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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 I Meant to Do That Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sometimes we can't see what's right under our nose and when we do, it's too late. I present this example as a reminder that it happens to all of us, sometimes. 

Brown trout hunt, why we fish! from Tres Amigos Outfitters on Vimeo.

Sponsors Needed for Trout Bum Road Trip

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
This is a project I conceived several months ago in the wee hours of the morning with the goal of bringing attention to our native Trout species. We have so many advocates for anadromous fish here in the Northwest, but our native Trout seldom get the headlines or the love. The general public has no idea of the value of our native Trout and I’d like to change that. Not only in Oregon, but across the country.

This event is designed to be a plug’n play event anywhere Trout swim. My hope is that Trout Unlimited and Native Fish Society can administer this and offer it to groups across the country as a way to fund restoration projects. While this is a ”test event,” the money raised will have a positive impact on our native Trout here in Oregon. Please take a minute to read this and join in my efforts, or get signed up yourself!



The general Trout season is winding down, but there is still time for the ultimate Trout Bum Road Trip. Trout Unlimited and the Native Fish Society have teamed up to host the first annual Native Trout-a-Thon and I'm planning on hitting the road to raise money for our native Trout. Would you like to be a part of it?

The event is just over a week away and I'm looking for folks that would be interested in sponsoring my efforts to support our native Trout. If you haven't taken the time to read up on this event, I'll give you the short version. First, you register and get your packet. Then you get friends, family, and complete strangers to sponsor you on a per point basis. When dawn breaks on Saturday, October 27th you start fishing for as many different species of native Trout that you can drive to in a two-day period, without leaving Oregon. Points are awarded based on size and species. Only one fish per species is scored, so you'll need to plan a route and do some traveling. The contest closes one hour after sunset on Sunday, October 28th. Complete rules are listed on the Native Fish Society website.

I'm working on my plan and mapping out a route that maximizes the native Trout available to be targeted. Then I'm packing the rods, lines and flies needed to target these fish into my fly fishing assault vehicle and hitting the road. My goal is 170 points, so sponsorship of a buck a point would only set you back $170.00 if I'm successful. You may want to bump that up to 5-bucks a point if you really love native Trout. Of course, sponsorships of any amount are helpful! If you want to be part of this historical Trout Bum Road Trip, email me with your sponsorship commitment and I'll take care of the rest. If you wish, I’m also accepting capped donations at $100.00 and $200.00 with all of the monies going to native Trout. Remember, your sponsorship donation is tax deductible. 

Now here's the good part. Sponsors will be emailed a tracking link so they can follow along as I crisscross the state in search of Trout and points. You'll know where I'm at and see where I'm fishing at all times. In addition, I will be sending out email updates via my SATNAV system so you can cheer me on or meet-up with me on the water. To top it off, one lucky sponsor will win a hosted day on the water with your's truly complete with my world famous fajita lunch, homemade cookies and a box of flies. I'll also be "re-gifting" any prizes I may manage to win to my sponsors via a drawing to be held after the event. 

All proceeds from this event go toward native Trout restoration projects. This year funds will go toward the North Creek Campaign to reconnect sea-run cutthroat trout with pristine habitats on the Oregon Coast. More information is available on the Native Fish Society website at https://nativefishsociety.org/events/native-fish-society-trout-a-thon or you can contact me directly if you have questions.

Thanks for considering this project and sponsorship of this ultimate Trout Bum Road Trip.

When it comes to wading boots and fish, #keepemwet!
 
Cheers!

Joel La Follette


Trailer Trash Thursday Infinite Moment Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, October 11, 2018

There's a lot to take in and hold in our memories when we venture into the outdoors...


An Infinite Moment from Matteo Moretti on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Idaho Carp Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, October 04, 2018
Take a carp break in Spudville.

Carpoon from Sage Fly Fish on Vimeo.

Fly Fishing Symposium Presentations and Schedule

Joel La Follette - Thursday, October 04, 2018


Meet some of our rockstar presenters...



Tim Rajeff

As the founding father of Rajeff Sports, Tim tends to be busier than your average bald guy. When in the office, he spends all his time designing new lines and rods, addressing managerial-type-stuff or helping with customer service. When he’s out and about, he’s usually finding a reason to wet a line somewhere nearby or in far-off lands.
Tim’s extensive knowledge of fly rod design and performance stems from his early childhood patronage to the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco, where he became a young and successful competition caster. Tim won a gold medal in the World Casting Games in single hand distance as well as winning the national overall fly accuracy and distance championship. Tim first began designing rods in 1980 and was one of the first people to use and adapt graphite fly rods in competition casting.
After spending his youth fishing and casting in California and Oregon, Tim’s fishing career took a turn when he took a job working for the Fenwick Fly Fishing School in Montana during 1973. In 1985 he made the trek north and began guiding in Alaska, eventually moving on to develop and build the first fishing camps on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, 60 miles above the Arctic Circle. He spent six years managing these camps before returning to the states in 1994. Upon his return, he began working for a premium domestic rod manufacturer, where he worked as head of the engineering department and the Fly Brand Manager. Until 2001, he worked learning the ins and outs of fly rod design and manufacturing, when he started Rajeff Sports
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Mia Sheppard

