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Fly Tying Expo
Fly Tying Department
American Opossum Fur
Fly Tying Scissors
Butt Of The Duck (CDC)
Northwest Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo
March 8th & 9th, 2013
The Fly Fly Fishing Shop / will take center stage.
We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Located at the Linn County Expo Center - (Google Map), Albany, OR

The NW Expo has been heralded as the “largest fly tying event west of the Mississippi". Come to the Expo and be part of the crowd of fly tyers and fly fishers building their knowledge and seeing old friends. At the Expo you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from 187 Fly Tyers
  • Explore 50 Exhibitors
  • Observe Daily Casting Demonstrations
  • Choose from 90 Classes on Tying, Casting, & Fly Fishing
  • Attend the Daily FREE Fly Fishing Education Program
  • Participate in Raffles & Silent Auctions daily
  • Attend the Banquet & Auction Saturday night
  • Everyone is welcome!

    2013 Show Program (PDF)

    Call for more info: 1-800-266-3971

    Check Out Our Fly Tying Department:
    Everything for the dedicated fly tier

    Fly Tying Tools Fly Patterns
    Fly Tying Materials Hooks
    Beginner Fly Tying Kit Fly Tying DVD's

    American Opossum Fur On the Hide                Buy Now!
    American Opossum Flag Fur Available NOW!
    American Opossum under-fur has long been regarded as the best natural substitute for harp seal dubbing fur. The thick lustrous mid-length fur is the best for this purpose. Recently, Scandinavian fly tiers have found that American Opossum is a perfect winging material for Atlantic Salmon style flies. These same flies are becoming extremely popular for Pacific Northwest Steelhead.
    There are some practical reasons why. While being fished, and after being pulled from the water, American Opossum holds less water than Rabbit Strip, Temple Dog or Finn Raccoon, so flies tied with Opossum are easier to cast, because they weigh less. In its natural state, American Opossum is translucent cream color with darker tips which gives each fly a slightly darker dorsal stripe. This coloration mimics many aquatic food items that predator fish feed on. Dyed colors are brilliant, especially when wet.
    Each hide is meticulously fleshed and tanned and then sanded until it is paper thin, and very pliable, but still very durable. To use this material the hair is not removed from the hide. Instead the hide is trimmed into a boat shape, which is wider at the front and tapers toward the rear. This is called a "flag". Because the hide is so thin, this flag has a lot of movement when wet. The size of the flag is determined by the length of the hair, and also by the length of the hide strip. "Flag Flies" have really caught on in the Pacific Northwest for steelhead and Opossum has nearly replaced Rabbit Strip for tiers in-the-know, because it holds much less water and is so much easier to cast..

    The picture above and the picture below are of the exact same fly.
    In the picture below the steelhead in the background is 7-8 pounds.

    In the picture above: Note the boat-shape piece of hide that anchors the wing.
    American Opossum Fur
    Item Description Color Price To Top
    10600 105 American Opossum Fur Black $12.99 Sale Ended
    10600 106 American Opossum Fur Hot Red $12.99 Sale Ended
    10600 107 American Opossum Fur Hot Orange $12.99 Sale Ended
    10600 109 American Opossum Fur Cyan Blue $12.99 Sale Ended
    10600 111 American Opossum Fur Hot Pink $12.99 Sale Ended
    10600 112 American Opossum Fur Hot Purple $12.99 Sale Ended
    10600 113 American Opossum Fur Chartreuse $12.99 Sale Ended
    10600 118 American Opossum Fur Fiery Brown $12.99 Sale Ended

    Scissors for Every Kind of Fly Tying
    THE CUTTING EDGE. All Purpose Tungsten Carbide
    All Purpose Stainless Steel
    Iris Stainless Steel
    Micro-Tip Stainless Steel
    Razor Edge Stainless Steel
    Thinning Scissors
    Marc Petitjean Scissors
    Plastic Handle Stainless Steel
    Folding Scissors


    Butt Of The Duck (CDC)
    CDC Select CDC Oiler Puffs

    The description "Cul de Canard" is attributed to 1950's era French tier tier Henry Bresson. In English Cul de Canard translates to "butt of the duck". However CDC Feathers surround the preen (uropygial) gland of many birds. This gland protrudes like a knob, from the back of the bird, slightly ahead of the tail. Waterfowl preen, recondition, and waterproof their feathers with oil secreted from their preen glands. As the size of the bird increases, so does the size of the feathers. While the natural oils in the feather assist in repelling water, it is the structure of the feather itself which gives it buoyancy. The fibers on the feathers trap air bubbles. Therefore CDC feathers loose their floatation when they become matted or soiled. The bubbles remain trapped within the fibers, even after they are submerged. CDC feathers are used extensively a bundles for wing posts for parachute flies, or tied horizontal for caddis wings, or looped for emerger wings. CDC is also great when wound as hackle for both dry and wet flies.

