Introduction To Tenkara, Fishing With Worms, Spring Steelhead

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Introduction To Tenkara
Fishing With Worms
Spring Steelhead

June 15
Tenkara is so easy, anyone can do it!
Free Barbeque: NOON - 1:00pm
On The Water Demonstrations: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tenkarafest is sponsored by The Fly Fishing Shop & Mt. Hood Village.
There is no charge for attending Tenkarafest.
Everyone is welcome!

Call for more info: 1-800-266-3971
What Is Tenkara
Tenkara is a Japanese fishing method, which features simplicity as its main attraction. The ingredients of Tenkara Outfit are a telescoping rod, a fixed length of line, a leader and a fly. No reel is used. Flies are cast or dapped upon the water. The development of this traditional Japanese method closely parallels early trout tackle used in Europe, where wooden rods (poles) were used with lines made from natural fibers. Tenkara is a Japanese version of the most basic of fly fishing methods that are probably universal to various parts of the Eurasian Continent.
TFO Tenkara

Looking for the ultimate in simplicity and presentation?  Check out the new TFO Soft Hackle Tenkara rods.  Based on a traditional Japanese method of fishing using only a rod, line and fly, Tenkara fishing permits anglers to make precise casts, delicate presentations, and manipulate their fly with extreme ease.  Telescoping down to 20 and 20.5 inches, the Soft hackle rods are perfect for the backpacking angler.
Tenkara is a giant leap back in time to the very roots of the sport of fly fishing, when everything was simpler. The rods come with a spare tip and second section.  The rod sock has a unique line holder built in to help organize your line when not in use.  Available in two actions to match your style of fishing. 

Don't miss Tenkarafest June 15, 2013!

TFO SH 106

Length: 10' 6"

Closed Length: 20.5"
Rod Weight: 2.5 ounces

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SH 106 Soft Hackle   Faster Action Standard $199.95 Sale Ended

TFO SH 116 Length: 11' 6"

Closed Length: 20"
Rod Weight: 2.9 ounces
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SH 116 Soft Hackle   Slower Action Standard $199.95 Sale Ended

A Time For Worms
San Juan Worm, Red San Juan Worm, Brown San Juan Worm, Shell Pink
San Juan Worm, Hot Pink Get Down Worm, Red

Worms occur in dense populations in many silty stream and lake beds. Worms also occur in the bottoms of fast moving gravel bed rivers. During times of floods, catastrophic drift can expose many worms to waiting trout. During these high water periods a San Juan Worm drifted along the bottom can be deadly. On local rivers "the worm" is a very productive fly during winter months or any time the river rises due to flash floods.  Aquatic worms come in a variety of colors ranging from tan to red.  Often a fake worm fly that is brighter colored than real ones will produce more strikes,
especially when the water is turbid.  Be sure to have several colors of worms in your fly box. Stomach autopsies on hatchery steelhead have revealed that they also eat worms, even during the coldest winter months.

San Juan Worm, Red
Some aquatic worms are reddish.  We have never seen any worms as bright as these flies, but don't let that fool you.  There have been lots of trout caught on this pattern.
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14708 San Juan Worm, Red 10 3 for $3.95 Sale Ended
14709 San Juan Worm, Red 12 3 for $3.95 Sale Ended

San Juan Worm, Worm Brown
Many Aquatic worms are tan to brown in color.  This pattern seems to work best in streams and lake that have very clear water.
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14719 San Juan Worm, Worm Brown 12 3 for $3.95 Sale Ended

San Juan Worm, Hot Pink
We spent a lot of time screening the Deschutes River, looking at the aquatic invertebrates that live there.  The majority of worm that live in the substrate are pinkish.  The first time we fished this pattern during spring run-off the trout gave it two thumbs up
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14892 San Juan Worm, Hot Pink 12 3 for $3.95 Sale Ended

