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Saracione Mark IV Classic American Fly Reels
Saracione Mark IV Classic American Front. Saracione Mark IV Classic American Back.
Joe Saracione, is the designer/producer of some of the most cherished custom fly reels ever made. He has gone into production with his new Mark IV American Classic Reel series.  I received the very first prototype 4 1/4" reel 09/18/07 and landed a couple of Deschutes steelhead with it the following day.  It wasn't much of a test.  The two hatchery fish were no match.  This reel is really a 9/10/11 in capacity, and its weight and size would be better match with 14' to 15' rods. Since I'm currently fishing the Deschutes, this reel was loaded with a 7/8/9 line and used it with my 8134-4 Burkheimer rod.  It was too big for the rod, line and steelhead, but the incidents gave me an idea of how the reel would perform.  It is very smooth in operation and the cosmetics and craftsmanship are beyond reproach.  Capacity for the 4 1/4" reel is 9/10/11 WindCutter and 175-yards of #30 Micron backing. These reels feature: easy change right to left hand drive, quick-changeable spools, classic, noisy click/pawl friction plus an adjustable disc drag, fully machined bar-stock construction, hand polished, deep anodized finish. Six sizes are planned.  We will get the first six 4 1/4" reels that come from the factory.  If you want to get in line, click the button below. 
Delivery is slated for mid-November; just in time for winter steelhead season when these reels will prove most useful.  The next next test for this reel will be on my 9145-4 Burkheimer rod.  It should be a perfect match.  I'll be glad to keep you informed.
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SARA4.25 Saracione Mark IV Reel 4 1/4" $995.00  

Back eddy foam line sippers. Back Eddies
These are the places in a river where the currents reverse direction and flow upstream.  In eddies the currents swirl and revolve, some violently, others are soft and slow.  The eddies that are large enough to hold trout are our main interest here.  They can be as big as a wash tub or nearly 
the entire width of the river.  Eddies tend to gather drifting trout food items and condense them toward the slower turning areas.  In many slower turning eddies foam- lines form in floating patches.  These foamy areas  provide cover for feeding trout and trout-food organisms are often gathered in in the foam as a vast smorgasbord.  These foamy areas drift with the changing currents or winds.  Calm days are usually best Back eddies concentrare food and feeding fish.

Much of the trout food in back eddies is crippled or dead insects.

for fishing in back eddies as wind often scatters the floating food.  Trout can drift around with the food items and foam lines or station up in places where food tends to concentrate.  Feeding is usually quiet and deliberate.  Normally the only surface disturbance is a small dimple from a nose or dorsal fin.  Sight fishing is the best approach.  A pair of high resolution binoculars is a real asset for spotting what the fish are feeding on.  Back eddy feeders can be very picky.  Being able to see what 
the trout are feeding on is the key to success.  Some slow eddies have silty, weedy bottoms and the insects that hatch from them are the varieties that you would expect to find in lakes.  But eddies also trap insects from hatches that occur in other parts of the river.  This is especially true of crippled or dead insects.  Observation has disclosed that many of the insects that trout feed on in eddies are dead or disabled.  Insects that are emerging from their nymphal to adult forms are also targeted.  Healthy adult insects are often ignored.  Most food items that get trapped in the flow of an eddy are very small.  On the Deschutes River most of 

You can catch big trout from back eddies if you have the skill.

