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Sandy River Spey Clave 2011.  YOU ARE INVITED!!!
This is the big one. Don't miss it.
Especially you are invited !!!

Prom Dress Flies
February 28, 2011 we sent out a newsletter explaining the virtues of Scott Howell's Prom Dress Series of flies. We thought we had plenty in stock to fill the demand. Well, we under estimated the situation. Turns out we sold all we had, and wound up with a massive back orders, until everything reached critical mass and we had to shut down the shopping cart on those products. Still people tried to order more. We now have a good supply of Prom Dress flies again in all colors and can finally meet the demand (we hope). You can order your Prom Dress Flies Now!

TMC 105 Hooks
I really am into the preservation of wild steelhead stocks, especially in my home water, the Sandy River. Years ago it was noted by several local anglers that large Alaskabou type flies were very productive for our local steelhead. These flies were tied on large (1/0 - 4/0) looped eye salmon hooks. Alaskabou flies are easy to tie and beautiful to look at. But, large hooks are pretty rough on smaller fish. It was traumatic to find 1/0 hook stuck through the roof of a wild steelhead's mouth and protruding from the eye socket. Even larger fish suffered from the big hooks. A search for a less devastating way to land fish was undertaken. I don't remember where I first heard about tube flies, but it became apparent that this approach offered certain advantaged in that large flies could be

tied on tubes, but smaller hooks could be used. Over the years we became aware that not only were smaller hooks less damaging to the fish, but that also the smaller hooks landed more fish. Of all the tube fly hooks I have tried, the TMC 105 made by Tiemco, seem to offer the most advantages. They are very strong, are easy to sharpen, and are reasonably priced.
They were originally designed for egg flies.  They are very sharp right out of the box. TMC 105 hooks feature:  Straight eye, reversed bend, 2X strong, 5X short bronze.
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TMC-105 25 pk TMC size 4 Model 105 Hooks $6.15 SALE ENDED

Entry Level Spey Schools For Year Around Fishing

Entry Level Spey Casting  School Steelhead Fly Fishing 101 Save $25
Spey Casting Finishing Schools DVD Deal Where To Stay
By Popular Demand, Entry Level Classes have Been Extended Through June !!!
Mark Bachmann with a Sandy River Summer Steelhead
We know that steelhead are often uncooperative and unpredictable. That is why they are such great sport fish. It takes skills to get them, and acquiring the skills takes dedication, and a well laid out plan. Many anglers stop half way to their goal because they weren't even able to lay out a comprehensive plan. Now you don't have to, because your plan has been designed by a team of anglers who have landed hundreds of steelhead with flies in the most traditional manner. No we're not talking about side-drifting with a slinky on the end of your fly line, nor are we talking about harassing spawners with glo bugs and split-shot. We are talking about swinging flies with a spey rod for bright moving fish in the most respected fashion possible. There is probably no more experienced steelhead fly angler than Mark Bachmann. He is joined by the talent of Josh Linn, Travis Johnson and Hawkeye Hawkins. You have a formidable team to help you get to the finish line. Our plan is as simple as it is effective. First you learn to cast precisely. (You can only catch a fish when your fly is in the water and you can only catch fish that you can reach.) Then you learn how and where to find your prey. Then you learn to present the fly properly to the prey, covering vast amounts of water in the most efficient manner. The method is academic, show the fly to the largest number of fish in the shortest period of time in the most enticing manner. When you finish our curriculum, you won't have many doubts about how it works. Winter steelhead start to mix with summer steelhead starting in April. Because water temperatures are still fairly cold, both races of fish are best fished with sinking tip lines. By May summer steelhead become more prevalent, and by June nearly all of the steelhead in our local river are the summer variety. These fish will rise to a fly during low light conditions, and floating line as well as sinking tip line techniques are explored. During certain water conditions, Spring Chinooks also may become targets.
Spring Chinook

Fly Fishing: “SPEY” Casting, Entry Level

 Spey Schools Available Now !!!

