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BASS MAKING LOVE. (continued from 07/18 The Fly Fishing Shop Insider)
How To Select Glasses for Sight Fishing

Being able to place the fly in the perfect relation to the fish, demands that the angler be able to see the fish while the presentation is being made.  Polarized glasses help eliminate surface glare so the angler 

can see into the depths.  Gray lenses allow the most accurate colors to be seen by the eye. However the best lens colors for spotting fish are brown tones.  This is because they provide just the right amount of color distortion to help visually separate fish from the colors of the environments that they live in. The most popular all around fish spotting color is tan.  Copper and dark brown are good for bright days.  Yellow to  amber shades are good for dark days.

To understand polarization you first need to understand glare. Normally, light waves move randomly. However, when light reflects off a surface, it is concentrated - "polarized" - at a specific plane or direction, which intensifies the light into reflective glare. Light reflected from a smooth shiny surface, such as water, a wet road, or snow causes glare. Wherever there are horizontal surfaces producing glare, the use of polarizing lenses is recommended. Non-Polarized sunglasses reduce visible light, but have little or no effect on reflected glare. Only polarized lenses eliminate glare.

Polarized lenses utilize energized iodine crystals that are positioned in vertical rows on a thin piece of film. This film is sandwiched between two layers of lens material. This filter within the lens allows only selected light rays to reach the eye, while absorbing polarized light.   When a polarizing film or filter is properly positioned in front of such reflected light rays, the glare is blocked. 

Polarized lenses are constructed of a sheet of polyvinyl alcohol film (PVA), sandwiched between, or cast into, two pieces of lens material, either glass, plastic (CR-39), polycarbonate or toriacetate. The PVA film molecule alignment is such that it allows only vertical light waves to pass through the lens (somewhat like a venetian blind), thus eliminating glare. 
(Thanks to the folks at Action Optics for this explanation of polarized light and glasses.)

The amount of polarization a lens achieves is proportional to the density of the PVA film. The lighter the PVA film, the less polarization a lens can offer. Lenses that utilize a dark film will, in turn, have more effective polarization than a lens that possesses a light film.  Tinting a light polarized lens does not increase polarity. It simply darkens the lens and reduces brightness.

Being able to watch your  quarry and see its reaction to your presentation is a great advantage.  Being able watch your bass is even more important if the angler is fishing subsurface with a slow moving fly.  Bass can suck in a fly and eject it so softly that it can be virtually impossible to feel the strike.  If you see the bass take the fly, then you will know when to set the hook.

(to be continued in 07/02 FFS Insider)                                                                              
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If you can see fish, you can catch more of them.
If you can see the river bottom, you can avoid wading into holes or tripping over rocks.  You can avoid hitting things with your boat.  Polarized glasses protect your eyes from UV and stray hooks.  Besides people wearing sun glasses look cool. To Top

Winston makes a full array of  rod models 
to fit every fly fishing situation from tiny spring creeks and mountain streams to expansive saltwater flats and blue water.  
Don't miss Winston Day - July 21
Jon Covich, the manufacturer's representative will be at our store with rods from each series in the Winston line-up. You will be able to cast all of them.  He will have the most popular models of traditional WT's, the 5 piece LT's and the new faster LTX's.
A free barbeque will be served all day starting with breakfast!
Win an LTX worth $625 !!! 
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Up-to-Date  INFORMATION on Local Lakes at a glance.
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Our Lakes Information Section is constantly evolving.  Be sure to check often for up-dates.  
Want some lake fly fishing instruction?
  Try a Guided Pontoon Boat Trip!

GUESS WHO ??? Davis Lake located about 20 miles south east of LaPine is one of the best "fly fishing only" lakes in the Pacific Northwest.  This 3000 acre natural lake has the perfect food chain to produce very large rainbow trout that feed in shallow water.  Callibaetis mayflies, caddis, damsels, dragons and chubs are the staple diet of these fast growing fish.  Even though the water in Central Oregon is lower than normal this year Davis Lake continues to produce great fishing.  
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Damsel Flies are a super hatch in many lakes with weedy bottoms. This predatory specie provides consistent dry fly fishing from June through August.  Female damsels lay eggs by going under water and boring holes in plant stalks.  When they re-surface the males pick them from the water and carry them to safety.  This activity puts them in range of feeding trout.  The whole scene provides the opportunity for some fabulas dry fly fishing.    Click for more info. TROUT LOVE DAMSELS!  DON'T WE ALL?
PB GIVES MB ANOTHER PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. The Scott Rod Company hosted a dealer meeting at Antone Ranch last Thursday and Friday.  They unveiled their newest rod the "S3" or "Superply" Series.  We got to fish with all models.  That's our own Patty Barnes putting a 9' #5 through its paces with a 20" rainbow at Flora Lake.  These rods feature a fast, lightweight, easy to cast actions combined with finely detailed craftsmanship.  We plan to have the most popular models when they are available in 2002.  Oh, Antone Ranch is east of Mitchell, Oregon.  It has 5 superb fly fishing lakes and some very nice cabins.  

