Up-grading Your Wading Gear, MFC Rednecks At Reduced Prices, Trimming For Agility, Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Flies, Book Review: All Fishermen Are Liars

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Fall Is The Time To Up-Grade Your Wading Gear
As they say in the Game Of Thrones TV Show, "Winter is coming!" Locally, the freezing level is dropping, and with it, so are the water temperatures. The Drought isn't quite over, but it has been raining, and anadroumous fish are moving on both sides of the cascades. Soon rising rivers will fill with Chinooks, Silvers and Steelhead. It is time to think about those little seapers in your waders that you've been ignoring while the water temperature was in the high sixties, because in the next thirty days the water temperatures will drop to the mid-fifties, and in the next sixty days it will drop to the low fifties, or high forties. The days, they are changing, and that annoying little crotch leak is about to become more serious. The time to start shopping for new, and improved wading gear is at hand. Real outdoors-men pay a lot of attention to their survival gear. Pay attention to your wading gear before it causes a hypothermic day in the wilderness. If you wear Simms waders, turn them inside-out and spray them with rubbing alcohol to find leaks. As soon as the rubbing alcohol comes in contact with a leaking area, the waders will turn dark color where the leak is. When the waders are dry, coat the leak area with Aquaseal and let it dry for at least 12-hours. If the waders are less than one-year old, you may send them to Simms, and they will fix your leaks at no charge. Be sure your waders are clean before you send them. Be sure to send them at least two weeks in advance before your next fishing trip. Bring them into the shop and we will be glad to assist in sending them for you.
This season, we have a huge stock of all of the waders listed below. Yes, we have the most popular sizes of Simms G3 Bootfoot Waders IN-STOCK - NO WAITING! Want a pair of zipper waders but don't want to spend $800? Then check out the new Simms Freestone Zip Waders at: $399.95.
Simms G4 Pro Waders
Simms
G4 Pro

$699

Simms
G3 Bootfoot

$699

Simms
G3 Guide

$499

Simms
Freestone Zip

$399.95

Simms G4 Pro Guide Jacket $549.95
WATERPROOF
3-Layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell
Simms G3 Guide Jacket
Simms G3 Guide Jacket
$399.95
WATERPROOF
3-Layer GORE-TEX
Simms Guide Jacket
Simms Guide Jacket 
$299.95-$349.95
WATERPROOF
3-Layer GORE-TEX

Simms Hyalite Rain Shell  $149.95
Waterproof &
Breathable
This video was shot at the Ice-Out celebration, at the Simms factory in Bozeman, Montana with two little compact cameras in about 4-hours by Mark Bachmann and Patty Barnes. We had total cooperation from the Simms staff. They are truly great people to work with. Then Mark took bits and pieces of our private tour in chronological order and stitched them together at the shop. This story about Americas Wader Company was first published April 7, 2013. It was a compelling film when it was produced, and it is still a totally valid display of our thoughts about Simms and Simms Waders and Wading Jackets today.
They are the best in the world, and they just keep getting better and better!
And it is going to be a very comfortable fishing season for me!
 
