Feb 22, 2017

Korkers Hatchback Wading Boots - New for 2017


No...Not Photoshop! Do not adjust your set!


Hard to imagine what new technology could develop for wading boots. We have pretty much tried every material possible for soles, BOA lacing systems are not new and Korkers owns the interchangeable sole system market. So what else is there to do with a wading boot?

Enter From Rear

You've got to give it to Korkers for Innovation. These guys are non-stop thinking about how something can be better. The boot pictured is the New Korkers Hatchback Wading Boots. Rear Entry Easy Access, BOA Lacing System, Omnitrax 3.0 Interchangeable Sole System, 3PFS Achilles Stabilization System and all the other Korkers innovations I've determined I can't live without including one of my favorites the Internal Drainage system.

I first saw this boot at I-CAST/IFTD 2016. Of course even though I wasn't wearing waders I had to slip my foot in it anyway. I couldn't believe how easy the entry was. Total wide open. I was imagining myself wearing waders and the first thought that came to mind is how nice it will be to start your day without the feeling of neoprene boot wad. You know what I mean, it seems to take time for everything to get comfortable. I think we can forget that issue with this boot.


Comes with two sets of soles and two sole buying options.

  1. Felt & Kling-on Tread
  2. Kling-on Tread & Studded Kling-on Tread

If your region allows felt I would go with the felt option and add either Studded felt or AlumaTrax Soles for the ultimate in traction. 

If your region has banned Felt then get the Kling-on package and add AlumaTrax Soles for ultimate in traction. 

The Korkers Hatchback Boots will be available around March 1st, 2017 and are available to purchase from our online store now for first delivery as soon as they arrive. 

BassProGreg




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Feb 17, 2017

February Survey - Do You Tie Flies


Do You Tie Your Own Flies? Take Survey


Maybe I am just more aware of it but it seems to me that more anglers are tying their own flies today. Whether it be for personal satisfaction, commercially unavailable patterns or self created unique patterns. 

This question came to mind when I was ripping out a couple patterns for an upcoming fishing adventure. The patterns I tie are nothing amazing special but to the best of my knowledge the exact detail does not exist in a commercial tied fly. I also get a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I have my own hand in tying them. By no means would I take credit for creating this particular fly pattern but I still get to customize the way I like it and doing so gives me an extra edge of confidence in it. Seems to be effective because these particular flies will account for much of my catch. 

I don't tie all my own flies. Some I tie are completely my own unique patterns and I keep them pretty much to myself. Some flies I tie because the commercially available ones are so generic I have no confidence in them. I also tie a few patterns because simply they are not commercially available. 

I get a lot of confidence from tying my own flies. It's a great feeling when you get that tug on your pattern. It also gives me the ability to customize the flies to specific water types and seasonal stream flows. 

The goal of this survey is to find out a percentage of anglers tying their own. We look forward to the results and as always they can be immediately after taking the survey and we will summarize and post the results about a month from now on our Survey Page. Our survey page also contains the results of all our past surveys. 

Thanks for participating,

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Feb 12, 2017

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (2/12/17)

Old Man Winter has finally released his grasp!  




At least for the moment...

We have had a good warm up and a bit of rain early in Feb.  Local rivers have finally gotten some flows, though most didn't get the projected spikes we were hoping for.

The coast, on the other hand, has been at flood stage or higher on many rivers, but is now on the drop and should be fishing great.

The fisher folk are suddenly out in droves, I counted 8 at the mouth of the Hood yesterday...  But I haven't heard of many fish being caught.  I think the higher flows got fish moving, but maybe not biting.

The Sandy is finally back at average flows, with hopefully more rain in the forecast it should start to fish well.

Still some good reports coming from the Deschutes trout bums, with a stonefly nymph bite really starting to materialize.  The D had a nice spike in flow, which should help clean out some of the super silty areas that once were great spots.

Skwala Nymph Eater!

With some steady (and warmer) weather expected this week, the fish should get happy and start snapping!

The warmth has gotten me fired up for spring bassin', so keep your eye on the report as I will be out there a lot come early March!

If you do get out this week we would love to hear your reports and see some fish porn!

Want to see your ugly mug in our fishing report?

Drop us a line to info@gorgeflyshop.com

See you out there!



Flows:  The USGS sites give us real-time flows, while the NOAA site shows us predictions based on weather patterns.  Both are invaluable tools.


