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Trout Fly Fishing Schools
Because of its unique location, The Fly Fishing Shop is able to offer high quality fly fishing schools. Our shop boasts the most complete indoor fly fishing classroom on the west coast of North America.  Our instructors are second to none in their dedication and understanding of the sport of fly fishing. The schools offered on this page are designed to teach students how to fly fish for trout at the most basic level. Topics covered will be: equipment selection, fly casting, knot tying, hatch identification, fly selection, reading the water, stalking fish, fly presentation, and how to land fish. Fishing schools will be conducted where there are abundant populations of native, wild trout. Yes, you will catch fish during this school.
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Pale Evening Dun Mayfly Dun - picture is from "Hatch Guide For Western Streams" by Jim Schollmeyer, CLICK HERE for more information.

Pale Evening Dun Mayfly 
hatch matching flies.
In our local rivers these hatches start in June.  Pale Evening Duns hatch in the late afternoon and some times continue into the dark. July and August are the peak months.  Look for these insects to hatch from slower margins along the edge of the river.  There are several different mayflies that are called "Pale Evening Duns". In some angling circles Ephemerella dorothea which are #16 pale olive to yellow mayflies
are called Pale Evening duns. We have fished this hatch and flies for it are contained on this page.  Our basic hatch reference is always the intrepid team of Rick Haffle & Dave Hughes, who have been spying on Pacific Northwest aquatic insects longer than just about anyone (we knew these guys before their hair turned white). The supporting hatch information listed here is from "Western Mayfly Hatches", which was co-authored by Haffele & Hughes, and which you are encouraged to buy as your own reference. The mayflies that Haffele & Hughes call Pale Morning Duns are from the family Heptagena, which spend most of their lives crawling around on the bottom of moderately fast riffles as grotesque, but harmless little monsters called "clinger" nymphs. Emergence of duns is from early afternoon to late evening, and usually occurs heaviest in the quiet water near the shore. Study the chart below for times and places.
Heptagenia Hatch Chart from Western Mayflies book...
PED nymph
Heptagenia Nymph from: The Book

