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Thursday, March 19, 2015

'The Reality of the Situation'



OK, you are probably scratching your head wondering what this title suggests. But that was the title given to us by the current long distance Spey caster, Travis Johnson.

I ran into Travis this week and asked him whether he had started practicing for the Long Distance Competition April 17-19. He mentioned he needed "Practice Perfectly gets me Perfect Practice", cutting down his time to get ready.

Are you in the place where you are Practicing Perfectly that gets you Perfect Practice? If time is a premium and you would like to see more dividends, consider checking out the Instructors and Schools offered by FFS. For more info on schools, click here: Schools. For private or semi private lessons, click here: Private Lessons and call us directly at 503 622 4607.

Incidentally, Travis will be presenting at the 2015 Sandy River Spey Clave on Saturday from 10:30 to 11am. He is definitely a big crowd attraction, so make sure you get there early enough to get a visible spot.

You might wonder what does long distance casting have to do with average fishing situations. My recent entry into this sport has made me a better caster and student of the sport. The smallest accuracy and distance killing flaw -- normally undetectable in normal casting-- is greatly magnified in distance casting, making it glaring enough to work on fixing it. And this repair transfers down to our normal mortal cast. Maybe this is the 'Reality of the Situation' Travis could be talking about. But Travis keeps his cards close, so there is no telling.

Also, check out the video above capturing one of his practice cast. That is Perfect Practice to me, and hopefully to you as well.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Continuing Education- Sage Demo Day


Yes, this time of the year is warm enough that the vendors come out and let us play with their cache of rods, some we all have heard of, and then there are some we will be hearing of during their traditional new product roll out cycle.

The whole Fly Fishing Shop staff came out on such glorious day on the Sandy to extend their hands-on experience with Sage's rod lineup. Although most line setups revolved around Skagit, there were also Scandi, Long Belly, Mid Belly, and Switch nymphing lines. We played around with rods from 11' all the way to 15'.

It was unanimous we thought one prototype rod coming out in August stood out as the new kid in the block we all will enjoy and feel comfortable having in our quiver.

Thanks George Cook and Eric Johnson from Sage for being our Continuing Education facilitators. For more on Sage Rods, click here: Sage Rods.



Saturday, March 7, 2015

Klaus Frimor presenting at the Sandy River Spey Clave 2015



Jedi with the Rod- that is how Klaus likes to work his magic. Klaus will be presenting at the Sandy River Spey Clave as one of many luminaries in our solid pack line up of presenters. For more on the clave, click here: Sandy River Spey Clave.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Salmon Fly Hatch on the Deschutes






All this warmer weather has gotten us thinking about an early Salmon Fly hatch on the Deschutes. Todd Moen's Catch Magazine video above captures so much of the anticipation that is stirring in us.

For more information on getting the right fly and equipment, click here to read more about the Deschutes river and the Redside Trout: Deschutes River

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Volutionary Trapping at Mt. Hood Rivers


Here is a Volutionary Fish Trap that looks like a Spaceship on the local rivers around here. It is great to see the Passion in the Conservation Officers and to get some insight what they are doing to protect the next generation with juvenile count.

For more of our local fisheries The Fly Fishing Shop has access to, click here: Our Waters

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Upcoming 2015 Sandy River Spey Clave


With this dry and warm winter, it is starting to feel like the Sandy River Spey Clave kind of weather. JC here at the shop has corralled our first draft of presenters, and will publish the agenda on line shortly. With the attendance increasing every year since its inception in 2000, with last year having over 1000 in attendance, this year is going to be another great attendance event.

For more updates, check here from time to time: 2015 Sandy River Spey Clave.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chillin with the Big Easy




This promo video from Sage has a nice, easy, and luxuriant tempo; featuring Jerry Siem who did some of the casting and consulting on the fabled movie 'A River Runs Through'. It captures some of nostalgia of our past and of our pursuit. Better still, it also settles us within.

For more information about Sage Circa rods used in this video, click here: Sage Circa