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Sage TCX Ultra-Fast Action Fly Fishing Rods
If you like high performance rods that produce blazing line speed...
check out Sage TCX
Check out the DeathStar (7126-4 TCX) chronicles... 
Dr. Steve White puts the DeathStar to woork...
  Four Piece Rods   Spey Rods Switch Rods
490-4 TCX 790-4 TCX 990-4 TCX Death Star Chronicles 5119-4 TCX
590-4 TCX 796-4TCX 1090-4 TCX 7126-4 TCX 6119-4 TCX
690-4 TCX 7100-4 TCX   9140-4 TCX 7119-4 TCX
691-4 TCX 890-4 TCX   10150-4 TCX 8119-4 TCX

Sage TCX Freshwater Rods

The Wow Cast. The Holy Smokes Cast. The highly coveted Are You Kidding Me Cast. These are just a few of the new casts Sage discovered during the development of the new, ultra-high-performance TCX Series rods. Evolved from the popular TCR Series, TCX rods redefine the extreme distance category, as Sage continues to push the outer boundaries of fly rod performance.

Sage TCX Heavy-duty freshwater and saltwater rods.

Our rep George Cook explained TCX as being much like the TCR, but whithout the harsh personality. Our test of TCX rods revealed them to be extremely easy to cast with. Even members of our staff who usually shun fast action rods were impressed with how smooth TCX rods cast. To harness the expanded energy produced by Sage's advanced Generation-5 Technology, rod designer Jerry Siem created a radical new series of tapers and a fly rods that are lighter, stronger and more powerful than its TCR predecessor. Most importantly, the enhanced line feel and feedback mean intuitively better timing and an extraordinary level of casting ease for ultra-high-performance fly rods.
Whether you're reaching for previously impossible lies, bombing it into a stiff Nor'Easter or showing off in the parking lot, the TCX provides skilled anglers with the ultimate tool for success when facing the most challenging situations. The question is, what kind of amazing new casts will YOU make with them?

Four Piece Rods

490-4 TCX

Length: 9'     Line: 4     Pieces: 4

490-4 TCX

A new category of trout stick, very light, yet extremely powerful and accurate.
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490-4 TCX 4 Fast C $780 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED

590-4 TCX

Length: 9'    Line: 5     Pieces: 4

590-4 TCX

An all around trout rod for anglers who demand a stick that will deliver the most precise laser beam casts at all ranges.
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590-4 TCX 5 Fast C $795 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED

690-4 TCX

Length: 9'     Line: 6     Pieces: 4

690-4 TCX

Possibly the perfect rod for poking big flies up under the overhanging brush during the salmon fly hatch.
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690-4 TCX 6 Fast C $795 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED

691-4 TCX

Length:  9'    Line: 6     Pieces: 4

691-4 TCX

This would be a great stick to have in your quiver when traveling to Belize. Will also pleas you when fishing from a drifting boat hucking big streamers with a fast sinking shooting head for big trout who live in the deep spots.
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691-4 TCX 6 Fast D $795 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED

790-4 TCX

Length: 9'     Line: 7     Pieces: 4

790-4 TCX

Mid-sized bones, stripers and big trout will fall under your spell when you are swinging this stick.
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790-4 TCX 7 Fast D $810 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED

796-4 TCX

Length: 9' 6"     Line: 7     Pieces: 4

796-4 TCX

Going to Alaska or Kamchatka for silvers or big rainbows, take one of these with you.
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7100-4 TCX

Length: 10'     Line: 7     Pieces: 4

Sage 7100-4 TCX 

Here's your long-reaching summer steelhead and salmon single hander. Light and extremely powerful this may be the ultimate waking and dry fly rod for fish in the 8-20 pound range.
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7100-4 TCX 7 Fast D $820 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED

890-4 TCX

Length: 9'     Line: 8     Pieces: 4

890-4 TCX

Possibly the ultimate bonefish rod. We tried it with on of Rio's new Saltwater Lines...sweet.
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990-4 TCX

Length: 9'     Line: 9     Pieces: 4

990-4 TCX

This may be the ultimate flats rod where both large bonefish and permit are to encountered. This rod will also be a great companion while battling strong winds in search of monster sea run browns in TDF.
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1090-4 TCX

Length: 9'     Line: 10     Pieces: 4

1090-4 TCX

This is the wind slicing machine. Load this up with a Saltwater Taper line and cast for medium size tarpon, dorado, roosterfish, permit, big stipers or any other spooky, demanding quarry.
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Spey Rods

A Report on Sage's New 7126-4 TCX SuperSpey      Buy Now!
By: Simon Gawesworth
Simon Gawesworth and Dr. Craig Stemmer at Summer Steelhead Ph.D 2009
Simon Gawesworth instructs Dr. Craig Stemmer in the art of performing the V-loop.

