Feb 23, 2020

Video - Single Spey Tips with Simon Gawesworth

RIO Fly Fishing Tips presents

Single Spey Tip 1, Point First from RIO Products on Vimeo.

This first tip of RIO Fly Fishing Tips is the first in a series of three tips on making a Single Spey cast. This tip shows the importance of pointing the rod across the river prior to starting the cast.

Single Spey Tip 2, Aussie Style from RIO Products on Vimeo.

This tip shows the importance of avoiding what is called "Aussie Style" when making the D-loop stroke.

Single Spey Tip 3, Collision Loop from RIO Products on Vimeo.

Single Spey Tip three RIO Fly Fishing Tip is the last in this series of three on making a Single Spey cast. This tip shows how to avoid the "Collision Loop".

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Feb 22, 2020

Umpqua ZS2 Steamboat Sling Pack - New for 2020


The Steamboat ZS2 Sling carries like a fully-supported backpack leaving your line-of-sight and range-of-motion free up front.


Perfect for spey and switch fishermen. A thumb-loop allows for easy "slinging” from back to front for quick access to essentials.

 A large main compartment easily holds a light rain jacket, lunch and boat box, while a secondary face pocket is great for accessory organization and smaller boxes storage.


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Feb 21, 2020

Aqua Flies - Hartwick's Marabou Tube


Hartwick's Marabou Tube Flies are tied on a 1" plastic tube. Utilizing marabou, Angel Hair, and an ostrich wing, these flies have a lot of movement. They are lightweight and easy to cast. Ring eye hook included.
These Marabou Tubes have a lot of movement under a swing and perform well with sink tips.

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Feb 20, 2020

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report | 2/20/20

Decent Bow Bow from the Deschutes caught using a streamer and my G.Loomis IMX PRO 41111

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report | 2/20/20

Trout: Deschutes

With the nice winter weather we have had lately, you might be itching to get out on the water. Well winter trout fishing has been really goo on the Deschutes. Very consistent according to a local customer who has been fishing it quite regularly this winter and he had a big smile on his face as he described the fishing as worth it to go.  He stated that he has been fishing small soft hackles and mostly nymph fishing and when I asked him if he had thrown any streamers, he said no, and that he really didn't know how to fish them.

So I gave him a quick rundown on how to fish them and hopefully he will come back with some updated info with the streamers.  This time of year, streamers are a favorite of ours.  They will smash them and the eat is pretty exciting. The water should be nice and clear with the colder nights we have had.  No need to get there right at sunrise and freeze you tail off, the best fishing is between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.  Sleep in and head out and fish the warmer part of the day. If by chance you get there and there is a bit color to the water and you are struggling, just put on a San Juan Worm or small egg pattern and hang one. From here on out the crowds will be low, leaving lots of great water for the rest of us.

There have been the usual good Blue Winged Olive hatches on the cloudy cooler days. Keep in mind that the colder and nastier the day the more concentrated the BWO hatch is. So stock up on Blue Winged Olive nymphs, dries and emergers.

Our favorite flies are: Dries: Sparkle Flag BWO #18-20, Extended Body BWO #20, Parachute Extended Body BWO #20, Parachute Adams #18-20 Emergers: Sprout BWO #18-20, Challenged PT #18 Nymphs: Bead Head Flashback PT #18-20, Pheasant Tail #18-20, Flashback Pheasant Tail #18-20, WD40 #18-20.  And don't forget a few streamers such as the Sculpin, the "ONE" Sculpin, Rio Precious Metal, Sculpzilla to name a couple. The key to streamer fishing when it's cold is to slow down and give the fish a bit more time to get to it.


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Lakes:

The most accessible lakes in the winter this time of year are down near the Columbia River. Lakes like Taylor Lake on the Oregon side. Roland Lake and Spear Fish Lake on the Washington side.

The best thing about fishing lakes this time of year is that the best fishing is mid day. No need to get up early.

Best results have been fishing an intermediate or slow sinking line with a variety of #8-10 leach patters in Black or Brown. Suspending a Balance Leach or Chironomids under an indicator with a floating works well to. The biggest thing in the winter is fish your flies very slow.