Heptagenia Dun: The Book

Light Cahill Hackle Stacker
This is our number one Heptagena dun pattern. Most prominent Heptagenia hatch on most of our local rivers is a size #14. Look for this hatch in late afternoon, often with the sun still on the water.  Fish slow eddies and edge water. We like to use long, delicate leaders, such as 12' 5X. These flies are very lightweight. It is good to treat the whole fly with a very light coat of Gehrke's Gink.
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Q1080-14 Light Cahill Hackle Stacker 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
Q1080-16 Light Cahill Hackle Stacker 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Light Cahill Parachute 
This fly is an excellent choice when fishing both PED and PMD hatches. It is very good for use where light conditions are less than perfect, or where the water is rough enough to require a little extra floatation. Parachutes often work equally well when fishing over dun emergence or spinner falls. This fly also does a great job of mimicking the hatches of tan crane flies that are so much of Deschutes trout fishing. To make it look even closer to a crane fly, use your leader clipper to remove the tail and most of the wing post. The Cahill Parachute is often a great searching fly for mountain streams.
Light Cahill Parachute
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Light Cahill Traditional Dry Fly
If you can't see this fly on the know. The Cahill Traditional Dry Fly has remained popular for nearly fifty years because it still catches fish. Even sophisticated trout in tail-waters eat this fly, even in very slow, smooth currents. This fly pattern will float in about any kind of water capable of floating any fly. If you need a slimmer, trimmer pattern simply take a pair of small scissors and sculpture it into what ever you need. There is plenty of material to work with.
Light Cahill Traditional Dry Fly
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Pale Evening Dun Fluttering Cripple
This innovative pattern is tied to look like partly submerged dun with its wings and thorax above the surface of the water. The hackle and split wings alive this fly the impression that the wings are fluttering. An effective way to prepare the Fluttering Cripple is to coat only the wings with fly Rio Poo Goo. Wet the hackle and body with saliva and let it dangle through the surface. The submerged hackle being awash in the surface film gives the impression of wing movement. Present this fly as you would a dry fly to get a drag free drift.
Pale Evening Dun Fluttering Cripple
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Pale Evening Dun Hackle Stacker 
This fly can look like an emerger, a cripple or a healthy dun emerging from the nymphal shuck. Normally this fly is presented as you would any dry fly. When trout are spooky and ultra selective a straight downstream presentation can be the only way to get strikes. Position yourself upstream so that you can cast upstream from a rising fish and then feed slack into the line to extend the float. Arrange that the fly travels slightly to your side of the center of the fish's feeding lane. That way you if the fish doesn't respond your line won't pass over the fish. Next cast, go for broke and put the fly in the center of the fish's feeding lane. It usually works.
Pale Evening Dun Hackle Stacker
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Pale Evening Dun Sparkle Dun
This can be a deadly fly on warm summer afternoons. Normally we dress the wing and body of fly with floatant. The tail remains undressed so that some of the fibers will be submerged and others will float. The Sparkle Dun is a remarkably good floater, yet fishes well to selective fish in smooth water.
Pale Evening Dun Sparkle Dun
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Pale Evening Dun Comparadun
This can be a incredibly productive "at dark" fly when hatches of tiny light colored duns litter the water. These flies often emerge from deep riffles, the same kind that hold steelhead on the Deschutes. Dress the whole fly with floatant. Adding a long fin tippet can increase the distance you can keep your presentation "drag free". A good approach can be to add 40"-48" of 5X tippet to the end of a 9' 4X leader.
Pale Evening Dun Comparadun
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Parachute PED Cream Puff
This is a great Pale Evening Dun pattern.  It is easy to see in the fading light. For yellowish colored PED hatches. The Poly Yarn wing post traps a lot of air and provides a lot of floatation. For this reason the Cream Puff is a good searching pattern for rough water places. Be sure to dress the wing post with floatant.
Parachute PED Cream Puff
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Parachute Pale Evening Dun, Pale Olive
This is a great creamy colored Pale Evening Dun pattern.  It is easy to see in the fading light. This fly can work as a dun or spinner pattern.
Parachute Pale Evening Dun
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Pale Evening Dun Spinner
After they hatch from the water, mayflies fly to a convenient spot in the streamside vegetation and within several hours, go through another physical transformation. They shed their outer layer of skin and become true adults called spinners, which are able to procreate. Soon after copulation, females lay their eggs, and becoming exhausted, fall upon the water spent. These dead carcasses contain bits of edible protein. In certain water flows where these spent spinners collect in sufficient numbers, trout will feed on them like a man eating popcorn. The trick is seeing the real ones laying flat on the water and figure out the "hatch".
Pale Evening Dun Angel Wing Spinner
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Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele
Frank Amato Publications
Subject Category: Fly Fishing Enomology
Binding Type: Softcover, 264 pages, 8 1/2" X 11" format.
Retail Price: $39.95
ISBN: 1-57188-304-5
In their first book together since their 1981 classic Western Hatches, aquatic entomologist Rick Hafele and fly fishing author Dave Hughes, combine their extensive knowledge to describe in detail the widespread and diverse western mayflies, unraveling their mysteries, revealing how to identify them, how to match them, and how to fish their imitations.

    Researched, written, and photographed over a period of more than twenty years, Western Mayfly Hatches covers all mayfly hatches important in the entire range of western states and provinces.  Color photos reveal the important aspects of each stage of each important mayfly hatch.  Scientifically accurate illustrations by artist Richard Bunse depict the details that will allow you to recognize key differences between species for both nymph and adult stages.  A series of fly patterns, from suggestive through impressionistic to imitative, are listed for each stage of each hatch.  The full dressing is given for each fly, and each is photographed in color by Jim Schollmeyer.

    Also included is information on collecting and observing mayflies, mayfly behavior and natural history, fly-tying techniques, presentation methods for nymphs, emergers, duns, and spinners, plus much more.  Unique "hatch ranking tables" list the important aspects of each hatch, and provide a means for determining its importance relative to all other hatches.  Hatch charts show graphically the emergence period of each hatch throughout the year, and the time of day you might encounter the insect on the water being fed upon selectively by trout.

    Includes more than 350 color photographs, 75 illustrations, and more than 175 fly patterns, You'll be amazed how much information you'll discover within the pages of this book.  Western Mayfly Hatches leaves no stone unturned.

