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Tactics For Spring Steelhead During Spring Run-off
Adapt, go home or go extinct...
High water in the willows... Winter tactics work during spring run-off...
Western Oregon has a heavy snow pack and spring run-off seems like it might last most of the summer. I fished last week and commented to my client that it was a very nice day for February. With torrential rain and temperatures in the low fifties, it seemed like the middle of the winter. The river was high, rising and off color. Water temperature was in the mid-forties. I had dressed too light below the water line and wading was uncomfortable. I rigged my Sage 8129-4 Z-AXIS with a type-6 sinking tip and a big black and blue tube fly with lots of  multi-colored flash and handed it to my customer. He invited me to fish behind him. I rarely turn down such an invitation. His first fish came to the fly about eight o'clock in the morning, the second a half hour later. Both came unpinned after some thrashing and head shaking. One was large. He stuck another fish just before lunch. It also came unhooked. Then we ate lunch. By this time the river was up nearly a foot higher than when we launched the boat. The next fish grabbed the fly in three feet of water, eight feet from the willows. At the time, the river was very brown and had lots of black specks of decaying leaves and woody debris roiling around in it. This fish came to the hand easily after a short fight. It had obviously been travelling all day and was tired, a phenomenon often involving high water. It was a hatchery summer steelhead and was bonked and dressed for dinner. A few minutes later a bait fishing guide floated past us advertising that the fishing conditions really sucked and that he wished the river would drop and clear. I thought to myself, "My client had hooked four steelhead and the river was nearly devoid of traffic...conditions were perfect".

Just in time for Fathers Day, these rare and hard to get Saracione Trout Reels are in stock in limited numbers! We're betting that dear old dad doesn't have one of these!

Saracione MK IV Reel 3"
 In Stock Now!

Saracione MK IV Reel 3" (front) Saracione MK IV Reel 3" (back)

This model must be ordered either right or left hand wind, and is not convertible. Please indicate whether you wish a fly line to be installed on your reel. Backing line is free with fly line installation.
Application: Saracione's most popular trout reel for those anglers fishing quality bamboo rods, and graphite or glass rods with a fuller flex from 7 ½ to 9’. The reel of choice for those anglers fishing small flies and fine tippets on spring creeks.  My size preference for many windy trout environments, those high country lakes and neighboring freestone high gradient streams where fast action 8’-8 ½’ rods are needed to drive lines through contrary winds with pinpoint accuracy.

Diameter: 3"
Width: 13/16"
Weight: 5.7 ounces

Capacity: WF4F + 75 yards #20
Capacity:
Capacity:

Item Description Size Price To Top
SARA3.00R Saracione Mark IV Reel, Right-hand Wind 3" $750  
SARA3.00L Saracione Mark IV Reel,
Left-hand Wind
3" $750  

Saracione MK IV Reel 3 1/4"
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Saracione MK IV Reel 3 1/4" Saracione MK IV 3.25" (back)

This model must be ordered either right or left hand wind, and is not convertible. Please indicate whether you wish a fly line to be installed on your reel. Backing line is free with fly line installation.
Application: A big trout, big river model, the 3 ¼” size finds home on waters in the U.S and Canada’s Rocky Mountain west, and the rivers in Argentina’s Patagonia. Meeting more specific needs must include the Deschutes River’s “redside” rainbows, British Columbia’s kamloop trout lakes and her interior rainbow streams, the trophy rainbow and brown trout encountered on Alberta’s Bow River, those spring creek rainbows in central Washington and Oregon, and both Atlantic and Pacific shad runs. Ideal for Klamath and Trinity steelhead and the Rogue’s steelhead above Grant’s Pass.  For use on most of the above mentioned trout, shad, and steelhead waters, I’d select a #5, 9-9 ½’ rod with a relatively fast action. At first inspection, no one would consider this reel for spey rods. However, some super delicate two-handed rods of 10-11 feet in 4-weight are already being built.

