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Mouth to Pelton Reregulating Dam:
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Mark's Marabou Spey Intruder Flies
Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Black & Blue Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Red & Orange Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Sandy Candy
Marabou Spey Intruder, Black & Blue Marabou Spey Intruder, Red & Orange Marabou Spey Intruder, Sandy Candy
Speys, Intruders, Tube Flies, Stingers...is it possible that a single series of flies could fit all of these designations?
Mark's Marabou Tube Flies
have gained popularity for several kinds of anadromous game fish.  Recently this type of fly has become extremely popular for both winter and summer steelhead.  Originally designed so that a smaller hook could be used with a large fly to cut injury to wild steelhead, this configuration also proved itself as a way to land a higher percentage of fish that were hooked. These flies are very streamlined and easy to cast.  Plastic tube models are very lightweight which gives them lots of action when they are submerged. These lightweight flies are tied on Pro Sportfisher Flexitubes, which fish comparatively snag free.  The best way to fish these flies is with a sinking tip line.  They are cast across current and allowed to swing deep under tension.  Each fly is supplied with a Size 2 Gamakatsu Drop Shot fine wire hook.  To tie the fly onto the end of your leader, simply pull the hook from the rear of the plastic tube, pass your leader through the fly from the front through the back, and tie the hook to your leader and re-insert the hook into the tube.  If the hook becomes damaged it can be easily replaced without disposing of the fly.  Many other hooks fit these flies as well. It is wise to purchase and carry spare hooks.
Mark's Marabou Spey Intruder Flies meet the needs of angler who want extra weight to get their flies deeper than than the water commonly fished with Mark's Marabou Tube flies. These flies are tied on Montana Stainless Steel Fly Shanks, and are equipped with Dazl Eyes for extra weight. From my experience metal weighted eyes will get your fly about 10% - 30% deeper than the same fly tied on an unweighted plastic tube. Many things such as water speed, angle of presentation, and the length of a particular cast will effect the depth that any fly will fish down to. Flies fished on longer casts normally have longer to sink, and will get deeper. Each angler will experience different sink rates with the same fly and fly line. Mark's Marabou Spey Intruders are equipped with a #2 Gamakatsu Octopus Hook. The hooks are attached to the fly using fine nylon coated cable. Damaged hooks can be easily replaced
Mark's Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Black & Blue

Every angler goes through an evolution. I have fly fished since early childhood. My first dozen winter steelhead were caught with flies on a fly rod. My first successful winter steelhead flies were all bright colored. Then I met an angler while he was landing a dandy fish on one of George Cook's Blue Moon flies. That changed my mind set. Blue Moons got me out of the bright fly mode for certain parts of the season. This is still my go-to color for dark days, especially when fishing glacial fed rivers. I found that tying these flies on tubes gave me the ability to replace damaged hooks easier, and to use smaller hooks so there wasn't as much trauma to fish that were released. These flies got even more productive when Rainbow color flashabou was added.

