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7-Weight Spey Rods
In the lower-48, seven-weight two-hand rods are very popular for summer steelhead and smaller salmon. The list below includes a broad spectrum of actions and prices. Rods vary from 6/7 to7/8 power rating, but could all can be classified as seven weights and all are appropriate for summer steelhead rods for use throughout the Columbia River Basin. All have been tested by our staff.
Marcy Stone with a brand new Deschutes Steelhead...

In the last month, over 135,000 steelhead have been counted at Bonneville Dam. This has meant good fishing in the Columbia and Deschutes rivers. Managers are projecting that more than 300,000 steelhead will enter the Columbia during the summer steelhead season. It might be time to consider a new seven-weight spey rod.


7136-4 Z-AXIS

Length: 13' 6"     Line: 7     Pieces: 4

An extraordinary all around steelhead and salmon rod .  This rod has great balance and generates amazing tip speed with very little effort. Will throw both floating and sinking tip lines.  Casts well with Rio Windcutter  7/8/9, Skagit 450,  AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 420 or 450.
Rod weight: 7 1/8 Ounces
Item
Series
Line Wt
Action Handle Price To Top
7136-4 Z-AXIS 7 Fast D $750 SALE ENDED

Winston B2X78133

Length: 13' 3"       Line: #7/8     Pieces: 4   

An extraordinary lightweight medium-action two-hand rod that will make effective fly presentations at all distances. Very adaptable and easy to time.
Casts well with any line from 450-650 grains. Very effective with Rio 6/7/8 WindCutter, 7/8/9 WindCutter, AFS 460
or Airflo Skagit Compact 420 or 450. Andre Scholz Scandinavian Shooting Head Recommendation: 447-478 grains.
Rod weight: 6 3/4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
78133 B2X 7/8 Medium Spey $835 SALE ENDED

Thomas & Thomas DH1307-3

Length: 13'       Line: #7     Pieces: 3

This is not a new design, but has stood the test of time and is still a very popular fast action rod. Model DH1307-3 is designed to cast best with WindCutter 6/7/8, PowerSpey 6/7, Skagit 450, AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 420 or 450.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
1307-3 DH 7 Fast Spey $879 SALE ENDED

Burkheimer CF 7127-4

Length: 12' 7"    Line: # 7    Pieces: 4

 

Description:  Newest lightweight steelhead rod in a four piece design. Medium fast, crisp progressive action. Soon to be a favorite with many summer steelheaders. Is designed to cast best with WindCutter 6/7/8, PowerSpey 6/7, Skagit 450, AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 420 or 450.
Rod weight: 6.6 Ounces
Item   Length Line Wt. Price To Top
CF7127-4 C.F. Burkheimer Fly Rod 12 ft. 7 in. 7 $825 SALE ENDED

Burkheimer CF 7133-3

Length: 13' 3"    Line: # 7    Pieces: 3

 

Description: Possibly more of an eight weight than seven weight. Is a very popular Deschutes grease line rod, a favorite on any steelhead or salmon river where smaller flies are used. Is designed to cast best with WindCutter 7/8/9, PowerSpey 7/8, Skagit 500, AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 480 or 510.
Rod weight: 7 1/2  Ounces
Item   Length Line Wt. Price To Top
CF7133-3 C.F. Burkheimer Fly Rod 13 ft. 3 in. 7 $795 SALE ENDED

G. Loomis FR1807/8-4 GLX

Length: 15'     Line: #7/8     Pieces: 4   

This is a dry fly long liner delight. It has great feel as it loads to for the D loop, with just enough butt stiffness to propel your offering 90 feet plus. At the light end of Greased Line style, this GLX rod is wonderful for smaller fish with enough power to handle a big one should it find your fly. For casters without lots of hand strength, looking for a longer rod to help get extra distance, this rod is the lightest weight 15 foot rod available. Experts may be surprised how well a #7/8 long belly line turns over and stretches for distance, even into light wind. Tremendous control of the drift is had with its 15 foot length. If you're seeking a "Far and Fine" Greased Line rod, look no further. Is designed to cast best with WindCutter 7/8/9, PowerSpey 7/8, Skagit 500, AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 480 or 510.
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11481-01 GLX 7 - 8 Stiff Med 1005 $930.00 SALE ENDED