Diameter: 3 1/4"
Width: 13/16"
Weight: 6.3 ounces

Capacity: WF6F + 100 yards #20
Capacity:
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Item Description Size Price To Top
SARA3.25R Saracione Mark IV Reel, Right-hand Wind 3 1/4" $750  
SARA3.25L Saracione Mark IV Reel,
Left-hand Wind
3 1/4" $750  

Alaska Fly Directory
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 angler 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
Click any of the flies below to purchase, or for more information. Good luck on your Alaska  fishing trip.
Alaskabou, Blue Moon
Alaskabou, Blue Moon
Alaskabou, Popsicle
Alaskabou, Popsicle
Alaskabou, Volcano
Alaskabou, Volcano
Agitator Black & Red
Agitator, Black/Red
Agitator Purple & Flame
Agitator, Purple/Flame
Agitator Pink & Orange
Agitator, Sandy Candy
Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Peachy Pink
Barely Legal Flesh, Peach Pink
Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Cotton Candy
Barely Legal Flesh, Cotton Candy
Barely Legal Flesh, Washed Out
Barely Legal Flesh, Washed Out
Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy
Deep Eyed Wog
Deep Eyed Wog
Egg Sucking Leech, Black
Egg Leech, Black
Egg Sucking Leech, Purple
Egg Leech, Purple
Eggo, Pink
Eggo, Pink
Eggo, Red
Eggo, Red
Eyed Shrimp
Eyed Shrimp
Bead Head Flesh Fly
Flesh Fly
Hot Glue Egg, Natural Salmon
Hot Glue Egg, Natural Salmon
Hot Glue Egg, Natural Steelhead
Hot Glue Egg, Natural Steelhead
Glo Bug, Champagne
Glo Bug, Champagne
Glo Bug, Golden Nugget
Glo Bug, Golden Nugget
Glo Bug, Peachy King
Glo Bug, Peachy King
Glo Bug, Peachy King
Glo Bug, Pink Lady
Hair Mouse
Hair Mouse
Kingtooka, Black
King Tooka, Black
Kingtooka, Multi Color
King Tooka, Multi
Kingtooka, Orange
King Tooka, Orange
B.H. Krystal Bugger, Chartreuse
Krystal Bugger, Chartreuse
B.H. Krystal Bugger, Pink
Krystal Bugger, Pink
B.H. Krystal Bugger, Red
Krystal Bugger, Red
Lady Flesh Fly
Lady Flesh Fly
Lady Flesh Fly, Articulated
Lady Flesh, Articulated
Lady Flesh, Articulated, Tan & Orange
Lady Flesh, Articulated, Tan & Orange
Marabou Shrimp, Black & Chartreuse
Marabou Shrimp, Blk/Char
Marabou Shrimp, Red
Marabou Shrimp, Blk/Red
Marabou Shrimp, Black & Red
Marabou Shrimp, Or/Red
Monster Leech, Black
Monster Leech, Black
Monster Leech, Purple
Monster Leech, Purple
Mighty Mouse
Mighty Mouse
Mini Mouse
Mini Mouse
Pink Pollywog
Pink Pollywog
Sandy Candy
Sandy Candy
Sculpin, Big Gulp, Black
Sculpin, Big Gulp, Black
Sculpin, Big Gulp, Olive
Sculpin, Big Gulp, Olive
Sculpin, Big Gulp, Tan
Sculpin, Big Gulp, Tan
Sculpin, Shiela
Sculpin, Shiela
Sculpzilla, Natural Brown
Sculpzilla, Natural Brown
Sculpzilla, Natural Tan
Sculpzilla, Natural Tan
Sculpzilla, White
Sculpzilla, White
Sculpzilla, Black & White
Sculpzilla, Black & White
Sculpzilla, Olive & White
Sculpzilla, Olive & White
Starlight Leech, Pink
Starlight Leech, Pink
Al Green
Al Green
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Stinger Prawn, Black & Blue
Stinger Prawn, Black & Blue
Stinger Prawn, Chartreuse
Stinger Prawn, Chartreuse
Jumbo Critter, Blue and Chartreuse
Jumbo Critter, Blue and Chartreuse
Silvey's Tube Snake, Orange
Silvey's Tube Snake, Orange
Silvey's Tube Snake, Orange and Pink
Silvey's Tube Snake, Orange and Pink

