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Ladies' Clave
Hey Ladies! Come Kick Off the Sandy River Spey Clave

Oxbow Park, Meet at the Group Area “A”
Friday, May 15
th, 2009 10-4 pm
Many women excell at fly fishing...

In the last few years women have come to the Spey Clave in bigger numbers. We want this year to be the biggest gathering of women ever for the spey community! Come join us for a special gathering the day before the clave kicks off. LADIES DAY! On Friday the 15th. Come yourself, bring a friend, or better yet gather up all of your friends and let’s have a party! It’s an all inclusive day and it doesn’t matter what level you are:

* New to the sport of steelhead fishing and want to learn? Learn from fellow steelhead chicks.

* Gals on hand to show you and guide you on how to cast a spey rod.

* Not so new but wishing to build upon and polish old skills, this is the place to be.

* Husbands bring your wives. Dads and moms bring your daughter. It’s never too early or late.

Bring your waders to get wet, good attitudes, laughs, and your rod. Don’t have a rod? There will be a limited amount of rods to lend. There will also be introductory casting demos along with available casting instructors.

There is no charge except for the Oxbow Park entrance fee of $4.00 a vehicle and if you plan on camping there are spaces available on a first come first served for $15.00 a night (up to six people per site).
Bring your own lunch and drinks.

Afterwards, join Patty, Mark and the FlyFish USA crew at the tent for a pot luck dinner and a power point presentation.
No pets are allowed in Oxbow Park.
For Oxbow park camping information, rules, regulations and directions go to:
Oxbow Park   How to get there

For more information about the Sandy Spey Clave check out:
Questions? Please contact us at: Mia Sheppard, and/or
Whitney Gould at

Share your love for the river with us.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Skagit Minnow
Free Fly Tying Party
February 1 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Sunday Afternoon. 
"Winter Steelhead Flies"
Learn to tie flies with guest tier: Mike Kinney
"Yea, we know it's Super Bowl Sunday. This will give you a place to hide from the TV!"
Skagit Minnow

A Steelheader's Way
Steelhead legend Lani Waller covers the essential elements of fishing for trophy steelhead with
a Steelheader's Way, photo by Ken Morrish
prose as beautiful and surprising as the fish themselves. The blend of how-to and why-to not only captures the essence of these elusive fish but also uncovers what it takes to consistently bring them to hand. Waller shares his techniques for swinging wets and waking dry flies, including proper approach, presentation, and his favorite fly patterns, both classic and contemporary. Chapters on hunting trophies, equipment, casting, and conservation provide readers with a life's worth of wisdom learned from his time on the water. Photographer Ken Morrish's stunning images capture the magic of the fish and the rivers they ascend each year.
This all-star cast of steelhead fanatics (color illustrations by Dave Hall, and a chapter on biology by Bob Hooton) has created a classic book that honors the fish as well as those who chase them, whether in the Pacific Northwest of  United States, the wilderness streams of British Columbia, or the hundreds of tributaries that run into the Great Lakes. Lani Waller has pursued steelhead for over four decades and is considered one of the foremost experts on trophy British Columbia steelhead.
A Steelheader's Way
by Lani Waller, photos by Ken Moorish
216 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-9793460-6-4
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978-0-9793460-6-4 Book: A Steelheader's Way, by Lani Waller $39.95 SALE ENDED

One-Day Winter Steelhead Finishing School
With George Cook as guest instructor.

Take a drift boat ride down a local River with: 
Mark Bachmann, Josh Linn and George Cook

The Fly Fishing Shop has a long history of collaboration with the best Spey Casting Instructors in the world. George Cook has helped us with many schools in the past, often in collaboration with other elite instructors such as Simon Gawesworth or Brian Silvey.
He has been anchorman at the Western Hemisphere's largest two-day Spey Casting School:

The Sandy River Spey Clave.
Sponsored by: Sage
It has always been a goal of ours to offer the widest array of "finishing schools" for the spey casting aficionado.  An experienced angler might want to gauge his/her skills against a professional guide/instructor. During a guided trip you rarely see how your guide would actually fish the water because they are helping you fish. During this school you will see how the most experienced anglers would fish differing water types. That is why we have teamed with George Cook for a couple of special days aimed at taking you, the accomplished angler to the next skill level. Mark, George and Josh are the kind of guides that fish on their days off. They live for steelhead fly fishing. George Cook is a special casting coach. George has fished all the great steelhead fisheries of North America and has fished from the Arctic to the Antarctic. George has guided in Alaska and ran Sage's elite casting schools. George's Alaskabou series of flies is (after 20-years) still the standard for steelhead and Alaska salmon. We are very fortunate to be able to work with George in this unique venue. Combined with our unique class room and PowerPoint presentations, we believe that this class offers benefits available nowhere else, and will appeal to any student who has taken any other classes on how to catch steelhead/salmon with two-hand rods. This School will be a lot of fun and a memorable experience for all involved.
George Cook has been a casting instructor at The Sandy river Spey Clave since 2003...
Mark Bachmann Winter Steelhead fly fishing is very practical if you know how.  Being able to find fish and being able to present the fly properly are key factors. We have all heard from clients that catching fish comes easy for guides. This is especially true of certain guides. They are the kind of guides that fish on their days off. They are constantly refining their skills. We are those kind of guides. We find that this kind of guide also makes the best teacher. We just have more to offer. George Cook is this kind of guide/instructor and has been part of our team for many
years. In this school you will continue to refine skills in understanding steelhead water and how to approach it. Emphasis will be on refining casting and fishing skills. We want to give you maximum advantage by having as many fish hooked during this class as possible. Nothing teaches you more about fishing than being where fish are being hooked and landed.  Emphasis will be on spey rod use and sinking-tip line fishing. Students should have above beginner casting skills. This is a fishing class. This is the third level of class offered this Josh Linn
In preparation for this class we suggest you start with the February 7,
 Spey Casting School, then the February 13, Winter Steelhead 101 Class.
George Cook What you need to bring:
Bring your own waders and rain gear.  Bring your own rod/reel set up if you want to.  
A variety of premium quality 2-hand rod/reel set-ups will be available for you to use at no extra charge. Flies are supplied.
A hot lunch will be served on the river.  
There will be a very short rest period after lunch.  
Meet at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:30am for half-hour orientation.  Coffee and donuts will be served.

