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Deschutes Steelhead Flies For Early Season
Heard all the Steelhead Flies in Maupin got eaten by Moths! Don't worry we've got you covered with an outrageously huge selection. The time is close. Get prepared! Fish Counts at The Dalles Dam
Deschutes Steelhead
A couple of different years we floated the Deschutes during the last week in June for trout and wound up catching good numbers of steelhead. One year we caught seven in two days and two of the fish already had red gill plates. Steelhead fishing in June on the Deschutes is always hit or miss, but there is no competition from other anglers, and the fish are usually pretty naive when you find them. Early season steelhead are fresh, rested and grabby. Normally brighter fish like brighter flies with touches of fluorescent colors. Based on last year's incredible run, early season summer steelhead returns to the Willamette Valley streams, and early Columbia River dam counts, the coming Deschutes steelhead season looks pretty good.
 Fly du Jour Patriot Purple Peril
Golden Demon Green Butt Skunk Surgeon General

Fly du Jour
Hook: TMC 7999
Thread: Red 8/0
Tag: Flat Silver Tinsel
Butt: Fluorescent Pink Edge Bright
Body:
Purple Synthetic Dubbing
Rib: Flat Silver Mylar

Hackle: Purple Saddle
Wing:  White Calf Tail,
            Pearl Pink Krystal Flash
Head:  Red
Common Sizes: This fly is most often used in sizes four and six in rivers like The Deschutes, John Day, Grand Rhonde and Clearwater
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Fly du Jour

  The "Fly du Jour" is proven on all sizes of rivers and a wide range of water temperatures and conditions. It is one of the have-to-have flies no matter where you fish steelhead along the Pacific Rim. The Fly du Jour may be the best of all Deschutes summer steelhead flies for floating line fishing the majority of the season. Ninety percent of the season it is my point fly of choice.  Just another purple and pink fly? Maybe. There are many. Purple and pink is a popular theme on the Deschutes with such patterns as Rick's Revenge and the Freight Train being the most popular examples. The Fly du Jour is different because it uses a revolutionary material called Edge Bright for the pink butt.  Edge Bright is a material that gathers light through its broad side and magnifies it through its narrow edge. It is wrapped on the fly so that the rear edge of every wrap is exposed.  Viewed from the rear this butt literally glows. The effect is further enhanced with the butt surrounded by a halo of dark purple materials. The pattern was an instant success when it was introduced in 1990. In the space of a couple of weeks two different groups of clients that didn't know each other called it the Fly du Jour (fly of the day), and that is how it got it's name.

Item Description Size Price To Top
20575-02 Fly du Jour 2 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED
20575-04 Fly du Jour 4 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED

Golden Demon
This fly came from New Zealand in about 1933 and was modified by Fred Peet for Atlantic Salmon on the Cains River in New Brunswick.  It was brought to the West Coast where it was again modified by C. Jim Pray of Eureka, California.  It became popular in Southern Washington and Northern Oregon around 1950 and has stayed reasonably popular ever since. 
Golden Demon
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20610-06 Golden Demon 6 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED

Green Butt Skunk
Paul Franklin with a large steelhead caught on a Green Butt Skunk
This fly was originated by Dan Callahan on the North Umpqua River.  However the "Green Butt" is proven on all sizes of rivers and a wide range of water temperatures and conditions. It is one of
 the have-to-have flies no matter where you fish steelhead along the Pacific Rim. We have modernized this classic fly by having it tied with the latest materials on gold colored Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron hooks. Don't worry, this version is thoroughly proven.  We've been using Green Butt Skunks on various colors of hooks for years. The ones tied on gold hooks just seem to catch more fish, so we're passing the secret on to you. These flies are Super Premium Quality! Green Butt Skunk
Item Description Size Price To Top
ST270-03 Green Butt Skunk 3 3 for $8.55 SALE ENDED
ST270-05 Green Butt Skunk 5 3 for $8.55 SALE ENDED
ST270-07 Green Butt Skunk 7 3 for $8.55 SALE ENDED

