Echo Shadow II Nymph Rod, Rubber Leg Prince Nymph, 48-Hour Summer Steelhead Schools, Lady Amherst Center Tail Feathers, Sandy River Spey Clave 2016 Info

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Echo Shadow II Nymph Rods
10' - #3 10' 6" - #4 Competition Kit  
Designed by Tim Rajeff and Team USA's Pete Erickson, these powerful, moderate- to faster-action "long-light" European-style nymphing rods deliver critical feel and line control with an added bonus: They'll actually cast a dry fly with very good accuracy, so you are prepared without changing rods when a hatch comes off. An optional competition package (sold separately $74.99) includes two 6" extensions that add extra reach, either 6" or 12", a screw-in fighting butt and counterweight washers that fine-tune balance. The ultimate fishing competition rod, bar none.
Echo Shadow II SH-3100
Length: 10'
Line Weight: #3
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: All #3 and #4 floating lines work with this rod.
Use: The Sh-3100 is made for stealth, and is perfect for normal size stream trout, in smaller to medium size rivers. It is also very handy on larger rivers at all normal ranges; a very precise instrument. It will make little fish seem bigger and normal trout seem huge.
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SH3100 Echo Shadow II Rod, Length 10-feet, Line Weight-3, 4-piece, complete with rod case $249.99
Echo Shadow II SH-4106
Length: 10' 6"
Line Weight: #4
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: Any #4 or #5 line will work well on this rod, but it is especially good with a Royal Wulff Ambush Line, either #4 or #5.
Use: This rod is designed to cover the whole sport of nymph fishing on moving water, from trout to steelhead. With both 6" rod extensions in place the SH4106 becomes 11 1/2 feet long for smooth dead drifts in larger rivers. In the longest configuration with the counter-weights and extension butt in place, this rod is perfect for single-hand Spey casting long distances. Without the kit in place the SH 4106 is a great float tube rod, and will also fish dry flies with very good accuracy.
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SH4106 Echo Shadow II Rod, Length 10-feet 6-inches, Line Weight-4, 4-piece, complete with rod case $249.99
Echo Shadow Competition Kit
Use: An optional competition package (sold separately $74.99) includes two 6" extensions that add extra reach, either 6" or 12", a screw-in fighting butt and counterweight washers that fine-tune balance. The ultimate fishing competition rod, bar none.
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SH2-COMP-KIT Echo Shadow II Competition kit with (2) 6-inch extensions, (5) counter weights, (1) removable extension butt. $74.99
Rubber Leg Prince Nymph
Trout fishing on the lower 100-miles of Deschutes River has been spectacular, especially the nymph fishing during the middle of the day. High water and fluctuating flows has produced a lot of catastrophic drift and trout are capitalizing on the smörgåsbord drifting down the river. San Juan Worms, Glo Bugs, Stonefly Nymphs, and especially a small attractor pattern, the Rubber Leg Prince Nymph in size #16, has been the coups d'état. Largest trout landed with the RLPN that we've recorded was a 21" monster redside landed by Frank Day. Don't worry, we've got a good stock of all of the flies mentioned.
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01-0116-16 Rubber Leg Prince Nymph 16

Reg. 3 for $6.75
NOW 3 for $5.85

48-Hour Deschutes Summer Steelhead School, Entry Level, Luxury Camping On The River

Take a jet boat ride on the Deschutes River with:  Mark Bachmann
This school will cover a lot of water, and fishing knowledge in 48-hours.
Summer Steelhead will bite any time of the day on the Deschutes River,
however odds go way up during the low light hours of morning and evening.
That is why this school will start and end in the middle of the day,
(actually: 12:00pm, August 6 to 12:00pm, August 8).
Classes will be during the middle of the day and, you go fishing during the four "low-light" periods.
I want to give you maximum advantage
by having as many fish hooked during this school as possible.
Nothing teaches you more about fishing than being where
fish are being hooked and landed.
Emphasis will be on floating line fishing,
but will also cover sinking tip fishing during mid-day periods.
Emphasis will be on two-hand fly rod casting and fishing.
Learn how to locate steelhead water and how to approach it.
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.
Save yourself five years of experimenting on your own.
There will be a small, quiet generator in camp and electric lights in the screened-in dining tent.
Some "class-room" type classes will include PowerPoint projections and/or video.
Many classes will be conducted on the water.
Several classes in two-hand fly rod casting and fishing will also include wading and working fishing areas with limited room.
It would be very helpful if each student had already attended a Basic Spey Casting School.

