Inexpensive Spey Outfits, Pro Tube Systems, Lantern Butt Flies

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Inexpensive Spey
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Inexpensive Spey Outfits
$359 (Yes, can you believe it?) $559 $549
Entry Level Spey Outfits Don't Have To Be Boring
Inexpensive and Spey are words that aren't usually found in the same paragraph. Spey rods without a reel and line regularly cost $700-$800 and are very well worth the money. These rods form the basis for outfits that can cost over $1,500. However, there is also very serviceable tackle that costs much less. Check out the three outfits offered below.

TFO 08 133 4POF Steelhead Spey Outfit

Don't be fooled by the bare bones price, this is a real solid outfit. This outfit is very well balanced and is easy to learn with, but has the range to cover enough water to catch plenty of fish. Designed specifically for Pacific Northwest steelhead.  Outfit comes with:
TFO-08133-4P Rod, TFO Prism 9/11 Reel with disc drag, Rio AFS Line 520-grain and
12' Rio Steelhead Leader, plus 100 yd. #30 Micron backing. 
To fish a sinking tip line, you sill need to purchase a Skagit (Skagit Compact or Skagit Flight) head 500-550 grains and 9'-13' of T-11.
Be sure to click which hand you prefer to wind the reel with.  Complete with rod case. 
Great summer/winter steelhead outfit for the beginner or back-up.
Great to have around for entertaining friends.
Stock limited! Buy Now!
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TFO-081334POF TFO-08133-4P Rod, TFO Prism 9/11 Reel with disc drag, Rio AFS Line 520-grain and
12' Rio Steelhead Leader, plus 100 yd. #30 Micron backing.
$359.95 SALE ENDED

Deer Creek Steelhead Spey Outfit
Outfit Includes:
TFO 13' 7/8 Dear Creek Rod with case, TFO Prism 9/11 Reel, Rio 460-grain AFS Head, Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting Line, 12' Rio Steelhead Leader, plus 100 yd. #30 Micron backing. It is rigged for chasing summer steelhead on the Deschutes River. To fish a sinking tip line, you will need to purchase a Skagit (Skagit Compact or Skagit Flight) head 500-550 grains and 9'-13' of T-11. This is a smoking hot deal on a great outfit.
Be sure to click which hand you prefer to wind the reel with.
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TF 7/8 130 4 DC OUTFIT Deer Creek Steelhead Outfit Includes- TFO 13' 7/8 Dear Creek Rod with case, TFO Prism 9/11 Reel, Rio 460-grain AFS Head, Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting Line, 12' Rio Steelhead Leader, plus 100 yd. #30 Micron backing. $559.95 SALE ENDED

Echo TR 7130 Steelhead Spey Outfit (TR stands for Tim Rajeff)
This is a great outfit to use any time of year on most steelhead rivers. It is rigged for chasing summer steelhead on the Deschutes River. To fish a sinking tip line, you will need to purchase a Skagit (Skagit Compact or Skagit Flight) head 500-550 grains and 9'-13' of T-11.
Be sure to click which hand you prefer to wind the reel with.
Tony Barnes testing the ECHO TR 7130 rod...
Outfit Includes:
Echo TR 7130 Rod, TFO Prism 9/11 Reel, Rio 460-grain AFS Head, Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting Line, 12' Rio Steelhead Leader, plus 100 yd. #30 Micron backing.
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ECHO 7130-4 OUTFIT Outfit Includes- Echo TR 7130 Rod, TFO Prism 9/11 Reel, Rio 460-grain AFS Head, Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting Line, 12' Rio Steelhead Leader, plus 100 yd. #30 Micron backing. $549.95 SALE ENDED

Pro Tube Microtube Systems For The Traditional Bucktail Steelhead Fly
Pro Microtubes Pro Hook Guides X452 Hooks Pro Tube Needle
Sometimes anglers overlook the obvious. Traditional bucktail steelhead flies have remained popular for more than fifty years because they catch fish. On rivers such as the Deschutes, John Day, Clearwater, Grande Ronde, as well a a host of other inland streams more steelhead are caught on traditional bucktail patterns than any other type of fly. Most of these flies are fished close to the surface because that is where they are most easily seen by the steelhead. The lighter weight the fly, the closer to the surface of the water it fishes. Pro Microtube offer a chance to construct flies that are exceptionally lightweight. Tube flies also offer the advantage that the hook can be replaced if it is damaged without destroying the whole fly. Offered below are some materials and techniques that might make your fall fishing more exciting and productive.