Spey casting can be learned quite easily with the assistance of a professional instructor. This class starts with the most basic fundamentals so that you will have a foundation on which to build your "Spey Casting Skill Set". Our approach allows you to easily understand the scientific principles of how a rod and line work together to propel your fly to the target. br> Our crash course starts in a nice warm class room with donuts and coffee. Here rod and line theories are discussed in detail so that before you get to the water, you have an understanding of the principals you are going to use. Then you will ride to the river with your instructors. There your instructors will demonstrate the theories you have already explored. Then you will take a rod into your own hands and be able to practice what you have learned. You will be amazed at how easy it is. All the major Spey Casts will be explored. Both floating and sinking tip lines will be learned.

Time: 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch is provided).
Meet at: The Fly Fishing Shop - Instructors: Josh Linn and Mark Bachmann
Spey Casting Classes are offered on Thursdays so that they can be taken consecutive with our One Day Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Schools, which are offered on Fridays.

Cost (8 hrs.): $150.
You will need the following equipment:  Waders, boots, rain coat, hat and polarized glasses. You may bring your own rod and reel if you want to. Properly balanced Spey Outfits will be provided.
(6) Students total.
First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 
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SPEY-CL-040711 Spey Casting Class, April 07, 2011 $150 SALE ENDED
SPEY-CL-051911 Spey Casting Class, May 19, 2011 $150 SALE ENDED
SPEY-CL-061611 Spey Casting Class, June 16, 2011 $150 SALE ENDED

One-Day Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing Schools
This is Steelhead Fly Fishing 101.
Take a pontoon boat ride down a Local River with: 

Mark Bachmann, Travis Johnson and Josh Linn.
These classes are scheduled on Fridays so that they can be taken consecutively with our
Spey Casting Schools.

During a school, you have the benefits of watching an experienced guide show you how to fish the water that he has fished dozens of times. Steelhead fly fishing is very practical if you know how.  Being able to find fish and being able to present the fly properly are key factors.  Save yourself five years of experimenting on your own. 
We will show you how. 

This school will cover a lot of water and fishing knowledge in one day.  Length of the class is 8-hours on the water.  All schools conducted on the Sandy River.  Big, safe, roomy pontoon boats will enable us to cover 12-miles of river during the class. Two students
per boat/instructor format. Learn how to locate steelhead water and how to approach it. Emphasis will be on giving you a foundation of skills to build on, with a high priority given to hooking fish during the class. We want to give you maximum advantage by having as many fish hooked during this class as possible.  Nothing teaches you more about fishing than being where fish are being hooked and landed.  Emphasis will be on spey rod use and sinking-tip line fishing. Students should at least have moderate casting skills. This is a fishing class. Nothing teaches you about steelhead like catching them.
If you need basic knowledge or a brush-up on Spey Casting skills, we suggest signing up for a Spey Casting School and be ready to use these skills to catch winter steelhead.
Catch winter steelhead with flies... What you need to bring:
Bring your own waders and rain gear.  Bring your own rod/reel set up if you want to.  
A variety of premium quality 2-hand rod/reel set-ups will be available for you to use at no extra charge. Flies are supplied.
A hot lunch will be served on the river.  
There will be a very short rest period after lunch.  
Meet at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:30am for half-hour orientation.  Coffee and donuts will be served.

Watch an expert guide as he fishes and discloses the secrets and proven methods that put fish on the beach. Get a lot of hands-on help so that you too can be productive.
Arrive back at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:00pm.

What our customers say.  
A report on a Steelhead School.

First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 

Catch winter steelhead with your Spey Rod...

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WST-CLASS-040811 Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School
April 08, 2011, Sandy River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum

EST-CLASS-052011 Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School
May 20, 2011, Sandy River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum

EST-CLASS-061711 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School
June 17, 2011, Sandy River, 2-students per boat, 6-students maximum

Two Day Spey School  -  Save $25

Acquiring skills helps achieve success.
This school is for beginning and intermediate fly fishers, who want to acquire new winter steelhead fly fishing skills in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. Spend the night between the two days in our community. We know the best places to stay, and we know the best places to eat. We will be glad to help make the arrangements. We will be glad to show you around our home turf on the way to and from schools. It could turn you on to your next fly fishing playground.
Save $25 by taking a Spey Casting Class followed immediately by a Winter Steelhead School.  Get twice as much for your money and save money while you are doing it. It will be a lot of fun.
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WST-CLASS-04070811 Spey Casting Class, April 07 - PLUS - Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing School April 08, 2011 - TWO DAYS. $375 SALE ENDED
EST-CLASS-05192011 Spey Casting Class, May 19 - PLUS - Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School May 20, 2011 - TWO DAYS. $375 SALE ENDED
EST-CLASS-06161711 Spey Casting Class, June 16 - PLUS - Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School June 17, 2011 - TWO DAYS. $375 SALE ENDED

