Apr 21, 2017

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Apr 18, 2017

South America Adventures - Morrison Files

Limay River

Hi Lyndsey,

Hope all is well.

I wanted to get these to you earlier but just didn’t have a chance. This was one of those trips that after twenty one days we did not want to come home. It’s the longest I’ve been away from home since I was in the service (50 years ago). The trip started on the Alumine River in the northern Patagonia region with eight of us, seven guys and Jeanette. We have fished with all but three, we met two on the trip to Christmas Island and another one on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. After the first 9 days two of them went home and we were down to six. We got in a van and went southwest to the Limay River and what a river it was. It’s about the size of the Snake, quite a bit shallower and crystal clear, a deep spot might be 20 feet or so. A couple of the pictures show how clear the water is, at 10 feet deep you could still see all the colors of the rocks. In April the big browns are in this system and get up to 30+ pounds.

 Every fish Jeanette caught was on a dry and she caught a bunch. We camped on the Limay for three nights and fished it a total of four days. Then back in the van, we went on a sightseeing road trip back north, we went the equivalent of Eugene to Vancouver Canada. The scenery was unbelievable, it was an area they call the Seven Lakes Region. If you google seven lakes region, Argentina click on images and you’ll get an idea of what we saw. Anyway next year we want to find a way to spend at least three weeks there, that’s how good it was.

Good Friends...Good Times

The good news is I did not break a fly rod, that’s just about a first. In some areas we used the 8wts especially if we were fishing deep and with streamers. On the big browns you strip set the hook or they’ll get off. In one picture there are four of us, the other couple are friends from Emmet, Idaho and were working as guides for Diego the outfitter. That was another thing that made the trip, having good friends along. They also guide for Jeff Helfrich on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, and the Rogue. April 7th to the 14th we’re going to Petersburg, Alaska with Dino, Seda, Jeff and another friend from Vida (upper McKenzie) steelhead fishing. That should be a good time too. That’s when we get to try our luck with the switch rods.

So there you have it, take care,


Apr 14, 2017

G.Loomis GLX Sale - 2017

 G.Loomis Sale

G.Loomis is moving forward and with that it's time to say goodbye to some old favorites. It's hard not to be a little sentimental at this moment in time. Look at the great rods that have made so much history and brought forth so much innovation to the sport of fly fishing. Whisper Creek and Streamdance's will be synonymous names for many years to come. Dredger, Stinger and Roaring River will become cherished icons reminding us of better days now past.

The future awaits us with new innovations. A New G.Loomis is in sight on the near horizon.

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Apr 11, 2017

"Four is Enough"

A new battle cry for a grassroots movement to improve steelhead management without new regulations.

