New Gear
Senyo's Fusion Dub
December 17, 2015

-  Senyo Fusion Dub

-  A sexy fusion of just the right amount of flash and synthetic fibers, perfect for your Steelhead or flashy Trout flies. Great colors like Eat A Peach, Muppet, Pink Lady, Midnight and more.

Fluorescent Goose Biots
December 17, 2015

-  Fluorescent Goose Biots

Whether you are tying bright colored Steelhead and Salmon flies, or trying to make a trout fly with some brilliance to it, these florescent Goose Biots are a great addition to your flies. As wings on your Steelhead nymph patterns these will catch the attention of the fish from afar. Wrap them as a body on you trout flies and create a new and great attractor dry, or just use the tips on your Psycho Prince Nymphs to make them real crazy! Available at the shop in three great colors; Fl. Blue, Fl. Chartreuse and Fl. Pink.
Tying EP Senyo's Chromatic Brushes
December 16, 2015

-  EP Senyo Chromatic Brushes

-  These brushes come at 3” and 1.5” wide in all of your necessary Steelhead, Trout and Salmon colors. A mixture of Marble Fox , Finn Raccoon, EP Slinky Fibers and EP Sparkle to make your intruder tying a breeze. Use the 1.5” brush as the rear of your intruder and the 3” for the front and save yourself the time of spinning troublesome dubbing loops!

Veevus 10/0 Thread
December 16, 2015

-  Veevus 10/0 Thread

-  Yeah, 10/0 is small, but this stuff is strong! Veevus put out a line of thread from 6/0 - 16/0 and it is amazing thread. The smaller sizes like the 10/0 that we carry is just as, if not more, durable than a 6/0 thread from other thread makers. It is a must use product for all of your fly tying.

OPST Intruder Shanks
December 16, 2015

-  OPST Intruder Shanks

-  Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics (OPST) has created a great line of shanks to tie all of your articulated Steelhead, Salmon, Trout or any other predatory fish flies. Easy to use and at a great price! In stock at 51mm and 32mm sizes.

Fishpond Sushi Roll
December 16, 2015

Fishpond Sushi Roll
     A new roll-up fly storage system for large streamers and saltwater flies.
     Ultra tough exterior fabric
     Foam spacers to prevent flies from being crushed and to allow ventalation
     Small 10.5" X 7.25"
     Large 10" X 16"
     X Large 15" X16"
Barred Rhea
April 14, 2015
We've brought in Barred Rhea for all you Steelhead fly tiers. Very cool material for Spey & Intruder style fly patterns in five bright color combinations.
Fl. Chartreuse / Hot Purple
Fl. Steelhead Orange / White
Fl. Steelhead Orange / Steelhead Pink
Fl. Hot Pink / Hot Purple
Fl. Blue / Hot Purple

Can be split and hacked or spun in a dubbing loop. Very cool stuff for your tying pleasure.
September 24, 2014
Tenkara - Old Japanese fishing
style quickly growing in popularity, uses a very long flexible telescoping rod with a short line and tippet attached to the end, No reel. It's a lot of fun and a deadly weapon on smaller waters and high alpine lakes. Perfect for the Crooked River, Upper & Middle Deschutes, Tumalo Creek or anywhere else you travel and find smaller waters. I've been killing it on the Deschutes in town with Caddis on a Tenkara Rod. The rod collapses down to 20 inches, a spool of tippet and a box of flies and your ready to go anywhere.
We've got the Tenkara Rod, Line, line holder and flies complete kit ready to go for $159.00.

Fish Skull Sculpin Helmet
December 19, 2012
We've got a new tying product in from the guys at Fish Skull called the Sculpin Helmet. They are weighter cone heads shaped like a sculpin head, with eye holes for included stick-on 3D eyes and a heavier weighted bottom so it will always ride eyes up. You can get creative with a number of diferent tying styles and materials to build a sculpin, then just slide the head over the hook eye and make turns with your thread to secure the head in place. A little super glue applied to the inside of the head before installation will help keep it in place while fishing. These heads also work well when tying tube flies and wire stinger type flies. Sculpin Heads come in two sizes and are available in Brown and Olive colors.

Senyo's Intruder Wire & Crazy Leggs
September 10, 2012
Ok just kidding about the sale but we did get some sweet new materials in this week.
First up is Senyo's Intruder wire, think Toothy Critter but in steelhead colors. Toothy Critter has been our favorite for attaching the hook on stinger style flies but at a buck a foot its fairly expensive. The new stuff feels almost identical but is $5.50 for 3 yards and comes in some wicked colors.
We also have some new colors of Tipped Crazy Legs including black with blue tips, and blue with pink tips. Made hugely popular with Howell's Squidro series these look killer on everything from intruders to bass bugs. Steelhead season is upon us, get after it.

Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boots #3
March 15, 2012

            Patagonia Rock Grip Aluminum Bar Wading Boot  (part 3)


I put a few more miles on the new Rock Grip Aluminum Bar wading boots during my recent trip down to the North Umpqua River.  The North Umpqua is one of the trickiest places to wade in the entire Northwest, so I was eager to see how they would work in those conditions. Well, they worked just fine! I was impressed with the overall traction, especially when I was forced by the higher water to wade a little deeper in some places. I even felt that the aluminum bars dug into the softer soil and pine needles while climbing up & down the banks, better than a standard studded felt sole.

The synthetic outer of the boot seems to be holding up very well so far. After 14+ days on the water, there is no obvious damage showing on the outer boot.

Since I’m a heel & toe dragger when I walk, I still not sure about the longevity of the aluminum bars, but time will tell. I keep you up to date on their performance as I put more days on them.

Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boots #2
March 1, 2012

            I have received a number of comments and questions about our past Blog about the new Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boots, so here’s a little more information to answer some of your questions.

            The most common question is about how long the aluminum bars will last before needing replacement. First you have to realize that the wear will be determined by individual conditions and use. That being said, the aluminum bars are 3/8 inch thick when new and tend to round off quickly during the first couple of days of use, giving the impression of premature wear. I have noticed that the more I wear them, the slower the obvious wear. Patagonia estimates the bars to last an average 100 days on the water. I’m not sure if I will see 100 days or not, but the system is designed for easy replacement and at a cost that is comparable to industry standards.  I believe the price is $34.95 for a set of replacement bars.

            The other item that customers have been asking about, is whether products like the AlumiBite Cleat from SIMMS are interchangeable with the Patagonia’s Aluminum Bars. The answer is no. The Patagonia Aluminum Bars are held in place with bolts that screw into threaded nuts that are recessed in the bottom of the Rock Grip boot. The SIMMS AlumiBite Cleats are attached to the bottom of the boot with a sheet metal type screw. The Rock Grip boot has two bars on the back and four bars on the front, but just bare rubber on the arch. I might suggest screwing a couple studs or cleats into the arch of the Rock Grip boot for added traction when stepping on wet logs and such with the arch of your foot.  

            I’ll keep you updated with anything of interest as we a get a few more days on them.


The Patient Angler

Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boots
December 30, 2011

            I’ve been testing a new boot from Patagonia call the Rock Grip Aluminum Bar Wading boot. As you can see, this new traction design has an industrial look to it with 6 aluminum bars bolted into the bottom of the boot. If you have ever caught a rock with a aluminum drift boat, you can understand how the soft aluminum grabs the rocks with a magnetic like stick. The uppers of this boot are a little more attractive, made with what looks like a durable rubber & waterproof synthetic material and an improved more user-friendly lace system.

            After a few days on the water fishing the Deschutes River, my initial feeling is that this is a well-built boot that is one of the best traction alternatives to a studded felt sole.  The Rock Grip boot is fairly easy to put on & lace up, has a good amount of ankle support and doesn’t change size (stretch out) once it gets wet.

            I found the traction of the aluminum bars to be exceptional on bare rocky bottoms found in faster water. Almost too sticky grabbing rocks as soon as contact is made instead of sliding into position with each step like you’re use to doing with a studded felt sole. I found there was learning curve to wading in these boots for the first time, and I sort of stumbled through the first couple of runs getting use to them.

            The traction was noticeably less when wading in slower water where the rocky bottom is covered with silt and moss making wading a little more challenging. In all fairness, that type of wading environment is more challenging no matter what traction sole you have on your boot.

            One of my only questions at this point is the longevity of the aluminum bars and only time will tell. I’ve been told the estimates based on pre-testing are somewhere around 100 days of wear before needing to replace the bars. The replacement bars will be sold as a kit and will cost of around $35.00.

            The one downside I noticed was that in shallow water, dry ground or rock hopping, the bars tend to be line grabbers if you don’t manage your running line well and keep it away from your feet. There is also the potential of the aluminum bars cutting your line if you stepped on it.

            The Rock Grip Aluminum Bar Wading Boot will be available the end of January and will retail for $239.00

            We’ll keep you posted on how well these boots hold up as we put more days on them.


Peter Bowers