G. Loomis FR1507/8-3 GLX

Length: 12' 6"     Line: #7/8     Pieces: 3   

This rod is for smaller rivers and gentle presentations. Don't be fooled however, it will deliver the long cast, and land a strong fish when challenged. Greatest with small to medium size flies, even a modest salmon, searun brown or rainbow will put a major grin on your jaw. Nice with heads around 35 feet. Is designed to cast best with WindCutter 7/8/9, Skagit 450, AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 450.
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11489 GLX 7 - 8 Med-Stiff Fast 1001 $740.00 SALE ENDED

G. Loomis FR1607/8-4 GLX

Length: 13' 4"     Line: #7/8     Pieces: 4   

As the fall rains begin and the rivers start to swell, the 13'4" #7/8 provides added distance and control. This model is still very light in hand and capable of comfortable 40 to 80 foot casts with all the popular mid size flies. This welter weight can deal with some wind, loading moderately deep, to mix it up with most steelhead and silver salmon. Use a short belly floating line for surface action, and loop on a short piece of sink tip as needed for a great day on the Dechutes, Bulkley or Sol Duc Rivers. Is designed to cast best with WindCutter 7/8/9, Skagit 500, AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 450.
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11471 GLX 7 - 8 Med Med-Fast 1008 $760.00 SALE ENDED

G. Loomis FR1607/8-4 KIS

Length: 13' 4"     Line: #7/8     Pieces: 4   

Is designed to cast best with WindCutter 7/8/9, Skagit 500, AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 480 or 510.
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11474 Kispiox 7 - 8 Med Med-Fast 1009 $490.00 SALE ENDED

Beulah SP1277/8-4

Length: 12' 7"    Line: #7/8     Pieces: 4

This rod is weapon of choice for the Beulah staff as well as many other dedicated two-hand steelhead fisherman. This rod can do the work of many 13'-14'0 rods, is forgiving enough to be a sound choice for the beginning spey caster and refined enough for those "in the know" casters with many years of spey experience behind them. This is the rod that put Beulah on the map with the coined phrase "Dude it's a $400.00 rod that casts, feels, and looks like a $700.00 rod". It is a very fast-action powerful rod that some casters might wish to over-line. Recommended lines: Beulah Elixir Spey 435, Skagit lines from 400-450 grains,  Rio AFS 460.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
SP1277/8-4 Spey 7/8 Fast Standard $425 SALE ENDED

TFO TF 7/8 130 4 DC

Length: 13'   Line #7/8     Sections: 4      

A very fine rod for medium size flies and steelhead. Can be useful in winter as well as summer.
Comes with Cordura covered hard case & sock. Line Weight in Grains: 450-700. Is designed to cast best with WindCutter 7/8/9, Skagit 500 or 550, AFS 520 or Airflo Skagit Compact 510 or 540.
Rod Weight: 8.7 ounces

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
TF 7/8 130 4 DC Deer Creek 7/8 Med Deer Creek $339.95 SALE ENDED

Echo Dec Hogan 7130

Length: 13'     Line: 7   Pieces: 4

The Echo 13’0” #7 was designed as a heavy summer steelhead rod or a light winter rod. It handles larger flies and medium size tips with ease. It's great for steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, and Coho. Very effective with Rio 6/7/8 WindCutter, 7/8/9 WindCutter, AFS 460 or Airflo Skagit Compact 420 or 450.
Series
Item
Line Wt
Price To Top
DH 7130 #7, 480-590 grains $329.95 SALE ENDED

Echo7130-4X

Length: 13'     Line: #7/8     Pieces: 4

The ECHO 13'0" #7/8 fly rod was designed as a light all round rod for medium to larger rivers that don't require casts much over 100 feet. It is a medium stiff medium action rod. It is designed for Steelhead and Atlantic salmon using any of the family of "Spey" casts. Designed to balance perfectly with the Airflo Delta 7/8. It can also be used with a sink tip or a Skagit head or Skagit line to get a fly down to the fish. The rod can handle a wide range of lines but feels good with a 7/8/9 WindCutter line that has a head length of 54-feet and a head weight of about 530 grains. If a Skagit type head is used the rod should be loaded with about 70 grains more than you would use with a "standard" floating line.  A 450 Skagit without a Cheater and an 8-weight sinking tip will do the job.
Series
Item
Line Wt
Power Rating Handle Price To Top
Classic Spey 7130-4X 7/8 7.1 6 $269.95 SALE ENDED

