Back Eddy Trout Blitz, Most Popular Platinum Spey Rods, Beulah Aero Head Spey Lines, Hatch Reels

Back Eddy Trout Blitz, Most Popular Platinum Spey Rods, Beulah Aero Head Spey Lines, Hatch Reels

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Back Eddy Trout Blitz
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Back Eddy Trout Blitz
Back eddy foam line sippers. EASY LIVIN' FOR TROUT
Back Eddies are places in a river where the currents reverse direction and flow upstream.  In eddies the currents swirl and revolve, some violently, others are soft and slow.  The eddies that are large enough to hold trout are our main interest here.  They can be as big as a wash tub or nearly 
the entire width of the river.  Eddies tend to gather drifting trout food items and condense them toward the slower turning areas.  In many slower turning eddies foam- lines form in floating patches.  These foamy areas  provide cover for feeding trout and trout-food organisms are often gathered in in the foam as a vast smorgasbord.  These foamy areas drift with the changing currents or winds.  Calm days are usually best Back eddies concentrare food and feeding fish.

Much of the trout food in back eddies is crippled or dead insects.

for fishing in back eddies as wind often scatters the floating food.  Trout can drift around with the food items and foam lines or station up in places where food tends to concentrate.  Feeding is usually quiet and deliberate.  Normally the only surface disturbance is a small dimple from a nose or dorsal fin.  Sight fishing is the best approach.  A pair of high resolution binoculars is a real asset for spotting what the fish are feeding on.  Back eddy feeders can be very picky.  Being able to see what 
the trout are feeding on is the key to success.  Some slow eddies have silty, weedy bottoms and the insects that hatch from them are the varieties that you would expect to find in lakes.  But eddies also trap insects from hatches that occur in other parts of the river.  This is especially true of crippled or dead insects.  Observation has disclosed that many of the insects that trout feed on in eddies are dead or disabled.  Insects that are emerging from their nymphal to adult forms are also targeted.  Healthy adult insects are often ignored.  Most food items that get trapped in the flow of an eddy are very small.  On the Deschutes River most of the back eddy feeding is done on insects
 that are size 14 through 20.  To make the acquisition of these small food items pay off for the trout in the "calories in vs. the calories expended" equation, the expenditure of energy must be very small.  Any food item which can escape or takes pursuit is a potential liability.  Therefore insects which are incapable of escape are most desirable.  Some eddies collect food items in dense translucent rafts that appear as brownish scum.   These scum lines revolve in the eddy with the currents.  The trout follow them feeding leisurely.  These trout are extremely visible to people.  Many of these eddies receive a lot of angling pressure.  Trout in eddies which receive a lot of fishing pressure can become very suspicious feeders.  Any potential food item that moves un-naturally is refused.  Being able to present your fly so that it shows no influence from an attached leader is essential.  Long fine tippets made from nearly invisible material are the rule.  Being able to present the fly line and leader so that you get a drag free float takes planning.  Casting accuracy is essential. Observation is the real key to success in back eddies.  Use your polarized sun glasses and a pair if binoculars to study the fish and their prey.  Find a comfortable vantage point.  Try to position yourself so that you are camouflaged from the fish.  Use natural vegetation as a blind. Dress to blend in.  Often the feeding fish will forget that you are watching them.  Get elevation if you can.   Station up in the shade.  Use the natural light to give you the best visibility.  When trout are spotted, it's hard to turn off the attack instinct. The trout are not going anywhere unless they are spooked into hiding.   Remember that once you start your presentation, you will get a limited number of shots.  The first shot will be most stealthy.  Choose it wisely. Take your time.  Survey the whole area.  Know where all the players are holding and what their movement patterns are like.   Sooner or later your hunting instinct will point out one fish that is most vulnerable to you.  Or possibly it will home in on an individual that is the best trophy.  No matter the criteria, you must zero in on one quarry.  This is a point where you can blow the whole scene.  Remember the first shot.  Take an extra measure of time to study the target in fine detail.  Watch it feed through your binoculars.  See exactly what it eats.  If you can match this trout's favorite food item exactly, not only in size, shape and color, but also in buoyancy,  your fly is as effective as it can be.  Now you can concentrate on the presentation of the fly.  How the fly lands on the water in relation to the fish is the first key element.  Place the fly on an intercept trajectory with the fish at the closest possible range that won't spook the fish.  Use a light touch.  The softer the fly lands on the water, the closer you can put it to the fish.  The closer it is to the fish the less possibility there is that drag will occur before the fish takes.  The cast must take into account the surrounding obstacles such as grass, shrubs and trees.  Back eddy fly fishing can rival chess and golf for complexity.  That's why we do it. 

