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C.F. Burkheimer 8141-4
Steelhead Mysteries
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Hardy Bouglé
Deschutes native steelhead 09/14/05.

   Hardy Bouglé Mark V

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Hardy Bougle Reel Front.

The first Hardy reel patent was registered in 1888, and since then many patents have followed.  One of Hardy's most popular reels appeared in 1891.  It was understandably called the "Perfect".  It included most of the improvements that fishermen had been asking for up to that time.  The spool was narrow and deep.  An adjustable check supplied the friction to keep the spool velocity from over running the line while playing a fish.  Up to that time most fine reels were made from brass.  The first Perfect reels were also made from brass.  After a short period they were machined from an aluminum casting.  This made the Perfect very lightweight for its time.    
A great contributor to the reels success was its ease of disassembly which is accomplished by rotating the side plate backwards.  Both ends of the reel turns.  This allows the angler to palm or finger a side plate for more friction while playing a fish.
The "Perfect" can rightly claim to be the most successful fly reel of all time, having remained in production for over of a century, during which time many dozens of variations and improvements to the original design were made.", is quoted from A History of Fly Fishing, by Dr. Andrew N. Herd.
In 1903, Louis Bouglé, a French tournament caster, asked Hardy to make a lighter variation of their Perfect reel for competition casting.  
Hardy Bougle Reel Back.
Hardy Bougle Reel inside, ball bearings.

The Bouglé Mark V is most advanced version yet of the reel that the legendary Monsieur Bouglé asked Hardy to make in 1903. It comes in five sizes of click check reels for freshwater fishing. 
With the MkV Hardy has taken a classic reel, made it more beautiful and brought it pounding into twenty-first century. It is now machined from aluminum alloy bar-stock. The Bouglé looks as lovely as ever on a rod, but now performs like the most modern of reels on the market. Looks? Its stunning, hard anodized, racing green frame combines strikingly with the anodized silver spool and side-plate. Practicality? The deep spool gives you big line and backing capacity, vital for

those facing ever bigger, faster running fish both home and abroad. The ventilated spool and frame has created a model that is the lightest Bouglé yet whilst still retaining its legendary strength. The aluminum spindle has only reduced weight further.

Bouglé MK V Reel Specifications and Prices
* #20 Backing     ** #30 Backing

Model Line Backing Reel Dia. Weight Price To Top
Bouglé 3.00R WF3 75 yd.* 3.00" 3 11/16 oz. $510

Bouglé 3.25R WF5 100 yd.* 3.25" 4 1/8 oz $530

Bouglé 3.50R WF7 80 yd.* 3.50" 5 oz $550

Bouglé 3.75R WF9 100 yd.* 3.75" 6 13/16 oz $575

Bouglé 4.00R WindCutter
175 yd.** 4.00" 9 oz $615


C.F. Burkheimer

CF 8141-4

Length: 14' 1"    Line: #8    Pieces: 4

  C.F. Burkheimer 8141-1.

Description: A great summer/winter steelhead rod. Also a very good rod for Atlantic salmon.  Will throw larger flies.  Handles sinking tips with authority.  Matches up well with lines from 550-700 grains.  Personal favorite: stock 7/8/9 WindCutter on a Bouglé Mark V 4".  An exceptionally crisp rod for Deschutes size rivers.  Fishes a two fly cast on a floating line with precision.  
Balances best with reels that weighs 9-10 oz. 
Rod weight: 8  Ounces
Item   Length Line Wt. Price To Top
CF8141-4 C.F. Burkheimer Fly Rod 14 ft. 1 in. 8 $825


Steelhead Mysteries (continued from 09/11/05 "Insider").    

Winter steelhead often eat larger flies.

Many of the creatures that steelhead eat during their stay in the Ocean are brightly colored.  Some are fluorescent and many are phosfluorescent or luminescent.  Nearly all of the bobber type lures used by drift fisherman are brightly colored.  Fluorescent yarns and chenilles have been popular with steelhead fly tiers for over thirty years.  Fly  patterns tied in shades of  fluorescent red, orange and pink are especially effective for early winter steelhead in nearly every river in the Pacific Northwest.  Since our 

rivers are most fluctual at this time of year, these "hot" colors are proven in a wide range of  water conditions. Could these flies mimic an Ocean food? There certainly is nothing that lives in fresh water that looks anything like this.  Freshwater critters are very dull colored to blend with their environments for camouflage for survival.