Watch an expert guide as he fishes and discloses the secrets and proven methods that put fish on the beach. Get a lot of hands-on help so that you too can be productive.
Arrive back at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:00pm.

What our customers say.  
A report on a Steelhead School.

First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 

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WST-CLASS-022709 Winter Steelhead Finishing School
February 27, Clackamas River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum
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WST-CLASS-022809 Winter Steelhead Finishing School
February 28, Clackamas River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum

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WST-CLASS-02272809B Winter Steelhead Finishing School
February 27 and 28, Clackamas River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum
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Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, But Ugly Goes Clear To The Bone

Probably a world record...

Beauty doesn't always influence natures plan where survival is concerned.  Crocodilians; survivors of at least two mass extinctions might be the most prominent examples.  To most people crocodiles and alligators are just plain ugly.  But "beauty" seems to be merely a human perception.  Take the difference between rats and squirrels. Both are rodents.  One is solid gray color and has a slick tail.  The other comes in a variety of colors; some with stripes and all have hair covered tails.  Rats are usually despised by humans (unless they are white). Squirrels are often regarded as cute and cuddly.  Yet, if you shaved the hair from both kinds of rodents they would be nearly impossible to tell apart.  People's perception of desirable versus undesirable fish often follows a similar illogical vein. On our home

waters, Rocky Mountain Whitefish suffer (or in some cases prosper) from racial discrimination.  They are of the family salmonidae, the same as trout and salmon.  Yet, they are regarded as lesser value than their cousins.  Possibly it is because they have large scales and look similar to several inedible minnow species that live in the same waters such as chubs and squaw fish.  It is doubtful that the size of scales or inedibility determine fish beauty to anglers or tarpon certainly wouldn't rate very high.  Speed and 

Trumpet Fish

Trigger Fish...

stamina are often factors which determine sport fish desirability.  But once again there are inconsistencies.  The most popular sport fish in the U.S. is the Large Mouth Bass.  This specie has scales which are at least as large as whitefish scales and when they are of equal size, whitefish fight at least as hard.  I have been fortunate enough to have caught many of the most "desirable" sport fish with a fly rod.  Tarpon, Sailfish, Marlin, Bonefish, Permit, Roosterfish, Steelhead and many species of trout and char to name a few.  However, some days on the water are easy and some days are damn difficult.  On the difficult days a few whitefish can be a blessing and although bragging about catching 

whitefish has no "snob appeal", any fish is better than no fish.  The same criteria applies to foreign destination saltwater trips as to home waters.  Some days are easy and pictures of giant, prestigious sport fish are collected.  Other trips you get the "you should have been here last week" syndrome.  On those trips "ugly fish" are the difference between some fish and no fish.  These trips can fill out your list of weird exotic species you have caught and can be nearly as interesting.  One trip to Barra De Navidad, Mexico was such an experience.  December had recorded one of the highest catches of dorado and billfish ever.  During our stay in January, even though the water and weather conditions were deemed ideal, they had disappeared from the area. We filled in part of every day fishing the shoreline for smaller species.  Even trevally, bonito, sierra and jack crevalle were in short supply.  We did however catch lots of sheep's heads, trigger fish and green jacks.  None of which are considered anything to brag about by most saltwater anglers. However, trigger fish and sheep's heads were new to us, and all of these species pull much harder than the average trout or bass. And yes, we caught a number of trumpet fish which has to be one of God's strangest (and possibly ugliest) creations. They are shaped more like a snake than a fish.  They are about one third head and have a very long tubular toothless mouth. They swim like snakes.  They are covered with slime that is about the consistency of wall paper paste. But, in the unlikely situation that some braggart world traveler type fly angler spouts off, "Hey, I caught a three foot Trumpet Fish!"  I guess I might be able to respond, "Oh ya, well I caught one a little larger and my old lady caught a four footer!"

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