Favorite Flies To Try In Back Eddies 
Quigley's Sparkle Flag, PMD
Born out of the Hackle Stacker and Sparkle Stacker, Bob Quigley’s Flag Duns are the next best thing to hit spring creek fishing since polarized sunglasses.  The Flag Duns use the “stacker” style wing to float the bugs and insure light delicate presentations without spooking wary fish. The Flag Dun series is constructed with a thread body to create an even slimmer profile than the Hackle Stacker
Quigley's Sparkle Flag, PMD 
series and better mimic the natural mayfly.  The addition of the flag on the front of the fly gives a wing like silhouette to the fish while providing extra visibility to the angler.
Advantages of Design
1. The Flag gives the angler added visibility while fishing size 18, 20 and 22 flies.  The hackle fibers spread over the top catch and reflect light already making the fly easy to see.
2. A very slim body mimics the natural mayfly allowing the fly to fool extremely picky fish
3. The Flag gives the fly a mayfly wing silhouette
4. The Hackle is on top of the fly letting the body sits in the film closely mimicking the natural mayfly.
5. Using a minimal amount of material in the fly and the spread out “stacked” hackle allows the fly to be land lightly which in turn lets anglers effectively fish this family of flies to pickiest trout without spooking them when the fly lands.
6.The Hackle Stacker design is a very durable fly in a category where many of the flies are quite delicate in construction.  This is important during short hatch periods or fading light, when fly changes cost you lost opportunities.
7.The stiff dry fly hackles are easy to dry out with a couple of false casts to keep you fishing rather than changing flies or using desiccants to dry out your fly.
When & Where
The Flag Duns were originally designed to catch picky fish in spring creek conditions.  The beauty of the Flag Duns is its versatility.   This series of flies will fish just as well in free-stone rivers, tail waters and lakes. The angler needs every advantage he/she can get.  Stocking your box or bins with this fly will give any angler an edge.
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SIG0922 Quigley's Sparkle Flag, PMD 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
Parachute Cream Puff
This fly is very popular for imitating Pale Morning Dun Mayflies on our local rivers on both sides of the Cascades.  Hatches can start in early May and continue through August. This easy to see parachute fly was first ordered as a custom tie by Dick Crossley and was known as the Crossley Cream Puff.
Parachute Cream Puff
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4100-16 Parachute Cream Puff 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
4100-18 Parachute Cream Puff 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
Quigley's Midget  Caddis, Brown
Mid-day during the summer there are often hundreds of dead and dying caddis littering the surface of many back-eddies. Trout station up in the easy water sipping these corpses by the dozens. Don't think that these fish are always easy. Use stealth and a perfect drag-free presentation to reach success. One bad cast can put the sippers down for hours.

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SIG1644 Quigley's Midget Caddis, Brown 20 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
Hemingway Caddis
The Hemingway Caddis was first tied by shop owner and fly fishing guide, Mike Lawson and named after Jack Hemingway, son of writer Ernest Hemingway. After nearly forty years this is still one of the best dry fly patterns to to fool a picky trout. This fly pattern is tied with section of duck wing quill laid flat over the body to simulate the tent syle win of a caddis at rest.

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11062 Hemingway Caddis 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
Silvey's Dead Caddis, Olive Silvey's Dead Caddis, Tan
One day while guiding on the Deschutes River, my clients were fishing the tail end of a caddis hatch.  As the bugs retired to the trees and bushes, the fish were still rising but my clients couldn’t buy a fish.  Upon closer examination the fish were focused on the mattes of dead caddis that were floating down the river.  It made sense, as the fish could get a full meal without having to use excess energy chasing live caddis.
I found the existing dead caddis patterns on the market overdressed, and took a couple dead caddis home to my vice for further examination.
Brian Silvey Photo

From a fish eye view the wing, hump and head are what stand out and cause the fish to strike.  My dead caddis pattern is simple with a distinctive wing and nice hump that should be visible no matter how the fly lands.  Natural dead caddis land every which way (upright, on the side, upside down etc…) on the water so it is not critical to have a fly that lands upright to be fishing effectively with this pattern.. 

