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With Live Support, The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon has entered a new era in customer service! Now you may instantly communicate with a
"
fly fishing pro" as you shop or browse our web site, and you can do it for free.

Live Support Tutorial
 

No doubt you have noticed the new buttons located in the top-bar on every page of our web site, but you may not know what they are for.  They are for instant communication with a real "fly fishing professional".  We have many experienced fly fishers on our staff here at The Fly Fishing Shop. Rest assured that the person who answers your request for "Live Support" will have many years of experience with the sport of fly fishing.  Below is a short tutorial on how to use this new service.
Live Support Online

Live Suppor Button - Online

When the button says ONLINE NOW there is a person available to assist you via instant messaging.  Click the button and type a message.  Someone will answer your question immediately.  

This button provides an extra level of customer service. We will not only answer your tackle questions, but also answer questions about using our shopping cart, help with site navigation and  give up-to-the minute status of your order, or local fishing conditions. 

After Clicking The Online Button

After clicking on the ONLINE NOW button a screen similar to the one below will pop up on your monitor.  Fill in the fields displayed and click the Start Chat button.

When a person from our staff accepts your call,
a new screen pops up in the place of the one above.

You then type all messages and responses in the text field at the bottom of the chat window.
 

Live Help Offline

Live Suppor Button - Offline

When the button says OFFLINE it means that either all of our staff of "Fly Fishing Professionals" are currently helping other customers or it is after our regular business hours, which are: 6:00AM - 6:00PM  Pacific Standard Time, 
7 days a week, 362 days a year.

Although there is not an available "Fly Fishing Professional" to help you, you can still contact us by leaving a message.  We will answer your questions as soon as we are available again.
 
After clicking the OFFLINE button a screen similar to the one below will pop up on your monitor.  Fill in the fields displayed and click the Send Email button and we will answer your questions as soon as we are available.

Please keep in mind that we are new to this technology and we may stumble a bit for a while. 
We are dedicated to our customers and want to make your visits and shopping experiences on our website as easy and pleasant as possible. 
If you have any suggestions or comments please feel free to let us know.

Switch Rods

Fly fishing for summer steelhead really caught-on in the late 1960's. Most anglers started with fiber glass rods from 8' to 9' in length.  When lighter, stiffer graphite rods became popular during the 1970's, 9' rods became the standard. Through the 1980's, newer and even lighter-weight graphite materials made 9 1/2' and ten foot rods practical and popular.  Then in the early 1990's Spey rod fishing became the rage in the Pacific Northwest.  Fourteen and fifteen foot 9-weight rods made winter steelhead fly fishing much easier than any single-hand rod. Smaller spey rods became very popular for summer steelhead.  Lately, shorter Scandinavian style Spey rods have become in vogue with many steelhead and salmon anglers fishing any time of year. These rods average twelve to thirteen feet long.  Maybe, like the single hand rods getting longer during the 1960 through 1980 era; spey rods used for steelhead are getting shorter since the Millenium. A category of rods called "Switch Rods" may be the missing link between longer single-hand rods and shorter two-hand rods.  Switch rods actually bridge the gap between single-hand and two-hand fly rods and offer some of the advantages of each type. Switch rods are usually around eleven feet long and have a handle configuration similar to a two hand rod.  The eleven-foot rod concept is anything but new.  European anglers used long fly rods to catch trout long before fly fishing reels became readily available. Eleven foot is still a popular length of rod for fishing in Briton's locks (large lakes). Swithch rods have the perfect length for anglers fishing many Great Lakes tributaries for steelhead and lake run brown trout. In the Pacific Northwest, Switch rods are becoming popular with anglers fishing from the beach in bays & estuaries for sea run Cutthroats. In recent years, this length of rod has had a big growth in popularity with both trout and steelhead anglers in southern Oregon. This is largely do to the promotion by such well know custom rod builders as Bob Meiser and Gary Anderson. Winston introduced an 11' #7 in it's B2X line year before last.  It quickly gained popularity with anglers fishing for larger trout and steelhead in a variety of water types.  G. Loomis brought out two new eleven footers in their NativeRun GLX Series last year. They have been well received by both American and Canadian fly fishers. Sage's new Z-Axis eleven foot Switch rods are designed to throw aerosolized back casts and every type of spey cast while using one or both hands. Being able to easily "Switch" casting styles is what Switch are all about. Switch rods can also appeal to any angler who, for what ever reasons, lacks the physical requirements for single-hand, double-haul casts. Anglers who have developed wrist, arm, or shoulder ailments can benefit by using both hands for casting instead of one hand. Also anglers who have found that even smaller two-hand rods are too heavy for them, will find that Switch rods have much lighter in swing weights. 


B2X7110

Length: 11'       Line: #7     Pieces: 4   

Possibly the ultimate high stick nymph rod for steelhead.  A very nice floating line rod for steelhead in smaller and mid-size rivers.  Use a WF7F Mastery Steelhead Taper  or similar line for single-hand casting.  Rio WindCutter 5/6 is best for two-hand casting.  
Rod weight: 4 3/4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
7110 B2X 7 Fast Full Wells $615

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5110-4 Z-AXIS

Length: 11'     Line: 5     Pieces: 4

The smallest of the fab-four "Switch rods".  The 5110-4 will mainly see duty as a trout rod, with both nymph and streamers.  Along with the occasional desire to fish hoppers on the “other bank”.  Sea Run Cutthroat and Sea Run Dollies both off-the-beach and on-the-stream round out the menu.  Line Match: All around + Spey casting will be WindCutter  4/5.  Overhead casting… Rio Outbound WF 5. 
Reel Match:
CLA 4, Ross Evolution 3.5, Sage 3300D.

