Fly Fishing Back Eddies, Beulah 1266-4 Spey Rod, Hatch Reels

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Fishing Back Eddies
Beulah 1266-4 Spey
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Fly Fishing Back Eddies
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.
Item Description Size Price To Top
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
Item Description Size Price To Top
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
Idyl's Parachute Yellow Sally
This pattern has the attraction of both being a realistic low floater and yet is highly visible to the angler. When trout get really picky, trim the parachute post to lower the silhouette.
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TSF0045 Idyl's Parachute Yellow Sally 16 3 for $7.49 Sale Ended
Beulah SP1266-4 Platinum Spey Rod

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, Airflo Delta 6/7, Rio Windcutter 6/7/8
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, 2013.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
SP1266-4 Platinum Spey 6 Moderate/Fast Standard $560 Sale Ended
Hatch Reels At The Fly Fishing Shop /a>
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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