Zack Williams, Echo Rod Clinic, Echo Base Rods, Damsel Flies, Bonefish Flies

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Echo Rod Clinic, Saturday, March 21
There is a lot to know about fly rods (as the video above suggests).

Up-dated Agenda
The crew helping at the Echo Rod Clinic are: Eric Nuefeld, Red Kulper, Mark Bachmann & more.
10:00am - Noon: Echo Rod Tech Talk and Slide Show (never seen before).
This program will teach a lot about fly rod actions, construction materials & rod dynamics.
Noon - 1:00pm LUNCH (Thanks to Patty & Crew)
1:00 - 4:00 (or whenever) Rod Casting Demonstrations On-The-Water
There will be many, many rods to try!
You are going to learn a lot about fly rods if you attend,
And you are going to have a lot of fun!
Hope To See You Here !!!

Get more information here!

Fast service after the sale! Visit Echo Rods
Echo Base, Entry Level Fly Rod Series
8' - #4 9' - #5 9' - #6 9' - #8
NEW for 2015: Utilizing the latest materials and technology, we've crafted a family of rods that'll help the "greenest of greenhorns" toss tight loops like a pro. Whether you're new to the sport, or looking for a solid back-up to add to your quiver, the ECHO BASE offers quality and performance for a VERY reasonable amount of dough. This medium-fast action phenomenal rod series casts "freaky good", and the four piece travel design is perfect for packing when adventure calls. Durable? Yup. Maintenance free reel seat and quality components = years of fun. Grab a new ECHO BASE, and GET OUT THERE!

BASE Rods feature:

  • Four piece travel design
  • Alignment dots for quick assembly
  • Translucent Deep Blue finish
  • Half Wells cork handle on 4-6wt models
  • Full Wells cork handle and Fighting Butt on the 8wt model
  • Chrome Guides
  • Black Maintenance free Reel Seat
  • Cordura covered rod case and rod sock
  • ECHO lifetime warranty
Length: 8'
Line Weight: #4
Number of Pieces: 4
Use: This is the perfect size rod for fishing mountain streams, small spring creeks, ponds, or any place where delicate casts are needed for smaller fish.
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BASE-480 Echo Base Rod, Length 8-feet, for line weight 4, 4-piece, complete with case $89.99 Sale Ended
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #5
Number of Pieces: 4
Use: This is the perfect size rod for most trout fishing in smaller lakes and medium size streams, the all around trout or panfish rod.
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BASE-590 Echo Base Rod, Length 9-feet, for line weight 5, 4-piece, complete with case $89.99 Sale Ended
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #6
Number of Pieces: 4
Use: This is the perfect size rod for fishing larger trout in lakes and rivers, perfect for throwing normal size bass poppers, great for smaller bonefish, and redfish ladyfish.
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BASE-690 Echo Base Rod, Length 9-feet, for line weight 6, 4-piece, complete with case $89.99 Sale Ended
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #8
Number of Pieces: 4
Use: steelhead, Coho, stripers, bonefish, baby tarpon, large bass, most 5lb. to 10lb. fish.
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BASE-890 Echo Base Rod, Length 9-feet, for line weight 8, 4-piece, complete with case $99.99 Sale Ended
Damsel Flies
In the adult stage Damsel Flies are fluttering, delicate, iridescent blue creatures with black markings. Each has four clear wings. They don't look like predators, but at all stages of their lives, Damsel Flies are ready to devour anything that is smaller than they are.
Damsel Flies are related to Dragon Flies. They are relatively unchanged since the Carboniferous period 300,000,000 years ago. You will see Damsel Flies around lakes and slower streams during the summer months; usually June, July and August. During these three months they can cause some tremendous dry fly fishing, mostly in shallow lakes with weedy shorelines. Since adult Damsels are only available to sport fish during the summer months, it may seem in appropriate to discuss them now, but their nymphs can be a trout staple through all the late winter and spring months. During the winter months, most Damsel nymphs are at depths that don't freeze, but after ice-out these same nymphs can be along the margins of a lake where the shallow water warms first. All Damsel Flies crawl out of the water to "hatch" into adults, often selecting rocks or stumps to change into adults. In Oregon the peak time for hatching is mid-July through mid-August.
Whether nymph or winged adult, the most productive habitat for Damsel Flies is along the shoreline. When fishing Damsel Fly nymphs, rig for shallow water. A floating line and moderately long leaders is perfect when nymphs are emerging. Fishing from the bank is often more productive than wading or boating. Before the "hatch", using a slow sinking line is often the best way to fish.
Trout can get very selective as to the size and color of your fly. The trout pictured above probably refused the fly at the last second but was snagged in the side of the head. Nymphs come in a variety of sizes and colors. It pays to have an extensive selection of flies to match the naturals.

