Jay’s Crafty Bird Fly Tying Video

Jay demonstrates how to tie a Sand Eel pattern using an EP Craft Fur Brush. The Sand Eel is a killer baitfish imitation for fresh and estuarine waters.

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Crafty Bird

Tube: Nanotube Sink 4
Cone: Pro Cone XSmall Red/Orange
Flash: Ice Wing Pheasant Tail
Hook Guide: Lavender Medium
Hook: Glo Bug #6
Overwing: Ostrich Olive
Weight: Drop Weight Medium
Body/Wing: EP Craft Fur 3″ Brush Sand/Brown
Thread: Veevus Thread 6/0 – 10/0

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Safina: Pebble Mine is a Death Wish

On a day after the president just enacted the the largest reduction of public-lands protection in U.S. history, we need to again take up the fight against the Pebble Mine. You may have thought it was dead, but it is not.

July 26, 2010 Stunning wetlands

From the L.A. Times:

For more than a decade, a Canadian mining company, Northern Dynasty Minerals, has wanted to gouge one of the world’s largest gold and copper mines into the heart of the watershed, putting its rivers on a centuries-long poison drip. The company has failed to move forward with the project, known as Pebble Mine, due to intense and sustained opposition. It has also been burdened by proposed restrictions recommended by the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency — the result of a four-year review.

But President Trump’s EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has rejected his agency’s review and moved to withdraw its proposal to impose restrictions on the mine, thereby reviving the company’s prospects for federal permitting. Pruitt is poised to take this action imminently, showing a flagrant disregard for the public’s overwhelming opposition.

Now, in what could very well be the most important land-use decision in North America in our time, an essentially eternal supply of food is pitted against an essentially eternal supply of poison.

The fly fishing industry has been fighting this tooth and nail, but you can get involved directly here.

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Updating ODOT’s Culvert Repair Program

Earlier this year, federal courts ruled in favor of salmon and steelhead against the state of Washington, requiring the state to replace poorly designed culverts.

Culverts are pipes under roadways that carry streams and runoff. When a culvert becomes plugged by debris or crushed, salmon cannot pass through to reach their spawning grounds, and young cannot migrate to sea.

Some culverts are too small, and others are perched, or too high from the level of the stream bed for salmon to negotiate.

Government Creek's fish-friendly culvert

Oregon has laws on the books to prevent obstruction of fish passage, but the Oregon Department of Transportation is currently allowed to repair culverts without allowing fish passage. The Native Fish Society, WaterWatch and The Conservation Angler recently released a statement, calling out ODOT for setting a poor example and doing so little to help fish recovery.

“ODOT will spend a total of approximately $35 million on fish passage over the next five years. While that may sound like a lot, it is less than one percent of ODOT’s highway repair budget. To put things in perspective, ODOT is proposing to spend $450 million to widen just two miles of freeway near Portland – more than 10 times what it is proposing to spend statewide on fish passage over the next five years.”

ODFW’s Commissioners are reviewing the regulations December 8th.

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Jay Nicholas at the tying bench – December 2, 2017

 

Jay Nicholas & Boomer at the Fly Bench

I hope that you will be able to drop by and join me sometime between 11 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, December 2nd. No, Boomer will not be with me at the Shop, but I’ll be tying trout streamers and steelhead flies on micro tube – with some new twists added to the game.

I’m pleased with the new fly options I’ve developed this autumn and believe that several or all of the patterns I’ll be tying will be of interest to trout and steelhead fly tyers.

As usual, I’m always looking forward to re-connecting with my friends – and this will provide an opportunity while we are discussing the state of affairs with tube flies.

Hope to see you there!

Jay Nicholas, December 2017

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The World of Syd Glasso: Redsides Meeting Dec 4th

The Redsides Chapter of Trout Unlimited is proud to announce that Dave McNeese will be presenting:”Syd Glasso’s Hidden Flies.” December 4, 2017 at 6:30 at Roaring Rapids Pizza.

