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FlyFishing in Oregon
By: Matt Sherman

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Columba River, Snake River and laced with a vast network of rivers and lakes, Oregon is a fly fishers' Paradise.
After months of rain, snow, thirty something degree water, blown rivers, and chucking sink tips for steel; the sun poking through the clouds signals a changing of the guard. Summer steelhead, rising trout, bass crashing poppers on the surface, tailing carp, bug hatches so thick you hold your breath for fear of choking on a mouth full of caddis, it’s fantastic! From the Owyhee on the Eastern border, to the jetties on the coast, the fishing opportunities run state wide. OK, I know I left a few out but there are more fishing opportunities in Oregon than hours in a day, or even days in a year for that matter.

Native Redband Trout, a cousin to the better known Rainbow Trout inhabit most of the streams east of the Cascade Mountain Range.
As the sun rises on the basalt canyons and sagebrush filled draws illuminating the landscape of one of the most spectacular bed rock canyons on earth, our summer really begins. The air begins to fill with a large, black & orange flying contraption that look like hummingbirds with too many legs. Anglers line the banks, outnumbered only by Redside trout who line the same banks awaiting what to them would be considered a beef steak with wings. The stonefly hatch on Oregon’s Deschutes River is a spectacle, one that should be seen by every serious trout angler at some point in their life. Fish slash at massive flies on the surface, the river opens up in what could be affectionately known as “the toilet bowl flush” left by large Deschutes Redsides swirling size four dries off the top. After reflecting on past stone fly hatches and anticipating the next, I think it can be best described as “six weeks of pure trout mayhem.”

Carp will never be endangered. Most waterways in Oregon have populations of these hard fighting fish.
In the midst of one of the greatest bug hatches on the planet it is hard to draw yourself away for a day or two, but you must. The reason you may ask? A fish that has been given a bad rap for years and years for more reasons than I can count, has slowly found its way into the limelight. Red tails flash against a beautiful, backlit sunset. Nervous water signals that the fish are there. Shots present themselves quickly, the fish are there, and then they are gone. Delicate, accurate presentations are required and when done correctly, it’s fish on. No, I am not talking about fishing for redfish. From the sloughs of the Columbia to the flooded ponds of Suavie’s Island, carp have made their way into the game fish category, and I can tell you from experience, they aren’t going anywhere! They pull hard when hooked, but are much harder to actually hook. These fish will make you a hero one day, and bring you near tears the next. I can’t think of anything I would rather do on a hot, sunny, Oregon afternoon than sight cast to golden bones with some good friends.

Bass are not native, but large populations of both Large Mouth and Small Mouth Black Bass abound in many rivers and lakes in Oregon, & they love to eat flies.
The small gob of foam and fur lashed onto a piece of sharpened steel weaves and wobbles, gurgling and spitting water as it chugs across the surface. Suddenly, a large dark shape appears beneath the fly and before you know it the fly disappears from the surface much the same way that your running line is now disappearing from you reel.  The fish surfaces far down river and you realize that you had better follow for fear of losing not only the fish but all of your running line and backing as well. Several minutes later, which for the angler with the rod in his hand, seems like a matter of seconds, a beautiful chrome hen slides into the shallows. Her gills flare as she is held in the shallows, revived, and released. Whether it be your first steelhead of the day, of your life, first on a dry, or just one of many, watching one of nature’s true evolutionary miracles slide back into the depths is something that will captivate you forever.  Of all the opportunities in our lovely state, for me anyways, swinging flies for summer steelhead is surpassed by none.

Steelhead are reveared throughout their range. Oregon has true year around steelhead fly fishing opportunities second to none.
Whether you choose to chase ten inch trout on a small mountain stream on Mount Hood, throw bass poppers under a hot summer sun on the John Day, or travel the state in pursuit of summer steelhead on a swung fly, it is hard to beat a sunny summer day in Oregon. I can’t think of many other states where you have the variety of species to chase, under an array of backdrops including a sunset over Mt. Hood from Lost Lake, or the golden rays of light that illuminate the walls of the Deschutes canyon in the morning. Simply put, fly fishing in Oregon is pure bliss and something to be celebrated and enjoyed by all. Have a great summer on the water!
Because the remaining space in the August 2-4 school booked multiple times before we could remove it from the server, we decided to repeat that school August 16-18. Spaces are limited in Mark's entry level Deschutes River Summer Steelhead School. Nowhere else can you learn so much about fly fishing for summer steelhead in such a short period of time. Sign-up NOW!
Fly Fishing In Alaska
Picture By Charles St. Pierre at Alaska West Lodge
First come the Kings, then the Reds, then the Humpies, then the Chums, then the Silvers, and all the while there are giant Rainbows, Char, Pike, Grayling and Dolly Vardens, just to name a few few of Alaskas most sought after sport fish. The Fly fishing Shop in Welches, OR has flies for all of them.
Map of Alaska  Alaska has 47,000 miles of ocean coastline, more than all the other states combined. The interior abounds with as many miles of shoreline on lakes and streams. Alaska is a coldwater fly angler's dream. Many anglers migrate to Alaska during the summer months to partake in the bounty of the "last frontier". On this page is the most complete selection of proven Alaska flies to be found anywhere. They are made from the finest materials available.
Alaska River Flows
Alaska Weather
Alaska Maps
Click any of the flies below to purchase, or to get more information. Good luck on your Alaska  fishing trip.