The eyes are prominent in the silhouette of both nymphs and adults. Even though in the insect world, Damsel Fly nymphs are fast swimmers, they are still tiny creatures that move slow by our standards. A slow retrieve is usually better than a fast one. No matter which lake you are fishing early in the season, a skinny fly that is an inch long and green is a good bet to start your day with.

Be stealthy when wading and fishing for trout. Sight fishing is often the rule. In many ways fishing for cruising trout is much like sight fishing for bonefish. Long delicate casts are often needed. Long leaders are often helpful.
Early in the spring trout often cruise lake shorelines, where water is slightly warmer, and where wave action dislodges food organisms from the bottom.
No Name Damsel
Damsel Fly nymph color varies from lake to lake, and can change as the insects grow and develop. The long, sparse marabou tail gives this fly a swimming action. It can look like several different stillwater organisms. Fish this fly very slowly. First thing in the spring, use a floating & long leader in very shallow water.
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11336 No Name Damsel Nymph 12 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended
Marabou Damsel Nymph
This fly is balanced so that it tends to suspend level, thus it can be fished very, very slowly. The eyes on this pattern are very prominent, but lightweight. Use different density lines to get this fly to the level where the fish are concentrated, then fish it with a very slow retrieve.
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SC065 Marabou Damsel Nymph 14 3 for $9.75 Sale Ended
Picky Fish Damsel
As Damsel Fly nymphs mature, they turn darker and this is an average color in many lakes. The long, sparse marabou tail gives this fly a swimming action. Fish this fly very slowly. When Damsels hatch during mid-summer, use a floating & long leader in very shallow water. It is almost like fishing for bonefish.
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19938 Picky Fish Damsel Nymph 12 3 for $9.75 Sale Ended
Sierra Damsel
This is the all season pattern for many lakes.  Fish this fly deep along the bottom.  Give it several very short fast strips and then let it set for a long period. You can be surprised, as trout often take this fly while it is not moving and that you only feel them as you start the next stripping sequence
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13876 Sierra Damsel Fly Nymph 12 3 for $9.75 Sale Ended
Deer Hair Damsel, Olive
Damsel Fly nymphs hatch into winged adults by crawling above the surface of the water. When blue Damsels first emerge from the nymphal shuck, they are light-olive or even yellowish in color, and turn to their adult colors as the skin dries and hardens.
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Deer Hair Adult Damsel, Olive

