ECHO Boost Beach Fly Rod Review

Echo Boost Beach fly rod with coho salmon on end of the line really I swear!

Echo Boost Beach fly rod with coho salmon on end of the line really I swear!

I’ve been fishing ECHO’s Boost Beach Rod, the 7 wt, for a few months now. This is a great rod that Tim has, far as I’m concerned, hit it out of the park.

I’ve fished this rod with both #7 and #8 Airflo Beach lines – I’ve also fished it with a RIO outbound and a Cortland Blitz 350 gr line. I’ve fished the Boost Beach in the estuary and in the ocean from dory boats. Marty Sheppard casts this rod with a sustained anchor, but I use an overhead cast. Marty makes it look easy, and I’m sure I could also if I really tried to.

I’ve caught spring chinook in the estuary on the Boost Beach; silvers in the ocean, black rockfish and lingcod in the ocean.

Marty and Mia Sheppard on Kevin's dory - Marty fishing the ECHO Boost Beach rod.

Marty and Mia Sheppard on Kevin’s dory – Marty fishing the ECHO Boost Beach rod.

The 7 wt Boost Beach is 12 ft 1 in long and the price is a shocker in a good way.

Advantages of the Boost Beach? This rod is a genuine advantage when I’m  estuary casting in a wind. This rod allows me to cast without smacking myself in the head with a Clouser. The long length of the rod makes fighting a fish a ton of fun because you REALLY get a bend in the rod and it will cushion your leader from sudden surges by the fish.

I would recommend this rod highly for anyone fishing from the beach, especially, because it will get your back cast up over the grass, rocks, sand, oysters, and what not behind you.

My biggest trouble with this rod is figuring out what size fish I should be targeting with the 7 wt. I’ve caught sea run cutthroat of 12 – 16 inches on the rod and felt that the fish were not at all overpowered.

I’ve also caught 6 pound silvers and 10 pound spring chinook and didn’t feel like I was under-gunned. I’m convinced that this is a striper and sea-run and surf perch rod. It darn sure is a black bass and lingcod rod.

Thanks to Kevin for hosting us all on your dory!

Thanks to Kevin for hosting us all on your dory!

My single reservation is that the hook set on larger fish should be accomplished with a strip set and not with a trout-set. I have not had a problem with setting a hook with this rod, because I have not had a grab from a big king on this rod. Simply stated, I think the rod is not stiff enough to set into a bony mouth on a lift the rod trout set.

I should also note that I prefer to fish lines that are far heavier than ECHO recommends for this rod series. In practical terms this means that you could probably fish a number of lines and do not need to obsess over the precise gr wt of the line you spool on your reel when you fish this rod.

I’m available to answer any questions you may have about the ECHO Boost Beach rod – in my opinion this is a great fly rod for multiple purpose use and offered at a great price too.

Jay Nicholas – October 2017

 

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Fall Guide Special on Now through November 2017

We have had some serious rain recently and river levels have really come up. A more settled pattern is developing and it looks like we will have an extended trout season.

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Start of fall on the McKenzie

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the rest of October and November. The cost of the trip is $325. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for two anglers. The trip does not include lunch. The trip is designed to hit the best time of day from, 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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Blood Knots Creative – “Our Two Hands” Film Tour Comes to Eugene Friday, November 3rd

From the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited

The Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited is proud to present a showing of the new film from Bloodknots Creative, “Our Two Hands” on Friday, November 3rd at Falling Sky Brewing’s Pizzeria and Public House in the UofO’s Erb Memorial Union Building. Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7pm. For more information, see the event Facebook page.

The film features interviews with a who’s-who list of Pacific Northwest guides, outfitters, conservationists, and salmon and steelhead experts, and examines the current state of the region’s charismatic anadromous fish populations and factors contributing to their decline.

Come out and enjoy an evening of fish, film, pizza and brews and thanks to Falling Sky’s generous offer, 25% of beverage sales will benefit the Oregon Council of TU. Bring some extra cash as door prizes and a raffle will also benefit the Council’s work to protect, reconnect, and restore Oregon’s coldwater fisheries and the watersheds that sustain them.

Our Two Hands from BLOODKNOTS on Vimeo.

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2017 OCTU State Project | Chub Slough – Springfield, Oregon

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From the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited

Dear Oregon Trout Unlimited Members,

This is your invitation to participate in the annual Oregon Trout Unlimited state conservation project. On Sunday, November 5th, the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited will be collaborating with the Mckenzie River Trust to restore an important side channel of the Mckenzie River, near Springfield, Oregon. All TU members in Oregon are invited to volunteer.