The movement of gravel down a river is called "Bed-load Shift". The Sandy River in Oregon falls 6,000' in 55-miles, which creates terrific "Bed-load Shift". Steelhead holding areas can form, and then disappear in a matter of days. This spot produced fish on three consecutive trips. Then the bottom changed forever. The fly has slid down the taught leader, out of the picture having detached itself from the hook, which is still in the fish's mouth.
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37-1275-TB Mark's Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Black & Blue Tube Fly #2 Hook 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended
Mark's Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Red & Orange
There is no surprise that the next Marabou Spey Intruder type of fly that became extremely popular was tied with red over orange marabou with gold Flashabou added. This is the best color combination for moving dour fish when the bright sun is shining on them. I guess it is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. This fly has caught steelhead from many different rivers at many different times of the year, and for many different anglers in the last 30-years. That is one heck of a track record. It is also popular on some Atlantic salmon rivers. It is an extremely simple tie: red marabou over hot orange marabou, with gold Flashabou, all on a red Flexitube.
The river was high but clear. Tony asked to try my NRX, which was equipped with a Skagit Max and a MOW Tip. A Red & Orange Marabou Spey Tube fly was attached to the end of the leader. He picked my pocket that day with my own rig.
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37-1270-TB Mark's Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Red & Orange Tube Fly #2 Hook 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended
Mark's Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Sandy Candy
This is the fly for the early winter. There are many pinkish-orange shrimps off the Oregon coast from November through February, and pods of steelhead come through these schools of shrimp while returning to their native rivers. These steelhead are opportunists and remember these last marine meals when they enter fresh water. This fly is tied with shrimp-pink marabou, with gold Flashabou and orange and hot pink schlappen mixed in the front collar. This fly is often the hottest color on many coastal rivers where steelhead are close to the Ocean. The Sandy Candy color has also proven itself in very high dirty water where it is often swung into shallow water right next to the submerged willows.
When fresh steelhead are moving, they often move in very shallow water. Beginners often wade deep and cast into the fast water. Old men often take it easy and fish their fly through the softer water. Lightweight tube flies can be the best bet, like the Sandy Candy that took this fish.
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37-1265-TB Mark's Marabou Spey Tube Fly, Sandy Candy Tube Fly #2 Hook 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended
Mark's Marabou Spey Intruder, Black & Blue
In many types of fishing situations it pays to have different weights of flies to make fine-tuning your presentation easier and quicker. From my experience metal weighted eyes will get your fly about 10% - 30% deeper than the same fly tied on an unweighted plastic tube; another asset for this type of fly is that the hook is often at the extreme rear end of the fly. Short-strikes rarely happen with this type of fly. To minimize the hook wrapping around the fly and fouling that is common with Intruder hook-attachments using woven line material such as Fire-Wire. The hooks are attached to the fly using fine nylon coated cable. Damaged hooks can be easily replaced without removing the fly from the leader.
This day it rained 3-inches, but all below 4,000' altitude, and the river barely raised. Everything was intensely wet, and the clouds were so low that it was twilight at noon when the picture was taken. The fly is a Black and Blue Marabou Intruder tied on a heavy wire shank, but without weighted eyes. The fish is a wild buck, about 11-pounds.
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37-1290-02 Mark's Marabou Spey Intruder, Black & Blue 2 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended
Mark's Marabou Spey Intruder, Red & Orange
Naturally the Red & Orange Intruder evolved from the Red & Orange Tube Fly, because this combination of colors has been proven to be effective when winter water is low and clear. In the Pacific Northwest, these winter days are nearly always accompanied with colds east wind and bright sunlight. During these periods, steelhead seek deeper flows where they have the most cover. A fly which naturally sinks as fast or faster than your sinking tip helps get your fly to the places where the most of these will be at. Many times during these situations, where a deeper sunk fly is needed, an Intermediate Skagit head can be a real asset. These denser heads allow a straighter line to a slower moving fly, which can instill aggressiveness in dour fish.
This fresh steelhead was released out in the water, but panicked and ran into shallow water with such speed that it beached itself.
The fly, a Red and Orange Spey Intruder has already been removed from the fish and rests on a rock on shore (extreme lower right).
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37-1285-02 Mark's Marabou Spey Intruder, Red & Orange 2 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended
Mark's Marabou Spey Intruder, Sandy Candy
The Sandy Candy is a prominent early winter fly. December and January are the coldest months of the year, simply because the days are shortest. During this same time, steelhead are passing through clouds of pinkish orange cocktail shrimps that are spawning over the continental shelf along the Oregon and Washington coasts. Maybe, The Sandy Candy is attractive because it mimics these shrimp or maybe the color corresponds with the cold blood coursing through the veins of the predator fish that are returning home. This color contrasts with muddy water as well. Fact is, this pinkish orange color is tasty to early winter steelhead. You need some.
This big wild buck barely pulled on a different fly on my first pass down the run. I came back later with a Sandy Candy colored Marabou Spey Intruder, and the take was very authoritative and the runs were long and hard. "Ya, now that's what we are talking about!"
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37-1280-02 Mark's Marabou Spey Intruder, Sandy Candy 2 3 for $13.50 Sale Ended
 
