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Fly Tying Party - Jan 25

April Vokey Casting School
Top Selling Rods For 2013
Squidro Steelhead Flies
RIO Skagit MAX
Catch Magazine #5 DVD

We will be Closed on Janurary 8th For Inventory
Telephones will be turned off & doors will be locked.

January 25, 2014
At: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday Afternoon.

“Tying Winter Steelhead Flies on Tube & Shanks”
The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, OR carries many different brands/kinds of tying tubes and shanks. The first 20 customers to bring their tying gear to this event will recieve a tube/shank sampler kit. Free of charge.
Program by: Mark Bachmann and Travis Johnson.

Special Skagit Casting School Featuring April Vokey - Feb. 6 & 7

April Vokey is one of the most sought after celebrity fly fishing instructor/guides in the busines today. That is why we have chosen her to lead a special fly fishing school for us in 2014. After spending a day on the Sandy with her last winter, while watching her razor sharp loops and command of the water, and how easily she tailed a steelhead, I thought, "Now this lady is the total package as a Spey angler!" We are proud to offer her instruction in our series of Spey Schools.

Here is what April says about steelhead and Spey fishing, "Skagit-casting is too often perceived by newcomers to the sport as being time-consuming and difficult to learn. I enjoy opening the hearts and eyes to aspiring Spey-casters and evolving students of the sport. From the first-time fly-fisher, to the seasoned angler looking to rid themselves of bad habits, all skill levels are welcome. Participation is necessary in these courses and classes are limited to no more than six students per instructor. Every student is different and we are always eager to adapt our lessons accordingly in order to ensure that each new fly-fisher leaves us confident and eager to hit the river solo. Our Skagit-casting workshop requires moving water and includes both a theory and a hands-on session. This course teaches the mechanics of why and how Skagit-casting operates, allowing students to develop their own style and work towards the common goal of being able to cast efficiently and with distance, regardless of what side of the river they are on. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment so as to become familiar with their set-up, however we will provide equipment upon request.

Time: 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch is provided).
Meet at: The Fly Fishing Shop - Instructors: April Vokeyassisted by Travis Johnson.
Cost (8 hrs.): $250.
You will need the following equipment:  Waders, boots, rain coat, hat and polarized glasses. You may bring your own rod and reel if you want to. Properly balanced Spey Outfits will be provided.
(10) Students total each day.
First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 

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SPEY-CL-020614 Spey Casting Class Featuring April Vokey, February 6, 2014 $250
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One of the things about the digital age is that keeping track of the flow of merchandise is a lot easier than it used to be. Our POS system allows us to get reports instantly. Finding out what our customers like is now really easy. We decided to ask the system which rods were most popular in the following price ranges, and it is not surprising. Each rod listed below is very practical, and is the best value offered at each price point, which proves what we have often thought about our customers...they are very smart. Thanks to each one of you, for being one of them.

Echo Micro Practice Rod = Best Seller Under $100

One of the greatest challenges of learning to fly cast is the issue of finding room! Learning to form a proper cast usually requires significant space above, behind and in front of you. Additionally, learning to single-hand spey cast or roll cast is downright difficult without water. The new Echo Micro Practice Rod was designed to minimize the need for space without sacrificing rod action. This miniature rod comes with everything you need to practice casting -- the two piece, four foot rod, highly-visible line, yarn leader and even

a small pamphlet on basic casts. The rod is perfectly balanced with the line and leader to force you to exaggerate the proper motions required to form a good cast. When used on a carpeted surface, you can practice roll casts and single-hand spey casts. The Micro Practice Rod acts and feels just like a standard fly rod, so transitioning from the practice rod to a real rod is simple. All this can be done from the comfort of your couch or even inside a crowded fly fishing shop! 
This is a great tool for refining your casting stoke or teaching others.

Echo Micro Practice Rod 

Length:  4'    Line: included      Pieces: 2

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ECHO-MPR Echo Micro Practice Rod 4' $39.95 Sale Ended

TFO Pro II 9' #6 = Best Selling Rod $100-$200

This is one of the most successful fly rod series of all time and now it has been further upgraded with even better reel seats and handles.  Now called Professional II Series
Equipment is an important part of any professional guide service.  Every job is done better with the right kind of well maintained high performance equipment.  Nearly every guide would rather have you fish with your own rod and reel.  He has enough to do without having to maintain a stable of rods & reels.  You would rather fish with our own rod & reel to because you are more familiar with it.  However every guide knows that people sometimes forget to bring things or tackle gets sent to the wrong destination by the airlines.

