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Camp water is close to home. Here you will find information on stuff happening here in the shop and on our local waters. You'll also find our weekly newsletter feature, Trailer Trash Thursday, a fun collection of fly fishing videos, perfect for a midweek distraction. If you don't get the newsletter, be sure to sign up today!

Trailer Trash Thursday Greenland Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 23, 2017

An email popped into my inbox this week inviting me to explore Greenland. This video has me considering that possibility...want to go?




 

Vintage Buyers Guide to Fly Reels

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 23, 2017
For this week's Blast from the Past I was able to find a handy tip for picking out a new fly reel for that special someone on your Christmas List....taken from the Sunday Oregonian June 2, 1912

SIMPLE REEL BEST FOR TROUT FISHING
Single Action More to Be Desired Than Automatic Devices, Says Backus.

SOME DECKED IN JEWELS

Veteran Angler Tell Some Choice Fishing Gossip and Gives Tip on Where the Trout and Salmon Are Biting Just Now.

BY W. K. BACKUS.

A fly fishing reel is a small circular contrivance that fits the end of rod and is used to wind the line on. At first glance It would seem that almost anything that would hold the necessary amount of line, and turn easily would answer the purpose, but not so. There are at least 140 different kinds and sizes of fishing reels, all with a certain style and method of winding in the unlucky fish. Including several patterns of automatic reels, which do their own winding, sometimes.

Some Have Jewel Bearings.
Reels are made of almost any material brass, rubber, nickel, aluminum,steel, gunmetal, German silver and some of coin silver with real jewel bearings. Some are single action, others quadruple multiplying, while in the automatic reels the action closely resembles a condensed alarm clock. The point is, which is the best type for actual fishing?

You pick up a fine new reel, with its shining- rubber plates and polished, nickel bands, and give the handle a twirl. It spins beautifully. It's true, but how much good will that high speed whirl do you on a brushy trout stream.

After considerable experience with all sorts of reels, I am convinced that the narrow spool, single-acting reel is the best type for all-around trout fishing. It a spool being narrow and deep, you can wind In the line without giving It any attention, and on account of its large diameter It will retrieve the line Just as fast as the average multiplier.

Most single-action reels are of very simple and sturdy construction. In many patterns there are but two parts,the frame and the spool, the latter being held In place by a single larger screw. There is absolutely nothing for the line to catch on but the small winding handle, and it hugs the spool so closely that it is seldom In the way.

An automatic reel not necessary.
A reel of this type, fitted with a strong, simple click, which by the way should be used all the time, will give you the greatest amount of service,with the least trouble.

Many anglers are strong supporters of the automatic reel for trout fishing. As I have never actually used one, I cannot speak from experience, but will say that I never intend to. Any time that a fish Is too fast for my rod and fingers, he is entitled to a clean getaway, and with my best wishes.

In fly fishing, the rod and the line are the most Important factors. All that Is required of the reel Is to take care of the line, and a reel such as I have described will do this admirably.

Price is usually Modest.
Fly reels are usually quite modest in price, but I recently saw one of English make, built of aluminum alloy,with a removable spool and adjustable click, which, if bought at retail in this country would not leave the purchaser much change out of a $20 bill.

Simms Home Waters for the Holiday Contest

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 23, 2017

Week One: Entries 12:00am Sat. Nov 25, 2017 – 11:59pm Mon. Nov 27, 2017. Winner announced Wed. Nov 29, 2017
During Week One entry period, entrant must post a photo of himself or herself taken in an authorized SIMMS FISHING PRODUCTS retailer (excludes national retail chains) during the entry period. Entrant must post photo on their personal Instagram channel; entrant must tag their photo with the applicable retailer’s Instagram channel (@royaltreatmentflyfishing); entrant must tag their photo with #homewatersfortheholidays #royaltreatmentflyfishing. 



Week Two: Entries 12:00am Sat. Dec 2, 2017 – 11:59pm Mon. Dec 4, 2017. Winner announced Wed. Dec 6, 2017 oDuring Week Two entry period, entrant must post a photo of himself or herself fishing on their favorite Home Waters. Entrant must post photo on their personal Instagram channel; entrant must tag their photo with their favorite authorized SIMMS FISHING PRODUCT retailer’s Instagram channel (@royaltreatmentflyfishing); entrant must tag their photo with #homewatersfortheholidays #royaltreatmentflyfishing. 


Week Three: Entries 12:00am Sat. Dec 9, 2017 – 11:59pm Mon. Dec 11, 2017. Winner announced Wed. Dec 13, 2017 oDuring Week Three entry period, entrant must post a photo of himself or herself fishing with friends and/or family. Entrant must post photo on their personal Instagram channel; entrant must tag their photo with their favorite authorized SIMMS FISHING PRODUCT retailer’s Instagram channel (@royaltreatmentflyfishing); entrant must tag their photo with #homewatersfortheholidays #royaltreatmentflyfishing .


Week Four, Grand Prize: Entries 12:00am Sat. Dec 16, 2017 – 11:59pm Mon. Dec 18, 2017. Winner announced Wed. Dec 20, 2017. Details to be posted on our Instagram account.

