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Outcast Personal Adventure Craft
By: J. Morgan Jones
The Fly Shop Guy’s trip to Idaho included a stop at the AIRE factory. These are the people that that bring us the OUTCAST line of pontoon boats, float tubes and related products. Now and then we like to match up faces to the names that we deal with on the phone over the years. We tend to get an idea of what these shops are really like, and now and then we are pleasantly surprised. This was one of those times.

Outcast Boats at The Fly Fishing Shop !!!

Alan Hamilton, Greg Ramp and Dennis Hill started the original shop in a garage back in 1989. Their backgrounds were: general manager for NRS (a rafting manufacturer), engineer for Maravia and a former owner of Seattle Sports. This proved to be the right blend of talent and skills needed to revolutionize the white water industry in a very short time. The basic raft (and pontoon) design used to be that a single layer of fabric not only held the air in each compartment, but was also used to provide abrasion resistance. The AIRE people felt that the best way to build a white water boat was to provide an internal

welded bladder inside an outer layer of fabric. This proved to make a more abrasion resistant watercraft that not only held air better, but also was also easier to repair, if the need arose. Time has proved that they were right. They still offer their original ten-year warranty on their white water boats, and if you have ever experienced what their customers put their products through, that’s quite a warranty. They now have a 50,000 square foot facility (after 3 expansions in three years). OUTCAST was created as an offshoot of the original AIRE Company. They specialize in products for the fishing industry including inflatable fishing craft and many related products. 
      
Their factory is a large, surprisingly quiet operation, with lots of floor space to lay out, assemble and test products. Everything they build gets over inflated for a minimum of 72 hours before they consider it ready to sell. Each bladder is cut by hand as they feel that this is the best way to insure proper tolerance for the internal air retention. The outer skin is computer cut to exact dimensions so assembly is exactly the same for each product. I was amazed to discover that no adhesives are used at all in the assembly of their boats. This means no hazardous fumes or skin reactions, no temperature related failures and no set up times. Everything is Radio frequency (RF) or heat welded. The only adhesives used are in the repair department. The AIRE Company also runs a fully equipped Repair shop.
       The employees that we observed worked intently and all seemed quite professional at what they were doing. The work is highly specialized, so you can imagine that each person has a good amount of pride in what they do. Most of their frames (for pontoon boats) are made of welded aluminum with a powder-coated finish. The oarlocks are finished brass and the supplied oars are of really good quality. While other companies are looking to find cheaper ways to outfit boats, the Outcast people are improving theirs. Their side bags (pockets) are just the best in the industry. We sell many to customers that have other brands of boats (in addition to oar locks, oars, storage bags and so on). They always seem to have new accessories each season. One of the latest is the Seat Saddle Bag (insert web link here) that provides storage attached at the back and side of the seat. (This is one of those products that you look at once and think, “ why didn’t someone think of that before?”). It is obvious that these people are using their own products. We certainly enjoy using them.
       While there are a number of other manufacturers in the marketplace, many of their products are made for a specific price point rather than a top line product for a specific use. There are some companies out there that really have no ultimate goal with the exception of making profit. We understand that this is what keeps the wheels turning. What captures our attention are those companies that, while needing to make a profit, are also focused on making the best products the are able to, in a field they enjoy working in. We sell Outcast products all over the world. It’s refreshing to know, even in such a small market as Fly Fishing, that some of the best products made are still made here.


Outcast Pontoon Boats

Personal Adventure Craft!  
Twelve Exciting Models  for 2005!

Accessories
Fly Fishing Lakes

Outcast Float Tubes
outcast-logo-2.jpg (3508 bytes) Seat Saddle Bag!

Fish Cat Streamer !!!

Fish Cat Streamer
$339

PAC 900
$1,199

Fish Cat 9 Deluxe

Fish Cat 9 Deluxe
$450

PAC 9000
$1,599

Fish Cat Cougar

Fish Cat Cougar
$550

PAC 1000
$1,399

Discovery 8 !!!

Discovery 8
$550

PAC 1100-HD
$1,899

Discovery 9 !!!