By Bill Herzog
Last fall on Oregon’s upper Deschutes, some of the most influential minds on wild steelhead gathered in Maupin for a “Steelhead Summit.” Maupin, center-punched into the heart of Oregon, is a tiny desert town famous for two things: trout and steelhead fishing and being a destination for folks in the government’s witness protection program.
Well, one of those statements is true, anyway.
At this gathering I was privileged to share cocktail hour circles with fellows who know more about the state of our wild steelhead runs here in the Northwest than possibly anyone. John McMillan, Nick Chambers, JD Richey, Dwayne Meadows. And sitting at the head of the table was the patriarch of our silver-scaled family, Brian O’Keefe. Anyone who has spent time in the Northwest is familiar with Brian’s photography, writing skills and global angling adventures.
Most of our conversations involved throwing darts at the idea board for the future of wild steelhead management and fishing opportunities. It pays to be a good listener at these types of gatherings, as often the best ideas are not your own.
Brian had the look in his eye of a man who just discovered fire. He took a long pull off his brew, set it on the table, raised his hand, and said three words:
“Four Is Enough.”
This laid a blanket of quiet over the round table. Say again?
He stood up, repeating with more emphasis, “Four Is Enough! That’s our movement for wild steelhead! Four Is Enough!”
What do you mean, four is enough?
“Let’s face it. Passing new angling regulations is several levels past difficult — and not a quick process. It’s almost impossible to make everyone happy. Customs run deep in the steelheader’s realm.”
Brian was on roll. “What if we could change a major aspect, habits if you will, about steelheading without changing techniques, open times and areas, or gear restrictions, and all get behind something that would be unquestionably beneficial everywhere wild steelhead are found? Something that all anglers — fly, drift gear, bobber/bait, plugs, spoons, jigs — everyone could get behind?”
“What if we start a movement to only hook and land, say, four wild steelhead per day? This can be for an individual, or it can be the total for those in rafts, drift boats and jet sleds. I mean, for decades Atlantic salmon anglers in most waters on the East Coast and Europe may only hook and land one salmon per day, and then you are done. You must be satisfied with your sport. Does it work? Hell yes!”
“Really, how many steelhead does an angler need to catch in a day? Usually one scratches the itch for most of us, but so often now I see anglers, gear and fly — especially the indicator crowd — using catch-and-release as an abusive tool on those rare days when there are good numbers and willing steelhead. Anglers are now using the most effective techniques in history. This means we have good fishing for a day or two when the rivers drop in, and usually only for the first several boats or bank anglers. As rivers continue to drop and clear, success diminishes with most fish already having been hooked and released.”
This is getting good.
“Imagine now, if we all agree to limit ourselves to four steelhead per day — that is way better than one or two, but not a ridiculous number in double digits. Four steelhead played and landed per person or per boat would still mean a great day, yet there would be biting fish left for other anglers who also deserve a shot. Obviously there would be many days that four fish would not be a reality anyway, but this would be a start of something really cool!”
Brian O’Keefe, ladies and gentlemen. Perhaps we can self-police ourselves, make fishing better and improve the health of our wild steelhead runs at the same time.
I could personally provide dozens of anecdotes about hooking too many steelhead when the opportunity arises, but I’ll go no further back than this February at the Portland Sportsmen’s Show. I was having a spirited gab with a well known Forks guide, a great guy and skilled angler. We were naturally talking about how slow and scary it was that the early wild fish were just not making a “normal” showing in the Quillayute system. He said that finally a decent shot of fresh fish came up the Sol Duc after the last rain event. Fishing was awesome the first day, he said, and his boat landed 19 steelhead. The next day, half that amount. By day three, with rivers dropping and fewer moving fish, his boat hooked three fish in the following five days. The bite, he said, “Didn’t hold up.”
I asked him if there were dozens of boats on that stretch, all using the most effective techniques, covering every square foot of river and hooking nearly every aggressive steelhead, would the “Four is enough” idea slow the action down? He agreed that it would make a huge difference. I then asked him if he could tell me about steelhead number 6 or fish number 12. How did they fight? No answer. Now ask any angler, gear or fly, about the one steelhead they caught after two days of persistence. Chances are very good you get a wide-eyed tale with details from hookset to beach.
Four encounters with a steelhead is double what most would call a fantastic day. Practicing Four Is Enough would also leave more players, green fish, for anglers the next day. It’s a start.
Four Is Enough.
Is this really a novel concept, a brand new way of practicing conservation? During that trip to Maupin, I read this passage from a dog-eared, yellowed, cover-less fishing book in my room:
…the concentration of new fishermen is immensely greater while the amount and nature of fishable water has neither increased or substantially improved. Increasing emphasis must be placed on taking and hooking fewer fish so each angler has his chance. With these restrictions, the fisherman must gather himself the greatest sport from fewer fish…
Sound familiar? This book was written in 1950 by an East Coast trout fisherman who watched his once lonely and productive rivers become significantly more crowded every spring. You could just cut and paste this sentimentality into present-day steelhead angling. If we do not “up our game” and give some sort of sanctuary to our wild steelhead, we can all plan on golfing a lot more in the spring.
The Four Is Enough revolution will be difficult at first. We have to take the leap of faith and hope that others will be inspired and begin a change of habit. And there will be some who say this is nothing more than a ploy by the fly fishermen to make rivers their own. But if gear and fly fishers don’t lock arms on the issue of saving our wild steelhead, it will be folly. We stand or fall together.
Four Is Enough.
Let’s not leave our future in the hands of glacial-speed rulemakers. Let’s take this idea for a test drive this March and April. We can do this, as none of us knows more than all of us. I think Spock said it best, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. There will be opposition, naysayers, those who will still try for the big numbers when opportunity manifests. But peer pressure is powerful — if we all commit ourselves to practicing “Four Is Enough,” change for the better is inevitable.
In Forks. In Tillamook. In Brookings. In Smithers. In Clarkston. On the Hoh. The Sandy. The Sol Duc. The Wynoochee. The Grande Ronde. The Smith and Clackamas. We could make this international, carry the Four Is Enough flag to the great Skeena in the fall. And in 2018, on the Fourth Corner’s crown jewel, the Skagit.
We have never been so in touch, so easily, with so many other anglers. We can do this. For the future. Rivers are our sanctuary from stress, but even with their unique beauty, without steelhead, well…
Four is enough.