No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. SIMMS FISHING PRODUCTS Home Waters for the Holidays Instagram Giveaway is intended for legal residents of the 50 United States of America and District of Columbia (collectively “USA”) only who are 18 years or older at the time of entry and shall only be construed and evaluated according to the laws of the state of Montana. Only one entry, per Giveaway week, permitted per person. Entrants must have a valid government-issued driver’s license or proof of identification. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the forfeiture of the prize. This offer is void where prohibited by law and subject to all.Employees of SIMMS FISHING PRODUCTS and/or any affiliates of any company are not eligible to win or participate. Any person in the immediate family of an employee of SIMMS FISHING PRODUCTS (including the spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters of any employee) living in the same household of any such employee is also not eligible to win or participate. Home Waters for the Holidays Instagram Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram

Trailer Trash Thursday Life of Fly Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bringing a fly fishing twist to paying it forward....


Life of Fly from mikepedigo on Vimeo.

Pass Creek

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pass Creek from Native Fish Society on Vimeo.

Frank A. Moore Appointed to Game Commission

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Governor Tom McCall has announced that Frank A. Moore, 48, has been appointed to the State Game Commission, effective April 2. He will complete the unexpired term of retiring John P. Amacher, Winchester, serving the period ending July, 1974.

Roseburg area businessman Moore is widely known in conservation groups, he was instrumental in bringing about the 1968 production of a film called "Pass Creek," portraying a series of logging practices which were portrayed to be endangering fish, aquatic life, and stream temperature by spoiling vegetation cover and turning streambeds into roadways at certain lumbering projects.

The film resulted in several logging reforms, bringing national attention to its producers, the North Umpqua organization called 'The Steamboaters," directed by Moore. Eventually "Pass Creek" was shown throughout the United States, including the nation's capital in Washington.

Moore is director of the Oregon Wildlife Federation, vice president of the Roseburg Izaak Walton League chapter, national director of the Federation of Fly Fishermen, and a member of the American Forestry Association and the Powder River Sportsmen.

He is a native of Carlton, Ore., born to to a pioneer family that had homesteaded near Dallas prior to statehood. He was educated in Oregon public schools and spent inree years in World War II service, European theater.

Moore's activities include cross-country skiing, music, and the 15-year ownership of the Steamboat Inn on the Umpqua. He Is a commercial pilot and has served as school boardmember for the Glide School District.

Moore's wife Jeanne is also a native Oregonian, from Portland. Their children are: Frank, Jr., a sophomore in the University of Oregon Medical School; Dennis, a freshman in pre-med at Oregon State University; and Colleen, in grade school at Glide.

Trailer Trash Thursday Frank Moore Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 09, 2017

A look at my favorite Veteran and good friend, Frank Moore.



Travel Oregon: Frank Moore from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo.

Who was John Day?

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 09, 2017

The Daily Morning Astorian from February 23, 1889 has the answer.


John Day, one of the finest streams of Eastern Oregon, rises in the Blue Mountains and running west and south, empties into the Columbia River some forty miles above The Dalles. John Day was so named after an old trapper, a native of Kentucky, who died at Astoria about a century ago.

Mr. Day was an employee of Mr. Crook of the Northwestern Fur company and who, in company with his employer had crossed the plains along with the first voyagers. Day becoming sick on Snake River about Fort Hall, Mr. Crook refused to leave him and remained by his side some twenty days before he was able to travel. During that time their companions had made such headway that it was impossible to overtake them.

They followed on, but snows over took them and their exposure was terrible. They finally reached Walla Walla. The Indians there treated them very kindly and assisted them on their way. At the mouth of the John Day River they were overpowered by a band of Indians, robbed, stripped and turned loose to starve.

Not even permitted to retain their flint and steel, the mountaineers match, with which the might make a fire to keep warm during the chilly March nights. In this pitiful plight they attempted to get, back to the friendly Walla Wallians and had made about eighty miles along the river, when fortunately they met Mr. Stewart and followers in canoes on their way to Astoria. They took the unfortunate men in, clothed, fed, and carried them down the river.

In June 1812, Robery Stewart was selected to carrry dispatches from Fort Astoria to New York, across the continent. This was a dangerous enterprise and he selected four trusted and well trained men as companions in the voyage. They were Ben Jones, John Day, A. Vallar and F. LeClerc.

The company left Astoria on the 29th of June and on the morning of July 2nd, John Day began to show some strange freaks and in a few days became so crazy that he several times attempted his own life. When they had proceeded as far inland as the stream that now bears his name it became evident to his companions that he would be no better and that thus burdened it would be impossible for them to proceed. They therefore contracted with some friendly Indians to convoy him back to the fort.

His frank, bravo and loyal qualities had made him a universal favorite and it was with the utmost concern and tears of regret that his comrades saw the poor fellow tied in the canoe and carried away. The Indians performed their task faithfully and turned him over to his friends at Astoria. But his mind was completely shattered and his constitution broken and he soon after died, and was laid to rest where the Columbia and Pacific join in singing his eternal requiem. Capital Journal.

The John Day River, in this county, is also named after the same individual, thus making two streams in the same state named the same, and after the same man.

Trailer Trash Thursday Fresh Start Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 02, 2017

While winter moves in here, down at the bottom of the planet summer is making an appearance and offering a new beginning. 


Traveltruly Presents: A Fresh Start - NZ Fly Fishing from Traveltruly on Vimeo.

Cookie Lady Coat Drive

Joel La Follette - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Donate a Warm Winter Coat!

It's time to attack the hall closet and pull out all those winter coats that didn't see duty during our colder seasons to donate to the Cookie Lady Coat Drive. We gathered over 100 winter coats for those in need last year and we hope to top that during this effort. You have until the end of November to bring in your warm coats and jackets (in good condition and clean) into the shop for donation to those in need. Each coat or jacket gets you entered in a drawing for some great prizes. We will announce the drawing winners in the December 7th, newsletter. Thanks for helping the cause!

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