**(continued from 07/18 The Fly Fishing Shop Insider) FISH ON!!!

Why we love the Deschutes River

The trout are obviously feeding on the surface.   Their rises are often lazy and blatant.  At times you will see the roofs of their white mouths as they inhale insects from the surface.  Healthy duns will be plainly visible, riding the surface with upright wings.  The emergers and cripples will be difficult to observe with their lower silhouettes.  You may tie on one of your best dry fly imitations.  Your presentation may be flawless.  It is almost guaranteed that an uncivilized vocabulary will be the only reward for your efforts.

The first duns usually appear about 11:30 a.m.  They are very well camouflaged for mid-day.  Their graceful up-right wings are pastel gray.  The top of the body is yellow to yellowish-green to blend with the mid-day surface glare.  Their bellies are pale green to pinkish-orange, matching, to the troutís eye, the surrounding vegetation or the fireball sun.

            On warm days Pale Morning Duns reach the surface and hatch quickly.  They are especially fast to leave the water after they are free from the nymphal shuck.  The full length of the hatch may be over in a matter of minutes.   The hatch may come and go before the trout can adjust to an efficient feeding rhythm.

Cloud cover or rain slows down metamorphosis, and the hatch can continue for hours.  The higher humidity must hold a key to survival as some wet days produce hatches of unbelievable density.  Drying time is slowed and insects may ride the surface of the river for hundreds of yards before wings and exoskeletons are hard enough to support flight.

            Duns, which have hatched in a healthy manner, are usually ignored.  They are too much of a risk; too much of a chance at calories missed while energy was expended.  Instead, the trout concentrate on the mayflies as they are sliding out of their nymphal shuck.  A low floating comparadun with an Antron tail (often called a Sparkle Dun) is the answer.

            As the days hatch tapers off, fewer emerging insects are available to the fish.  Or so it would seem to the casual observer.  This is true in moving water areas where the currents can carry them away.

            Injured and deformed insects are unable to leave the water and ride the currents aimlessly.  Often they end up as flotsam in back-eddies where they can collect in vast numbers.  Some eddies are situated so that they collect nearly all of the dead and crippled insects that come down the river.  Here the currents revolve slowly, and the insects are carried round and round until they are rafted upon the shore or are finally brought to the vortex of the eddy.  Often trout will concentrate on these places where maximum numbers of insects collect.

            I watch the vortex of the eddy and several trout are rising there.  Their dorsal fins often break the surface as they quietly inhale the mayflies.  The binoculars are replaced inside my shirt, and I pick up the four-weight rod that lies in the sparse vegetation beside me.  There is an opening in the trees to my left from which to cast, and I slowly start to stalk the feeding fish.  The tippet and the fly are examined while getting into casting position.  My movements are slow but efficient and fluid.  The trout are thirty feet away, and clearly visible while suspended just below the flat surface.  And now I am in position.  The rod is raised in preparation for the cast...

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            From high in the air another predator watches the trout through steely eyes.  The Osprey floats silently on the gentle up-drafts that rise from the deep canyon.  She adjusts her long, slim, muscular wings and loses elevation, being careful not to let her shadow fall upon the pool.  Saliva runs from her triangular tongue and the vicious, hooked beak opens and closes.  The killer singles out its victim, folds its wings tight to its streamlined body, and drops from the sky like a falling stone. An explosive geyser erupts from pool as the feathered bullet slams through the surface. Sharp talons bite into the soft flesh of a troutís back, and the big bird rises instantly from the cool water with the captured, writhing fish.  It is not until then that the Osprey sees the man crouching under the umbrella of streamside alders, a fly rod in his hand and an astonished look on his face.

            As often is the case, one predator's gain, is anotherís loss.  The surviving trout are instantly gone deep into the pool, hiding for their lives.

Even though the intervention of an interloper had thwarted my careful observation and stalking of the quarry, the show had been worth the price of admission.  I had been rewarded with a small window into nature.  It is good to know that wild Ospreys still feed on wild trout as they have done for thousands of years.

(to be continued in 07/02 FFS Insider)

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Sandy River Fishery Information Bank

Daily Fishing Report

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Want to escape the "trout madness" crowds in Central Oregon? 
Try the "COOL" side of the mountain. 

WHERE WE LIVE. Cool weather has temporarily stopped snow melt on Mt. Hood and the Sandy is very low and water clarity is much better than normal for this time of year.  Fishing for summer steelhead in the lower river is productive.  Trout fishing in the upper basin has slowed because of cooler water.                                         To Top

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