In 2015, the Mckenzie River Trust acquired the 31-acre “Chub Slough” property as part of its plan to protect 200 acres of riparian and floodplain habitat along the Mckenzie. The area we’ll be working provides high quality Chinook salmon rearing habitat and important habitat for Oregon Chub and red-legged frogs. The property serves an important function in the Oregon Chub recovery plan, and hosts a protected population on-site. You can read more about the Chub Slough property here.

For this project, we will be removing invasive species (primarily clematis, reed canary grass, and blackberry) from the riparian zone to enhance fish habitat. We recommend volunteers bring work gloves, boots, rain gear and any other good gear to stay dry and warm in case of cold weather. The Mckenzie River Trust will provide clippers, shovels, and all necessary tools.

We will meet at 10:00am at 36412 Camp Creek Road, Springfield, OR 97478, and expect to finish around 2:00pm. McKenzie River Trust will have large event signs and arrows out to help guide you off the road and toward the parking area. Due to limited parking at the site, we encourage folks to carpool to the property from the corner of 42nd St. & Marcola Rd. in Springfield.

We hope to get as many Oregon TU members together as possible to commit a few hours each for this conservation project. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks, get outside, and be involved in protecting what motivated us all to join TU in the first place: freshwater and fish.

The Oregon Council’s Conservation Co-Chairs, James Fraser and Matt Query, are in charge of coordinating the volunteers for this project. Please RSVP to James (jamesfraser@lclark.edu) or Matt (mattquery@lclark.edu) if you plan on attending on November 5th, even if you cannot commit to a full day. We’d love to have you all the same.

Thank you all in advance, and we hope to see you next month!

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Help Defend Bristol Bay Today – Last Day for Public Comment

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https://www.wildsalmoncenter.org/2017/07/24/help-defend-bristol-bay/

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Fall Guide Special on Now through November 2017

Start of fall on the McKenzie

We are offering a shortened half day trip on our local waters for trout and steelhead for the rest of October and November. The cost of the trip is $325. The trip includes guided fishing and equipment for two anglers. The trip does not include lunch. The trip is designed to hit the best time of day from, 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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Book Signing Today Sunday October 14th 2017 – Modern Steelhead Flies

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In case you haven’t heard, the new book Modern Steelhead Flies is finally in print, and the authors are coming to Eugene this Sunday to hang out and sign books. Our good friends Rob Russell and Jay Nicholas will be at the Caddis Fly from 12:00 Noon until 3:00PM this Sunday, October 15th. Photographer Jon Jensen, whose photographic skills were key to making the book, is also hoping to attend.

Modern Steelhead Flies is a 300+ page, hardcover edition published by Stackpole Books. The book bridges a major gap in steelhead-fly literature, picking up the story in 1993 and bringing us to the present day. It’s the first book of its kind to bring the Pacific and Great Lakes schools together under one roof. It’s also unique for its analysis of steelhead fly evolution, and for presenting an “emergent hypothesis” regarding the importance of sculpins as a protagonist (spoiler alert!). The book features over 400 fly patterns from 66 contributing tiers, and over 1000 beautiful photos. Step-by-step tying instructions are included for 14 patterns, including two versions of the Intruder. The list of featured tiers includes several of our local luminaries: Ethan Nickel, Matt Ramsey, Barrett Christiansen, Jason Cichy, Dean Finnerty, and of course, our very own Jay Nicholas.

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The authors will be on hand to sign books and share stories from their 6 years creating Modern Steelhead Flies. We hope you can join us and pick up a signed copy for your fishing library, or as a gift to your favorite steelheader!


Photos: Cover image, Jerry French Fly Box, Justin Miller Fly Box

Rob Russell and I will be at the Shop from roughly 10 AM until 3 PM on Sunday, October 15th – we will be really pleased to see you there!

Future venues for book signing will be scheduled at other PNW fly shops as we can manage so if we miss you this weekend there will be additional opportunities yet to come.

Jay Nicholas and Rob Russell – October 2017

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

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2017 marks our 10th Two Fly Tournament and kicks off this Friday. As part of the events fund raising we are donating 10% of our sales this Friday to the McKenzie River Trust. Come by, have a beer, spend a bunch and support a great non profit land trust. All Friday October 13th 2017.

2017 is has been a really big year for The McKenzie River Trust. The McKenzie Homewaters Campaign has been an extraordinary success. The Trust’s land acquisition of the Finn Rock reach is an incredible move to preserve some vital habitat for wild chinook salmon and wild rainbow trout on the McKenzie River. If you have not become an McKenzie River Trust contributor please do, they are doing some great work.

