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Simms Bulkley Jacket
This is the best all around fall/winter/spring jacket to come out of the fly clothing industry in years! We first tested this garment during a late season tuna trip off the mouth of the Columbia River during one of those days when the waves were big enough to slosh spray over the roof of the cabin. After a full day the Bulkley Jacket showed no leaks and the puffy insulation kept us perfectly warm. The big roomy cargo pockets were totally handy, as were the hand warmer pockets too. This jacket will find favor when going to your favorite winter steelhead river, and also to and from the office.
Simms Bulkley jacket combines a GORE-TEX® 2-layer shell, with the innovative all-weather insulation of PrimaLoft® One technology. River-inspired features include corrosion-fighting Nylon YKK® zippers and sliders, super-sized chest and fleece lined hand-warmer pockets, and the water-resistant convenience of easy-cinch cuffs.
  • GORE-TEX® 2-layer shell with PrimaLoft® One insulation - 100g in body/60g in sleeves & hood for warmth without bulk
  • PrimaLoft® One insulation offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio available while compressible and soft
  • Nylon YKK® zippers & zipper sliders minimize corrosion from saltwater use
  • Generous chest pockets and fleece-lined hand warmer pockets
  • Comfortable, water-resistant, easy cinch cuffs
  • Longer length with adjustable shock cord hem offers flexibility for all wading & boat situations
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    10176-001-20 Simms Bulkley Jacket, black with orange lining S $279.95 Sale Ended
    10176-001-30 Simms Bulkley Jacket, black with orange lining M $279.95 Sale Ended
    10176-001-40 Simms Bulkley Jacket, black with orange lining L $279.95 Sale Ended
    10176-001-50 Simms Bulkley Jacket, black with orange lining XL $279.95 Sale Ended
    10176-001-60 Simms Bulkley Jacket, black with orange lining XXL $279.95 Sale Ended

    October Caddis Hatches     No one beats our quality at any price!

    October Caddis Adult. Photo: Mark Bachmann
    Big fish on the surface is the attraction.
    The Pacific Northwest has some spectacular giant caddis hatches. Most of these hatches are in the fall, but some cold spring creeks have hatches through much of the winter and into the spring as well. The fat bodies of winged adults are in colors that range from light tanish orange to yellowish orange to bright orange to burnt orange. Wings are usually gray but there are also brown tones. There are apparently a number of different sub-species in what is commonly called October Caddis or Fall Caddis or Giant Caddis.  Most belong to the family Dicosmoecus.
    They range from California to Alaska. 
    This steelhead ate an October Caddis dry fly. Photo: Patty Barnes
    The larva of these giant caddis build tube-like cases.  During the winter months when the larva are tiny, these cases are made from vegetable matter attached to a foundation of silk.  As the larva grows in size through the spring months they abruptly switch to cases made from small gravel.  You can observe these larvae crawling around on the streambed dragging their cases with them as the forage for algae and decaying plant and animal matter.  During the the summer months of June and July Dicosmoecus larvae are important trout foods.  Daily behavioral drift cycles occur in the early afternoon, usually peaking about 4:00 P.M.  They are one of the few families of caddis that leave their cases before behavioral drift cycles.  This makes them extremely enticing to large trout.  In August these larvae seal themselves in their cases and by September they are ready to emerge as adults.
    October Caddis Cased Larva (under water). Photo: Mark Bachmann
    Emergence occurs from late afternoon until dark. The pupae usually swim and crawl to shallow water, but some emerge mid-river. Many actually crawl from the water to hatch on rocks along the shore.  Even when adults are not active, you can tell if October Caddis have been hatching by observing their shucks on stream margin rocks.  If prospecting with a dry October Caddis pattern doesn't turn up any interest, try a pupa pattern.  Pumpkin orange color is usually the best.   Try fishing your pupa suspended from a dead drifted dry fly.  This technique can be very productive late in the evening when both egg laying adults and hatching pupas are both active. Steelhead as well as trout can be fooled by this trick.
    Egg laying occurs in the afternoon and evening.  The big fate juicy females flop around on the water exuding their eggs.  They are a prime attraction for fish of all sizes.  Fishing a big orange body dry fly can be productive any time of day if you fish in shady spots under overhanging trees.  Some caddis are active during moderate temperature days.  Most of the big caddis rest in the shade of vegetation throughout hot days.  These caddis are perfectly camouflaged to hide during the day and wait for evening flights.