Day 1: Arrive, Brunch, Scandinavian Spey Class, Knots & Leaders, Fish Until Dark.
Day 2: Fish The Morning, Brunch, Skagit Spey Class, Fish, Dinner, Fish Until Dark.
Day 3: Fish The Morning, Brunch, Back To Mack's Canyon At Noon.

Tents, cots with pads and full accommodations will be provided.
The camp will be based on double occupancy in each roomy sleeping tent.
Be sure to bring a sleeping bag, change of clothes & camp shoes.
Lunch, dinners and brunches will be served. The basic format is two meals per day with lots of munchies available.

Bring your own waders, or Rent Wading Gear from: The Fly Fishing Shop.
Bring your own tackle. Two hand rod/reel outfits will be available for trial.

Deposits (non-refundable) must be received by shopping cart no later than 07/25/16.
Phone orders will not be taken.
5 students per class only!
First come, first served.
Payments are non-refundable, but are transferable to a replacement student taking this school.

Price includes Deschutes Boaters Pass.
Does not include Oregon Fishing License (available from The Fly Fishing Shop)

Meet at Mack's Canyon: 12:00pm, August 1
Depart for Mack's Canyon: 12:00pm, August 3.
Meet at Mack's Canyon: 12:00pm, August 4
Depart for Mack's Canyon: 12:00pm, August 6.

Transportation from Mack's Canyon to Camp will be in a big, roomy, safe jet boat.
This boat will make many miles of water available to you and
will transport you back to your car at Mack's Canyon after your last day in camp.
How to get to Mack's Canyon

