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Hardy Demon Spey Reel

Angie Smith testing the Hardy Demon Cassette Reel
Angie Smith is one of many clients who has helped us test the Hardy Demon as a Spey Reel.
Angie is using this Demon 9000 on a Sage 7136-4.
The Hardy Demon may be the most advanced Spey reel on the market today for the angler who uses several different line systems! We have been experimenting with a 9000 Demon on a Sage 7136-4 rod since December, 09. All three cassettes have been used and are rotated through the reel, as fishing conditions change. Each cassette is loaded with a different line system. The most used cassette contains a .035 Rio PowerFlex Core Shooting line for use with Rio & Airflo Scandi & Skagit heads. The second cassette contains a Royal Wulff Ambush Line which has proven its worth in the wind and close quarters. The third cassette contains an Airflo Speydicator Line for use with an indicator and nymphs. This outfit has incredible versatility in summer and winter. The Demon design and function are proven to us. The drag pressure or smoothness has never changed after the reel has been dunked. It has been used by several different anglers this total success.
 Hardy Demon Reel with Cassettes...

Manufactured in 6061 bar-stock aluminum with a GT4 Grivory composite spool cassettes, the Demon reel benefits from a Rulon multi disc breaking system. This reel doesn't mind being underwater. The Demon reel has stunning looks to match its undoubted practicality. Supplied in a custom reel case with two additional spare spools. Whether your fishing demands you use the widest range of fly lines or just a floater, intermediate and sinker, you'll love the new Demon reel. With its tough, low cost spools you can afford to carry all the lines you need. With an innovative touch-button spool release and unique locking system you can change a Demon spool easily - and reliably - in seconds. In any conditions. Every time. The Demon is a high quality, feature filled reel with great looks and even greater performance. We've always thought the "cassette-reel" concept was brilliant. Cassettes are lighter in weight than extra spools and they take up less room. Best of all they cost less. Many new polymers are stronger than metal and won't corrode. Finally there is a premium reel built with interchangeable cassettes. This is the perfect reel for the travelling angler, who needs to keep weight to a minimum in his luggage.

  • Supplied in a padded Cordura reel case with two spare spools as standard

Demon 9000 capacity:
#7 through #9 Spey Shooting Head System and 150 yards #50 TUF Line

Item Description Price To Top
H000108 REEL DEMON #9/10/11 9000, with two extra cassettes $449.00 SALE ENDED
H00109 Hardy Demon Spool Cassette, for 9000 reel $19.95 SALE ENDED

In Steelhead Camp
For the first time in a long time, Patty and I had all new customers in camp for the entire trip (8/5 - 8/11). The first group were seasoned anglers. None of the anglers in the second group had ever been steelhead fishing before. Water temperatures were very high the first few days, but dropped to normal by the end of our stay on the river. Top rod was Mark McCurley, who stuck eight steelhead in one day (not bad for his third day ever steelhead fishing). Mark Bachmann is entirely booked for the Deschutes season. Josh Linn has a few openings for drift boat trips.


Deschutes Steelhead Camp with The Native Fish Society Hosted By: Mark Bachmann and Patty Barnes

The Texans invade Steelhead Camp on the Deschutes
Charles Lilley
Charley Lilley caught this hatchery steelhead from 69-degree water with a floating line.

Scott Napier used a #4 Signal Light fly to land both his steelhead on this morning.
Patty Barnes
Patty Barnes got this big native on a #6 Green Butt Skunk.
Mark McCurley
Mark McCurley used a #6 Fly du Jour to hook this steelhead (one of thirteen for his trip).
Pam & Connie
Pam & Connie (first time steelheaders) lounge in style in the boat.

A Slight Difference Between East & West?

In his blockbuster book, Trout and Salmon of North America, Robert Behnke writes that Columbia River Basin steelhead native to tributaries east of the Cascade Mountain Range are "Redband Steelhead".  These sea run fish are members of the same genetic family as the resident "Redside" trout found in these same rivers.  Both strains are great fly 

rod game fish. Red Band Steelhead are renowned for their propensity for rising to flies presented on or near the surface of the river. Anglers commonly use full floating fly lines to catch these fish.  This takes less physical exertion than the sinking tip lines used for steelhead returning to rivers west of the Cascades.  To make things even easier, the flies that Redband Steelhead prefer are size #2, #4 or #6.  These flies average 1" to 1 3/4" long, counting head, body and tail.  They are often dressed fairly sparse.  They are easy to cast.  Today's traditional fly patterns for Redband Steelhead have evolved with the incremental change of millions of man days on the water.  Offered here is a new collection of tube flies that we believe you will find unique in both character and utility.  There are nine fly patterns in this collection.  They are in three sets:  
The first (4) flies are a "Low Water Series".  The next (2) flies are in the "Waking Tube Fly Series".  The last (3) flies are in the "Traditional Proportion Series".  
The "Low Water Series" are on small brass tubes and are dressed sparsely with floss & tinsel bodies. Each has a low dressed wing of fine hair and long, supple, flowing, flash.  The hackle is wispy. The proportions of these flies mimic classic low water configurations proven in the book Greased Line Fishing by Jock Scott.  Each fly can be further tuned by changing sizes and styles of hooks.  A longer shank hook might turn the game against short strikers.  A shorter hook has lighter weight. Hooks with smaller gapes have less water drag than do hooks with  