Simms Waderflex Jeans
  • UPF 30 sun protection
  • Nylon Cordura®/Lycra® fabric offers ease of movement and comfortable wear
  • Enhances the performance of breathable waders
  • Deep front pockets with key cord
  • 2 Jean-style back pockets
  • Partial elastic waist with zip fly & button closure
  • Webbing-secured front button
  • Belt loops and tool loop
  • DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds moisture
Simms Waderflex Jeans
Item Description Size Price To Top
CSN1081720 Simms Waderflex Jeans S $99.95 SALE ENDED
CSN1081730 Simms Waderflex Jeans M $99.95 SALE ENDED
CSN1081740 Simms Waderflex Jeans L $99.95 SALE ENDED
CSN1081750 Simms Waderflex Jeans XL $99.95 SALE ENDED
CSN1081760 Simms Waderflex Jeans XXL $99.95 SALE ENDED

Skin Protection From The Sun
Lip Protection Sunblock Aftersun Moisturizer
Even Tough Guys Get Chapped Lips & Sun Burnt Skin
Think you're tough?  Wait 'til the tropical sun makes your lips look like two strips of fried bacon.  Extreme Elements Lip Protector can prevent "bacon lips".  Not only for the tropics or vacation, lip protection is a factor anywhere the sun shines or the wind blows.  What is sunblock?
Even Though Guys Get Chapped Lips & Sun Burnt Skin

A sunblock physically blocks the sun's UV radiation of the skin, both UVA and UVB. Examples of sunblocks are clothing, umbrellas, and trees. Chemical sunblocks scatter, reflect, and physically block UV radiation. Sunblocks lesson or prevent sunburn.  Sunburn is thought to be a major cause of skin cancer.  Whether or not preventing skin cancer is your major concern, we all know that sunburn is uncomfortable and peeling skin isn't regarded as pretty.  In most of us, our skin develops its own UV inhibitors over a period of time.  We tan.  It is

when we drastically change amounts of sunlight that we are at the most risk of getting sunburnt, such as moving indoors to outdoors or changing elevations from high to low or latitudes from temperate to tropical.  The Extreme Elements Products on this page are proven to us in the field.

Waterproof PABA-Free

Extreme Elements
Lip Protector SPF30

UVA/UVB Sun Protection
Waterproof PABA-Free

Net wt. .14oz/4g
Handy Adjustable Stick
(cord not included)
Item Description Size Price To Top
BL LB 01 Extreme Elements, Lip Protector SPF30 .14 oz. $3.50 SALE ENDED

Extreme Elements

Extreme Elements
Sunblock Lotion SPF45

UVA/UVB Sun Protection
Waterproof PABA-Free

 
Item Description Size Price To Top
BL SUN 04 Extreme Elements, Sunblock Lotion SPF45 4 oz. $9.95 SALE ENDED
BL SUN 05 Extreme Elements, Sunblock Lotion SPF45 1.5 oz. $5.95 SALE ENDED

Aloe Gator Aftersun Moisturizer

Aloe Gator,
After Sun Moisturizer

Relieve dryness from sun and wind exposure with this rich, soothing Green Stuff gel made with 99.5% Pure Aloe Vera and other moisturizing ingredients. Includes Vitamins A and E and other moisturizers to naturally heal and help prevent peeling. Is alcohol-free so it won't dry out your skin. Use daily to help maintain healthier, smoother skin. Made in USA.
Item Description Size Price To Top
101452 Aloe Gator, Aftersun Moisturizer 4 oz. $3.95 SALE ENDED

Big Rooster
Got this picture emailed to us last night from Brian O'Keefe: www.brianokeefephotos.com
The version below has been cropped for the internet. The original shows Lance standing in the surf with the backdrop of the Sea of Cortez and the starkness of Baja California Sur. It is such an incredible fish, we knew you' want a peek. The picture came with the caption below.
Roosterfish caught fly casting in the surf, Baja, Mexico../

Hi All,
My buddy Lance got this whopper roosterfish in Baja three days ago. Mullet fly.
Who needs a job!!!
Brian


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