Discovery 9
$650

PAC 1200
$2,299

PAC 800
$1,099

PAC 1300
$3,899

Outcast is a division of AIRE, a company that builds some of the worlds finest extreme whitewater craft. Every Outcast fishing craft combines light weight with extreme durability. Each Outcast PAC pontoon boat has a 10-year warranty on all welded seams and construction.  All Fish Cat pontoon boats have a 5-year warranty.


Outcast FLOAT TUBES 
Enjoy the magic of "Float Tubing"
Float tube magic.  

Outcast Fat Cat !!!

Outcast
 

Fish Cat !!!

Fish Cat
Force Fins !!!   Force Fins
 
$119
Caddis Fins !!!  Caddis Float Tube Fins  
Float Tube Accessories

Float tubes offer independence.  Float tubing is armchair relaxing. Float tubing is stealthy, sneaky-ninja fishing. Float tubing is deep, deep water wading. Float tubing is serenity. Float tubing is awesome.


Patty Barnes plays a nice rainbow trout on an Oregon lake.

Fly Fishing Lakes,
Many Oregon lakes fish year round.

Action can continue through the day but is usually best early and late when water temperatures 
are in the comfort zone.

These public lakes are located in central Oregon and can provide very good early and late season fly fishing.  They are usually ice free from first of April until mid-November.  During cool summers they can fish through the hottest months. Call for the latest details.

Chickahomini Reservoir Davis Lake
Mann Lake    

The public lakes listed below are within an hour drive from The Fly Fishing Shop and also provide good mid season fly fishing  (check each lake regulations for open dates).  Most of these lakes remain ice-free until November, some are ice-free nearly year round.  Call for the latest details.

Clear Lake Rock Creek Reservoir
Laurance Lake Roslyn Lake
Lost Lake Timothy Lake
    Trillium Lake

Leeches and Woolly Buggers

Flash-A-Bugger, Black Flash-A-Bugger, Peacock Bead Head Flash-A-Buggers
Flash-A-Bugger, Blk/Olive Flash-A-Bugger, Purple Bead Head Krystal Buggers
Flash-A-Bugger, Maroon Flash-A-Bugger, Root Beer Bead Head Leeches
Flash-A-Bugger, Olive Flash-A-Bugger, White Rattle Buggers

Patty Barnes with a nice rainbow trout from Dry Falls Lake, Washington.

There are many "wormy" looking creatures that live in aquatic environments. Most lakes and weedy streams have dense populations of leeches and aquatic worms. During much of the time they are buried in the substrate or bottom vegetation. However during low light conditions they often forage about where they are exposed to patrolling game fish. Trout and bass seek out these tender morsels and eat them like candy. This is especially true early in the spring before weeds start to grow. Leeches and Wooly Buggers are your 
most important early season lake flies. If the water temperature is cold, they are most effective when fished slowly along the bottom with a sinking fly line.  Leaches and Woolly Buggers are also very important flies for fishing the steep, fast moving streams west of the Cascades. Earthworms live in the humus under our forests in prolific populations. Seasonal precipitation and immense water fluctuations sweep many into our rivers.  All of the coastal streams that connect with the Pacific Ocean have Lamprey Eels. These two-foot long aquatic invertebrates are anadromous, like salmon and steelhead. That means that they spend their reproductive cycle and larval cycle in fresh water streams, but also spend part of their rearing cycle in the ocean. None of our salmonids have evolved large enough to eat them in their adult form; (to bad). However, Lamprey larva live in the sandbars and silts that collect in eddies and pools of their natal streams, for two years. These sandbars are continually shifting and these Lamprey larva are often exposed to any fish that live in the same area. Even in the early stages of development they are able to swim with surprising speed. Juvenile Lampreys are clumsy and sightless until just before they migrate to the ocean. At this stage they develop eyes and turn from olive-gray to blackish-silver. Lamprey larva may account for the fact that marabou leech and wooly bugger patterns are so productive for trout and steelhead in our west-slope streams even though they don't have prolific populations of leeches.
Flash-a-Buggers simulate a number of game fish foods including large nymphs, leaches, crayfish and bait fish. They might be termed big "yummies". If you have the right size and color of Flash-a-Bugger, you can probably catch nearly every specie of fresh water predator-fish with it. Black, Peacock and Olive Flash-a-Buggers are the staple flies for early season lake fishing. As the water warms Brown and Maroon become equally effective. Black, Brown and Olive Flash-a-Buggers are productive for trout and Small Mouth Bass in all rivers, all year. They have proven most effective when fished deep with a sinking tip line. Possibly the single most effective summer steelhead fly on either side of the Cascades is the Purple Flash-a-Bugger.