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ST08010316 Deschutes Summer Steelhead 101 School with Mark Bachmann, Arrive August 1, and Stay two nights and Depart August 3, cost $795 per student. Deposit: $400,
Non-Refundable, transaction will be processed immediately, final payment of $395 due by July1.
Advantage of second school vs. first school: The School on August 4-6 butts up against the open dates of 8/7 through 8/10 so you can spend extra time fishing and perfecting your new skills. This may be a small window of opportunity, as the 7-10 dates may book early by some exclusive party.
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ST08040616 Deschutes Summer Steelhead 101 School with Mark Bachmann, Arrive August 4,  Stay two nights and Depart August 6, cost $795 per student. Deposit: $400,
Non-Refundable, transaction will be processed immediately, final payment of $395 due by July1.
Amherst Pheasant
These are the center feathers from a male Amherst Pheasant tail. Each bird has two center tail feathers that are longer and wider than any others in the tail. The feathers offered here are hand picked to be the best available in size and quality of feather fibers.
Amherst's tail fibers marry well together and sections from these feathers is sometimes used for strip wings on steelhead and salmon flies.  the most common use for Amherst's is as hackling material for large Intruder style winter steelhead flies such as the Jumbo Critter, Hoh Bo Spey, and Hobbit Spey. Often the fibers are removed from the feather and spun in a loop of wire.  The twisted wire serves as the stem of a hackle which is spun onto a hook.  The fibers are then separated so that they will have more movement when wet.
In the wild, Lady Amherst's Pheasants occurs in Tibet, Southwestern China, and northern Burma, but it has also been introduced in Britain, Hawaii and New Zealand. It is named after Sarah, Countess of Amherst (1762-1838). Her husband, William Pitt Amherst, Governor General of India, was responsible for sending the first birds to London in the early 1800's. They are highly secretive and rarely emerge into the open.
Looking at the picture of the bird makes you wonder what natural selection could have evolved such a gaudy specimen? Yet when you look at the bird or it's feathers on this page, you are seeing the feathers against a monotone background to make them stand out for display purposes. When you view these same feathers on the bird in their natural colors against a natural deep forest background the stripes and bars break up the form of the bird like stripes on a tiger. This train of thought gets even more interesting when you consider that Amherst's Pheasants, Golden Pheasants and tigers co-exist in the same natural environment. 
The colors displayed below reflect the background colors of the feathers without the black markings.
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LAC6 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather Feather, Baby Blue   $20.35
LAC54 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Chartreuse   $20.35
LAC184 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, High Lander Green   $20.35
LAC187 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Hot Orange   $20.35
LAC188 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Hot Pink   $20.35
LAC310 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Red   $20.35
LAC199 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Kingfisher Blue   $20.35
LAC242 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Natural Black and White   $20.35
LAC298 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Purple   $20.35
LAC343 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Shrimp Pink   $20.35
LAC367 Lady Amherst Center Tail Feather, Sunburst Yellow   $20.35
Deschutes River Fall Chinook Report
Fall Chinook Salmon are big brawly fish that start entering the Deschutes River around September 1. By September 15 there are hundreds (maybe several thousand) very bright 20 to 40 pound fish strung out throughout the lower forty miles of river. Since 2011 there has been a marked increase in run size. The past four years have been especially large.
All Fish Mark Recapture above Sherars Falls  
  Marked Examined Recaptured M-R Estimate 95% CI
1977 1,083 635 128 5,344 4,500-6,345
1978 1,312 882 227 5,085 4,467-5,788
1979 1,056 602 134 4,721 3,991-5,584
1980 825 513 112 3,757 3,127-4,513
1981 982 706 145 4,760 4,095-5,594
1982 385 835 57 5,564 4,311-7,172
1983 286 516 36 4,010 2,918-5,496
1984 62 268 6 2,421 1,201-4,538
1985 195 437 24 3,434 2,338-5,015
1986 263 684 33 5,319 3,819-7,384
1987 460 551 53 4,712 3,618-6,129
1988 542 232 30 4,081 2,886-5,749
1989 324 286 55 1,666 1,285-2,157
1990 188 178 21 1,538 1,022-2,297
1991 197 153 17 1,694 1,080-2,628
1992 239 123 24 1,190 810-1,738
1993 160 105 11 1,422 824-2,393
1994 151 225 25 1,321 906-1,916
1995 348 73 11 2,152 1,247-3,622
1996 426 134 18 3,034 1,957-4,658
1997 340 210 17 3,997 2,548-6,200
1998 382 363 18 7,338 4,732-11,264
1999 321 289 29 3,113 2,189-4,408
2000 434 608 70 3,731 2,962-4,697
2001 849 932 96 8,176 6,708-9-961
2002 543 776 84 4,973 4,026-6,139
2003 820 971 161 4,926 4,225-5,742
2004 666 625 106 3,902 3,232-4,710
2005 787 864 118 5,728 4,790-6,848
2006 338 703 66 3,562 2,809-4,513
2007 347 790 56 4,829 3,734-6,239
2008 654 1,016 135 4,898 4,143-5,789
2009 604 1,287 99 7,792 6,412-9,466
2010 468 1,730 115 6,999 5,839-8,386
2011 627 1,507 90 10,407 8,485-12,759
2012 447 3,546 126 12,512 10,523-14,874
2013 1,669 3,759 416 15,058 13,682-16,572
2014 1,462 2,853 307 13,557 12,127-15,154
2015 1,390 2,558 296 11,985 10,699-13,425

I asked ODFW fishery scientist, Bob Hooton, "Why the increase in this fishery when most fishery news concerning anadromous fish runs is about doom and gloom?"

His reply:

"I'm at a  statewide Fish Bio meeting through Thursday;  I'll check in with Rod French and Chris Kerns on rationale for good Chinook survival. 

Deschutes fall Chinook are all wild. Some of the increased abundance in the Snake River basin and the Upper Columbia is due to enhanced hatchery production. 

Some of the good survival is undoubtedly related to good ocean survival conditions. Court mandated spill at main-stem dams have also surely helped.  

Changes of temperature management at PGE's Deschutes dams have not hurt survival of fall Chinook, and may have helped." 