San Juan Worm, Shell Pink
Some worms are very light colored. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the color of the substrate they are living in. Lighter colored worms are often better when fishing in clear water.
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14886 San Juan Worm, Shell Pink 12 3 for $3.95 Sale Ended

Get Down Worm, Red
Worm action in many streams happens during times of extreme run-off. Getting your fly down to where the fish are can be a problem. Use the Get Down Worm to...get down. This is a great dropper fly with weight to get unweighted worms or other small nymphs down to the depth where fish are holding. Or it is a great prospecting fly when fished by itself.
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19657 Get Down Worm, Red 6 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Spring/Summer Steelhead & Chinooks for your pleasure.
Just because everyone else is getting ready to go trout fishing doesn't mean Spey Fishing is over until fall. There are plentiful spring and summer runs of Steelhead and Chinooks from Alaska to Welches that are just beginning. April, May, June and July are big months for anadromous fish if you know where to go, and even more importantly if you know who to go with. If you want to see some clear belly fins, come to us. You don't have to go as far as B.C. to watch your steelhead jump ten times. Don't wait, they are here now.  Chinooks (Kings) become plentiful May - July.

Steelhead/Salmon Float Trips  Walking Trips by the hour also available!
Mark Bachmann

Travis Johnson
Sandy/Clackamas River float trip prices are unchanged for 2013 at $450 for 1 or 2 people, from the normal launch points. However we have an exclusive launch points, which gives us access to several miles of river that is accessible to very few other anglers. This service will cost an additional $25, or $475 per boat. Hot lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are furnished. Fishing formats can be tuned to fit your personality. Some anglers are aggressive; want to be the first boat on the water, and play hit and run all day. We can do that. We’ve rowed in the dark before. Other anglers have a more relaxed style. We know how to arrange that too. Having your own private school is always an option on any trip. We have acquired a huge collection of brand new Spey rods made by Sage, Winston, G. Loomis, Beulah, Echo and Temple Fork Outfitters...just for you to use when fishing with us. They are equipped with the latest reels and lines. Each outfit is designed to be the ultimate tool for a specific angling situation. This can add greatly to your experience. We have the best equipment in the game.
Steelhead are available: October-July.
Chinooks are available: October-December and May-July.
Trips are conducted by: Mark Bachmann and Travis Johnson.|
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Fly Fishing Only! 
40+ Seasons of  Steelhead Experience!

Boats are used for transportation, but most fishing is done while wading. A variety of fly fishing techniques are productive. Both single hand and Spey rods are used. We realize that many anglers don't have a lot of experience in fly fishing for steelhead. Your trip can be a crash course in how to catch steelhead/salmon with a fly. All you have to do is ask. Your guide is very experienced in teaching single-hand and two-hand fly rod casting, presentational skills, wading and fly selection.

Our boats are equipped with "state-of-the-art" fly fishing rod, reel and line combos that you can use (at no extra charge). We are liberal with the newest hottest flies. Clients must provide their own chest-high wading apparel,
or you can rent what you need from us.

To give yourself the best advantage in learning to catch steelhead with a fly, book multiple days. We will be happy to help arrange room and food accommodations from simple to elegant.

Due to water conditions, Sandy River float trips are available only November through June.  Clackamas River trips are available all year.  Summer and Winter Steelhead are the main target with Spring Chinook and Coho available at times. Call us for the latest scoop.
Price: $450 - One day float trips (1 or 2 anglers per boat) $100 deposit required.
Float trip price includes hot lunch, munchies and soft drinks.
Please call for reservations. 
"If you have a larger party and want to do multi-boat trips, We've got recourses. "
No one provides better equipment!
Our fleet is unmatched with boats from such legendary brands as: Outcast, Clackacraft and Alumaweld to be assured you will have the best craft for the job.

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We use state of the art inflatable boats.

We also use state of the art drift boats.

Comfort and safety with deep padded seats and custom-built-in waterproof storage

More comfort and safety with deep padded seats and custom-built-in waterproof storage.

Fish long & prosper prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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