Saracione MK IV Reel 3 3/4"W
In Stock: Now!
Limited stock on hand!
This model is easily converted right to left hand wind. Your new reel will come set up according to your preference. Please indicate whether you wish a fly line to be installed on your reel. Backing line is free with fly line installation.
 Application: Many anglers fishing big steelhead waters in British Columbia’s Skeena system will choose either this reel or the 4” model when fishing #9 lines with single-hand rods. However, our design direction was to provide a reel that ultimatelycompliments 7/8 weight 13’spey rods,

Saracione 3 3/4" W Reel
which is a popular combination that anglers cast for both summer and winter-run steelhead on small to midsize waters in the U.S and British Columbia, and, of course, on a number of Canadian maritime rivers for adult salmon. We anticipate that this will become the most popular salmon and steelhead model.
Balances perfectly
with Sage 7136-4 Z-AXIS, C.F. Burkheimer 8139-3, 8134-4.

Diameter: 3 3/4"
Width: 1 5/32”
Weight: 14.2 oz.

Capacity: WindCutter 7/8/9 + 200 yards #20

Item Description Size Price To Top
SARA3.75WR Saracione Mark IV Reel, Right-hand Wind 3 3/4"W $985  
SARA3.75WL Saracione Mark IV Reel,
Left-hand Wind
3 3/4"W $985  
SARA3.75WS Saracione Mark IV Spool 3 3/4"W $345  

Mark Bachmann lands a nice steely that ate a Moose Turd.

Moose Turd Waking Fly
Hook: TMC 7989, #6
Thread: Black 3/0 Uni
Tail: White Calf Tail
Body: Black Dyed Deer Hair
Rib: none

Hackle: none
Wing:  White Calf Tail
Head:  Black, Very Small
Tying Instructions: The bundle of white calf tail is stacked to bring the tips as even as possible.  The tips will form the tail of the fly and

the butts of the hair will form the forward facing wing.  It is imperative to wrap the calf tail to the hook securely and evenly so that it does not turn on the hook shank as the deer hair body is spun on over the top of it.  Lift the forward facing wing 45-degrees to the hook and then wrap the wing base for approximately 1/8" to stiffen it and hold it in place.  Wings with larger volumes of hair create more resistance and thus more lift in the currents.  Bulkier flies tend to wake better in rougher water.  For the body choose

Moose Turd waking fly.

deer hair that has a fairly coarse texture. Remove any under-fur. Be sure to the hair is dyed all the way to the hide.  Even the butts of the hair and trim off the tips.  The base of the hair is much more hollow than the tips and will spin and flare better.  The black deer hair is spun over the foundation crated by the calf tail.  While spinning the deer hair body, you may have to help it around the hook because of the bulk created by the calf tail foundation.  Pack the deer hair bundles tightly.  Trim body to a fat tapered cigar shape. Denser bodies are slicker when trimmed and will slide across the surface of the river more esily. 
Washington angler, Bill McMillan is credited with developing this "bomber" style steelhead waking fly called the Moose Turd.  The Moose Turd has perhaps become the most popular steelhead waking fly used in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.  The starkly contrasting black and white colors make this fly visible in nearly every light condition.  The stiff up-turned front wing gives this pattern a lot of lift so that it slides across the current. As with most waking flies, Moose Turds perform best when riffle hitched and fished across glassy tail-outs.  Moose Turds also fish well without being "hitched".  They are often effective even when fished on textured surfaces.  On the average, smaller Moose Turds will out fish larger ones.

Item Description Size Price To Top
02184-06 Moose Turd Waking Fly 6 3 for $7.25 SALE ENDED
02184-08 Moose Turd Waking Fly 8 3 for $7.25 SALE ENDED

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Rio Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Leaders
These leaders are designed for steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. They are designed to help turn-over long casts and deliver flies with pin point accuracy.  Rio Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Leaders are made from hard, abrasion resistant nylon favored for anadromous species.  Our selection features the most popular and practical sizes to fish from the surface to deep in the currents.

6' 9' 12' 15'

6' Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders
These leaders are designed for use with sinking tip lines of all kinds. By the time you nail-knot a six-foot leader to the end of your line & tie on a fly you will have a leader of about 5' long.  This allows a couple of fly changes before the leader shortens to 4'.  Each leader is made from hard, abrasion resistant nylon favored for anadromous species. Great turnover and presentation for all sizes of flies commonly fished for steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. 

Steelhead guide Hawkeye Hawkins with a Sandy River winter steelhead.

