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November 3, 2007

Northwest Fly Tiers Rendezvous
Mt. Hood Community Collage, Gresham, OR
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This show features 40-50 premium fly tiers as well as more elaborate show & demonstrations.  In addition there will be displays by the area's most prominent fly shops.
Of course The Fly Fishing Shop will be attending with
a display & programs!

Fly Fishing for Fall Chinooks in Oregon
By: Dean Finnerty   Part 1 of a 3 part series

Many Northwest anglers have experience fishing for Fall Chinook, arguably one of the most magnificent game fish on the planet.  Everyone knows that catching Chinook while trolling various baitfish, spinners and plugs in the estuaries of most rivers from California to British Columbia will easily produce plenty of salmon.  Further up in the bay at the top of tidewater and in the rivers themselves, anglers continue to enjoy success using eggs and shrimp.  But few fly fishermen consider them a specie that can be successfully targeted with flies on these same bays and streams.  Those who are in the know, are often fairly “tight lipped” about their techniques, the flies they use and especially about the location where they get these monstrous, incredibly powerful fish to eat their flies.  I’ve made it my personal crusade to change this.  I want every ardent fly-rodder that is looking to experience the ultimate

challenge in northwest fly fishing to feel confident about going out and enjoying success catching

these huge salmon. When salmon leave the Pacific Ocean to begin their journey into their natal rivers, they undergo huge physical changes.  They make a transition from an apex predator to a fish that biologically looses all interest in eating; they even loose the ability to digest food organisms. For the fly fisherman, this is an important piece of the puzzle.  Its crucial to your success to find areas where the salmon have entered waters that allow you to present a fly that they are still willing to eat.

Fly rods and fly lines are ideally suited to presenting flies in moderate currents at depths of ten feet or less.  Yes, you can use lead core lines and other tactics that allow you to get your flies to greater depths, but it can become very tedious and difficult to do, and frankly, the rewards rarely outweigh the disadvantages. I prefer to locate these areas where salmon are still interested in eating herring, sardines, candlefish and anchovies in a number of different bays where the salmon linger for days or weeks as they transition from salt water fish to freshwater fish.  And I especially love those areas where water depth and speed favor my tackle limitations.  The Alsea, Salmon,

 Siletz, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Elk, Sixes, Rogue and Chetco rivers all have ideal fly water where the above described conditions and terrain exist.  They all have shallow bays and estuarine areas where the Salmon have direct access from the ocean; where they can enter the river system and still find baitfish to consume as they make this transition.  All of them have a tidewater section where fresh and salt water combine, creating areas where the salmon have to spend time making this biological change to their new environment.  When you combine all of these

factors, you have a recipe for success.  The Wilson and the Trask rivers also offer the salmon fly fisherman an opportunity to take salmon with fly gear, but its my experience that the most successful techniques on these rivers are more akin to “drift fishing” with a fly rod where split shot, heavily weighted flies and dead drifting techniques are employed.  These are fun and they work great, but for me and most of my clients, we live for the “BIG PULL” that you can only get from straight, tight fly lines swinging across the current or from a “strip retrieve” in slower moving water.  I know of several fly fishermen who successfully “swing fish” the Wilson and Trask for fall Chinook, I just don’t have their experiences or knowledge, but I know they exist for the fellows who have taken the time to learn them. 

In the next installment of this series we’ll discuss the “when” for this fishery as well as tackle requirements needed for success. Anyone with questions or comments or who are interested in booking a trip with Dean are encouraged to contact him though his website located at or by e-mailing him at  He can also be reached by calling (541) 731-9649

