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Mark Bachmann to speak at: Central Oregon Flyfishers
May 18, 7:30pm, Bend Senior Center, Bend, Oregon
Mark Bachmann
"Mark Bachmann has guided the lower Deschutes River for thirty years. His steelhead season averages about 60-days on the water. Mark will share his experience with a one-hour PowerPoint presentation, where he promises to divulge his most cherished summer steelhead secrets. If you like pictures of steelhead, come to this program."

Spey Clave Guys
Just a few of the world renowned Spey Casters who will perform at Sandy River Spey Clave 2011.
Simon Gawesworth
Simon Gawesworth is certainly the most popular Spey Casting instructor in the United States, and one of the most popular fly casting instructors in the world.
Al Buhr
Al Buhr designs lines for Scientific Anglers and has written and published the most popular book on fly line design, as well as one of the most popular books on Spey Casting.
George Cook
George Cook has a running chronical of Spey Casting development in the Pacific Northwest
Scott Howell
Scott Howell is one of the world's most popular steelhead guides, and the star on the
Skagit Master II DVD.
 
Click For Entire Spey Clave Agenda
 
 

If you wait to hear about the latest hatch before you book your trips, you are already behind.  Book your day trips now for the famed Salmon fly hatch on the renowned Deschutes River and be guaranteed a guide and part of the action!
The expert guide staff here at The Fly Fishing Shop will work hard at putting you on top of some of the world’s prettiest and hardest fighting trout. They will also improve your catch rate by helping you with any type of casting and presentation issues that you may have. 
Our instructors also know a lot of the history of the Deschutes canyon, and have extensive knowledge of the critters, plants, and geology of this beautiful fishery; they will shine most when it comes to knowing where and when to put you on the river for the ultimate fishing experience.  Our aim is to pass on the intimate knowledge of the river learned by years of experience, all concentrated for you into an 8-10 hour day of fishing.
You will be provided with a tasty streamside lunch and beverages, along with any tackle you may need, or you may bring your own favorite flies and rod set-up.
Providing a great camaraderie, local knowledge and history of the river and fish, and having fun on the river is what the day is all about.
Don’t hesitate—be there when the hatch begins!
Deschutes Day Trips: 1 or 2 Anglers.....$550     3 Anglers.....$650
Prices include Deschutes Boater Passes.
Prices do not include Oregon Fishing License or Warm Springs Reservation Permits.
Call for reservations: 800-266-3971
Ship Your Gear
Whether attending one of our schools or a guided trip, travelling anglers will often find it more convenient and less expensive to ship their personal gear by UPS rather than to transport it on an airplane. We will gladly receive your fishing and/or camping gear for you at The Fly Fishing Shop and then after your trip with us, return your gear to your home or next destination.
Rental Gear Available
The Fly Fishing Shop now has a complete set of Gore-tex chest high waders and AquaStealth sole wading shoes for rent. We can fit most sizes of adult male anglers with top quality wading apparel. Waders with boots rent for $30 per day for a set. This service will be of special interest to the casual angler, as well as the travelling angler who doesn't want to carry wet gear home on an airplane. Call for reservations.
Please have ready for disclosure your shoe size, height, inseam and weight. 

Stonefly Nymphs
Bitch Creek Kaufmann Stone, Black King Stone Nymph, Golden
FFS Stone Nymph, Brown Kaufmann Stone, Brown Montana Stone
FFS Stone Nymph, Golden Kaufmann Stone, Golden Ugly Bug
Double Bead Peacock Stone King Stone Nymph, Brown Bead Head Stone Nymphs
   Jimmy Legs  

Stoneflies are a small, but diverse family of insects that are adapted to well oxygenated streams and rivers. Stonefly nymphs have fixed gills that can only extract oxygen in moving water.  If trapped in still water they die quickly.  Most stoneflies crawl out of the water to hatch.  The normal procedure is for nymphs to   
migrate to shore to hatch.  This migration activity is attractive to trout, grayling and whitefish.  Some smaller species do hatch mid river at the waters surface much like mayflies do. Nymphs of several giant stone flies live in our rivers for up to three years before they hatch into winged adults. They are available to trout in several sizes, nearly year round. As the nymphs grow they must take ever larger territory.  The redistribution of territory usually happens in mass with many insects changing territory at the same time.  This is called a behavioral drift.  The largest behavioral drift cycles of these stone fly nymphs occur mid-September through May. These mass movements of  insects occur during the twilight of early morning and late evening.  During these periods nymphs move down stream.  Many are exposed to the currents and swept along out of control.  Trout key on these vulnerable morsels.  You should carry patterns in several different weights to cover different water depths and speeds. The flies listed below will cover all of the subsurface "giant stone fly" nymph activity.  There are patterns such as the Little Golden Stone which cover many smaller species as well.

