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The Clackamas and Sandy Rivers have enjoyed high flows early in the winter season, which has brought unexpectedly good runs of steelhead. How long this will last is anyone's guess, but runs in the Sandy have been mostly wild fish. These fish have been agressive to the fly and very hot when hooked. So far about one in ten have been keepers.
The Most Popular Fly Fishing Books Ever Published
The pen may indeed be mightier than the sword. At the end of the Roman Empire, it looked like the barbarians were going to win, For a short period they did. Mass migrations of illiterate people overwhelmed the civilized world. But slowly literate Christian monks brought the word to the masses. and eventually the world righted itself, and man was set on track to the modern age. Why? Because people who can communicate the best with the most amount of people have a huge advantage. The printed word is very powerful. Below is an example of an illuminated manuscript that contains a recorded thought that may be read and an illustration of that same thought that can be understood without knowing the written language. Circa 400-1400 A.D.

Prior to the Gutenberg printing press in 1439 most people in Northern Europe were illiterate. Few books existed. Those that did exist had been copied by hand, usually by monks in monasteries. Apparently, members of nunneries were also literate, because the first book on fishing published in the English language was written by a nun in 1496. Her book, A treatyse of fysshynge wyth an Angle contained a disclosure of the fishing methods in practice in her time. Angel was spelled in old English as Angle, hence the words angler and angling. Twelve fly patterns were published in this book. It appears that England was in fact the mother of modern fly fishing. The printing press made the mass duplication of this book practical, and new processes that made paper easily available made this book available to the masses. Dame Juliana's book remained the definitive work on fishing for over 150 years until the printing of the Complete Angler in 1653, by Izaak Walton. The Complete Angler not only discussed how to fish, but why fishing is a contemplative sport. This book went through multiple printings and upgrades over the next 150 years.
In the 1960's when I began to read about fly fishing, fly fishing books were still comparatively hard to find, and most were still illustrated in black ink on white paper. During the 1980's, some books had a few 4-color pages. At the time color separation and color printing required a huge investment in machinery, etc. It wasn't until around the late 1990's or early 2000's that full color printing became common and most magazines and books were mostly printed in full color. As soon as color printing was affordable the fly fishing titles on the book shelves proliferated, because the communication between the author and the readers was more complete and understandable.
The century between 1900, and 2000 was revolutionary in the western world. Compulsory education spawned a literate population, which combined with the scientific method created a technological revolution that could not have been dreamed of in prior ages. The masses could not only read, they could also write, and thoughts could be communicated through whole societies. The sport of fly fishing which had been little known to all but the upper crust of the population was brought to the masses by writers such as: Rodrick Haig-Brown, Ernest Schwiebert, Trey Combes, Dave Hughes, and a host of others. Their involvement launched fly fishing into the mainstream of America, and the rest of the world followed.
The Curtis Creek Manifesto

In 1978 the fly fishing community evolved it's own illuminated manuscript: the Curtis Creek Manifesto. If you think about it, the illuminated manuscripts of the dark ages with pictures and writing on the same page produced the comic book format of the 20th Century. These types of publications were meant to communicate at the most basic levels. Wording was very simple. Illustrations were compelling to readers who needed a certain amount of stimulation to get them to read at all.
My own involvement with the written word started out pretty bleak. Who knows whether I was dyslexic or just dull, but reading was very difficult for me through the first three grades of school, which delegated me to the special classes for the disadvantaged kids. This was all the more frustrating, since my parents were avid readers, and they read to us kids every night. Then I discovered comic books. My parents didn't approve of comic books, so they had to be read on the sly. Little by little by, looking at the pictures and the text it began to make sense, and I actually taught myself to read by studying comic books. By the time I was in the 8th grade my SAT tests disclosed that I was reading with the speed and comprehension of a senior in college. The illustrated manuscript format of the comic books worked for me and proved that the format used by English monks from 800 A.D. was still valid in today's world.
The Curtis Creek Manifesto is a beginners book that reveals fly fishing at the most basic level. It teaches young people how to read, as it teaches them about fly fishing as a sport and a way of life. It has proven to be the most popular fly fishing book ever published in the western hemisphere (and possibly the world), having sold more copies than any other fly fishing book.