Hood River:

Klickitat
USGS
NOAA

Clackamas:

Deschutes near Madras:

Deschutes at the mouth:

Columbia River
Bonneville Dam Water Temps
Columbia @ Hood River (The mouth of the Hood backs up at 75 feet)

As always, we are happy to talk fishing anytime.  Give us a call if you have any specific questions on local rivers, gear, and tactics, or if you just want some encouragement to get out of the office.  541.386.6977



Ryan Van Duzor
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Feb 10, 2017

Abel, Hatch, Simms - Fly Fishing Nipper Review

Nippers, Nippers, Nippers!!!
Machined Aluminum, Hardened Steel Jaws and Anodized Finish! Really! For a pair of nippers?! I remember laughing at the idea. I'm not laughing now! Sales are proof that we are running out of fancy fly fishing things to spend our money on.

Warning!...Biased Reviews Ahead

But I must confess these cnc machined aircraft grade aluminum, hardened stainless steel and anodized to perfection nippers really are better then the ordinary standard nipper. Like many over the top items first deemed as unnecessary somehow become standard when you find yourself resistant to ever go back to ordinary once you have experienced better. The three pictured are in fact my own personal nippers and while I use the excuse I needed them all for testing and reviewing, (sigh), truth is I like them! Read on and I'll tell you why.

Abel Nippers

Abel Nippers in Platinum Finish
The original! In many ways still my favorite and the company responsible for starting the nipper frenzy. I like the slim profile and wide handles of the Abel Nippers. Combined they feel comfortable and precision. I also like the hidden eye buster. It feels safely tucked away. Abel brags on the fact that they use two cutting edge jaws aligned perfectly while others use one cutting edge jaw and one flat surface jaw which allows for some tolerance in jaw alignment. Is the Abel way better? Well mine are still cutting perfect after 5 years of use so I can say that the alignment is precision. I also like the Abel Lanyard for it's simplistic approach and the ball bearing swivel adds a nice fishy touch. Made in USA...Black $80 / Polished and Satin Solid Finishes $100 / Artistic Finishes $160 / Lanyard $25

Hatch Nippers

Hatch Nippers in Blue Finish
Hatch soon followed with their own machined aluminum, anodize,  precision nippers. Like Abel Nippers, Hatch did not shortcut the machining and finishing of their precision product. All the edges and corners are nicely rounded and polished. The eye buster is a bit more exposed but I've never had anything catch on it. They cut great so is that fore-mentioned jaw design any issue? My Hatch Nippers are a year newer then my Abel Nippers and haven't quite seen as much use but at this time I can't identify any difference in cutting ability or quality of cut. Hatch Nippers include a custom Paracord Lanyard. Made in USA...Nippers and Lanyard $100.00

Simms Guide Nippers

Simms Guide Nippers in Titanium Finish
These are the second generation Simms nippers now known as Guide Nipper. Much improved over the first gen model. I noticed quickly that the machined cuts on the grip surface are very un-refined or un-polished leaving me to think it was a cut corner but upon using them I realized that the raw aluminum cuts actually added a great deal of grip. Just like aluminum on wading boot soles, they cut through and grip. I must admit being somewhat a minimalist I appreciate the compact feel of these nippers and the Titanium finish I chose to go with provides a very disguise non-flashy look. If you need more color in your life then they also come on Simms Orange and Surf Blue.
The eye buster is almost too exposed for my liking but again I've yet to experience a concerning issue. Simms also improved the package this year with offering a sleek looking and functioning adjustable Lanyard. Made in USA...Guide Nippers $49.95 / Lanyard $24.95

More Nerdy Details

Lanyards

Lanyards
I have to give Abel Lanyard the vote for originality. The design is something an obsessive angler could vision up from a weeks worth of unorganized piled up terminal tackle. While it appears unnecessary the big ball bearing swivel clinches the deal for me in both form and function with an added over-kill benefit of your nippers always laying flat against your chest. The Hatch Lanyard is simple and effective with best feature being that it is automatically included with their Nippers. Simms obviously realized the importance of a quality lanyard and did a nice job in closely replicating the others. While paracord is readily available it surprises me no one took the FlyVine, fly line re-purpose route. As for the swivel, I'll be adding this feature to my other lanyards.

Size Matters

Another Cutting Angle
This angle really shows just how slim the Abel Nippers are. I appreciate their compact design. I have heard some say they prefer the Hatch Nippers for their wide opening ease of use. I can see that side. Simms keeps theirs compact but not the same slim feeling of the Abel's. Notice the piercing looking eye buster on the Simms.

Attachment Points

Nipper Rings
Something I never noticed until doing this review...The hatch attachment point is machined as part of the aluminum arm. My only concern with this is aluminum wears easily and it's such a small flange I could see in some strange mishap getting broken off. I've yet to ever hear of a problem, just my observation. The other two appear to be Stainless Steel and are free moving.