The Silvey's Dead Caddis to works best in the afternoons on the Deschutes after the caddis are done laying their eggs, and we have great success fishing the fly in shadows under the trees. The pattern is also deadly on soft flat water where fish are sipping cripples and dead insects out of a foam line. 

Brian Silvey
Silvey’s Dead Caddis - Designer 

Silvey's Dead Caddis, Olive

When fishing the Silvey’s Dead Caddis during a hatch, or in broken water, it’s a good idea to drop it behind a visible adult pattern to give you an idea of where the fly is.  Set the hook on any rise close to your adult pattern.  In the flat water and back eddies you can fish the fly alone and see it just fine.

Silvey's Dead Caddis, Olive

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SIG1162 Silvey's Dead Caddis, Olive 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Silvey's Dead Caddis, Tan

When fishing the Silvey’s Dead Caddis during a hatch, or in broken water, it’s a good idea to drop it behind a visible adult pattern to give you an idea of where the fly is.  Set the hook on any rise close to your adult pattern.  In the flat water and back eddies you can fish the fly alone and see it just fine.

Silvey's Dead Caddis, Tan

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SIG0677 Silvey's Dead Caddis, Tan 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
Goddard Caddis   Goddard Caddis, Rusty
The story goes that the idea for the pattern was developed by John Goddard and his friend, Clive Hendry, in London, England. They gave the idea to noted fly tier, Andre Puyans, who at the time owned a fly shop in San Jose, CA.  The pattern was tied from spun deer hair and trimmed to the shape of a caddis. At first the Goddard Caddis was used on lakes, but due to it's high floatability, it soon migrated to the fast moving streams of the Sierras. From there it has found it's way to the waters of nearly every region that grows trout.
We like to trim the bottom off the hackle so the fly rides flat on the water. Be sure to coat the body liberally with gel-type floatant to seal the open ends of the hollow hair. From our experience, Goddard Caddis flies are most likely to draw strikes when they are floating high on the water. In this mode they are really deadly when there are good populations of active adult caddis. They are less effective after they start to get water-logged. They seem to become extremely unattractive when sunk below the surface. Each fly is good for no more than two trout, then you want to replace it with a fresh one. Place the wet flies in/on a drier to be cleaned, preened and rejuvinated.

Goddard Caddis
This is the original Goddard Caddis in muted gray and brown tones. This fly has been used in many regions and on many waters, both flowing and still. After all these years it still catches fish when other flies fail. Be sure you have the full selection of sizes for your next fishing trip.

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10958 Goddard Caddis 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
10959 Goddard Caddis 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
10960 Goddard Caddis 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Goddard Caddis, Rusty
During mid-summer on larger rivers of the west dead spawned-out reddish brown caddis will litter the surface of the water in the afternoons. Selective trout will often key on this easy fare and ignore nearly everything else.

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19608 Goddard Caddis, Rusty 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
Winged Ant Fly, Black
Often new winged queens leave a colony by the hundreds.  When this happens there can be an explosion of fish food equal to many aquatic insect hatches.  Fish can become very selective when it comes to the size of ants they will feed on. Most ants are small.  One day many years ago, a friend and I visited the Kilchis River, not far from Tillamook, OR.  It was late September and the water was very low and clear, clear enough to see dozens of Sea Run Cutthroats in a big pool under

abridge.  There fish were on the move, coming upstream into the pool through a shallow riffle.  They were going out the top end, also through another shallow riffle.  We fished under the bridge to fish that were easily visible, trying many flies and different presentations without success.  After more than an hour I gave up, and decided to explore upstream from the bridge.  The river was very shallow for a several hundred yards.  It deepened only slightly under a jam caused by an up-rooted medium size cottonwood tree, and the other woody debris that had collect on it.  At first I passed it by.  Wading through extremely shallow water I kicked a sculpin out of the gravel  and up onto the low bank. It flopped around and I seized it, examining it closely.  I selected a fly out of one of my boxes that looked similar, and to the end of my leader.  It was then that I saw a fish rise under the log jam.  Upon re-assessing that piece of water, I realized it was much larger than my first impression.  A second fish rose and then a third.  There was much more room between the water and the wood than I first thought.  The sculpin fly was sent under the jam.  The reaction was instantaneous and a very nice cutthroat was landed.  It was killed for dinner and its stomach contents were autopsied.  It was full of small black winged ants.  It was then that I noticed the cloud of tiny queens hatching from the log jam.  Fortunately there matching flies in one of my boxes.  Many nice sea runs were landed that afternoon.  It still ranks as the best day of sea run cutthroat fishing I have ever had.