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Dave is known for a long history in the Fly Fishing Community as a Shop Owner, Fly Designer, and Fly Tying Mentor. His flies have graced the pages of numerous books including several publishings from Trey Combs. Currently, Dave is researching and writing a book about Syd Glasso. In his research he has uncovered a vast treasure trove of Mr. Glasso’s flies and how they were created.

Please join us at Roaring Rapids Pizza for what will be an eye opening experience into the world of Syd Glasso.

Brief general member meeting to follow.

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Plan D Fly Boxes and How to Use Them

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We are super excited to be working with Dylan at Plan D Fly Boxes this year as he introduces his latest line of fly boxes designed specifically for intruder and tube style flies. The latest versions of Plan D Boxes have improved durability and design.

Pocket and Pack boxes have clear lids so you can see what you are selecting before you open the box. Pocket Max and Pack Max boxes have dark gray lids and bases to double the capacity of the boxes.

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The coolest thing about these boxes is manor in which they hold flies that are notorious for getting mixed up tangled up and “balled up” in a standard fly box. With Plan D Boxes your flies are fixed on a hook or tube mandrel so they stay lined up, visible and organized. The articulated fly box is pretty simple you use the “j-hook” to hold the fly shank or eye and the foam base pad to hold the hook. Depending upon the box you can carry 10-40 articulated patterns in a super organized fashion.

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The “Tube Plus” versions of the new Plan D Boxes allow for some customization. Dylan Stanley Plan D’s owner has given us detailed instructions that I thought I would share in this post.

1. To get started you will need: (1) pair of wire cutters, (1) Plan D mandrel kit, (1) Plan D tube fly box and your flies.

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2. Insert a mandrel through the back end of the fly until the clip at the end of the mandrel clips over the junction tubing (or the tube itself if not using junction tubing.)

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3. Measure exposed mandrel against the tube block in the fly box and cut mandrel to length using wire cutters. Leave some exposed mandrel sticking out of the end of the tube block.

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4. Insert the exposed mandrel into the slotted silicone tube block. Repeat with the rest of your flies! Flies are held securely in the silicone block . The box can even be used to rinse and dry flies that were used in salt water. The small foam pad is for your tube fly hook storage.

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Gamakatsu Fly Tying Hooks – A Review

Let’s get one thing straight: it is impossible to tie a first class fly of any sort on a sub-standard hook. It is also true that the best tyer who applies virtually identical materials to five different hook styles will produce five different-looking flies. Thus the shape of the hook has an incredibly strong influence on the overall appearance of the finished fly, this in addition to considering the quality and performance of the hook itself.

Over a period of some five decades when I have tied flies, Gamakatsu fly tying hooks have ranked at the top of my materials list since they were first available to the US tyer’s market.

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My interpretation of the Gamakatsu hook manufacturing company’s history follows: (Please note that this summary is gleaned from my perusal of information available on the Internet, including from the Gamakatsu website.)
1955: First hooks produced by Gamakatsu – all produced by hand. Gamakatsu was the smallest Japanese hook producer.
• 1963: mechanized wire-tempering technology established.
• 1974: established automated technology to manufacture hooks.
• 1976: Gamakatsu was ranked as the leading Japanese hook producer.
• 1986: Redesign and improved technology in hook production & automation process.
• 1988 – 1992: Gamakatsu expanded production and distribution of their hooks from an Asian focused market to an International market.

My fly tying in the 1960s and 1970s was almost entirely based on the use of Mustad and Eagle Claw hooks. It is worthy of note that my tying in those years was entirely directed to freshwater flies tied for trout and steelhead. The Mustad 94840 and 36890 were standards, along with the Eagle Claw 1197-B, 1197-G, and 1197-N. Somewhere in there, I frankly don’t remember when, I became aware of hooks like TMC and Gamakatsu. My tying of trout flies and freshwater patterns seemed in retrospect focused on TMC hooks. My exposure to Gamakatsu fly tying hooks occurred rather late in my life when I developed an intense interest in fly fishing for Chinook and then when I was introduced to saltwater fly fishing from dory boats launched from the beach at Pacific City, Oregon.