    CDC (Cul De Canard)
    These feathers are high quality. The packages have a mixture of all kinds of CDC plumes, but are mostly the long stemmed kind that can be wrapped as hackle or trimmed and bundled.

    CDC can be applied to flies in many ways. One of the best tying books that explains how to tie with CDC is Mayflies Top to Bottom by Shane Stalcup. Below are the steps to replace hackle flotation in a mayfly dun pattern (top row) and tying a floating suspended emerger.

    Item Description Color Price To Top
    CDC11 Cul De Canard, Black $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC40 Cul De Canard, Brown $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC54 Cul De Canard, Chartreuse $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC61 Cul De Canard, Cinnamon $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC214 Cul De Canard, Light Pink $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC245 Cul De Canard, Natural Dun $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC249 Cul De Canard, White $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC263 Cul De Canard, Olive $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC271 Cul De Canard, Orange $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC357 Cul De Canard, Slate Gray $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC381 Cul De Canard, Wood Duck Gold $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDC383 Cul De Canard, Yellow $3.00 Sale Ended

    MP Select CDC Feathers
    This is the best CDC we have ever seen. There is a wide selection of feather types to fit all methods of tying. Feathers range to very large sizes and some have exceptionally long fibers. White color is bleached snow white. The highly magnified picture below is intended to show you how clean and fluffy these feathers are. Stems and barbuals are very strong and pliable. Below are three steps of tying a Simple CDC Spey fly. This pattern is tied on a #5 Alec Jackson Spey Hook. It will give you an idea how these long CDC fibers can help you be more creative

    at the vise. Used here is fluorescent red CDC over a body of fine purple dubbing. The CDC feather is tied in at the front and palmered back and then lashed down with a strand of oval silver tinsel. An orange dyed guinea feather is wound on in front to finish the fly. Directions CDC Spey

    Item Description Color Price To Top
    PCDC1 Marc Petitjean Select CDC Feathers, Blue Dun $13.10 Sale Ended
    PCDC3 MP Select CDC Feathers, Pink $13.10 Sale Ended
    PCDC4 MP Select CDC Feathers, Cream $13.10 Sale Ended
    PCDC5 MP Select CDC Feathers, White $13.10 Sale Ended
    PCDC6 MP Select CDC Feathers, Black $13.10 Sale Ended
    PCDC8 MP Select CDC Feathers, Olive $13.10 Sale Ended
    PCDC11 MP Select CDC Feathers, Fl. Red $13.10 Sale Ended
    PCDC12 MP Select CDC Feathers, Fl. Green $13.10 Sale Ended

    CDC Oiler Puff Feathers

    These Oiler Puffs are hand selected. Great for emergers and dry flies. These short feathers lack discernible stems and are often called nipple plumes because on a live bird, they are located on the nipple of the preen gland. Tied in as wing posts, these fluffy feathers trap a lot of air. Oiler Puffs can be tied-in the conventional way, or reverse tied to capitalize on the natural built-in bubble formed by the base of the feather. Often the bubble CDC Bubble is meant to float the fly in the surface film. In the midge pattern

     shown below, the bubble is not made to float the fly. It is only large enough to bring the fly into a life like vertical position as it sinks very slowly. Directions for CDC Suspender Midge

    Item Description Color Price To Top
    CDCO011 CDC Oiler Puffs, Black $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDCO054 CDC Oiler Puffs, Chartreuse $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDCO369 CDC Oiler Puffs, Tan $3.00 Sale Ended
    CDCO377 CDC Oiler Puffs, White $3.00 Sale Ended

    Fish long & prosper,
    Mark, Patty & Crew

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