A couple of days later:

"I caught up with our Deputy Fish Chief for Marine and Columbia River resources, Chris Kerns this morning.

He says, "Besides good ocean survival conditions up north, and spill at main-stem dams, reduced sport and commercial harvest in Canada and Alaska fisheries (as part of the US Canada Treaty) has also played a role in increase fall Chinook escapements into the upper Columbia including the Deschutes basin."

ODFW has monitored adult fall Chinook populations in the Deschutes by conducting a Peterson mark recapture estimate since 1977. The adult salmon and steelhead trap at Sherars Falls is the main component to our monitoring in the Deschutes. ODFW typically tags several hundred jack and adult fish from late June to the end of October with an orange Floy (dart) tag. Tagged and non-tagged fish are subsequently examined at the Pelton/Round Butte Trap at the base of Round Butte Dam and conducting post spawn carcass surveys to estimate annual returns. Due to the importance of ODFW surveyors recovering tagged and untagged carcasses, you are asked to leave a tag intact if you observe one in a Deschutes River fall Chinook.

From my observations starting around 1972, Fall Chinooks went from being rarely seen, to pretty common from late August through late November. During that time the Deschutes Canyon habitat has changed from being over-grazed by domestic livestock, to being managed for other more outstanding and remarkable aspects. Livestock removal began in the early 1980's with acquisition of the grazing rights by the state of Oregon, and has continued thought to the present time under the guidelines of the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Fall Chinooks are "main-stem / lower watershed spawners", which means that protecting the lower canyon has cleaned up their bedroom. This has to be a plus.
Spring Chinooks are primarily upper watershed spawners, with populations still in jeopardy within this same river system. Their main spawning and rearing habitat has been cut off by inadequate fish passage at dams, and even if they could get there, this habitat is been badly degraded by agricultural abuse (work for future conservationists).
Fall Chinooks have been hard to catch by most sportsmen. Currently the largest sports fishery that targets Fall Chinooks on the Deschutes is located from Shearers Falls downstream to the Lower Trestle, a section where bait is allowed. Fall Chinooks in the Deschutes have been notoriously hard to catch for sports fishermen for a number of reasons. There is a tradition that they can only be caught with bait, so most anglers don't try anything else. The places where the majority of these fish congregate are deep boily pools, which are a waste of time for fly anglers and lure fishers alike. The fact that these types of pools are normally situated where a river narrows and deepens means that they also happen where the river is easiest to span with a bridge. So this means that they form a choke point for human migration as well. These pools are situated where humans can observe them, and get to them easily with a minimal amount of physical effort.
Lately as runs have increased in size, more fall Chinooks have been landed by lure and fly fishers as an incidental catch while steelhead fishing.
The majority of the Chinooks caught by fly fishers are while using Skagit style tackle which enables the fly to get down to the level of the fish. In all of the years that I have fished the Deschutes, I have only caught three Chinooks with a floating line. Two of these were jacks that were about 6-pounds each, and one dark colored adult buck which was about 35-pounds. It ate a #4 Green Butt Skunk. The battle lasted about an hour with an eight weight single-hand rod and 10-pound test Maxima for a tippet.
During each season several Fall Chinooks are hooked by myself or clients while fishing with sinking tip lines. The majority of these fish that are landed, are jacks from 5-8 pounds. Since most of the adult fish are over twenty-pounds, few of these fish are landed on steelhead tackle. Last year I was able to concentrate on Chinooks a little more than usual. Several adult Chinooks were hooked. Once again my tackle was too light, and only one made it to the beach where it too was lost before a picture could be taken. Like I said earlier, these fish average 20-40 pounds. I did learn a few things however that I will be glad to share with paying clients on the river. Please call if you are genuinely interested (four days minimum, party no larger than two anglers, ).MB

Sandy River Spey Clave 2016
We are working hard to assemble the full Sandy River Spey Clave 2016 Agenda. As you might imagine, it's a little like herding cats. There are a lot of moving parts. We are hoping to have everything together by the next FlyFishingInsiderNewsLetter. Stay tuned.
Sandy River Spey Clave: JC

