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Green Drakes - The West's Second Super Hatch
Where, when & how in Oregon!
Text by: Mark Bachmann & Josh Linn    
Photos and Video by: Josh Linn & Marcy Stone
Josh Linn examines a wild Redband Trout that took a Green Drake dry fly...
Josh Linn examines a wild Redband Trout that took a Green Drake dry fly...
Proven Green Drake Fly Patterns
 Epoxyback Nymph Never Sink Green Drake Paradrake
 Crown Jewel Nymph B.D. E. EXT Dun Spinner
Film Critic Hair Wing Dun  
Cripple Hackle Stacker Book
Victory Drake Quill Body Parachute Video

Fishing Green Drake Hatches
These large insects are "trout candy" on our western streams. Green drakes are the largest mayflies that provide fishable hatches in our fast local rivers. In the Pacific Northwest region, look for them toward the end of the giant stonefly hatches; May & June on most rivers, but some spring creeks such as Oregon's Metolius River has strong late summer hatches as well.. Hatches occur during mid-day and are usually easily visible.  Windless, cloud-cover days are best. Green Drakes are large insects and evidently taste really good to trout.  When Green Drakes hatch in good numbers the trout forget all other foods and target drakes only.  A dense hatch of Green Drakes can bring the largest trout to the surface.  But, Green Drakes are fickle and somewhat unpredictable.  Some days have heavy hatches others very light.  Some regions of a stream will have more insects than others.  Green Drake hatches are something that the fully armed angler prepares for, even though it may not be the main target. However, if you ever encounter a major Green Drake hatch and are unprepared you will remember it with sorrow. 

Get In On The Green Drake Action
Green Drakes like to hatch from moderate flows and moderate water depths...
Green Drake mayflies like to hatch from moderate flows and moderate water depths...
Green Drakes hatch late May through June starting at lower elevations and progressing to higher elevations. Some very high elevation streams are reported to have Green Drake hatches as late as mid-September. Some streams have much heavier hatches than others. Even some parts of glacial and mountain streams have decent hatches, but spring creeks usually provide the densest and most reliable hatches.
Green Drake from The Descjutes...
Male Green Drake from The Metolius River...
Green Drakes are in the mayfly family, Drunella. There are several subspecies that can vary in size from #16 to #8. The largest varieties are called Grandis and the smaller ones are commonly referred to as Flavs. These pictures and text are about Grandis and related sub species, which are commonly tied on hook sizes #8 to #12. Extended body and parachute dry flies are very popular.
Green Drake from The Metolius...
Female Green Drake from The Deschutes River...
Green Drakes produce trout feeding periods on nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners. Dry fly action is most sought after. Both naturals and artificial flies are easy to see on the water, by both fish and anglers. The flies are normally easy to cast. Look for action in riffle water of moderate, depth. Flies are best fished with absolutely no drag from your line or leader.
This Redband Trout ate a Green Drake Parachute...
This Redband Trout ate a Green Drake Parachute...it obviously had been hooked before...
The most famous hatches of Green Drakes happen on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Washington's Yakima River and the Deschutes in Oregon get reliable hatches of Drakes. An upper Deschutes tributary the Metolius has become the most famous Mecca for anglers in the Pacific Northwest that follow Green Drake hatches. Spring creeks and tail-waters provide the best action, but some mountain and valley streams have surprisingly good hatches of Green Drakes, such as the upper Sandy River tributaries. Some sections of very large rivers such as parts of the Willamette have very good hatches as well.
A Green Drake on Marcy Stone...
Green Drake Mayflies...close up and personal...