Belize Flats Fly Fishing
Hosted Trip

February 9 - 16, 2008 timing and moon phase strategically chosen for bonefish!
Review trip report from February 2007. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Patty Barnes displays a bonefish caught at Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Join Mark Bachmann And Patty Barnes for a bonefish adventure. We know you would like to catch a bonefish! Bonefish are beautiful, exciting, powerful creatures that live in some of the most beautifully exotic places in the world...tropical saltwater flats. Some of the most productive bonefish flats in the world are in Belize. Bonefish live in very shallow water and fly fishing for them is a highly visual experience.  To make things easier, your first evening in camp is an entry level bonefish school instructed by a staff of instructors who have spent years living with

bonefish.  This package offers the entry level bonefisher a unique opportunity to learn bonefishing the easy way at an affordable price.  The waters around Ambergris Caye abound with bonefish.  Most are smaller schooling fish that are easier for the beginning bonefisher.  You will get lots of shots.  These fish average 14" to 18".  For the anglers who need bigger challenges, there are also larger bonefish to five pounds and other larger species, such as jacks, permit, tarpon and barracuda available.  However, the primary

Mark's reel is screamin' as a bonefish runs into the backing!

draw for this trip is the nearly constant action of smaller trout size bonefish.  Bonefish are much stronger for their size than trout; possibly twice as strong.  Nine-foot rods in the 7/8-weight size are best for these fish.  You might also want to bring 9/10-weight tackle for the larger fish. 

Typical room at The Tides Hotel in San Pedro, Belize.

Lodging & breakfast will be provided by the Tides Hotel.  We stayed there in February, 2007 and they did a good job for us.  It is three story. The rooms are adequate size, secure and clean.  It is on the beach, has a pool, pool side bar and over the water dining. Lunch is provided by your guide.  Since the national language of Belize is English, all the guides are easy to communicate with.  Each guide owns and maintains his own boat.  Every guide in this staff is talented, punctual and polite. The fishing atmosphere is focused, but relaxed.

What can you honestly expect for a days fishing?  For anglers who are just getting started at saltwater flats fishing probably one to three fish a day for the first two days is realistic.  The second two days as you become accustomed to what the fish look like, your production might jump to 4-6 fish a day.  One of the last two days could be a ten fish day.  To play this game you will need to practice your casting until you can put your fly in a three foot diameter circle at 40' most of the time.  If you can achieve the same accuracy at 60', you will do even better. 

Terry and Cathy Luther with a double caught at Ambergris Caye, Belize, February 2007.
How to get to San Pedro, Belize
USA to Belize, to Ambergris Caye, to San Pedro town.

This package includes 7-nights, six days fishing, rooms and boats are double occupancy.  Meals are included, including soft drinks and water with lunches in the boats.  Price is from Belize City and includes air shuttle from Belize City to San Pedro.  Taxi shuttle from airport to you hotel is also included. 
Belize equipment list coming soon.

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BELIZE-08 February 9-16, 2008 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $1995 per person,  a deposit payment of $995 holds your dates, an additional final payment of $1000 is required by January 1 , 2008 $995


The Boats We Use
Alumaweld Cackacraft Outcast
"Fish in style". We guide anglers for steelhead, trout and salmon on divers rivers in Oregon.  Even though all these fish live in similar habitats, there is enough difference in the waters that we fish that three different kinds of boats are necessary to give our customers the maximum advantage in reaching them. Because your success is the most important thing to us, we have invested the extra money in our fleet to give you the best transportation for the quest at hand.  Our new 22' Alumaweld Jet Boat offers huge advantages in mobility and comfort on the Deschutes River. Our Clackacraft fiberglass drift boat runs shallower than any other type of craft so we can put you in places that that other guides quit fishing due to low summer flows in rivers to the west of the Cascades.  Our Outcast Steelheader-18 pontoon boat hauls more gear in rougher water than anything else out there, putting you in touch with winter steelhead during the gnarliest of conditions. Each of these crafts is built by a different company that specializes in that type of watercraft.   To our knowledge The Fly Fishing Shop has the only guide service that is on the pro staff of every one of the companies listed above.


Dave Bretton was the first angler who showed us the Conrad in about 1984.  He had used is successfully for Atlantic Salmon in Maine and Eastern Canada.  He had also landed a 24 pound steelhead with it from the Kalama River is Southwest Washington.  Dave often fishes the Conrad with a riffle hitch.  It has been a very successful fly on the Deschutes River.

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20290-04 Conrad 4 3 for $5.95


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