MFC Rednecks At Reduced Prices - 30% OFF!
Beat The Heat - Protect Yourself From The Sun
Brain and body functions suffer if there is a rise in normal temperature inside the core, or skull. Indigenous people living in harsh climates figured out thousands of years ago that there are survival advantages in covering the head, neck and face for protection from heat. You can do even better! Wet your redneck in cold water and slip it over your head. Instantly you will feel better. Or if the weather is cold, use your Redneck Sun Gaiter as insulation to keep your internal temperature for peak performance. Rednecks protect you from wind, snow, heat sunburn, bugs and all kinds of unpleasant stuff...plus they really look good, and so will you.
Borski's Dorado Borski's Florida Bay 5 Currier's Bonefish Currier's Brown Trout
Currier's Permit Currier's Rainbow Trout Currier's Snake River Cutty Currier's Tarpon
Maddox's Brook Trout Series1 Maddox's Brown Trout XI Skin Maddox's Cool Eye Luke Maddox's Gros Ventre
Maddox's Hopper Snack Maddox's New Zealand Rainbow Maddox's Scaling the Nagahua Maddox's Snack
Maddox's Spotted Fever MFC Logo - Olive MFC Olive Camo MFC Rainbow Trout Skin
Sundell's Brown Trout Skin Sundell's Freshwater Sundell's October Brown Sundell's Rainbow Trout Skin
Sundell's Saltwater Trio Sundell's Starlight Rainbow Sylvester's Digital Brown Sylvester's Rooster
Sylvester's Sapphire Sylvester's Whiplash Udesen's Double Trout Skin Udesen's Montana Brown
Udesen's Stoneflies Udesen's Trout Dreams White's One Last Look Bonefish White's Titan Pike
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Borski's Dorado Redneck Sun Gaiter, Borski's Florida Bay 5
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700-0920 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Borski's Dorado
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0925 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Borski's Florida Bay 5
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
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Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Bonefish Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Brown Trout
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700-0600 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Bonefish
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sold Out 700-0610 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Brown Trout
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Permit Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Rainbow Trout
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700-0615 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Permit
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0620 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Rainbow Trout
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Snake River Cutty Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Tarpon
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700-0625 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Snake River Cutty
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sold Out 700-0630 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Currier's Tarpon
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
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Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Brook Trout Series1 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Brown Trout XI Skin
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700-0200 Redneck Sun Gaiter,Maddox's Brook Trout Series1
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0205 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Brown Trout XI Skin
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sold Out
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Cool Eye Luke Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Gros Ventre
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700-0210 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Cool Eye Luke
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0232 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Gros Ventre
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Hopper Snack Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's New Zealand Rainbow
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700-0240 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Hopper Snack
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sold Out 700-0244 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's New Zealand Rainbow
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Scaling the Nagahua Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Snack
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700-0251 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Scaling the NagahuaWas $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0255 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Snack
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Spotted Fever Redneck Sun Gaiter, MFC Logo - Olive
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700-0260 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Maddox's Spotted Fever
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-6000 Redneck Sun Gaiter, MFC Logo Olive
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, MFC Olive Camo Redneck Sun Gaiter, MFC Rainbow Trout Skin
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700-0026 Redneck Sun Gaiter, MFC Olive Camo
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0015 Redneck Sun Gaiter, MFC Rainbow Trout Skin
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, White's Titan Pike Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Brown Trout Skin
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700-0515 Redneck Sun Gaiter, White's Titan Pike
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sold Out 700-0310 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Brown Trout
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Freshwater Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's October Brown
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700-0365 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Freshwater
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0320 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's October Brown
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Rainbow Trout Skin Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Saltwater Trio
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700-0330 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Rainbow Trout Skin
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sold Out 700-0370 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Saltwater Trio
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Starlight Rainbow Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sylvester's Digital Brown
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700-0345 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sundell's Starlight Rainbow
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0410 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sylvester's Digital Brown
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sylvester's Rooster Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sylvester's Sapphire
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700-0425 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sylvester's Rooster
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Out of Stock 700-0430 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sylvester's Sapphire
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sylvester's Whiplash Redneck Sun Gaiter, Udesen's Double Trout Skin
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700-0445 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Sylvester's Whiplash
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0112 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Udesen's Double Trout Skin
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Udesen's Montana Brown Redneck Sun Gaiter, Udesen's Stoneflies
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700-0135 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Udesen's Montana Brown
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended 700-0150 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Udesen's StonefliesWas $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
Redneck Sun Gaiter, Udesen's Trout Dreams Redneck Sun Gaiter, White's One Last Look Bonefish
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700-0165 Redneck Sun Gaiter, Udesen's Trout DreamsWas $15.95
Now $11.16
Sold Out 700-0500 Redneck Sun Gaiter, White's One Last Look Bonefish
Was $15.95
Now $11.16
Sale Ended
 