Pro Microtube
The Pro Microtube is the foundation of a totally new concept in tube fly tying, which allows every tier more artistic freedom than 

Pro Micro Tube

ever before! With the addition of a Pro Hook Guide a, Pro Microtube achieves a number of desirable features. The tube is very small in diameter so that you can construct flies that are very streamlined and very easy to cast, but which keeps the hook connected to the fly in a very secure fashion for a minimum of tangles. To the Pro Microtube can be added different shapes and sizes of weights. This system renders the advantage of being able to to tie the exact same fly in several weights, so that you can fish at the exact depth you want. The tubes are 1.5" long and can be trimmed shorter if necessary.
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10100502 Pro Microtube Black $7.99 SALE ENDED
10100504 Pro Microtube Hot Green $7.99 SALE ENDED
10100506 Pro Microtube Hot Orange $7.99 SALE ENDED

Pro Hook Guide
These soft silicone hook holders are tapered so that they can hold a wide variety of hooks securely to your fly. These hook holders can be trimmed to length to accommodate different hook styles and sizes as well as customize the color accent to the fly.

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10300201 Pro Hook Guide
Large
Clear $5.75 SALE ENDED
10300204 Pro Hook Guide
Large
Hot Green $5.75 SALE ENDED
10300205 Pro Hook Guide
Large
Hot Red $5.75 SALE ENDED
10300206 Pro Hook Guide
Large
Hot Orange $5.75 SALE ENDED

X452 Daiichi X-Point Saltwater Hook
O'Saughnessy Bend, straight eye, forged, X-Point, bright saltwater resistant finish.  Popular saltwater hook.  Also popular for tube flies, shad flies and regular steelhead/salmon flies.

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X452-2 Daiichi X-Point Saltwater Hook 2 12 for $7.50 SALE ENDED
X452-4 Daiichi X-Point Saltwater Hook 4 15 for $7.25 SALE ENDED
X452-6 Daiichi X-Point Saltwater Hook 6 15 for $7.25 SALE ENDED
X452-8 Daiichi X-Point Saltwater Hook 8 15 for $7.25 SALE ENDED

The Adaptable Tube
Pro Microtubes can be easily trimmed to any length with a razor blade. Pro Hook Guides (hook holder) can also be trimmed to that flies can be modified to fit any need.
Below are couple of popular steelhead fly patterns converted to the Pro Tube System. These flies are easy to cast and steelhead like them.

Pro Tying Needle
Pro Tying Needle
2mm X 110mm tempered steel needle acts as a mandrel on which to tie Pro Tubes, fits any tying vise, and holds tubes securely, well tempered and durable.
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10400198 Pro Flexi Tying Needle 2mm X 110mm $14.50 SALE ENDED

Lantern Butt Steelhead Flies
Exclusively at: The Fly Fishing Shop - Welches, OR

Fly du Jour Sandy Spider

The butts on these flies are tied with Edge Bright, which is a strip of light enhancing fluorescent plastic. This plastic strip is wrapped over a foundation of silver tinsel.  The rear edge of each wrap is left exposed.  The plastic gathers light through the wide side and emits it through the narrow edge.  The first steelhead flies that used this material were tied by Art Cohen for use on the Dean River. They were called Dean River Lanterns.  We applied Edge Bright to a couple of popular flies in our area, the Sandy Spider and Rick's Revenge. This variation of the Rick's Revenge became known as the Fly du Jour.  The Lantern Butt version of the Sandy Spider has been productive on our coastal rivers for Spring and Fall Chinook. Lantern Butts are especially effective during low light conditions or in turbid water.

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 Clear Water
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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.

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20575-02 Fly du Jour 2 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED
20575-04 Fly du Jour 4 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED
20575-06 Fly du Jour 6 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED

Sandy Spider
Some of the oldest flies recorded in the English language had large flowing hackle made from waterfowl plumage. These large soft-hackle patterns are commonly referred to as "Spider" Our introduction to the  spider steelhead fly starts in 1976 with Trey Combs' Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies, where Trey recounts some adventures with legendary steelhead angler, Al Knudson. Al was successful with a mallard spider on summer steelhead.

Our next encounter with the steelhead spider was a pattern concocted by Marty Sherman, who was then editor of Fly Fishing The West Magazine. Marty's fly was deadly on hatchery summer steelhead in the Salmon River near our shop. From 1981-1986 The Fly Fishing Shop fly tying kids, Troy Bachmann, Tony Barnes and Brian Silvey tied hundreds of dozens of them and it seemed like the bin was always empty. In about 1988 the fly tying material, Edge Bright hit the scene. It was a game changer. One of the flies that benefited from the addition of Edge Bright was the Sherman Spider. There was now something in this pattern that Chinooks found appealing. With the change in looks and personality came a new name, the Sandy Spider, named after the Sandy River. The Sandy Spider has proven to be very effective for both spring and fall Chinook, and for steelhead and Coho Salmon in several rivers. Unfortunately these flies are in short supply and will be available on a first come, first served basis. When they are gone, they are gone for the season.
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21455-2/0 Sandy Spider 2/0 3 for $9.95 SALE ENDED

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