For a few months during the summer of 2009 there were whispers in the wind of a new #7 weight spey rod from Sage. Rumors spread out from the North West of something special, something unlike any #7 spey rod that Sage had built in the past. Various reps, casting instructors and Sage staff would make reference to the impending release of this weapon, and would back up this claim with sly smiles and “just wait until you try it” comments.

Much as I love the lighter spey rods, particularly in the #7 & #8 sizes, I treated this with some skepticism. After all, I have tried numerous #7 rods that had been lauded and heralded by many of the same people that just were not what I liked in a rod. I like fast, responsive, light and most of the other #7 rods I have used have been soft, deeper flexing and just to “blah” for me. My yard stick has always been the Thomas and Thomas 13 ft #7, 3 piece rod and time and time again new rods have failed to match up to the action of this rod for me – and I have used this rod for more than 10 years.

I finally got the chance to fish this new Sage rod on a 4 day camping trip to the Deschutes in September 2009 with the folks out of The Fly Fishing Shop in Oregon. The trip was a mix of spey school and fishing school for a small group of passionate and would-be-passionate steelheaders.

The rod is part of Sage’s TCX series and is 12’ 6” long, rated for a #7. Like the rest of the TCX series, this is one powerful rod, with plenty of guts in the middle sections and a fast, responsive tip. I played with the rod during the day time casting sessions with an assortment of Skagit Flight shooting heads (new lines from RIO for 2010) and then took it off one morning for a serious trial with WindCutter lines and AFS heads.

This rod takes a surprisingly large range of line weights. I cast and fished this with WindCutter lines from 6/7/8 to 8/9/10 and it works well with all of them. For European style casters the 6/7/8 would feel nice, the 7/8/9 feels lovely to me, yet the 8/9/10 loaded the rod deeply and made for easy casting and would certainly be a great choice for a novice caster, trying to find the feel of this rod. Similarly, the 7/8 AFS was a stonking good line on this rod, but the 8/9 loaded it up beautifully and, again, would be a better call for someone who likes to feel the rod load. The 6/7 was a touch light on the rod, especially for the winds we had on some of the days, but I know many casters that would find the 6/7 the line of choice here. 

As far as Skagit lines go, the real winner was the Skagit Flight 525. Oh boy! This combination was about as sweet a thing as I can ever remember casting, and I am not the biggest Skagit fan. I used a 15ft intermediate #8 tip for my fishing, but also cast a 15ft, #8 type 6 and type 8 tip, and all these things launched. The balance with this outfit and the power, loop formation and distance achieved was extraordinary. I also tried the 500 grain Flight and found this to load the rod nicely, and would again be a better choice for the European caster. For the truer Skagit caster, and someone that really likes the rod to load, and that has slow D-loop strokes, the 550 or even the 575 Skagit Flight would be sublime.

At the end of the trip I can tell you that I left as a firm believer. I have finally found a #7 rod that can rival the best ever made. True, it is more of a #7/8, than a perfect #7, but then so is the T&T 1307 I have always loved. This TCX is absolutely marvelous! I love casting with it, I love the lightness of the rod and the balance it has in my head, I love the tip speed it generates and the tight, effortless loops it forms. I love the power in the middle sections of the rod that will allow a caster to handle long belly lines if required, but also that is excellent for bullying a good fish in a tough current. This IS my new best friend, the one rod that I will take anywhere I can, and will certainly use as much as possible.

 Summary

A short, light and powerful #7 spey rod – superb for grilse, silvers, summer run steelhead, large trout and would be a great rod from the beach, overhead casting to stripers or whatever. Not your cup of tea if you like the slower, more traditional action fly rods, but for someone who enjoys light, fast and responsive rods, it is an absolute “must have”.