Bluntly, the world of high-quality hooks that one may use for bait, lure, and fly fishing is complex. I’ve gone to the websites of various hook manufacturers and read the technical specifications of hooks and manufacturing processes. All this has achieved is an advanced state of confusion. All of the manufacturers use high-quality wire, advanced hook tempering and point sharpening technologies. I can not read the tech-specs of any of these various manufacturers and determine objectively which hook brand might be superior to others.

On a practical basis, however, I have tied flies with a fair number of different hooks and have developed strong opinions regarding the performance of specific hooks. When I judge the performance of any hook, I consider many factors.
• Hook wire diameter
• Sharpness of the point
• Height of the barb
• Flexibility or stiffness of the wire
• Design of the hook bend, durability of the point
• Durability of the hook finish
• Craftsmanship of the hook eye
• Ability to sharpen the hook

This is where I’ll get to the punch line of this review.

I have found Gamakatsu hooks in general, and fly tying hooks in particular, to be absolutely superior to many of the patterns I tie. I see no value in touting the carbon content of the hook steel, the tempering processes, and the sharpening technologies. Far as I’m concerned, the reader can look those features up and decide whether or not they understand the technicalities. Personally, I do not.

What I do understand is that I’ve tied on and fished Gamakatsu hooks for over two decades. During that period, I have found Gamies ultra dependable, and I have only had one Gamakatsu hook fail (it broke on a fish). During this same period, I’ve had two TMC hooks break on me (one in a fish and one on a log). Over the course of my five decades tying flies I’ve found hook deficiencies were barely more common in Mustad, Eagle Claw, and Daiichi hooks. Overall, the instances of outright hook failures are scant compared to design features. I’ve not ever had complaints about the sharpness of Gamakatsu or TMC hooks. I can not say the same for other hook brands.

This is not to imply that I don’t prefer other fly tying hooks for specific flies. For example, I’ll almost certainly reach for a TMC fly tying hook if I’m about to tie an Elk Hair Caddis, a Stimulator, a Bugger, or a Muddler. My hand might waver when reaching for a hook to tie traditional steelhead wet flies, however, and I may just as often choose a Gamakatsu or a TMC hook interchangeably to tie a Silver Hilton.

When it comes to tying the vast majority of saltwater fly patterns, however, I’ll far more often reach for Gamakatsu fly hooks. Here are some of my most dependable hooks.
Gamakatsu SL12S
Gamakatsu SL12S 1X Short
Gamakatsu SC 15
Gamakatsu SC15 2H
Gamakatsu B10S
Gamakatsu Octopus
Gamakatsu SC17

Ultimately, I know that personal opinion plays a role in each angler’s choice of the hooks they use to tie and fish. I can tell you without reservation that the hooks I’ve listed above are excellent performers.

I hope this helps up your confidence regarding your hook choices for your specific needs.

Jay Nicholas, November 2017

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JAY’S RABID WABBIT (shiner) Fly Tying Video

In this video Jay uses a jig style hook to add action to his streamer fly. The “Rabid Wabbit Shiner” is an excellent trout, bass and more fly pattern. This super durable fly uses natural and synthetic materials to attract fish from distance.

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JAY’S RABID WABBIT (shiner)

Hook – #4 Umpqua S506H Jig
Eyes – IBalz eyes medium
Tail – Brown Barred Rabbit Strip/flesh
Brush – Senyo Chromatic Live Bait 3”
Flash – smolt blue Krystal Flash
Rubber (white) Life Flex
Body: Cactus Chenille Lg Pearl
Thread: Danville 210D white
Glue: Loc Tite brush-able glue

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Spring 2017 at Cedar Lodge NZ

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It’s been nearly two weeks since we touched down in Queenstown and made the drive to Cedar Lodge for our fifth season. The weather was absolutely awful upon arrival. All of our local friends were blaming us for bringing the rain and snow to summer again and I was beginning to believe them after last years “worst summer in 30 years”. We spent a few days at home doing what we could to prepare when your power is out and its dumping rain…..and snow. Finally, a cold southerly wind finished us off with snow down to 400 meters, and a gorgeous clear morning. It’s been stunning spring weather since. Rivers have dropped into shape and despite not traveling far from the lodge we have caught fish every day we have tried.