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This years tournament is our 10th year and we would like to thank a few of the manufacturers who have helped us put this years tournament together. Patagonia is our key sponsor donating $1500 and some great prizes, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and Scientific Anglers have also provided some great prizes to our top three finishers.

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We have our good friend Mazzi from Hideaway Bakery making wood fired pizza’s at the shop on Friday night and Mucho Gusto catering at Ninkasi Brewing on our Saturday tournament summary evening.

Stay tuned for results.

CD

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

MSF Cover

In case you haven’t heard, the new book Modern Steelhead Flies is finally in print, and the authors are coming to Eugene this Sunday to hang out and sign books. Our good friends Rob Russell and Jay Nicholas will be at the Caddis Fly from 12:00 Noon until 3:00PM this Sunday, October 15th. Photographer Jon Jensen, whose photographic skills were key to making the book, is also hoping to attend.

Modern Steelhead Flies is a 300+ page, hardcover edition published by Stackpole Books. The book bridges a major gap in steelhead-fly literature, picking up the story in 1993 and bringing us to the present day. It’s the first book of its kind to bring the Pacific and Great Lakes schools together under one roof. It’s also unique for its analysis of steelhead fly evolution, and for presenting an “emergent hypothesis” regarding the importance of sculpins as a protagonist (spoiler alert!). The book features over 400 fly patterns from 66 contributing tiers, and over 1000 beautiful photos. Step-by-step tying instructions are included for 14 patterns, including two versions of the Intruder. The list of featured tiers includes several of our local luminaries: Ethan Nickel, Matt Ramsey, Barrett Christiansen, Jason Cichy, Dean Finnerty, and of course, our very own Jay Nicholas.

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The authors will be on hand to sign books and share stories from their 6 years creating Modern Steelhead Flies. We hope you can join us and pick up a signed copy for your fishing library, or as a gift to your favorite steelheader!


Photos: Cover image, Jerry French Fly Box, Justin Miller Fly Box

Rob Russell and I will be at the Shop from roughly 10 AM until 3 PM on Sunday, October 15th – we will be really pleased to see you there!

Future venues for book signing will be scheduled at other PNW fly shops as we can manage so if we miss you this weekend there will be additional opportunities yet to come.

Our thanks and hope to see you in a few days.

Jay Nicholas and Rob Russell – October 2017

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Simple Marabou Leech Fly Tying Video

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Tony demonstrates how to tie a very easy but effective lake pattern. This fly can be fished at a variety of depths and has an attractive swimming motion that catches fish.

Simple Marabou Leech

Thread: Veevus 8/0 or 10/0, Color to match marabou
Hook: TMC 5262 or Daiichi 1710, sizes 2-12
Body and Wing: Marabou Black, Brown, or Olive

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October Trout Unlimited Meeting

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When: Oct 9 at 6:30PM
Where: Roaring Rapids Pizza, 4006 Franklin Blvd, Eugene

Dean Finnerty presenting
Topic: Fall Chinook and an update on TU regional activities

Business meeting to follow, members welcome to attend.

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Addition to Nicholas’ ECHO EPR fly rod reivew

12wt ECHO EPR fly rod.

12wt ECHO EPR fly rod.

I’ve lost track of the time, but I’m pretty sure that my initial review of the ECHO EPR was based on my Baja trip this spring.

Since that time, I’ve faithfully fished my 8 wt EPR for spring and summer chinook, lingcod and black rockfish, and ocean silvers.

The exciting part was the opportunity to fish the 12 wt for Pacific Albacore.

Yes.

The entire series of EPR fly rods has earned my unconditional approval.

The rods are light and tough and cast extremely well. I love the feel of the handle and the feel of the rod bent into the cork by a hard charging fish.

My friend Ed with an over 30# Pacific Albacore on the 12 wt ECHO EPR fly rod.

My friend Ed with an over 30# Pacific Albacore on the 12 wt ECHO EPR fly rod.

I also loaned the 12 wt EPR to my friends Kevin and Ed on a day when I could not join them on the ocean. They confirmed that everyone loves this EPR, and they assured me they did their best to “break the dang rod if you can.” That’s what I told Ed when I assured him that I wanted him to test the rod to its fullest. Ed was all grins  when he returned to the beach with a well over thirty pound tuna on the EPR.

The 12 wt EPR casts well with a
RIO 10 wt outbound 425 gr line and also a
SA Sonic 25 Sink 450 gr line or a
Airflo Depthfinder big game 400 gr line.