Do They Cut (Nip)

I did some nip testing. Of course all of them cut whatever nylon or fluorocarbon tippet/leader material you could throw at them. I couldn't really tell a difference in cut quality or effort to operate. I also tested them with cutting braid material. Braid is tough for anything to cut cleanly. All three Nippers managed to cut any braid I tried but none of them really nips it cleanly unless you pull the braid line across or against the cutting edge of the nippers. Then they all did a pretty good job. I feel the Abel Nippers with having both jaws sharpened may have had a slight edge over the others. It's really hard to determine and I think cutting braid may have as much to do with technique as anything else.

The Final Nip

This is where I do my best not to show bias. Yeah Right! You'd think I'd know by now there is no such thing as a non-bias review.

I think it's hard to beat the Abel Nippers. The design, originality, finish and ergonomics all are about as perfect as it gets. The only thing I can knock them for is the ever increasing price.

I can easily see why the Hatch Nippers appeal to many anglers with a larger size and larger opening for ease of use. Even though I prefer smaller nippers to appease the minimalist in me, I can't really knock Hatch for their size because they appeal to those who prefer bigger. Nothing wrong with that. Hatch provides a great looking quality alternative choice in Nippers. Steep at $100 but don't forget when comparing, Hatch Nippers include the Lanyard.

The New Simms Guide Nipper is several steps of improvement over their original nipper entry which just didn't Nip it! HaHa! I think they appeal to those who want the premium style nipper but draw a line at a price point.

Time to "Nip it in the Bud"


BassProGreg




Gorge Fly Shop Internet Sales Manager | Product Specialist


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2/21/2017 - Update

In reference to comments here is pictures of what I do to attach my nippers. I do use a lanyard at times. If I use a lanyard it is usually summer fishing from a boat, with no waders on. My rule of thumb is no more then one item around neck.
Notice to avoid piercing a hole in my wader strap I devised a little loop of webbing. Also notice (pay attention Simms) the already ripped out integrated utility tab, yeah, not so secure. Redington had the best thing going on their Sonic Pro waders with an actual D-rings attached solidly on both suspenders but when they brought out the new 2017 model it was MIA. What a shame!

With the carabiner I have the option to move them wherever I want them or store them away in my pack and feel pretty secure that I am not going to lose them to a faulty intrusive zinger.

Jan 30, 2017

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (1/30/17)

A Wild Coastal Beauty!

Winter Steelhead fishing has been slow, but steady.  Our local rivers haven't gotten the spikes in flow that we need to pull fish upriver.  Most of the fish are being caught in the mouths or first few runs of the river where fish are waiting to make a push.  Rains are expected this week which should help things out.  The coastal rivers continue to be the best bet for winter chrome right now.

If your cabin fever is getting the best of you, and you are sick of fishing poor steelhead conditions, you really should be trout fishing on the Deschutes, Metolius or Yakima right now!  As I have stated before, winter trout fishing can be absolutely killer.  Double nymph rigs with a small stone and a midge/Baetis nymph can be dynamite.  Or if you are like me, swinging meat for the big predacious trout is a staple winter pattern and a heck of a lot of fun!  The bottom line is you should at least give winter trout fishing a try, especially during poor steelhead conditions.  Stop on in the shop and we can get you dialed in for some redside fun!


Flows:  The USGS sites give us real-time flows, while the NOAA site shows us predictions based on weather patterns.  Both are invaluable tools.


Hood River:

Klickitat
USGS
NOAA

Clackamas:

Deschutes near Madras:

Deschutes at the mouth:

Columbia River
Bonneville Dam Water Temps
Columbia @ Hood River (The mouth of the Hood backs up at 75 feet)

As always, we are happy to talk fishing anytime.  Give us a call if you have any specific questions on local rivers, gear, and tactics, or if you just want some encouragement to get out of the office.  541.386.6977



Ryan Van Duzor
Gorge Fly Shop | Product Specialist
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Jan 26, 2017

Winston Nexus - USA Built Under $500

Winston Nexus

USA Built Under $500 - Article 1262017

This article series is intended to review Fly Fishing Rods and Reels under $500. The criteria for these reviews is that the actual product is tested in real world fishing conditions. They are not just wiggled in the showroom or cast in parking lot or show pond.

In doing some research I realized there are a few rods that demand our attention. They fit a budget, provide fish-able actions and are made in USA by top well known manufactures such as Sage, Scott and Winston. My goal is to fish a few of these rods and report what I find. In this article I will review the...