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    October Caddis, Dry
    October Caddis is the big fall hatch. This pattern has a tightly stacked elk hair wing for maximum floatation and feelers for realism.
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    11461 Sloan's Paralyzer October Caddis, Dry 10 3 for $6.25 Sale Ended

    Improved Sofa Pillow
    This fly is generally use as a stone fly imitation, however it is also a very good October Caddis.
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    6075-08 Improved Sofa Pillow 8 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

    Tungsten Bead Head Pupa
    Trout and steelhead will target October Caddis pupas. The pupal phase of this life cycle happens inside of a stone encrusted case which is attached to the under side of stream bed rocks. At emergence, the pupa cuts its way out of the case and drifts along the bottom of the river until it reaches a place where it can crawl out of the water. Fish usually target the pupas as they are drifting along the bottom of the river.
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    18120 Tungsten Bead Head October Caddis Pupa 6 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
    18121 Tungsten Bead Head October Caddis Pupa 8 3 for $5.85  Sale Ended
    18122 Tungsten Bead Head October Caddis Pupa 10 3 for $5.85  Sale Ended

    Oct'phat Ass Oct'phat Ass
    Heavily weighted October Caddis puppa pattern commonly used for both trout and steelhead. October Caddis usually crawl out on mid stream boulders or stream side vegetation to hatch. However a long drift period can happen before they crawl out of the water. Emergence usually happens strongest during low light conditions.
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    ST195 Cone Head Oct'phat Ass October Caddis Pupa 8 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

    Echo 3 Spey Rods
    12' 7" - #6 13' - #7 13' 4" - #8
    This is what Tim Rajeff says about his new Spey Rod Series:
    "Hanging out with a focused group of spey casting and steelhead bums puts you in a great environment for the evolutionary development of spey rods. Tim and his team of spey bums, including world champion caster Mariusz Wroblewski, designed the Echo3 Two Handers to fit the largest range of casting styles and be equally comfortable casting Skagit style shooting heads or long belly floating lines. The new Echo3 series of Two-Handed rods are the most versatile Spey rods Tim has built to date. The light feel provided by the high modulus material give you supreme flex recovery and tighter loops. These rods feel great when first picked up, but really shine in your hands on the water."
    • High modulus slim profile blanks
    • High grade full cork handle and butt with composite butt cap
    • SIC stripper guides
    • Cloth rod sock with rod size label
    • No roll, square, cordura covered rod case
    • Green metal pearl gloss blank
    • Heavy duty chrome snake guides
    • Heavy duty chrome tip top
    • No maintenance full metal reel seat
    • Alignment dots for quick assembly
    • Echo lifetime warranty

    Echo E3-6127

    Length: 12' 7"       Sections: 4       Line Weight 6

    Spey rods are getting shorter and lighter in weight. Six weights are gaining a lot of popularity among the region's most influential steelhead anglers. This six weight, will sling a skagit, 12.5' of T-14 and a weighted fly to the other side of a fairly wide river. The E3-6127 has the butt strength to whip a respectable size steelhead in short order. Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo E3 rod model are: Scandi Compact 390-grain, Delta 6/7 and Skagit Compact 480-grain.
    Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 480-grain included with this rod.

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    6127 E3 6 Fast A (21") $549.95 Sale Ended

    Echo E3-7130 Length: 13'        Sections: 4       Line Weight 7
    This is a very popular size for summer steelhead and smaller salmon. This will prove to be a great rod all Deschutes steelhead, and will also prove to be the perfect tool for all Oregon winter steelhead as well. So far E3-7130 has attracted the most attention of any rod in this series.
    Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo E3 rod model are: Scandi Compact 450-grain, Delta 7/8 and Skagit Compact 540-grain.
    Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    7130 E3 7 Fast B (22") $549.95 Sale Ended

    Echo E3-8134 Length: 13' 4"        Sections: 4       Line Weight 8
     This will prove to be a great rod for larger rivers, and larger fish. Many angler will want a E3-8134 in their quiver when visiting B.C. for steelhead, Alaska for Kings and the Kola for salmon. Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo E3 rod model are: Scandi Compact 480-grain, Delta 8/9 and Skagit Compact 600-grain
    Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 600-grain included with this rod
    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    8134 E3 8 Fast B (22") $549.95 Sale Ended

    Our impressions so far:
    We fell in love with Tim's TR Series Spey Rods. They were acquired with the thought that they would be relegated to the "client rod" classification. After all, they only retailed for $349...less than half as much as the rods we were regularly fishing, how good could they be? While showing clients how to cast them, the the TR rods seduced us into more and more time spent with them on the water until we were fishing them when clients weren't even around...leaving more expensive rods lonely in the boat.
    Last winter Tim mentioned to me that he was planning on taking his rod building skills to another level. He wanted to invest in even higher grades of graphite and components. He wanted to push the envelope on fly line speed. He wanted to redefine finely detailed cosmetics.
    We were the first shop to order them. Waiting for them to arrive, we were like little kids waiting for Christmas. My first test rod was the E3-6127. Loaded with a 480-grain Airflo Skagit compact and 12.5' of T-11, it blew my mind. What a canon. And what a looker. It has the sophistication and polish of the best custom rods available. If it lacks jungle cock in the finish, it has double alignment dots on the reel seat.
    The cork is flawless in quality and well proportioned to both the eye and the fingers. It is the same cork used on rods that retail for over $1,000. Appointments are simple, practical, and elegant. In every way the looks are refined and understated. The quality speaks for itself. Good craftsmanship never lies.
    Inside each graphite blank is the heart of a beast. E3's load off your finger tips and release unbelievable recoil, which delivers focused busts of energy that are smooth and totally controllable. Make no mistake, E3 is a game changer.

    Fish long & prosper,
    Mark, Patty & Crew

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