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McKenzie River fly fishing, Oregon fly fishing reports and fly tying videos.

I tie most of my Tube flies using a Regal Revolution rotary vise. When I first began using the Pro Sportfisher Flexineedle to hold my tubes, I secured the tool with the vise jaws at an angle, and this is … Cont

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Thumbs up in my opinion for this new OPST tool. I have been satisfied enough using my HMH tool fly adaptor to hold my shanks while tying Intruders but have long awaited the arrival of this new tool offered by … Continue

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This is an opinion piece, and the reader should digest my thoughts knowing that I am as biased as any steelhead angler you’ve ever met where fly color is concerned. I definitely have ideas about the color hues of the … Continu

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Many fly tyers express confusion regarding selection of a basic tool to secure tubes in a vise. This post will show three of the tools I’ve had considerable experience with, with a quick note regarding two tools that I have …

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Cool video from Western Native Trout: The Western Native Trout Initiative and the Desert Fish Habitat Partnership are proud to present “Blueheads and Bonnevilles”, a short film about the work we are doing with our partners in the Weber River, …

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I’m an enthusiastic fan of tying steelhead swing flies on tubes, and use a wide variety of tube components on a regular basis. This experience helps me keep informed with many but not all of the options available to the …

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In this video Tony Torrence brings back an old favorite, in a new jig style format. You can’t go wrong with fly patterns which contain peacock herl. Fish this pattern under a dry fly or dedicated nymph rigs. The Zug … Continue r

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I have been busily stocking my fly boxes preparing for winter steelhead season and part of my ritual concerns thinking about the best fly sizes to tie as each season approaches. In some past years I have been particularly enthused … Co

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It’s been wet and nasty this spring at Cedar Lodge on the South Island of New Zealand. According to most of the long time residents in the Makarora area there hasn’t been a spring like this in nearly 20 years. … Continu

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We Caddis Fly Anglers want to wish you all a very happy holiday this weekend! The shop will be open from 10am-4pm on 12/24, Christmas Eve for if you need any last minute stocking stuffers and/or gifts for Sunday. We will be …

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  Need a last minute stocking stuffer? Come by the Caddis Fly Angling Shop and snag the Finnegan’s Fly Tool! It’s 7 fly fishing tools in one compact, cool tool that hangs right on your vest for easy access. Featuring …

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As the gift giving holidays approach, it can be intimidating to think of something to get that special angler in your life. What can you get the fisherman who already has everything!? Check out our gift guide video here:   For …

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Click it and sign it now. From the Native Fish Society: How can fish that are manufactured in a hatchery be endangered? How can fish that are mass produced by the millions each year deserve protections under the Endangered Species …

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This is going to be a quick post for a relatively quick winter steelhead tube Intruder. I tie this fly in about 12 minutes and it catches steelhead. Tube: 40/40 ProSportfisher tube butt: Chartreuse Ice dub Rear Post: Kingfisher Blue …

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The Jigged Pheasant Tail Nymph is one of our most effect “hopper dropper” nymphs. It’s hook rides up and reduces snags and lost flies. You can tie this fly in a variety of sizes, we like it best from #12-16. …

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Various  rabbit and Finn Raccoon Zonker strips make for great flies, but there are some properties of the material that can be confusing and intimidating. The first thing that might disappoint you is the extent to which the strips might be matted …

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I’ll be at the Caddis Fly Shop on December 10th to present a tutorial on the basic approach to tying traditional style flies on tubes. By traditional flies I’m referring to patterns like the Polar Shrimp, Green Butt Skunk, and …

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I can report that fly fishing for landlocked hatchery summer steelhead at the Town Lake is slow but there are opportunities to have some very challenging fishing here when the rivers are otherwise un-fishable. On a recent guided trip to the …

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I have been using Schlappen feathers on a regular basis lately while tying up my boxes of winter steelhead flies. Fact is, I have been very surprised and pleased with the overall quality and diversity of the feathers I have …

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Our friends at Hareline Dubbin in Monroe Oregon have recently introduced three new options in fly tying kits that I have had the opportunity to examine recently. Nicely done. Following I’ll note some of my observations on these three kits. …

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Hydroelectric dams have had a devastating impact on anadromous fish populations, from inundating spawning areas to changing historic river flow patterns and raising water temperatures, and most importantly blocking passage of salmon and steelhead between the streams and Pacific Ocean. …

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We have had a mixed bag of weather this early season at Cedar Lodge. After what many have described as a mild Winter on the South Island we are now having an extreme Spring. This week was wrought with wind, … Continue reading

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All in store purchases are 10% off. Get 10% on top of all gift card purchases. Example: buy a $100 gift card and we will load it for $110. Buy any fly tying kit or complete fly fishing outfit and … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again and we have created a short video to help you and yours seek out the very best gifts for the angler in 2016. Of course there are many more options and our helpful staff … Continue reading

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On my July trip to the Island of Youth I got to test out some of the great gear available in the fly fishing world today. Saltwater fly fishing for tarpon, bonefish and permit test your gear. The following is … Continu

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We arrived to 3 days of pounding rain and wind. Puddles dotted the property and gum boots were a requirement. Fortunately our good friend Alan Cooper had been taking care of the lodge grounds. Golf course, gardens and new plantings …

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In this instructional fly tying video Matt Powell demonstrates how to tie the Red Bandit. This “attractor” nymph pattern was developed by Matt in Colorado, but has produced a lot of fish for him in the Pacific Northwest. The fly …

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We left Portland on Veteran’s day and flew to Los Angeles for a late evening flight to Nandi Fiji. From Nandi, a mid day flight on to Auckland. We were pretty tired from the flight and had an early dinner … Continue reading

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August through early November is prime time for fishing October caddis pupae. In this video Matt Powell demonstrates how to tie an excellent imitation. This pattern works for trout and steelhead on our local waters and beyond. Troublemaker October Caddis …

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The shop has been getting reports the fishing has been “good” on the lower river.    So…., Only one way to find out?   Lou and Tim headed out and, let’s just say we confirmed….”the fishing is good”! The mild temps and …

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