Green Drake Epoxyback Nymph Green Drake Epoxyback Nymph
Green Drake Mayflies are the largest mayflies that hatch from our faster west coast rivers.  They often leave the water in dense enough hatches to create good rises. They also create interest for a couple of hours before each hatch.  Green Drake nymphs are big and very rough looking.  Pound the bottom with this fly early in the morning.  Fish it unweighted during the earliest stage of the hatch or as a dropper during the hatch.
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11925-08 Green Drake Epoxyback Nymph 8 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended

Quigley’s Crown Jewel, Green Drake
Western Green Drakes nymphs are one of the West’s largest mayfly nymphs. They are super crawlers that prefer streams with swifter currents, although they can also be found in spring creeks where current areas are formed by obstructions. Green Drake nymphs are lousy swimmers and when dislodged struggle clumsily, drifting along with legs spread making an undulation motion hoping to regain contact with the substrate.
When hatching, they crawl up substrate obstacles toward the surface and release into the current swimming downstream to gain speed. Just before reaching the surface they turn 180 degrees and spread their legs into a pronged fan position. 
This move, combined with the natural buoyancy of their internal air bubbles and gases helps them to shed their nymphal skin and hatch.

Many Green Drake nymphs are a brown to olive brown in color. I fished this nymph successfully for years before adding the green bead and flash to the thorax making the pattern even more effective. The Crown Jewel nymph now contrasts a dark, ribbed body against the swelling, shiny, gaseous looking thorax.  A double trigger effect, pronounced silhouette and color changing thorax. As a general rule the Green Drake hatches usually start mid-morning to early afternoon depending on water temp and weather. Before the hatch begins, use the Crown Jewel to target water located behind swifter currents in spring creeks and above riffles in free stone rivers. Trout will key into these areas as they wait for the nymphs to release downstream in the faster water. If I don’t get bit on the dead drift, I let it swing to the end, and then I slowly retrieve the fly using a very small twitch, stop, twitch technique before recasting. For larger and deeper runs swinging the Crown Jewel with a sink tip can be quite productive as well. During the peak of the hatch I continue to fish the Crown Jewel as a dropper below a high floating drake dun. I use this pattern outside the Green Drake hatch as a general attractor nymph. Due to its buggy insect appearance it can also imitate smaller stone fly nymphs, crawling sedge nymphs or dragon fly nymphs. I have taken fish with this pattern in the rivers of Patagonia, as I believe it can have similar appearance to a small Pancora, the South American crab type crayfish.  Text by: Bob Quigley, Fly photos by: Mark Bachmann

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SIG0279 Quigley's Crown Jewel Green Drake Nymph 10 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Quigley's Film Critic,
Green Drake

This pattern is deadly on the most selective of situations on spring creeks, tail waters,  lakes and placid pools.  I use this pattern as a better replacement for my original Quigley Cripple and fish it in the same situations which is when the hatch is on.  It’s no secret among long time hatch fisherman that we have developed more educated trout
Quigley's Film Critic Green Drake
in water that is receiving ever more angling pressure.  The film critic certainly fills the bill as a new surface film pattern, for me and all who have tested it.  The pattern is essentially a floating half-submerger, 1/2 nymph, with a true to the natural thin and segmented body.  The pattern has an emerging shedding shuck look to the tail that adds even more realism for selective trout.  Aside from greater visibility and floatation the stacked hackle and forward wing suggests mayfly in the escapement mode, ready for flight, but is hung in the film hence the name.  The flies in this series land delicately on the stacked hackle, tilting the wing up and forward providing great visibility for the angler of all levels of experience and capability.
Text by: Bob Quigley, Fly photo by: Mark Bachmann
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SIG1635 Quigley's Film Critic Green Drake 10 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Green Drake Cripple  Green Drake Cripple 
Sometimes the emergence doesn't go acording to plan.  The dun gets stuck in the nyphal shuck and runs out of strength before it can pull free.  It is neither a water or air breathing insect. It dies half in and half out of the water.  It is a cripple.  It becomes fresh meat for the scavengers.  Its an easy enough target to interest big, selective trout.  Grease the hackle and deer hair wings.  Spit on the soft absorbent body and tail.  This is a particularly effective fly on slick water places.
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2007-08 Green Drake Cripple 8 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended
2007-10 Green Drake Cripple 10 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended

Quigley's Victory Green Drake
Crippled and awash in the surface film, this fly is so vulnerable that trout find it very hard to resist. We like to put fly floatant on the slayed wings and let the heavy body go untreated. Fish it like any dry fly. The Victory Drake is at its best in broken water.