This winged Carpenter Ant male, which is much smaller than the female is only one reason why an angler should carry a selection of winged ant patterns.
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06250-12 Winged Ant Fly, Black 12 3 for $5.85

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06250-16 Winged Ant Fly, Black 16 3 for $5.85

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06250-18 Winged Ant Fly, Black 18 3 for $5.85

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Most Popular Platinum Spey Rods

SP1266-4 Platinum

Length: 12' 6"    Line: #6     Pieces: 4

If Beulah two handed rods were a baseball team, our NEW Platinum 12’6” #6 weight would be the MVP. Thanks to Beulah's carbon scrim, the blank weighs only 2.85 ounces and the completed rod weighs only 6.5 ounces. What kind of 6 weight is it? Spot on! This rod features a more traditional full-flex “Spey” action that loads deep into the butt section with extremely fast tip recovery making it a joy to cast in all conditions. You can call us, because the answer is YES! It will handle big water and big brute Steelhead while not overpowering the smallish 3-4 pound fish making them special too. All line types and styles including Scandinavian, Skagit, Mid or Long Belly will agree and excel when matched to our Platinum 12’6” 6 weight.
Rod Weight: 6.7 ounces.
Summer Steelhead, Half Pounders, Winter Steelhead on small and medium streams.
Traditional “Spey” action/ fast recovery
380-410 grains
410-440 grains
Mid Belly:
450-470 grains, 450-grain Beulah Aero Head
Platinum Spey rod 12'6"  6wt. 4 PIECE
Comes with sock, tube, lifetime warranty for original owner (see warranty for conditions).
For A Limited Time Only:
Receive a FREE Airflo Spey Shooting Head (Skagit or Scandi) up to $60 Value. Offer ends December 31, 2014.

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SP1266-4 Platinum Spey 6 Moderate/Fast Standard $560 Sale Ended

SP1327-4 Platinum

Length: 13' 2"    Line: #7     Pieces: 4

Maybe the “Sweetheart” in the series! Mainly because this rod can be fished confidently anywhere in the lower 48 and abroad for summer or winter Steelhead and will cross-over into Chinook territory. Beulah's new 13’2” Platinum is not an 8 weight in 7 weight clothing, it is an extremely “Crisp” 7 weight that loads easily with a variety of lines and casting styles. The finished rod weighs only 6.8 ounces making it easy to fish long hard days on the water chasing “Steel”. Ridiculously light in hand this rod balances with reels as light as 8 ounces and handles reels nicely to 11 ounces. You won’t have a hard time finding a place for this rod in your two-handed quiver!
Rod Weight: 7.0 ounces.
USE OF ROD:  Fishing  variety of lines for Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Chinook and Sea run Browns, Chinook and Silver Salmon.
Slightly regressed Traditional “Spey” action/ fast recovery
450-475 grains
Skagit: 485-540 grains
Mid Belly: 510-grain Beulah Aero Head
Platinum Spey Rod Series 13'2" 7wt. 4 PIECE
Comes with sock, tube, lifetime warranty for original owner (see warranty for conditions).
For A Limited Time Only: Receive a FREE RIO or Airflo Spey Shooting Head (Skagit or Scandi) up to $60 Value. Offer ends December 31, 2014.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
SP1327-4 Platinum Spey 7 Moderate/Fast Standard $595

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Beulah Aero Head Spey Lines

Travis Johnson shows perfect loop control with the new Beulah Aero Head Spey shooting head

The Beulah Aero Head is perfect for large rivers, such as Oregon's Deschutes.

