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Fly Fishing Gloves

kEN, DARYL & MARK with fly fishing gloves. protect your hands and keep them warm...

Glacier Glove Simms Patagonia
Are you rowing a boat, spey casting for winter steelhead, fishing the Pacific Northwest, fishing the Midwest, going to Alaska, going to Patagonia?  The kind of gloves you choose will make a difference in your comfort and performance.  Gloves are meant to protect your hands and keep them warm.  The best fly fishing gloves are highly specialized.  Gloves that work best for fly fishing, insulate your hands, but also allow you to have the full dexterity of your fingers for handling small objects.  By necessity gloves used while fly fishing need to be made from fairly thin materials.  WindStopper Fleece and Neoprene are the two most popular materials.  Both materials have advantages.  Neoprene is most like human skin, so it provides excellent grip and it is water proof.  WindStopper fleece breathes, but sheds water.  It is hard to beat neoprene gloves for rowing a boat on days when there is ice on the oar handles.

 Our good friend, Bob Hooton, Klamath/Malheur Watershed District Manager, for Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife emailed us recently with this information, "It will be a good trout season on the Oregon Desert this spring.  Chickahominy Reservoir is ice free and fishing should pick up when it warms up. Duncan Reservoir (near Silver Lake) should also be excellent, as well as Krumbo (on Malheur Refuge on the way to French Glen (does not open until April 22).  The Desert will be beautiful in April, May and June ."
Chickahominy Reservoir
Mark Bachmann displays a Chickahominy Rainbow that fell for a black leech.
Chickahominy is a factory for raising fat Rainbow Trout.
Frank Borges shows off for the camera as Mark Stensland rows past.  Having a boat and float tubes gives you lots of options. Chickahominy Reservoir in Oregon.
This fat rainbow ate a Bachmann Leech.
Patty Barnes with a first light Chickahominy Rainbow that ate a water boatman fly. Fishing the evening hatch.


Chickahominy Reservoir is located on Hwy 20 between Bend and Burns, Oregon.  It was built as an irrigation reservoir, but is now managed by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife as a recreational fishery.   

The lake sits in the wide open and is exposed to harsh wind.  As a matter of fact the wind blows nearly everyday from 
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  When you fish this lake it is best to be moving before daylight and fish the calm of the morning.  Plan on doing something besides fishing for the middle of the day and then fish again in the evening.  There are exceptions.  But it seems rare.

Chickahominy has a very strong food chain.  Leeches seem to predominate in the early season diet, but Water Boatmen and Chironomids are also very important.  Chironomid hatches frequently come off in the very early morning.

All manner of floating devices work well on this lake.  There is enough surface acres that a boat is handy.  Float tubes and pontoon boats fish well in this lake until the wind comes up.  Hiking and wading is also very productive.

Chickahominy Reservoir bathymetric map.

Best: April - July, but also fishes well in the fall

Irrigation Reservoir: fairly stable water level

Elevation: 4280'

Area: 491 acres max.

Depth: 28' max.

Fish species: hatchery Rainbow Trout

- general - limit 5 fish 
- motors allowed 
- speed limit controlled 
- open year round

Chickahominy Reservoir  has the full compliment of insect hatches that you will find in most desert lakes.  Chironomids, Calibaetis May Flies, Damsel flies and dragon flies abound.  Leeches, Water Boatmen and Scuds are also prominent.

How to get there from The Fly Fishing Shop:
Take Hwy 26 to Bend, OR
at Bend turn east on Hwy 20.
Chickahominy is about 70 miles east of Bend.

Water Boatman Flies
Brown Olive
The scientific family name for water boatmen is Corixidae. Water boatmen have the hind two pairs of legs fitted with hairs and the outer joints of the hind legs are oar-shaped which allows them to paddle and swim. Adults range in length from 3/16 to 3/8 inch long and are usually dull colored brown or olive. Water boatmen often swim in open water where they are easy prey for trout.  They are comfortable in cold water and often a good choice for an early season trout fly in lakes.