Cedar spring 2017

Cedar spring 2017

Cedar spring 2017

We had a bit of time before the first guests arrived so a tennis tournament in Dunedin was on the slate. Dunedin reminds me a bit of Eugene as it has approximately 21,000 students in a town with a population of 130,000 people. Patsy’s won all of her matches to contribute to her Southern Lakes team.

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Cedar spring 2018

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After the tennis tourney, it was back to work getting the lodge ready for guests. The helicopter got a complete rebuild(ouch), the kids bedrooms and laundry room received facelifts, we needed to “move back in” freezers, beds etc.. Meanwhile the walk-in fridge at the lodge needed a quick fix(nothing is quick out here), the lawn mower belt snapped, my computer’s screen failed, the phone line at the lodge was out, meat slicer needs a fix, smoker needs a repair, golf cart isn’t charging, deisel in the petrol mower(mislabeled jerrycan) and more. Oh the joys of lodge ownership. As I write this I have all but the slicer fixed but there were a few days there where I felt like everything I touched was going to sh….

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Cedar spring 2017-3

Cedar spring 2017-3

We continue to develop the landscaping around the property. Gardens are in and producing, the bark mulch from the removal and chipping of 10 trees around the property has been spread. The golf course is ready and mowed. We have filled numerous trailers with clippings from the native garden around the outside dining area.

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As I said earlier the weather has turned for the better and water conditions have been fantastic. We have managed to catch a few fish out walking or driving short distances from the lodge. The suggestion is that it’s going to be a hot dry summer. Despite a few windy afternoons, it’s been sunny and gorgeous. After some tractor/mower therapy by “yesterdays days end” the lodge was looking and feeling better than ever and we are stoked for a great 2017-2018 season!

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Writers on the Fly – The Cascadia Tour 2017

Join our favorite fly fishing author Chris Santella and many more fantastic creators for Writers on the Fly. Events can be seen in both Bend and Portland. Check out the entire schedule at this link.
http://www.syzygyflyfishing.com/the-cascadia-tour.

Anatomy of a Fishing Story from Jason Rolfe on Vimeo.

When: Wednesday November 15, 2017 @7 PM
Where: Migrating Brewing Annex at 2828 NE Glisan Street
Why: To celebrate literature and art inspired by flyfishing
How (much): Tickets are $10

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ECHO Bad Ass Glass Fly Rod Review – November 2017

ECHO BAG and EPR fly rods with a nice catch of Pacific Albacore in Pacific City.

ECHO BAG and EPR fly rods with a nice catch of Pacific Albacore in Pacific City.

As a total aside, the reels I’ve been fishing with the ECHO BAG and EPR include the
*Nautilus
*Hatch 11 Plus
Both are SUPER FINE – TOUGH – DEPENDABLE fly reels. Note please that I was fishing olcer models of these reels than I have linked to – the old reels still work just fine and I’m sure that the new reels will perform as well if not better.

ECHO Bad Ass Glass fly rod review: I will start by noting that I’ve had a modest level of practical experience with several ECHO fly rods that you could consider power house rods. When I say this I mean fly rods that I would fish for hard-pulling species. Some of these rods accommodate finesse casting, some accommodate chuck-and-duck casting.