Trimming For Agility
Hopefully you've never had this happen. The fish of a lifetime is far down the river, way into the backing. You give chase, busting through the streamside willows, and are gaining back line as you run downstream along the river bank. Suddenly you are brought to a halt, nearly falling on your face. Your foot is ensnared by something. You kick hard but it doesn't come loose, and your reel keeps on screaching until the leader breaks as the backing comes tight against the arbor knot. The little hook on your gravel guard has caught a willow, and you have to lean over and free yourself before reeling in over a hundred yards of slack line.
Don't worry it hasn't happend to me either, but it could. I've been caught up in plenty of young willows by my gravel guard hook, and even taken a few tumbles as the result. Now, I'm more proactive and cure the situation before it becomes a problem.
Use a pair of scissors or a sharp knife to remove the hold-down strap from your gravel guards.
Most modern waders have built-in gravel guardes that will stay in place without being hooked to your boot laces. You will be much safer after the hold-down-hooks have been removed from the bottom of your gravel guards.
 
Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Flies
Dirk Wiggler, Black Dirk Wiggler, Chartreuse Dirk Wiggler, Olive Dirk Wiggler, Pink
Dirk Wiggler
by Jon Hazlett

I'll never forget the first time I saw an Intruder. I was running the fly shop that used to be in the Ashland Outdoor Store. Mike McCune came down to teach a Spey clinic for us. That weekend, while hanging out at my house, he opened one of his fly boxes. I had never seen such a thing. He had a stable of flies up to 5 inches long. And they were awesome!

He referred to them as Intruders. He gave me a brief tutorial on design, function, and rigging.  Mike, being the humble guy he is, gave credit to his buddy Ed Ward. That was the first time I ever saw an Intruder. That is also my formal introduction to the turkey flat, in the form of some custom dyed feathers from Mike. That is when it all changed for me.

Needless to say, I hit the vise pretty hard after that. I made my best attempts at Intruder-esque bugs. Soon they started popping up everywhere. It was the start of the "big fly" movement.

I started experimenting with other patterns that embodied the design functions of the Intruder: a good profile, low bulk, and good movement. That is when the Dirk Wiggler came about. I needed a fly that had those characteristics, was easy to tie, durable, and easy to cast. Part of my inspiration for the Dirk Wiggler were bass spinner baits, which have a rubber skirt and lots of wiggle. Instead of rubber legs, the Dirk Wiggler features Flex Floss which is supported by a big dubbing ball and a palmered turkey flat. Throw in some marabou and flashabou, and you have a squid-like critter that delivers a ton of movement in slow water, maintains it's shape and pulsates in faster water, and just plain fishes. The Dirk Wiggler is a proven steelhead fly that has taken fish from NorCal to BC. Kings, Silvers and Alaska Rainbows can't resist it either.

Don't Miss: Jon Hazlett's Presentation at: Sandy River Spey Clave 2016 !!!

Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Fly, Black

This is your basic Lead Eye Intruder in Egg Sucking Leech colors. It has all the appealing traits: wiggle, flash, dark body and brighter head. This is a fly that belongs on every expedition for steelhead at any time of year. The nickel plated lead eyes used in the Dirk Wiggler Series are large and heavy. When casting these heavier flies it is best to use a slightly heavier rod. My favorite rods for fishing Lead-Eye Intruders, and Dirk Wigglers throw 550-575 grain Skagit Heads with 10' - 12' of T-14. All of the T-14 M.O.W. tips fit this game. Why T-14 instead of T-11? T-14 throws more accurately and farther because it retains more line speed to turn over the heavy eyes. Leaders of more than six feet are not recommended, as they tend to lose control of the fly. They can also create shock and bounce-back, which creates wind-knots and fouled hooks. Leaders of less than five feet in length are ideal.

