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Winter Steelhead Schools
Simms Fall Run Jacket
Avalon Permit Fly
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Entry Level Spey Casting School Steelhead Fly Fishing 101 Save $25
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FREE VIDEO TO WATCH: Steelhead Fly Fishing On The Sandy River
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By Popular Demand, Entry Level Classes WILL BE Extended Through 2013 !!!
Take the schools again to re-enforce skills you learned last year,
or start from scratch!
Mark Bachmann - Owner, Head Guide/ Instructor.
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 the talent of Josh Linn, Travis Johnson and 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.

Fly Fishing: “SPEY” Casting, Entry Level

Spey Schools Available Now !!!

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. br> 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: Travis Johnson and Marcy Stone.
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.
(9) Students total.
First come, first served.
Deposits are payments in full.
Deposits are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class.
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SPEY-CL-111612 Spey Casting Class, November 16, 2012 $150 SALE ENDED
SPEY-CL-121312 Spey Casting Class, December 13, 2012 $150 SALE ENDED
Travis Johnson, Guide/Instructor at: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, Oregon.

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 and Travis Johnson.
These classes are scheduled on Fridays so that they can be taken consecutively with our
Spey Casting Schools.

During a school, you have the benefits of watching an experienced guide show you how to fish the water that he has fished dozens of times. 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. Travis Johnson - Guide/Instructor, World Record Holder
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.
Catch winter steelhead with flies... 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 6:30am 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.

Catch winter steelhead with your Spey Rod...

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EST-CLASS-111712 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School November 17, 2012, Sandy River, 2-students per boat, 8-students maximum $250 SALE ENDED
EST-CLASS-121412 Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School December 14, 2012, Sandy River, 2-students per boat, 8-students maximum $250 SALE ENDED

Two Day Spey School - Save $25

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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EST-CLASS-11161712 Spey Casting Class, November 16 - PLUS - Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School November 17, 2012 - TWO DAYS. $375 SALE ENDED
EST-CLASS-12131412 Spey Casting Class, December 13 - PLUS - Entry Level Steelhead Fly Fishing School December 14, 2012 - TWO DAYS. $375 SALE ENDED

Rio's Modern Spey Casting, (3)-DVD Set, 4-hours
Cast of Characters: Simon Gawesworth, George Cook, Mike McCune, Scott O'Donnell, Dana Sturn, Ed Ward.
The most comprehensive film on spey casting ever made. This triple disc DVD from Rio stars the notable team of experts listed above. Not only learn from these masters the classic Single Spey, Double Spey, Switch cast and Roll cast, but also the modern spey casts such as the Snake roll, Circle Spey, Snap-T, Snap-Z, Wambat cast, Underhand cast, Spiral Spey, Spiral Double Spey, Jelly
Roll, Perry Poke and Skagit casting. This film also teaches the viewer the most common faults to recognize and avoid and has superb bio-kinetic footage so you and study the hand, arm and body movement of each cast. There is also great information on casting sinking lines, saltwater spey casting and trout fishing spey casts with single hand> Save $10 on these instructional DVDs when purchased with a Spey Casting Class or a Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Class. Click this button when signing up for either class.
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260695 Rio's Modern Spey Casting, 3-DVD set. Save $10 on these instructional DVDs when purchased with a Spey Casting Class or a Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Class Reg. $49.95
With A Class $39.95

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Please feel free to give us a call with your Spey Rod questions: 1-800-266-3971
We Carry A Gargantuan Selection Of Spey Rods

Pictured above is the west wall of our show room where 32 different models of Spey rods are on display. There are many more models in the stock-room that won't fit on the wall. Steelhead fishing is a passion at The Fly Fishing Shop. We are surrounded by steelhead and salmon rivers; huge rivers, big rivers, medium rivers and small rivers. These rivers offer a diversity of angling opportunities and challenges. That is why our selection of Spey rods is so large, so you can have just the right rod for every situation. Other reasons are that we really like fishing with Spey rods. We like experimenting with Spey rods and learning about Spey rods. We like playing with Spey rods and talking to other Spey fishers about Spey rods. We might be called Spey obsessed. Spey rods are very cool. And we have cast every rod pictured here and caught fish on most.