Rating

Action: 6 out of 6

Cosmetics: 6 out of 6

Overall: 10 out of 10

Line Rating: WindCutter A: 7/8/9, B: 8/9/10 PowerSpey: 7/8, Skagit: Flight 525, AFS: 8/9

Best Line: Skagit Flight 525 or AFS 8/9

7126-4 TCX

Length: 12' 6"     Line: 7     Pieces: 4

9140-4 TCX

Termed by George Cook, "The Death Star" of spey rods." The name really caught on. George has already taken some massive Alaskan Kings, and big bobos with it, as well as several Dean River steelhead. Mark Bachmann has fished this rod for ten sessions on the Deschutes and says, "If you are into generating line speed, you will love this lightweight rod. Don't think this rod is just for expert casters. Beginning Spey casters adapt to this rod easily. Because it lacks all of the harsh aspects of its predecessors, it is exceptionally easy to time. Because this rod is on the cutting edge, anyone who fishes this rod will naturally become a better caster. This may be the best ever steelhead/salmon rod by any manufacturer for fishing in the wind. The 7126-4 TCX is like nothing else you have ever fished with, and will become a pivotal mark in the scientific progression of steelhead rod design."
Rod weight: 7 5/8 oz.
Proven On The Water !!! In stock at The Fly Fishing Shop NOW!

The Fly Fishing Shop Line Matches:
Rio WindCutter 7/8/9
Rio Skagit 500, New Rio Skagit Flight 500 or 525, Airflo Skagit 510 Compact + 15’ #9 tips.
Rio AFS 520 grain, Airflo Compact Scandi 510 - European casters may like AFS 460 best.

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7126-4 TCX 7 Fast G $865

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9140-4 TCX

Length: 14' 3"     Line: 9     Pieces: 4

9140-4 TCX

The ideal winter steelhead, King Salmon combo rod has arrived (for those traveling to the Kola Peninsula this is your stick).   The Clackamas to the Skagit, the Kispoix to the Kanketok, this is the rod to “get-er-done”.  Sink Tip Use: 15’ 166 grain type 3, 6 and 8.  T-14 in 11’ 13’ and 15’ lengths.  Reel Match: Tibor Riptide, Sage 6012, Ross Momentum 6, Ross CLA 6.
Rod weight: 9 oz.

Line Matches:
Rio WindCutter 9/10/11:  If you’re in the WindCutter Club-this is your line.
Rio Skagit 600 with 5’ Cheater + 15’ tip.
Rio Skagit 550 with custom 7.5’ cheater

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10150-4 TCX

Length: 15'     Line: 10     Pieces: 4

10150-4 TCX

A focused specialty rod.  B.C.’s Thompson River, B.C. & Alaskan Kings, Norwegian and Kola Atlantic Salmon.  Sink Tip Use: 15’ 190 grain type 3, 6 and 8.  T-14 in 13’ and 15’ lengths.  Reel Match: Tibor Gulfstream, Ross Momentum 7, Sage 6012. 
Rod weight: 9 13/16 oz.

Line Matches:
Rio Skagit 750 with 5’ Cheater + 15’ tip
Can try a 7.5’ Cheater if you like.

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10150-4 TCX 10 Fast G $925 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED

Switch Rods


Sage TCX Switch Rods New For 2010
A test report by: Josh Linn
"I fished the Deschutes last week with Marcy Stone and Ryan Petzold. Ryan came loaded with new rods and new lines. I like his style. I fished the 7119-4 TCX Switch rod quite a bit. One morning I landed four fish on it. They are powerful, little, light, and can handle fish well. They are called switch rods but I call them baby spey rods. They cast big and fish little. I can't really get behind switch rods. Am I going to overhead cast this thing, nope, am I going to use it with one hand? Maybe, but probably not. So why get a switch rod? Most of the time the handles are awkward,  like an oversized single hand rod. But these rods are different. The rod itself is longer it has a real spey style handle. These rods might be called switch rods but they are little two handed rods and they bomb line."
Ryan Petzold Lands this little Deschutes fish with the Sage TCX 6119-4 

Sage 5119-4 TCX

Length: 11'9"      Line: 5    Pieces: 4

The little guy of the group.  Small but powerful.  Western streamer swingin’ stick, lake and beach too, small steelhead use, for such haunts as the Rogue, Grande Ronde and John Day. 