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Fly Tying Eyes
Prism Tape Eyes Dazl-Eyes Bead Chain Eyes
3D Molded Eyes Lead Eyes Pro Sportfisher Softheads
Mirage Dome Eyes 3-D Big Fish Eyes Mono Nymph Eyes
Real Eyes Painted Lead Eyes Associated Items: Beads & Cones

Eyes On Flies Can Be Very Important ! 

Wasn't it an old Eagles song that said, "You can't hide your fly tying eyes?"  On bait fish fly patterns, eyes may be one of the most important targets for predatory game fish.  This means that one of  the key features that many game fish see is the eye (or eyes) of their victims. It stands to reason that flies with eyes should be much more successful than the same pattern with out eyes.  Our tests conclude this is true.  Check out this discussion about fishes, flies and eyes!

Prism Tape Eyes
These eyes are made from multi-layered reflective, pearlescent and clear Mylar.  This structure reflects light much like the iris in a fish eye.  Many predator fish are very perceptive and the more realistic the eye on your fly, the better.  The irises in most fish eyes are flat.  The Prism Tape Eye may be the most realistic type of eye available for many bait fish patterns.

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PRIZS-4.5 Prism Tape Eyes 4.5mm Silver $2.20 Sale Ended
PRIZS-3.5 Prism Tape Eyes 3.5mm Silver $2.20 Sale Ended
PRIZS-2.5 Prism Tape Eyes 2.5mm Silver $2.20 Sale Ended
PRIZG-4.5 Prism Tape Eyes 4.5mm Gold $2.20 Sale Ended
PRIZG-3.5 Prism Tape Eyes 3.5mm Gold $2.20 Sale Ended
PRIZG-2.5 Prism Tape Eyes 2.5mm Gold $2.20 Sale Ended

3D Molded Eyes
The eyes of some bait fish are domed or hemispherical.  These 3D eyes fit into Real Eyes, can be set onto epoxied heads of streamer flies and many other applications.  The Molded 3D Eyes will dress up any pattern that represents a bail fish.  These eyes come with silver or gold irises to simulate specific species of fish and also come with red irises to represent wounded fish.

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3DPS-2.0 3D Molded Eyes 2.0mm Silver $4.00 Sale Ended
3DPS-2.5 3D Molded Eyes 2.5mm Silver $4.00 Sale Ended
3DPS-3.0 3D Molded Eyes 3.0mm Silver $4.00 Sale Ended
3DPG-2.0 3D Molded Eyes 2.0mm Gold $4.00 Sale Ended
3DPG-2.5 3D Molded Eyes 2.5mm Gold $4.00 Sale Ended
3DPG-3.0 3D Molded Eyes 3.0mm Gold $4.00 Sale Ended
3DPR-2.0 3D Molded Eyes 2.0mm Red $4.00 Sale Ended
3DPR-2.5 3D Molded Eyes 2.5mm Red $4.00 Sale Ended
3DPR-3.0 3D Molded Eyes 3.0mm Red $4.00 Sale Ended

 Mirage Dome Eyes
These realistic eyes take on the colors of the fly they are attached to.

Mirage Dome Eyes

Mark's Sardina
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DE1 Mirage Dome Eyes 3/32" $3.60 Sale Ended
DE2 Mirage Dome Eyes 5/32" $3.60 Sale Ended
DE3 Mirage Dome Eyes 1/4" $3.60 Sale Ended
DE4 Mirage Dome Eyes 3/8" $3.60 Sale Ended

3-D Big Fish Eyes
These eyes are for your largest saltwater streamers.

3-D Big Fish Eyes

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3D10 3-D Big Fish Eyes, Silver 3/8" $4.20 Sale Ended
3D13 3-D Big Fish Eyes, Silver 1/2" $4.20 Sale Ended

Mono Nymph Eyes
These easy to use eyes have been used to dress up many different fly patterns, including damsel & dragonfly nymphs, sculpins and tarpon toads. They come 20 pairs on a stick.

Mono Nymph Eyes

Bachmann's Damsel Olive Tarpon Toad Purple
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MNB-2 Mono Nymph Eyes, Small Black $1.80 Sale Ended
MNB-3 Mono Nymph Eyes, Medium Black $1.80 Sale Ended
MNB-4 Mono Nymph Eyes, Large Black $1.80 Sale Ended

Real Eyes
These eyes are turned from solid brass, then polished and coated with either silver or gold colored chrome. The ends of these eyes are built to hold Prism Tape Eyes of 3D Eyes.  These sets come with two colors of Prism Tape Eyes.

