Second Annual Oregon Fly Fishing Festival

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Second Annual
Oregon Fly Fishing Festival
June 16, 2007 - 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Free Fly Fishing Games, Drawings & Prizes
Fun, Fun, Fun !!!
Presented By: The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches Oregon.
We are at the foot of Mt. Hood, 45 minutes from Portland on Hwy 26.
100 miles of Class-1 streams are within 10 miles of this event.
The Topics Covered Are Uniquely Oregon!
What happened at the 2006 Oregon Fly Fishing Festival?
Jon Covich To Provide A Program At The Oregon Fly Fishing Festival
our Winston Rod rep is one of the most talented angler photographers of our era.
Below is a selection of his works There will be a showing of his photography at the Oregon Fly Fishing Festival, June 16.  Come meet Jon Covich.  (Click each each picture to enlarge it).
Christmas Island You will never guess...
British Columbia Sea of Cortez
Jon has caught many different species of fish from a wide variety of exotic places, even our own back yard.  Come watch his unique program.

Dick Sagara of Temple Fork Outfitters Presents
At The Oregon Fly Fishing Festival

Dick Sagara !!!

Dick's helpful program: "Fly Fishing 101- provides answers to  your questions about getting started in Fly Fishing"

TFO is willing to donate a special children's outfit each hour of the event to a child who enters a raffle for the outfit.  The outfit features a special kid's rod, reel and line. 
Families are encouraged to attend the Festival.  All children from 8-16 are eligible. Must be present to win!

New TFO 7’ 6” TiCr X & Pro Fun-Guns For the Salmonfly Hatch & Beyond
Written By: Dick Sagara,  Additions By Mark Bachmann

This live salmonfly approved of TFO's new seven and a half footer.

Sometimes longer is not better.  In fact, at times rods over eight feet can be a real disadvantage. Lefty Kreh, TFO rod designer, reminisces about fishing in Florida with Homer Rhodes and Joe Brooks.  “We used to use short little rods to cast flies up against the mangroves or bridge piling, what great fun!”  The new 7’ 6” six and eight weight TiCr X rods were created with these

experiences in mind. When anglers first test cast the rods, instant smiles came across their faces. They were convinced they would find many uses for a rod capable of casting low, tiny loops in situations where obstacles prevented elevated casting planes. So what specific situations are these rods best suited for?  How about casting under the streamside vegetation at Salmon Fly time where many of the largest fish wait for a tasty morsel to fall on to their dining room table?  Or, when fishing from a fast moving drift-boat, firing quick, tight casts to the bank with an assortment of flies ranging from streamers to

Dick down under the trees puttin' the sneak on a Redside.

small dries & terrestrials?  It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it, so my son and I are off to the Deschutes to field test.  I found that the 7’ 6” length was very effective in keeping both back casts and forward casts of the large salmon fly dries in play and out of the trees and vegetation.

A short rod has advantages in tight places.

 In these situations being able to vary the casting plane from three quarter to sidearm allowed presentations to fish that rarely see anything other than the natural insects.  Be mindful of the length of line needed to be cast and the larger sized flies that will be used to imitate these large bugs.  Much of the salmon fly dry fly fishing is a game of short, precise casts of less than 35 feet.  As the TiCr X rods are fast action rods, I

found it most effective to “up line” the 6 weight rod to a 7 weight line to maximize turning over the larger salmon fly imitations at short distances.  Don’t worry about the weight of line used – only anglers seem to fuss about line designations.  Fish won’t eat what you don’t put in front of them.   Ditto for leader length – no need to handicap yourself with long leaders. Seven and a half foot leaders for this type of fishing work fine. (Or even leaders down to 6')MB.
Line selection is also critical in maximizing rod performance.  Lines with aggressive front tapers work best to turn over the larger imitations.  The Teeny Long Shot and the new Teeny Pat Ehlers weight forward floating warm water Professional series lines were the go to performers.   Pat Ehlers, one of the highly respected fly shop owners in the Upper Midwest, designed his lines with a longer rear taper to ensure pinpoint accuracy with larger flies.  He also added slightly thicker running line to avoid tangles.  Don’t be deceived by the warm water designation of the line; the line Pat designed have cold water cores. The white Teeny weight forward floating Longshot line has been a favorite of many and also works well in these types of applications.
(Another line that really delivers the goods in tight cover is the Sage Performance Taper).
Another TFO Rod that is specifically designed for fishing in tight places is the 7' 6" #5 Pro. At $139.95 it's a steal.  It offers a little more delicacy than the 6-weight TiCrX. MB

These new  7 ‘ 6” rods are fun, powerful fishing specialty tools. 
Call 1-800-266-3971 for more information!