Line Match
: Skagit Short 325, Steelhead Scandi 310, AFS 5/6, Windcutter 5/6, Outbound WF-6 (beach/lake), Rio Switch 5/6  
Sink Tip Use
: 15’ 109 Type 3, 6 & 8, T-8/T-11 in 10’ & 12.5’, 6’ & 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types (SH Scandi/AFS)
Reel Match
: Sage 4580, Sage 4280, Tibor Everglades, Sage 3880
Rod weight:  5 1/4 oz.

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5119-4 TCX 5 Fast C $840

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Sage 6119-4 TCX

Length: 11'9"      Line: 6     Pieces: 4

Small steelhead, Alaska Rainbows and Dollies, beach weapon de jour/lake tool.

Line Match
: Skagit Flight 350, Steelhead Scandi 350, Skagit Short 375, AFS 5/6, Rio Switch 6/7
Sink Tip Use
: 15’ 109 & 129 Type 3, 6 & 8, T-8/T-11 in 10’ & 12.5’, 6’ & 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types (SH Scandi/AFS) M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light & T-11/Medium
Reel Match
: Sage 4210, Tibor Everglades, Sage 6080

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6119-4 TCX 6 Fast C $845

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Sage 7119-4 TCX Length: 11'9"      Line: 7     Pieces: 4
As with most Switch rods, the #7 represents the 30.06 of Switch.  From Alaska Rainbows to Oregon Coastal Steelhead to Tierra Del Fuego Sea-Run Brows, the 7 plays big.  Not overkill for Trout but big enough for Anadramous Critters, here is your all-purpose player.
Line Match:
Skagit Flight 400, Steelhead Scandi 385, Skagit Short 425, AFS 6/7, Rio Switch 7/8
Sink Tip Use:
15’ 109 & 129 Type 3, 6 & 8, T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’ & 12.5’, 6’ & 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types (SH Scandi/AFS) M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light,T-11/Medium & T-14/Heavy
Reel Match:
Sage 4210, Tibor Signature 7-9, Sage 6080
Rod weight:  5 3/4 oz.
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7119-4 TCX 7 Fast C $850

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Sage 8119-4 TCX Length: 11'9"      Line: 8     Pieces: 4
Wow, you gotta try this one!  Talk about power in a light package.  Focused Anadramous Switch rod, steelhead anywhere, smaller Atlantic salmon venues, Sea-Run Browns, Coastal Steelhead tight-quarter focus.  You will be shocked at the distances this rod will produce.
Line Match: Skagit Flight 450, Steelhead Scandi 435, Skagit Short 475, AFS 7/8, Rio Switch 8/9
Sink Tip Use:
15’ 129 & 150 Type 3, 6 & 8, T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’, 11’ & 12.5’, 6’ & 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types (SH Scandi/AFS) M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light,T-11/Medium & T-14/Heavy
Reel Match:
Sage 6010, Tibor Signature 7-9, Sage 3810, Sage 4210
Rod weight:  5 7/8 oz.
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8119-4 TCX 8 Fast C $855

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Fly Flash
Flashabou Angel Hair Krystal Flash
Fluorescent Neon Flashabou Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash

All of the flies above are tied with flashy strands of Mylar incorporated into the dressing. Some of flies contain only a couple of strands and others contain more than three whole packages of flash.  Flash is the result of a shiny surface reflecting concentrated light directly at the viewer. Reflective surfaces often pick up all of the colors and shapes around them and under some circumstances tend to become camouflaged. Things that live within the water-column are often reflective.  Things that crawl around on the bottom are usually not reflective. Emerging pupa, baitfish, squid, shrimps and krill are often reflective. Their reflectiveness is meant to camouflage them from things that would prey upon them. Flash is camouflage gone bad.  Flash is betrayal.  That is why flash is incorporated into any fly pattern; to attract a feeding fish.


Flashabou
This is the original Hedron Flashabou in the big long packages, not some shortened up watered down copy-cat Flashabou sold at discount because it wasn't good enough to be sold any other way (you know, the stuff that beginners use). This is the stranded Mylar flash invented by Larry Dalberg.  It started a fly tying revolution, setting industry standards for every metallic flash product! It will not rust in saltwater and maintains almost neutral buoyancy. It is still the best flat strand Mylar available.
FLASHABOU features marabou action for flies and lures. Super strong fiber won't
matte as it swims and flows through the water, beckoning fish. Each package contains hundreds of strands-10" length.