The fly rods I’m using as a comparative base include the following:
*Sage Xi3
*Sage Salt
*Sage One
*Sage X
*Winston B2x
*Winston B3x
*Winston B3x lus
*Scott Radian
*Echo Boost
*Echo 3 SW
*Echo Prime
*Echo EPR
*Echo BAG Bad Ass Glass
I will note here that I found all of these fly rods performed well enough, not one of these broke or failed me in any way when put under severe strain. The price points of these rods range from under 300 to over 800 bucks. The finish components of these rods is obviously very different with the higher priced rods outfit with the best reel seats, best guides, and nicest rod tubes.

Things get crazy when you are offshore fishing for Albacore.

Things get crazy when you are offshore fishing for Albacore.

When I say that all of these rods performed well enough here is what I mean. As a caster of intermediate skill, I am able to present my fly at a modest fishing distance in the bracket of 50 – 80 ft. All of these rods will also present a fly in the 20 – 50 ft range.

This might seem like a crazy way to introduce a fly rod review, but I’m a little crazy so why the heck not. One issue I have with fly rod reviews in general is that they may leave the impression that the subject of the review is the one and only fly rod that merits endorsement of any kind. I decided to start this review with a very general overview of the BAG:

You can not possibly go wrong with the ECHO Bad Ass Glass fly rod if you want a rod that is
*fantastically strong
*bends super deep into the cork
*looks so hot that it literally shines on the water
*will cast fly lines in a huge grain weight range
*is saltwater resistant
*will execute casts with floating and fast sinking fly lines
*executes casts as short as 20 ft and as long as 60 ft with a 450 gr fast sink fly line
*will probably execute longer distance casts with the right fly line, especially by a better caster
*capable of delivering a huge smile factor on the part of the fly rod user

 

ECHO Bad Ass Glass in the grass in Pacific City.

ECHO Bad Ass Glass in the grass in Pacific City.

Here you go: a nice photo and rod specs for the ECHO Bad Ass Glass fly rod.

Here you go: a nice photo and rod specs for the ECHO Bad Ass Glass fly rod.

This is my brief review of the ECHO Bad Ass Glass fly rod. My written remarks in this post include the reaction of my friend Jack Harrell. Jack fished the 10 wt. for Pacific albacore and I fished the 12 wt. for albacore a few weeks later.

This screen shot from my Go Pro shows the BAG under heavy strain. Unfortunately, my camera was aimed poorly, so the video is nearly a total waste. Big Sigh.

This screen shot from my Go Pro shows the BAG under heavy strain. Unfortunately, my camera was aimed poorly, so the video is nearly a total waste. Big Sigh.

 

Several very nice Pacific albacore that tested the ECHO Bad Ass Glass and EPR fly rods, both in 12 wts.

Several very nice Pacific albacore that tested the ECHO Bad Ass Glass and EPR fly rods, both in 12 wts.

Bad Ass Glass under strain offshore Pacific City.

Bad Ass Glass and Hatch fly reel under strain offshore Pacific City.

My deepest thanks to my friends Kevin and Ed for getting me offshore (Kevin's dory; Ed's tuna processing; Kevin and Ed's time and effort preparing the dory to fish ad cleaning it up after the trip while I napped and tried to recover from the pounding we took in a rough ocean).

My deepest thanks to my friends Kevin and Ed for getting me offshore (Kevin’s dory; Ed’s tuna processing; Kevin and Ed’s time and effort preparing the dory to fish and cleaning it up after the trip while I napped and tried to recover from the pounding we took in a rough ocean).

The albacore we tussled with this year are large, with many over 30 pounds. These big fish put the strain on our tackle and these ECHO fly rods were up to the challenge of pressuring tuna and getting us back in the water so we could try to catch another.

Jack and I are both impressed with this fly rod and recommend it very highly.

Not much strain in the rod here because the darn tuna was rushing our dory!

Not much strain in the rod here because the darn tuna was rushing our dory!

 

Official AIRFLO line recommendations.

Official AIRFLO line recommendations.

 AIRFLO line recommendations are shown above.

