Food For The Meat Eaters, Sculpzilla Flies, 48-Hour Summer Steelhead Schools

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Food For The Meat Eaters
Nearly everyone that grew up in brown trout country knows that larger specimens eat smaller fish. British Columbia Kamloops in lakes grow to giant size by eating smaller fish, including Kokanee Salmon that are over a foot long.
trout eat other fish
Not as well known is that local Cutthroats and Red Band Trout also eat smaller fish. Even comaratively small trout in mountain streams eat fish. Above is a native cutthroat of unusual size that was caught with a Scuplzilla fly.
Trout often feed on Sculpins
Trout often feed on Sculpins. Sculpins are small bottom dwelling fish that inhabit most trout streams. There are dozens of fresh water species in North America. Locally, there are three species, which are native to the Sandy River basin and several others that are native to the Deschutes basin. Size and color varies by specie and habitat. Mature freshwater Sculpins are usually from 1 1/2" to 4" in length and range through most of the shades of tan, brown and olive.

Sculpins have large flat heads. The eyes are set rather close together on top of the skull. Body conformation is long and narrow. All of the fins, including the tail are rounded. The pectoral fins are unusually large.

Body coloration is dappled to camouflage with the streambed. Sculpins are chameleon-like and change color quickly to match their surroundings.

Sculpins do not have air bladders, so they are confined to the bottom. Here they hunt and hide in near lizard-like fashion. They eat a variety of aquatic organisms, but are specifically designed to raid other fish's redds. They enjoy wriggling down between the stones to capture eggs and fry. The result is kind of like the lion/hyena wars. Trout probably grow up hating Sculpins. Some larger trout become Sculpin killers and will often eat them. In our region larger individuals of cutthroat, brown trout, rainbow trout and bull trout will eat Sculpins. Both summer and winter steelhead have been known to dine on fillet of Sculpin. Big resident rainbows in Alaska and Russia's Kamchatka eat large numbers of Sculpins.

The next time you wade your favorite trout stream, look for dead Sculpins on the bottom; possible evidence of a big trout killing spree. Or better yet fish a Sculpin pattern with a very fast sinking fly line. You may find some larger than average trout.

Deschutes river redsides eat sculpins
Deschutes Redsides will also eat Sculpins. Most Redsides are caught on nymphs and dryflies, because many anglers don't know that they will also eat flies that represent small fish. A very light weight Spey rod equipped with a Skagit line and sinking tip is a great way to explore larger rivers with Sculpin fly patterns. The presentation is very much like fishing for winter steelhead, only in miniature. A four weight Spey rod is perfect for Deschutes Redsides.
Sculpzilla Flies
Natural Brown Natural Tan White Black Olive
Sea run cutthroats eat sculpins
Sculpzilla was designed to fulfill the need for a streamer that would dredge the deepest pools while enabling an effective presentation of a sculpin darting for a hiding place. While working with the prototypes, a stinger hook was chosen because of great holding properties, and less damage to fish due to the narrow gauge and short shank of the octopus hook. Another design benefit of the stinger is that since the hook is not connected to the head in the traditional sense, the back end of the fly tends to ride above the head, leading to less hang ups against bottom structure. This pattern has caught fish in both fresh and salt water from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and while Sculpzilla was designed as a streamer for big mean trout, it has also proven effective for Char, Steelhead, Grayling, Salmon, Sea Run Browns, Sea Run Cutthroat, Rockfish, and Smallmouth Bass.
Best Regards,
Ed Day
Sculpzilla, Natural Brown
Sculpzilla, Natural Brown Sculpins tend to take on the coloration of the river bottom and many river bottoms are predominantly brown. The Sculpzilla patterns are front-weighted with the "eyed-cone", which helps skip the fly along the bottom in convincing sculpin-like movements.
Item Description Size Price To Top
S10304 Sculpzilla, Natural Brown 4 3-for $11.25
S10308 Sculpzilla, Natural Brown 8 3-for $11.25
Sculpzilla, Natural Tan
Sculpzilla, Natural Tan A fly for rivers with light colored granite bottoms, or where rainbows are feeding on both sculpins and flesh flies.
Item Description Size Price To Top
SW072TN04 Sculpzilla, Natural Tan 4 3-for $11.25
SW072TN04 Sculpzilla, Natural Tan 8 3-for $11.25
Sculpzilla, White
Sculpzilla, White This could be an injured sculpin, that has been partly skinned, and escaped from a large predator fish. Whatever the reason, it is effective.
Item Description Size Price To Top
SW072WT04 Sculpzilla, White 4 3-for $11.25
SW072WT08 Sculpzilla, White 8 3-for $11.25
Sculpzilla, Black
Sculpzilla, Black Many saltwater sculpins are dark colored. Try this pattern in dark bottom streams, estuaries or off the beach.
Item Description Size Price To Top
SW072BK04 Sculpzilla, Black 4 3-for $11.25
SW072BK08 Sculpzilla, Black 8 3-for $11.25
Sculpzilla, Olive
Sculpzilla, Olive This is the over-all winner for most inland rivers, especially big rivers that have some weed growth in the summer.
Item Description Size Price To Top
SW072OL04 Sculpzilla, Olive 4 3-for $11.25
SW072OL08 Sculpzilla, Olive 8 3-for $11.25
48-Hour Deschutes Summer Steelhead School, Entry Level, Luxury Camping On The River
Summer Steelhead Spey Schools are the best way to learn how to catch steelhead


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, September 26 to 12:00pm, September 28).
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.

On the water Steelhead spey casting schools is the best way to learn
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 07/01/14.
Phone orders will not be taken.
4 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 4
Depart for Mack's Canyon: 12:00pm, August 6.
(August School is full)!
Meet at Mack's Canyon: 12:00pm, September 26
Depart for Mack's Canyon: 12:00pm, September 28

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

We teach success at our steelhead spey casting schools
Item Description Price To Top
ST09262816 Deschutes Summer Steelhead 101 School with Mark Bachmann, Arrive September 26,  Stay two nights and Depart September 28, cost $795 per student. Deposit: $400,
Non-Refundable, transaction will be processed immediately, final payment of $395 due by July1.

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