Jun 3, 2020

Fishpond Fly Fishing Accessories

You may well know of some great Fishpond products such as packs, backpacks, bags, waterproof, sling packs, etc. Equally as impressive is Fishpond's line of Accessories. Things like Zingers, Holders and Straps made to customize your fishing experience. Let's review a few of these accessories.

Fishpond Swivel Retractors

Fishpond Swivel Retractors have been around for quite a while and for good reason. They don't break. Starting with the pin retaining system this retractor is unlikely to ever come loose from where you attach it.

Fishpond Arrowhead Retractors

Hand Crafted in Colorado
Arrowhead retractors are crafted in the USA from aerospace aluminum and feature braided nylon cord rated for 130lb break strength. Built in carabiner lets you attach just about anywhere.

Headgate Tippet Holder

Original left - XL on right
Tippet holders come in many shapes and sizes but no one build a holders like the Fishpond Headgate.

Floatant Holders
Dry Shake or Paste, Fishpond Floatant Holders will make it accessible. 


Left to Right: Beavertail Fly Patch, Gear Straps, Confluence Net Release
And those little accessories that just make life easier!

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Jun 2, 2020

Burkheimer Trout Spey - In Stock

If you are shopping for a Burkheimer Spey Rod you should probably take a look at our inventory. We are quite confident that we can claim to have the largest Burkheimer inventory instock, anywhere in the world. Note; We also normally have a couple single hand trout rods in stock as well.

If not in stock we'll be happy to special order one for you. All models are listed on our e-comm store for purchase. Please note not to get in a hurry for special order burkheimers. These sought after rods are built "One of a kind and One at a time." No mass production here!

Just in: We just got the highly anticipated Trout Spey 3113-4 in both Vintage and classic finish. These won't last long and more are already on order. Even if we sell out you will still get the next one faster from us than anyone else.

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Jun 1, 2020

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Duffel

The perfect size bag for your next adventure whether it's on a flats boat or running whitewater. With its water-tight construction you can rest assured that your gear will be safe.

Features - 
  • 1680D recycled nylon main body fabric 
  • TPU welded fabric construction 
  • TIZIP submersible main cargo zipper 
  • YKK Aquaguard water resistant quick access exterior pocket 
  • Braided climbing rope handles 
  • Daisy chain webbing for rod tubes and attachment points 
  • Carry-On Size Compatible
  • Gear straps not included
  • 39L (2,379) Cu. In. 
  • 2.6 lbs 
  • 21" x 12.5" x 11"


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May 31, 2020

Deschutes Guide Report - Sam Sickles

Fishing has been incredible since we got back to work May 21st. The Salmon Flies and Golden Stones are pretty much done but it was fun while it lasted. In certain spots fish will still eat the big bugs but it’s pretty much over. If you need one more fish on the Salmon flies head to Mecca flats, that will be the last place to have bugs.

What is happening is everything else!
By everything I mean Sallies, Caddis, PMD’s, and Green Drakes. The dry fly fishing has been really good in the right spots and the nymph fishing is well… well it’s stupid easy.

I see conditions remaining the same until July. I spent a few hours swinging soft hackles last week. It was a rainy day and many fish were caught but the big ones eluded me. With all the caddis swarming right now soft hackles will work best early and late in the day.

I haven’t swung the big bugs much lately but same deal, early and late. Look for big time feeding activity in the evenings and morning as it gets hotter out.

If nymphing is your game, the big weighted rubber legs are still being inhaled in most spots, dropper fly gets eaten infrequently. Late in the afternoon fish prefer the dropper fly.

Don’t be afraid to fish some large green drake nymphs, they’re around and fish are keyed up for them.

When you are fishing keep an eye on the birds. When the gulls show up and look like they are feeding on bugs; picking them off the water, look for the green drakes. If the green drakes come off switch immediately, the fish will be on them.

If you are floating on the river, pull over immediately. Enjoy the month of June because we’re off to steelhead in July!

Tight lines,

Sam Sickles of Steelhead Outfitters:

May 29, 2020


Lost Lake, a favorite of many, is NOW OPEN AS OF TODAY, May 29th!


This includes lodging, campground and day use. They encourage you to social distance and to be thoughtful of others while visiting and using the facilities.  If you have any questions call them at (541) 386-6366.

Most day-use sites on the forest will reopen Friday, May 29.  This includes most every trail head, OHV area, picnic area, trail, boat ramp, and other developed recreation day-use site on the forest.

Most campgrounds will remain CLOSED for at least a little while and reopen slowly as forest staff work with concessionaires to prepare them for reopening.  Campsites will be temporarily entirely by reservation only once they open.

A COUPLE OF EXCEPTIONS: Bagby Hot Springs will remain CLOSED for a while longer.  Campsites at Timothy Lake will OPEN 5/29/20 are reservable at www.Recreation.gov.

Sam Sickles of Steelhead Outfitters has been taking advantage of the great fishing as proof is here in his hands!


