasing toothier critters and this was my first time fishing on the new boat.

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Lake St. Clair is huge (430 sq miles) of shallow weedy madness. It butts up against Detroit and is part of the Great Lakes system connecting Lake Huron and Lake Erie. It’s an epic smallmouth fishery, but the main attraction is the muskies. Capt Nate has put up impressive fly rod caught specimens on this lake, but it’s a difficult and temperamental body of water.

The day we arrived, a strong west wind was blowing across the lake and we bounced in our 16-foot boat all over the various flats and bays where we scouted for action. The trick, according to Nate, is to cover as much water as possible. To that end, we set up a drift on a huge submerged weed-bed and Nate handed me an 11-wt with a full sinking line and a fly the size of a goddamn tube sock and said, start casting. In the wind. And the waves.

The entire project of targeting large predatory fish is rooted in sadism. It is a transgressive act, to target the biggest meanest predator in the watershed with a whippy rod, a bunch of string and a hook. There’s an expectation that you will inflict pain on the fish, and on yourself. It’s wild. To that end, I blew out my arm pretty quick in the front of the boat and we didn’t catch anything day one. Didn’t even see a fish.

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Day 2 was the first full day and we found the bait and some calmer water. I had a large fish bite while I was nearly catatonic from constant casting. A small pike jumped on the line nearly immediately after. Hours later, nothing.

I’ll spare you the suspense. I caught my St. Clair muskie on a gigantic rubber jerkbait, exhausted from the fly rod. I pitched it in the deep water near a weeedbed that looked like every other deep pool of water near a weedbed we’d already fished, and the damn thing jumped on it and tried to drag the rod out of my arms. I didn’t really have to do anything. We babied it in, barely hooked, and took it aboard for a quick glamor shot. It was a gorgeous animal.

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Another run, another time, I will get my fly rod muskie. But I was happy with this beauty.

Take care y’all.

-MS

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Special Thanks Anglers – Wildfire Relief Auction Raises $7500

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Huge thanks to Patagonia, Simms, Sage, Echo, Lamson, RIO, Fishpond, Nautilus and Winston for donating items to our Wildfire Relief Auction. Huge thanks as well to local fishing guides Clay Holloway, Ty Holloway, Matt Ramsey, Mike Reardon, Kyle Duke, Lou Verdugo, Justin Helm, Mike Divita, and Quint McDonald. Finally huge thanks to fly tiers Jim Sens, Jordan Rae and Joe Rutter for some killer fly selections. All of these items and services got us to the total of $7500.

I want to thank those who bid on all the items as well, you made it happen!

I will be reaching out to you shortly for fulfillment.

If you would like to donate directly now that the auction has closed United Way of Lane County is still accepting donations at this link: United Way Donations

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Final Hours of Local Wildfire Relief Auction

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Over the past 48 hours we have added rods from SAGE and Lamson, reels and lines too. Let’s finish strong and give a big check to those in need! Thanks so much!

With the help of vendors and local guides I have put together an online auction to raise funds for our local United Way Wildfire Relief Fund. The auction is now live and you can bid on great gear like a Winston Rod, a $500 Simms Gift Card, numerous guided trips and more. Please go to: https://cfas.betterworld.org/auctions/mckenzie-river-wildfire-response and bid for a cause.

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