the back eddy feeding is done on insects that are size 14 through 20.  To make the acquisition of these small food items pay off for the trout in the "calories in vs. the calories expended" equation, the expenditure of energy must be very small.  Any food item which can escape or takes pursuit is a potential liability.  Therefore insects which are incapable of escape are most desirable.  Some eddies collect food items in dense translucent rafts that appear as brownish scum.   These scum lines revolve in the eddy with the currents.  The trout follow them feeding leisurely.  These trout are extremely visible to people.  Many of these eddies receive a lot of angling pressure.  Trout in eddies which receive a lot of fishing pressure can become very suspicious feeders.  Any potential food item that moves un-naturally is refused.  Being able to present your fly so that it shows no influence from an attached leader is essential.  Long fine tippets made from nearly invisible material are the rule.  Being able to present the fly line and leader so that you get a drag free float takes planning.  Casting accuracy is essential. Observation is the real key to success in back eddies.  Use your polarized sun glasses and a pair if binoculars to study the fish and their prey.  Find a comfortable vantage point.  Try to position yourself so that you are camouflaged from the fish.  Use natural vegetation as a blind. Dress to blend in.  Often the feeding fish will forget that you are watching them.  Get elevation if you can.   Station up in the shade.  Use the natural light to give you the best visibility.  When trout are spotted, it's hard to turn off the attack instinct. The trout are not going anywhere unless they are spooked into hiding.   Remember that once you start your presentation, you will get a limited number of shots.  The first shot will be most stealthy.  Choose it wisely. Take your time.  Survey the whole area.  Know where all the players are holding and what their movement patterns are like.   Sooner or later your hunting instinct will point out one fish that is most vulnerable to you.  Or possibly it will home in on an individual that is the best trophy.  No matter the criteria, you must zero in on one quarry.  This is a point where you can blow the whole scene.  Remember the first shot.  Take an extra measure of time to study the target in fine detail.  Watch it feed through your binoculars.  See exactly what it eats.  If you can match this trout's favorite food item exactly, not only in size, shape and color, but also in buoyancy,  your fly is as effective as it can be.  Now you can concentrate on the presentation of the fly.  How the fly lands on the water in relation to the fish is the first key element.  Place the fly on an intercept trajectory with the fish at the closest possible range that won't spook the fish.  Use a light touch.  The softer the fly lands on the water, the closer you can put it to the fish.  The closer it is to the fish the less possibility there is that drag will occur before the fish takes.  The cast must take into account the surrounding obstacles such as grass, shrubs and trees.  Back eddy fly fishing can rival chess and golf for complexity.  That's why we do it.  

Exploring Lake Billy Chinook
There is hardly anyone fishing on Lake Billy Chinook during the fall season.   

Chironomids and Flash-A-Buggers are the top flies as can be expected.  The following is some very good information about Lake Billy Chinook that I copied from the  U.S. Forest Service Web Site.  Additional information is provided by the Oregon State Parks DepartmentThe lake's name honors Billy Chinook a Wasco Indian who joined the John C. Fremont expedition in 1843. Lake Billy Chinook, created by Round Butte Dam fills the canyons of the Crooked, Metolius and Deschutes Rivers. Within

these three large arms is 72 miles of shoreline surrounding 3916 acres, average depth of 102 ft., with a maximum depth of 415 ft. Swimming around in all that water are plenty of fish! Lake Billy Chinook holds largemouth, and smallmouth bass, rainbow, brown and bull trout, kokanee salmon, whitefish, and a handful of suckers, minnows and dace.  Lake Billy Chinook is perhaps best known for its bull trout fishery. The top three state records have all come from this

Patty with a lake Billy Chinook Rainbow.

Mark with a Lake Billy Chinook Rainbow.

lake, the largest being 23 lb 2 oz. An angler will typically catch bull trout ranging from 14 to 20 inches in length. Although the bull trout is listed as a threatened species with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, current state angling regulations allow for one bull trout to be kept over 24 inches. To ensure a healthy population of these large trout continues for future anglers, Catch and Release is encouraged for all size classes. Kokanee is also a very popular fishery on this lake. These naturally reproducing salmon can range from 12 to 16 inches and be as big as 1 lb. Brown and rainbow trout are also fished for in this reservoir. Although they typically average 12-14 inches some browns have been caught near 10 lbs. Lake Billy Chinook is open year round to angling except the

Metolius arm, which is open from March first to October 31. A tribal angling permit is also required to fish the Metolius arm as well. Be sure to check the Oregon State Fishing Regulations for the most current seasons and restrictions. Remember there is a 10 mph speed limit in each of the arms above the bridges.  Lake Billy Chinook Boating Map.

A wild otter catches fish too.


Steelhead Flies
Author John Shewey
FRANK AMATO PUBLISHING, December 2006
Spiral Hardbound
Steelhead flies represent the highest echelon of artistic fly-dressing.  They enjoy a rich tradition as both a functionally designed lure for tempting the much-revered steelhead, but  also as a creative expression of the aesthetic appeal of fly angling.  John Shewey, author of the acclaimed
Spey Flies & Dee Flies, has produced another well-written and researched book, rich in technique, method and innovation.  Through concise text and hundreds of sharp, color photographs--including step-by-step and artistic individual fly plates--Shewey covers: materials for steelhead flies; basic tying techniques; hairwing and featherwing flies; Spey and Dee styles; Practitioners, shrimp and prawn patterns; dry flies and much more.  This book is a must-have for all steelhead fly-fishermen.
9 x 12 Inches, 216 Pages, Full Color
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