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Echo Develops The Perfect Nymph Rods: The Shadow II
10' - #3 10' 6" - #4 Competition Kit  
Designed by Tim Rajeff and Team USA's Pete Erickson, have designed and produced a series of powerful, moderate- to faster-action "long-light" European-style nymphing rods deliver critical feel and line control with an added bonus: They'll actually cast a dry fly with very good accuracy, so you are prepared to adapt without changing rods when a hatch comes off. An optional competition package (sold separately $74.99) includes two 6" extensions that add extra reach, either 6" or 12", a screw-in fighting butt and counterweight washers that fine-tune balance. The ultimate fishing competition rod- bar none.
For the first eight years, 1981-1989, The Fly Fishing Shop, in Welches, Oregon built custom fly rods, about 1,000 in all. We built most of our rods on blanks made by J. Kennedy Fisher Co. The only rod that I have ever designed from scratch and built that was totally unique, was a 12' - #5. It was moderately popular with nymph fishers of the time, and sales were just taking off, when J. Kennedy Fisher, Co. went bankrupt and our production of custom rods ended. Long rods give tremendous advantages to casting and controlling flies. This fact enables anglers to catch more fish. I always wanted to build a similar rod using modern materials, but never got around to it. Tim Rajeff and Pete Erickson decided to build a long nymph rod. I had no part in it, and will say that they built a rod that has exceeded anything that I probably would have done. The SH4106 rod when fully assembled with the Competition Kit is 11 1/2' in length, but is counter-balanced to feel like a 9' your hand. This rod balances perfectly with a 4-4.5 ounce reel. It has the perfect taper to cast #4-#5 weight lines, which produces a minimum amount of tip oscillation. Trout in the 12"-18" range are a blast, and larger trout are controllable. Fishing nymphs with this specialized rod is a lot of fun and is very productive. To my knowledge there is nothing else out there like it. Mark Bachmann

Echo Shadow II SH-3100
Length: 10'
Line Weight: #3
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: All #3 and #4 floating lines work with this rod.
Use: The Sh-3100 is made for stealth, and is perfect for normal size stream trout, in smaller to medium size rivers.
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SH3100 Echo Shadow II Rod, Length 10-feet, Line Weight-3, 4-piece, complete with rod case $249.99 Sale Ended

Echo Shadow II SH-4106
Length: 10' 6"
Line Weight: #4
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: Any #4 or #5 line will work well on this rod, but it is especially good for nymphing with a Royal Wulff Ambush Line, either #4 or #5.
Use: This rod is designed to cover the whole sport of nymph fishing on moving water, from trout to steelhead. With both 6" rod extensions in place the SH4106 becomes 11 1/2 feet long for smooth dead drifts in larger rivers. In the longest configuration with the counter-weights and extension butt in place, this rod is perfect for single-hand Spey casting long distances. Without the kit in place the SH 4106 is a great float tube rod, and will also fish dry flies with very good accuracy. For float tube and dry fly fishing, or any long distance casting, a standard WF4F, or WF5F line is a better choice than the Ambush Line.
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SH4106 Echo Shadow II Rod, Length 10-feet 6-inches, Line Weight-4, 4-piece, complete with rod case $249.99 Sale Ended

Echo Shadow Competition Kit
Use: An optional competition package (sold separately $74.99) includes two 6" extensions that add extra reach, either 6" or 12", a screw-in fighting butt and counterweight washers that fine-tune balance. The ultimate fishing competition rod, bar none. Maybe the big water trout rod, period.
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SH2-COMP-KIT Echo Shadow II Competition kit with (2) 6-inch extensions, (5) counter weights, (1) removable extension butt. $74.99 Sale Ended
 