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15REAL-004 Real Eyes 3/16-inch Gold $5.50 Sale Ended
15REAL-003 Real Eyes 5/32-inch Gold $5.00 Sale Ended
15REAL-204 Real Eyes 3/16-inch Nickel $4.25 Sale Ended
15REAL-203 Real Eyes 5/32-inch Nickel $4.25 Sale Ended

These eyes are turned from solid brass, then polished and coated with either silver or gold colored chrome. They are distinctive in appearance.  With a pupil of black enamel these eyes become very realistic.  This is our favorite type of eye for Clouser style minnows.  Epoxy the eyes and whole head of the fly for more durability.

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EYE-205 Dazl-Eyes 7/32 Nickel $5.50 Sale Ended
EYE-204 Dazl-Eyes 3/16 Nickel $5.00 Sale Ended
EYE-203 Dazl-Eyes 5/32 Nickel $4.50 Sale Ended
EYE-202 Dazl-Eyes 1/8 Nickel $4.50 Sale Ended
EYE-201 Dazl-Eyes 3/32 Nickel $4.50 Sale Ended
EYE-005 Dazl-Eyes 7/32 Gold $7.00 Sale Ended
EYE-004 Dazl-Eyes 3/16 Gold $6.00 Sale Ended
EYE-003 Dazl-Eyes 5/32 Gold $4.50 Sale Ended
EYE-002 Dazl-Eyes 1/8 Gold $4.50 Sale Ended
EYE-001 Dazl-Eyes 3/32 Gold $4.50 Sale Ended

Lead Eyes
These eyes are made from lead.  They come either plain or nickel plated.  The nickel plating gives the eyes a hard, reflective exterior.

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WPL5 Lead Eyes Large Plain $1.60 Sale Ended
WPL4 Lead Eyes Medium Plain $1.60 Sale Ended
WPL3 Lead Eyes Small Plain $1.60 Sale Ended
WPL2 Lead Eyes Extra Small Plain $1.60 Sale Ended
WPL1 Lead Eyes Mini Plain $1.60 Sale Ended
WPT5 Lead Eyes Large Plated $2.00 Sale Ended
WPT4 Lead Eyes Medium Plated $2.00 Sale Ended
WPT3 Lead Eyes Small Plated $2.00 Sale Ended
WPT2 Lead Eyes Extra Small Plated $2.00 Sale Ended

Painted Lead Eyes
These heavy weighted eyes are quick to tie with and give any deep minnow pattern a very realistic look.

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PLEM383 Painted Lead Eyes Medium Yellow Iris $2.70 Sale Ended
PLES383 Painted Lead Eyes Small Yellow Iris $2.70 Sale Ended
PLEX383 Painted Lead Eyes Extra Small Yellow Iris $2.70 Sale Ended

Bead Chain Eyes
These lengths of "pull" chain may be cut apart in pairs, then tied on a hook to provide weight and the hole in the end of each bead looks like the pupil in an eye.  These eyes whistle as they are cast though the air.  Some anglers believe that they also whistle as they are retrieved through the water.

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SSE Stainless Steel Bead Chain Eyes X-Large Stainless $1.80 Sale Ended
SSM Stainless Steel Bead Chain Eyes Medium Stainless $1.80 Sale Ended
SSS Stainless Steel Bead Chain Eyes Small Stainless $1.80 Sale Ended
BCL344 Bead Chain Eyes Large Silver $1.80 Sale Ended
BCM344 Bead Chain Eyes Medium Silver $1.80 Sale Ended
BCS344 Bead Chain Eyes Small Silver $1.80 Sale Ended
BCL153 Bead Chain Eyes Large Gold $1.80 Sale Ended
BCM153 Bead Chain Eyes Medium Gold $1.80 Sale Ended
BCS153 Bead Chain Eyes Small Gold $1.80 Sale Ended

Pro Sportfisher Softheads 

No more sticky epoxy fingers and unnecessary heavy flies when creating flies with baitfish style heads. Pro Softheads fits on all tubes but will of course also fits your favorite hooks. Mount in on the head of the fly, and create a super base for adding stick-on-eyes on your fly. Ideal for baitfish-patterns, but many trout, salmon or steelhead flies will be perfectly matched and upgraded by the Pro Softhead. 
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10302001 Pro Sportfisher Softheads, Clear XS $6.95 Sale Ended
10302101 Pro Sportfisher Softheads, Clear S $6.95 Sale Ended
10302201 Pro Sportfisher Softheads, Clear M $6.95 Sale Ended
10302301 Pro Sportfisher Softheads, Clear L $6.95 Sale Ended

The Eyes Have It!     More About Eyes.