The Beulah AERO HEAD series are“modern” mid-belly Spey shooting heads. The taper is designed to optimize casting distance, yet minimize stripping associated with shorter Scandinavian style shooting heads. Beulah AERO HEADs deliver…well…arrow head shaped, high line speed loops that turn over positively at all distances.
“Modern”??? Yes, modern mid-belly. The mid-length belly line category has largely fallen out of favor with fisherman in the past decade. We believe the reason is that mid-belly lines were originally designed for rods 14’to 16’feet in length. As fly rod companies, fly shops, guides and fisherman moved to lighter, shorter rods, such as12’0” – 12’6” 6-weight and 13’0” - 13’6” 7-weight Spey rods, the longer and heavier mid-belly lines no longer matched the dynamics of rods that most anglers perferred to use for anadrouous fish. The solution in the eyes of the Beulah team was to create an updated taper that is easy to cast and fish with...a line that produces the speed and positive turn-over, and the ease of use of the popular Scandi lines. These new lines match up with the over all head-length and grain-weight required by modern Spey anglers.
“Shooting Head??? Yes, shooting head!” This was an easy decision for a variety of reasons.
1) Most two-handed fly fisherman HAVE a running line preference. Whether you prefer oval mono, round floating mono or PVC/PU coated running line from 0.019 – 0.037 the choice is yours.
2) A shooting head is much more economical. Fully integrated mid/long lines are now in the $120 $130 range. Aero Heads are roughly half of that price making it easy to build a full set of lines around your spey quiver.
3) Changing out a line? The wind kicks up, the water rises, the temperature drops…Beulah Aero Head shooting heads give the ability for a quick line change without necessity for spare spools/reels.
Similar to a Scandinavian line design the power or weight is in the back of the new Aero Head (closest to running line) coupled with a short rear taper that keeps the caster directly connected to the feel and delivery of the line. The front taper is lengthened out for distance with specific steps built into the long front taper to ensure positive turn over at all distances. There is no front loop. Aero Head lines have better flight and turn over without the bulk and weight of a front loop!
Beulah Aero Heads are designed for 9' – 12' monofilament leaders to optimally balance out a line to rod system. These line tapers have some ability for shorter floating or sinking Polyleaders coupled with slightly larger, slightly heavier flies, but Aero Heads are designed primarily for he floating line angler who enjoys fishing waking flies or wet flies near the surface of the water.


Hatch Reels At The Fly Fishing Shop
Buy a Hatch Reel
Hatch Rep, Bruce Berry spent some time at our Deschutes River Steelhead camp last year, and left one of his pet Spey setups for me to evaluate for a week. The core of this outfit was a Beulah Platinum SP1266-4 rod, and a Hatch Finatic 7 Plus reel. We had already been a Beulah Rod dealer for a couple of years. Beulah has a solid fan club, and has always shown steady predictable sales growth with a minimum of hassles. Hatch is a comparatively new company, and I had been keeping my eye on it for a couple of years. The one that Bruce loaned me was the first I had ever used, and during my test, I landed five steelhead with it. In every way this reel impressed me. Hatch reels are all business. Frilly aesthetics are kept to a minimum. While they might look fine in a glass show case, you can tell that their true intent is landing trophy fish. There is no wood, and very little plastic in a hatch reel. Even the man-sized handles are made from machined aircraft aluminum. Hatch Reels have durability and reliability written al over them.
Sealed is better. Hence the Drag cassette. Hatch employs a multi-disc stack in all models that is comprised of Rulon® and laser-cut stainless steel discs. With a multi-disc drag , you are applying braking pressure and heat dispersion over several surfaces rather than one to one surface braking on most drag systems today (i.e. metal to cork or metal to plastic). This stacked system virtually eliminates start up inertia and stick slip problems.
This unique little design feature locks the frame and spool together with a bomb-proof connection, making a positive fit between the spool and the multi-disc drag-stack cassette for easyt spool changing and trouble-free performance.
The frame of a Hatch reel is super-rigid to prevent warpage during the heat of the battle. The double bottom frame rails serves as the perfect hook keeper to provide protection for your hands while you are storing or carrying your rod. The ports in the foot riser preform the same task, giving you options for fly-keeper placement.
Some will say this is a gimmick, but it’s really a matter of engineering principals. Possibly the original principal, a solid is always stronger than two pieces attached together. Also, by eliminating the screws you’ve eliminated the corrosion points. The folks at Hatch are well aware that reel feet can be bent if you are unlucky, and they will replace the frame if such a problem occurs. You've got to admit this type of construction looks damn cool.
Some manufacturers enjoy making reel handles that are uncomfortably small.
Hatch handles are built for anglers who are used to grabbing a hold of larger diameters.
Buy a Hatch Reel

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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