In 1996, Mia acquired a serious interest in fly fishing. Later, in 2001, Marty Sheppard, her husband introduced her to two-handed Spey casting—a pursuit that forged Mia’s connection and admiration to Oregon’s wild steelhead and mastering casting a fly-rod. Finally, in 2003, the couple purchased Little Creek Outfitters, an established guide service, where they continue the tradition of guiding anglers to the region’s steelhead, trout, and smallmouth bass.
Always committed to conservation, Mia is a river steward for the Native Fish Society, Conservation Chairman of the International Women’s Fly Fishers and supporter of the Deschutes River Alliance, Oregon Wildlife Foundation, and Casting for Recovery.  She's ambassador for Simms Fishing, Winston Rods, Airflo, Costa, Keep'em Wet Fishing and Bogg's Trailbutter

George Cook
 
Pacific Northwest Sage/RIO/Sitka Gear Regional Sales Rep George Cook is a 30+ Year Veteran of the Fly Fishing Theater having been with SAGE since 1987. He taught his first Single Handed Class as a student at Washington State University in 1982 and has been teaching Spey Casting since 1991. Geo has been immersed in the Forefront of the Northwest Spey Scene since its recognized beginnings of the early 1990’s. Known for the Popsicle Fly Pattern as well as the Fabled 7126 TCX “DeathStar” ( He Named It) George has played a hand in “Many Things Spey” throughout the years of Rod/Line & Reel Development. An Avid Big Game Hunter, Geo’s pursuit of Big Deer throughout the US and Northern Mexico is to many, Legendary by modern day standards.



Heather Hodson @northwestflygirl 

Founder of United Women on the Fly.  Heather is an expert at making anglers (especially women) feel comfortable and becoming a part of the fly fishing community.  Sometimes referred to as the “Middle Women,” Heather volunteers her energy and time to connect women, help start a Women’s Program or enable anglers to become more confident on the water.  Heather currently holds the position of Western US Women’s/Diversity Ambassador for Trout Unlimited.  Her passion for conservation, getting women involved in fly fishing and enthusiasm to think outside the box is infectious.




Eric Neufeld

Eric Neufeld currently is a sales representative in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies and Alaska for Simms Fishing Products, Winston Rod Co, Echo, Airflo, Nautilus, Bauer and Solitude Fly Co. He attended the University of Colorado before becoming a fishing guide in Alaska and South America. After 6 years of guiding Eric hung up the guide boots and went to work with George Cook at Anglers Rendezvous. You can find Eric currently residing in Spokane Washington where he roams the Northern Rockies, Cascades and Alaska with rod or bow in hand. He lives with his great gal, Heather Hodson and Cooper the dog. 


Jacob Zirkle
GLoomis Fly Rep
AK, WA, OR, CA, ID, UT

Jacob Zirkle was born in Washington, at the age of 6 his family moved to Alaska where his love for the great outdoors started. At the age of 7, his grandfather gave him the best present ever, an Orvis Clearwater 7wt fly rod. He would rent 3m videos at the local library so he could teach himself the art of fly casting. He spent all his free time casting on local lakes and a neighborhood creek catching trout, steelhead, salmon, and dollies. Traveling to see family and competing in Soccer tournaments he was able to explore many fisheries in WA, OR, ID, MT. 

In 2000 he started his guiding career working in Cooper Landing, where he learned that the fishing industry is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Within two years he started Alaska Fly Water Guides and spent the first year flying out to remote rivers and doing 5-7 day float trips. He found his way back to his home water, the Kenai where he worked till 2015. 

Throughout his career guiding, he always looked for the next thing to bring his customers and push them to become better anglers. Spey casting was one of the crafts he took on, in 2006 he began the journey with a class from friend and Sage Rep George Cook. Over his time with two-handed rods, Jacob focused most of his attention casting to monster trout with short Speys.
In 2016 he took a job with Don Coffey as the NW GLoomis Fly Rep and spends his time traveling his territory showing off new sticks to others who love fly fishing with 2 handed rods. Jake’s favorite GLoomis two handed rod is the new IMX Pro Short Spey Series, paired with today’s short head systems make chasing trout in the West a blast.