Item Description Size Price To Top
24062 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 6' - 10 lb.
.012"
$4.25 SALE ENDED
24063 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 6' - 12 lb.
.014"
$4.25 SALE ENDED
24064 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 6' - 16 lb
.015".
$4.25 SALE ENDED

9' Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders
This is the most popular length for steelhead and Atlantic salmon fishing with floating or intermediate lines. This length works well with both single hand and shorter Spey rods. Each leader is made from hard, abrasion resistant nylon favored for anadromous species. Great turnover and presentation for all sizes of flies commonly fished for steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. 

Dave & Peter Watson on the Deschutes with a chromer...

Item Description Size Price To Top
24071 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 9' - 8 lb.
.011"
$4.25 SALE ENDED
24072 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 9' - 10 lb.
.012"
$4.25 SALE ENDED
24073 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 9' - 12 lb.
.014"
$4.25 SALE ENDED

12' Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders
Twelve foot long leaders are very popular for use with spey rods of average length. These leaders are also handy when fishing over steelhead and salmon that have become line-shy. Each leader is made from hard, abrasion resistant nylon favored for anadromous species. Great turnover and presentation for all sizes of flies commonly fished for steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. 

Steve Pensinger with a Deschutes steelhead

Item Description Size Price To Top
24097 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 12' - 8 lb.
.011"
$4.95 SALE ENDED
24098 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 12' - 10 lb.
.012"
$4.95 SALE ENDED
24099 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 12' - 12 lb.
.014"
$4.95 SALE ENDED

15' Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders
These leaders lend themselves well to longer rods and larger rivers, but are also popular for Scandinavian style Spey casting. Each leader is made from hard, abrasion resistant nylon favored for anadromous species. Great turnover and presentation for all sizes of flies commonly fished for steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. 

Noted reel maker Joe Saracione with a Clackamas steelhead...

Item Description Size Price To Top
24091 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 15' - 8 lb.
.011"
$4.95 SALE ENDED
24092 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 15' - 10 lb.
.012"
$4.95 SALE ENDED
24093 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 15' - 12 lb.
.014"
$4.95 SALE ENDED
24094 Steelhead & Atlantic Salmon Knotless Tapered Leaders 15' - 16 lb.
.015"
$4.95 SALE ENDED

In New Zealand
FELT SOLED WADING BOOTS TO BE BANNED FROM 1 OCTOBER, 2008

The Minister of Conservation agreed in principle last week with a Fish & Game New Zealand submission to ban the use of felt soled wading boots for freshwater fishing. The ban, yet to be approved and included in the proposed 2008/09 Anglers Notice for Fish and Game Regions, will be effective from 1 October 2008, and applies to freshwater sports fishing anglers in all New Zealand waterways, except those within the Taupo Fishery.

The Lake Taupo fishery is administered by the Department of Conservation. The Department has advised that if a ban were introduced for the rest of the country it would recommend that the Minister approve a ban applying in Taupo.

The ban applies to the use of felt-soled waders or footwear incorporating or having attached a sole of felted, matted or woven fibrous material when sports fishing.

Felt-soled boots are considered a high risk vector or carrier of microscopic aquatic organisms like didymo. Preventing the spread of didymo is an important aspect of ban, but it is increasingly understood that felt soles are an effective vector for other microscopic pest organisms. While there are procedures for decontaminating felt soled waders, it is acknowledged that these are not practical in many situations. The proposed ban supports three of the objectives of the didymo long term management plan; to slow the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests throughout New Zealand, to protect valued sites and at-risk species, and to maintain the North Island free of didymo for as long as possible.

Earlier this year Fish & Game New Zealand consulted widely with agencies and stakeholders on the proposed ban. Formal submissions from MAF Biosecurity, the Ministry of Tourism and Environment Southland all supported the proposed ban. Of the 43 submissions made through the Fish & Game website, 20 supported the ban, 17 opposed it and six supported the ban with various conditions.

Some opposing the ban cited the safety provided by felt soled boots. Felt, or fibrous, soles provide a good grip on slippery boulders, and, for this reason, have become popular with anglers. However, other boots and sole types are available that offer alternative ways of maintaining grip on slippery surfaces.

The use of felt soled waders was strongly discouraged during the 07/08 season, and the ban should come as no surprise to most anglers.

Fish & Game New Zealand believes that banning the use of felt soles will immediately remove a high risk cause of spreading unwanted organisms like didymo among New Zealand’s waterways. Anglers must still “Check, Clean and Dry” all equipment that has been in contact with the water wet before moving to a new waterway.

For more information:

Bryce Johnson
Chief Executive Fish & Game New Zealand


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