Teach a child to read as you teach them about the natural world and the sport of fly fishing. This is your text book.
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0-936608-06-8 The Curtis Creek Manifesto $9.95
Newest Fly Fishing Web Site - Big Internet News (To friends of FlyFishUSA)!
Interestingly, about the time that full color printing was perfected, another emerging technology made it nearly obsolete. The Internet went public for business in April of 1995. Through some quirks of fate, The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon had a web site online the following month. It was called When we went online there were only about 150 URLs that used the search term fly fishing, flyfishing, etc. Pretty strange, a couple of hicks from Nowheresville, Oregon suddenly catapulted to the cutting edge. God loves us. The web site that we built in 1995 looked nothing like the one we have now, but the platform we evolved early in 1997 is still serving us today. We wanted a website that was more than just a place to buy stuff. evolved into an icon of the world wide fly fishing community. With big pictures of pretty fish in pretty surroundings, legible type that every one can read without squinting, and the best products sold by the most knowledgeable team in the game. FlyFishUSA became the fly fishing community's online illuminated manuscript, which grew to be the Western Hemisphere's most popular fly fishing web site during the 1990's, and stayed there through the mid-2000's.
Now it is time to change the game completely with a technological time warp.
Obviously this is the last FlyFishingInsiderNewsletter of 2015. It will also be the last of our newsletters built on this platform. We are moving to a whole new web site in 2016. Don't worry the current site that you have loved through the years will still be available through 2016. Our new site will be information rich like the current one, but will offer graphics that size to the largest screens and also fits all mobile devises. It will be extremely cell phone and portable device friendly.
Below is a short history of FlyFishUSA. - 1995 to 1997

Actually there doesn't seem to be a record of our very first web site from 1995, which actually had no pictures, but unlike printed books, it could be read by thousands of people at the same time. - 1999

By 1999 the shopping cart was perfected, Internet band width had gotten strong enough to support the transmission of moderate size pictures. Slowly customers began buying products online. - 2000

By 2000 the Internet was starting to replace printed catalogs, and be a source of information. Band width expanded, pictures got larger. - 2005 to 2015

By 2005 the Internet had virtually replaced printed catalogs. Fly shops that didn't have a strong web presence started to decline, or go out of business.
One could wonder if in 2012 if there was any printed fly fishing book in the world that got read enough to accumulate 4.4-million page views like our web site did? Clearly online publications now get read more than paper ones.
But, now it is time for us to change the game completely again with another technological time warp brought to you with our brand new ultra-modern platform. Coming out on January 4 is the next level of communication between a fly fishing organization and their customers. This new platform will evolve throughout 2016, and completely replace the current platform by 2017. Our illustrated manuscript/comic book concept will get more interactive, easier to read and better illustrated with this new technology.
How To Keep Your Hands Warm While Fly Fishing
I used to be so case-hardened by living out doors that I never wore gloves while fishing unless there was ice frozen to the oar handles, which sometimes it did. Then, depending on the routine of the day, I chose either fingerless gloves or neoprene gloves. Now as I am getting older, I find that I am wearing gloves more often. It may be because my circulation is getting less powerful, but also fishing gloves are less obtrusive than they used to be. My hands are still pretty tough, especially after multiple days of fishing in foul weather, but there are days I wear gloves just because I can.
Full fingered gloves pretty much make it impossible to tie knots in fishing line. The most popular fishing gloves have openings which leave the finger tips exposed. Exposed fingertips allow the tying of knots, handling fly lines, fly casting, etc. They keep the large veins of your hands covered, which allows warm blood to flow to your finger tips. They work well for fly fishing in all but the coldest environments. Simms ExStream™ Half Finger Gloves have become the standard issue hand protection for cold weather anglers. Simms Wool Half-finger Gloves are less expensive and preferred by some anglers, but it is hard to beat the ExStream™ Gloves because they are thinner and allow for more dexterity. All gloves will get wet if it is raining or if you stick your hands in the water while tailing a fish. ExStream™ Gloves keep your hands warm, even while they are wet. After tailing a fish, remove your gloves and rinse them out in the river, ring them out and put them back on.
When you put your gloves on, pull the cuff of the glove over the sleeve of your wading jacket. This will allow your cinched cuff to remain water repellent. If you put your jacket on over your gloves, the gloves will wick water inside of your sleeve and up your arm.
Simms Skeena Neoprene Fishing Gloves have a gasket cuff provides excellent seal around the wrist and prevents water from getting inside the glove or migrating up your sleeves.
Simms Skeena Neoprene Fishing Gloves


