Summer Skagit Casting, Hardy Bouglé Reels, Blacktail Deer Fawn, Bantam Flies

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A Dose of Summer Skagit Casting
By: Mark Bachmann
The main attraction to the Deschutes River during August, September, and October is the magnificent floating line fishing for steelhead. The lower 100 miles of the Deschutes is regarded by many knowledgeable anglers as the most reliable greased-line fishing on the west coast of North America. As a matter of fact, many anglers turn just plain teary if the river turns brown or raises or lowers beyond their narrow comfort level of "just perfect." Dirty water is a real impediment to all waders, especially novices when they can't see the river bottom. Steelhead can't see normal size flies very well either. Experience reveals that bigger is better.
The river was a perfect pea-soup color, with eighteen inches of visibility. It was supposed to have been the mother of all low-water years. The forecast had been for long leaders and tiny flies. Yet, White River had played her down and dirty card on us again...same as last year. To say the least, fishing with a floating line had not been very productive. It was time for a Skagit head and 10-12 feet of T-Something.
Last year, my buddy David scored this larger than average steelhead with a Pick 'Yer Pocket, Orange. The river on that day had about two feet of visibility.

This year I got to the river, but somehow the big flies got left at home. A Prom Dress, Copper had been a great equalizer in dirty water last year (I had purchased two dozen, and left them home). Fortunately the fly tying kit did get to camp. Unfortunately the Copper Flashabou wasn't in it. There was Gold Flashabou, and I used it to tie a Prom Dress on an Orange tube. The fish pictured above took as I was sripping the fly back to me. But, I won't forget to bring the Copper Prom Dresses on the next trip. I will also have Purple & Blue/Copper ones as well. Get the Scoop on Prom Dress Flies.
Rick Pay released this nice steelhead when the water visibility was about 1.5-feet using a mid-sized black fly with a sinking tip.
Mid-size flies, such as Brian Silvey's Silvinator Series can turn tough days into great days.
Hardy Bouglé Mk VII Reels - Now with FREE fly lines! Buy a  Bouglé

The first Hardy reel patent was registered in 1888, and since then many patents have followed.  One of Hardy's most popular reels appeared in 1891. It was understandably called the "Perfect." It included most of the improvements that fishermen had been asking for up to that time. The spool was narrow and deep.  An adjustable check supplied the friction to keep the spool velocity from over running the line while playing a fish.  Up to that time, most fine reels were made from brass. The first Perfect reels were also made from brass. After a short period they were machined from an aluminum casting.  This made the Perfect very lightweight for its' time. A great contributor to the reels success was its ease of  disassembly, which is accomplished by rotating the side plate backwards. Both ends of the reel turns.  This allows the angler to palm or finger a side plate for more friction while playing a fish.
The "Perfect" can rightly claim to be the most successful fly reel of all time, having remained in production for over of a century, during which time many dozens of variations and improvements to the original design were made.
In 1903, Louis Bouglé, a French tournament caster, asked Hardy to make a lighter variation of their Perfect reel for competition casting.  The Bouglé MkVII is the most advanced version yet of the reel that the legendary Monsieur Bouglé asked Hardy to make in 1903. It comes in four sizes of click check reels for freshwater fishing. 
With the MkVI, Hardy has taken a classic reel, made it more beautiful and brought it bounding into the twenty-first century. It is now machined from aluminum alloy bar-stock. With its ivorine handle, the Bouglé looks as lovely as ever on a rod, but now performs like the most modern of reels on the market. Looks? It's stunning, hard anodized, clear frame combines strikingly with the anodized clear spool and side-plate. Practicality? The deep spool gives you big line and backing capacity, vital for those facing ever bigger, faster running fish both home and abroad. The ventilated spool and frame have created a model that is the lightest Bouglé yet while still retaining it's legendary strength. The aluminum spindle has only reduced weight further.

Model Line Backing Weight Price

Free Fly Line

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Bouglé 3"
DT2F 70 yd.* 3.6 oz   $425.00
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Bouglé 3 1/4"
DT4F 100 yd.* 4.1 oz $525.00
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Bouglé 3 1/2"
DT6F 100 yd.* 6.8 oz   $525.00
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Bouglé 4"
DT10F 225 yd.* 9 oz $595.00
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Please specify which hand you prefer to wind your reel with, 
so we may set the retrieve direction for you.
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Please specify if you wish us to install a fly line on your new reel or extra spool.  Then make your selection from
Fly Line Section. We will install the proper size
and amount of
Micron Backing at no extra charge.
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Blacktail Deer Fawn
One of the amazing things about the era that we live in, is that everyone is potentually a photographer with a smart phone in their pocket. This Blacktail Deer fawn was cavorting around under my office window at our shop. So due to the convenience of the modern age, she too has become fodder for the Fly Fishing Insider Newsletter. "Why," you ask? Well maybe just because everyone likes baby wild animals.
Bantam Flies For Summer Steelhead
Bantam, Black & Blue
Bantam, Black & Blue
Bantam, Green Butt
Bantam, Green Butt
Bantam, Orange
Bantam, Orange
Bantam, Pink
Bantam, Pink
Bantam, Purple
Bantam, Purple

MorJohn's Bantam flies are smaller Intruder-type flies that are very good for off-color water conditions or fishing deep in the bright sunlight. Read more...


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