Western March Brown Hatches

Rhithrogena morrisoni (that's the scientific name). Western March Browns (or simply March Browns) are your first "easy-to-see" mayfly hatch of the new season. Look for March Brown hatches on local rivers when water temperatures start reaching 42 degrees consistently. They often get stronger as water temperatures approach 47. This can occur in most lower elevation water sheds in mid-February and continues through March and early April. Hatching March Browns can create some very exciting surface film and dry fly fishing. Hatches of duns usually start in the early after noon and spinner falls are in the late evening. Pounding the bottom with weighted March Brown Nymph can provide constant action from mid-morning into the early stages of the hatch. The March Brown Nymph in sizes #12 & #14, or a Pheasant Tail Nymph of the same size, will be your bread and butter flies. However nymphal color tends to adapt to the color of the stream bed. Most March Brown nymphs are dark, some are nearly black. Your catch may increase if you thin out the legs with your leader clipper and color them with a black felt marker. Fishing two flies at once will increase your odds of hooking up. Usually two different colors or sizes are used. The Guides Choice Hares Ear is a valuable pattern to have with you, and will some times out fish the more realistic patterns. Most March Brown Nymphs are fairly skinny #14's, but slightly larger flies can also work. March Brown nymphs live in riffles and fast, rocky runs. As the nymphs near maturity, they migrate to slower water. During the migration, they can loose their grip and drift in the current. For this reason trout will congregate in places where fast riffles start to slow down and on the seams between the fast and slow water. Fish your nymphs where the current changes speed. Approach the water carefully. Start by fishing the slower water first with flies that are lightly weighted. Your flies will be most effective if they are perfectly dead drift. Cast them slightly upstream and mend a little slack into you presentation. As you work your way out into the faster current, add lead shot to keep your flies near the bottom. As the water warms at mid-day the nymph rise toward the surface to hatch. Some of these nymphs are intercepted by trout during this upward migration. Try tying a March Brown Soft Hackle to a dropper 3' above your nymphs. This technique can pay extra dividends. Swinging soft hackle emergers during the early stages of the hatch can also be deadly effective and lots of fun. As the Duns begin to hatch, trout will rise to the surface to catch them. This often produces the most visually exciting part of the day. Big trout rising to March Browns during the peak of the hatch can be very splashy. Often the rise starts much quieter as trout pick off the emergers just below the surface. And some duns will emerge from the shuck slightly below the surface. At this time a Soft Hackle fished just below the surface can be your best fly. The soft hackle is often even more effective if you add a March Brown dry fly to a dropper 1' to 3' from your soft hackle and fish both flies dead drift. March Browns and their possible related species seem to come in a variety of shades and colors. That is why there is some disagreement between anglers fishing different watershed as to what the actual colors of March Brown Duns are. The ones that hatch most often on the Sandy River are brown with mottled wings. We have seen that same fly on the Deschutes and Clackamas Rivers. On the Deschutes we have also seen spring time mottled wing mayflies that were grey wing olive. The trout like both kinds. Our friends that fish the McKenzie report March Browns that are shades of gray. To be on the safe side you should carry several brown patterns, a blue wing olive parachute and a Parachute Adams in dark tones. If they are all #14 you're probably in the game. Duns and emergers produce the best fishing, but some trout will sip spinners in the quietest of water. A March Brown "spinner fall" can extend your fishing day. Spinner falls usually occur over faster water areas. However they create the most reliable feeding activity if they raft up in back eddies down stream. Sometimes the afternoon back eddy rise that you think is midge emergence is actually created by collecting dead March Brown spinners. Best tackle to fish the March Browns is a 9' #4 or #5 weight rod with an action that works easiest at the 20' to 50' cast range. I prefer a weight forward line that is a little on the heavy side, is a moderate color and is very clean so that it easily shoots smoothly at all ranges. The standard 9'-5X trout leader is a good starting point. You might go to 4X if you get brutalized by big fish. Remember the best fly is the one that is perfectly placed in a risers feeding lane. Have a great spring.


March Brown Nymph
Pounding the bottom with weighted March Brown Nymph flies can provide constant action from mid-morning into the early stages of the hatch.  The March Brown Nymph in sizes #12 & #14 will be your bread and butter fly for March Browns.  As stated above, you can chop & thin, color and texture your fly to most- match the naturals.  You can capture naturals with a kick-screen.
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12200-10 March Brown Nymph 10 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
12200-12 March Brown Nymph 12 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
12200-14 March Brown Nymph 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Guide's Choice Hares Ear
Nymphs tend to adapt to the color of the stream bed.  Fishing two flies at once will increase your odds of hooking up.  Usually two different colors or sizes are used.  A Gold Rib Hares Ear is one of those flies that look like a lot of different stream bed insects.  This fly can also be altered with markers and clippers; it has caught many trout as-is.