Bottom line is that every fishing guide needs some rods for clients to use.  Lefty knows this.  He's fished with a lot of guides. So he  designed the perfect  series of "Professional Guide" rods.  They are all multi-piece to the travel and store easily.  The actions are crisp, but easy to time.  They are very durable and
N0-Fault Warranteed!

Now available in a delicate 2-weight through 10-weight and a castable 12 weight, these travel rods have taken TFO's reputation to new levels.
Cosmetics include matte black finished blanks and subtle gold logos. Each rod comes with an

attractive rod sock so you can add an optional TFO Rod Tube for nominal cost.  
Amazingly, the perfect "Guide Rods" seem to be the perfect rods for everyone else too.

TFO Pro RPM (Rod Power Matrix)
Presentation: Factor - 2
Distance: Factor - 2
Lifting: Factor - 1
Pro Rods are designed for presenting flies at normal fishing ranges. The action is moderately fast for easy distance casting.
TFO 06 90 4P2

Length: 9'       Line: #6     Pieces: 4   

Perfect for large trout, small bonefish and a great bass bug rod.  Rod weight: 3.8 Ounces.
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TFO-06904P2 Pro 6 Med-Fast 1 $149.95 Sale Ended

TFO Mangrove 9' #8 = Best Selling Rod $200-$300

For decades Flip Pallot has shared his knowledge, enthusiasm and friendship with countless anglers in the pursuit of some of the most wary and challenging fish around the world.
From spellbound anglers tuning into The Walker's Cay Chronicles, to those fortunate enough to share a boat with him ... most all would agree that Flip’s experiences have enriched us - made us better anglers - and made us better stewards of the environment.
And now he's sharing his experience once more through the new Mangrove Rod Series from Temple Fork Outfitters.
"Mangrove sticks were first seen in my mind’s eye from the poling platform of my skiff as I watched anglers struggle with fishing casts…realistic fishing casts within sight fishing distances. Many saltwater fishing opportunities are fleeting and require timely presentation of fly to fish. It’s not really so much the number of false casts required to close the deal as it is how quickly the angler can begin to feel the fly line and shoot the fly into the area of awareness of a fish.|
The rod and the casting abilities of each angler have EVERYTHING to do with this. Super technical, magnum taper rods are not always the right choice for all anglers in real fishing situations. A rod that anglers can feel and that can re-present a fishing cast (especially along shorelines) is what is often needed. This is the genesis of the Mangrove family of TFO rods; they are, very simply, fishing tools that have been developed slowly and carefully in the crucible of real, honest fishing situations…not on a drawing board!

Grab hold of a Mangrove Stick by TFO and see just how much trouble you can get into…"
Flip Pallot

Built with the hardcore angler in mind, the Mangrove series utilizes TFO’s proprietary TiCr blank coating, which helps protect the rod from the occasional collision with a weighted fly, and TFO’s proprietary Tactical Guides™ that are braid and saltwater they can't break or pop out like traditional ceramic guides. The unique non-glare chestnut colored blank features a full wells grip with an instant rod weight burled cork ID system, fighting butts and cleverly machined hook keeps on each side of the aluminum up-locking reel seat.
Mangrove series rods feature: TFO's legendary Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.

Flip Pallot testing a TFO Mangrove Series on snook.
TFO MANGROVE 08 90 Length: 9'     Line: #8     Pieces: 4
Your all around bonefish cannon. This rod will drive casts into the wind and deliver the fly with pinpoint accuracy. This is also a great rod for small permit, and baby tarpon in the mangroves.
Rod weight: 4.4 ounces.
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0890 Mangrove 8 Fast 8 $249.95 Sale Ended

ECHO Tim Rajeff 13' #7 = Best Selling Rod $300-$400
This is the Best Selling Rod in our Shop for 2013!