Mark Fuller

Bio- Mark Fuller is our PNW Sales Representative for Korkers Footwear, and lives in Hood River, Oregon. Prior to Korkers, he spent 17 years on the water in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho as a fishing guide. He still owns and operates Grand Teton Fly Fishing, in Jackson, Wyoming.


Troy Lichttenegger

 

Troy found his calling for fly fishing at a young age of 11 where he mentored a fly fishing guide for his junior high job shadow. This led him to guiding many years throughout WA state for both trout and steelhead. He has picked up a lot of techniques and tricks for both trout and steelhead throughout his guiding career and now travels between WA and OR working with fly fishing shops and fishing manufacturers.

Troy brings some valuable information to the table when it comes to nymphing techniques and strategies. There is more to it than just tying on a nymph and a strike indicator… Troy breaks down what the “modern nymphing” techniques are and when to apply them. it might just change the way you think about your nymphing game.


Peter Donahower

Peter Donahower has been tying flies over 40 years. More than a decade ago, steelhead flies became a specialty, particularly older vernacular patterns such as Speys, Dees, and hairwings. Peter practices the Ed Haas hairwing method of slipping guard hairs into the tapered loop eye and lashing them down to the shank. The entire pattern is then tied over the butts, creating a wing that cannot pullout and allowing for a small, whip-finished head.
Peter draws inspiration for fly design from many aspects of his life; favorite beverages, pop culture, rock music and dear friends. Proportions and structure adhere primarily to traditional steelhead and Atlantic salmon patterns, with a few tweaks here and there. Every pattern starts on paper, as an illustration. Sometimes they even turn out well at the vise.
Mr. Donahower’s work is published in America’s Favorite Flies and Swing the Fly magazine. He is a wild fish advocate and Native Fish Society River Steward, in addition to being a featured tyer for Fly Fishing Collaborative. His steelhead fly “Double Take” is available at Royal Treatment.

Matt Callies

Matt hales from San Diego, where he was born in a truck many years ago. Reluctantly, after marrying and having a couple fishing focused kids Matt had to take up a more traditional residence in a house in Northern California. There he bases his product representation business and houses his massive collection of fly tying materials. Occasionally he even sleeps there.

Matt is the Director of Product Development for Loon Outdoors, a fancy title that gives him access to a laboratory full of test tubes and bubbling concoctions used to create incredible UV glues, floatants, sinkets, and underarm deodorants.

Trailer Trash Thursday Russia Meddling Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 27, 2018

From Russia with love....

Salmon Fishing on the Yokanga, Russia from Roxtons Field Sports on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Cocktail Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 20, 2018

They're back! Our favorite Scandinavian Jazz players are back with a fresh soundtrack to brighten your day...


 

Sunsets & Cocktails Episode 3: Fall On The Motherload River from Jazz & Fly Fishing on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Stillwater Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Anyone who has fly fished in lakes has probably heard of, or fished techniques pioneered by Brian Chan. 



Fishing BC Presents: In Our Backyard, Exploring the Trophy Stillwater Lakes Near Kamloops from FishingBC on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Into the Wild Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 06, 2018

Take a break and do something wild for a few minutes...


Into the wild - alpine fly fishing from Walk & Wade Fly Fishing on Vimeo.

Help Preserve the Nehalem

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, September 05, 2018




Trout Unlimited is leading an effort to designate a 17-mile segment of the Nehalem River as a State Scenic Waterway to permanently protect its scenic and recreational values.  An important milestone in this effort has been reached.  The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently released a draft management plan for the Nehalem River that contains rules and guidelines regarding what constitutes acceptable water flows, public access and development in the protected reach.  OPRD will hold a public meeting from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on September. 6 at Astoria City Hall (1095 Duane St., Astoria, OR) and you're invited to attend and provide comments. Additionally, public comment on the draft management plan is being accepted through September 22.


SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENT HERE


Trout Unlimited is encouraged by the progress made to date toward designating the Nehalem River as a State Scenic Waterway.  The draft management plan contains many encouraging elements that will, among other items, help protect in-stream flows in the Nehalem River.  However, other aspects of the draft management lack the detail necessary to ensure that recreational and scenic values will be adequately protected.  A robust management plan is needed to both protect the Nehalem River and the outstanding fish and wildlife resources it supports and serve as a guide for similar efforts that will occur in the future in other watersheds.


Please submit comments to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department indicating your support for the Nehalem State Scenic Waterway designation and requesting that the Department adopt a robust management plan that has sufficient specificity to ensure that the Nehalem’s recreational and scenic values are protected into the future.

READ MORE ON THE DRAFT NEHALEM MANAGEMENT PLAN


Sincerely,

Terry Turner

Oregon Council Chair

PO Box 740, Gladstone, OR 97027

terry@clackamasrivertu.org | 503-804-9868


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