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12427 Guide's Choice Hares Ear Nymph 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
12428 Guide's Choice Hares Ear Nymph 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Pheasant Tail Nymph
This is the all around go to March Brown Nymph in many watersheds. One of the most popular two-fly set-ups is a heavy weighted stonefly nymph on a dropper and a Pheasant Tail Nymph on the point.

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11-0170-14 Pheasant Tail Nymph 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Hendrickson Emerger
During most mayfly hatches, duns emerge at the surface. Some nymphs mis-time this sequence and emerge from the nymphal shuck before they reach the surface, or are emerging on their way to the surface. Certain trout feel more comfortable preying on the pre-surface emerging duns. this fly works on both eastern and western March browns.

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11407 Hendrickson Emerger 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

March Brown Soft Hackle Spider
A March Brown Soft Hackle on a dropper 3' above your bottom pounding nymphs can pay extra dividends.  A March Brown Soft Hackle fished just below the surface can be a good bet during all stages of the hatch. 
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17437 March Brown Soft Hackle Spider 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

March Brown Spun Dun
The deer hair wing on this compara-dun type fly gives it realism that few trout can refuse during a normal March Brown hatch.

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11143 March Brown Spun Dun 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
11144  March Brown Spun Dun 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

March Brown Para Quill
This is a popular and realistic March Brown dun pattern for both eastern and western hatches.

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11562 March Brown Para Quill 12 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
11563 March Brown Para Quill 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing
This is one of the most popular dry flies in the Pacific Northwest.  It is used to imitate a wide variety of mayfly and caddis species.  It is often the best searching pattern when no surface activity apparent.  The wing is made from white calf body hair.
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1034-12 Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing 12 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
1034-14 Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing  14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
 

George Cook To Perform At Sandy River Spey Clave 2015, Saturday, May 16, 9:30-10:00am

George Cook
"Northwest Original Spey Casts"
The Pacific Northwest is a "hotbed" of Spey casting innovation.  
George has been researching these developments and will help us put the "Northwest Style" into perspective.

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 a manufacturers representative for Sage, Redington, Rio, Solitude & Tibor.

George Cook reps Sage and RIO, which is a potent combination when it comes to understanding Spey Fishing for Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, and all the Sea Run fish of Southern South America. Each year George travels the whole length of the Western Hemisphere (from Northern Alaska to Tierra del Fuego) in search of giant anadromous fish.

George is always a big draw at The Sandy River Spey Clave. Get to the beach early to get a good seat for his presentation.

He is pictured at leftt with a fine
fly-caught Alaskan King Salmon.

 
Spey Clave Room Rates
 
 

The Resort at the Mountain is offering a 30% discount to all Sandy River Spey Clave Attendees! This is an amazing place to stay with your family. Derek and his wife Angie stayed here over the holidays last year and he told us it was nothing short of Awesome! He will be staying there for the clave also. Party at his place... It's only 30 minutes from the clave and the list of amenities are amazing!
Use this link to get the discount: https://gc.synxis.com/?Hotel=11916&Chain...omo=FLYSHP

Or just use the code: FLYSHP while booking your room.

Exciting deal on rooms for Spey Clavers !!!
Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Portland East-Troutdale
Holiday Inn Express offers a special rate for Sandy River Spey Clave!
May 15th through May 19th 2015
One King    $85.99 Plus tax
2 Queens   $99.99 Plus tax
Includes Hot Breakfast

For booking please call or email:
Holiday Inn Express
477 NW Phoenix Dr Troutdale, OR 97060


503-669-6500 Phone
e: gmohamud@gorgehotels.com
Troutdale Hotels
This Hotel is 10-minutes from the Spey Clave!

Best Western Sandy Inn
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Best Western Sandy Inn
Only fifteen minutes away from the Sandy River Spey Clave.
Take in the sights of the beautiful town of Sandy, Oregon, the gateway to Mt. Hood.
Enjoy our full hot breakfast buffet in the morning and, after a long day of fishing, take advantage of our indoor heated pool and spa open 24 hours!
DirecTV satellite TV including ESPN, Cinemax & HBO packages.  Laundry and business center also available to guests.
Just call the front desk at the Best Western Sandy Inn and mention the Spey Clave to receive our special rates for all participants!

$109.99 + tax each night
OR
$99.99 + tax each night with minimum 3-night stay

 
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