Fly Fishing Rod Selection

The Fly Fishing Shop HOME. * Search Catalog Trips & Schools Bargains SALE ENDED
Our Waters Order Info Weekly Newsletter Events

Fly Fishing Rod Selection
Burkheimer - Demo Day
Fly Evolution
Deschutes Steelhead
Reel Accessories
Rubber Net Bags

All pictures are Mouse-over.

The Fastest Moving Fly Fishing Rod Selection
We have 24-years of continuous experience in selling & servicing fly rods.
Fly rods and fly rod companies are continually evolving.
We have seen a lot of fly rod manufacturing companies come and go.
With that thought in mind, it is our job to stay ahead of the curve
with an ever changing have what you want, when you want it.
Look no further!  We've got the good stuff!
Here IS The Best Buy, With Free Shipping and no sales tax!  …800+  Models...


G. Loomis


Temple Fork Outfitters

Thomas & Thomas


CND Rods
CND Spey Rods


C.F. Burkheimer

Spey Rod Finder



C.F. Burkheimer Fly Rods - Demo Day

Saturday, August 6, 10-3
C.F. Burkheimer Demo Day
w/Kerry Burkheimer
Be able to see and cast a wide selection of Burkheimer rods including the latest models. 
Get Free Casting instruction. 
There will be casting contests & raffles.
Win one of the latest Burkheimer rods.
A couple will be given away

A back yard barbeque will be served from noon to 2:00. 
Everyone is welcome!

The Evolution Of A Fly
Some guys just buy flies and tie them on when a guide tells them to.  Others like myself tie many of their own flies and are always looking for something that will do a better job.  Some fish are very selective in what they eat.  They have discerning eyes and can detect the difference between the fake and the real thing.  Particular populations of spring creek trout are legendary for their selectivity on certain hatches.  Many species of saltwater fish are at least as capable at detecting phony prey.  In the Sea of Cortez and along the Mexican Pacific Coast their are a host of hard pulling fish that eat sardinas.  Many of these fish are extremely selective as to the size, color and movements of sardinas.  These fish will often charge your fly from many feet away only to reject and turn away from your fly from only inches away. Below is the abbreviated version of how I am attempting to evolve the perfect sardina fly.

What is a sardina?  The following is copied from:

Sardina or Flatiron Herring, Harengula thrissina: The Sardina, or Flatiron Herring, has a moderately deep body, iridescent blue back, silver sides, and a characteristic and identifying black spot just behind the top of the gill cover. The Sardina, or Flatiron Herring also has a faint yellow stripe on the upper side, anal fin with a short base, pelvic fins directly under the dorsal fin, and pectoral fins that reach the dorsal fin origin. The Sardina, or Flatiron Herring, cannot be easily confused with any other sardine or herring due to its wide body and lack of elongated dorsal fin rays. It reaches a length of 7 inches and is virtually weightless. It is normally found in the first 30 feet of the water column in massive schools over sandy bottoms.

The "Sardina" or Flatiron Herring is a member of the Clupeidae or Herring Family of small forage fish. In Mexican waters, it is found along the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula south of Guerrero Negro, throughout the Sea of Cortez, and along the coast of the mainland south to Guatemala; it does not appear to be present around the oceanic islands, however.

Note: Although it is a herring, in Mexico, this species is almost universally called a “sardina,” or “sardine,” by natives and tourists alike.

My first close encounter with sardinas was in a bait tank in a panga at East Cape in the Sea of Cortez..  Mexican guides harvest them for live bait and chum.  Sardinas are weak swimmers and are easily caught by hand in the tank.  Thus they are easily examined, both in and out of the water.  You would think that this is the perfect opportunity for a fly tier to copy the exact size and color of the organism.  In fact it proved to be the perfect deception.  Sardinas that are in the wild look quite different from the same fish

that have been netted and especially different from one who have spent several hours in a bait tank.  At left is a sardina that has spent most of the day in a bait tank.  Many of the scales are loosend from the body and many are missing all together.

At left is a Photo Shop rendering where I am attempting to turn the fish into a fly on paper.  In the beginning many of my flies contained a lot of silver flash in the sides.  This mimicked the loosened scales of the bait tank fish.  I tied many variations along the same theme.  the more silver

that was tied into the fly, the less strikes I got.  This is because the sides of fresh fish reflect as white instead of silver.  Sardinas have have a prominent false eye spot on the each side that is nearly identical in size as their pupils.  What the exact purpose for this is not known, but tests using

flies with or without the spot weight heavily in favor of the spot.  This kind of research in fly tying ultimately gives the angler a few insights as to how well predator fish see their prey. Indications are that they see what they eat in great detail.  In Mexico sardinas are used extensively as chum to bring sport fish close to the boat where they can be fished with fly gear.  It appears that bait that is fresh with attract more fish than bait that has been getting beat up in the live well for several hours.  Indications are that Dorado, Rooster Fish and Jack Crevelle like there meat fresh and healthy.

Mark's new, proven Sardina fly will be available from FLYH2O Fly Company later this year and also will be available at The Fly Fishing Shop.

Steelhead Showing On The Deschutes
Brian O'Keefe on the Deschutes River.

