Swing Speed, RIO iFlight, iMOW Tips, G. Loomis PRO4x, Simms ColdWeather Shirts, Pick 'Yer Pocket Flies

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Rob Houston

Those of you, who have attended the Sandy River Spey Clave the past three years noticed that the food was very tasty.
That is due to the fact that it was catered by our favorite community restaurant, El Burro Loco.
El Burro Loco is owned and managed by Rob Houston & family, who volunteered their time to make sure that everyone was well fed and comfortable at the Clave.
Now Rob is in deep trouble, and needs our help.
Tuesday, January 21st, at nine in the morning Rob (38 years old) collapsed with a brain aneurysm, and fell into a deep coma, where he still remains.
My hope is that this man, whose selflessness, humor, love and generosity has touched so many, makes it seamlessly through this trial, and returns to form sooner than expected.
Hospitals and medical procedures are expensive, so let’s help out.
The easiest way to donate: Youcaring.com – Donate Here Please


Swing Speed by Matt Sherman

When we think about winter in Oregon, we think of rain, rain, and more rain. We all watch river levels constantly for certain rises and subsequent drops signifying perfect water conditions for winter steelhead, and furthermore swinging flies to these wonderful fish. Knowing what the river levels are on our favorite rivers and knowing which flows coincide with good fishing is a huge part of chasing steelhead in Oregon.

Being cognoscente of what perfect conditions are and watching the river drop into “perfect shape” is enough to get your heart going with thoughts of hard pulling, coastal chrome pouring into the river on high tides and dropping river levels.
Well, watching river levels this year has been a pretty clear cut endeavor up to this point. When I wake up to go fishing lately, I don’t have to worry much about checking river levels, I already know it is LOW, clear, and cold. Does this stop me from fishing? Of course it doesn’t keep me off the river! However, there are a few things to focus on in these conditions that can make successful anglers out of us all, even when conditions seem to suggest that taking a steelhead on a swung fly is next to impossible.

We all have our own ideas about the best methods, the debates and thoughts and constant back and forth between our fishing buddies with all the supporting reasons for why we know how to best catch steelhead. Let’s face it; everyone thinks their way is best. The battles and debates waged late at night around camp fires and in the watering holes up and down the West coast are as much a part of steelheading legend and lore as the actual act of fishing for these leviathans. None of us are exempt from this well known fact of steelheading. Here is my piece.

Crystal clear water, low levels, and cold temperatures are about the toughest conditions any steelheader could think of. When water temperatures creep towards forty degrees, and even below that into the thirties, the fish are doing their best to conserve energy and stay out of harm’s way until the next bump of water, propelling them upstream towards their natal spawning gravels. Enticing them to a swung fly can be most difficult in these conditions. This is the time to really dig deep into the trick bag. How far you can cast matters little at this point. Is fly choice more important now than in any other conditions? Not necessarily, not in my opinion anyways. I have heard a good friend say it over and over again, and admittedly, it took awhile for me to join into the conversation. What really matters now, in this time of low, clear, water………..swing speed. The speed at which the fly comes across the swing is more important now than ever before. So often, we throw a long cast, make a mend, or two, and do our best to slow the fly to a constant speed and let it come across. Well, after employing some new methods, with some success might I add, I’ve started to incorporate some of these ideas into my own fishing.
Cast short. Be aware of the speed at which your fly is moving at ALL times! After all, bringing the fly across in a broadside fashion, at a constant speed, with absolute control is the method we should all employ no matter the water conditions.
Steelhead, like any other predator, will attack prey that is predictable to an extent, rather than expending energy in what might be a “wild goose chase.” A wild steelhead chases a swung fly much the way an African lion might chase a gazelle across the open plains. They pick a predictable target, analyze the situation, and attack.
My personal setup for these conditions includes RIO’s iFlight intermediate Skagit line with a multitude of the iMow tips. My feeling on utilizing these intermediate setups is as follows. Firstly, in these low water periods I am not going to fish “heavy” tips like t-14 because I’m not into sacrificing my flies to the river bottom. Secondly, the fact that the intermediate head and tips cut through the top third of the river column, takes about forty percent of the actual current speed out of the equation. Lastly, by taking the top third of the water column out of the equation I am able to bring the fly across in a slow, uniform, fashion. These setups seem to leave the fly in the “strike zone” for as long as possible. Deep, boulder strewn runs, where you are usually using heavy tips and fishing the fly in a more vertical fashion off the end of a floating head are now fished much more proficiently with lighter tips, getting the fly into the column just above submerged boulders but not down in them where you are doing nothing more than dulling hooks and donating flies.
Those are my thoughts, and believe me, this year I have put these methods through more rigorous testing than I care to admit. We can’t control water conditions, but we can certainly adapt to them, and any steelheader unwilling to adapt is, well, not a steelheader. Being willing to adapt and think outside the box a little bit is a necessity for any successful steelheader. No matter the conditions, each cast is an opportunity. Each time you give the fish the opportunity to eat the fly you are giving yourself a chance at that once in a lifetime encounter.