I fished the
SA Sonic 25 Sink 350 – 450 gr
AIRFLO Depth Finder Big Game 400 – 500 gr
RIO Outbound 10 wt (425 gr)
All of these are good fly line choices.

In closing, let’s look at the following rod chart from ECHO.

this shows the EPR as the fastest most powerful rod in the ECHO quiver, and the BAG is mid range in both power and speed. Here is my take home on this analysis. The EPR will be a superior rod for the angler who is seeking line speed, distance, accuracy and lifting strength in a fly rod. TH

The BAG will be an excellent choice for the angler of beginner and intermediate casting skill level (as well as the most experienced caster) because the glass rod will tolerate a very wide range of casting strokes and fly line weights.

if I were to note one down-side of the Bad Ass Glass rod in the 10 wt and 12 wt fly rods – this is it: The rod is heavier in hand than a fly rod like the EPR, the Sage Salt, or the Winston BIIIX, or the Scott Meridian. All of these fly rods are fast action graphite or composite fly rods that are engineered to be very light and generate very high line speeds.

If you are looking for a rod that will deliver the fastest line speeds, the greatest casting accuracy, and be the lightest in hand for making hundreds of casts in a day, I would recommend the ECHO EPR or another high-end fly rod.

This ECHO chart reveals the power versus action matrix for the range of single hand fly rods

This ECHO chart reveals the power versus action matrix for the range of single hand fly rods.

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RIO’s new HOW TO VIDEO. “How to make an Overhead Cast”

Check out some great basic tips in this new video from Rio Fly Lines.

S2 E1. How to Make an Overhead Cast from RIO Products on Vimeo.

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Nicholas’ Marabou Steelhead Tube – Purple/Blue/Black

Nicholas' Marabou Steelhead Tube Fly (black/blue/purple)

Nicholas’ Marabou Steelhead Tube Fly (black/blue/purple)

This is another very effective steelhead fly pattern—tied on a Pro Sportfisher Classic Tube—one that I have caught summer and winter steelhead on. Like Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco Series, these simple tube flies are not weighted.

Un-weighted tubes will fish the softest water on the inside and at the hang down position, the places where we often get the steelhead’s grab.

Here are the basic ingredients for this pattern

Thread – Veevus 8/0 black
Preferred cement – Brush on Lok Tite
Tube Mandrel – Pro Sportfisher Flexineedle, large
Tube – Pro Sportfisher Classic Tube (med fl. Blue)
Butt – Senyo’s Fusion Dub Pink Lady
Butt Collar – Purple Schlappen
Butt Horns – Blue MFC Premium Plume Ostrich
First Collar – Fish Hunter Marabou Spey Blood Quills, Silver Doctor Blue
Flash – holographic pink #6988 Flashabou
Second Collar – Fish Hunter Marabou Spey Blood Quills, Black
Cone – Pro Sportfisher Metallic Purple Ultrasonic Disc, medium

The hook for this tube fly  should be rigged on a loop, with the knot pulled into the rear of the tube. By precise adjustment of the loop size, you will be able to place the hook as close or as far back from the body of the fly as you wish.

I have had fun with this fly —  it’s general color cast, size, and materials are all proven to be attractive to summer and winter steelhead.

Jay Nicholas, Autumn 2017

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JUSTIN’S CHOPPER SCULPIN FLY TYING VIDEO

In this video Justin Helm demonstrates how to tie his “Chopper Sculpin”. The “Chopper” fishes anywhere trout swim, it’s a great mix of some classic and highly effective patterns… muddler, Galloup Sex Dungeon, Whitlock Sculpin and more. Fish it on a floating line or sink tip, swung or with action.

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JUSTIN’S CHOPPER SCULPIN

Hook: Gamakatsu B10S Stinger (Size 2)
Gills: Spey Blood Quill Marabou Dyed Dark Olive
Hackle: Schlappen 5-7″ black
Head: Spinning Deer Hair (Natural Whitetail)
Tail: Black Barred Rabbit Strips Olive Variant
Eyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes Medium (Yellow w/White & Black Pupil)
Body: Speckled Chenille (Copper/Black)
Thread: Veevus 150 Denier GSP Thread (White)
Rib: Brassie Wire

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Help Free the Klamath River

From the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited – Please Take Action today.

