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April 11 Fly Tiers' Round Table

Damsel Nymph
Free Fly Tying Party
April 11 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday Afternoon. 
"Tying Nymphs For Lakes"
This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV and PowerPoint wall projection
are provided free of charge.
This room provides perfect lighting
Hooks and fly tying materials will be provided for free!
You get to keep all the flies you will tie.  
Please bring your own tools & tying thread if you have them.
If you don't have them, we will provide them.
Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.
Everyone is welcome!
Four deadly fly patterns will be featured.
They will provide the corner-stones of your early season lake fly collection.
These are your go-to flies from the period between ice-out and spring hatches (April-May).
This is very agood time to fish local fly fishing lakes.
Learn to tie: Leeches
Learn to tie: Flash-A-Bugger
Learn to tie: Damsel Flies
Damsel Flies
Learn to tie: Midge Pupa
Midge Pupa
This program will be held at:
The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR     503-622-4607

How To Be Successful On Early Season Lakes
Some of the best trout fishing of the year can occur right after ice-out on local lakes. In the early season when the water in most local lakes is still cold fishing can be very productive if you have the right tackle and techniques. Everything is still moving slow and fish usually feed near the bottom.
 Trout that have been living under ice for a couple of months have forgotten about humans and can be very naive. These trout are often hard bodied chromers that pull hard. Since the water is very cold, trout and the various organisms they feed on are living in slow motion. Often the trick is to move your fly very slowly across the bottom. To accomplish this your boat (pontoon boat, or float tube) must be stationary. This is easy to do on calm days. You simply sit in one place and retrieve your fly slowly. On windy days your boat must be anchored or the wind will move your boat much too quickly, and you won't be able to work your fly slowly enough. A selection of sinking lines is very helpful to get your fly to work the bottom at various depths. A lake usually warms the shallow water around the edges of a lake first. A slow sinking line like a Mastery Stillwater line will fish your fly slowly if the water is from four to six feet deep. Sometimes trout move into water that is less thatn two feet deep. A floating line or a line with a clear tip is excellent for shallow water. Flies of various weights also help adjust the depth of your presentation. Fly Boxes well stocked with
 different sizes and weights of Midges and Chironomids is essential for fishing lakes nearly any time of year, but can be even more important early in the season. Midges seem to have a natural antifreeze and can be very active when the water is barely above freezing. Fish feed on these prolific insects at all depths. Trailing your midge pupa off a deep sunk slow moving wooly bugger
can pay big rewards. Strikes can be very light.  Your line needs to be free of slack to maximize the "feel" of the bite.  For early season fishing, its hard to beat Leeches and Wooly Buggers. Many colors work, but if you aren't getting strikes change to a different color or a different size. A sleeper color for early in the year is peacock & green. Speaking of green, Cal Coal, one of the most
Trout often feed on immature damselfly nymphs...
renowned lake fishers of recent history, said that the only fly you need for lakes any time of year is "inch-long & green". No doubt this simplistic approach has merits, but we have seen times when 3/4" inch long and green worked even better. One of these periods is early in the year when trout are feeding heavily on immature damsel fly nymphs. The nymphs are normally very light-colored. We list them as Green Damsel Nymphs, but they are more of a light olive-gold.

Early Season Lake Fly Selection  -  Get a Red Label Fly Box For FREE!
This set of flies will get you going in most of the local lakes (100-mile radius around our store). They will remain staple fare through the month of April and into May. This is also to use as a foundation to grow your lake selection from.
(3) #12 Olive Damsel Buggers
(3) #8 Black Flash-A-Buggers
(3) #8 Peacock Flash-A-Buggers
(3) #14 Green Damsel Nymphs
(3) #14 V-Rib Midge, Black
(3) #12 Brown Water Boatman

Get a Red Label Fly Box For FREE!
Offer ends April 30, 2010!
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EARLY-01 Early Season Lake Fly Selection with FREE Red Label Fly Box, Offer Ends April 30, 2010 18 flies $32.50 SALE ENDED

Success At Rocky Ridge
Jim teeny and friends had a great day at Rocky Ridge Ranch. 03/22/10. The weather was nice and the trout were on the prowl. Jim said, "A Teeny Leech in size #6 was most productive.
Steve Dorn

Presentation vs. Pattern
By: Rick Hafele
What do you do when a trout turns up its nose at your pretty fly drifting downstream? Do you open your fly box and look for another pattern? Maybe you take a close look at your leader and add some 6x tippet? Or perhaps you move upstream or downstream to present your fly from a different angle? Anyone of these options, and perhaps all of them, could be the solution to your problem. But which one should you consider first?

