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Metro to close Oxbow Regional Park for restoration work April 1-5

Members of the Happy Creek project design team walk along the stretch of road that will be worked on soon.
Hikers, campers and fishing boats need to steer clear of Oxbow Regional Park from April 1 to 5 while it is closed for fish habitat restoration. A new culvert will be installed under the park’s entry road – the first of two phases of the Happy Creek project, led by the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council.  The project is restoring key habitat for threatened wild salmon and steelhead, which need places where they can feed, rest and grow before they migrate to the Pacific Ocean. Funding comes from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and Portland General Electric's habitat support.
This year the Sandy River Spey Clave will be having a "Presentation Tent Theater" for  indoor-style presentations. programs will be about Spey Fishing, and will cover subjects, such as: defining and building lines, the finest places in the world to fish, even tying swung flies. Presentations will be in many formats. All you favorite instructors will be giving informative demos. The theater is Sponsored by Fly Water Travel. These guy know Spey Fishing Water. If you have ever considered taking a trip with you double handed rod these guy will put you in the best spots. They will also have a full time booth for any type of questions you may have.
We are excited to offer the Theater as something new for Sandy River Spey Clave 2013.

TFO Mangrove Series Rods Click for TFO ROD CASES...
9' - #6 9' - #7 9' - #8 9' - #9 9' - #10 9' - #12
We received a full set of TFO Mangrove Series Rods designed by fly fishing icon Flip Pallot. These rods have been subject to our intense preliminary evaluation for the past two weeks. What we mean by "preliminary" is that they haven't been fishing with us yet, but we have put in a lot of study that doesn't need tropical temperatures, or the smell of mangroves to accomplish. That will come later, and we will keep you posted. This scrutiny has revealed the Mangrove series to be truly astonishing: 
For decades Flip Pallot has shared his knowledge, enthusiasm and friendship with countless anglers in the pursuit of some of the most wary and challenging fish around the world.
From spellbound anglers tuning into The Walker's Cay Chronicles, to those fortunate enough to share a boat with him ... most all would agree that Flip’s experiences have enriched us - made us better anglers - and made us better stewards of the environment.
And now he's sharing his experience once more through the new Mangrove Rod Series from Temple Fork Outfitters.
"Mangrove sticks were first seen in my mind’s eye from the poling platform of my skiff as I watched anglers struggle with fishing casts…realistic fishing casts within sight fishing distances. Many saltwater fishing opportunities are fleeting and require timely presentation of fly to fish. It’s not really so much the number of false casts required to close the deal as it is how quickly the angler can begin to feel the fly line and shoot the fly into the area of awareness of a fish.|
The rod and the casting abilities of each angler have EVERYTHING to do with this. Super technical, magnum taper rods are not always the right choice for all anglers in real fishing situations. A rod that anglers can feel and that can re-present a fishing cast (especially along shorelines) is what is often needed. This is the genesis of the Mangrove family of TFO rods; they are, very simply, fishing tools that have been developed slowly and carefully in the crucible of real, honest fishing situations…not on a drawing board!

Grab hold of a Mangrove Stick by TFO and see just how much trouble you can get into…"
Flip Pallot

Built with the hardcore angler in mind, the Mangrove series utilizes TFO’s proprietary TiCr blank coating, which helps protect the rod from the occasional collision with a weighted fly, and TFO’s proprietary Tactical Guides™ that are braid and saltwater safe...plus they can't break or pop out like traditional ceramic guides. The unique non-glare chestnut colored blank features a full wells grip with an instant rod weight burled cork ID system, fighting butts and cleverly machined hook keeps on each side of the aluminum up-locking reel seat.
Mangrove series rods feature: TFO's legendary Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.

Flip Pallot testing a TFO Mangrove Series 7-weight on snook.


Length: 9'     Line: #6     Pieces: 4

This rod was designed for the angler who loves to pursue small bonefish, snappers, lady fish or sea run cutthroats in the salt. This is a great rod for humpy salmon and small stream steelhead fishing as well.
Rod weight: 4.2 ounces.

