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Permit-The Golden Fleece
Placencia Crab
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 Deschutes Tally 2000
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Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize.

It's time to book for Belize:  Deposit due by 10/15/01   Book Now!
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Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize
Be pampered in paradise. 

The Turneffe Atoll in Belize is the largest of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere.  

 It is a ring of islands, 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, surrounded by pristine coral reef. Turneffe Atoll is a beautiful island wilderness with diverse marine life, extensive mangroves, and beautiful coral flats. Mike Owens & Willie with Mike's first Permit. (click for more information).
 The Turneffe Atoll is noted for it's variety of saltwater fishing. The availability of bonefish, permit and tarpon make Turneffe Flats Lodge one of the rare spots in the world offering a legitimate shot at a GRAND SLAM.  In addition, Turneffe offers an opportunity for several less-traditional saltwater species such as barracuda, snappers and jacks.  Mark & Patty, owners of The Fly Fishing Shop are planning a "Hosted Fly Fishing Adventure" to Turneffe Flats Lodge, May 4-11 of 2002.  We will encourage you to be prepared for a wide variety of fishing opportunities. This trip will position you at the start of the tarpon run, and hopefully with excellent timing for a grand slam 
(a bonefish, a permit & a tarpon in the same day).

Turneffe Flats Lodge - Costs
This seven day trip is from Saturday to Saturday.  
Cost: $3,034 + air fare to Belize City.  This price covers taxes.  
A non-refundable deposit of $1,520 is required by 10/15/01.  You will need an up-to-date pass port.  This is a 12 angler trip to a 12 angler capacity lodge.  Five spots are already taken (06/08).
Item Description Deposit  
TURNEFFE Deposit for May 4-11, 02 hosted trip at Turneffe Flats Lodge with Mark and Patty.  Remainder of fee ($1,014) due by April 1, 02. $1,520 USD -->SALE ENDED

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Belize, Central America.

(A two part series by Mark Bachmann)
A  bronze-rimmed, fluffy cloud hangs low on the horizon.  It masks the face of the late afternoon fire-ball sun.  Long, narrow shafts of sterling sunlight slash across the sky.  The soft warm air cools slightly.  The faintest zephyr turns the surface of the coastal lagoon to hammered gold.  

We are surrounded by huge lush jade green mangroves.   The trim white and aqua skiff glides slowly in the silent panorama; sliding with its gilded reflection across the shallow water.  Only the soft swish of Derrick's push pole breaks the primordial silence.  The scent of mangrove roots and salt marsh permeates the air with soft, wet musk.  All is held in the inverted bowl of a slowly darkening turquoise sky.  Silver, gold, bronze, turquoise and jade......we are time travelers afloat in a land known well by 

Belize sunrises & sunsets can be breathtaking.


Mark Bachmann & Derrick Muschamp with a Belize Permit.

the ancient Maya.  Jim, Patty and I have returned to southern Belize for our second trip.  We are searching for Permit.  Permit are beautiful, incredibly alert, cautious fish that inhabit many shallow waters ringing the Caribbean Sea.  They have long been the "Golden Fleece" for salt water fly anglers and have a reputation for being one of the most difficult shallow water fish to take with a fly.  We are half way through our second ten day trip to Belize and although we have fished with a number of different guides 

Beeg Permit Mon...

and cast to dozens, only Patty has even hooked a Permit, which quickly broke her off.  We are becoming intimidated.  The pressure is on.  We have hired Derrick Muschamp to guide us.  We believe he is our best prospect for catching permit.  I had brought a sizable fly tying kit with me.  The night we arrived in Placencia, I asked Derrick what he thought the perfect permit fly would look like?   His reply was, “It would ook like a crab. 

Patty Barnes lands a Permit.

A Permit in the hand...

Placencia Crab in the mouth.

You need two different ones.  One is brownish gray, about the size of a nickel.  The other is dark olive green, about the size of a dime.  Tie them so that they sink fast.  If they are weedless that would be good.”  For several nights I stayed up late and managed to come up with a pattern.  First I fashioned several Mustad stainless steel hooks into keel fly hooks.  Then I wrapped the shanks with heavy lead wire.  Next I cut several rubber bands and dotted them with a felt marker.  These were secured to the side of the hook shank, over the lead wire.  They looked like legs and claws.  Alternating bundles of natural and dyed brown deer hair were tied on next and trimmed to match the shape of a crab carapace.  The body fit inside of the bend of the 

Crab in the mouth... 

hook so that the hook would ride with the point on top of the fly.  When I showed the flies to Derrick he said simply, “Mmmm, nice job.  I know a place where these will work.  I take you there.”

