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Korkers Omnitrax Wading Shoes and Interchangeable Soles
It is our understanding that New Zealand has banned felt soles from being use in their water because the felt transmits diseases' and invasive species. Beginning January 1, 2011, felt-soles will be prohibited from use in the fresh waters of Southeast Alaska. Although not documented in Alaska, travelling anglers have been found to transmit fish diseases. Many other states are expected to ban felt soles for similar reasons. Korkers offers many alternatives to felt, and with the system offered below an angler can easily change boot soles to fit any situation. The Korkers Guide Boot is undoubtedly the most advanced wading shoe ever devised. It features the BOA Lacing System, which replaces standard shoe laces with a little winch filled with stainless steel cable. This system increases comfort while solving a critical problem with all wading shoes; getting rid of laces that are constantly wearing out and having to be replaced.
Korkers are tested by us on the water. Click for the demo video. Korkers Shoes are the answer to being in harmony with your environment no matter which kind of traction you need. Need traction on slippery river bottoms, install the Studded Felt Sole. Need even more traction for technical wading in a challanging steelhead river, install the Mossy Rock Sole system. Got a friend who is fussy about his fancy wooden drift boat, install the Plain Felt Soles. Going hiking or float tubing, install the Lugged Hiking Soles. Going to stop for a round of golf during your fishing trip, throw the Golf Soles in your gear bag.
It's easy to change soles! boa lacing system on Guide boots

Korkers Guide Boot

$179.99 with two sets of soles!

Korkers Cross Current Boot
Korkers Cross Current Boot

$89.99 with two sets of soles!
Omnitrax SolesSoles
Trail Lug Sole
Trail Lug Sole
Korkers Felt Sole
Felt Sole
Korkers Studded Felt Sole
Studded Felt Sole
Mossy Rock Sole
Mossy Rock Sole
Korkers Golf Sole
Golf Sole
Korkers Boat Sole
Boat Sole
Korkers Kling-On Sole
Kling-On Sole
Korkers Studded Kling-On Sole
Studded Kling-On

Shooting Lines
Airflo Guideline Scientific Anglers
Frog Hair Rio Varivas Airs
A Brief History of Shooting Lines

Pete Gadd works the Klickitat River using a Rio Skagit Spey line, which has been modified with PowerFlex Core Shooting Line.

