Jigged Possie Bugger Fly Tying Video

In this instructional fly tying video Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie the Jigged Possie Bugger. The Possie Bugger is quite possibly the most popular nymph pattern in our area; hopper-dropper, indicator, or Euro style fly fishing, the fly always produces. If you have Caddis in your local waters, give the Jigged Possie Bugger a try and hold on tight.

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Thread: Veevus 10/0, Brown
Hook: TMC C400BL or Daichi 4647 sizes 8-16; size 12 in video
Bead: Gold Slotted Tungsten Bead; size 1/8 in video
Weight: Lead Wire 3-4 wraps; 0.015 in video
Tail: Ozzie Possum fur piece-Natural and Pearl Flashabou
Rib: Pearl Flashabou
Counter-rib: Small Copper Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Wapsi Awesome Possum Dubbing
Hackle: Partridge
Thorax: Black Hareline Dubbin

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Flame Boss Steelhead Tube Fly with Jay Nicholas

Flame Boss Tube Fly by Jay Nicholas - 2017

Flame Boss Tube Fly by Jay Nicholas – 2017

Here is a tube fly version of a fly pattern that I fished on traditional hooks for years extending back into the 1970s. The Flame Boss is a variation of the Boss Fly probably developed on the coastal rivers of Northern California back in the period of the 1920s – 1950s.  These flies were deadly then are still deadly in the modern age of Intruders and the like.

I hope to feature more traditional patterns tied on tubes this season – because I think they offer advantages over the same pattern tied on very large traditional hooks.

May you enjoy tying and fishing these flies.

I will note that this fly is tied in the video on Medium size Classic Tube and does not require a hook guide. This is the case because I rig the up-eye trailer hook on a mono loop and pull the knot into the tube to secure it. This is one means of rigging these flies that is a little different from using micro or nano tubes with hook guards or 40/40 tubes that have a hook guard incorporated into  the tube.

Here goes . . . . .

Tube: Pro Sportfisher Nano Tube or medium classic tube
Hook Guide: Orange large
Hook option: I show a Gamakatsu up-eye #2  hook in the video but you could also use an Owner #2 straight eye or OPST Swing hook #2 if you tie the fly on a microtube, nano tube, or 40/40 tube
Tail: Pro Sportfisher Marble Fox, black
Wing: Pro Sportfisher Marble Fox, cream or white
Hackle: Hot Orange or black Schlappen or marabou
Cone: Pro Sportfisher Ultra Sonic Disc Gunsmoke Metallic – large

If you are a traditionalist and want to transfer a fly pattern to a tube I reommend this as a nice place to start.

Jay Nicholas – winter season 2016/17

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Spring Deals from Korkers, SAGE and Redington and The Caddis Fly

Fishing conditions have been less than ideal this winter and early spring. Water levels, road conditions, fish numbers.. you name it, it really hasn’t been in the anglers favor the past few months.

Spring will come around, and instead of dusting off that gear that has been sitting for some time now we want to make you aware of some pretty cool deals that just might make you want to simply buy new!

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And finally The Caddis Fly is offering a free Skagit or Scandi head and running line with the purchase of a C.F Burkheimer rod. If you have always wanted to own one of Kerry Burkheimer’s beautiful creations this is a sweet deal. This offer is limited to stock on hand.

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If you need further clarification or want to cast, try on, or waggle please do stop by the shop, give us a ring, or send us an email.

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Who We Are Series, Post 4: Henry Sichel

This series of posts is meant to introduce all of you terrific tiers and cool customers to our small, but fantastic team of anglers here at The Caddis Fly Angling Shop. Each employee answered a number of questions about their fishing expertise, their favorite style of fishing and fishing products. Each week we will publish another employee’s answers to these questions to let you know Who We Are. This series will hopefully give you a peak into who we are, how we fish, and who you are chatting with when you next call or email Caddis.

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Who: Henry Sichel, Internet/Retail Sales, Picker/Packer Extraordinaire  

Time at Caddis: I’ve worked at the shop since July of 2016!

Are you a Eugene local, or are you a transplant? 

I am from Beaverton, but moved to Eugene 3 years ago to go to U of O.

How many years have you been fly fishing?

I have been fly fishing on and off for a long time, but really got hooked after moving to Eugene and living so close to the Mckenzie River

What is your favorite rod and reel combo?

Hardy Marquis, Echo 3 Spey

Wet wade or float, and why?