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SIG1648 Quigley's Victory Green Drake 10 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Yeager's Neversink  Green Drake
Yup, it's lighter than water, so even if it gets pulled under by the current, it will float back to the surface. The fly fishes well suspended in the fill or ride on top of it. some anglers like to cut a notch out of the bottom of the hackle so the fly stands straight up on the surface of the water.
Yeager's Neversink  Green Drake
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SIG1676 Yeager's Neversink  Green Drake 10 3 for $7.49 Sale Ended
SIG1677 Yeager's Neversink  Green Drake 12 3 for $7.49 Sale Ended

Green Drake B.D. E. EXT Dun
The hardest part about fishing this fly in a dense hatch, is its hard to tell your fly from the reel ones.  It floats because of the foam body, but you will want to dress the fly with floatant for the best performance.  The B.D.E. EXT Dun will float in the fastest flows, but it also fools 'em on slick spring creek water.

Available by 06/10/06.

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03108-08 Green Drake B.D.E. EXT Dun 8 3 for $7.50 Sale Ended

Green Drake Hair Wing Dun  Green Drake Hair Wing Dun 
These hefty mayflies are a big enough bite to bring trout up in rough, fast moving water.  To fish this kind of water takes a different fly the fishing smooth water.  Here the the fly doesn't have to be as realistic, but it needs to be extremely buoyant.  It also need to be very durable.  The hair wing dun carries a lot of floatation in the wing as well as hackles and large body. Grease the whole fly, but with just enough to coat the fly but not weight it down or change its color.   Dave's Bug Float works good on this fly.
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15763 Green Drake Hair Wing Dun 10 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended
15764 Green Drake Hair Wing Dun 12 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended

Green Drake Hackle Stacker 
The Hackle Stacker is a fly that will fool trout even when the water is slick and slow moving.  It is often good to position your self up stream of a rising trout. Use a downstream slack line cast to bring the fly to the fish tail first before the leader.  Long tippets are a real help.  If the fish can not be approached this way and the cast has to be made upstream, be sure your tippet sinks before it comes into view if the trout.  Because this fly is made from soft deer hair, it is good for a limited number of fish.  Buy a number of spares.
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20362 Green Drake Hackle Stacker  10 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended
20363 Green Drake Hackle Stacker 12 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended

Green Drake Quill Body Parachute Green Drake Quill Body Parachute
This fly is gaining popularity, both in the Pacific Northwest and the rocky Mountain states.  The body is wrapped with a turkey biot feather which gives a very realistic, segmented look to the abdomen of the fly.  Since this is the part of the body that most heavily impacts the surface of the water, it is highly visible to the trout.  It is slightly more durable than bundled deer hair bodies of the extended body paradrake flies.
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MFD0021 Green Drake Quill Body Parachute 8 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended
MFD0018 Green Drake Quill Body Parachute 10 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended

Green Drake Paradrake Green Drake Paradrake
This is the most popular Green Drake dry fly we sell.  It closely resembles the major hatches on the Deschutes, Metolius and Sandy.
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15-0075-10 Green Drake Paradrake 10 3 for $7.49 Sale Ended
15-0075-12 Green Drake Paradrake 12 3 for $7.49 Sale Ended

Green Drake Spinner  Green Drake Spinner 
Some reference books will tell you the Green Drake spinner-falls occur only in the dark and are of no consequence to the angler, but I have encountered several. My first Green Drake spinner-fall was in the mid-1970's on the pool upstream of Bridge 99, on the Metolius River.  We had arrived too late for the hatch the day before, but I had noted some very large Green Drake spinners with a few trout rising to them.  I caught a couple spinners and put them in a jar.  Later at the cabin, I tied three flies using stiff poly
yarn for the wings.  This morning the hatch had been very sparse, but the hatch the day before had been very heavy, and this days spinner-fall was equally heavy.  The trout went nuts and my new fly was an instant success.
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2015-08 Green Drake Spinner 8 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended

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NRX Light Presentation Trout Rods
When conditions call for long, delicate casts using extremelylight leaders to help you fool spooky fish, the NRX LP rods are the answer. They are smooth casting, soft tapers for managing long, whisper-thin leaders and small to medium-sized dry flies. They track true for exceptional accuracy and control, plus they are light as a feather with beautiful lines, featuring select species cork and your choice of our original, stealthy look in matte black with bright blue wraps or a more traditional Evergreen with subtle green wraps and silver trim. When the fish get finicky and the water gets low and clear you will have the answer... NRX LP!
#3 - 7'6" #3 - 8"8" #4 - 9' #5 - 9'

NRX 903-4 LP

Length: 7'6"     Line: #3     Pieces: 4

A precision, lightweight trout rod designed for casting on small creeks and streams where limited space is the main challenge. Incredibly accurate and quick, NRX gives it a crisp, light feel that almost makes the fly line feel heavy. An excellent small water fly rod. When you want to downsize the presentation with the confidence to handle oversized surprises this is the rod you want in your hand!
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12097-01 NRX
Blue
3 Moderate   $720 Sale Ended
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NRX 1043-4 LP

Length: 8'8"     Line: #3     Pieces: 4

A unique, softer 3-weight fly rod designed to provide a very accurate, stealthy approach in clear streams and ponds for small, spooky trout. It has a soft, forgiving taper that allows anglers to fish extremely light tippets and make delicate presentations with confidence. A delightful way to fish high mountain lakes or clear mountain streams.
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12087-01 NRX
Blue
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12099-01 NRX
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NRX 1084-4 LP

Length: 9'     Line: #4     Pieces: 4

When you need to make long casts and soft presentations, this is an excellent choice. It will handle small to medium-sized dry flies and nymphs while allowing you present the fly from a distance. The softer flex allows you to use ultra-light tippets with confidence. An excellent choice when the water is extremely clear and the trout are spooky!
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12088-01 NRX
Blue
4 Med Fast   $745 Sale Ended
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4 Med Fast   $745 Sale Ended

NRX 1085-4 LP

Length: 9'     Line: #5     Pieces: 4

The 9'#5 is recognized, world-wide, as the most popular all-around fly rod for trout. This presentation model is designed make medium to relatively long casts with accuracy when a delicate presentation is paramount to success. It's a wonderful solution to a common problem when fishing over spooky fish in clear water conditions.
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12089-01 NRX
Blue
5 Med Fast   $755 Sale Ended
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Ten Weights & Teeth, Fly Fishing For Tiger Muskies
By Matt Sherman

Many fish I have seriously pursued do not come easy. As a matter of fact, I am starting to think that masochism would be a great way to describe most of my endeavors with the fly rod. Over years of angling for several different species, I seem to have become fixed upon a couple of them that would be considered two of the greatest accomplishments on a fly rod. Fish of a thousand casts, yep that pretty well sums it up, and then some.

No I am not talking about the Northwest's most beloved fish of a thousand casts (steelhead), but one that our mid west brothers and sisters have been chasing for years. Pike and Muskie inhabit rivers and lakes from Alaska to Maine, up north to Canada, and even across the pond to Europe. In several fisheries in the North West we get a unique strain of musky which is a sterile race of fish meaning they cannot breed. Tiger muskies are fantastic sport fish and are appearing on the radars of more and more anglers who are willing to chase the most elusive of fish armed with only a fly rod.

It takes specific equipment and a serious dose of mental fortitude and persistence to catch these fish. Ten weight outfits are best, not only because the fish can push thirty pounds or more, but even more so because a lot of the flies we throw bear a striking resemblance to a half eaten nutria rat, thus taking specialized equipment just to get the fly to the fish. Rio Outbound lines work best, a reel with a substantial drag system, and one hundred pound fluorocarbon leaders with or without wire bite tippets are required. The casting is not pretty, pick half a chicken up out of the water, double haul it twice and send it. “Chuck and duck” would likely be the best description I can come up with. I know what you’re thinking, ”I can double haul eighty feet with a ten weight into a head wind all day long.” That may be, but a tarpon toad and fifteen inches of yak hair, Schlappen, and buck tail are two totally different animals, literally.

