Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation

The Fly Fishing Shop HOME. * Search Catalog Trips & Schools Bargains SALE ENDED
Our Waters Order Info Steelheadquarters Events


Oregon Heritage
Unusual Opportunity

Outcast Prowler
Umpqua Steelhead
Lady Amherst
All pictures are Mouse-over.

Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation
In Oregon we do things a little differently.  Sometimes we acquire large tracts of land and instead dividing it up and selling it for profit, we give it to the general public for their enjoyment. 
Examples are Oregon's coastal beaches and many miles of the Deschutes River Canyon.
Doug Robertson stands by the placque at Robertson's Point that commemorates his donation of land to Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Doug Robertson kisses a wild Deschutes steelhead good-bye and then releases it.

In 1984, from a discussion with fishing guide Jerry Todd, attorney Doug Robertson started a search to find out who owned the lower 12 miles of the Deschutes River. At the time most of this land was owned by one company. So Doug took an option to buy it. He then set out to find a way to transfer it to public ownership. Shortly thereafter The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation was formed to purchase this land and turn it over to the State of Oregon . By the end of 1985 the citizens of Oregon owned this land outright, and have access to this magnificent canyon forever. Many more miles of the Deschutes river canyon have subsequently been added and nearly all of the river canyon from the mouth to Maupin, (over fifty miles) are accessible to the public.

4-day Spey Rod
Steelhead PhD Class

Available because of a book keeping error. The fly fishing opportunity of 2007.
Spend 4 days on the Deschutes River with: 

Mark Bachmann, Brian Silvey, Marty Sheppard and Simon Gawesworth.
September 2, 3, 4, 5,  2007

September is prime time for the stretch of river we will be fishing.  There will be plenty of steelhead for you to catch.

This school intends that you will graduate with extensive proprietary knowledge 
of steelhead fishing and spey rod casting.
We will camp on prime water and we will have walking and boat access to miles 
of steelhead runs that will present a divers array of angling problems to be solved.
Classes will be held mid-day.  You will fish with a guide each morning and evening.
Brunch and dinner will be served at times to give you the best fishing periods.
This will give you the best advantage for hooking as many steelhead 
as possible during your stay with us.
Nothing teaches you more about fishing than being where 
fish are being hooked and landed.

You will learn all aspects of spey rod fishing with both floating and sinking-tip lines. 
Learn how to locate steelhead water and how to approach it. 
Watch an expert guide as he fishes and discloses the secrets
 and proven methods that put fish on the beach.  
Get a lot of hands on help so that you too can be productive.
Save yourself years of experimenting on your own.
You will be pampered!
You will stay in a very comfortable tent camp on the water.
A Camp Person will be available at all times to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
All cooking and eating will be done in a spacious screen-house.
Comfortable sleeping cots and pads are supplied in double occupancy tents. 
All food & non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Bring your own sleeping bag, clothing, toiletries,
waders, rain gear, rods, reels, flies & tackle.

Price does not include Deschutes Boaters Pass or Oregon Fishing License.
Meet at The Fly Fishing Shop at 5:30am arrive back at 6:30pm.
Date: September 2, 3, 4, 5, 2007 
(1) more students only !
First come, first served.       

Item Description Deposit To Top
ST-CLASS-7 4-day PHD steelhead class with Mark Bachmann, Brian Silvey and Simon Gawesworth, September 2, 3, 4, 5, 2007.   $1,995.00


Outcast Prowler, NEW for 2007 !!!
Outcast Prowler

The Prowler is a heavy-duty float tube for fully grown fishermen. The Prowler's full-length inflatable floor is a drier ride for you and your equipment. The new stripping apron has a height adjustment for a customized fit. The Prowler boasts three Summit 2 valves making inflation/deflation easy and simple. To keep angler from getting parched during a long hard day of fishing, a 54 ounce hydration bladder is included.
Weight: 16 lbs.     Buy Now!

Inflated Size: 50" x 64" Fabric Denier
600 PC  600 PVC
Load Capacity: 325 lbs. Air Cell Type: 14 mil. Urethane
Seams: Sewn Warranty: 5 year
Multiple pockets keep your gear organized & safe.
Large pockets provide lots of storage for gear.
Shallow draft makes travel easy.
Lots of floatation keeps the angler above the waterline.
Aquadynamic design slips through the water easy.
High prow keeps the angler dry on windy days.
Easy to inflate...H
Multiple air chambers makes the Prowler very safe.
Item Description Price To Top
200-000240 Outcast Prowler Float Tube $450


North Umpqua River Steelhead (continued from Insider Newsletter 08/19/07)
All the way from Tokyo, Japan, Shaun Moran with a skated-up N.U. Summer fish from the McDonald pool...