Wet wade, but hopefully a boat is in the near future

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Dry fly, streamer or nymph–and do you tie them?

Skaters!

Spey or single hand cast? 

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Salt or Freshwater?

Freshwater

Where have you fished?

States: Idaho, Colorado, Montana and Oregon

Waters: I would say Armitage State Park and Deerhorn Road are my favorite spots to fish around Eugene. My all-time favorite spot is the St. Joe River in Idaho!

What is your favorite part about working at Caddis?

Learning more about fly fishing everyday, working with awesome coworkers, being a part of a small team, and building relationships with customers.

When a fellow angler asks, “What is the biggest fish you have ever caught?” what is your answer? 

Too big to fit in the net!

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Henry is in his Senior year at the University of Oregon completing a degree in Economics and a minor in Business. When he isn’t in class or at the shop he’s out fishing with his fellow collegiate anglers. If you want to know about the specifics of a shipping method or the whereabouts of your online order, Henry’s your man.

Want to know more about the Caddis Fly? Visit our website’s About page at this link and feel free to call or email us any time at our contacts below:

(541)505-8061

caddiseug@yahoo.com

Tight lines until next time!

The Caddis Fly Crew

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Travel Report: Highway 138 Blocked at Hogs Creek

For those of you in or around Eugene looking to go fishing the Umpqua this weekend, and planning to use Highway 138 to get there–don’t.

One of our customers just walked in with the following photos showing just how impossible that is likely to be:

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 *Photos depict a large boulder and debris blocking Highway 138 at Hogs Creek.

 

As you can see in the last photo, crews are already on site working to remove the obstruction, but for now it looks like 138 is impassable. Plan on taking alternate routes.

With even more rain and wind in the weather forecast, it’s a good idea to watch for landslides or potentially destabilizing erosion along the roadways you travel to fish. Drive safe and keep your wits about you, everyone!

-The Caddis Fly Crew-

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Home Waters – The Willamette Project – TU Meeting

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Greg Taylor, Fisheries Biologist for the Army Corp of engineers will provide an update on the Willamette project.

Greg Taylor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide an update on the federal agency’s efforts under the Endangered Species Act to implement changes at the Willamette Project dams including: alterations to the dams’ flows, water temperatures, hatchery programs, and up and down stream fish passage systems among other strategies.

This project is the corps effort under the ESA to address fish passage, water temps, dams flow and hatchery programs in the Willamette basin.

When: Monday, April 3rd, 6:30 PM

Where: Roaring Rapids Pizza, 4006 Franklin Blvd, Eugene
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TYING AND FISHING FLIES FOR TROUT LAKES—a fly-tying clinic with Skip Morris

Time -May 19th, 2017 5:30pm
Location – The Caddis Fly Angling Shop – 168 West 6th ave, Eugene, OR 97401
Cost – $40

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During this 2 ½-hour(or slightly longer) clinic, Skip Morris (author of 18 fly-fishing books including Morris & Chan on Fly Fishing Trout Lakes) will teach you about the creatures trout feed on in lakes, how to tie a sound selection of trout-lake flies, fly by fly, and how to fish each fly.

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Skip will show a few PowerPoint slides as he explains just how a damselfly, for example, goes through a nymph stage to metamorphose to a winged adult. He’ll then describe how the trout respond to these stages and about the strategies and techniques that help you catch more trout during damselfly hatches.

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Then he’ll tie a fly that imitates a damselfly nymph (the critical stage for fishing this hatch), answer questions, and start up another series of slides about another trout-food creature.
You’ll receive a handout with all the fly patterns and a fly Skip himself has tied. This will be an informative and fun clinic. Attendance is limited, so sign up now.

To reserve your spot give us a ring at (541)342-7005

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Key Fly Tying Materials for Tying Simple Streamers

Tying great salmon and steelhead flies can be an intimidating feat, especially when you look at the array of steelhead patterns available in shops and online. But if you have a favorite pattern in mind, don’t let the flashy final cut get you down. You can tie even famous tyer’s flies with the right amount of practice and the right products.

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One of our shop employees, Justin Helm, does just that.