Jim Green introduced monofilament as a running/shooting line for distance fly casting in 1946 at the Golden Gate Casting Club.  That revolutionized fly casting. Suddenly fly casters could reach what before were unobtainable distances because the small diameter monofilament greatly reduced friction between itself and the rod guides. These shooting lines were attached to high density shooting heads.  Lines of this design are still used today by such legendary distance casters as 13 time World Champion, Steve Rajeff.  As a matter of fact, monofilament is still the choice as shooting line for the majority of tournament distance casters today.  Monofilament does have one problem however, after it has been wound on a reel for a while it tends to take on the shape of the reel spool,and to coil much like the Slinky kids toy.  This is called memory.  In the early 1960's Amnesia shooting line was developed by the Sunset company.  It was was developed specifically as shooting line, and could be stretched to instantly loose all memory which greatly reduced the possibility of tangles. This shooting line remained popular for more than forty years. Amnesia is no longer available, but monofilament shooting lines are still evolving.  Rio SlickShooter with its oval cross section is very popular.  Frog Hair Shooting Line is bombarded with gamma rays during manufacturing to make it slicker and more tangle free.  The latest monofilament shooting lines to hit the market are hollow so that they float and not only reduce friction in your rod guides, but also reduce friction when contacting the water. Such a line is Guideline Shooter, which has gained much lasting support from local steelhead guides. The newest friction cutting shooting line is Varivas AIRS, a monofilament line which had a ridged exterior cause by six hollow interior air chambers. It is incredibly slick and could add many feet to your casts. Although the new monofilaments in both solid and hollow configurations are extremely popular, tangle-free, braided, monofilament shooting lines have also found favor. We've tested Airflo Miracle Braid extensively. This is a braided monofilament, which has a solid core. Theoretically, because the braided line has intermittent contact with your rod guides it reduces friction more than lines which have constant contact with the guides. Miracle Braid can be rough on your hands however.
Shooting heads and shooting lines quickly migrated from the tournament scene to fishing water.  Anglers found that they could cast much further with this new system.  Suddenly shooting heads were available in many different densities from high floating to deep sinking.  Anglers took these new lines to large rivers for salmon & steelhead and to the saltwater or anywhere long casts were needed.  The Cortland Line Company introduced fine diameter coated fly lines which became popular as shooting lines with anglers during the 1970's.  Larry Schoenborn, while he owned  Larry's Sport Centers, sold hundreds of these lines in the Portland, Oregon area between 1973 and 1980.  These coated fly line type shooting lines remain popular today, having been proven by hundreds of anglers multiplied by hundreds of days of on the water. Scientific Anglers built their Sharkskin Shooting Line with a textured surface in the coating to mimic the friction free assets of braided monofilament shooting line. It does work and Sharkskin may have the least amount of memory of any shooting line. But, because of the rough surface it is somewhat abrasive on your hands. Another new shooting line that also has friction reducing ridges on its surface is the Airflo Ridge Line. This line is more supple than monofilament and handles really well. Since the friction reducing ridges run lengthwise of the line they are pretty easy on your hands.  Rio Powerflex Core Shooting Line is the latest development in a coated type of shooting line. It is exceptionally slick and tangle free because it is built on a monofilament core. Instead of using ridges of other patterns in the coating to reduce friction, Rio built the surface of their shooting lines exceptionally smooth, and they are the easiest on your hands. Last summer, Patty and I were fortunate to catch very many Dorados using Rio shooting heads and Powerflex Core shooting lines. We will use this system while fishing the Sea of Cortez again this year.
Many fly fishers using two-hand rods are switching to shooting head type fly lines, and there is much discussion about which shooting lines work best in that environment. All of the shooting lines mentioned above are adaptable to steelhead/salmon rivers. The interchangeability of shooting head spey lines allows an angler to instantly adapt to changing weather/water conditions without carrying extra reel spools.
Airflo Ridge, Scientific Anglers Sharkskin and Rio Powerflex core shooting lines all have seamless loops for attaching shooting heads.
Lately there has been renewed interest in shooting lines. As you can see, there are a wide variety of materials available. Designs are constantly evolving and competition between companies is fierce. We're always experimenting and because of it we're always on the cutting edge.

Airflo Non-Stretch Miracle Shooting Braid

Marcy Stone fires a line across the North Umpqua using Miracle Braid shooting line.

One the best overall shooting/running line for coldwater fishing with spey shooting heads, is Airflo MiracleBraid. It's incredibly light so it shoots a long way, has NO memory, floats, and doesn't tangle very often.  Because it has no stretch, even those dainty strikes where the fish merely "stops" the fly can be felt. The feel is immediate and very pronounced. This is a great line to use in combination with Skagit and Scandinavian heads.  Some anglers are even cutting the stock shooting lines from mid-length heads and replacing them with Miracle Braid because it gives superior performance.

Item Description Size Price To Top
MBRATDNS Airflo Non-Stretch Miracle Shooting Braid, 40-yard spool 35-pound test $24.95 Sale Over

Airflo Ridge Running/Shooting Line, Pre-looped
Airflo Ridge Shooting Line for long casts by Mark Bachmann

The perfect compliment to any shooting head, Ridge technology comes to the fore on our running lines.

Reduced surface friction not only increases distance, but also helps reduce tangles - loose coils of line slide over each other easily to eliminate snarl ups.

A low stretch Power core and an oversized ‘Flexi loop’ complete what we consider to be the ultimate running line for shooting heads.  Color is bright orange.