Patriot
Quoted from Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs, "The bright pattern was called the Patriot. I had used nothing else for three days. My first steelhead of the trip, a hen of nine pounds, had struck the fly as hard as any steelhead in my memory. The impact knocked the reel's pawls out of alignment, and only by frantically palming the free-running spool was I able to prevent a massive override."
Patriot Fly
The pattern recipe in Trey's book calls for a hackle of dark purple, but the one Frank gave to me in about 1985 had a hackle that was blue. It caught several steelhead before I lost it to a big colored-up buck on the Deschutes. Over the years the Patriot has proven to be a very reliable pattern to try when fishing with a floating line while the sun is still on the water. It can be especially good when the water clears in late fall. MB
The other evening, I opened my fly box just as the sun was leaving the water. The Patriot stood out against the background of darker flies that surrounded it. It was like it was begging for attention. So it got tied to the end of my leader and got a hard pull on the very first cast in water that had already been fished by another angler. Of course it was much different colored that all of the rest of the flies we had used. Sometimes it's good to be different. MB

Patriot

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21200-04 Patriot 4 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED
21200-06 Patriot 6 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED

Purple Peril

 

The best flies become classics simply because they work.  The Purple Peril is one of those flies that seems to take steelhead from varying watersheds and under a wide range of water conditions. First tied by legendary Northwest Washington angler Ken McLeod in the mid '60's it has taken steelhead from California to British Columbia. This somber colored fly is particularly reliable for Redband Steelhead in the Columbia River tributaries east of the Cascade Mountains. As fly tiers turn more  to the glitz and glitter of synthetic materials to create their

"magic-bullets", the Purple Peril remains as proof that bright colors and lots of flash aren't always the ingredients for success.  Many takes on the Purple Peril are very soft. The fish is just there with no perceptible shock. This leads me to believe that many of these fish would have been too timid to respond as favorably to a brighter fly. 

Purple Peril
Hook: TMC 7999
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: Dark Purple Hackle Fibers
Body: Purple Chenille
Rib: Flat Silver Mylar

Hackle:  Dark Purple Saddle
Wing:  Natural Red Squirrel Tail
Head:  Black
Common Sizes: This fly is most often used in sizes four and six in rivers like The Deschutes, John Day, Grand Rhonde and Clear Water, although anglers use Purple Perils as large as

2/0 in the Clear Water and in some British Columbia Rivers.  My experience concludes that dark purple materials tie more successful Purple Perils than bright purple materials.  I choose purple hackles that are died over brown rather than white feathers.  This give the fly a deep, dark purple shade.  A plump silhouette achieved with a medium fat chenille body is proven.  Size #4 and #6 flies are dressed with #14 tinsel. Size #2 flies are dressed with #12 tinsel and larger flies are dressed with #10 tinsel.  This gives a pronounced segmentation and contrasting flash to the body. 

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21265-04 Purple Peril 4 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED
21265-06 Purple Peril 6 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED

Surgeon General
Listed as Surgeon General Dark in Trey Combs book, Steelhead Fly fishing and Flies, this pattern has caught Deschutes steelhead for us for at least 30-years.  t is believed to be originated by Dr. Robert P. Terrill of Gleneden Beach, in Oregon in honor of Dr. Herbert Bently, a highly regarded neurosurgeon. There are three other Surgeon General patterns in this series that were

 listed in this book, that have disappeared from most fly boxes. This pattern was listed in Trey's book as one of the hottest new flies in 1976. It has stood the test of time by being one of the most reliable steelhead wet flies ever tied. We have modernized this classic fly by having it tied with the latest materials on Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron hooks. Don't worry, this version is thoroughly proven.  Super Premium Quality!
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ST00105 Surgeon General 5 3 for $8.55 SALE ENDED
ST00107 Surgeon General 7 3 for $8.55 SALE ENDED

Early Season Deschutes Steelhead Fly Set, With Free Red Label Fly Box

This set contains all the flies you will need for your first Deschutes steelhead adventure of the coming season. These flies are of the highest quality you can buy, and they are in all the right sizes. Then they are perfectly organized in a durable fly box that fits in your shirt pocket. This set contains:

(3) Fly du Jours
(3) Golden Demons
(3) Green Butt Skunks
(3) Patriots
(3) Purple Perils
(3) Surgeon Generals
Offer Expires 08-01-10
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EARLY-DE Early Season Deschutes Steelhead Fly Set, With Free Red Label Fly Box 18-Flies $46.95 SALE ENDED