Several weeks before the hatch, nymphs of most species of stone flies, including the giant ones such as salmon flies and golden stones will start to migrate to staging areas along the banks. No other occurrence in our rivers produces a feeding frenzy like a migration of big stone fly nymphs. Even the largest trout find it hard to refuse a big stone fly nymph fished deep along the bottom. The peak of this activity is the last two weeks before the hatch 

If you want to know more about how to be successful with stone fly nymphs, read "Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods" by Dave Whitlock.  (Click here to BUY)
starts and the first week after the hatch begins.
Illustration above copied from:
Guide To Aquatic Trout Food by Dave Whitlock, which is one of the most authoritative guides to stream enomology.

Bitch Creek
This woven chenille body stone fly nymph has been a favorite in the Rocky Mountain States since the early '60s.  It is also a popular steelhead fly on the West Coast, particularly in Oregon.  
Heavy weighted.
Bitch Creek
Item Description Size Price To Top
9067-04 Bitch Creek 4 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
9067-06 Bitch Creek 6 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown
After reading "Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout" by Charlie Brooks we decided to try some heavy weighted Stone Fly Nymphs tied in-the-round. This method makes the nymph look the same whether up side down or right side up. This fly has been a success since 1975.  Heavy weighted.
FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown
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11000-02 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 2 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
11000-04 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 4 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
11000-06 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 6 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
11000-08 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 8 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
11000-10 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 10 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden
Like all other insects stoneflies must shed their exoskeletons in order to grow. Some species of stoneflies turn from dappled brown shades to gold color for a period after this process.  This brightly colored nymph pattern is very effective during high water periods when newly transformed nymphs are being washed from the gravel.  Heavy weighted.
FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden
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11500-06 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden 6 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
11500-08 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden 8 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
11500-10 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden 10 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stonefly Nymph
Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stone
If you fish the Deschutes River, nearly any time of year, this is a must have fly. Redsides like it and so do steelhead.
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02-0125-04 Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stonefly Nymph 4 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED
02-0125-06 Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stonefly Nymph 6 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED
02-0125-08 Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stonefly Nymph 8 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED

Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black
Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black
Giant Salmon flies are normally a three year life cycle. During most of their lives these insects crawl around on the bottom of the river devouring vegetable matter. They are black in color with few markings of other colors. However, years ago, some anglers noted that the addition of white legs made large black nymphs more effective. That is how the Girdle Bug fly became famous. In certain colors of water the striped legs probably show up better and are easier for trout to see.
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02-0110-04 Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black 4 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED
02-0110-06 Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black 6 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED

Double Bead Stone Nymph, Brown
Double Bead Stone, Brown
Just before they hatch, Salmonfly Nymphs turn from black to brown as the orange color adult fly starts to show through the black nymphal skin. This is a must-have fly just before the hatch.
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06409-04 Double Bead Stone Nymph, Brown 4 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED
06409-04 Double Bead Stone Nymph, Brown 6 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED

Double Bead Golden Stonefly Nymph, Golden
Double Bead Golden Stonefly Nymph, Golden
Golden stoneflies are even more common than the better known Salmonflies.
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06410-04 Double Bead Golden Stonefly Nymph, Golden 4 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED
06410-06 Double Bead Golden Stonefly Nymph, Golden 6 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED

Double Bead Pearl-Back Stonefly Nymph
Double Bead Pearl-Back Stonefly Nymph
This is a deadly fly, especially when used in high, off colored water.
Item Description Size Price To Top
03165-06 Double Bead Pearl-Back Stonefly Nymph 6 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED

Jimmy Legs Stonefly Nymph, Brown
Jimmy Legs Stonefly Nymph, Brown
The longer Salmonflies remain in the same skin, the more algae grows on the outside of them, giving them an olive cast.
Item Description Size Price To Top
NSF0089 Jimmy Legs Stonefly Nymph, Brown 4 3 for $7.50 SALE ENDED

Kaufmann Stone, Rubber Leg, Black
This is a recent version of Randall Kaufmann's famous Kaufmann Stonefly Nymph.  It is very popular and productive when used for both trout and steelhead.  It is very heavy weighted.
Kaufmann Stone, Rubber Leg, Black
Item Description Size Price To Top
14280 Kaufmann Stone, Rubber Leg, Black 4 3 for $7.00 SALE ENDED
14281 Kaufmann Stone, Rubber Leg, Black 6 3 for $7.00 SALE ENDED