Echo 7130-4TR in action
One of Mark's clients landing a steelhead with an Echo TR7130.
Echo TR rods are incredible casting tools. TR stands for Tim Rajeff. Tim Rajeff likes to throw things like pine cones, rocks, golf balls and especially fly lines. He throws things with incredible speed and accuracy. He is always calculating how to make human powered projectiles travel faster.
Tim is a student of fly casting. His mind is continually quantifying how different parts of a cast influence total line speed. How does the rod/human connection influence fly line dynamics? How can rods be designed to produce even more line speed.
The TR Series of  2-hand rods is designed to fit a wide variety of casting styles. Skagit, Scandi and Skandit styles of casting are all easily accomplished with these rods. This disign approach produces rods that fits a wide range of applications in the field.  Depending on the line choice, each rod might convey several different actions. The cosmetics of TR (Tim Rajeff) Series are startling at first. There is no glitter. This series was designed for stealth and durability. The basic wear points on the handles are made from rubberized cork, which resists abrasion far better than natural cork, and thus remains easier on your hands. The color and finish on the blank is made to be totally non-reflective. The handle and fittings are very well made. The handle configuration is comfortable.
Echo also makes the popular Dec Hogan Series and Solo Series of Spey rods. The TR Series action is more authoritative than Dec's rods. Both series of rods are big boy stuff. Each design has validity and both designs will have their lasting fan clubs.
Echo TR rods feature:
Four piece travel design
Alignment dots for quick assembly
Premium grade cork handles with composite pressure zones
Handle lengths vary with each model
Black anodized reel seat
Matte army green blank
Black stripper and snake guides
Green Cordura case
ECHOTR7130 Length: 13'        Sections: 4       Line Weight 7
Grains: 450-540
This is a very popular size for summer steelhead and smaller salmon. This will prove to be a great rod for Deschutes "A" Run steelhead. So far this model has attracted the most attention of any rod in this series. Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo TR rod model are: Scandi Compact 450-grain, Delta 7/8 and Skagit Compact 540-grain.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
ECHO-TR7130 TR 7 medium fast Standard $349.95 Sale Ended

Beulah's Platinum 10’4” #6 Switch Rod = Best Selling Rod $400-$500

1046-4  Platinum Switch

Length: 10' 4"    Line: #6     Pieces: 4

Beulah's new Platinum 10’4” 6 weight Switch rod will set the bar for Switch fly rod versatility. Weighing in at 5.2 oz.,  the Platinum 6wt Switch rod is light enough to single hand all day and will open up a world of potential with two hand casting. Perfect for swinging streamers with a sink tip or casting hoppers to the bank against a hot summer breeze with a dry line.
The Beulah Switch 6wt fly rod will help you to cover more water and cast flies long distance with incredible accuracy. Whether fishing for trout, Small Mouth Bass, Summer Steelhead or for light saltwater applications, this rod is poised for just about any situation you can come up with. Versatility is the key here, equally  suited for spey techniques with both Scandinavian and Skagit style shooting heads, or single hand casting with nymph or dry fly lines.
The 10'4" Beulah Platinum Switch rod will cross over a range of techniques and species.
Legnth: 10'4"    Rear grip: 3 1/4"    front grip: 10 1/2"
Rod Weight: 5.2 ounces.
Swinging flies and nymphing for trophy trout. This is an excellent rod for casting hoppers and other large dry fly imitations. Great rod for lake fishing from a tube and using light sink tip lines. ACTION: Medium/Fast with fast recovery
Beulah Elixir Switch 325 or 350
Beulah Tonic Switch 350
Overhead Line:
7wt or 8wt SA Steelhead taper or Rio Atlantic Salmon Taper
Comes with sock, cordura tube, Lifetime warranty for original owner ( see warranty conditions)
For A Limited Time Only: Receive a FREE Rio or Airflo Spey Shooting Head (Skagit or Scandi) up to $60 Value. Offer ends December 31, 2013. .