On this day he has brought us to this huge lagoon by way of hidden channels.  We have traveled several miles from the coast through a maze of mangrove swamps.  It is one of his secret spots.  He assures us that no one has fished here for months.  This and other inter-connecting salt water lakes cover thousands of acres and are protected from the prevailing Caribbean wind.  Subject to tidal influence, the currents are very soft as is the bottom, which is composed of brown silts which have collected here for thousands of years.  Mostly hidden from the eye, life teems in this warm, shallow, nutrient rich water.  Tiny crabs and shrimp burrow into the bottom ooze and hide from patrolling Permit, Bonefish and Jack Craval.

Hundreds of yards in front of the boat, a sparsely vegetated peninsula protrudes from the shore, forming a wind shadow in a tiny bay.  In the bay something moves....the apparition of a fish or an errant wave breaking gently on a shallow bar?  Minutes pass.....we silently strain to see in the distant glare.  Derrick speaks softly and points, " hundred yards...eleven o'clock...just beyond that little mangrove point...he's turning left, coming out of that bay".  Standing high on the bow platform with rod firmly in hand, something deep inside me says, "Yes, I know!"  The springs inside my muscles tightened and the pain is gone from my sun baked eyes.

Derrick poles the boat steadily closer.  We are still fifty yards away from the peninsula when a long thin black dorsal fin appears as the fish feeds erratically along the edge of the wind shadow.  Suddenly, there is a huge boil and the Permit bolts for deeper water.  Even though we are still far away, I think he has seen us.  Derrick's soft quiet voice consoles me.  "Mmm...Somethin' spooked that Permit, Mon.  But it couldn't have been us.  We are too far away."

Moments later the Permit reappears twenty yards in front of the boat, his wake turning toward us.  He comes at us so fast, I barely have enough time to false cast enough line to load the ten weight rod.  The fly lands four feet directly in front of the fish.  Allowing several seconds for the fly to sink to the bottom, Derrick shouts, "Strip, strip".  I move the line with two quick four inch strips.  The fish accelerates and inhales the fly.  I pull in the slack and the line tightens.  I yank, but feel nothing and pull the fly away from the fish as he charges about looking for it and then cruises past the boat, beyond our reach.

To be continue in the 09/10/01 "Insider"            

Placencia Crab as tied by Mark Bachmann.

Placencia Mud Crab
Hook: Mustad 34007, #1/0 - reformed to keel fly 
Thread: brown 3/0 Uni thread
Weight: Medium lead eyes attached to center of hook
Legs: Rubber bands striped with black felt marker
Hind Legs: Pear Krystal Flash and brown deer hair
Carapace: Bunches of brown and natural deer hair 
                    Clipped into a flat oval shape.
More Permit Flies.

Model Item Price
PCCRABB Placencia Crab, special price,
good through 10/15/01
3 for


Buck's Bags Deluxe Split Front Chest Pack

Buck's Bags Deluxe Split Front Chest Pack Proud young angler displays Buck's Chest Pack and a very bright steelhead.

Unique Divided Front
Leader Pockets
Tippet Pockets
Fly Box Pockets
Tool Pockets
Rain Coat Pocket
Rugged Construction

Buck's Split Front Chest Pack
Unique divided front zips together for quick on-of convenience.  This vest/chest-pack features two large front pockets for fly boxes.  Two zippered slip pockets for leaders and other accessories plus flour mesh tippet pockets.  Large rear pocket holds rain gear, lunch or other items.  The fit of this garment is for deep wading and at the same time relieves the back fatigue associated with conventional vests. The shoulder straps may be lengthened for a lower fit when deep wading is necessary.  More information.
Model Item Price
BUCKSVBL Buck's Split Front Chest Pack, Blue $49.95

BUCKSVGR Buck's Split Front Chest Pack, Green $49.95

BUCKSVTN Buck's Split Front Chest Pack, Tan $49.95


One size fits all.

This information came to us via Richard Kennon 
as issued in the 2000 Annual Report for the Mid-Columbia Fish District ODFW.
In other words this is what happened on the Deschutes River last year.

Wild Steelhead hooked & released = 5.1 per 100 angler hours
Hatchery Steelhead hooked &  kept= 3.14 per 100 angler hours

2000 Deschutes River Sports Catch: Angers interviewed at:
The ODFW Trailer start of the gravel road to Max Canyon:
Wild Steelhead hooked & released = 3.49 per 100 angler hours
Hatchery Steelhead hooked & kept = 1.17 per 100 angler hours
Doesn't not include the 18.5% - 30.7% Hatchery Steelhead that are RELEASED.
The trap at Sherars Falls is operate 5 days out of 7.  All steelhead are not counted at the trap,
Those that are counted are tagged with at number. 
Estimate wild steelhead in the Deschutes including strays was 8,975
Hatchery steelhead to arrive at Round Butte hatchery was 43,080
Stray Hatchery steelhead to arrive at Round Butte hatchery was 15,172

Record Runs of Steelhead, Chinook and Coho are expected in 2001.
Columbia River
DAILY Fish Counts

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