Justin is a spey fisherman, so his favorite patterns to tie are streamers. Salmon and stealhead patterns are his jam, bread and butter, so he brings in some cool patterns every week or so to show off–and rightly so. Here is his latest arsenal of flies, an interpretation of professional tyer Jerry French’s Dirty Hoh:

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These flies were tied with a few simple materials:

Cone: Brass or Tungsten Cones

Shank: 32mm OPST Steelhead Shank

Hook: OPST Swing Hook size 2

Tail: Black Barred Rabbit Strips

1st Composite Loop: Ice Dub w/ Shimmer Fringe

Cheeks: Ostrich, Epoxy Eyes, Lateral Scale

2nd Composite Loop: Ice Dub, Ostrich, Shimmer Fringe

Three of the main materials Justin used are below, referenced in both photos and informative videos. Check them out!

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Ice Dub Shimmer Fringe

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Epoxy Mono Crab and Shrimp Eyes

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Ice Dub and UV Ice Dub

Another cool product  to tie into streamers is the new Faux Bucktail from Fish Skull.

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This synthetic fiber is krinkled just like natural bucktail and dyed so that it will not fade with extended use in your favorite tie on the water. It is 6″ long, so you have twice as much usable fiber than the natural bucktail offers and because the fibers are not hollow like its natural counterpart, flies tied with Faux Norther Bucktail will give you a faster sink. It can be used to tie everything from clousers and nymphs, to poppers and streamers.

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The best way to learn how to tie your favorite patterns is to go for it! Find a video of someone tying that fly on your favorite fly shop’s youtube channel like caddisflyshop, or in a blog post at www.oregonflyfishingblog.com, and practice with the pro. Then, once you get the hang of that tie, you can move on to another, and another, and pretty soon you’re putting your own spin–be it color combinations or a few more eyes or legs–on those famous fly recipes. Follow your passion, and you may even be catching that next steelhead on your own personal fly pattern.

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Who We Are Series, Post 3: Justin Helm

This series of posts is meant to introduce all of you terrific tiers and cool customers to our small, but fantastic team of anglers here at The Caddis Fly Angling Shop. Each employee answered a number of questions about their fishing expertise, their favorite style of fishing and fishing products. Each week we will publish another employee’s answers to these questions to let you know Who We Are. This series will hopefully give you a peak into who we are, how we fish, and who you are chatting with when you next call or email Caddis.

Next up we have Justin!

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Who: Justin Helm. “I split my time at the shop working up front and in the back packing and scanning orders.”

Time at Caddis: I have worked at Caddis for about 5 months.

Are you a Eugene local, or are you a transplant? 

I moved to Eugene 4 years ago from Seattle.

How many years have you been fly fishing?

I have been a fly fisherman since I was 5, so about 17 years.

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What is your favorite rod and reel combo?

My favorite rod and reel combo is my 7129 Winston BIII TH and my 3 3/4 Farlex.

Wet wade or float, and why?

I like wading when fishing for steelhead, and floating when trout fishing.

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Dry fly, streamer or nymph–and do you tie them?

I prefer swinging flies, so I’ll fish a streamer or soft hackle generally. I tie all of my own steelhead flies, but not any trout flies.

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Spey or single hand cast? 

Spey all day

Salt or Freshwater?

Freshwater

Where have you fished?

States: Oregon, Washington, Colorado, California, Montana

Waters: McKenzie , North Umpqua, Metolius, Fall, and Deschutes Rivers

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What is your favorite part about working at Caddis?

I have really enjoyed working with and meeting so many people that are as passionate about fly fishing as I am.

When a fellow angler asks, “What is the biggest fish you have ever caught?” what is your answer? 

Every fish I catch is a hawg.

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You name it, Justin’s probably got it covered at the shop. He can be found on the shop floor filling orders or helping a customer pick out a new Hardy reel, or in the back packing orders. He could also be on the phone updating customers on their order status, or advising a fisherman on where the steelhead (in season) are running the strongest. When he’s not in shop he’s out on the water or tying up a few killer streamers. Need a fly that’s working? Ask for Justin.

Want to know more about the Caddis Fly? Visit our website’s About page at this link and feel free to call or email us any time at our contacts below:

(541)505-8061

caddiseug@yahoo.com

Tight lines until next time!

The Caddis Fly Crew
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New Caddisflyshop.com Website

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It’s been in the works for some time now and we finally launched our new look online store this weekend. The hope is to modernize and “pleasurize” the online shopping experience. We continue to offer a ridiculous amount of fly tying supplies, fly lines, fly rods and most everything else you could want to optimize your fly fishing experience. We welcome you to have a look around! CADDISFLYSHOP.COM

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McKenzie Memories, Friday April 7

Join the McKenzie River Trust for our 6th annual celebration of the history of the McKenzie with storytelling, rare historic photos, artifacts, and more.