Just like any other fish that is difficult to find, and more difficult to catch, your first one will always be etched in your mind forever. After having spent half a day throwing what for all intensive purposes had started to feel like an anchor at the end of my line, it finally happened. Just about the time I was wondering if I had pulled a bicep muscle from casting, my fly found its way into a bramble of sticks and snags at the base of a massive old growth tree which had fallen into the lake some time ago. Who knew that this massive water skiing hazard would be the site of my first. As I slowly stripped the fly, I could see the long slender tail of yak hair and flash swimming through the water and thought, "that is just too nasty not to get eaten.” Suddenly a boil appeared behind the fly, the line came tight and I strip set the hook and felt the satisfaction of a heavy weight at the end of my fly line. After several minutes of insane speed and violent head shakes I was able to check one of the more elusive freshwater fish off of my bucket list. She was a beautiful fish, thirty five inches of pure power with a buzz saw for a mouth. The vertical tiger stripes and red tipped fins make these fish a very unique and beautiful looking fish rather than a long, slender, ugly, eating machine which they are often labeled. In the end, watching a fish rocket out from beneath a tree with speed I had not yet seen from a freshwater fish, and the ensuing attack of your fly which looks something like a Rottweiler attacking a couch cushion, let’s just say I was an instant musky addict.  

I was lucky enough to be invited along with a friend of mine when I first started who was knowledgeable in all things musky.  Where to find them, appropriate gear, flies, etc…. are all integral parts of actually bringing the whole thing together and putting one in the net. Having fished for these fish for awhile now, I can tell you that when the steelheading gets tough, there is only one other species on my mind. Throwing a ten weight all day and coming away empty handed more often than not may seem like a pretty far fetched idea of fun for most, but for guys like me and a lot of you reading this story, it’s just another wonderful way to spend a day on the water.


Musky/Pike Flies
These flies work for Muskies, Tiger Muskies, Large Pike and Peacock Bass

Black Tsunami

Chuck-n-Duck Olive/Yellow

El Chupacabra, Fire Tiger

Bush Pig, Black/Red

CF Baitfish, Perch

El Chupacabra, Red/White

Cyclops Popper, Perch
 

Sage Musky & Pike Rods

 


Granato’s Fire Tiger El Chupacabra

As fly fishing for large toothy critters gains more ground here in the Northwest, so do the fly patterns. When Pike and Musky begin to get active in the early spring/summer months as the water temps warm, big flies are the key. As a fish nears forty inches in length he is not looking for small morsels anymore, meat is his diet, and lots of it. The El Chupacabra series of flies fits the bill in this case, at ten inches in length with lots of flash and dance, this will gain the attention of even the pickiest of fish. The large spun head pushes water and makes enough noise to bring fish from below sunken logs and the deepest hiding spots where these fish reside awaiting their next chance to ambush prey.
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iGN002f-94 Granato's Fire Tiger El Chupacabra 4/0 $8.95 Sale Ended

Granato’s Red/White El Chupacabra

As fly fishing for large toothy critters gains more ground here in the Northwest, so do the fly patterns. When Pike and Musky begin to get active in the early spring/summer months as the water temps warm, big flies are the key. As a fish nears forty inches in length he is not looking for small morsels anymore, meat is his diet, and lots of it. The El Chupacabra series of flies fits the bill in this case, at ten inches in length with lots of flash and dance, this will gain the attention of even the pickiest of fish. The large spun head pushes water and makes enough noise to bring fish from below sunken logs and the deepest hiding spots where these fish reside awaiting their next chance to ambush prey.
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iGN002r-94 Granato's Red/White El Chupacabra 4/0 $8.95 Sale Ended

CF Chuck-n-Duck Olive/Yellow

When fishing still water for smart, wary fish, movement is of the utmost importance. If your fly looks like a ten inch long stick bait being pulled through the water column on your ten weight, you’re line isn’t going to go tight too often. Our fish in the Northwest have a lot of forage to prey on, from squawfish to small trout, the options abound for our musky out West. Baitfish patterns like the CF Chuck-n-Duck have a place in my fly box because they represent a lot of the prey these fish see on a day in, day out basis. The movement of the EP fibers that make the body of the fly and subtle flash represent a more subdued, more lifelike fly for chasing toothy critters. As with all predatory fish, the big eye seems to be a key factor in attracting these large predators as well.
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500f-92 CF Chuck-n-Duck Olive/Yellow 2/0 $7.75 Sale Ended