DESCHUTES RIVER:  If you haven't heard by now that the Salmonfly hatch is happening and has been happening, well, I feel sorry for you.  It has been really really good fishing for those who have been venturing out to play.  We have had lots of folks (no more than 2 people at a time in the shop, shopping at a time, being respectful for the health and happiness of all) come into the shop in the last couple of weeks who have enjoyed great success.  Especially this past week.  I have had to restock the fly bins on a number of occasions.  It's this time of year that I truly wish I had invented/created the Chubby Chernobyl, and any other Salmonfly imitation for that matter, but the Chubby Chernobyl is KING for sure.

Unfortunately look for the Salmonfly hatch to start to dwindle.  It is typically an early May to first part of June hatch, although in recent years it seems that hatch has been a bit shorter.  I have not yet talked to anyone who has witnessed the Green Drake hatch yet, and with cooler temperatures coming this weekend it could happen.  Make sure you have a few Drake dries on hand in case it does come tot fruition.  The hatch typically happens in the early afternoon, you will notice the seagulls becoming more active swooping in over the water to feed on them as well as seeing them.  It is a very short hatch lasting only a few hours during the day so be prepared because the fish will key on them.

If the Salmonfly hatch starts to die down, look for Mayflies, Blue Winged Olive (Baetis), Pale Evening Duns, Mayfly Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Crane Flies, Caddis, Midges and such.

  • Here is a link to our Trout Selection of flies:  CLICK HERE!

As always, it’s always a good idea to take some nymphs with you.  There are times that the fish just aren’t eating off the surface.  Try fishing a dry fly/dropper set up.   Try smaller nymphs, like a tungsten jigged nymph or a bead head nymph rather than the bigger stonefly nymphs.

  • Here is a link to our trout nymph fliesCLICK HERE!


With Lost Lake now open, look for ease of access and good fishing.  There has not been a lot of traffic fishing the lakes lately.  Expect it to be somewhat crowded with folks as well, especially since folks have been somewhat restricted in traveling and getting out with the Covid issues we have been dealing with.  Look for flying ants, hexagenia's and damsels for your dry fly fishing.  If you don't see enough surface action to get you excited try fishing a sinking line and strip in leach patterns such as the Hale Bop Leach or Wooley bugger and Bead head Wooley Buggers.  I like to start the morning off, if I don't see a lot of surface activity fishing Chironomids or a Balanced Leach under a strike indicator.

A hint when fishing this technique is to find the depth that the fish are at and then through out the day shallow up because the Chironomid Nymphs swim up and fall back down a bit and as the day goes on  they work their way to the surface.  It is somewhat critical to find the fish, then when they stop biting shallow up about a foot or so and just follow their progress up to the surface as the day goes on.


Hood River continues to produced some nice spring Chinook lately and although the river has come up a bit, it has still been fishable.  There are still a few late winter steelhead coming over the dam as well and the opportunity to get one on the Hood is still there.  Sounds like Captain Obvious right there but it always helps to have more fish in the system to improve your odds.  Most of the Chinook have been caught down river near the mouth at this are being caught by gear fisherman but there are some being caught my guys swinging flies as well.  If you're going to be swinging a fly for them try flies such as listed below:

Klickitat River:  Opens June 1st, so there will be another option for fishing for trout and steelhead!  The Klickitat has in the past on occasion had some nice early summer steelhead fishing and if you are lucky enough to hook one - HANG ON!  As far as I am concerned an early Klickitat Summer run steelhead are as ornery as they get and often will hand you your lunch in a hand basket...THEY ARE HOT!  Look for high water flows but in fishable water conditions focus on areas close to the bank with soft pockets and you have a greater chance of success.


Smallmouth  Bass fishing has just gotten better and better, although I have not yet personally got out to experience the mayhem, I have solid intel that it's on from more than once source.  That said, I cannot wait to get out and catch some Bronzebacks!  Pound for Pound they are as aggressive and scrappy as most any fish!  I have seen some pretty nice photos of some dandy smallmouth lately.  Surface action is happening and will only get better.  When they start keying on the surface, you seriously cannot throw a fly big enough or strip it in fast enough.

If you can't get them on the top, use sinking lines and Crayfish patterns and getting down is the key right now.  Clouser Minnows or Bead Head Wooley Buggers and what not. Try fly and float along steep ledges and if there is a bit of wind and you want to get under the overhanging branches, cast to the edge of the trees and let the wind/waves carry your float under the branches while the fly is jigged up and down by the motion of the waves. 

  • Click here for an effective Smallmouth fly selection: CLICK HERE!

"Just because they are called Smallmouth...doesn't mean they don't eat!" - Ryan V. Bass Ninja

That's it for now, have a great weekend, enjoy the fact that you can get out the house and be safe and healthy.  Enjoy every minute you've been given and make the most of them.  We'll see you out on the water!

The Gorge Fly Shop Team
John G.