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Come early to listen to the music of Blue McKenzie and see the display of old wooden drift boats, river guide cookery, vintage fly fishing gear and more early McKenzie artifacts. Food carts, Ninkasi and Oakshire beer, and WildCraft Cider will be available.

Then our program begins. Step back in time as we learn about the historic lodges like the Log Cabin Inn and the lodge at Foley Hot Springs, now long gone. Paddle downstream with local storytellers Steve Schaefer, Don Wouda, and Dana Burwell from the McKenzie River Guides Association, founded in 1931. Hear stories about what life was like as a guide in the early 1900s and the guides’ key role in conservation and stewardship of the McKenzie River. Then listen as former river guide and hydrologist Gordon Grant weaves tales of the McKenzie’s unique geology.

And be there as we kick off the McKenzie Homewaters Campaign, a project that builds on recent conservation work near Finn Rock.Don’t miss another unforgettable evening!


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Friday, April 7, 2017
7pm (Doors at 6)
Venue 252 – 252 Lawrence St in Eugene

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Comparing Three Feathers as Collar Hackles on Intruder Butt Stations

I have been tying  lot of Intruders preparing for winter steelhead season, and have had plenty of opportunity to explore a range of options for creating a collar on the butt and shoulder section of my flies. I decided to show three feathers that make good options and show how each looks on the same butt section.

Lady Amherst, Guinea, and Golden Pheasant Tippet: all make for good collars on the butt or head of Intruder flies.

Lady Amherst, Guinea, and Golden Pheasant Tippet: all make for good collars on the butt or head of Intruder flies.

Here are the three feather types:

Lady Amherst Pheasant

Guinea

Dyed Golden Pheasant Tippets

Here are the feathers out of the packages.

Here are the feathers out of the packages.

Here are individual feathers side by side.

Here are individual feathers side by side.

Here are the three feathers prepared to wind on the tube or shank.

Here are the three feathers prepared to wind on the tube or shank.

I started with a simple butt composed of copper Ice Dub and a red saddle hackle. I will now proceed to wrap each of the three different feathers onto this same base.

I started with a simple butt composed of copper Ice Dub and a red saddle hackle. I will now proceed to wrap each of the three different feathers onto this same base.

Here is the butt station completed with the Guinea feather.

Here is the butt station completed with the Guinea feather.

Here is the same butt station completed with the orange dyed Golden Pheasant Tippet feather.

Here is the same butt station completed with the orange dyed Golden Pheasant Tippet feather.

Finally, here is the same butt station finished with the blue Lady Amherst tippet feather.

Finally, here is the same butt station finished with the blue Lady Amherst tippet feather.

Of the three feathers, I find the Guinea the most challenging to wind onto the tube or shank. The stems tend to be thicker and reluctant to behave properly while winding. The Pheasant feathers are generally easy to wind and the fibers are longer if you select the largest tippet feathers.

Hope this article and photos provide ideas and encouragement at the fly bench.

Jay Nicholas – winter season 2016/17

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Polar Shrimp Rabbit Strip Steelhead Tube Fly with Jay Nicholas

Polar Shrimp Rabbit Strip Tube Fly by Nicholas 2017

Polar Shrimp Rabbit Strip Tube Fly by Nicholas 2017

This is a variant of the many rabbit strip tube flies you will see that are deadly when fished for steelhead and many species of salmonids. This version of the fly is one that I see as reminiscent of the old Polar Shrimp fly that I fished back in the 1970s tied on Eagle Claw 1197-b or 1197-g hooks in size 2 or 4.

I will feature other color variations of this same pattern (I hope) in other videos and some folks may find the repetition a bit of a bore. Still, I never know what I’m likely to say when shooting these videos, or which stories I may or may not relay. And I’m a firm believer that repetition builds on everyone’s basic tying skill set. And then there is the fact that sometime it is nice to see different colors of materials combined on a hook or tube in order to appreciate the fly’s potential and develop the desire to tie the darn thing.

Here goes . . . . .