Alaskabou, Blue Moon

Alaskabou, Popsicle

Alaskabou, Volcano

Agitator, Black/Red

Agitator, Purple/Flame

Agitator, Sandy Candy

Cotton Candy

Deep Eyed Wog

Egg Leech, Black

Egg Leech, Purple

Flesh Fly  

B.L. Flesh, Peach Pink

B.L . Flesh, Cotton Candy

B.L.Flesh, W.Out

Lady Flesh Fly

Lady Flesh, Articulated

Lady Flesh, Articulated, Tan & Orange

Bead Head Egg

Natural Salmon

Light Orange

 Bead Head Hot Egg

Egg Sherbet

Glo Bug, Alaska Roe

Glo Bug, Baby Pink

Glo Bug, Golden Nugget

Glo Bug, Oregon Cheese

G. Bug, Peachy King

Glo Bug, St. Orange

Krystal Bugger, Chartreuse

Krystal Bugger, Red
Krystal Bugger, White

Morrish Mouse

Pink Polywog

Pink Polly Popper

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Black

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Olive

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Tan

Sculpin, Shiela

Sculpzilla, Black & White

Sculpzilla, Natural Brown

Sculpzilla, Olive & White

Sculpzilla, Natural Tan

Sculpzilla, White

Guide Intruder, Black

Guide Intruder, Chartreuse

Guide Intruder, Pink

Lady GaGa, Blue

Lady GaGa, Pink

Jumbo Critter, Black& Blue

Jumbo Critter, Blue and Chartreuse

Jumbo Critter, Pink & Orange 

Jumbo Critter, Purple

Stinger Prawn, Black & Blue

Stinger Prawn, Chartreuse

Stinger Prawn, Purple    
Good Reasons
For Building Fly Fishing Systems Around LiteSpeed Reels
By Mark Bachmann
The Waterworks/Lamson LiteSpeed Reels incorporate aircraft metals, cutting edge anodizing and conical drag in a very strong, but lightweight, ultra large-arbor design, which adapts easily to many different types of fisheries, and fly fishing methods. Even better, this perfect design provides continuity, by having only made incremental improvements since its introduction more than 10-years ago. All the old parts fit the newest reels and visa-versa, the perfect reels to build systems around.
Over the years, I have built two travel and fishing systems around LiteSpeed Reels. The first was a 6-weight system incorporating LiteSpeed-3 reels. This system took years to put together. It started as a heavy-duty lake fishing system, but then were added spools and reels to serve also as a bass fishing system, then finally were added spools and lines for Belize Bonefish. There are now 5-generations of LiteSpeed -3 spools and frames and they all interchange effortlessly. This system now incorporates three reels and seven extra spools to cover most applications involving 2-6 pound fish.
In 2012 I put together a new system for 8-9-10 weight rods for fishing saltwater flats. I wanted to be able to use a full range of floating, intermediate, and fast sinking lines for fish from 3-30 pounds. I wanted reels that would fit a relatively small space and be extremely light-weight in my luggage. after about a year of research, I chose the LiteSpeed-3.5 Series. Lamson had just introduced its extra-capacity XS spools for this reel, which enabled 250-yqrds of #50 TUF LINE XP backing with a 10-weight floating line. This was deemed plenty of backing for any fish that might be encountered.
We took this assembly of #3.5 reels on an extended trip to Belize during November of 2012. Bonefish, snook and baby tarpon were our main targets. Many fish were landed during the first 12days, including a tarpon of over 50-pounds. The set of reels proved to be perfect for the job. They were lightweight enough to balance with 8-weight rods and held enough line for 10-ewights.
It wasn't until the 14th day of our trip that we realized how strong these reels were, when Mark landed a tarpon, that by the measurements went 103-pounds. Eventually the 10weight rod broke in the butt section and the fish was landed directly off the reel. That's a lot of fish for a reel that weighs less than 6-ounces. The tarpon was landed with straight 40-pound fluorocarbon for a leader. Even with the extreme pressures involved, there was no deflection to deform this very lightweight reel
The next week this same reel was attached to a 13' Spey rod on my home water, the Sandy River, 2,000 north of Belize landing winter steelhead. Now that is a very adaptable piece of equipment.

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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