Item Description Size Price To Top
468415 Airflo Ridge Running Line, Yellow 20-pound
$34.95 Sale Over

468422 Airflo Ridge Running Line, Orange 30-pound
$34.95 Sale Over


Frog Hair Shooting Line
GAMMA's new "Molecularly Altered" Frog Hair Shooting Lines offer all of the casting qualities the big water angler desires. GAMMA's exclusive process builds-in flexibility and virtually eliminates coil memory, which produces lines that will shoot further and handle easier than any other running/shooting lines. Frog Hair Shooting Lines have the "slickness" needed to achieve greater distances. This processing also helps prevent kinking and allows the line to lay in soft, loose coils that literally "shoot like a bullet" through the rod guides. In the larger diameters, stripping is also easier, more controlled, and provides more secure

hook-sets.  Many shooting/running lines must be presoaked the night before and kept wet right up until fishing time to help make them more flexible. But not Frog Hair! GAMMA's proprietary manufacturing process eliminates this bothersome step to ensure greater suppleness and more flexibility throughout the line.  At home in both fresh and saltwater.
Fluorescent orange
SIZE .030, 88-pound test
44-yard spool
Item Description Size Price To Top
951124 Frog Hair Shooting Line,
fluorescent orange
88-pound test $12.95 Sale Over


Guideline GL Shooter

Josh Linn defeats the wind with GuideLine Shooter.
This is a floating model with low stretch. Once this line is straight, it will remain straight. A great line for river fishing. This line is also good for use if you are wading and fishing on the coast or in Stillwater. Shooter has been our best selling shooting line for several years and it has earned a great reputation for both durability and for easy release from the water, due to the low density and the positive buoyancy of the polyurethane material it is made from.
SIZE .030, 88-pound test
30-meter spool

Guideline GL Shooter

Item Description Size Price To Top
392113 Guideline GL Shooter 35-pound $28.00 Sale Over


Rio Shooting Lines

Rio SlickShooter PowerFlex Core Shooting Line

This fish was taken with a Rio Skagit spey line which had been altered to use Rio PowerFlex shooting line.

There are a number of reasons for using shooting heads and shooting lines.  Traditionally shooting lines are used to cut down on friction in the rod guides while performing long casts.  A floating or sinking head is used to load the rod, the cast is made and the head pulls the fine diameter shooting line behind it.  First used for tournament distance casting, this system quickly migrated to salt water, and Pacific salmon fishing.  Since then it has been used for many fly fishing applications.  The newest arena where shooting heads and shooting lines are making an impact is in Spey fishing.  Spey line shooting heads have been popular for a number of years in Scandinavia. 

Many west coast steelhead anglers have also found Scandinavian style shooting heads to be very practical for fishing their rivers.  The original Skagit style lines were shooting heads.  The latest fad is to replace the running lines on Rio's Skagit Spey and WindCutter lines with Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting Line, because it is slicker and more tangle free than the original running line.  Also one reel can be loaded with backing and a shooting line, and many heads can be interchanged on to it.  This system creates less bulk than packing around several extra reel spools.

Rio SlickShooter

A super hard, slick finish oval-shaped nylon shooting line.  Has no memory after being stretched before fishing each day.  Has an extremely low coefficient of friction for long distance casts.

Length: 115 feet

Item Description Size Price To Top
20490 Rio SlickShooter, Orange 35 pound-test $9.95 Sale Over

20491 Rio SlickShooter, Green 50 pound-test $9.95 Sale Over

Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Lines
Improved for 2009!

The Powerflex Core shooting lines have a strong monofilament core that results in thin diameters, great strength and durability and a very slick XS Technology coating (new for 2009) for ultimate distance. These shooting lines are available with either a supple coldwater coating for tangle free performance or with a hard tropical coating that will not wilt in the heat. These lines feature a large welded loop at the front end to speedily attach a shooting head. Two densities available: Floating and Intermediate.
Each size is color coded for easy recognition.