Flash-A-Bugger, Black
This is the number one early season fly for most lakes.  It is proven productive for both trout and bass. It is also a very good option for summer steelhead, especially during low water periods.  
Item Description Size Price To Top
11800-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Black 4 3 for $5.25

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11800-06 Flash-A-Bugger, Black 6 3 for $5.25

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11800-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Black 8 3 for $5.25

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11800-10 Flash-A-Bugger, Black 10 3 for $5.25

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Flash-A-Bugger, Black/Olive
This may be the number two most proven lake fly and can be number one at times.  It can be fished fast or slow. Vary your retrieve until you find the magic formula.
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11802-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Black/Olive 4 3 for $5.25

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11802-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Black/Olive 8 3 for $5.25

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Flash-A-Bugger, Maroon
The blood leech may exist only in angler's fantasies, but this is still a very productive fly in many kinds of lakes and ponds.  It is often very productive if fished very slowly with a floating line and very long leader so that the fly hovers just above the bottom.
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11804-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Maroon 4 3 for $5.25

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11804-06 Flash-A-Bugger, Maroon 6 3 for $5.25

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11804-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Maroon 8 3 for $5.25

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Flash-A-Bugger, Olive
A wise man once said that if you want to catch trout from alkaline lakes your best fly would be inch long & green.  In some lakes and rivers inch and a half long and green is an even better option.  This is a must have fly no mater where you fish in fresh water.
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11888-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Olive 4 3 for $5.25

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11888-06 Flash-A-Bugger, Olive 6 3 for $5.25

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11888-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Olive 8 3 for $5.25

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11888-10 Flash-A-Bugger, Olive 10 3 for $5.25

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Flash-A-Bugger, Peacock
This is a very good early season fly for many lakes which contain trout or large mouth bass.  Troll is slowly across the bottom.
Item Description Size Price To Top
11899-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Peacock 4 3 for $5.25

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11899-06 Flash-A-Bugger, Peacock 6 3 for $5.25

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11899-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Peacock 8 3 for $5.25

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Flash-A-Bugger, Purple
Possibly the single most effective summer steelhead fly on either side of the Cascades is the Purple Flash-a-Bugger.  It is best when fished deep with a sinking tip line.
Item Description Size Price To Top
11900-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Purple 4 3 for $5.25

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11900-06 Flash-A-Bugger, Purple 6 3 for $5.25

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11900-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Purple 8 3 for $5.25

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Flash-A-Bugger, Root Beer
This color is very productive in both lakes and streams. Many alkaline lakes have dense populations of leeches that are this color. They seem to be most active as the water begins to warm in the spring.  This is also productive is rivers where trout eat sculpins and crayfish.
Item Description Size Price To Top
11905-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Root Beer 4 3 for $5.25

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11905-06 Flash-A-Bugger, Root Beer 6 3 for $5.25

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11905-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Root Beer 8 3 for $5.25

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11905-10 Flash-A-Bugger, Root Beer 10 3 for $5.25

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Flash-A-Bugger, White
This is a deadly fly anywhere predator fish eat minnows.  Trout, land locked salmon, bass and crappies are a few of the fresh water fish that regularly caught with this fly.  It is often best when retrieved at high speed.
Item Description Size Price To Top
11906-06 Flash-A-Bugger, White 6 3 for $5.25

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Browns In Chile
By: Jay Beckstead

Jay Beckstead in Chile !!!