14 3 for $9.75 Sale Ended
Deer Hair Damsel, Blue
After Damsels mate, the female crawls down a plant stalk and lays her eggs under water. This is accomplished by her drilling a hole in the stalk with a specially designed auger on her tail end. Then she deposits her eggs inside the plant. This is an exhausting process while holding your breath. When the female crawls back up the plant stalk and reaches the surface, the male damsel flies down and picks her from the surface of the water and deposits her where she can dry and regain her strength. During this whole process these insects are extremely vulnerable to cruising trout or bass. Sometimes the male Damsel hovers above the surface of the water holding the female as she deposits her eggs. These flies are often stalked by feeding fish. You will notice from the pictures that female Damsels are more dull in color than their male counterparts.
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SC070BL Deer Hair Adult Damsel, Blue 14 3 for $9.75 Sale Ended
Bonefish Flies
Bone Jovi P-Ditty Rt.1 Special
At The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon ( we are constantly on the look-out for the newest and best flies created by the best fly fishers and guides. We just got a shipment of bonefish flies, which contained three new flies designed for catching big bones.
Bone Jovi
The Bonejovi was born after a day of wading in the Joulter Cays.  A group of us had been camping for several days, walking and kayaking to huge flats.  We all spread out and enjoyed success with very different flies.  When we got together over a fire in the evening, we discovered that we had all been experimenting with different flies, yet arrived at some pretty different patterns. So I spent a while examining everyone’s successful flies to see what they all had in common.  The prevailing theme was this:  tan, multiple hues/barring and rubber legs.  I took these properties, and came up with the Bone Jovi.  It’s particularly effective in The Bahamas, but has worked everywhere Bonefish swim.
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SW018 Bone Jovi Bonefish Fly 2 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended
The name makes sense once you think about it.  Flies (just like Hip-Hop artists) are constantly being re-invented.  The old-school classic Puff, with some updating and increased movement.  Gone is the chenille and bucktail replaced by Coyote, softer dubbing and mylar.  While there is nothing wrong with the classic fly, the P-Diddy ‘breathes’ when you lay it in front of a tailing fish.
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SW092 P-Ditty Bonefish Fly 4 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended
Rt.1 Special

Adam’s life has revolved around fly fishing and fly-tying from an early age. He was winning competitive fly-tying competitions by age 12. His passion was further fueled while working at Eledredge Brothers fly shop in southern Maine - where he grew up on the water. Adam has been providing guided trips since 2000. He spends most of his time in the upper keys living and fishing Biscayne, Flamingo, and the surrounding waters in his Dolphin Super Skiff.
The Rt.1 Special is named after Florida State Hwy Route 1, which parallels the south eastern coast of Florida and connects the Keys with many bridges. The Rt.1 special is made from soft flowing, but durable synthetic materials for a lot of life-like action in the water. By some standards the Rt.1 Special is a larger than average bonefish fly. It suites the larger bonefish found in Florida, Bahamas and Cuba. It also appeals to Redfish and Snook. It is complete with a stiff Mono weed-guard and fishes well on mangrove edges.

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SW1148 Rt.1 Special Bonefish Fly 1 3 for $16.50 Sale Ended
Zack Williams to present at the 2015 Sandy River Spey Clave, Friday, May 15, 10:30-11:00
Zack Williams fishing career began at the ripe age of 2 and by the age of 4 he was fishing small-mouth bass almost daily with his dad in his home state of Michigan. By age six he was fly fishing regularly. Finding his love of steelhead at age 12 and Spey rods at the age of 16 set his course for the rest of his life. Cutting his teeth as a Ghetto Caster in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zack learned the tools of the trade and grew as an angler. After college and a few year stint in the real world it became clear that he only wanted to spend his days on the water with a Spey rod in his hand. Inspired by a recent trip to the Olympic Peninsula, he picked up and moved from Michigan to the banks of the Hoh River where he learned the ins and outs of Olympic Peninsula Steelhead before starting his guide service PNW Spey Guides.

After a time working for the Gig Harbor Fly Shop and living in Gig Harbor, WA, Zack and his wife Kelly moved to Pullman, WA. Zack now guides on his favorite river above all others- Idaho’s Clearwater. He can also be found guiding nearby on the Grande Ronde River, as well as occasionally still on the Olympic Peninsula. He loves to explore new water as well, which led him to his home away from home, Argentina, where he enjoys chasing giant brown trout and eating amazing Argentine food.

A love of the written word and the outstanding photography of his friends inspired Zack to form Swing the Fly magazine in 2013. As editor of Swing the Fly, Zack’s main focus is on being that of a recruiter; finding and convincing all the talented Spey casters out there to share their knowledge and love of the sport with others through Swing the Fly. The magazine is Zack’s passion and how he spends most of the days that he is not on the water.

Zack is recently married to his beautiful wife Kelly, and they have two chocolate labs, Pate and Violet, who are not only their pride and joy- but best fishing companions.


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