Rod weight: 5 1/16 Ounces
Item
Series
Line Wt
Action Handle Price To Top
5110-4 Z-AXIS 5 Fast A $670

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6110-4 Z-AXIS

Length: 11'     Line: 6     Pieces: 4

The all around Northwest performer.  From the beaches of Puget Sound coupled with summer run pursuits from the Rogue to the Stilly. Long over head casts transcend to spey style techniques covering both nymph and steamer fishing. The versatility of this rod will earmark this as an early Northwest favorite.  Line Match: All around + Spey WindCutter 5/6.  Overhead…Rio Outbound WF 6. Skagit Style… WindCutter body only 8/9/10.
Reel Match:
Ross Momentum 5, Sage 3400D, Ross CLA5.

Rod weight: 5 1/8 Ounces
Item
Series
Line Wt
Action Handle Price To Top
6110-4 Z-AXIS 6 Fast C $670

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7110-4 Z-AXIS

Length: 11'     Line: 7     Pieces: 4

For those in pursuit of Steelhead, outsized Sea Run Dollies, big Alaskan Rainbows, along with TDF Browns, this rod is a true trout-anadromous cross over.  Line Match:  Skagit style will be Skagit 350 (with Skagit Floating Tip #7 to make a complete floater).  All around + Spey WindCutter 6/7/8.  Overhead… Rio Outbound WF 7. Sink Tip Use:  15’ (option… cut back to 13’) in 109 grain type 3, 6 densities.  15’ (option…cut back to 13’) in 150 grain type 8. T-14 in 9’ and 11’ lengths. 
Reel Match:
Tibor Everglade, Ross Momentum 5, Sage 3400D.

Rod weight: 5 3/8 Ounces
Item
Series
Line Wt
Action Handle Price To Top
7110-4 Z-AXIS 7 Fast C $675

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8110-4 Z-AXIS

Length: 11'     Line: 8     Pieces: 4

A true anadromous performer, the 8110-4 is ideal for Alaska rainbows, Steelhead and Silvers alike.  Couple this as a true “double threat” Switch rod covering such diverse environments as Oregon’s Rogue one day and the Umpqua the next.  The TDF crowd has its sea run brown rod. The 8110-4 will fit a wide range of Pacific Northwest summer steelhead applications and also be a handy Alaska stick. Line Match: Skagit style… Skagit 400 or WindCutter body only 9/10/11 (with Skagit Floating tip #8 to make compete floater). Overhead… Rio Outbound WF 8 Sink Tip Use:  15’ (option… cut back to 13’) in 109 grain type 3, 6 densities.  15’ (option…cut back to 13’) in 150 grain type 8. T-14 in 9’ and 11’ lengths. 
Reel Match:
Ross Momentum 5, Tibor Everglade, Sage 3500D 

Rod weight: 4 1/4 Ounces
Item
Series
Line Wt
Action Handle Price To Top
8110-4 Z-AXIS 8 Fast C $675

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FR1327-4NRGLX

Length: 11'    Line: #7     Pieces: 4   

Handle Style 162
A very good high stick nymph rod for steelhead.  A very nice floating line rod for steelhead.  WF7F Mastery Steelhead Taper best for single-hand casting.  Rio WindCutter 5/6 best for two-hand casting. Handles a 200-Teeny line with ease.
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11551 Native Run 7 Med-Stiff Med-Fast 162 $685.00

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FR1328-4NRGLX

Length: 11'    Line: #8     Pieces: 4   

Handle Style 162
A very good  high stick nymph rod for steelhead.  A very nice floating line rod for steelhead.  WF8F Mastery Steelhead Taper best for single-hand casting.  Rio WindCutter 6/7 best for two-hand casting. Handles a 200-Teen line with ease.
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11552 Native Run 8 Med-Stiff Med-Fast 162 $695.00

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"Elementary Spey Casting School"
Saturday, January 27, 2007

This class is for right or left handed casters, and will deal with the most efficient methods of casting from the river left position. 
It will cover Single Spey, Snake Roll & Snap-T casts with both
 floating and sinking tip lines.  Each class is 4-hours.

The instructors are: George Cook, Mark Bachmann & Leroy Teeple.
No other spey casting school features a two student per instructor ratio
with instructors of this caliber.  
You will get maximum help and nearly constant personal attention.
Spey casters of all experience levels are welcome. However this class 
focuses on the basics and is designed to give each student a 
solid foundation to build on.  Each class lasts 3 1/2-hours.
What our customers say.
Spaces are limited to (6) students per class.  Book now!

George Cook is the guy in the Sage "Tight Loops" poster of the 1990's.  He taught the "Sage Fly Fishing Schools" in the 1980's and has great casting and communication skills. 
He is an instructor's instructor.  We are fortunate to be able to offer this in depth problem solving class.   
Mark Bachmann with a spey caught steelhead. Mark Bachmann has 26 years experience guiding fly fishing trips for steelhead.  He is an ardent spey fisher, experienced communicator 
& very patient instructor.  
Leroy Teeple is one of three FFF Certified Spey Casting instructors in the State of Oregon. He rounds out our team to make it the best ever.
Item Description Price  
ETESCH-M Elementary Spey Casting School
January 27, 2007
- Morning
$75

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ETESCH-A Elementary Spey Casting School
January 27, 2007
- After Noon
$75

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