Rio Skagit iFlight Shooting Heads
New for 2013. Powerful, easy casting intermediate head designed to cast sink tips and large flies with the utmost ease.

RIO’s new iFlight is the latest addition in the arsenal of heads for the skagit fly fisher. The short, powerful head has an 8ft long highly visible floating back end that is easy to track during the swing, and can be mended for total fly control. The unique clear camo intermediate front section is a fantastic asset for when extra depth is needed, in strong current and also on windy days, or when a slower swing is needed.
 
  • Easy casting, deep loading design for effortless casts
  • Powerful front end casts fast sinking tips and large flies
  • Slow sinking intermediate tip for deeper and slower presentations
  • ID printed rear loop for fast head recognition
  • For best performance, RIO recommends attaching the following head sizes to these shooting lines sizes:
  • 275gr to 450gr – .024" Powerflex shooting line, or 25lb SlickShooter
  • 450gr to 550gr – .030" Powerflex shooting line, or 35lb SlickShooter
  • 550gr to 650gr – .035" Powerflex shooting line, or 44lb SlickShooter
  • 650gr and bigger – .040" Powerflex shooting line, or 50lb SlickShooter
  • Item Description Size Price To Top
    20056 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 450 gr.
    22'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20057 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 475 gr.
    22'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20058 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 500 gr.
    22'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20059 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 525 gr.
    22'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20060 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 550 gr.
    22'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20061 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 575 gr.
    22'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20062 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 600 gr.
    23'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20063 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 625 gr.
    23'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20065 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 650 gr.
    23'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20053 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 675 gr.
    23'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20054 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 700 gr.
    23'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20052 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 725 gr.
    23'
    $49.95 Sale Ended
    20055 Rio Skagit iFlight Spey Shooting Head, Pale Orange/Clear Camo 750 gr.
    23'
    $49.95 Sale Ended

    Rio Skagit iMOW Tips

    RIO is pleased to announce the mid-season release of a new series of sinking tips for the Skagit and Spey fly fisher. The
    tips, called “iMOW’s” are based on RIO’s hugely successful MOW tips, but built with an intermediate section instead of the
    floating section.
    The intermediate section of the iMOW’s create a fantastic transition between the floating Skagit head and the fast sinking
    tip for perfect depth control and the utmost in strike detection. Gray = Intermediate Slow Sinking, Black = Fast Sinking
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    20315 Rio Skagit iMOW Tip, Single Density, Full Intermediate, 10' Total Medium,
    T-11
    $19.95 Sale Ended
    20316 Rio Skagit iMOW Tip, Dual Density, 7.5' Intermediate, 2.5' Fast Sinking, COLOR Light Green, 10' Total Medium,
    T-11
    $24.95 Sale Ended
    20317 Rio Skagit iMOW Tip, Dual Density, 5' Intermediate, 5' Fast Sinking, 10' Total Medium,
    T-11
    $24.95 Sale Ended
    20318 Rio Skagit iMOW Tip, Dual Density, 2.5' Intermediate, 7.5' Fast Sinking, 10' Total Medium,
    T-11
    $24.95 Sale Ended
    20320 Rio Skagit iMOW Tip, Single Density, Full Intermediate, 10' Total Heavy
    T-14
    $19.95 Sale Ended
    20323 Rio Skagit iMOW Tip, Dual Density, 2.5' Intermediate, 7.5' Fast Sinking, 10' Total Heavy
    T-14
    $24.95 Sale Ended
    20322 Rio Skagit iMOW Tip, Dual Density, 5' Intermediate, 5' Fast Sinking, 10' Total Heavy
    T-14
    $24.95 Sale Ended
    20321 Rio Skagit iMOW Tip, Dual Density, 7.5' Intermediate, 2.5' Fast Sinking, 10' Total Heavy
    T-14
    $24.95 Sale Ended