Winston Nexus 890-4 

$495 (Scale Weight 3.7 oz) (Published Weight 3.25 oz)
I liked this rod the first time I cast it at IFTD 2014 and I still like it today. It just feels like what I think a good graphite fly rod should feel like. The feel of this rod recalls me to a time when we never questioned if graphite was the material of choice for best fly rods of the day. It's light, it's responsive and does not feel complicated. The Nexus can be as easy as you want it to be and yet progressively it adds power as needed and/or requested.
Hard to turn down a Swinging D

Considered to be fast action but I like to rate the Nexus as a mod-fast action rod. Just relax a little and the Nexus really shows its positive attributes. While not designated as a saltwater fly rod it could certainly pull duty as one and might even be a great choice for intermediate level casters.

With the Nexus one can back off of the over-weighted two bump shooting head lines and get back to a more versatile comfortable fly line taper. I go as far to say that of these three most recent rods I've tested including Sage Motive and Scott Tidal, the Nexus probably holds the most true to line weight of any of them. My preferred line for this rod and the testing I did with it was the S/A Wavelength Titan series BUT,  I downsized it by one size to a 7wt line. Since Titan is a two bump line by downsizing one size I bought it to a one bump level. The Nexus actually cast the same line in a 6wt size very well also but it wasn't enough line to easily turn over the big bass flies I like to fish with such as Feather Game Changers and Spun Deer Frogs. For average use the Nexus lines up great with a S/A Amplitude MPX or one of the new Winston Energy Fly Lines.

Bass Bug Box
I found the sweet spot of the Nexus is fishing normal. Dry lines and moderate flies like top water poppers, terrestrials and unweighted streamers is where this Winston really excels. It's light, comfortable in hand and easy to get in tune with your cast.

What! It's not Winston Green? While the Nexus is a deep black color rod blank it still has all the incredible finish qualities every Winston Rod is known for. It comes with a black powdered coated aluminum rod tube and cloth sock and of course Winston's Lifetime Warranty.

Final Thoughts

The Winston Nexus has an easy progressive taper making it comfortable for a wide range of uses. I guess the question you want an answer to is: Would I own this rod? Yes, but for the right reasons. I would buy the Nexus for the build quality and because it holds closely to line weight. I would buy it for it's relaxed action and comfortable casting stroke. I wouldn't buy it to be an all out big bug chuckin power stick but for average size streamers, salt flies, nymph rigs and dry lines the Nexus is a great stick and an absolute great value for the price!

BassProGreg




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Jan 23, 2017

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (01/23/17)

Sorry for the lack of fishing pictures as of late, but we finally are thawing our after a horrendous ice storm this past week and I may finally be able to fish again!
This rig has gotten us through everything this winter has thrown at us!

There are definitely some winter steelhead being caught by the brave souls out there this past week.  The best reports have been coming from the Oregon Coast. Some of our more local rivers have finally gotten some water, as the rain and thaw continues, but I don't see any major spikes in flow in the next week.  I say pick and river and get out there while the weather abides, you can't catch them if your fly isn't wet!

We lost a lot of good trees due to the ice












Haven't heard much from the trout scene in the past week, but I would imagine the fish are hungry and biting well, especially with the low pressure and warming trend.


Looking forward to some swing time real soon!


Flows:
  The USGS sites give us real-time flows, while the NOAA site shows us predictions based on weather patterns.  Both are invaluable tools.


Hood River:

Klickitat
USGS
NOAA

Clackamas:

Deschutes near Madras:

Deschutes at the mouth:

Columbia River
Bonneville Dam Water Temps
Columbia @ Hood River (The mouth of the Hood backs up at 75 feet)

As always, we are happy to talk fishing anytime.  Give us a call if you have any specific questions on local rivers, gear, and tactics, or if you just want some encouragement to get out of the office.  541.386.6977



Ryan Van Duzor
Gorge Fly Shop | Product Specialist
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Jan 22, 2017

Redington Vice - New for 2017

Easy casting fast action


The Redington Vice exhibits an attractive look with its saltwater grade black anodized hardware. The performance is a good blend between power and feel. Complete with lifetime warranty, cordura rod tube and four piece travel design. 

Redington makes fly fishing accessible to all anglers, and with the addition of the Vice Fly Rod family, that fishing habit may just turn into an obsession.

Built around an easy-casting fast action with multi-modulus carbon fiber blanks, the Vice rods offer increased levels of recovery for casting, with greater accuracy and control. Subtle design touches, including the rods’ black anodized snake guides, laser-etched reel seats and saltwater-grade components create affordable fly rods anglers cannot resist.


Alignment dots on each section of the rod make for easy setup, and the durable cordura rod tube with built-in rod dividers offers easy transport. Each model comes with a lifetime warranty and will be available at retailers in August 2016 for a retail price of $199.95.


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