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ST0265BK Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Fly, Black with Red Head 3 for $12.75 Sale Ended
Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Fly, Chartreuse
Chartreuse is highly recommended for Chinooks, and Chum Salmon. This is also a sleeper for winter steelhead. Next time your bag of tricks runs dry, try this fly for a couple of runs. It could change the way you think about steelhead. Remember, steelhead have all of the senses of critters that survive in the wild. Pretend that you are hunting elk with a bow. Your intended victims have all of the senses of an elk to avoid disaster. They are prepared to bolt from anything that startles them. Be stealthy. Cast with a minimum of slash and splash. Be deliberate. Be premeditated.
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ST0265CH Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Fly, Chartreuse with Black Head 3 for $12.75 Sale Ended
Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Fly, Olive
Designed to be the go-to fly when your river is very clear and fish tend to run and hide from dark flies or flies that are bright in color. Fish this fly slowly and steadily, so that fish don't bolt from it. This is a good bet for late summer run steelhead, especially after water starts to rise in the late fall.
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ST0265OL Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Fly, Olive 3 for $12.75 Sale Ended
Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Fly, Pink
This is a killer-looking fly. It has "eat me, eat me, eat me" written all over it. The two steelhead pictures supplied with this article, both display this fly. It is kind of like Scott Howell's Pink Guide Intruder, but with a slightly darker profile, and a lot more wiggle and flash. This fly works any time of the year, where there are steelhead large enough to eat it. The nickel plated lead eyes used in the Dirk Wiggler Series are large and heavy. They are designed to get down in deeper, heavier flows where large dominant fish hang out.
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ST0265PK Dirk Wiggler Steelhead Fly, Pink with Purple Head 3 for $12.75 Out of Stock
 
All Fishermen Are Liars

Books In Review
By: Frank Day
Simon & Schuster
224 pages
Publication date: April 2015

The first book in review is John Gierach’s All Fishermen Are Liars. It is a less instructional and more entertainment driven collection of writings detailing the author’s many fishing escapades across North America. Mostly recollections of taming powerful wild salmon, and trout by fly rod in often-remote locations, All Fishermen Are Liars is an excellent read and is a hard book to put down. The author has a good sense of humor paired with a way of putting things that will make you chuckle as you read. Along with his jocularity the author does give good pieces of advice and observation that come with his years spent on the water chasing the fish that make men’s dreams. From fishing the upper peninsula of Michigan for the famed coaster variety of brook trout in the waters of an angling club so exclusive that it took Harrison Ford 6 years to join, to fishing for steelhead on one of our own Oregon coastal rivers

while expecting a tsunami, or some form of radiation from the earthquake that compromised the Fukushima Nuclear power Plant. Gierach has seen and done what every angler dreams and recollects it in a way that doesn’t make you envious of his travels and adventures, but rather stirs your inner angler in a way that makes you eager to undertake your own fly fishing adventure, it certainly got my mental gears turning in regards to an adventure where the connection with some elusive fish is the central goal. All Fishermen Are Liars is an excellent read and belongs on every fly fisherman’s coffee table, but will more likely end up in your camp bag to be enjoyed along some beautiful piece of water on an evening of your own adventure.

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ISBN 9781451618327 Book: All Fishermen Are Liars, By John Gierach $15.00 Sale Ended
 
Due to some Technical problems with the polling platform on Big Stick Fly Fishing Forum (This was our first try) We are going to use a different method of voting for the Article Writing Contest. If you would like to vote for your favorite article, please do so by clicking the image above or click here. This will allow only one vote per email. Sorry for the delay, voting will be for one week from today. May the best article win!

Fly Fishing Article Writing Contest Finalists

The_Flyman
The_Restoration
Steelhead_Bob
Pineapple_Bonefish
Deschutes_Steelhead
Let's Talk Bonefish
Chugging
The Bucket List
The Best First Time
Are Women Better Fishers Than Men?
Steelhead Junkie
Oregon Girl
The Steelhead Plan
The Perils of Winter Steelheading
The Big One That Got Away

 


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