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0690 Mangrove 6 Fast 6 $249.95 Sale Ended

TFO MANGROVE 07 90 Length: 9'     Line: #7     Pieces: 4
Use this rod anywhere small to medium size bonefish are encountered, as well as many kinds of reef fish. Can be a great choice for schooly stripers.
Rod weight: 4.3 ounces.
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0790 Mangrove 7 Fast 7 $249.95 Sale Ended

TFO MANGROVE 08 90 Length: 9'     Line: #8     Pieces: 4
Your all around bonefish cannon. This rod will drive casts into the wind and deliver the fly with pinpoint accuracy. This is also a great rod for small permit, and baby tarpon in the mangroves.
Rod weight: 4.4 ounces.
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0890 Mangrove 8 Fast 8 $249.95 Sale Ended

TFO MANGROVE 09 90 Length: 9'     Line: #9     Pieces: 4

Big tarpon, average size flats permit, smaller dorado, and average size bonito, stripers and bluefish are all fodder for this fine rod.
Rod weight: 4.5 ounces.

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0990 Mangrove 9 Fast 9 $249.95 Sale Ended

TFO MANGROVE 10 90 Length: 9'     Line: #10     Pieces: 4

We're talking about serious torque here, with the power to drive big flies and whip 50-pounders.
Rod weight: 4.6 ounces.

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1090  Mangrove 10 Fast 10 $249.95 Sale Ended

TFO MANGROVE 12 90 Length: 9'     Line: #12     Pieces: 4

This is the rod for Florida tarpon and Dorado, Big Roosters, and Billfish in the Sea of Cortez and any saltwater fish that weigh over 50-pounds.
Rod weight: 4.8 ounces.

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1290 Mangrove 12 Fast 12 $249.95 Sale Ended

Mangroves and Mangrove Flies
Red Mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) are broad-leaf, evergreen trees that thrive in the transition zone between the land and sea. They can be of diminutive stature in sparsely scattered populations or impenetrable thickets of trees ranging to eighty feet in height. They are especially fond of brackish black water areas around fresh water seeps or around river mouths.

Mangrove swamps and marshes are rich in aquatic life.  Mangroves are one of the few green plants that can survive with their roots in salt water and their leafs in the air. Their trunks, limbs and foliage resemble that of a rhododendron. However, Rhododendrons always grow in well-drained soil in temperate to alpine rain forests. Mangroves are always found with their roots in tropical salt water.  It is the unique properties of the mangrove root system, which has allowed this botanical family to
exploit an environment, which is hostile to other plants. Although the roots are buried in soil like most other plants, they may be exposed to both water and air. They support the trunk of the tree on a central crown and hold it above the high tide mark.
This may happen in water that is as much as four feet deep. Mangroves colonize by sending out runners that root into the adjacent soil. Soon they form loose under water barriers that at are made from interlaced roots and runners. These barriers are very much like hedge-rows and have lots of burrows and tunnels for critters to live and hide in. This habitat is very much preferred by several species of bait fish , crabs, and shrimp. Mangrove edges and salt water lagoons are also exploited by bonefish, snappers, snook, barracuda, baby tarpon, jack crevalle and permit.
The soft currents within a hedge of roots allow sediments to collect. In this way mangroves are continually building dry land. They are the collectors and protectors of the soils that have built the salt-water swamps and mud bottom lagoons that are the principal main land shoreline of many tropical countries. Mangroves are also very instrumental in modifying the forces, which have formed the majority of the Keyes in many shallow water areas. Mangrove edges and salt water lagoons are also exploited by bonefish, snappers, snook, barracuda, baby tarpon, jack crevalle and permit. Each type of these fish will prefer different water depths.

To fish Mangrove Edges successfully you need to keep the boat far enough from the edge so as not to spook your quarry. Then since most of the action happens right at the edge, long casts are the rule. Often a fly that lands in a hole back from the edge is even more effective. Maximum casting accuracy is required to get the best results.  Flies will vary with the specie of fish targeted. Flies that have weed guards can be an asset. Flies used for bonefish or permit need to be very quiet. Flies used for baby tarpon or snook need to make instant disturbance on the retrieve such as sliders, divers and poppers (below).

Flies For The Edgewater
When fishing shallow water and mangrove edges, it helps to use flies that are designed to resist snagging. Bendback flies and flies featuring weed-guards will help prevent costly foul-ups.

Bend Back Flies


Rattlefish Flies

Bend Back, Blue Back


Rattlefish, Chartreuse

Bend Back, White


Rattlefish, Green

Bend Back, Yellow   Rattlefish, Lime
Redfish Flies Rattlefish, Orange
Razmztaz Rattlefish, Pink
Redfish Toad, Bronze Rattlefish, Yellow
Fly fishing legend, Chico Fernandez is credited with tying the first 'bend back" style flies.  Bend Backs are tied on specially bent hooks that cause a fly to ride upside down while being fished.  The main reason is to keep the fly from snagging onto vegetation & coral , or fouling on mangroves.  Bend Back hooks give a different profile to the fly than conventional hooks.  Bend Backs are great for simulating many compressed body bait fish such as shad, sardina and herring.  They can also take on the appearance of juvenile snappers and other reef fish.  Bend Back Flies fish well in very shallow water.  These are flies you should consider for Bonefish, Jacks, Redfish, Snook and all manner of reef fish.