 Rio Powerflex® Core are the ultimate shooting lines when distance and manageability are important, they combine the slickness and suppleness needed for the highest in performance and are virtually tangle free. These lines were developed for fishing with indicators for salmon and steelhead in the Great Lakes and West Coast fisheries, as well as being an excellent choice when used with any shooting heads.
Length: 100 ft (30.5 m)
Item Description Size/Color Price To Top
19030 Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Floating, Orange .024" $34.95 Sale Over

19033 Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Intermediate Sink, Orange Tint .024" $34.95 Sale Over

19031 Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Floating, Chartreuse .030 $34.95 Sale Over

19034 Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Intermediate Sink,   Chartreuse Tint .030 $34.95 Sale Over

19032 Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Blue .035 $34.95 Sale Over

19035 Rio Powerflex® Core Shooting Line, Coldwater, Intermediate Sink, Blue Tint .035 $34.95 Sale Over


 Scientific Anglers Sarkskin Shooting Line

Scientific Anglers Sharkskin Shooting Line

This shooting line incorporates all of the great characteristics of standard Sharkskin technology plus some very cool features. An 8 inch welded loop allows an angler to slip a spool or reel through for easy switching out of shooting heads. A very slight taper from .032 up to .040 is provided for extra durability. A drab colored 5 foot tip allows for easy differentiation between head and shooting line.

Our personal on-the-water tests reveal that Sharkskin textures in this line results in some real advantages for the angler. This line is amazingly supple and has no memory at all. It comes off the reel spool straight every time. It virtually refuses to tangle while casting and shooting line. It is amazingly friction free in the guides, but because of the textured surface is very easy to hang on to. We were worried that the textured surface might be abrasive to our hands while stripping in to recast. Actually the texture seems to retain a film of water to reduce friction in the hands. Models are available in .032 diameter yellow color and .035 diameter orange color.

Item Description Size Price To Top
186484 Scientific Anglers Sharkskin shooting Line .032", 20-pound $59.95 Sale Over

186477 Scientific Anglers Sharkskin shooting Line .035", 25-pound $59.95 Sale Over


Varivas Airs Shooting Line
The VARIVAS® Shooting Line has become very popular with distance casters and steelhead/salmon anglers who want to reach our farther. Simply stated, AIRS reduces friction while running through your guides. You will instantly notice the difference between this and any other shooting line we are aware of. The secret is the eight air chambers that run lengthwise inside the line, which gives AIRS its floatation, and also gives it a slightly ridged cross-section on the outside for less contact with rod guide surfaces. Varivas AIRS remains supple even in winter cold water conditions for tangle-free performance. You will have to stretch it as it comes off the reel spool and then it remains straight for that casting period. Ideal for Scandinavian and Skagit style shooting heads. Hi-viz yellow for great visibility. Supplied in 100m spools (approximately 110 yards)

Item Description Size Price To Top
VSL-024 Varivas Airs Shooting Line 24-pound, .016 $33.95 Sale Over

VSL-030 Varivas Airs Shooting Line 30-pound, .019 $33.95 Sale Over

VSL-036 Varivas Airs Shooting Line 36-pound, .021 $33.95 Sale Over

VSL-047 Varivas Airs Shooting Line 47-pound, .027 $33.95 Sale Over


Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle

Marcy Stone displays a wild coho caught from the Clackamas River, 12/12/07 on a Stinger Fly. Photo by Josh Linn.

Full saddle patches with hundreds of hackles. Each saddle is unique, but most have dry fly quality hackle that range 6" to 8" long and will tie dry flies from size-8 to size-14.  The also have schlappen feathers that are soft and webby for tying wet flies and wooly buggers in size-2 to size-8.  These are the best hackles available, at the best price for tying intruder style flies that have become so popular in recent years for steelhead and salmon in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Please write to us in the comments section of our order form what type of flies you intend to use these grizzly saddle feathers for, and we will send you the best we have in stock for that purpose.

For full tying instructions to Josh Linn's "Stinger" steelhead/salmon fly tied on Waddington Shanks, using Dyed Grizzly Hackles: Click Here.