Spey Casting Finishing Schools

Spey Casting Finishing Schools - learn how to fish the tough spots...
Improve your Spey Casting techniques and learn how to deal with the tough spots.
This class is for the angler that wants to take his/her casting to the next level!
These are "Finishing Schools" for intermediate and accomplished Spey casters.
Spend a day with expert casters Josh Linn and Travis Johnson and focus on expanding the fundamentals and mechanics of Spey rod casting.
The steps in this class will be toward any subject you feel that you need more information or practice in order to bring your casting up a notch or two.  Whether you need help casting a Skagit or Scandi line farther, controlling a sink tip, or learning how to handle a mid or long belly line, let us save you the energy, time, and frustration.
These classes are offered during the summer and fall seasons, and each is a full 8 hour day of learning.  The first part of the day will include a classroom style tutorial and PowerPoint presentation, after which the real nitty gritty begins—on the water!
While on the river, the class will have a regimented style at first and, towards the end, provide an in-depth question and answer segment, along with  hands-on problem solving situations for real life applications.
With this open style forum, an angler can really bring to the table what they want out of the class, receiving the one-on-one attention that makes this class worth the $175.00 cost (per student).
Lunch and beverages will be provided.  Bring your favorite setup and we will also have a lot of rods for you to try.
Spey Casting Finishing School limited to six students per class. 
Private lessons are also available. $50 per hour, 4 hour ($200) minimum. Please call for an appointment.
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SPEY-CL-062411 Spey Casting Finishing School,
June 24,2011
SPEY-CL-072211 Spey Casting Finishing School,
July 22,2011
SPEY-CL-082611 Spey Casting Finishing School,
August 26,2011

Rio's Modern Spey Casting, (3)-DVD Set, 4-hours
Cast of Characters: Simon Gawesworth, George Cook, Mike McCune, Scott O'Donnell, Dana Sturn, Ed Ward. 
The most comprehensive film on spey casting ever made.  This triple disc DVD from Rio stars the notable team of experts listed above. Not only learn from these masters the classic Single Spey, Double Spey, Switch cast and Roll cast, but also the modern spey casts such as the Snake roll, Circle Spey, Snap-T, Snap-Z, Wambat cast, Underhand cast, Spiral Spey, Spiral Double Spey, Jelly
Roll, Perry Poke and Skagit casting.  This film also teaches the viewer the most common faults to recognize and avoid and has superb bio-kinetic footage so you and study the hand, arm and body movement of each cast.  There is also great information on casting sinking lines, saltwater spey casting and trout fishing spey casts with single hand> Save $10 on these instructional DVDs when purchased with a Spey Casting Class or a Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Class. Click this button when signing up for either class.
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260695 Rio's Modern Spey Casting, 3-DVD set. Save $10 on these instructional DVDs when purchased with a Spey Casting Class or a Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Class Reg. $49.95
With A Class $39.95

Where Anglers Stay in Welches, Oregon
The Cabins at Creekside Where Anglers Stay in Welches, Oregon For your convenience, The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon can now integrate your lodging with your fly fishing school or guided trip fee when booking with us. The Cabins Creekside at Welches is the best place for fly fishers to stay within our community, and is a hard bargain to pass up. We have always wished there was a place for our customers to stay, where the special needs of traveling anglers could be met. Well it has happened! Long term friends, Bob and Margaret Thurman built their cabins with special amenities like a secure room for storing gear and
 drying waders.These cabins offer much privacy and a beautiful tiny mountain stream coursing through their midst. And don't forget, we can make all of your arrangements for lodging when you book one of our guided trips or schools. Come to Welches. We're going to show you a good time!

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Mark & Patty