Kaufmann Stone, Brown
This an early version of the Kaufmann Stone which uses picked out angora hair for the legs.  Precisely formed wing cases are the key feature.  
It is very heavy weighted.
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14261 Kaufmann Stone, Brown 4 3 for $7.00 SALE ENDED
14262 Kaufmann Stone, Brown 6 3 for $7.00 SALE ENDED

Kaufmann Stone, Golden
This bright gold fly is deadly during spring run-off periods.  It is very heavy weighted.
Kaufmann Stone, Golden
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14270 Kaufmann Stone, Golden 8 3 for $7.00 SALE ENDED
14271 Kaufmann Stone, Golden 10 3 for $7.00 SALE ENDED
14272 Kaufmann Stone, Golden 12 3 for $7.00 SALE ENDED

Montana Stone
This may be one of the first really popular stonefly nymph patterns.  It can be as productive now as ever.  Medium weighted.
Montana Stone
Item Description Size Price To Top
12230-04 Montana Stone 4 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
12230-06 Montana Stone 6 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Ugly Bug
This is a Brad Jackson pattern made from lead wire, black chenille and rubber legs.  This the most heavily weighted stonefly nymph we sell.
Ugly Bug
Item Description Size Price To Top
12380-04 Ugly Bug 4 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
12380-06 Ugly Bug 6 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

The key to success is "understanding".  You can never know enough.
Understanding the organisms that trout feed on is one of the keys to catching trout.
DAVE WHITLOCK'S GUIDE TO AQUATIC TROUT FOOD
is great reference material for the trout fisher.
Check out our special deal.

High Water Trout
By: Travis Johnson
Patty Barnes lands a redside on the Deschutes River
Yep, it's springtime! Due to rain and snow melt the water is high, everywhere. With higher flows, we get off colored water as well. For those anglers willing to adapt to the situation, high waters can produce some exceptional chances at great trout fishing. Higher flows cause catastrophic drifts of insects washed from submerged banks and river bottom, putting lots of food in the water for high energy feeding sprees for opportunistic trout, and great opportunities for anglers willing to capitalize  on this phenomenon. Just like the rest of the year trout need to feed.
Higher velocity water flows often make river trout work harder, and burning more energy makes them hungry. The rising water temperature of spring run-off also increases metabolism in trout which are cold blooded critters, and the need for more caloric replacement. So with these things in mind, we know that the trout are hungry.
What are they eating??? This is a great question with a simple answer. In high water, rainbow trout are usually fairly opportunistic feeders. But, they don't eat everything that comes by them, otherwise they would spend a lot of time eating debris, such as drifting sticks and water-weeds. With high volumes of food drifting in the currents, trout can afford to feed with reckless abandon.Certain food items can be more appealing than others. In large stonefly nymphs attract a lot of attention. Worms washed from eroding stream banks are a delicacy. Eggs from whitefish and steelhead redds are dessert. I carry a diversified arsenal of stone fly nymphs. Brown and black are some favorites, but golden stone nymphs are even better some days. Don't forget to carry some brighter yellow patterns that look like freshly molted goldens washed from the streambed. San Juan worms and Glo Bugs are great for dropper flies when fished dead drift under a strike indicator. Woolly Buggers in shades of black, brown or olive can be super productive when fished deep on a fast sinking tip line.
 
Locating fish in high water can be problematic. Covering water is the key in my opinion. Trout are always trying to conserve energy, but in high water the amount of good holding water becomes smaller and it is often farther between good spots. This is because areas of normal velocity are greatly reduced when a river is in high. High-water holding areas can be anything from a small break below a rock, tree or log, or an inside curve that is too shallow during normal flows. I have seen days where you might fish a couple of spots with minimal results, then the third spot may result in 6,8, 10 hook ups in a ten foot area. Play with the amount of weight and leader length because not every spot you fish will be the same depth. Most importantly, have fun, nothing is ever perfect, but the angler who can adapt is the angler that catches fish on a consistent basis. The rewards can be great when you do locate a hole full of fish.
Be sure you're stocked up on larger stonefly nymphs. This time of year these insects are molting and starting to be active in preparation for the upcoming pre-hatch-migration. Here is a list of must have items for spring time or any high water fishing situation:
7.5' and 9' leaders 3x, 4x and 5x
3x to 5x tippet spools ( I like Rio Fluoroflex) 
a good assortment of split shot (Different sizes for micro adjustments)
indicators
large stone fly nymphs your favorite will work sz.4-8
Black woolly buggers sz. 4-6
Green drake nymphs sz. 10-14
Caddis Larva
San Juan worms sz. 8-14 (red, and pink)
egg patterns sz. 6-10
A small assortment of Mayfly and caddis dries. Sometimes high water is due to warmer weather climate which, in turn warms the water up, thus causing sudden hatches of caddis and Mayflies.


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