 
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6901 Flashabou, Silver Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6902 Flashabou, Gold Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6905 Flashabou, Pearl Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6906 Flashabou, Copper Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6910 Flashabou, Dark Blue Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6912 Flashabou, Black Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6913 Flashabou, Purple Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6915 Flashabou, Light Blue Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6923 Flashabou, Bull Frog Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6924 Flashabou, Rainbow Picture $3.85 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6962 Flashabou, Pearl Chartreuse Picture $4.40 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6967 Flashabou, Pearl Orange Picture $4.40 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6991 Flashabou, Holographic Silver Picture $4.60 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6992 Flashabou, Holographic Gold Picture $4.60 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6993 Flashabou, Holographic Blue Picture $4.60 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6994 Flashabou, Holographic Green Picture $4.60 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
6998 Flashabou, Holographic Rainbow Picture $4.60 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED
1605 Saltwater Flashabou, Pearl Picture $4.45 SALE OVER -->SALE ENDED

Fluorescent Neon Flashabou
Flies & lures will POP, even in low light and no light conditions with specially
treated FLASHABOU strands! The glow-in-the-dark qualities will most
certainly increase visibility and fish traffic

 
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6950 Neon Flashabou, White Picture $4.40

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6951 Neon Flashabou, Pink Picture $4.40

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6952 Neon Flashabou, Yellow Picture $4.40

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 Krystal Flash
This twisted Mylar flash material that adds sparkle to your flies. Krystal flash can be tied in at various points of the fly as an attractant. Start with the pearl color and expand from there.

 
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KF1 Krystal Flash, Silver Picture $3.60

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KF2 Krystal Flash, Gold Picture $3.60

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KF3 Krystal Flash, Red Picture $3.60

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KF4 Krystal Flash, Green Picture $3.60

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KF5 Krystal Flash, Royal Blue Picture $3.60

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KF6 Krystal Flash, Wine Picture $3.60

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KF7 Krystal Flash, Light Blue Picture $3.60

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KF8 Krystal Flash, Copper Picture $3.60

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KF9 Krystal Flash, Pearl Picture $3.60

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KF10 Krystal Flash, Pink Picture $3.60

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KF11 Krystal Flash, Hot Yellow Picture $3.60

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KF12 Krystal Flash, Purple Picture $3.60

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KF13 Krystal Flash, Mixed Colors Picture $3.60

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KF14 Krystal Flash, Pearl Blue Picture $3.60

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KF15 Krystal Flash, Black Picture $3.60

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KF16 Krystal Flash, Hot Orange Picture $3.60

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KF17 Krystal Flash, Peacock Picture $3.60

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KF18 Krystal Flash, Lime Green Picture $3.60

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KF19 Krystal Flash, Olive Picture $3.60

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KF20 Krystal Flash, Smolt Blue Picture $3.60

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KF21 Krystal Flash, Gray Ghost Picture $3.60

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KF22 Krystal Flash, Dark Purple Picture $3.60

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KF23 Krystal Flash, Root Beer Picture $3.60

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Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash
Make your flies visible from long range in low light conditions by adding Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash.
 
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KF01 Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash, Orange Picture $3.60

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KF02 Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash, Cerise Picture $3.60

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KF03 Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash, Fire Orange Picture $3.60

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KF04 Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash, Shrimp Pink Picture $3.60

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KF05 Fluorescent Pearl Krystal Flash, Chartreuse Picture $3.60

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Good Fly Fishing In Oregon
The late fall season is here and with are some great fly fishing opportunities. The high lakes in Oregon's Cascade Mountains offer some great fly fishing amid bright fall colors. The high elevation air is crisp and clean and it seems like the edges in every panorama are sharper than usual. Trout are hungry as hatches decrease and the fish are trying to put on weight to survive the coming winter. Local fisheries such as Lost Lake and Trillium Lake offer serenity and possible double digit catches. Use small dry flies when you see fish rising. Use small streamers or nymphs when there is no surface activity.
Trilium Lake
Trillium Lake with Mount Hood reflection.
White River
White River enters the Deschutes River between Maupin and Sherar's Falls. Glacial run-off is diminishing and the Deschutes is clearing. Steelhead fishing is picking up.
Rock Creek Reservoir
Many of Oregon's reservoirs, such as Rock Creek Reservoir pictured here are at there lowest level of the year. That just means the fish are condensed and there is plenty of back-cast room.

The Fly Fishing Shop HOME. The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR

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