Edge Bright
Popularized by Idaho fly tier, LeRoy Hyatt, in the Dean River Lantern series, Edge Bright is a stretchy plastic material that gathers light through its broad side and magnifies it through its narrow edge. It is sold in 10" X 3" sheets that are about 1/64th inch thick. The sheet is cut into narrow strips. It is wrapped on the fly so that the rear edge of every wrap is exposed.  Viewed from the rear, this butt literally glows. It gives the same effect as a fiber optic cable when viewed from an exposed end.  There is little doubt that a fly tied in this manner becomes easier for fish to see when they are viewing it from the rear.
The easiest way to prepare Edge Bright is to lay the sheet on a clean pane of glass. Smooth it out and it will tend to stick to the glass.  Use a metal straight-edge and slice with a fresh razor blade.  Width of strips vary with the size of the fly and the whim of the tier.  Most common sizes are about 1/8" to 3/16".  Narrower strips will take more wraps to cover a distance on the hook shank, so they build a larger diameter, quicker tapered body.  If you stretch the material as you wrap it, the strip will become thinner.  This may be undesirable as the thicker strips transmit more light.
The light gathering ability of Edge Bright is enhanced when it is under-wrapped with silver tinsel.  Trim the end of your strip like the one just below center of the picture at left.  Tie it to the hook as you see it in the picture.  The end of the strip is narrowed to just slightly larger than the wire in the hook it will be tied to.  8/0 Uni Thread works best.  The narrow end of the strip should form the foundation under the finished Edge Bright butt or body, so its length should be adjusted accordingly.  Attach #14 silver Mylar in front of this foundation and wrap smoothly all the way back and then all of the way forward.  Wrap the Edge Bright over this foundation so that each wrap over laps the one under it with the rear edge of each wrap exposed. 
Tying off Edge Bright can be tricky.  However thread tends to dig into it and stay in place. 

Item Description Color Price To Top
EB132 Edge Bright Fluo. Green $2.35 SALE ENDED
EB137 Edge Bright Fluo. Orange $2.35 SALE ENDED
EB138 Edge Bright Fluo. Pink $2.35 SALE ENDED
EB139 Edge Bright Fluo. Red $2.35 SALE ENDED

Larger Ambush Lines for Spey, Switch and Saltwater Applications
NOW IN STOCK !!!
Since it’s introduction one year ago, Ambush Triangle Taper fly line has created a dedicated following of Switch, Scandi, and Skagit rod followers.
Responding to burgeoning demand, Royal Wulff products has now introduced new, heavier line weights in the Ambush lineup. Originally produced in 4-8 weight sizes, Ambush Triangle Taper is now also available in 9 – 13 weight, to deliver crisp roll casting performance from single-handed rods and shorter double-handed rods.
Designed with a short, 20-22 foot head, marked by a color change in the line, from lime green to blue. This “change point” creates a visual reference point for intuitive casting. Front-loaded with a thin running line, it delivers effortless roll casts from short to long distances.
And, like all Triangle Tapers, it shoots like a bullet.
"This spring I received a prototype 550-grain Ambush Line and installed it on my Sage 7126-4 TCX (DeathStar) rod, then attached 13' of T-11 to the front-end loop. It was fished for the next three days in adverse upstream-windy conditions. The water was higher than normal and the best run was on river-right, which demanded a left-hand-up approach (my weakest casting possition). This setup turned out to be surprisingly easy to cast, and Ambush Lines will be a big hit with beginners and experienced Spey casters alike. It slices through the wind, and is remarkably easy to use in very tight quarters. Of course that is what it was designed for in the first place." MB
WF9 = 350-grains    WF10 = 400-grains    WF11 = 450-grains    WF12 = 500-grains    WF13 = 550-grains
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TTAMF9 Royal Wulff Ambush Line WF9 $67.95 SALE ENDED
TTAMF10 Royal Wulff Ambush line WF10 $67.95 SALE ENDED
TTAMF11 Royal Wulff Ambush line WF11 $67.95 SALE ENDED
TTAMF12 Royal Wulff Ambush line WF12 $67.95 SALE ENDED
TTAMF13 Royal Wulff Ambush line WF13 $67.95 SALE ENDED

Stud Service

Moderate

Aggressive Extreme Challenge Predator
Stud Service!
Hard Bite Boot Studs can be installed on
any new Simms Wading Shoes.
Hard Bite Boot Studs provide the best wading traction available.
Sorry, not available for cleat-sole boot-foot waders.
 