Success! John finally got this nice brown trout once he had the right fly and the right presentation.
These questions run through every fly fishers mind when confronted with selectively-feeding, difficult trout. I had a good example of it just last week when John Smeraglio and I were fishing over some nice trout during a blue winged olive hatch. The water was low and the trout were in a picky mood in flat water where every little thing on the surface stood out like fly pooh on a soupspoon. We had collected duns off the water and knew their size and color. We had also watched the trout feed with binoculars so we knew most of the rises weren’t to duns but to emergers in the surface film. With that info we felt confident we had a descent pattern. John got into a position where he could get a nice drift without drag over three or four rising trout. The result – refusals! Okay, fine. John changed flies and tried again. Refusals. So, he tried another fly pattern and more refusals. The trout kept rising so he kept changing patterns. Finally after trying about a dozen different flies he got a nice trout on size 20 thorax dun using four feet of 6x fluorocarbon tippet. So, was it pattern or presentation that did the trick?
A few days after I got back from this trip I ran across an article by Mike Lawson called Un-match the Hatch.  Mike Lawson knows a thing or two about selective trout, and I found what he had to say quite interesting. In his article (which was actually an excerpt from his excellent book Spring Creeks) he sighted Gary LaFontaine with describing three ways anglers decide what fly to use:
1 – Empiricism – “I’m going to use a Pink Lady because that fly worked last year at this time when the river was in this condition.”
2 – Generalism – “These fish will take any fly as long as I present it properly.”SALE ENDED
Josh Linn
Josh Linn caught this "Redside" Trout because he made the right presentation with the right fly.
Mike went on to describe how he thinks most angler’s use a little of all three approaches in their fishing and that neither one is always going to work. This made me think about my own approach and what John and I had just experienced a few days earlier.
First, I’m a bug guy. I love looking at the insects, even when I don’t have to for fishing, so clearly I fall into the naturalism category.  I find it extremely satisfying to know that fish are feeding on a certain stage of a certain insect and then matching that insect with a reasonable imitation and catching fish with it. I also feel that knowing what insect feeding fish are taking greatly increases my odds of success. This also means I don’t completely buy into the generalism idea above that fish will take any fly as long as it is presented correctly. That said I do know people who only fish a couple different patterns all year that catch plenty of fish. They do tend to change the size of their favorite patterns as the insects change in size, so they utilize a little naturalism in their approach, but basically they firmly believe that getting their favorite pattern presented to the trout correctly is the answer.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to picking a fly pattern during a specific hatch and often one style will be more successful than another depending on the way trout are feeding. But if you ignore presentation, even the perfect fly will go uneaten.
After more thought I also realized I use empiricism, or experience, in my pattern selection. For example, when I saw those trout rising to blue winged olives emerging in the surface I immediately thought of a pattern I’ve used with success in similar situations in the past. Now that’s not quite the same as someone who says that because it is March 16th I just need a size 20 BWO emerger, but experience does influence my choices. I also have a few fly patterns that I never want to be without, because when nothing specific is happening I know they often work. In fact I think it’s pretty hard, if not impossible, to ignore your prior experience. Just look at the flies in your fly boxes. If you’ve been fishing for a few of years I bet most of the patterns in your boxes reflect your experience of past success. I also think experience plays a larger role if you fish the same waters most of the time. Intimate knowledge of a home stream or lake will mean you not only know what fly patterns the fish have taken in the past, but also where fish hang out under different water conditions. SALE ENDED

Female Influence at The Spey 'Clave
Each of the women below can hold their own on a steelhead river. Each, on certain days has out fished her male companion. And in most cases it has been to the delight of that companion, for each woman has learned to be an equal, but a non-competitive fishing partner. Each of these gals can do her own tackle rigging and maintenance. Then they can find their own fish. These women also share equally in camp chores and know how to keep friction between camp members to a minimum. Each woman is a consensus maker. Each woman has had a tremendous influence on the Sandy River Spey Clave.
Patty Barnes
No other person has had more influence on the personality of the Sandy River Spey Clave than Patty Barnes.
Mia Sheppard
Mia Sheppard & Whitney Gould have conceptualized and organized Women's Day at The Sandy River 'Clave.
Whitney Gould

Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Boxes
Small 432 Medium 516 Medium 72 Large 116

(Model numbers above, denote how many flies each box is designed to hold. Of course the larger the box, the larger the flies it is meant to hold).
Scientific Anglers fly boxes feature our patented, state-of-the-art design and offer numerous features not commonly found in traditional fly boxes.

From flies like midges, streamers, saltwater and more, each of our 12 boxes is specially designed for your specific needs. The clear water-proof lids allow you to find your flies faster and the single hand closure provides added convenience when you need it the most.

Our fly boxes are equipped with added slit foam for easy organizing of all of your flies--making them the industry's "go to" box. Three of our models also include a revolutionary slanted divider system to maximize space so even large bass bugs fit in the very slim compartments.


• Accommodates a wide variety of fly sizes

• Durable precision slit foam holds flies securely in place

• Clear case allows for easy viewing of flies

• Unique tapered seal and soft rubber gasket form a water tight closure around box perimeter

• Moisture proof so flies stay dry

• Opens from both sides

Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Box,  Small, Max 432

• Accommodates a wide variety of fly sizes (sizes 10 – 20) for trout and general fishing
• Precision slit foam holds up to 432 flies securely
• Foam on outside shell and insert
• Waterproof, single hand closing with see though lid
Insert Color: Lime Green
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185081 Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Box,  Size Small, Model 185081 4.75"x3.5"x1.375" $25.95 SALE ENDED

Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Box,  Medium, Special Dry 516

• The best of both worlds in one fly box: One side for midges size 20 to 14 and one side for dries sizes 16 to 8
• Easily fits in shirt pocket
• Pre-slit foam determines fly placement
• Waterproof, single hand closing with see though lid
Insert Color: Metallic Green

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191068 Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Box, Size Medium, Model 191068 6"x4"x1.5" $29.95 SALE ENDED

Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Box,  Medium, Streamer/Saltwater 72

• Accommodates a wide variety of streamer and saltwater flies
• Precision slit foam holds up to 72 flies securely
Insert Color: Light Blue
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185074 Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Box,  Size Medium, Model 185074 6"x4"x1.5" $25.95 SALE ENDED

Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Box,  Size Large, Big Fly Angled 116

• Accommodates a wide variety of big flies, large streamers and poppers
• Precision slit foam holds up to 116 flies securely
• Angled insert to allow more head space for big flies
Insert Color: Light Blue
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185050 Scientific Anglers Waterproof Fly Box,  Size Large, Model 185050 7.375” x 5.5” x 1.75” $31.95 SALE ENDED

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Mark & Patty