Steelhead Spey Schools 2015/2016, .... Day-Schools.... 2-Days Schools
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SIMPLY THE BEST !!!
By Popular Demand! Entry Level Classes ARE Extended Through 2016 !!!
Take the schools again to re-enforce skills you learned last year, or start from scratch!
We know that steelhead are often uncooperative and unpredictable. That is why they are such great sport fish. It takes skills to get them, and acquiring the skills takes dedication, and a well laid out plan."Many anglers stop half way to their goal because they weren't even able to lay out a comprehensive plan. Now you don't have to, because your plan has been designed by a team of anglers who have landed hundreds of steelhead with flies in the most traditional manner. No we're not talking about side-drifting with a slinky on the end of your fly line, nor are we talking about harassing spawners with glo bugs and split-shot. We are talking about swinging flies with a Spey rod for bright moving fish in the most respected fashion possible. There is probably no more experienced steelhead fly angler than Mark Bachmann. He is joined by Hawkeye Hawkins. You have a formidable team to help you get to the finish line. Our plan is as simple as it is effective. First you learn to cast precisely. (You can only catch a fish when your fly is in the water and you can only catch fish that you can reach.) Then you learn how and where to find your prey. Then you learn to present the fly properly to the prey, covering vast amounts of water in the most efficient manner. The method is academic, show the fly to the largest number of fish in the shortest period of time in the most enticing manner. When you finish our curriculum, you won't have many doubts about how it works. Winter steelhead are available in fishable numbers by mid-November.
 
Spey Casting Schools
Spey casting can be learned quite easily with the assistance of a professional instructor. This class starts with the most basic fundamentals so that you will have a foundation on which to build your "Spey Casting Skill Set". Our approach allows you to easily understand the scientific principles of how a rod and line work together to propel your fly to the target. Our crash course starts in a nice warm class room with donuts and coffee. Here rod and line theories are discussed in detail so that before you get to the water, you have an understanding of the principals you are going to use. Then you will ride to the river with your instructors. There your instructors will demonstrate the theories you have already explored. Then you will take a rod into your own hands and be able to practice what you have learned. You will be amazed at how easy it is. All the major Spey Casts will be explored. Both floating and sinking tip lines will be learned.

Time: 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch is provided).
Meet at: The Fly Fishing Shop - Instructors: Hawkeye Hawkins and Mark Bachmann.

Spey Casting Classes are offered on Thursdays so that they can be taken consecutive with our One Day Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Schools, which are offered on Fridays.

Cost (8 hrs.): $150.
You will need the following equipment:  Waders, boots, rain coat, hat and polarized glasses. You may bring your own rod and reel if you want to. Properly balanced Spey Outfits will be provided.
(6) Students total.
First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class. 
SEE CLASS POLICY

 
One Day Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing Schools

This is Steelhead Fly Fishing 101
Take a pontoon boat ride down a local river with Mark Bachmann & Hawkeye Hawkins.
These classes are schedued on Fridays so that they can be taken conseutively with our Spey Casting Schools

Steelhead fly fishing is very practical if you know how.  Being able to find fish and being able to present the fly properly are key factors.  Save yourself five years of experimenting on your own. 
We will show you how. 

This school will cover a lot of water and fishing knowledge in one day.  Length of the class is 8-hours on the water.  All schools conducted on the Sandy River.  Big, safe, roomy pontoon boats will enable us to cover 12-miles of river during the class. Two students per boat/instructor format. Learn how to locate steelhead water and how to approach it. Emphasis will be on giving you a foundation of skills to build on, with a high priority given to hooking fish during the class. We want to give you maximum advantage by having as many fish hooked during this class as possible.  Nothing teaches you more about fishing than being where fish are being hooked and landed.  Emphasis will be on spey rod use and sinking-tip line fishing. Students should at least have moderate casting skills-this is a fishing class. If you need basic knowledge or a brush-up on Spey Casting skills, we suggest signing up for a Spey Casting School and be ready to use these skills to catch winter steelhead.
What you need to bring:
Bring your own waders and rain gear.  Bring your own rod/reel set up if you want to.  
A variety of premium quality 2-hand rod/reel set-ups will be available for you to use at no extra charge. Flies are supplied.
A hot lunch will be served on the river.  
There will be a very short rest period after lunch.  