Hard Bite Boot Studs for insallation in felt soles 
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Hard Bite Boot Studs for insallation in Vibram soles 
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Simms Star Cleats
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Let's face it, the riverbeds in the Pacific Northwest provide some of the most challenging wading surfaces to be found anywhere. Long ago anglers found that studded soles on their wading shoes made wading safer and more comfortable. Tire studs with tungsten carbide inserts became the standard wading sole studs. Now Simms has revolutionized wading shoe traction by providing two new wading devices that make the tire-stud obsolete. They are the Hard Bite Stud and Hard Bite Star Cleat. At the Fly Fishing Shop, we have tested both types of devices extensively on some of the roughest steelhead rivers in the country, the Deschutes, Clackamas and Umpqua. We know how to install these devices in patterns that will make you nearly invincible on any river. Remember that good fly casting and presentation starts from the bottom of your feet.

Installing HardBite Boot Studs The staff at The Fly Fishing Shop will be glad to install Simms HardBite Boot Studs and/or Star Cleats in any new Simms wading shoes. You must click one of the buttons below to get the installation added to your new wading shoes or BootFoot waders.
 HardBite Studs and/or Star Cleats can also be installed in any newer used Simms wading shoes as long as they are clean (and preferably dry).
Bring your wading shoes to the shop or ship them to us. A shipping charge will be added if you wish us to ship them back to you.
HardBite Boot Studs are easy to install and can be used on many soles from many manufacturers. Be sure that your shoe soles are thick enough so that the screws don't reach all the way through the foot bed.
 Sorry, not available for cleat-sole boot-foot waders. 

Moderate (A System For Moderate Flows).

This system of Hard Bite Boot Studs is for moderate streams with moderate bottoms. Mid West, low gradient free stone streams with moderate size gravel and moderate current speeds. Eleven Hard Bite Boot Studs per boot are installed to give increased usable traction at a low cost.  This set up contains 22 Hard Bites installed per pair of wading shoes.

Moderate, A Hard Bite Stud System For Moderate Flows

Item Description Traction Price To Top
STUD-1 Moderate, A Hard Bite Stud System For Moderate Flows 11 Hard Bites per boot sole $25.95 SALE ENDED

Aggressive (A System For Most Trout Stream Fishing).

This configuration of Hard Bite Boot Studs will serve well for most trout fishers on most trout streams. Good traction in most situations. Fourteen Hard Bite Boot Studs per boot are installed to give vastly increased usable traction at a moderate cost.  This set up contains 28 Hard Bites installed per pair of wading shoes.

Vibram Sole with 14 Hard Bite Studs installed.

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STUD-2 Aggressive, A Hard Bite Stud System For Most Trout Stream Fishing 14 Hard Bites per boot sole $29.95 SALE ENDED

Extreme Challenge (A System For Big Steelhead/Salmon Rivers).

This is the granddaddy of wading shoe traction devices. This is a favorite with professional steelhead guides who fish big rivers, such as the Deschutes, Umpqua and Clackamas Rivers. Fourteen Hard Bite Boot Studs and eleven Star Cleats per boot are installed to give maximum deep wading traction. This set up contains 28 Hard Bites and 14 Star Cleats installed per pair of wading shoes.

Extreme Challenge

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STUD-3 Extreme Challenge, A Hard Bite Stud System For Big Steelhead/Salmon rivers 14 Hard Bites and 7 Star Cleats per boot sole $56.95 SALE ENDED

Simms HardBite Boot Studs Hard Bite Boot Studs
Welded carbide gripper pellets enhance traction and durability of any wading shoe soles.
  • 1/4" hex head sharp point screw with carbide pellets welded to screw head
  • 20 studs per package
    Screws into any felt sole or Vibram sole, be sure to have hard shield inner sole, bites into the hardest, slickest rocks.
  • 45+ Rockwell hard screws specifically designed for rubber soles
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AHB1090000 Simms Hard Bite Boot Studs for felt soles, per 20-pack 1/4-inch Hex Head $29.95 SALE ENDED
AHB1090020 Simms Hard Bite Boot Studs for rubber soles, per 20-pack 1/4-inch Hex Head $24.95 SALE ENDED

Simms Star Cleats Hard Bite Star Cleats
Feature welded shards of tungsten carbide on a star shaped gripper to enhance traction and durability of any wading shoe soles.
  • 5/8" Star Cleat with carbide shards welded to screw head
  • 22 studs per package
    Screws into any Vibram or felt sole, be sure to have hard shield inner sole, bites into the hardest, slickest rocks.
  • 45+ Rockwell hard screws specifically designed for rubber soles
Item Description Size Price To Top
AHB1090ffs Simms Hard Bite Star Cleats, per 22-pack 5/8-inch diameter $55.95 SALE ENDED

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