Five of us spent a week mid March at the "Heart of Patagonia" Lodge in Chile. The lodge is very nice & well run, this is our 2nd year there; but we had pretty poor luck with weather this year. It rained hard for a week before we got there & the first few days we were there. This produced waterfalls everywhere which was beautiful, but the rivers were basically unfishable. We fished lakes in the rain, but it certainly was less than ideal. Two of the guys tried to get out, but couldn't make a flight arrangement.  The last three full days several

of the rivers had dropped into high, but fishable shape & we had pretty fair fishing. The next to last day  my buddy David & I floated the Aisen which flows about 12 miles & ends in a fjord . We had a ball with some pods of rising fish. Many of the "rainbows" (photos below) I believe may be small steelhead. I certainly would have called them that if I had landed them in the Rogue. Other rainbows were highly spotted & looked more like resident fish to me. The last day we had to be back for lunch & a trip to the airport. Several guys thought that was more driving than they wanted for what promised to be about two hours of fishing. So I went out alone with the head guide,  Justin. Part way to the intended river, he asked me if I would be interested in doing something "different". I said sure. Just after we passed over a small river that had been a chocolate waterfall both above & below the road a few days before, we pulled up to a fence & drove into a small ranch house. Justin spent a few minutes with the rancher who appeared as we walked up. Justin explained as we hiked down into the canyon that he had discovered this short stretch of river several years previously & had seen a number of large trout in it, but that no large fish had been landed. It was a steep hike in & out, clear water (when fishable), & difficult casting. So he had been in a few times & had brought a few people, but so far it hadn't given up any of it's bigger fish. He supposed the fish got big eating whatever, mice, fish, etc., that washed over the two large waterfalls connecting it to the upper river. We couldn't get up around the corner to fully fish the first pool below the waterfall because the river was still a bit too high, despite clarity approaching the N Umpqua. I pushed up as far as I dared, hard against a rock wall. I had to cast back downstream, turn the cast angle & drop the heavy white streamer against the rock wall on the other side. On the 3rd cast, I hit about 2" from the wall. I could see the white fly sinking slowly (despite it's weight & the heavy sink tip) & moving downstream. I stripped to try & keep the fly moving a bit & stay in touch with it. As it drifted deeper I lost sight of it, but felt a bit of weight as I kept stripping. Next strip produced a firm weight & I connected to a log that seemed to move with the current. Pretty quickly it became obvious that the log was a sizable brown trout. Battled downstream, crossed the river & managed to land him. We taped him at 28.5" with a girth of 14.5". Pretty nice fish! I landed one more nice fish after working through the next two pools & coming back. Then it was time to hike out & head back for lunch.


Troubleshooting the Cast:
by Ed Jaworowski
(Stackpole Books)
Paperback, 96 pages
120 line drawings
8" x 11"
Examination of the four basic principles of casting as well as 32 of the most common problems and how to solve them.
 

Trouble Shooting The Cast !!!


This is easily one of the best books on fly casting I have ever read. While it is not a “Learn to Cast” book, it is close and should prove quite useful for even the novice caster. Where this book really shines is in Ed’s simple explanation for correcting just about any fault you might possibly have in your casting stroke(s). While Ed’s writing style is very informative, he seems to have more of a desire to impart information to the reader than impress us with his dazzling array of technical skills and knowledge. Ed cuts right to the chase with his written narrative, and the simple line drawings (rather than photographs) make casting techniques crystal clear. As a student of the Lefty Kreh method, Ed does not seem to care what time it is (refers to the 11:00 to 1:00 casting stroke), where your hand touches the grip or if the bulk of your weight rests on your left foot or not. The theory he puts forth is more in the vein of “if you move the rod like this- the line will do that.” Not over simplified in any manner, but easy to understand. The book itself is laid out in a unique manner in that casting faults are listed individually rather than “start at page one and read to the end.” Go to any particular problem and you will find a concise explanation that will confirm your diagnosis of the difficulty, the underlying cause and the method needed to correct the fault. References are included for some casting errors that overlap with others, along with the remedies to correct the fault(s). We have a great deal of technical information available on the art of fly casting available to us. It almost seems as if that printed information really requires an understanding of any number of principals and theories as a prerequisite to gaining any insight on the actual practice of casting. The knowledge I have gathered over the years about teaching people to learn to cast indicates to me that most folks are really more interested in casting the line, rather than about how the transfer of energy from the rod to the line really works. I have found that most of us eventually come to understand how it all happens, we just do it in the manner that suits each of us best. A good Chef prepares everything in the kitchen to perfection, and then leaves you alone to enjoy it at your own pace. This is exactly what Ed Jaworowski does with this book. It is a casting reference you should have on your shelf.
Review by:  J. Morgan Jones
Item Description Price To Top
0-8117-2942-7 Book: Troubleshooting the Cast: by Ed Jaworowski $14.95

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