May 28, 2020

Burkheimer 3113-4 In Stock

Trout Spey is a diverse culture. To some it's an art while to others it's the feeling of serenity. It's no longer tied by the burdens of "how many" but instead it incites "The One". It's letting go and letting nature choose its fate.

The heart and sole of a Burkheimer two hand spey is the heart and sole of trout spey. Many would suggest a coexistence was necessary for the formation of both. The Burkheimer feel is the product of this coexistence.

Enter a NEW model for 2020. Meet the 3113-4 in both Classic as well as Vintage models.

Vintage photos

Vintage Spey - 
  • Reel Seat: Smoked Nickel with California Buckeye
  • Guides: Smoked Nanolite Stripper and Smoked Snake Guides
  • Cork Inlay: Five Layer
  • Winding Check: Nickel Silver
  • Handle: Hand Sorted X-Select Flor Grade Cork
  • Blank Color: Translucent Black

Classic Pictures

Classic Trout Spey - 
  • Reel Seat: T-6061 Dark Anodized Aluminum
  • Guides: Chrome Nanolite Stripper and Hard Chrome Snake Guides
  • Inlays: Classic, three layer
  • Handle: Hand Sorted Select Flor Grade Cork
  • Blank Color: Deep Cedar Green

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Sage ESN Fly Reels

New for 2020, Sage ESN Fly Reel

An advanced, precision, fully machined aerospace grade aluminum fly reel designed specifically for European style nymph fishing

Dial in your ideal balance point with included interchangeable weights

Weights are index-able for further balance tuning

Every feature carefully thought out to match technique

Sage ESN

Do you carry at least two colors of sighter material in your pack? Know how much each of your flies weigh in grains? Take every opportunity to bend your buddies' ear on silver vs copper bead colors or the latest version of a squirmy wormy fly? If these things sound familiar, then you're probably hooked on European Style Nymphing. And if you are, you know a reel is much more than just a line holder.

In steps the Sage ESN reel. Packed with a suite of specialty features, this reel is designed specifically with the Euro-Nymph angler in mind and is fine tuned to the nuances of the application. Built around a super thin and large diameter arbor, this design now makes it easier to get fish on the reel quickly, minimizing the need to guide line onto the spool with your finger, all while providing consistent drag output. A unique balance system allows anglers to assemble and fine tune a set of weights, so the ESN reel can perfectly balance any Euro Nymphing (or standard) rod. Add in a full frame that prevents fine leaders and lines from sneaking through the frame and sealed carbon drag system that provides a smooth uptake - leaving you with the ultimate fish-catching machine.

The ESN reel comes in one size, containing 3 interchangeable accessory weights (1/2oz, 1oz, and 1 1/2oz), and is appropriate for dialing in any Euro Nymphing setup on the market.

  • Dial-in Balance Point With 3 "Indexable" Accessory Weights
  • Ultra-Large Arbor For Faster More Immediate Retrieval
  • Full-Frame Line Security
  • Full Frame - SCS Drag
  • One Revolution Drag Knob with numbered and detented setting
  • Ultra-Large arbor for fast line pick-up
  • Narrower spool for small volume ESN lines
  • Concave arbor for greater strength and capacity
  • Fully machined 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum
  • Cold forged and tempered for superior strength and rigidity
  • Hard anodized for surface protection and corrosion resistance
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Easy conversion from left- to right-hand retrieve
  • Neoprene and embroidered ballistic nylon reel case & spare weight case
  • SIZE One Size (FIPS Line + 75yds/20lb)

      Specifications -

      MODELWeight (oz)CapacityDiameter (in)Width (in)
      ESN4 15/16RIO FIPS Line+75yds/20lb3 7/81 1/16

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      May 27, 2020

      Simms Women's Freestone Wading Boots - New for 2020

      Simms Freestone Boots have been around for a long time. New for 2020, now offered in Women's sizes in both Felt and Rubber Tread soles.

      Simms' Women's Freestone Boot sets the standard for support, comfort and value with a durable, rock-and-debris shielding build that promotes all day stability and traction whether breaking trail or navigating slick river bottoms.

      Durable and agile, the Women's Freestone boot provides support and comfort in a proven Simms' design and materials.

      • Women's specific fit with a comfortable, high-cushion midsole
      • Scratch rubber protective toe
      • Corrosion-resistant lacing hardware
      • California Residents: Prop 65 WARNING
      • FABRIC TECH: Outsole- Simms Rubber

      Women's Wading Boot Size Chart

      To allow proper room for the neoprene stockingfoot, find your regular shoe size in the right-hand columns and order the corresponding Simms Boot in the first or second column. This will typically be one size up from your normal shoe size when selecting a women's boot and one size down when selecting a men's boot (ie: a women's USA size 8 would take a women's wading boot size 9 or a men's wading boot size 7).
      Simms Women's
      Boot Size
      Simms Men's
      Boot Size
      Size chart courtesy of Simms

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