Caddis Pupa Time, Silvey Bead Head Caddis Pupa, Beulah Elixir Lines, Cuban Permit, The Big One That Got Away

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Caddis Pupa Time
One of the rivers that hasn't changed much with the current Oregon drought, is the lower 100-miles of the Deschutes. Water pours out of Pelton Dam at a nearly constant 3,900-cfs at 55-degrees. Even 100-miles downstream at the mouth water temperatures rarely exceed 69-degrees, well within the comfort zone of redband trout.
For the first fifty-five miles below the dam to the mouth of White River the Deschutes is a tailwater with flowing weed beds and clean gravel. This section of the river harbors a dense population of thick built native trout that feed on the prolific bug hatches. During the mid-summer months the main food for these trout are caddis flies in the size #16/18 range.
For most of the bright-light hours many trout living in riffles feed close to the bottom of the river on drifting insects. A couple of caddis species seem to hatch sporadically throughout most of each day. Often the pupae of these insects drift close to the bottom of the river for many hundreds of yards before rising to the surface to hatch. They are easy targets for trout, and many trout station where the currents concentrate these helpless drifting insects. Some of these fish grow large, and athletic.
Caddis flies have a complete metamorphosis life cycle much like moths and butterflies. This means that they have a larva, pupa and adult stages. After the pupa emerges from its case, it must exude air between its new adult skin and its old pupa skin. This air separates the insect from the old skin; as bubbles accumulate between the two layers of skin the insect gains buoyancy to enable it to rise to the surface. These air bubbles between the skins reflect light, and the caddis pupa becomes shimmering, reflective, translucent bubble. A number of years ago, Brian Silvey started experimenting with caddis pupas, which were constructed with the abdomen of each fly made from Pearl Core Braid. Pearl Core Braid is sculptured with a flame that resembles a pupa abdomen and when submerged looks a lot like a real caddis.
Silvey's Bead Head Caddis Pupa, Olive
When fishing any color of Bead Head Pupa, use a 2 nymph system keeping the pupa higher in the water column.  My preferred method is to tie the pupa to the tag end of a blood knot with a larger heavier fly like a cased caddis or stone fly nymph, which is tied to the end of a 9-foot 4X.  Be sure to let the line tighten up at the end of the drift and let the fly swing to shore.  Trout key on this rise and swing similar to the natural caddis swimming aggressively towards shore.
Item Description Size Price To Top
SIG0234 Silvey's Beadhead Caddis Pupa, Olive 16 3 for $8.25
Silvey's Bead Head Caddis Pupa, Tan
Try fishing any color of Bead Head Pupa on the swing.  Carry a shock loop to absorb the shock of a strike. In this case you can run a 2 fly rig with the bead pupa at the bottom and any of the following flies; Submerger Caddis, Diving Caddis, Edible Emerger & Primetime Pupa placed as point flies.  Cast the fly directly toward the center of the stream to give the patterns some time to sink.   Mend the line and then let it tighten up and swing towards shore.  Hang on, strikes fishing this method can be heart stopping.
Item Description Size Price To Top
SIG0236 Silvey's Beadhead Caddis Pupa, Tan 16 3 for $8.25
 
 
Beulah Elixir Lines
Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head
The Beulah Elixir V2 is perfect for fishing all of the summer steelhead rivers east of the Cascade Mountains. Elixir's are a compact Scandinavian style shooting head designed for Spey casting.

Elixir’s are a joy to cast in close too far, far out in big rivers! Beulah Elixir is a great platform for delicate presentations with knotless tapered leaders, and all manners of PolyLeaders and VersiLeaders.

The Elixir design concentrates most of the weight in the rear third of the line. The front two-thirds of the line tapers to a diameter just large enough to perfectly turn over PolyLeaders and modest size flies. Elixir Lines are easy to cast. Switch Lines will handle 10' PolyLeaders up to 90-grains. For Spey Elixirs, Beaulah recommends using PolyLeaders 12-14’, weighing up to 120 grains. Anglers using Scandinavian heads such as Beulah Elixir commonly attach leaders of up to 1.5 rod lengths. For windy conditions, shorter leaders may be more practical.

Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head
These shorter heads are designed specifically to fit perfectly with Beulah Platinum Switch Rods, but they also balance with Switch Rods from other makers, and load shorter Spey rods from all manufacturers. These very compact heads are great in any application that requires a more compact casting stroke, or when fishing smaller rivers, or even in some cases where larger flies are needed. Color: Sky Blue. Laser I.D. on all lines for easy identification.
Item Description Size Length (ft) Weight (gr) Price To Top
ESH250SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 4/5 25 250 $48
ESH275SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 4/5/6 25 275 $48
ESH300SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 5/6 27 300 $48
ESH325SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 5/6 27 325 $48
ESH350SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 6/7 28 350 $48
ESH3750SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 7/8 28 375 $48
ESH400SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 7/8 29 400 $48
ESH425SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 8/9 30 425 $48
ESH450SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 8/9 30 450 $48
ESH475SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 9/10 31 475 $48
ESH500SW-V2 Beulah Elixir Switch/Scandi Shooting Head 9/10 31 500 $48
Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head
These Scandi style heads are designed to balance perfectly with Beulah Platinum and Beulah Onyx series two-hand rods. They also mate up well with most other brands of rods, as with all the Scandi Lines, Elixirs are designed to fish smaller flies. Either regular knotless tapered leaders or PolyLeaders may be used with Elixir lines. Color: Sky Blue. Laser I.D. on all lines for easy identification.
Item Description Size Length (ft) Weight (gr) Price To Top
ESH375SP-V2 Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head 6/7 31 375 $48
ESH400SP-V2 Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head 6/7 31 400 $48
ESH425SP-V2 Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head 6/7 33 425 $48
ESH450SP-V2 Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head 7/8 33 450 $48
ESH475SP-V2 Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head 7/8 33 475 $48
ESH500SP-V2 Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head 7/8 36 500 $48
ESH525SP-V2 Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head 8/9 36 525 $48
ESH550SP-V2 Beulah Elixir Spey/Scandi Shooting Head 8/9 36 550 $48
Cuban Permit
By: Jon Covich

OK.....every once in a while hard work should be rewarded. Although I am not sure where the hard work was? But anyway, have I to tell the story of this Permit. Several days in to our recent trip to Cayo Cruz, I was in a skiff with Jaco, a cool Canadian by way of South Africa. Jaco had been up on the bow for a few hours in the morning, and wanted to sit for a bit. Not a problem Jaco.....I am glad to be on the bow!
Only a few minutes later, I saw this Permit from nearly 100 yards. It was over white sand, and visible as could be. Once we got close, I put the fly in front of him.....in fact I figure I put it in front of him 20 or 30 times! And in between, we changed flies 3 or 4 times, and had a line tangle cluster (thanks for the help Jaco), and all the while this Permit just hung out. Talk about a happy fish.
And guess what....he finally ate the fly. It was a solid 40 minutes before our guide was able to tail the fish, and all during the fight I was sure we were going to lose it. He fought like a bruiser buck steelhead......no crazy burning runs, but no give at all. Yonghar, our guide, said it was the second biggest Permit he had seen landed in 18 years of guiding in Cuba. He thought the fish weighed somewhere between 30-35 pounds.
I think, without a doubt, that is the fish of my lifetime. I think back to all the fish I have caught, and a few really stick out. I once hooked 2 steelhead over 20 pounds in back to back days fishing the Stillaguamish. And I will always remember the 11 pound Brown I caught in a lake in Argentina. But I am not sure I am going to top this fish.

 
The Big One That Got Away: Entry #15
Rich Domingue

This is a story about Jim Poor, the proprietor of Angler’s All, a fly shop located on US 85 (Santa Fe Blvd) in Littleton, a bit south of Denver, Colorado.  It’s a story told around the fires of fishing camps – where I heard it.  I have it on good authority (a shop manager) and having met the man on several occasions, I assume it’s true.  But like all such stories, it has become a myth and each teller adds their own embellishments along the way.  This is how I remember the story.

In the early 70s I frequented Angler’s All for fly tying materials while I was going to Arapaho Community College, a short walk south of the store.  Jim was widely regarded as the guru of the South Platte, particularly its Cheesman Canyon stretch downstream from Cheesman Dam where tiny flies and gossamer leaders were the rule.  These were my angling “formative years” and under Jim’s tutelage and the Cheesman “classroom”, I gradually became proficient at fishing the river, mostly with flies size 18 and smaller. 

While Jim was generous with his information, but when questioned, especially when doubted, he could become dismissive and a bit curmudgeonly.  At the time, I felt his shortness was due to the fact that I generally spent less than $5 at the shop, buying carded and bagged materials that cost 25 to 50 cents a piece.  I rolled my own rods and tied my own flies and seldom even touched the beautiful Winston, Scott, and Orvis rods in the shop.  These were boom days in Colorado and those who had caught the rocket and vacationers from points south kept Jim in business.  Naturally, he spent more time with them.  This story exemplifies his character.

One day a big guy with a cowboy hat strode into the shop wanting to buy whatever he needed to catch those Cheesman trout.  Jim dutifully laid out the patterns most likely to be successful; tiny hare’s ears, pheasant tails, brassies, and blue winged olives, and spools of 6 and 7X tippet - just the ticket for a successful day on the Platte.

Mr. Big Hat took one look at Jim’s offerings and loudly said, “I want to catch trout”, extending his arms widely indicating he wanted to catch big ones, “not minners!”  As the man continued to berate those tiny offerings as a “joke”, Jim impassively (on the outside, inside I would bet he was fuming) tied a tiny brassie to a length of tippet.  When Mr. Big Hat stopped to catch his breath, Jim lifted the tiny fly to the man’s eye level and said, “Here, put this in your mouth.  When I pull tight and its hooked in the corner of your mouth, you’ll go wherever I lead you!”  At this, Mr. Big Hat, no doubt streaming obscenities as he walked, left the store.  Everyone in the store started laughing, except ole Jim – I suspect he wanted to hook and land that Texan.

 
This is the last issue of the newsletter writing contest.
 

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