I have added the rod chart below to demonstrate the EPR’s stature as the fastest rod (lightest too) with the most powerful butt. This EPR rod will generate the highest line speed. The EPR will make the most accurate long distance casts in wind. The EPR will also deliver accurate close range casts. For the $$$$, I think the EPR holds its own with the best fly rods I’ve fished.

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Ok, that’s good for now. I love this fly rod. No reservations whatsoever.

Jay Nicholas – October 2017

 

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THE GREAT WILLAMETTE CLEAN UP 2017

Willamette River Clean up

From Willamette Riverkeeper

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7th – REGISTER TODAY! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/willamette-riverkeeper-1477897368

Hosted on the first Saturday of October, our annual Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day-of-action. Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, jet ski, drift boat, bike, and by foot to free our river of trash and debris, while improving habitat and community spirit along the way. Cleanup sites are posted throughout the basin, and our on-line registration for this event will open in September. Several areas host post-cleanup celebrations that include lunch, local frothy beverages, and “trash-talk.”

If you are interested in coordinating a clean up site, contact info@willametteriverkeeper.org.

If your business is interested in sponsoring our effort, please take a look at our 2017 sponsorship packet to learn more about our partnership opportunities, as well as our sponsor donation page. We look forward to your participation!

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What’s Been Goin’ on in Pacific City

A lot has been going on that’s for sure. While Chris and the crew have been fishing the McKenzie and North Umpqua, I have been haunting the coast in the vicinity of Pacific City with friends. This plus a LOT of work still needed to bring Salmon Fisher’s Journal to completion.

Not done yet, but work is proceeding.

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Tuna fly fishing with Ed and Kevin in Kevin’s Breaker Dory was one of my highlights. I am thankful to say that I landed a Pacific Albacore and lost several. This tuna made a successful season and it was a large fish but not nearly as large as tuna landed by Kevin and Ed.

kevin has a super fine tuna here.

Kevin has a super fine tuna here.

My buddies fished ECHO EPR and BAD ASS GLASS fly rods, both in the 12 wt. Both rods performed admirably and brought albacore as large as 36 pounds to the boat.

 

Marty & Mia Sheppard showing off my friend Kevin's Breaker Dory.

Marty & Mia Sheppard showing off my friend Kevin’s Breaker Dory.

I also had a great time fishing with Marty and Mia Sheppard. We were being hosted by my friend Kevin in his dory. We fished for black rockfish and caught many fish on my usual assortment of Clousers fished on fast sinking lines, notably the following:

RIO Outbound Tungsten Custom Cut T-14;
Airflo Forty Plus Sink-7 line
SA Sonar Sink 25 Cold line

Marty fished an ECHO BOOST BEACH 7 wt rod. This was his first exposure to the rod but the way he was casting made it look like this rod has been in his tool kit for a long time. Marty fished the Airflo Beach sinking line using a two hand spey casting style, which worked out well with the rod and meant that he never needed to make a back-cast.

Mia fished my Winston BIIIX 8 wt rod and of course cast better than I ever do.

Hummm. This is a lot of people for no fish today.

Hummm. This is a lot of people for no fish today.

Salmon fishing has been such that I’ve not had much action at all, because I was not fishing where and when the salmon were most prone to bite. I can report that pressure has been intense and tempers have flared now and then.

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OK, Boomer is telling me that it is time to move on to other tasks, so I’ll close for the day.

My best to everyone, may your fishing be great.

Jay Nicholas October 2017

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Nicholas’ Random thoughts on fly-bench organization

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Sometimes a guy just has to blurt out some ideas. Not particularly organized ideas, perhaps, but hopefully some ideas that will help novice fly tyers. If this sounds like you, the I invite you to view this video and see if you might pick up a few useful thoughts and improve your own fly tying strategies and skills.

Key themes illustrated here include:

To start, make sure your bench is well lit and all of your needed materials are within your reach.

1. keep your desk clean; apply cement of some sort at various stages as you go thorough the tying process.

2. place a sample fly on your desk to provide a template or example of what you want to achieve in terms of shape, size, proportion, and so forth. Place each finished fly alongside the sample fly as you go. This makes a great opportunity to see if your consistency is good. Make adjustments as you go if necessary.

3. assemble materials for several flies before you start, probably for at least a half-dozen flies or more. This includes your hooks, body materials, tinsel, tail material, hackles, wing materials and so forth.

4. Keep your cement applicator close and easy to use. The bottle I use in this video is a good example.

So there you have it.

Jay Nicholas – September 2017

 

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