Water Boatman, Brown
Water boatmen are reported to occur in fresh water through out most of the world. In certain local ponds lakes and reservoirs they occur in dense populations.  In the edge water of many local rivers with habitats as diverse as the spring fed Deschutes to the glacial fed Sandy water boatmen populations can be very prolific.  When other aquatic insects are still dormant from the cold of winter, water boatmen can be very active. 

Brown Water Boatman.

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00531-12 Water Boatman, Brown 12 3 for $5.25


Water Boatman, Olive
Approximately 130 species of water boatmen have been cataloged in North America.  Like all aquatic "true bugs" water boatmen lack gills and must come to the surface of the water to breath.  They frequently carry an shiny air bubble attached to their rear abdomen so the can breath from it.  Try dressing your fly with a powdered dry fly dressing so it will gather air bubbles. Then fish your fly with a slow sinking line and a jerky retrieve.

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00532-12 Water Boatman, Olive 12 3 for $5.25


Lake Fly Selection
This kit will prepare you for fishing the Lakes for trout with wet flies.  It is also a good idea to have this kit when fishing for bass and panfish.
This assortment contains: (2) Zug Bug, (2) Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph, (2) Gold Rib Hares Ear, (2) Olive Scud, (2) Bachmann Damsel, Olive (2) V-Rib Chironomid, Black, (2) Water Boatman, (2) Lake Bait, (2) Bachmann's Leech, Black, (2) Bachmann's Leech, Brown, (2) Bachmann's Leech, Maroon, (2) Black Fash-A- Bugger, for a total of 24 flies in all - in a clear 7-compartment box.
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06522 Lake Fly Selection from FlyH2o $43.95


Trey Combs
 THE LYONS PRESS, November 1995
Subject Category: bluewater fly fishing
Binding Type: Soft Cover
Retail Price: $29.95
ISBN: 1-59228-450-7
Color & B/w photos; 8x11 inches, 336 pgs.
Here is the first major book devoted exclusively to the exciting world of big-game fly fishing. Trey Combs has found the prime destinations for seventeen different species, with a chapter dedicated to each: dorado, Pacific sailfish, Atlantic sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, white marlin, albacore, yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, blackfin tuna, kawakawa tuna, black skipjack, skipjack tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo, Pacific salmon, and inshore gamefish.

Combs provides a short history and fly-fishing strategies for each gamefish, as well as delightful anecdotes of his own fishing experiences. The book also includes important, up-to-the-minute information on tackle and teasing techniques, a major section on bluewater flies and poppers, and tying advice from such experts as Lefty Kreh, Bob Popovics, Rod Harrison, Winston Moore, and many others.

Combs's fine prose makes reading highly technical information easy and enjoyable. His style is tempered by extensive experience fighting great fish. His tales are well told, making Bluewater Fly Fishing a must-have for the big-game angler's library.
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Book, BLUEWATER FLY FISHING, by Trey Combs $29.95

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Mikael Frödin and Håkan Norling have used these flexible plastic tubes for more than 20 years. Today, they are the standard for modern tube flies used in Scandinavia. The tubing is available in four sizes; X-small, Small, Medium and Large. The sizes fit into each other. There is no need for extra tubing to steer the hook. It fits directly into these flexible tubes. The material is smooth and unaffected by temperatures, it won't crack in the cold and it works equally well with fixed or a loose hook. The dimensions of the tubes are synchronized to work with cone heads. That way, you will get well-balanced flies with the right weight to turn over your cast and make the fly fish most efficiently.

X-Small: Fits with Medium tubing and together with standard cone heads.
Small: Fits the Large tubing and HMH cone heads.
Medium: All round tube.
Large: For large tubes.
These fluorescent plastic tubes are the single most important news in materials for tube flies, since the arrival of Flashabou!! The release of these tubes on the market has changed the look of modern tube flies forever. By using the tubes as they are, or combining them with dubbing or translucent material, you can create a shine to the flies, unlike anything else. The tubing itself contains a lot of fluorescence, which makes it glow very well in low light conditions. By burning a Fl. Orange tube, together with a black Cone head, you will create a fluorescent orange band at
the front of the Cone. The popular making of riffle-tubes now also becomes more exciting. A simple thing like using a small piece of fluorescent tubing in front of a free hanging hook, gives a new exciting look to your fly. 
Tubing comes in one meter lengths. 
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