Fully waterproof from wrist to fingertips.
Unfurl the map. Run your fingers along the Coastal Range ridges. And get decked out for steelhead season warmth in Simms’ Skeena Glove. Fully waterproof from wrist to fingertips, gloves feature a shark-skin textured palm for superior bite on slippery objects. Deluxe interior laminate material includes a moisture-wicking grid fleece. And gasket cuffs seal the wrist, blocking migrating water from trespassing up your sleeves.
Best cold weather rowing gloves available.


  • Fully waterproof with a sharkskin textured palm for excellent grip
  • Interior laminate material is moisture wicking grid fleece
  • Gasket cuff provides excellent seal around the wrist and prevents water from migrating up sleeves
FABRIC TECH:: Fully waterproof 2.5mm neoprene


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10707-001-20 Simms Skeena Neoprene Fishing Gloves, SIZE S $39.95
10707-001-30 Simms Skeena Neoprene Fishing Gloves, SIZE M $39.95
10707-001-40 Simms Skeena Neoprene Fishing Gloves, SIZE L $39.95
10707-001-50 Simms Skeena Neoprene Fishing Gloves, SIZE XL $39.95
Simms ExStream™ Half Finger Gloves - $39.96 until December 31, 2015


Full-time dexterity in a half-finger option
Keep your fishing hands ecstatic and elastic, with the full-time performance of Simms’ Exstream™ Half Finger gloves. Powered by Polartec® Powershield Pro™, these water-resistant warmth generators block downstream gusts with aplomb, while allowing just the right amount of air circulation to wick moisture and enhance breathability. With fingers left free for knot tying and line management duties, sueded overlays bolster durability and deliver non-slip grip to key areas.


  • Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric is highly water-resistant
  • Water-resistant DWR coated stretch fleece has a high warmth-to-weight ratio and allows for excellent dexterity
  • Sueded overlays for durability and grip in key areas
FABRIC TECH:: Polartec® Power Shield® Pro
APPROX. WEIGHT: : 1.6 oz
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10704-014-20 Simms ExStream™ Half Finger Gloves, SIZE S Reg $49.95
NOW $39.96
10704-014-30 Simms ExStream™ Half Finger Gloves, SIZE M Reg $49.95
NOW $39.96
10704-014-40 Simms ExStream™ Half Finger Gloves, SIZE L Reg $49.95
NOW $39.96
10704-014-50 Simms ExStream™ Half Finger Gloves, SIZE XL Reg $49.95
NOW $39.96
Simms Wool Half-finger Glove


An old favorite updated for long-term performance.


  • 100% wool
  • 1/2 finger cut
  • Palm features grip design
  • Men's sizes: S/M, L/XL


Item Description Price To Top
HWL1103330 Simms Wool Half-finger Glove, SIZE S/M $24.95
HWL1103340 Simms Wool Half-finger Glove, SIZE L/XL $24.95

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