Blue Back Bend Back
Dressed very sparsely it gives the impression of an injured minnow flitting around before dying.  Can be fished in gnarly terrain and around fairly tight cover. An easy meal without much exposure.  This is powerful medicine for a predator fish to resist.

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30251-02 Blue Back Bend Back Fly 2 3 for $7.49 Sale Ended

Yellow Bend Back Fly
Proven Snook fly in the rivers of Southern Belize where they feed on a sub-specie of Blue Gill sunfish called Tuba.  Also proven on Jacks that were feeding on juvenile Yellow snappers.
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30256-02 Yellow Bend Back Fly 2 3 for $7.49 Sale Ended

White Bend Back Fly
This is the perfect minnow imitation for imitating any baitfish that has a dark back and reflective sides.  This is an effective fly where little minnows hang around structure, but is also just as reflective in open water.
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30259-02 White Bend Back Fly 2 3 for $7.49 Sale Ended

Rattlefish Flies
These flies are tied bend-back style so they ride with the hook point up.  This allows you to fish them near the bottom without fear of snagging.  Rattlefish flies swim with a rocking motion. Inside of the body of the fly is a small glass rattle. As the fly is retrieved this rattle makes a clicking sound.  Many species of game fish have refined hearing which they use for hunting.  Hearing becomes a primary sense when visibility in the water is low.  Try a Rattlefish when the water is muddy or at night.  The Rattlefish series also works well when the water is clear.

Rattlefish, Chartreuse/Red
Chartreuse flies are popular with Snook and other fishes that live in the mangrove edges. Try fishing your Rattlefish with short, sharp strips and pauses to make the fly rock back and forth, tipping the glass cylinder so the beads rattle by colliding with each other and the ends of the tube.
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99852-02 Rattlefish, Chartreuse/Red 2 3 for $10.95 Sale Ended

Rattlefish, Green
Gold flash in the belly, white sides for reflection, green back with a dark dorsal stripe, this fly is a mimic for many small fish that live along shorelines, especially the ones that live in the mangrove edges.
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99854-1/0 Rattlefish, Green 1/0 3 for $10.95 Sale Ended

Rattlefish, Lime
Chartreuse and white is a color combination, which is universally accepted for Redfish, Jacks, Bonefish, Snappers, Tarpon and even Permit. This fly can be a killer around lighted docks at night.
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99857-1/0 Rattlefish, Lime 1/0 3 for $10.95 Sale Ended

Rattlefish, Gold/ Orange
Good baby tarpon pattern. Is especially good in tea colored water. Very popular for redfish too.
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99853-1/0 Rattlefish, Gold/ Orange 1/0 3 for $10.95 Sale Ended

Rattlefish, Pink
Good baby tarpon pattern. Is especially good in tea colored water. Simulates a minnow that has been attacked by marauding jacks, an left wounded. Baby Tarpon and Snook often find "blood-shot" minnows impossible to resist.
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99855-1/0 Rattlefish, Pink 1/0 3 for $10.95 Sale Ended

Rattlfish, Yellow
A good pattern for fishing along the mangroves during bright light hours. can also be a good choice at night
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99856-1/0 Rattlefish, Yellow 1/00 3 for $10.95 Sale Ended

Redfish Flies
Redfish often inhabit water not far from the mangroves.They love rooting around in the soft silts of the bottom or prowling around the oyster bars and grass beds for little crabs, shrimp and bait fish. Flip says, " Try TFO's new Mangrove Series of rods when fishing for redfish."

Designed specifically for Redfish by Raz Reid.  It's kind of a brown banded shrimp pattern. The red head is for contrast so the angler can track the fly while it is submerged. Good from Carolina through Florida and the Gulf States.


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15478 Razmztaz 2 3 for $9.49 Sale Ended

Redfish Toad, Bronze
Invented by Troy Bachmann, this fly lands soft on the water and is able to sink at just the right level to hover above the grass if retrieved at the right rate. Is deadly on redfish along the Gulf Coast.

Redfish Toad, Bronze

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24228 Redfish Toad, Bronze 2 3 for $14.95 Sale Ended

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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