Click here for an effective Stillwater Trout Fly SelectionStillwater Trout Selection 

Other Great Winter Trout Fisheries: 

Here are some other great winter trout fisheries across Oregon and Washington to think about. Oregon: Crooked River, Donner Blitzen River, Malhuer River and Owyhee River. Washington: Rocky Ford Creek and Yakima River All of these are great fishing during the winter and can be fun to go explore.

A nice winter from the Kalama River, WA caught while fishing with local guide Travis Wallace.

Steelhead:

The Northwest has seen a good amount of rain over the last few weeks and steelhead have moved into the rivers. Although not in huge numbers we have gotten some nice fish it.  A local customer told us that he has done pretty well this winter under the conditions.  He also fishes a lot and he said that this winter he has landed 8 winter steelhead.  Which may not sound that great, however, when numbers are down and conditions are less than ideal, that is an acceptable number. 


Most of rivers have been a little high as a few days ago, but with colder nights and no rain for at least the last five days, the rivers should drop quick and be in great shape.  Best fishing should be on the North Coast Rivers, Sandy River, Kalama River, Hood River and Clackamas, or further west to the coast and Tillamook area.

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Smallmouth:  

Water temps are still cold enough to the point that smallmouth are not very active now and won’t be until spring.


Click here for an effective smallmouth fly selection:  Smallmouth Flies

If you have the time and need to get out, Stay warm and comfortable and be safe!

Gorge Fly Shop Team
John G

Solitude Hale Bopp Leech

The Hale Bopp Leech has been around for quite awhile and is the standard go to fly for fishing trout in high mountain lakes.

Colors: Black, Grey, Brown, Olive, Wine
Fish these on floating or sink tip fly lines in and around structure or over drop offs

Also comes in Bead Head
Deep troll or slow strip this fly and hold on.
Hook size #8


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Feb 19, 2020

Nautilus GTX Fly Reels

We first saw the prototype of Nautilus GTX Fly Reel almost 2 years ago. One thing about Nautilus is no reel will go to market until Kristen gives it the final approval. No detail no matter how big or how small will be overlooked. They will be tested, torn apart, rebuilt and tested again, and again, and again! And the best part is...Saltwater reels are tested in saltwater and tested against the actual beast they were intended to tame!

With a 5" diameter and a narrow 1.1" wide and a capacity of mega backing and a 12 weight line GTX is ready to handle any Tarpon game you want to give it.
How about 25 lbs of drag force and coming in at a super light 8.7 ounce. Good luck finding figures even close to GTX.

The GTX Pentadrag braking system is a brand new design that is best described as a hybrid NV-G/CCF-X2/X-Series drag system. The new Pentadrag features 3 cork and carbon fiber surfaces and two free floating carbon fiber surfaces that are topped with a Kevlar®/carbon fiber hybrid precision plate that ensures even pressure at all points of the drag surfaces. The cork acts as an insulation and compression material to ensure a smooth drag transition while the carbon fiber delivers the market-leading overall smoothness that Nautilus Reels is known for.

To control the drag tension, Nautilus designed the all new GripTorq drag knob. Intricately machined on 4 axes to promote light weight, strength and more grip than on any other drag knob in the industry. The GTX GripTorq drag knob measures 1.9” in diameter.

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Feb 18, 2020

Umpqua UPG Fly Boxes

Several new fly boxes just arrived from Umpqua
Pictured above is a New UPG LT Payload Saltwater Box in the new Aqua Blue Color

UPG HD Large Flats Foam Box
UPG LT Payload Boat Box Freshwater
UPG HD Walkabout features a double leaf.

Many others to choose from. Shop Fly Boxes

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Feb 17, 2020

Simms Gallatin Flannel LS - New for 2020


Burly and Montana-styled flannel that can handle plenty of gear and take you from the drift boat to your favorite restaurant.

Features
  • Water‐resistant
  • Quick‐drying, wicking, anti‐odor, and UPF 50
  • 2 zippered chest pockets
  • 2 fly box‐compatible chest pockets
  • FABRIC TECH: 55% polyester/42% rayon/3% spandex
  • FABRIC WEIGHT: 7.08 oz./yd.
  • APPROX. WEIGHT: 8.5 oz.
Simms Gallatin Flannel LS Fishing Shirt

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