Article shared from- www.wildsteelheaders.org Follow link for more information about Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative and Wild Steelheaders United.

-Cody Booth

Apr 8, 2017

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (4/8/2017)

Beautiful day to get skunked!

“Look to the seasons when choosing your cures” –Hippocrates 

Indeed, seasons are changing and excitement is in the air!

On the winter steelhead front, Wednesday I was able to get my boat out to the Clackamas for a nice “springy” day. We spotted a few fish but no tugs to report. We did come across a sea lion that pulled out a nice fish out of our run, which was only slightly disenchanting. As we creep into spring it’s important to remain mindful of spawning fish and to stay clear of redds. If your favorite river is about done for the season, venturing out as a simple spectator can provide great entertainment- polarized binoculars can also work wonders!
If you’re still keen on fishing for winter-run fish there have been a couple reports of a late push of wilds on the coast, however I would probably target rivers more inland and/or northern. A report also just came in of the first summer-run steelhead caught on the Clackamas. This run begins to trickle in this month on the Clackamas and Sandy, but May is generally when the push comes. Spring Chinook should also provide a little action soon too, but with low numbers projected, and their typical  unwillingness to bite a fly, they’ll definitely make you work for it.

Chelsey enjoying a nice day swinging flies on the Clackamas.
Trout reports have been few and far between, but some insects have been waking up! The Deschutes has come down some to 9,100cfs, although it has been a little warm/wet up on Mt. Hood so fishing above White River may provide some better clarity.  Nymphing will be your best bet and I would be sure to pack some stonefly nymphs, pheasant tails, and maybe some San Juan worms as well.  We have had some excellent reports from the lake fishing locals.  If you can get to the a lake that has trout in it and the season is open, you will likely be treated to some stellar fishing!

The Columbia is still high but finally dropping and clearing up quite a bit.  For the fly angler, April and May on the Columbia are definitely the best times to access smallmouth.  Clouser’s and other baitfish flies, as well as heavy crayfish flies work well early in the spring.  Fish them on a full sinking, intermediate or floating line based on where the fish seem to be staged.  As mentioned last week, carp fishing can be great in high water when they are less skittish. If you’ve never caught one on the fly, they are quite fun!

**Friendly reminder** WA fishing licenses expired on 3/31, so make sure you get a new one if you are headed out!
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:
Deschutes near Madras:
Deschutes at the mouth:
Columbia River
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 

The Gorge Fly Shop Team


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Apr 5, 2017

Korkers - The Sole Story

Korkers AlumaTrax

Three New Korkers Boots to check out...

Darkhorse - Tough "Workhorse" of a boot
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The Sole Story

The unique feature of all Korkers Wading Boots is the ability to change soles to match wading requirements. The proven OmniTrax V3.0 System offers versatility not found in any other wading boot.

In this short article we'll explore your sole options and how they can improve your fishing

With concerns for stream health and regional restrictions Korkers has a solution to keep you safe and our streams clean. When I need traction I depend on Alumatrax. About the only sole type that comes close to this traction in the stream is studded felt but studded felt is no match to Alumatrax on the trail. Also since Alumatrax is not spikes it is generally accepted friendly to boat floors. I am a huge fan of this sole type and if I only had one to choose from this would be it.

Studded Felt
A good argument can be made for the effectiveness of studded felt. For many anglers it's still the "go to" choice for traction. Great feature with Korkers and the Omnitrax system is when regulation forces you to drop the felt you have adaptable options.

When your guide request "No Traction Devices in the boat", this felt option can save your day. Still get great traction when in the stream and comfortable to stand on deck all day long.

Studded Rubber
I found these soles to be very effective on slimy slick rock stream bottoms and rocky terrain. Super aggressive 7mm threaded, replaceable carbide spikes makes these soles a favorite with ocean jetty anglers and winter extreme icy environment anglers coast to coast. I understand this is a favorite among coastal Striper anglers.

Studded Kling-on
Great option for the anglers who just needs a tread sole with a little extra traction.

Vibram and Studded Vibram
These are a great step up option in tread soles. My pick would be the studded model but there are reasons to go with no-stud tread.