A landmark agreement has paved the way for removal of four dams on the Klamath River, historically the third largest producer of salmon and steelhead on the West Coast. Now, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must approve the next critical step in the dam decommissioning process.

1. Please submit your comments to FERC supporting transfer of dam license from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

2. Share this email with your fishing partners.

3.Make a donation to support TU’s campaign to restore the Klamath River.

Why We Care

Four aging power dams on the Klamath River are scheduled for removal in 2020, the result of a collaborative agreement crafted by a diverse group of stakeholders. Supporters include the current dam owner PacifiCorp, the states of California and Oregon, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Yurok and Karuk tribes, and the conservation groups American Rivers, California Trout, Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, Klamath RiverKeeper, Salmon River Restoration Council, Sustainable Northwest, and Trout Unlimited.
The fate of these dams now lies with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the federal agency responsible for hydropower projects. At this time FERC must decide whether to approve a petition to transfer the dam license from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC), the entity responsible for decommissioning the dams. The transfer of license must be approved for the settlement to go forward.
The signed agreement was a huge step in the right direction. We won’t let the Klamath Dams continue to degrade the river, fish, and water quality. FERC has opened a formal public comment period on this proposed transfer of license — the time to act is now to make our voice heard.

What You Can Do

This is our golden opportunity to restore wild steelhead and salmon on the West Coast. The Klamath River was once the third largest producer of salmon on the West Coast, behind Columbia and Sacramento rivers. Let’s bring it back.

How to submit your comments to FERC:

1. Go to www.ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx. (If you’d like to submit by mail, use address below. Include docket # P-2082-062 and P-14803-000 in letter.)
2. Enter your information including e-mail. Open automatic e-mail from FERC, follow link from there to submit comment.
3. In the docket field, enter first # P-2082-062, then select the proper docket offered by FERC, confirm that selection, then enter P-14803-000 and repeat the process to specify the project on which you are commenting.
4. Fill in comment form using our sample letter (see below) or your own. Personal stories are always a good touch.

Comments must be submitted to FERC by November 6th. Thank you for your help!

Sample Letter
Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

Re: Docket # P-2082-062 and P-14803-000

Dear Secretary Bose,

I support the transfer of the PacifiCorp Hydropower Project to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC). This will advance the removal of the four aging dams on the Klamath River — JC Boyle, Copco No. 1, Copco No. 2, and Iron Gate.

Since 1917, the four Klamath Dams have blocked access to hundreds of miles of productive habitat for salmon and steelhead. The dams have diminished the productivity of the river, prevented anadromous fish from reaching their spawning grounds, and starved the lower river of cold source water. Beyond loss of habitat, Iron Gate Dam now serves as a giant heat sink that creates water quality problems, including toxic algae blooms.

Simply put, the removal of the four Klamath Dams represents the most significant opportunity to bolster salmon recovery on the West Coast. PacifiCorp and settlement parties agreed that the best path forward to secure both economic and environmental benefits was to decommission the four hydroelectric dams. This conclusion was supported by the California and Oregon Public Utility Commissions, which found that decommissioning the dams was in the best interest of PacifiCorp’s customers. The Klamath River Renewal Corporation is fully capable of carrying out the project.

The decommissioning and ultimate removal of the four Klamath Dams not only makes economic sense, but would greatly benefit the Klamath-origin salmon fisheries and all other Klamath Basin public resources that have been adversely affected by these dams over the past 100 years.

I urge FERC to approve this proposed License Amendment and transfer to the KRRC for purposes of removing the four Klamath Dams and overseeing the restoration of the Klamath River.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Sincerely,
Brian J. Johnson
California Director
Trout Unlimited

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