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SR1046-4 Platinum Switch 6 Fast Standard $495 Sale Ended

Beulah's Platinum 12' 2"#7 Spey Rod = Best Selling Rod $500-$600

SP1327-4 Platinum

Length: 13' 2"    Line: #7     Pieces: 4

Maybe the “Sweetheart” in the series! Mainly because this rod can be fished confidently anywhere in the lower 48 and abroad for summer or winter Steelhead and will cross-over into Chinook territory. Beulah's new 13’2” Platinum is not an 8 weight in 7 weight clothing, it is an extremely “Crisp” 7 weight that loads easily with a variety of lines and casting styles. The finished rod weighs only 6.8 ounces making it easy to fish long hard days on the water chasing “Steel”. Ridiculously light in hand this rod balances with reels as light as 8 ounces and handles reels nicely to 11 ounces. You won’t have a hard time finding a place for this rod in your two-handed quiver!
Rod Weight: 7.0 ounces.
USE OF ROD:  Fishing  variety of lines for Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Chinook and Sea run Browns, Chinook and Silver Salmon.
Slightly regressed Traditional “Spey” action/ fast recovery
450-475 grains
Skagit: 485-540 grains
Mid Belly: 515-575 grains, Airflo Delta 7/8, Rio Windcutter 7/8/9
Long Belly: 515-595 grains, CND GPS 6/7 or 7/8 for deep load
Platinum Spey Rod Series 13'2" 7wt. 4 PIECE
Comes with sock, tube, lifetime warranty for original owner (see warranty for conditions).
For A Limited Time Only: Receive a FREE Rio or Airflo Spey Shooting Head (Skagit or Scandi) up to $60 Value. Offer ends December 31, 2013.

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SP1327-4 Platinum Spey 7 Moderate/Fast Standard $575 Sale Ended

Sage ONE 9' #5 = Best Selling Rod Over $600

590-4 ONE Length: 9'     Line: 5     Pieces: 4
This is the best, most accurate dry fly rod we have ever tested. The 9-foot, 5-weight has been dubbed the 30-06 trout rod for west of the Mississippi. That is the right size to do a wide variety of things very well, including fishing rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, dries, nymphs, streamers, etc....and this is the 30-06 of 590's. Just buy one. You won't regret it! Video
Rod weight: 2 7/8 ounces.
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590-4 ONE 5 Fast L $775 Sale Ended

Squidro Steelhead Flies

Black/Chartreuse Black/Blue Purple Salmon Pink
The Squidro Series was created by legendary steelhead guide, Scott Howell. They are Intruder style flies tied with special silicone leg material.
Scott says:
Once you get past the fact that the Squidro stems from the same branch on the family tree as the bass jig, you can’t help but see its sex appeal.  This fly brings so much to the table that just simply can’t be achieved with the standard feather sporting Intruder.   For starters - simply put - what fish doesn’t love the action of rubber legs?  The rigidity of the rubber also creates a large squid-like silhouette with minimal body materials, maximizing sink rate and castability.  And, even the craftiest Berkley student schooled in the art of tie dying couldn’t mimic the color combos offered by silicone.  Purple tipped black with blue sparkly flakes -  I couldn’t dream up a better steelhead color recipe!!!   To top it all off, the cherry on top for any sleep deprived guide, is the fact  that they are indestructible.  Since its conception, the Squidro has been an integral part of my sink tip program for both winter and summer fish.
I have always been intrigued by the ocean phase of a steelhead’s life.  It’s not the river-born juvenile bug eaters that keep us Intruder swinging junkies up at night.  I dream of white bellied blue backed carnivores roaming the ocean for a BIG meal!  One of the biggest misconceptions in steelhead fishing is the idea that steelhead prey largely on shrimp and prawns while at sea.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  A steelhead’s diet in the salt consists mainly of squid.  It’s almost laughable to think of the flies that have evolved out of the falsity that steelhead eat prawns.  If I’m hoping to tune into those feeding instincts ingrained during the ocean phase of a steelheads life, it only makes sense to swim something that mimics what they were actually feeding on.  When I’m in pursuit of fresh fish just off the tide, I am swinging a seafood series Squidro.   As with each series of Squidro, the fly’s label doesn’t limit when and where I fish them.  Even on the inland rivers, when the fish are bored of the “same old” black silhouette and I find myself searching my box for that “something different”, it’s a pink or white Squidro that often gets called to duty."  

