Sunday, April 26, 2015

'Mt Hood Country' - guide to fishing around Mt. Hood

We often get out-of-towners wanting to fish but not knowing what is around and what to go for. 'Fishing Mount Hood Country' is invariably the first thing we bring out from behind and open up on the counter. Almost 95% of customers purchase this book without any hesitation. We have sold every batch we have gotten from the publisher even though this is a newly published book for 2015.

Now here is the more interesting part. We are starting to see customers from the local Portland area also keying on this book as a way to broaden their fishing horizons. There are 40 fisheries covered here, a mix of lakes and rivers.

Fishing Mount Hood Country by Gary Lewis and Robert H. Campbell, Gary Lewis Outdoors, copyright 2015, $24.95, 128 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9761244-6-7. Available on the web at http://www.flyfishinginsidernewsletter.com/020915/

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Trillium Lake- a nearby gem

I was having lunch with a friend, a native to Portland, and he shared with me the Trillium flower is the Lotus flower of the State of Oregon. It starts out White when first bloomed, turning into Purple later.

Trillium is a majestic lake, as evidenced in the picture above. In the words of a yelp reviewer, 'Trillium Lake feeds the fish and your humanity'.


Perhaps we cast -so as to hook- not only for fish but for our humanity as well. And there is no better place to ponder what our offering would bring than in the environs such as above. A Sonar Echo of ourselves with Nature becoming our reflection. And perhaps that is why a tight line is an animated stirring of a fish on one end, and on the other end, a stirring of our vitality pushing through the defensive layers we need to negotiate the trappings of living.

Get out there, for Nature has a soul calling that shakes us up in a lasting, and always good way. Here is another pic from the yelp website to help this pondering:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Game Changer

The articulation behind this fly is so natural it cannot help but look exactly like a fleeing bait fish when viewed from both the angler and the predator fish.  You simply have to see it for yourself. The tail action is unbelievable.

Not only does it swim naturally, but it has the volume and the fast-water-shedding properties for easy casting something this bulky.

For more on fish skull fly tying components, click here: Fish Skull

Sunday, April 5, 2015

White Bubble drift

White Bubble Nymphing Technique with Pete Erickson from Rajeff Sports on Vimeo.

It has been said that Trout obtain 90% of their bio mass subsurface. And there is no more effective method than Czech nymphing.

Here is a video of Pete Erickson who was instrumental in designing the Echo Shadow rods. I got to play with the 10'6" 4 weight, and it is pliant enough in the right section of the rod to throw shooting mends with ease while keeping the fly drift in the slot.

Czech nymphing is more of a high stick approach, and in this video, a leading of the tip slightly faster than the foam line.  Pete does a great job explaining in this video.

Trout season in upon us with the early warming.

Tight lines, Czech nymphing style.

For more on Echo's Shadow rods, click here: Echo Shadow

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.