We recently got this picture from Brian O'Keefe along with a note that said he hooked four steelhead and landed two from the Deschutes River.  One of the landed fish was wild, the other hatchery fish (pictured here) is obviously headed to dinner. 
There have been plenty of other Steelhead encounters in the past two weeks.  The difference between The Dalles and John Day Dam counts is about 4,400 steelhead.  Many of these fish are probably in the Deschutes River.
The Fly Fishing Shop has long been headquarters for serious Deschutes River steelhead fly fishers.

Deschutes River Steelhead
Steelhead Flies
Deschutes River Guide

Fly Reel Accessories
Things that keep your reel real healthy!
Simms Reel Deal Super Lube
Abel Lube Kit Loon Reel Lube 
Reel X Dyna Glide

Simms Reel Deal

3 mm thick neoprene reel case protects reel while on or off of the rod. Is perforated to let moisture escape. Will float most reels if accidentally dropped in water. Very well finished.

Item Description Size Price To Top
ARD3030 Simms Reel Deal Small/Medium $9.95

ARD3040 Simms Reel Deal Medium/Large $9.95


Abel Lube System
Abel Reels are known for their toughness and reliability under the roughest fishing conditions.  The strength of the Abel cork disc drag system is legendary.  Simplicity of design for low maintenance is a priority at Abel.  In our opinion the Abel Big Game and Super Series are the best reels when it comes to saltwater fishing or any fly fishing were the game is extra challenging.  However, all mechanical things do collect dirt and salt residue.  Abel reels will perform for years with no maintenance, but
they will give you even better service if they are cleaned and re-lubed routinely.  Steve Abel realized that if anglers had an organized kit to it would be much easier for them to maintain their reels, so he designed the Abel Lube System.  It contains all of the items necessary to maintain all Abel Reels and most other brands of fly reels as well.  It has grease for pawls, oil for spindles and bushing, and neatsfoot oil for cork discs.  These lubes come in handy leak-proof color coded cylinders that have special daubers to dispense just the right amount of that kind each lube.  This setup folds into a Cordura pack that measures 3 1/4"X4"X3/4" when ready to travel.  An Abel Lube System Pack is a standard piece of equipment in all of our gear bags.  We like to dismantle, clean and re-lube our reels after every saltwater trip or twice a season for reels that are only used in fresh water.  We highly recommend that an Abel Lube System become an addition to each of your gear bags.  
Item Description Price  
ABELLUBE Abel Lube System Kit $29.95


Reel X
The best thing that's happened to your fishing reel since you took it out of the box!

ReelX is the new, hi-tech, extreme-pressure lubricant that stops and prevents wear, corrosion and rust. It contains no wax, tar, silicone or other solids; So It Can't Gum-Up. Outperforms all other lubricants, displaces moisture, and WON'T HARM FLY LINES.

  • Improves Reel Performance
  • Stops/Prevents Rust & Corrosion

This lube works on all moving parts including cork disc drags.  We even heard of a fly fishing guide who poured it on his pan cakes and became known as a slick operator.

Item Description Size Price To Top
770000 Reel X reel lube 1 ounce $5.75


Super Lube
Super Lube is a patented, multi-purpose synthetic lubricant, containing SYNCOLON® (PTFE) particles held in suspension. Super Lube lasts longer and outperforms conventional petroleum-based greases and oils.  Works best in "click-pawl" type reels or anywhere maximum friction could occur between metal parts.

  • Water & Saltwater resistant

  • More reliable lubrication, outlasts petroleum based greases and oils

  • Remains free flowing in freezing temperatures
    Will not stain or harm wood, rubber, leather, plastics, fabrics and paint.

  • Won't drip, run or evaporate

  • Repels dirt, dust, grit and grime

  • Prevents rust and corrosion while reducing friction

  • Long Lasting

  • Compatible with conventional lubricants

  • Reduces friction and wear

  • Reduces Maintenance

Item Description Size Price To Top
210107 Super Lube 12 grams $4.25


Loon Reel Lube

Developed for use with fine fly reels, but also excellent for firearms. A synthetic oil combined Fluorocarbon and Hydrostop, an outstanding water repellent, Reel Lube gives you he best combination of lubrication and water resistance to prevent rust and friction damage.

Item Description Size Price To Top
000401 Loon Reel Lube 1 oz. $3.95


Dyna Glide Reel and Line Lube

Dyna Glide penetrates deep leaving a micro-thin film that won't wash off. Contains salt and rust inhibitors. Will lube fly line and reel with line fully wound. Aerosol Can.

Item Description Size Price To Top
200077 Dyna Glide Reel & Line Lube 7 oz. $9.95


The Facts About Rubber Net Bags

Rubber net bags are easier on the fish because they remove less body slime and scales than ordinary twine or nylon mesh bags.  Because of this they are also easier to clean up.  Usually several vigorous swishes in the water is all you need to keep your net smelling fresh.  Those are the reasons why most of the up-scale trout guides on catch and release waters are using nets with rubber bags.  The bag does weigh more (about half a pound), and creates more drag in the water while netting a fish.  Most anglers agree these are small inconveniences when compared to healthier fisheries and less clean-up of gear.  All Fisknat Nets are offered with a rubber net bag option.

The Fly Fishing Shop HOME. The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR

1(800) 266-3971

To Top

Fish long & prosper,
Mark Bachmann, Patty Barnes


Top Fishing Websites at TopFishingSites.Com 4reel fishing top fishing sites Top Fishing Sites