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Reels At The Fly Fishing Shop, in Welches, Oregon
The history of the fly fishing reel closely parallels the history of metallurgy and the technological progress of machining. For instance, the smelting of aluminum with electricity started at the end of the19th century. It was fostered by man's new ability to generate electricity in large enough quantities to do so. A patent for the first aluminum fly reel soon followed (Hardy Perfect, 1906) shortly after electricity became available. Prior to that, most fly reels were made from a combination of wood and brass. The production of electricity also made machining with power tools much easier. All the reels on this page are machined from aluminum, bronze and stainless steel. You might hunger to fish in the days of yore, but would you enjoy fishing with a wooden reel?

ABEL Super


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HARDY Bougle


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HATCH Finatic




LiteSpeed IV

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TFO Prism


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Cuba In The Limelight Again
Cayo Largo by: Brett O'Connor
Cuba – Cayo Largo. It was time for our annual holiday, and as my wife well knows, I can’t sit still on a beach or poolside for more than a few days without getting bored. Luckily for me, she’s just as happy with her own company, a book, a pool and a pina colada, as I am holding a fly rod. It’s been twelve years since I last visited Cuba, so we decided to give the destination another visit, especially as it seems to tick all our boxes. Cuba, and Havana in particular, really does have so much to offer if you’re prepared to venture out and experience the local culture. During the few days we were based there, we managed to tour the city and its' local historic sites in a convertible classic car, visit a cigar factory, take salsa lessons in a local dance studio, and even see the renowned musical group Buena Vista Social Club play a set at our hotel.
As for the fishing, Cayo Largo is in the South Central region of the Cuban Archipelago; it’s one of the last virtually untouched ecosystems left on the planet. And it’s only a 30 minute flight from the local airport. The day we arrived at the Hotel Sol Club, we were taken to our room and had the morning to enjoy at our own leisure, before I was taken to the lodge for a briefing and setting up the tackle for the following days’ fishing. The fishing itself is split into six zones, one for each day. All the zones have the chance of achieving grand slams, bar one, which is mainly fished for Tarpon and Snook. During the other 5 days of fishing, we spotted Permit every day. Some days in numbers, others slightly more sporadically. Getting them to eat is another matter entirely. Each new day proved eventful, with a wide variety of fish. Naturally, there’s the usual grand slam species of Permit, Tarpon, Snook and Bones, but there are also Barracuda, Jacks and Snapper too.
Three of the six days fished were only a licking of the lips away from Grand Slams. So many follows from permit endured, but no luck. But thatís what makes them so frustrating, yet so desirable. I had some great tussles with tarpon and one in particular will be a memorable fight for many years to come. A grand slam still evades me, but rest assured Iíll be back to give it another go in the not-too-distant future. Iím sure the wife would love to go again next yearÖ and I might be tempted to agree.

The Tarpon Toads did the trick for all my tarpon catches in both Purple & Black and the Chartreuse and Yellow.
Ka-Cudda fly, did catch me a Cuda although you can’t see the fly, and the Avalon Fly caught me a few bones. So in short, all the flies you sent me caught me fish.

Rock Bass, Easy for Kids and Beginners
By: Frank Day
There are very few fish in the panfish family like the rock bass (ambloplites rupestris). He is aggressive toward a wide variety of flies and his body depth gives him incredible fighting power for his size. He differs from many panfish in the fact that he has a larger mouth similar to a largemouth, or smallmouth bass. Because of this he is able to take a wide variety of prey and is willing to try just about any fly that catches his eye. Everything from a size 20 pheasant tail nymph to a size 1/0 top-water bass fly will be taken with a boil and a flash of bronze. The rock bassís indigenous region is the northeastern United States but they have since been stocked in many states east of the Mississippi River as well as parts of the northwest and southern United States. They are light greenish bronze with rows of horizontal black spots and bright red eyes. They are similar to warmouth, but can be easily identified by the six spines on their anal fin as opposed to the three of the warmouth. They prefer areas of prolific aquatic vegetation or rocky bottoms with structure such as logs, overhanging branches, or docks. They spawn in late spring or early summer and become fiercely territorial and aggressive pre-spawn, and then again post-spawn when they are guarding their spawning beds. They are best fished for with a long leader and floating line on a 3 to 4 wt, but are just as entertaining on a 5 wt. They are best fished for along the bottom with small nymphs or streamers fished with short bounce strips past cover, but will rise to take adult insects as well as frogs, mice and just about anything else they can fit in their mouths. Because of this they are an excellent fish to learn to fly fish for. You can guarantee smiles with the combination of rock bass and fly rods. Even the experienced angler will get a kick out of watching a larger rock bass inhale your wildest saltwater flies. Good luck and happy fishing.
Patriot Fly
Quoted from Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs, "The bright pattern was called the Patriot. I had used nothing else for three days. My first steelhead of the trip, a hen of nine pounds, had struck the fly as hard as any steelhead in my memory. The impact knocked the reel's pawls out of alignment, and only by frantically palming the free-running spool was I able to prevent a massive override."
The pattern recipe in Trey's book calls for a hackle of dark purple, but the one Frank gave to me in about 1985 had a hackle that was blue. It caught several steelhead before I lost it to a big colored-up buck on the Deschutes. Over the years the Patriot has proven to be a very reliable pattern to try when fishing with a floating line while the sun is still on the water. It can be especially good when the water clears in late fall.
The other evening, I opened my fly box just as the sun was leaving the water.  The Patriot stood out against the background of darker flies that surrounded it. It was like it was begging for attention. So it got tied to the end of my leader and got a hard pull on the very first cast in water that had already been fished by another angler. Of course it was much different colored than all of the rest of the flies we had used. Sometimes it's good to be different. MB
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FLYFIS011-06K Patriot Steelhead Fly 6 3 for $11.25 Sale Ended

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