Squidro, Black/Chartreuse
Scott says:
Black is the “old stand-by” steelhead color and for good reason - it works!  If I could only have one color in my box, it would be black!  Add a little chartreuse color contrast with fire tips/flakes and an old favorite only gets “fishier”.  This is one of those color patterns that proves effective for species outside the realm of steelhead.  Alaskan rainbows and Argentine browns both crush these things!
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ST289BC Squidro, Black/Chartreuse 2 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended

Squidro, Black/Blue
Squidro, Black/Blue
There was a time with steelhead flies that purple was the “new” black.  Well, we have nearly come full circle and now black & blue is the “new” purple.  The B & B is just one of those color combos that I can slap on and always feel confident using.  This pattern has proven equally as effective in clear, as well as, colored water from California to BC
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ST289BL Squidro, Black/Blue 2 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended

Squidro, Purple
Purple has long been widely accepted as one of the best dark water steelhead colors when rivers are bank full.   I am now finding that as the flows drop, I am no longer taking the time to change flies.  This color pattern is proving equally as effective for me once the water clears.
The one fly in my box that covers all the bases is the black with purple fire tips.  This fly simply has it all!  It is everybody’s favorite steelhead colors all mixed into one fly.    Start with black, throw in some purple contrast, add some blue flake highlights, top it all off with a bright green butt and you have the ultimate “all purpose” steelhead fly.  I fish this fly with complete confidence in just about every scenario where I find myself chasing steelhead.  It is very simply my favorite steelhead fly!!!
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ST289PR Squidro, Purple 2 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended

Squidro, Salmon Pink
Squidro, Salmon Pink
Scott says:
"When I am fishing close to salt, I like swimming a fly with a hint of ocean food flavor.  As with each Squidro in the “Sea Food Series (SFS)”, the salmon/white is my best effort to mimic the very squid the steelhead were eating just prior to entering the river.  This is my “go-to” when I am hoping to trigger those predator chase instincts that are still fresh on a chrome steelhead’s mind.  
Even though I designed the “Sea Food Series” Squidro with fishing for fresh steelhead low on a river system in mind, they have proven to be a great clear water option when subdued colors are the answer.  When chasing the “pink loving” steelhead of the North, the softer pink tones offered by the SFS Squidro became my preferred option even when higher in the system once the river lost its grit."
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ST289PK Squidro, Salmon Pink 2 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended

RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head

RIO was the first to introduced the world to commercially made Skagit lines. Several generations with incremental improvements followed. Their latest, the Skagit Max combines all of RIO's vast experience into a line for casting heavy sinking tips and large flies comfortably. The new Max is a little more compact than its predecessors and comes in a stealthy teal color for fooling spooky fish. These lines are built on RIO's ConnectCore for more sensitive feel for detection of those cold water pluckers. The new RIO Skagit Max is all about EASY. Works best on rods 13' and longer.
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6-21103 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 425-grain 23' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21104 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 450-grain 23' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21105 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 475-grain 23' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21106 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 500-grain 23' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21107 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 525-grain 23' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21108 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 550-grain 23' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21109 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 575-grain 24' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21110 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 600-grain 24' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21111 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 625-grain 24' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21112 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 650-grain 25' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21113 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 675-grain 25' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21114 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 700-grain 25' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21115 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 725-grain 25' $54.95 Sale Ended
6-21116 RIO Skagit Max Shooting Head, Color Teal 750-grain 25' $54.95 Sale Ended

Catch Magazine, December 2013
Subject Category: Destination & Regional Videos
Binding Type: DVD
Retail Price: $29.95
Shot on location in Montana, British Columbia, the Pacific Coast and other locales, Catch video editor Todd Moen beautifully captures the essence of a day on the water. This latest DVD also features a bonus section of extras including never seen footage, angler interviews and tips and techniques . All in all over two and a half hours of content and the perfect gift for the angler suffering from the shack nasties.
We know virtually everyone in this video. In some cases we buy tackle from them, or sell tackle to them, have guided them on our waters or have been guided by them on their waters. In most cases this video is about our friends having fun. As with all Todd Moen productions, this high energy fly fishing DVD will entertain you, inspire your imagination and get you going. Mark Bachmann
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CATCH-5, 2013 DVD-CATCH MAGAZINE SEASON 5 $29.95 Sale Ended

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