    G. Loomis Pro4X Spey Rods     13' #7/8     13' #8/9

    This series of rods has been a long time in the making. They have lots of time on the water, and have been tweeked and retweeked until the actions are perfect. There has been much use of NRX blank technology to develop the NEW Pro4X series of two-handers. A new taper design along with a noticeable weight-reduction in the upper half of the blank allows us to make a fly rod that is incredibly light, recovers quickly and casts with unbelievable precision. It's the G. Loomis way... reduce as much weight as possible, take total advantage of the materials and create a taper that is dynamic, efficient and user-friendly. They are as beautiful to look at as they are to cast. A rod any flyfisher would be proud to own!!
    PRO 4X 1567/8-4 FR Length: 13'     Line: #7/8     Pieces: 4

    This is you all around 30-06 Spey rod for the lower 48 States. Summer fishing on The Deschutes, or winter fishing on the Sandy, this is your rod.

    Compatible Lines:
    Scandi: 30-grams, 460-grains
    Skagit:  34-grams, 520-grains

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Power Price To Top
    12287-01 Pro4X 7/8 Moderate Fast Medium-Stiff $525 Sale Ended

    PRO 4X 1568/9-4 FR Length: 13'     Line: #8/9     Pieces: 4

    This rod will handle big intruder style flies, or delicate dries. It is best in arenas where the average fish is ten to thirty pounds.

    Compatible Lines:
    Scandi: 34-grams, 520-grains
    Skagit:  38-grams, 580-grains

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Power Price To Top
    12273-01 Pro4X 8/9 Fast Medium-Stiff $525 Sale Ended
    The two 13' Pro4X Spey rods are twins, but not identical twins. As you might imagine, the 8/9 rod is siffer and slightly faster than the 7/8 rod. Rod weights are very similar, and in my boat, both rods are rigged with identical Waterworks/Lamson ARX 3.5 reels. This winter, I have been using the 7/8 rod with a RIO 525-grain Skagit Max floating head combined with T11 M.O.W. tips in various configurations. The 8/9 rod has been setup with a RIO 575-grain iFlight, or an Airflow 570-grain Compact Skagit Intermediate head. It is hard to tell the two heads apart concerning casting dynamics, but the RIO seems to sink slightly faster, which can be good or bad, depending on how deep you want to fish your fly. The 8/9 has become my T14, "big-fly" launching tool of choice. Both rods have proven to be very durable, and the olive finish is very resistant to scratches. both rods are extremely easy and fatigue free to cast.

    Simms ColdWeather Shirts
    Black Olive Plaid Redwood Plaid
    Simms ColdWeather Shirt, Black Olive Plaid
    Lumberjacks may have inspired the first formidable flannels, but Simms takes bushwhacking into the 21st Century with this advanced micro-fleece-lined winter-fishing mainstay. Simms’ ColdWeather Shirt offers a quick-dry solution to rainforest fishing and features chafe-free, off-shoulder seams for added comfort. Stash fly boxes in two super-sized, top-close chest pockets. And stay all-around rad in ultra-warm, brushed-flannel plaids.
  • Flannel-lined shirt to keep you warm during winter fishing
  • Quick dry, keep warm brushed flannel
  • Micro-fleece-lined for warmth
  • Off-shoulder seams for comfort
  • 2 Fly box compatible top close chest pockets
  • Slight drop tail

  • Item Description Size Price To Top
    10103-342-20 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Black Olive Plaid Small $99.95 Sale Ended
    10103-342-30 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Black Olive Plaid Medium $99.95 Sale Ended
    10103-342-40 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Black Olive Plaid Large $99.95 Sale Ended
    10103-342-50 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Black Olive Plaid X-Large $99.95 Sale Ended
    10103-342-60 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Black Olive Plaid XX-Large $99.95 Sale Ended

    Simms ColdWeather Shirt, Redwood Plaid
    Lumberjacks may have inspired the first formidable flannels, but Simms takes bushwhacking into the 21st Century with this advanced micro-fleece-lined winter-fishing mainstay. Simms’ ColdWeather Shirt offers a quick-dry solution to rainforest fishing and features chafe-free, off-shoulder seams for added comfort. Stash fly boxes in two super-sized, top-close chest pockets. And stay all-around rad in ultra-warm, brushed-flannel plaids.
  • Flannel-lined shirt to keep you warm during winter fishing
  • Quick dry, keep warm brushed flannel
  • Micro-fleece-lined for warmth
  • Off-shoulder seams for comfort
  • 2 Fly box compatible top close chest pockets
  • Slight drop tail