Tube: Pro Sportfisher Micro Tube or medium classic tube
Hook guide: Pink large
Hook option: Owner #2 straight eye or OPST Swing hook #2
Rabbit Strip: Cream white (#40)
Hackle: Shrimp Pink Schlappen or marabou
Cone: Hareline large tungsten cone

I hope you see possibilities in this fly style

Jay Nicholas – winter season 2016/17

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Postcards from the 2017 FFF Albany Fly EXPO

I had a great two days at the 2017 FFF EXPO in Albany, Oregon on Friday and Saturday.  This was a perfect occasion to meet old and new friends, people who have read some of my  books, watched my fly videos, and attended various presentations and tying demos I’ve made at local fly shops and fly clubs around the state. Many thanks for the kind words that I’ve heard over the weekend. I hope to see you all again in the coming year.

Following, I’ll share some random images from the two day event, in no particular order.

My sincere thanks to Dick Sagara TFO, Cortland, LOOMIS, Tenkara, and others. Dick welcomed me to set up on the end of his corner booth so I could tie flies both days and visit with friends and EXPO visitors. Bruce Berry delivered some last minute Pro Sportfisher supplies, thanks Bruce.

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Jay Nicholas at the 2017 FFF EXPO.

Jay Nicholas at the 2017 FFF EXPO, wearing SIMMS Guide Jacket to keep warm on Saturday.

 

Ostrich anyone?

Ostrich anyone?

Vintage floss.

Vintage floss.

Amazing full dress Atlantic salmon flies.

Amazing full dress Atlantic salmon flies.

Vintage metal tinsel.

Vintage metal tinsel.

Ben Paull represents OPST.

Ben Paull represents OPST.

James Millard assists Ben at the OPST booth.

James Millard assists Ben at the OPST booth.

A few nice Intruders.

A few nice Intruders.

Terry Hails of Albany Oregon.

Terry Hails of Albany Oregon.

Terry's fine sea run cutthroat flies.

Terry’s fine sea run cutthroat flies.

Here are some TFO rods - where is Dick Sagara?

Here are some TFO rods – where is Dick Sagara?

Joe and Tracy Koffler were at the EXPO.

Joe and Tracy Koffler were at the EXPO.

Jeff Coffey and his family were at the EXPO to show off samples of FAIR FLIES.

Jeff Coffey and his family were at the EXPO to show off samples of FAIR FLIES.

My friend Norm Norlander was showing off his NORVISE magic.

My friend Norm Norlander was showing off his NORVISE magic.

Joel LaFolette swooped down from Royal Treatment to show off the Faulk fly.

Joel LaFolette swooped down from Royal Treatment to show off the Faulk fly.

My friend Garren Wood - from a bird's eye view.

My friend Garren Wood – from a bird’s eye view.

Garren Wood and Garret Lesko compare notes at the EXPO.

Garren Wood and Garret Lesko compare notes at the EXPO.

I’m looking forward to the 2018 event already.

Thanks for a great two days.

JWN

 

 

 

 

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Coastal Winter Steelhead Update – mid March 2017

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Well. Here is the score from mid March swing fishing the North Coast.

Five anglers fishing two consecutive days under decent (high) water conditions: One steelhead hooked and released. This averages out at one fish per ten days. My personal record to date is one steelhead lost (on the swing) for four days fishing. As a side note I lost one steelhead for two days bobber-dogging.

Here is an authentic chrome winter steelhead that took a swung fly fished by Guy Allen recently.

Here is an authentic chrome winter steelhead that took a swung fly fished by Guy Allen recently.

Still, I’ve been regaled by my Instagram feed showing chrome steelhead that have answered the call issued by other anglers while my friends and I have been struggling to find an occasional steelhead.

Oh well, so it goes.

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I fished one of the new Echo OHS (one hand spey) rods, found it very pleasing, and will provide a review of these rods shortly.

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RIO Tippet Ring

BTW, if you have not tried using tippet rings to add tippet to your leaders you should. I really appreciate the ease with which I can switch from one fly to another when using these gizmos.

Coastal cutthroat ready for release.

Coastal cutthroat ready for release.

There have been a few cutthroat to grab our flies and these fish really appreciate it when we fish barbless flies.

Guy is fishing the far bank slot.

Guy is fishing the far bank slot.

Jay is fishing close under the brush.

Jay is fishing close under the brush.

I’ll be out there soon enough, hoping for a grab that sticks. Wouldn’t be fun to go a full winter season without catching a steelhead – but it sure could happen!

Best to you all, and hope your fish per day average is better than I’ve experienced so far this season.

Jay Nicholas – winter season 2017

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