John Christensen or “JC” is a die hard steelheader born and raised in central Idaho who relocated to Oregon to find a few more fish with sea lice. JC grew up fly fishing the blue ribbon trout streams of central Idaho from the ripe age of 5 years old. He has been swinging flies for steelhead since the early 2000’s and has guided on the rivers of Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. He has fished all over the world from Belize to British Columbia with single hand rods and Spey rods. He found his passion for steelhead on the Clearwater River in northern Idaho, swinging long belly lines for some of the largest steelhead in the lower 48 states. He currently works as the fly manager for The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon, and guides and fishes on his days off. He’s a pretty fishy individual and can use a Spey rod to land a fly on the opposite bank of a river with the best of 'em.

JC's program is entitled: "Forming The Perfect Loop". Whether casting with a single-hand rod or two-hand rod, fly casting is about generating fly line speed. On the forward cast, a narrow loop will retain fly line speed longer than a wide loop. JC will disclose how to control the width and shape of your forward loop: Friday, May 13, 10:00 - 10:30am.


Sandy River Spey Clave: Leslie Ajari

Leslie Ajari grew up fishing the local streams and rivers with a fly rod in Truckee, CA. While attending college in the Bay area, she was introduced to the sport of steelheading. Since then, she has spent most of her free time pursuing the art of Spey casting and catching steelhead on the swing. Currently she guides in Northern California and Southern Oregon for Confluence Outfitters. Leslie lives in Southern Oregon with her dog Marlee and boyfriend Dax Messett. 

Her web site GalGoneFishing says: "Spey casting and swinging flies is one of my favorite ways to catch steelhead and all of the clients I have introduced to it so far have quickly become addicted. When guiding steelhead, this is normally my program. Trout streams provide many educational opportunities for rigging, casting and fly selection."

Beginning Spey Casts, and Fishing The Imperfect Cast: Friday, May 13, 10:30 - 11:00am.

This should be of interest to most beginning anglers, because that is what many of them do -- commentary by MB

Good Guys & Gals @ Sage

Bainbridge Island, Wash. (February 3, 2016) – Sage Manufacturing, the industry leading fly rod and reel manufacturer, and line, leader, tippet manufacturer, RIO Products, continued partnership with non-profit Casting for Recovery (CfR) and had an another amazing year in 2015. Through a portion of sales from Sage’s GRACE Outfit and RIO’s custom RIO Gold pink line as well as company matching on each, CfR will receive $17,500 in funding to support their mission to educate and inspire women with breast cancer.
Casting for Recovery strives to enhance the life of women with breast cancer through a program combining health education and the sport of fly fishing. Free retreats allow women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature all while learning to fly fish.
“Our partnership with Sage and RIO allow CfR to bring more women to our retreats at no cost,” says Whitney Milhoan, executive director of CfR. “Since the beginning of our partnership in 2013, we have brought nearly 50 women fly fishing thanks to these generous donations.”
“We couldn’t be more excited about this program and the opportunities it allows CfR to create for women in any stage of breast cancer,” comments Sage and RIO vice president of marketing Tag Kleiner. “We really need to thank the entire fly fishing community. Their support of the GRACE Outfit and RIO Gold line allows us to be proud of this partnership and the opportunities it provides these women. We are looking forward to the continued alliance and donating even more in 2016.”
About Sage:
Founded in 1980, Sage was created with one idea in mind—to build the world's finest performance fly rods. From the start, Sage has maintained that singular focus on delivering the finest performance fly fishing rods, reels, and equipment to the avid angler. We are a company of passionate anglers and craftsmen, continually seeking performance advantages through new materials, designs, and engagement with the fly fishing community. We fly fish. You can feel our passion for fly fishing in everything we do. For more information, please visit Connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitterGoogle+ and Vimeo.
About Casting for Recovery®:
(CfR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer by providing free retreats to promote and support mental and physical healing. Casting for Recovery’s program combines counseling, medical information, and the therapeutic sport of fly-fishing. Retreats are offered at no cost to women at any age and any stage of breast cancer treatment and recovery. 

Please reach out with any questions or for more information. 

Kara Armano

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