"Yes, you guessed it.  I'm playing with my newest picture making toys.  Some of these toys are optical.  Some are digital.  Every picture in this presentation was taken with a digital camera and then altered with Photoshop software.  No attempt has been made to hide or deceive; quite the contrary.  Every attempt has been made to clarify and communicate the power of the eye to your eyes.  The eye might the greatest instrument of perception for the creatures that have

 them.  Sight allows us to assess information quickly which allows for quick reaction, often a matter of life or death.  However the blessing may also be a curse.  If you are the prey, being hard to see is important to your survival and your eyes may be some of the hardest parts of your body to hide.  Which means it may be the easiest feature for a predator to target.  At least that seems to be true in the case of some schooling bait fish and some of the predator fish that feed on them.  Patty and I encountered this situation while fishing around the shoreline rocks south of Barra De Navidad, Mexico.  Jacks, Sierra Mackerel and Corvina were feeding on a school of small baitfish that were perfectly matched to a #4 olive & white Clouser Minnow.  For a while it was a fish on every cast.  Then we ran out of those eyed flies.  The next fly we tried was a "Bend-back" of exactly the same size and color.  It was tied from the  materials, but had no eyes and no eye target.  We got no hits at all, over an extended period.  The next pattern tried was an ALF of same color and size, but with prominent reflective silver and black eyes.  We were instantly back into numbers of hook ups.  having flies with eyes was the key to catching fish for the next several days.  

At left is a Flatiron Herring called a Sardina from the Sea of Cortez.  Note the very prominent black pupil in the reflective iris.  The pupil itself may be the key.

Several species of saltwater game fish exhibit false eyes at the tail end of their bodies to confuse predators that might want to feed on them.  Most notable are the Redfish that inhabit coastal areas of the south east U.S.A. During some stage of their life cycle, redfish must have a predator that uses their eyes as a targets.Having an eye on their tail gives them a 50% greater chance for survival.

With eyes being so important as targets for predatory fish, it only stands to reason that some discerning fly tiers would put eyes on their flies.  Who was first? No one knows.  One of the first applications that  became popular was the use of Jungle Cock Eyes on flies tied to catch Atlantic Salmon.  These eyes are the tips of neck hackles from the Gray India Jungle Fowl.  These feathers 

have an eye-spot in the enamel-like coating.  The use of Jungle Cock Eyes also became popular on streamer flies that simulate fresh water bait fish.   
Is a cluster or school of many eyes harder to target than one eye?  Schooling baitfish use "too many targets" as a defense mechanism.  The Jungle Cock 

neck might also provide an answer.  The Jungle Cock neck is probably the result of genetic selection?  It would be interesting to know which predator targeted the eyes of jungle cocks and was finally rendered ineffective by the school of eyes on it's neck. It may have happened.  At any rate this adaptation has provided fly tiers a supply of eyes for flies for many years.  Unfortunately Jungle Cock feathers are expensive, somewhat fragile and not always easy to come by. In many cases it is easier to paint eyes on the head of a fly.  Flies that have large heads facilitate this

 process.  Bass popping bugs are prime candidates for these kinds of eyes.  With the example furnished here, several coats of paint form the background color and then the eye.  Then the whole head of the popper is coated with clear epoxy which adds luster and extreme durability.  Popping bugs float on the surface of the water and attract fish by making loud disturbances.  Under these conditions it is hard to determine whether eyes on poppers are made to attract fish or fishermen. We have fished poppers with and without

 eyes and I always thought that the ones with eyes caught more fish.   Doing this kind of research is a pretty good job even if it isn't entirely scientific.  I have little doubt that eyes make a lot of difference in the productivity of flies that are tied to represent bait fish.  If normal size eyes are a target for predatory fish, then productivity of a certain fly pattern might be increased simply by increasing the size of the eyes thus making the target easier to see. Some anglers go to an

extreme.  At left is a Big Eyed Baitfish.  It is tied like many "Deceiver patterns", but has oversized doll eyes glued to the sides of an over sized head.  The pupils in these eyes are mobile and add movement and sound as the fly is retrieved.