Where Anglers Stay in Welches, Oregon
The Cabins at Creekside Where Anglers Stay in Welches, Oregon For your convenience, The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon can now integrate your lodging with your fly fishing school or guided trip fee when booking with us. The Cabins Creekside at Welches is the best place for fly fishers to stay within our community, and is a hard bargain to pass up. We have always wished there was a place for our customers to stay, where the special needs of traveling anglers could be met. Well it has happened! Long term friends, Bob and Margaret Thurman built their cabins with
special amenities like a secure room for storing gear and drying waders. These cabins offer much privacy and a beautiful tiny mountain stream coursing through their midst. And don't forget, we can make all of your arrangements for lodging when you book one of our guided trips or schools. Come to Welches. We're going to show you a good time!

Simms Fall Run Jacket - Inner Layer Or Outer Layer
Fall migrations go in several directions. Upstream for giant browns en route to their natal dancing grounds. And virtually any points north, east, south, and west, depending on which direction you travel to intercept banner autumn fishing. Wherever you roam, throw on a Simms’ Fall Run Jacket for lightweight, packable performance in the form of PrimaLoft® One insulation. Jackets feature a winning warmth-to-weight ratio and the water repellency to take on wet conditions the world over.
  • Lightweight, packable PrimaLoft® One insulation to keep you warm even in wet conditions
  • PrimaLoft® One insulation offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio available and has superior water-repellency
  • PrimaLoft® One fibers are highly compressible & soft - like goose down yet maintains insulating properties even when wet
  • Hand warmer pockets and zippered chest pocket
  • Classic diamond quilting pattern with reflective logos
  • Corrosion-resistant YKK® zippers utilize nylon coil and slider
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    10223-014-20 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Dark Gunmetal S $149.95 SALE ENDED
    10223-014-30 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Dark Gunmetal M $149.95 SALE ENDED
    10223-014-40 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Dark Gunmetal L $149.95 SALE ENDED
    10223-014-50 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Dark Gunmetal XL $149.95 SALE ENDED
    10223-014-60 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Dark Gunmetal XXL $149.95 SALE ENDED
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    10223-820-20 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Fury Orange S $149.95 SALE ENDED
    10223-820-30 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Fury Orange M $149.95 SALE ENDED
    10223-820-40 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Fury Orange L $149.95 SALE ENDED
    10223-820-50 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Fury Orange XL $149.95 SALE ENDED
    10223-820-60 Simms Fall Run Jacket, Fury Orange XXL $149.95 SALE ENDED

    Avalon Permit Fly
    The Avalon Fly is the result of scientific and technical research, which lasted for years.

    Brian O'Keefe with a large Cuban Permit.