TFO 08 76 4 TX

Length: 7' 6"     Line: #8     Pieces: 4   

Popular for fishing in tight cover.  Short length gives short swing length and incredible accuracy.  Great rod for fishing big bass in the swamps, or snook or baby tarpon in the mangroves.  Too much rod for trout under six-pounds.
Rod weight: 4.2 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
TFO-080904TX TiCr-X 8 Fast 2 $249.95


TFO 06 76 4 TX

Length: 7' 6"     Line: #6     Pieces: 4   

Popular for fishing in tight cover.  Short length gives short swing length and incredible accuracy.  May be over-lined for fishing big bushy flies.  May also be lined with WF6F with aggressive lines such as Sage Performance Taper, Rio Grand or Mastery GPX. With this rod lined in such a manner you can virtually ignore all but the strongest winds. 
Rod weight: 4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
TFO-060904TX TiCr-X 6 Fast 2 $249.95


TFO 05 76 4P

Length: 7' 6"      Line: #5     Pieces: 4   

A rod designed for larger trout in streams where casting space is limited.  This may be the perfect rod for the Salmonfly hatch for anglers wanting a little finesse. 
Rod weight: 3.2 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
TFO-05764P Pro 5 Med-Fast 1 $139.95


Newest Salmonfly Patterns
Parachute Salmon Yummy Drown Salmon Egg Layer Chew Toy
Parachute Salmon Fly, underside

How does a fish view your fly?  You can never be sure.  What was the last guy using that fished your next piece of water? If you believe that fish have any capacity to remember, it might be to your advantage to use a slightly different fly. This is certainly true of super-hatches such as the "Salmon Fly Hatch".  You know the fish are going to eat, but you also know that the are going to get more educated as the season progresses.  If they get stuck a number of times while eating Sofa Pillows, they are going to loose their taste for Sofa Pillows.

Parachute Salmon Fly
This bizarre looking fly will float without having been treated without dry fly foatant.  Even when the body and legs are completely awash the "strike indicator" tuft of white poly yarn can be seen by the angler.  We do recommend that this yarn tuft be treated with silicone floatant to make this fly perform even better. 

Parachute Salmon Fly, side veiw

Item Description Size Price To Top
060300-04 Parachute Salmon Fly 4 3 for $5.95


Yummy Mummie
This pattern has so many wiggly tails, legs and feelers that it "crawls" across the surface of the water.  This is an excellent change-up fly and you know that probably no one else on the water has anything similar.  The Yummy Mummie is impossible to sink in even the roughest water.  If it gets pulled under, it will pop back to the surface.

Yummy Mummie

Item Description Size Price To Top
06641-04 Yummy Mummies 4 3 for $5.95


Drown Salmon Fly
When big old wise trout get nicked with dry flies a couple of times they can quit feeding on the surface entirely.  Often they will station up below a current that pulls naturals under and feed only on drown Salmon Flies.

Drown Salmon Fly

Item Description Size Price To Top
06318-04 Drown Salmon Fly 4 3 for $5.85


Egg Layer Salmon Fly
From our observations, Female Salmon Flies lay egg several ways. Some times they skitter across the surface exuding eggs as the go. Other times they drop eggs while flying. It is the former mode that is of interest to the angler. Salmon Flies laying eggs with their egg ball intact and the abdomen flush with the surface or slightly below the surface can be a prime target for feeding trout. This is a great fly for that reason.

Egg Layer Salmon Fly

Item Description Size Price To Top
200755-04 Egg Layer Salmon Fly 4 3 for $5.85


Salmon Fly Chew Toy
The Chew Toy is a great searching pattern or change-up fly.
It is easy to cast, easy to see, floats well and is durable.

Salmon Fly Chew Toy

Item Description Size Price To Top
200781-04 Salmon Fly Chew Toy 4 3 for $5.85


Fly Fishing For Shad

Fine example of a Columbia River shad.

The largest anadromous fish run in the Columbia River is the shad run.  At 3-5 million fish annually,  it is the largest shad run in the world.  There are many species of shad world wide. They are members of Herring family.  There are many species that never leave fresh water and rarely exceed 4-inches.  There are other species of herring of approximately the same size that never leave saltwater. Some species of shad migrate into the tributaries of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and China. The Columbia River Shad (American Shad) Alosa sapidissima are native to the east coast of the United States and were originally planted in the Sacramento River delta in 1871.  From there they spread north into the larger rivers of the west coast of the U.S.  They are  plankton feeders but will strike small bright colored flies, wobblers and jigs. American Shad spawn in fresh water, but migrate to saltwater to feed and grow. They spend

Patty with a shad.