Folks at Oregon’s Marine Science Center, believe that steelhead may retain the “search image” of nourishing marine organisms even after they have returned to fresh water.  According to Dr. W.G. Pearcy, steelhead range far out to sea, dining mostly on squid, amphipods and euphausiids.  Squid make up 90% of their high seas diet.  If the retention of ocean prey search image is a factor in what makes steelhead bite flies, then tying and 

This summer steelhead ate a small purple fly.
fishing flies that mimic the most predominant ocean prey specie should be in order.  

What do these animals that make up this huge percentage of the steelhead diet look like? Somewhere in the nationhood of 17 different squid species inhabit the oceanic waters where steelhead feed.  They come in a wide array of sizes and colors.  Two of the most popular "commercial food" squids in the North Pacific are the Neon Squid and Opal Squid.  These names imply that theses animals are reflective or incandescent. To make the matters even more complex, individual squid can change colors: not just overall color, but also colors in dots and 

patches.  A very good description of how this happens is provided by 
Marine Biological Laboratory
and can be found here.  Squids do have some things in common however.  They are all tapered cylinders.  They all have lateral fins and arms and tentacles.  Many popular steelhead flies assume squid shape when they are fished 

in strong flowing water.  Most are generally cylindrical in shape with flowing wiggly fibers trailing behind.  A wide array of colors are used in proven steelhead fly patterns.  All of them  

Squid are streamlined.

A school of flies or a school of squids.

work...sometimes.  Few of them work all of the time.  Squids are schooling animals.  Maybe that is the reason that multiple fly casts are so effective on steelhead.  They mimic a school of something.  To bad they are so difficult to 

manage.  Certain kinds of shrimp and Krill are also school animals.  Steelhead target them at times.  Many of these food organisms are pink or orangish in nature.  Ghost Shrimp or Sand Shrimp are very popular bait with the monofilament crowd.  They burrow into the sand in estuarial areas, often around river mouths.  They may be one of the last marine meals for some steelhead.  Early run summer steelhead are especially susceptible to these critters.  Several years ago, Rod Robinson, who was then working for Paulson Flies in Portland, Oregon, developed a very respectable imitation of the sand shrimp using chenille covered with a shellback of polyethylene.  Further refinements were added by the then teen age Dean Finnerty.  What evolved is a fly pattern that is so life-like that it is easily recognized by fish and angler alike; the Finnerty Shrimp.

            Summer steelhead enter fresh water sexually immature.  Unlike their winter run cousins who move up the rivers more quickly to spawn, summer runs tend to dawdle.  They may not spawn for several months after leaving the ocean and may school at various points along their journey.  One of the places they congregate is in the estuaries just before leaving the ocean.  This is prime habitat for ghost shrimp.  Steelhead like all trout, are ever the opportunist.  They will feed on what is easily available.  One of the foods most exposed to them just prior to leaving the salt is ghost shrimp.  Winter fish pass through the sand shrimp zone more quickly, having less time to key on them.

            Each river spawns it’s own race of steelhead, which may spread to different parts of the ocean.  If one examines the ocean and compares it to a giant lake or river, it stands to reason that not all food organisms will be found at all locations in the same population densities.  As changing currents, temperatures, and depths create different environments, the species living within each location will vary with their own living requirements.  Each steelhead probably eats from a slightly different menu.  This could explain why fly patterns vary from river to river and why such a profusion of successful patterns exist.  The angler who could match what the steelhead were feeding on in the ocean could probably catch more steelhead.  The problem is how to observe the steelhead while out to sea.

My Week 09/12 - 09/16.

Don Clay gets the skunk off of camp early with two keepers in the first hour 09/12/05.
Fat free-loading squirrel.
The camp squirrel
eats out of Don's hand.
Last rays paint the cliffs.
Graham DeLong searches for steelhead as the shadows fall on the river.
Native steelhead.
Graham with his first steelhead ever
Pure comfort.
Camping under the alders:
sleeping tents, dining tent, potty tent.
Best buddy.
My best fishing buddy with a steelhead that jumped seven times 09/16/05.

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


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