Traction device or tread

It's easy to have traction opinions when wading throughout the western waters. The West is demanding and therefore it's hard for us to talk about anything other than serious traction devices. One such example is Oregon's Deschutes River. One slip here could put an angler in a serious life threatening situation. The general claim from anglers who frequent this fishery is, it's not a matter of if you will dunk but when you will dunk. It's advised not to come to this fishery with just tread soles.

Many situations don't require the hardware to wade.
Example is Great Lakes Carp Flats Fishing. I fished this environment a couple years ago and preparing to go fish it again later this spring. In this situation one might even find traction devices to create unnecessary noise. The shale rock bottoms of Lake Michigan are not slick at all and the surface to walk on is flat. For this fishery I would reach for the Kling-on or the Vibram. The non-studded soles will be stealthy as possible and provide clean quiet wading.

Korkers Omnitrax adaptable traction provides the angler options to meet the specific demands of traction, safety, cleanliness, stealth and regulation.

We'd like to hear from our Korkers owners and what sole you are using and tell us about your wading demands. Please share in the comments.

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Apr 3, 2017

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (4/3/17)

Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink!

The first spring flowers are budding and the rivers are still full!

The tail end of the winter steelheading season is still kicking.  I have had decent reports from all of the Gorge and the coast.  I think the high water is helping some anglers access fish that would normally be deep in the center of runs when the water is low and clear.  The warmer air temps and fresh flows are keeping the fish that are around pretty happy.

Skwala are stilling hatching!
Trout fishing on the Deschutes is still difficult, though not impossible, especially if you are above the White River.  Flows are still very high, and are predicted to slowly drop over the next week, but will likely remain high for quite a while.  Reports from the Yakima are very similar, with the only really fishable water being up high around Cle Elum.  If it were me out there today I would be nymphing a rubber legs and a worm...

The high and muddy water is still impairing much of the main Columbia fishing as well.  Bass fishing has been difficult with the cold muddy water.  The carp fishing should improve as the water clears a bit and the dark bottomed muddy backwaters warm up.  

 Lake fishing for trout is a very viable option this time of year and a lot of fun to boot!  Just make sure you check the regulations on the body of water you want to fish.  Some lakes in Oregon and Washington are open all year, but many open on the 4th Saturday in April, which is the 22nd this year.  Pulling a woolly bugger or leech around this time of year is just about as productive as anything, but get you supply of Chironomids ready as that can be a stellar way to catch wary lake fish in the spring, and all year really.  Callibaetis mayfly hatches are also a possibility, and the nymphs can be very actively swimming before a hatch.  Make sure you have some nymphs and dries in your box, as this hatch can be spectacular if you are there on the right day!

Adventure awaits in the PNW if you are willing to look, so get out there!
Here are links to the Washington and Oregon Fishing Regulations:

ODFW Fishing Regulations 2017

**Friendly reminder** WA fishing licenses expired on 3/31, so make sure you get a new one if you are headed out!

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:



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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Mar 30, 2017

Korkers Free Sole Promotion

April Promotion...Buy New Korkers Wading Boots and Get a Free Pair of Soles

Purchase any Korkers 2017 in-line wading boot or wading cleat from a participating Korkers dealer between April 1, 2017 and April 30, 2017 and receive a free Korkers accessory sole or spike pack of your choice.

Mail-In Redemption:
Complete rebate coupon information (Name, Address, Email, Desired Item #, and Size) with April 2017 proof of purchase by May 30th deadline. Mail to: Korkers Products, LLC 1239 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214.

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Complete online rebate registration at www.korkers.com/rebate with April 2017 proof of purchase by May 30th deadline.

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Thank you for purchasing Korkers! To redeem a rebate for a free set of soles or free spike pack, please go to www.korkers.com/rebate.

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Terms & Conditions: Promotion dates based on purchase from 4/1/17 - 4/30/17. Rebate submission must be made by 5/30/17. No exceptions. Offer valid in the USA and Canada. Limit one per person. This rebate cannot be combined with any other offers from Korkers. Void where prohibited by law. Offer good while supplies last. Offer applies to 2017 in-line wading boots and overshoe cleats only (closeout or discontinued items are not eligible). Non-compliant requests will be eliminated without response. Allow six to ten weeks after submission for delivery of product.

For rebate redemption via mail, please send to: Korkers Products, LLC 1239 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214.

Three New Korkers Boots to check out...

Darkhorse - Tough "Workhorse" of a boot
Hatchback - Enter From Rear
Buckskin Mary - Dedicated Women's Footwear

Learn more about Korkers OmniTrax System in The Sole Story...

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