Mark with a shad. approximately 8 months in fresh water before they migrate to the Ocean. Baby shad are a major food source for many predatory Columbia River game fish especially small mouth bass.  Male Shad reach sexual maturity at about 3 years of age when they are about 2-3 pounds. Most female shad are sexually mature at  4-years old and weight about 3-6 pounds.  The all-tackle world record is over eleven pounds.  The fly rod record is over seven pounds.  Sexually mature shad begin migration up the Columbia River to spawn when the water temperature is between 50 and 60 degrees. As this is being written the shad run is just starting at Bonneville Dam. Shad are broadcast spawners, which means they release their eggs into the current as opposed to digging redds in the gravel to
lay their eggs. Spawning usually takes place during the low-light evening and nighttime hours. Many shad don't die after spawning and may survive to spawn multiple times.  Usually the largest specimens are females that have spawned several times.  While migrating upstream, shad usually follow the shoreline at depths from 3-15 feet.   Many fish can be found in moderate flows of moderate depth. A fish-finder and a power boat are two of the best pieces of equipment for finding shad. An easy approach is to anchor the boat and let the fish come to you.  Shad are superb fly rod Shad flies.
game fish. Tackle from 4-weight to 8-weight is appropriate.  We like 6-weight rods the best.  For our favorite shad water a Cortland 175 grain Quick Decent line or a Jim Teeny T-130 or T-200
Shad Foundation
American Shad
Columbia River Shad
Columbia Fish Counts
line gives good control at depths that most shad travel at.  Shad seem to take flies best when the fly is exactly at their level in the water.  The level that shad travel at changes with the flow and the time of day.  Generally the brighter the day, the deeper they will travel or hold.  During low light conditions shad may be near the surface. 
Keep an eye on your fish finder and vary your sink rate to present the fly at the level where your screen displays the most fish. The most popular shad flies are size #4 or #6 fluorescent red, orange or chartreuse with liberal amounts of silver or gold flash, although non-reflective patterns such as Teeny Nymphs in fluorescent pink, orange and green are popular with some anglers.  Other anglers report doing well on dark flies such as insect green and even black Teeny Nymphs.  Bonefish flies such as the Puff and and Crazy Charley series are also know shad producers.  Shad seem to take best when the fly is presented with a down and across swing.  Many takes are experienced when the fly is on the hang-down.  Shad strike with a definite grab.  Feeding a shock loop as in steelhead fishing seems to result in more solid hook-ups.

A Shad Tale - how to fly fish in really big rivers.
This report is from 06/03/04, but it can give you some ideas.
Columbia River Shad like chartreuse flies.

About 250,000 shad poured through the ladder at Bonneville Dam Thursday, June 3.  The water was perfect temperature, 57 degrees.  Air temperature in the middle of the day was 77, bright sun, very little wind.  The perfect day to catch a boat load of shad, or at least you would think so.  Patty and I, with our friends Jeff and Tilda Runner loaded our gear in my Duchworth and put in a Dodson.  Being newbies to the Columbia River scene, we were in for a bit of a 

shock.  The bright sun produced a hatch of anglers and a horde of boats.  And the river was up two feet since our last trip a week ago.  When we got to our fishing area, there were boats anchored everywhere we wanted be, except one.  Only problem was our anchor wouldn't hold in that spot. The river was two feet deeper and a lot swifter than the previous week.  To bad....the fish finder showed shad passing through in a steady stream.  We tried other spots throughout the day.  All the spots where fish showed on the fish finder were too deep and swift for the fly gear that we had brought with us.  Also the bright sunlight made the shad run deeper in the water than last week    

when the weather was heavy overcast.  Meanwhile anglers in every other boat were catching shad after shad.  This went on all day.  People caught fish all around us.  We were the only boat with fly anglers and the only boat not catching fish.  The gear guys could reach the fish.  We couldn't.  I kept moving, looking for a position that had fish, and was shallow enough that we could reach them with our flies and sinking lines.  Finally just after 3:00 in the afternoon (after 9 hours of fishing) Jeff landed our first shad (a little male).  The skunk was off the boat.  We got a couple more strikes in that 

You'll need a good net.

spot, then the shad left.  Our break came around four o'clock.  Many boats had left.  I had been eyeing a shallow riffle where it broke around the end of a gravel bar.  A a guy there earlier had caught shad quicker than anyone else.  As our boat taxied into position, dozens of fish lit up the screen on the finder.  We put the boat right on a seam with slow water on one side and faster water on the other.  The results were immediate.  For the next four hours we caught shad after shad.   

Average size shad.

Now surprisingly, the other boats around us weren't doing very well.  For the next four hours we were the only boat with fly anglers and the boat that was catching the most shad.  The tables had turned.  Our persistence had paid off and we were able to turn a humiliating day into a day where some valuable lessons were learned.  The end result was that we wound up catching a lot of fish.  What did we learn?
The old adage is still true. "The fly has to be in the water to catch fish."   If we had given up, we would have quit before we figured the solutions to our problems (and I wouldn't be writing this article). Water level makes a lot of difference.  For me a river the size of the Columbia is hard to read, but it's the same as your favorite trout or steelhead stream, just on a much larger scale.  Position in the river is everything.  If you are in the right spot, fishing gets easier.    Shad will bight 

flies as well as anything else, if the fly can be presented at their level.  Shad don't seem to rise to the fly.  The shad that we caught were the same size as the gear people caught, which averaged two to four pounds.  These are perfect fish for a six weight fly rod.  However these fish don't always travel where you can get at them with with normal six-weight fly lines.  At times it is handy to have a heavier rod and very fast sinking line.  Full sinking lines probably do a better job getting the fly to the fish than do sinking tip lines when fishing from a boat.  We also learned that we still have a lot to learn about shad fishing.

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