    Mauro Ginevri shows off his wildly successful Avalon Permit Fly.
    The Avalon permit fly is the result of many years of intensive research. Since 2000, Mauro Ginevri has fished diligently for permit, using mostly crabs and shrimp patterns that were tied by the world’s most famous saltwater fly tiers. Many flies also were given to him by the guests, but due to lack of success, he began tying his own flies in 2001. It was not easy for Mauro, with hardly any fly tying materials and tying tools available. He learned his fly tying techniques by studying books and magazines that were left behind by the fishing guests. His real tying skills however, first started to develop when he took flies apart in the opposite way that they had been tied, to study the special techniques that the big masters were using.
    His eagerness, enthusiasm and fanaticism for fly tying did the rest. Today, his biggest hobby is tying bonefish, permit and tarpon lies. Meanwhile, completely addicted to fly tying, Mauro had only one thing in mind. He wanted to increase his catches with a pattern that could really catch permit instead of spooking them. He also wanted to prove to himself that he was correct in his thoughts and strategies regarding permit that came to mind during all the intense research work. Finally, he wanted to design a fly that not only works in Cayo Largo, but in other locations in Cuba as well. It meanwhile became an obsession for Mauro to develop a pattern that sinks with a harmonious and elegant movement, while the hook stays upside down at all times, regardless of any retrieval speed. The solution came from the swimming pool near of Mauro’s tying room. He started to design and develop many creations, and each of them went through serious and intensive tests in the swimming pool, observed by snorkeling, and retrieved or stripped at different speeds by one of the guides. While being underwater, Mauro studied the action, position, mobility, sinking speed, and behavior of each fly. The guides were a great help and they gave Mauro a lot of suggestions and tips for improvements. Each prototype that passed Mauro’s tests were further tested at the permit locations by Mauro himself, the guides and even dozens of customers. The Avalon Permit fly is not a crab, but a shrimp pattern, and the main questions is why did Mauro construct his shrimp so long? The answer is simple. Several years ago while Mauro was studying about what kind of food the permit was most interested in at Cayo Largo, he searched the flats and feeding grounds of the permit together with master guide William. Snorkeling and diving was not really the best option to find the food, and therefore they used a little net to search for the available food.
    Together they pulled the net over distances of almost 100 meters, and discovered on nearly every run they made, at least a dozen or more shrimp that were quite long (over 9 cm) and darker then the Gotcha fly. Then on the 25th of April, 2009, during another fly tying attempt, Mauro got the final touch. He was fully concentrated on the latest pattern design, while combining his previous ideas with something completely new that had suddenly come to mind. The ideal length of the claws, the material of the claws and to tie them in a delta wing position were the final keys for which Mauro had been searching for so long. At last, after many years he had found the perfect proportions that finally led to the fly’s enormous success. The keel design was not as easy as it looked in first place, because the monofilament had to have the perfect thickness and strength to hold four silver beads exactly in place, while at same time giving the fly the important extra weight needed to keep the hook in an upside down position. To find the best size for the loop was also a hard job. Thus, when length of the claws, the proper position of the claws, the exact loop size for the keel, the precise thickness of the monofilament and the correct weight of the silver beads were found, the fly could be in perfect harmony. The beads can move freely and this allows them to clack or snap when stripped. The two pieces of rabbit strip tied in a delta wing position prevent the fly from rolling over, and keep the pattern exactly in balance, even when retrieving speeds are changing. This time the fly passed the swimming pool test with flying colors, and on the 26th of April, 2009, Mauro gave his latest design to six customers to try in Cayo Largo that week! The result was beyond expectations: Five permit in a week. Mauro kept an excellent record of the results of all the catches of each day of the week. His reports not only included the temperature of the air and water, but also the number of tarpon that jumped and permit that were lost. Since the 26th of April 2009, until 2nd June 2011 , with the Avalon Fly there were 306 permits hooked and 212 landed. One permit took the rod and reel and 93 broke leader tippet or backing. There were only 7 permits caught with another fly pattern
    The reaction of the permit, when the fly has been successfully launched, is to attack and take it without hesitation, just without suspicion.
    The Avalon web site pictures 297 permit landed with the Avalon Permit Fly between 04/26/09 and 05/08/12.
    Bonefish and tarpon also eat this fly. You better have some Avalon flies if you are headed to the Carribean.
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    SWF0381 Avalon Fly 2 3 for $11.85 SALE ENDED

    Billfish Protected
    Bill Fish Conservation Act
    I got this email through my membership in the International Game Fish Association. Thought you would like to reed it. It proves that the world can get better, if we all work together.

    October 5, 2012

    Dear Mr. Bachmann,

    Today, President Obama signed the the Billfish Conservation Act into law, effectively banning the importation of all billfish into the continental United States. The signing marks the culmination of a united undertaking by a diverse coalition of angling and conservation organizations working in cooperation with a bipartisan group of congressional champions. Although there are no commercial fisheries targeting billfish in the US, the US has been the largest importer of billfish in the world, importing about 30,000 billfish annually.

    "This is a tremendous success for these highly migratory species," National Coalition for Marine Conservation President (NCMC) Ken Hinman said. "Marlin, sailfish, and spearfish do not know country boundaries and travel through three of the planet's oceans. Giving them greater protection in the United States sets the stage for better protection worldwide."

    With the largest buyer out of the market, the NCMC and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), who championed the bill, will now turn their attention to the international challenges facing these imperiled species. And with populations of three species of marlin having declined by more than 50%, their efforts come not a moment too soon.

    "Recreational anglers and ocean conservationists have been the primary supporters behind the Billfish Conservation Act," IGFA President Rob Kramer commented, "and I am confident that with this strong step by the United States, we will be able to raise support for more robust measures elsewhere."

    The support of the Billfish Conservation Act by groups like the American Sportfishing Association, the Center for Coastal Conservation, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Keep America Fishing, the National Marine Manufacturer's Association, OCEARCH and numerous partners in the environmental community played an integral part in the bill's success.

    "We have sound science that indicates that billfish are not doing well on a global level," IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser added. "Better international protection for these fish benefits open ocean ecosystems and recreational anglers around the world."

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    Fish long & prosper,
    Mark, Patty & Crew

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