Meet at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:00am for half-hour orientation.  Coffee and donuts will be served.
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.
Arrive back at The Fly Fishing Shop at 6:00pm.

What our customers say.  
A report on a Steelhead School.
First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class.  SEE CLASS POLICY

 

Spey Casting School, November 19, 2015

Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, November 20, 2015
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SPEY-CL-111915 Spey Casting Class, November 19, 2015
$150 Sale Ended SPEY-CL-112015 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, November 20, 2015
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Spey Casting School, December 17, 2015 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, December 18, 2015
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SPEY-CL-121715 Spey Casting Class, December 17, 2015
$150 Sale Ended SPEY-CL-121815 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, December 18, 2015 $250 Sale Ended
Spey Casting School, January 14, 2016 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, January 15, 2016
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SPEY-CL-011416 Spey Casting Class, January 14, 2016
$150 Sale Ended SPEY-CL-011516 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, January 15, 2015
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Spey Casting School, February 18, 2016 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, February 19, 2016
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SPEY-CL-021816 Spey Casting Class, February 18, 2016
$150 Sale Ended SPEY-CL-021916 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, February 19, 2016 $250 Sale Ended
Spey Casting School, March 17, 2016 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, March 18, 2016,
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SPEY-CL-031716 Spey Casting Class, March 17, 2016
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Spey Casting School, April 14, 2016 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, April 15, 2016
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SPEY-CL-041416 Spey Casting Class, April 14, 2016
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Spey Casting School, May 19, 2016 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, May 20, 2016
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SPEY-CL-051916 Spey Casting Class, May 19, 2016
$150 Sale Ended SPEY-CL-051916 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, May 20, 2016 $250 Sale Ended
Spey Casting School, June 16, 2016 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, June 17, 2016
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SPEY-CL-061616 Spey Casting Class, June 16, 2016
$150 Sale Ended SPEY-CL-061716 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School, June 17, 2016 $250 Sale Ended
 
Two-Day Schools
Acquiring skills helps achieve success.
This school is for beginning and intermediate fly fishers, who want to acquire new winter steelhead fly fishing skills in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. Spend the night between the two days in our community. We know the best places to stay, and we know the best places to eat. We will be glad to help make the arrangements. We will be glad to show you around our home turf on the way to and from schools. It could turn you on to your next fly fishing playground.
Save $25 by taking a Spey Casting Class followed immediately by a Winter Steelhead School. 
Get twice as much for your money and save money while you are doing it. It will be a lot of fun.
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Two Day Steelhead Spey School, November 19-20, 2015
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SPEY-CL2D-11192015 Two Day Steelhead Spey School, November 19-20, 2015 $375 Sale Ended
Two Day Steelhead Spey School, December 17-18, 2015
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SPEY-CL2D-12171815 Two Day Steelhead Spey School, December 17-18, 2015 $375 Sale Ended
Two Day Steelhead Spey School, January 14-15, 2016
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SPEY-CL2D-01141516 Two Day Steelhead Spey School, January 14-15, 2016 $375 Sale Ended
Two Day Steelhead Spey School, February 18-19, 2016
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SPEY-CL2D-02181916 Two Day Steelhead Spey School, February 18-19, 2016 $375 Sale Ended
Two Day Steelhead Spey School, March 17-18, 2016
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SPEY-CL2D-03171816 Two Day Steelhead Spey School, March 17-18, 2016 $375 Sale Ended
Two Day Steelhead Spey School, April 14-15, 2016
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SPEY-CL2D-04141516 Two Day Steelhead Spey School, April 14-15, 2016 $375 Sale Ended
Two Day Steelhead Spey School, May 19-20, 2016
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SPEY-CL2D-05192016 Two Day Steelhead Spey School, May 19-20, 2016 $375 Sale Ended
Two Day Steelhead Spey School, June 16-17, 2016
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SPEY-CL2D-06161716 Two Day Steelhead Spey School, June 16-17, 2016 $375 Sale Ended

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