Item Description Color Price To Top
DGP23 NEW! Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Blue Dyed Blue Grizzly Sadddle $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DGP40 Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Brown $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DGP54 Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Charteuse $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DGP242 Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Natural $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DGP263 Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Olive $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DGP271 Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Orange $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DGP289  NEW! Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Pink Dyed Pink Grizzly Saddle $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DGP298 Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Purple $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
DGP310 Dyed Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Red $23.75 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Wambat Fly
Wambat Fly, Orange Wambat Fly, Blackbird
Brian Kite with a Dolly that ate a Wambat Fly...

As tied by innovative Northwest fly tier, Brian Kite, the Wombat is a traditional marabou pattern with a couple modern twists added to it. The fly was created primarily as a guide pattern since marabou is inexpensive and easy to tie with. Traditional marabous are typically tied on long-shank or heavy wire salmon hooks. We have found that the longer shank hooks tend to work them selves out of a fish’s mouth due to the amount of leverage applied when playing a fish. This fly replaces the long shank with a stinger hook to eliminate the “leverage factor” and also provide for some flexibility on the style of stinger hook you can use. Just remember to tie the stinger loop long enough to allow simple change out of stinger hooks. I also added lead eyes to the fly to get it down quicker and then wrapped them up with some “ice-dub” to add a hint of flash. The butt of the fly also has some built up ice-dub to set a larger profile when the marabou is wrapped. This fly was designed to be very versatile in nature. It can be tied large and small, can use any color combination in the visible spectrum, can be tied in white colors for dollies, flesh colors for Alaska trout, can be dead drifted of a nymph rig, center-pinned on a float rig, swung or stripped.
This is kind of a mid-size fly which fits between Agitators and Intruders for size.

Wambat Fly, Orange

Bright day pattern or use when fish are close to saltwater.

As created by Brian Kite and tied by Solitude Fly compamy.

Wambat Fly, Orange

Item Description Size Price To Top
ST355PO Wambat Fly, Orange 2 3 for $8.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Wambat Fly, Blackbird

Darker day pattern. Very effective inland stream fly.

As created by Brian Kite and tied by Solitude Fly compamy.

Wambat Fly, Blackbird

Item Description Size Price To Top
ST355PR Wambat Fly, Blackbird 2 3 for $8.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Expo Exceptional
It is Sunday afternoon and we just got back from a couple of days at the 2009 Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo. There never seems to be enough days in a week to get everything done that we want to do. This report is short because it is already time to get this newsletter online. Maybe the spelling and punctuation won't be clean as my proof-reader is on her way to the Olympic Peninsula in quest of winter steelhead (well that's why she works in a fly shop). The Expo was awesome, and if you didn't attend you missed a great event. I got to wander and watch a lot of great tiers. What were the my favorite flies at this Expo? There were many that would attract applause from even the most jaded critics! Loren Black's realistic stone flies would be hard to duplicate or find fault with, and Harry Lemire ties the most intricate full dressed Atlantic salmon flies without a vise, and since he is the only tier at this event that ever does it must mean something.
Jack Cook ties Scandinavian Tube Flies in our booth...
Jack Cook in our booth tying Scandinavian Tube Flies and then swimming them in the flow tank...

Larry Nicholas works his magic on a steelhead fly...

Dave McNeese ties as Barney Saunders watches.

Jack Wood tying steelhead flies...

Noted author/photographer Jim Schollmeyer...

Bob Larsell tying Deschutes steelhead flies...

Jessica Sall tying Intruders...

Matt Matsushita tying extended body dry flies...

Al Buhr shows how to customize fly lines...

Preston Singletary tying stonefly dries...

Even Governor Ted Kulongoski showed up...

John Newbury tying soft hackles

Loren Black's realistic stone flies

Brian Silvey tying the Edible Caddis Pupa...

Lee Clark tying his famous Clark Stonefly...

Harry Lemire astounds everyone as he ties full dressed salmon flies without a vise.

A few of Harry's flies...
they're all perfect.

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