 The air trapped inside the eye gives the fly a heads-up attitude.  This pattern has been proven to be very effective, but the jury is out as to whether the over size eyes produce more strikes than normal size eyes.  (We would love your input on eye size and will be glad to publish your comments).  The clear lens of real eyes are in most cases hemispherical.  However the lens is rarely discernable.  The iris and pupil are the features of the eye that are easiest to

see. The iris is relatively flat at first appearance.  The pupil is a hole, but at a glance it also appears to be flat. Recently some really neat looking hemispherical 3-D eyes have become available.  We wondered if they might get more strikes than
 flat ones.  So far our tests have been inconclusive.  As to colors of eyes?  We have tried yellow, silver and red iris color.  They have all caught fish.  Most baitfish have reflective irises.  Many have silver irises.  However reflective silver irises on our flies haven't proven to be any more effective than painted yellow.  Using red irises is a trick that Captain Bob Marvin out of Naples, Florida turned us on to. He said that many times when predator fish attack a
 school of bait fish, their first intention is to cripple as many baits as possible.  Then they can pick up the crippled fish in a more leisurely fashion.  This is more efficient than killing only one at a time.  Often the crippling blow comes from the slap of a tail or ramming of the head.  The bait is often severely bruised and the eye ball often fills with blood giving the eye a red iris.  Red 
eyes can signify an easy meal.  The pupil is the aperture through which light passes to the specialized nerve ending in the back of the eye ball which sends the illusion of sight to the brain.  By its very function it has to fit certain configurations that are not easily disguised.  A baitfish pupil nearly always looks like a black dot.  If the pupil is the real target, can the iris be eliminated from the fly?  Once 
again no conclusive evidence exists.  Flies like the one above that uses plastic dumb-bell eyes have proven to be more effective than the same pattern with no eyes at all.  Flies with eyes painted on lead or brass dumb-bells have proven to be very effective.  The eye target is very prominently displayed and the heavy weight concentrated near the eye gives the fly an erratic, wounded action when retrieved. 

TenKarafest One & TenKarafest Two
Tenkarafest 2013 Was A Huge Success !!!
June 15, we had a very enthusiastic crowd that stayed for the whole event. Dick Sagara wore a traditional costume of a Japanese Country Gentleman from an era long past. This put an emphasis on the program that Tenkara is a sport whose origins and traditions may be much different than our own, but is an endeavor that may be pertinent to our waters as well. Tenkara appears to be best suited to small streams, of which our region has many. Will Tenkara ever become a popular method amongst steelhead, salmon or saltwater anglers?
We doubt it, but you never know.
Our Tenkarafest 2013 Video on YouTube has been very popular with over a hundred views per day.
Tenkarafest One (2013) proved that the passtime of fly fishing can remain simple, and be a lot of fun for mixed generations of anglers. Tenkara may be the perfect way to introduce kids to the sport of fly fishing, (and all other novice anglers as well).
Fourteen years ago we started what is called: The Sandy River Spey Clave. It combined the main types of two-hand fly fishing from around the world, and has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. It deals with a fly fishing methodology that evolved in the British Isles (Spey Casting), but which has been modified by Scandinavian anglers (Scani) , and North American anglers (Skagit). The "Clave" has had a huge positive effect on the evolution of two-hand fly fishing in North America.
Now fixed-line fly fishing has drawn interest in our region. In The USA, we have the advantage of being able to fly fish pretty much any way we want without the impediments of dogma found in some other parts of the world. Here, as one of the wiser participants on one of the more prominent Spey forums has commented, "The way you get your line out, is your own business".
We're excited to announce that "Tenkarafest Two" is schedule for Saturday, June 14, 2014.  The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon invites any serious practitioners of Tenkara to contact us if interested in presenting a program at  "Tenkarafest Two".  Please include a summary of your experience with Tenkara along with a description of your presentation for consideration.  We will be creating an article in our weekly newsletter with a YouTube video of "Tenkarafest II".  We expect this will be viewed by hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of eager anglers.

Fish long & prosper/b>,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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