Goodman's Perch Cyclops Popper

One of our absolute favorite flies to lash to a nine foot length of straight 100 pound fluorocarbon is the Cyclops Popper! If you want to see explosive takes on the surface, this is your fly. Whether fished on a full floating line or an intermediate sink tip, this thing pushes water, plain and simple. If you like poppers that spit, chug, and send sprays of water three feet in the air with each strip, look no further. The very first time I tied this fly on my leader, it hardly hit the water before I saw the greatest take I’ve ever seen from a musky. The fish didn’t even stick, but my heart rate didn’t slow down enough to make another cast for at least ten minutes. Side View
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iCG005p-95 Goodmans Perch Cyclops Popper 5/0 $7.95 Sale Ended

Black Tsunami

In our experience with toothy critters in the Northwest, black is THE color. I’ve seen more fish taken on black flies than any other color. For what reason I cannot really speculate, the forage in the places we chase musky in the Northwest is not black by any means. In fact, the place where black prevails most is a reservoir where squawfish abound as the main forage so black is not the obvious choice but is my favorite color under all conditions. The Tsunami itself combines length and movement, with a unique foam popper style head that pushes water and makes a lot of “noise” underwater. It can be snaked along on the surface with a floating line but the most productive way to fish the fly is on an intermediate sink fly line and stripped slow allowing the fly to literally “hover” in the water column. Sometimes when the musky are laid up or lethargic at some points in the summer, a slow crawl with a black fly is the only way to get fish to eat. This fly is weedless.
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593k-02 Black Tsunami 02 $6.95 Sale Ended

Hamilton’s Bush Pig 2/0 Black/Red

Like any other fish worth chasing, musky get picky. After seeing nothing but ten to fourteen inch flies, smaller and less obtrusive flies can be the way to go. A unique blend of synthetic materials goes into the Bush Pig. In the heat of summer when fish have been beaten up with the usual large, flashy flies, these fish can be enticed simply by changing things up a bit. Hamilton’s Bush Pig may look like a small blip on the radar amongst the larger, more popular flies most anglers are throwing, but stands alone as a go to fly when things get tough out there. It may look insignificant alongside larger flies in the box, but believe me when I say, it fishes BIG!
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iEH001r-92 Hamilton's Bush Pig, Black/Red 2/0 $6.95 Sale Ended

Rainy's CF Baitfish, Perch
In many northern lakes, Muskies and Pike feed on Yellow Perch. Sometimes the big predator fish will eat anything that gets in their terretory, but often large mature fish have been hooked before and are wise and cautious. As in all all fishing siturations, it pays to match the hatch, and if you are fishing lakes, which have abundant Yellow Perch, this fly will do that.
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743w-92 Rainy's CF Baitfish, Perch 2/0 $6.95 Sale Ended

Musky Rods
Sage Musky & Pike Ultra-Fast Action Fly Fishing Rods

These rods are based on the fast action, and powerful BASS II rods.
Serious fly rods built to hunt giant swimming carnivores!

In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the popularity of pike and musky
fly fishing. Pike fishing has especially grown in European and Scandinavian fisheries.
Based on this demand and the success of the 7’11” BASS II family, Sage is introducing
two new rods targeted specifically at pike and musky fishing. Based on the fast action,
powerful BASS II rods, the PIKE and MUSKY rods come in a 9’ length to better handle
heavy fly lines and wind-resistant flies that are used to target these species.

Features

  • Fast action
  • Generation 5 construction
  • Includes new RIO Pike/Musky WF F/I line
  • Extended fighting butt for figure eights
  • Oversized stripping guide and tip top
  • Saltwater safe reel seat and components
  • Ballistic cloth rod/reel case

1090-4 Pike

Length: 9'     Line: 10     Pieces: 4

Sage's Ultimate Pike Fly Fishing Rod!
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Series
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1090-4 Pike 10 Fast   $595 Sale Ended
1190-4 Musky

Length: 9'     Line: 11    Pieces: 4

Sage's Ultimate Musky Fly Fishing Rod!
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1190-4 Musky 11 Fast   $595 Sale Ended