larger gapes.  A smooth take-off of the fly from the water enables a smoother cast. A small hook will land a large steelhead.  In certain windy conditions a smaller hook might be an advantage in casting and personal safety.

Tube Fly Dropper
Angling with (2) flies on the same cast is common on all of the rivers east of the Cascades.  Tube flies offer a unique variation on this theme.  A traditional way to add a second fly in a hand tied leader made from hard Maxima, is to join the 10-pound section to the 12-pound section with a blood knot and leave the tag end of the 12-pound section about 6" long for a dropper.  The final length of the dropper will be 4" when the fly is tied on to it.   The fly swings free on the end of the dropper and rarely tangles.  A Tube Fly can be tied on in same way.  It can also be attached by running both the tippet and the dropper through the head end of the tube.  The Tube Fly now runs in perfect alignment with the point fly, which can be another tube fly or conventional fly.


Low Water Tube Fly, Black & Blue
This is a great fly for first light or last light.  Blue is one of the last colors to disappear before darkness.  It seems to work best when the water is very clear.  Blue is also proven in water of glacial origin, such as the Klickitat and the Deschutes when White River is playing its dirty tricks.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT001 Low Water Tube Fly, Black and Blue 1" #4 3 for $8.85 SALE ENDED

Low Water Tube Fly, Black & Chartreuse
Seems to work best when the sky is clear.  These are usually the hardest conditions for the floating line fisherman.  This color combination has saved many dog-days.  A good pattern to try just as the sun is coming onto the water. 
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks.  
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT002 Low Water Tube Fly, Black & Chartreuse 1" #4 3 for $8.85 SALE ENDED

Low Water Tube Fly, Purple & Pink
One of the most proven color combinations for early season steelhead on all Columbia River tributaries containing Redband Steelhead.  This is a Rick's Revenge tied on a tube.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT003 Low Water Tube Fly, Purple & Pink 1" #4 3 for $8.85 SALE ENDED

Low Water Tube Fly, Purple & Pearl
A deadly fly in all normal conditions.  Similar to Gordon Nash's Street Walker, the Purple & Pearl is a fly that works in all watersheds and under nearly every water and weather condition.  This fly is dressed thin and sparse for normal summer-run water flows.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT004 Low Water Tube Fly, Purple & Pearl 1" #4 3 for $8.85 SALE ENDED

Waking Tube Flies
One of the reasons that fly fishing for Redband Steelhead is so popular is that they actively rise to the surface for flies.  There is probably no other fresh water fly fishing experience that is more exciting than watching a large steelhead coming to the surface of a river for a waking fly.  In the past waking flies were tied on standard hooks.  Either a special knot was applied to the fly or the fly was dressed in a special way so that it would skate across the surface.  Now flies are tied on special plastic tubes which have a hole in the underside to feed the leader through.  This will make the fly seek the surface as long as it is under tension against the current.  Often a waking tube fly is used in conjunction with a wet fly trailer.  An easy way to accomplish this is to feed both the tippet and the dropper through the hole in the bottom of the tube fly waking fly.  Tie the hook on the dropper and pull it up into the waking fly.  Tie the wet fly on the tippet.  A space of 24" to 32" between the flies is most popular.

"Deschutes Standard" Tube Fly, Caddis Waker
Hatches of giant late fall caddis can get steelhead to start looking up.  This pattern is easy to cast and will wake in nearly every situation.  Try casting straight across the current and with a minimum amount of line mending, let the fly speed up as it swings across the surface down stream from your position.  Strikes are often explosive.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT005 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Caddis Waker 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 SALE ENDED

Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Blue Charm
The coloration mimics one of the most successful Atlantic flies.  This is also a proven late season fly in many Columbia basin streams such as the Deschutes, John Day and Clear Water rivers.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT007 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Blue Charm 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 SALE ENDED

Deschutes Standard Tube, Night Stalker
Possibly the most successful tube fly in the "last light" situation.  This very lightweight fly will ride right against the surface film where it is easiest for fish to see.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT008 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Night Stalker 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 SALE ENDED

Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Old Glory
A good choice if you want to stay with your floating line after the sun is on the water.  Also proven on overcast days.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks.   
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT009 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Old Glory 1 1/4" #4 3 for $8.85 SALE ENDED

 

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