North Umpqua summer steelhead seem uniquely aggressive towards surface techniques, particularly skated dry flies.  Off all the west slope Cascade streams I guide fly anglers on for steelhead, the North Umpqua is hands down the best steelhead “dry fly” river. Period.  None even come close.  In fact, from June through the end of October, the only technique I have my clients employ on the North is “skatin’um up” I started this practice about five years ago and I haven’t regretted it yet.  Using skaters accomplishes three things for my clients.  First,

it’s without a doubt the most exciting way to catch steelhead.  Second, it allows us to effectively locate and identify aggressive fish, that if we can’t get to “eat” the dry fly, we can usually get them to take a follow-up fly.  Third, it really aids the novice steelhead fly fishermen on how to present and properly stay connected to his fly and make the best presentation possible.  When the fly is skating across the surface and remains so clearly visible to the angler, his mends and line/rod    

control is greatly enhanced. In the winter, its down and dirty.  Deeply sunk and slowly swung flies are the rule.  Broad, even tailouts with good structure are my favorites.  Shooting heads in type IV or type VI are best for getting the fly to the proper depth.  I rarely fish weighted flies and I never “dead drift” patterns on the North.  I live for the “big pull” so swinging bugs is the only thing I do.  Some other guides will use “nymphing tactics” for the winter run, I choose not to and do quite

North Umpqua natvies love to eat skated dries!

well. Patterns vary from individual to individual, but first timers to the North should come with a variety of muddlers.  From sparsely dressed size 4, 4X long muddlers for winter fish to tiny little

Upriver above Steamboat Creek is some of Dean's favorite water...

size 8 or 10 muddlers for surface presentations to summer fish. Other patterns that I routinely use are a variety of skaters using foam shell-backs, Bombers, Moose Turds, Intruder type flies and a variety of “bunny” leeches.  Steelhead of the North are like steelhead everywhere, they are not leader shy so I rarely fish with leaders having less than 12 pound tippet. Locating places to fish on the North is easy.  Simply find a pull-out (there are many along the 31 miles of fly water) find the corresponding trail that leads to the water and get fishing.  Often times a simple look around will reveal the “proverbial rock” where other anglers have stood to successfully fish this particular run.  The North is also unique in that the fish will hold in the same places in a pool year after year after year.  This is one reason why hiring a knowledgeable guide on the North is a very good way to

make the best use of your time like on no other river.  He can help you narrow down your search of so much great looking fly water and concentrate your efforts where the steelhead will likely be holding.  This is due to the large amount of solid basalt bedrock in this river system.  It rarely changes significantly after winter high water events.
Anyone interested in booking a trip with Dean, please contact him via his website at www.5riversguideservice.com or call him anytime at (541) 942-2535 or (541) 731-9649
(Continued in 09/02/07 Newsletter).

Hook: TMC 5263, #6
Thread: Black 3/0 Uni
Tag: none
Butt: none
Purple Poly Flash
Rib: none

Hackle: none
Wing:  1/4 Red Marabou, 3/4 Black Marabou
Head:  Spun black Deer Hair
Common Sizes: This fly is most often used in size six in rivers like The Deschutes & John Day, Grand Rhonde
.  This little fly was first tied by Carl Perry in about 1980 and


became the "go-to" fly for dour mid-season fish on the Deschutes River.  Originally Carl tied the wing with fur from his Black Labrador, Buddy.  Buddy + Muddler = Buddler.  The original under-wing was dyed red squirrel tail.  We found that marabou works well for both wings.  It is tied on a 2X long hook and is very delicate.  The Buddler is very effective when fished broad side in the film; grease line style.

Item Description Size Price To Top
2101A-04 Buddler Steelhead Fly 6 3 for $5.95


Lady Amherst's Pheasant Feathers
Natural and seven different dyed colors.
In the wild, Lady Amherst's Pheasants occurs in Tibet, Southwestern China, and northern Burma, but it has also been introduced in Britain, Hawaii and New Zealand. It is named after Sarah, Countess of Amherst (1762-1838). Her husband, William Pitt Amherst, Governor General of India, was responsible for sending the first birds to London in the early 1800's. They are highly secretive and rarely emerge into the open. The head of the male Lady Amherst’s Pheasant is similar to Golden Pheasant but  the tippet section is stunning silver with black barring and the crest feathers are translucent dark red. Crests are used as topping or tails. Tippets are used as tailing material, applied back to back in matched pairs as wings on salmon/steelhead flies or wound as hackle for spider or Spey type flies.
Item Description Color Price To Top
LA001 C, Complete Head with crest and tippets, color natural   $10.00

LA054 Lady Amherst Pheasant, Complete Head with crest and tippets, color dyed chartreuse   $10.00

LA184 Lady Amherst Pheasant, Complete Head with crest and tippets, color dyed highlander green   $10.00

LA187 Lady Amherst Pheasant, Complete Head with crest and tippets, color dyed hot orange   $10.00

LA199 Lady Amherst Pheasant, Complete Head with crest and tippets, color dyed kingfisher blue   $10.00

LA289 Lady Amherst Pheasant, Complete Head with crest and tippets, color dyed purple   $10.00

LA310 Lady Amherst Pheasant, Complete Head with crest and tippets, color dyed red   $10.00

LA383 Lady Amherst Pheasant, Complete Head with crest and tippets, color dyed yellow   $10.00


The Fly Fishing Shop HOME. The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR

1(800) 266-3971

To Top


Fish long & prosper,
Mark & Patty

To Top

Top Fishing Websites at TopFishingSites.Com 4reel fishing top fishing sites cyber-lake.com Top Fishing Sites