  • Item Description Size Price To Top
    10103-640-20 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Redwood Plaid Small $99.95 Sale Ended
    10103-640-30 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Redwood Plaid Medium $99.95 Sale Ended
    10103-640-40 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Redwood Plaid Large $99.95 Sale Ended
    10103-640-50 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Redwood Plaid X-Large $99.95 Sale Ended
    10103-640-60 Simms ColdWeather Shirt, COLOR Redwood Plaid XX-Large $99.95 Sale Ended

    Pick 'Yer Pocket Steelhead Flies

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange
    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black & Pink Pick 'Yer Pocket, Pink
    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Blue & Chartreuse Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple
    Brian Kite shows off a nice steelhead...
    Dolly Vardens eat Pick 'Yer Pockets too...

    Brian Kite guides in Alaska and Northern Washington.  He says, "My steelhead roots have strong ties to the Skagit Style of fishing; short heads and big flies. The Pick-Yer-Pocket was developed and some what plagiarized from the now famous ‘Intruder’ style of flies originated in the region. We have been tying these flies for years, often experimenting with different types of materials in search of the ‘perfect swim’. A major challenge with big flies is the difficult marriage between size versus weight, i.e., the bigger the fly, the heavier it is causing a lot of grief on the river when casting. The great thing about the Pick-Yer-Pocket is that it carries a big

    presence in the water, gets down deep but does not carry a lot of weight resistance when casting. The segmentation of the rear and front sections of the fly separated by the body gives the fly a different look through out the swing, and the use of the long saddles and Amherst pheasant tail feather fibers establish that tasty silhouette in the water.
    Fishing It:
    Fish these flies with classic swing methods.  Flies of this nature cast easier with two-hand rods than single hand rods. As long as you are making nice straight casts and controlling the swing speed, the fly will do all of the work. The machined brass eyes incorporated in these patterns give them the sink rate to be effective in most current speeds and depths. A key to making this fly demand attention in the water is the exact placement of the various layers of life breathing materials.. Over dressing the fly will cause materials to mat together and not swim properly, the key with this style of fly is allowing the sparsely tied materials do the work in the water. These flies have a deffinet squid-like look in the water.  The Pick-Yer-Pocket is a great fly for year round steelhead fishing, and like the name suggests, you can feel confident fishing it behind someone in the river!!
    Colors:
    You can fish this in any color combination your mind is able to fathom if you choose to tie this fly yourself. However, the basic steelhead colors of Black, Orange, Pink and Purple are available here.


    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black

    Black is always a good bet when the light levels are low, the water is off-color or it is late in the season (winter or summer).

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black

    Item Description Size Price To Top
    ST197BK02 Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black 2 3 for $10.50 Sale Ended

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black and Pink
    Black is the dominant color. Pink has been added to give the fly dimension. This fly is a good bet for both Steelhead and Chinooks. It is always a good bet on cloud cover days.
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    ST197BP02 Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black and Pink 2 3 for $10.50 Sale Ended

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Blue and Chartreuse
    Blue and chartreuse flies are popular for King Salmon in Alaska and Spring Chinooks in the Pacific Northwest. This color combination is also becoming popular with Steelhead anglesr all along the Pacific Rim.
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    ST197BL-CH02 Pick 'Yer Pocket, Black and Pink 2 3 for $10.50 Sale Ended

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange

    This thing looks so much like a squid you might be tempted to eat it yourself.

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange

    Item Description Size Price To Top
    ST197OR02 Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange 2 3 for $10.50 Sale Ended

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Pink

    Great early winter pattern on many rivers, especially if you are close to the salt.

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Pink

    Item Description Size Price To Top
    ST197PK02 Pick 'Yer Pocket, Pink 2 3 for $10.50 Sale Ended

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple

    Purple is the sleeper color on many rivers.  It is the main color east of the Cascades.

    Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple

    Item Description Size Price To Top
    ST197PR02 Pick 'Yer Pocket, Purple 2 3 for $10.50 Sale Ended

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