Tibor Spey Reel

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Tibor Spey Reel
This is to cool to ignore. Specifically colored to match Sage Z-AXIS, G. Loomis Roaring River, Winston Boron, C.F. Burkheimer and Beulah spey rods, this reel stands out in any crowd, yet matches the environment that anadromous salmonids live in. Two-handed fly rodding gets a sure-handed Tibor update in this modern spin on one of fishing's most hallowed traditions. Engraved with a Steelhead Trout and a traditional Celtic knot pattern, the Tibor Spey Reel features a modified drag system with a drag knob outlined in "witness marks." These marks allow you to precisely set, loosen, keep track of and then reset your drag for various tippet tensions required while striking, fighting and delicately landing larger fish. The Tibor spey Reel also features a
Tibor Spey - front Tibor Spey - back
Tibor Spey - inside

QuickChange spool system which allows you to change out spools on a moment's notice. With only a single moving part - the one-piece stainless steel end cap - there is nothing to remove, no loose parts, tricky threading or alignments. Finished in a non-reflective traditional moss green, and featuring its own unique spool design, the Tibor spey is precisely weighted and balanced for heavier lines and rods used in this classic form of fishing.
Weight: 12.5 oz.
Frame Size: 4 3/8" X 1 3/4"
Fits: 8/9/10 to 10/11/12 lines with up to 350 yards of #30 Micron Backing
Available: December 15, 2008
Order now and for first run delivery.

Item Description Size Price To Top
TIBOR-QC1-GR9 Tibor Spey Reel $860 SALE ENDED
TIBOR-QC1-GS9 Tibor Spey Reel, Spool $430 SALE ENDED

Steamboat Creek
Photo by: Marty Sheppard
No trick photography or computer program manipulations are involved in the composition of this digital photograph, nor is this a fish hatchery pond.  These are wild summer steelhead that are presently ganged up in the largest staging pool of Steamboat Creek. Each year hundreds of steelhead come to this pool to rest and reach sexual maturity.  During higher flows of winter, they will spawn throughout this creek. Steamboat Creek is the most productive tributary of the North Umpqua River. During the summer months these fish are extremely vulnerable to poaching. A caretaker lives on the sight and  keeps a constant vigil over these valuable fish.

The following was copied from Answers.com:

Steamboat Creek

Steamboat Creek is a short tributary of the North Umpqua River in southwestern Oregon in the United States. Approximately 15 miles (24 km) long, the creek is located on a remote part of the upper North Umpqua in the Calapooia Mountains west of the Cascade Range. It rises in southeastern Lane County and flows southwest to join the North Umpqua from the north at Steamboat.

The North Umpqua and its tributaries renowned for its prolific runs of summer steelhead, including a high percentage of native fish. Steamboat Creek has been closed to fishing since 1932.

The watershed of the creek was extensively clearcut during the late 1950s and 1960s until forestry practices were changed. The recovery of the river, including the anadromous fish population is closely monitored as a test case for riparian habitat management.

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service For Steamboat Creek

Stages For Steamboat Creek


Spey Lines For Fishing In The Wind
This small steelhead fell to a hybrid Airflo Skagit Compact with a Rio floating tip...

Skagit, Scandi, Long Belly, Short Belly, Shooting Head...., comes down to it there isn't a perfect spey line that will fit every fishing situation encountered on every river.  Even if there were such a thing, given what human nature amounts too, it wouldn't fit everyone's personality.  There will always be room for experimentation.  It is fun to take pieces from different fly lines and put them together just to see what effects you can get.  Most often, you will find that factory lines are well thought out and will out-perform the

average fly caster in most situations.  However lines can be tuned to fit special rods for use in special situations, and sometime you just get lucky.  Where I camped the last ten days, gusts of over 30+ mph buffeted us from every direction some evenings.  Short heads and fine running lines give an edge over any other Spey line configuration during howling winds.  The first two evenings I used a 450-grain Rio Skagit Shooting Head combined with a 2.5' Cheater, a 15' floating tip and the new Scientific Anglers Shark Skin Shooting Line (soon to be in stock) on my Winston B2X78133.  It was good enough to allow me to stick five steelies in the two sessions. This line has a 44.5' head that weighs 609 grains.  I found if I fished a double fly rig with a Tail Gunner in the middle of my leader, I cast better.  The extra fly gave me more grab in the anchor to store energy to throw against the wind.  Later in the week I switched to an Airflo Compact Skagit 480-grain fastened to the end of some PowerFlex Core Shooting Line.  To the business end of this head was attached Rio 129-grain type-6 Sinking Tip. This line was propelled with my Sage 7136-4 Z-AXIS.  After a short period, it became obvious that this rig has virtually no limitation in range or sizes of flies it will handle. The next fishing period I substituted a 500-grain Rio Skagit Shooting Head for the Airflo shooting head and it loaded the rod equally well and there was no discernable difference in performance. In my estimation the 7136-4 Z-AXIS is the new standard in steelhead rods. That evening the wind returned.  A Rio AquaLux tip from an 8/9/10 WindCutter was installed on the Rio 500-grain Skagit Head.  This resulted in a 42' head of 629 grains. A hand tied 6' leader and single size-4 fly completed the terminal tackle.  The effect was astonishing.  The Rio Aqualux tip is fairly dense and rides low in the water. The extra density aides line stick in the anchor and velocity after the line is launched.  After the wind stopped, it got me three hook-ups one morning. Another line that does a remarkable job of fishing in the wind is Rio's AFS shooting head. With head lengths from 31' to 42' they are very compact. For small flies and normal fishing distances they are all you need to cover all floating line situations. Loop one to your favorite shooting line and give it a try.

Sage Humidor
Want to look b-b-b-b-bad when you get to camp? The Sage cedar lined Humidor is easier to bring in the jet boat than your chopper and it will keep your expensive cigars fresher too.
Sage Cigar Humidor
Item Description Price To Top
SAGE-HG Sage Humidor, Green $40.00 SALE ENDED
SAGE-HB Sage Humidor, Black $40.00 SALE ENDED

Green Butt Skunk
Hook: TMC 7999
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: Red Hackle Fibers
Butt: Fluorescent Chartreuse Chenille
Black Chenille
Rib: Flat Silver Mylar

Hackle: Black Saddle
Wing:  White Calf Tail,
            Pearl Green Flashabou (optional)
Head:  Black
Common Sizes: This fly is most often

Green Butt Skunk.

used in sizes four and six in rivers like The Deschutes, John Day, Grand Rhonde and Clear Water, although anglers use Green Butts as large as 2/0 in the Clear Water and in some British Columbia Rivers.  This fly was originated by Dan Callahan on the North Umpqua River.  The "Green Butt" is proven on all sizes of rivers and a wide range of water temperatures and conditions.  It is one of the have-to-have flies no matter where you fish steelhead along the Pacific Rim. 

Item Description Size Price To Top
21015-02 Green Butt Skunk 2 3 for $5.95 SALE ENDED
21015-04 Green Butt Skunk 4 3 for $5.95 SALE ENDED
21015-06 Green Butt Skunk 6 3 for $5.95 SALE ENDED

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