RIO Coldwater Outbound Short Lines for Musky & Pike
RIO's OutBound Short series of lines are designed to cast large and heavy flies very long distances. A short, aggressive front taper easily carries large, weighted streamers, while the powerful head design loads rods deeply and efficiently for effortless casts. A full range of densities make this a very versatile line series. Each line features RIO's XS technology for super slick performance, and is built with a supple, coldwater coating that ensures the line remains tangle-free.
Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating  1
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20237 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating WF6F $79.95 Sale Ended
20238 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating WF7F $79.95 Sale Ended
20239 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating WF8F $79.95 Sale Ended
20240 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating WF9F $79.95 Sale Ended
20241 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating WF10F $79.95 Sale Ended
20242 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating WF11F $79.95 Sale Ended
20243 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating WF12F $79.95 Sale Ended
Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating Intermediate 2
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20244 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating Intermediate WF6F/I $79.95 Sale Ended
20245 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating Intermediate WF7F/I $79.95 Sale Ended
20246 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating Intermediate WF8F/I $79.95 Sale Ended
20247 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating Intermediate WF9F/I $79.95 Sale Ended
20248 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Floating Intermediate WF10F/I $79.95 Sale Ended
Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Intermediate 2
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20254 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Intermediate WF6I $79.95 Sale Ended
20255 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Intermediate WF7I $79.95 Sale Ended
20256 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Intermediate WF8I $79.95 Sale Ended
20257 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Intermediate WF9I $79.95 Sale Ended
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20263 Rio OutBound Short Coldwater Fly Fishing Line, Sinking Type 6 WF10I/S6 $79.95 Sale Ended

Remembering Knut Syrstad
By: Travis Johnson

Knut Syrstad was one of the most amazing men I have ever had the privilege of meeting. Knut has a twin brother Trond, together they ran, and Trond still does a fishing school in Norway. These men were born to cast and fish two handed rods. Their physical stature is what I pictured the famous Vikings of old lore to look like. Tall men with propitiate mass, very impressive specimens indeed.
I first met Knut in 2009 in San Francisco at the world famous SOR (Spey-O-Rama). Even then he had already been diagnosed with cancer. That first year you would not have noticed it. The Viking launching cast after cast into the far pond was impressive even then. He was quiet and had a very soft demeanor. Nice and kind he seemed to be more focused than almost all the other caster.  Not knowing at the time that his mind may have been other places.  In the finals he seemed to let his nerves get to him, now being there and not even close to the caster at that time I just stood in amazement of all the casters. Knut and Gordon, Andrew, Gerard, Rauri, these boys seemed un-touchable compared to anything I had ever seen.
Knut stayed steady and quiet. That year was a learning experience for me but even the vets folded under the pressure, Knut ended up 5th. Only after the fact did I finally understand the medical situation that Knut was going thru. Year in and year out, he kept casting. I crawled through the internet looking for scores and info from the other Spey comps in the world. Knut’s name kept coming up always  right there in the hunt. This big Viking was relentless in his pursuit of the perfect cast and a championship finish.
The 5 years now of competitive Spey casting have gone by in the blink of an eye for me. I can say that I remember more about the people and the situations than that of any particular casts. Knut’s was a very funny guy light hearted. I can remember cracking jokes with him on the cat walk between the ponds at the Golden Gate Ponds. I can remember him giving me small bits of confidence when I really did not know what direction to go.
Knut’s inspiration goes much further than that. I believe that Spey casting kept him alive over the past couple years, his love of two-handed casting. Never being able to have the chance to cast at 100%, or even 75% he was still able to compete with the best casters in the world. Knuts was able to rise to the challenges at hand, even under the pressure of having cancer. If I or any other caster or person I know had the determination or fortitude, we would never fail. I can say I saw him as a winner for being there, let alone stepping to the plate and making casts in his condition.
I hardly slept the night I found out about his death. We have lost more than part of our casting or fishing community; we have lost a hero and an inspiration. I write this with the utmost respect and, am humbled by one of the greatest men I have ever met, Knut Syrstad.



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