Aug 20, 2014

Guaranteed Love by G. Loomis

Now that's Love

It's Hard not to love a great fly rod! G. Loomis has a lot of great rods you can easily find the love with. NRX, Pro4x and GLX just to name a few. G. Loomis is so absolutely sure that you will love their rods they are going to guarantee it. No Joke! Just a full money back within 30 days of purchase for any reason you are unhappy with your new G. Loomis rod. 

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We’re easy to fall in love with! Guaranteed Love only from G.Loomis –

Guaranteed Love by G. Loomis is a one of a kind program that gives you, an angler that wants to fish with the best, the confidence to buy a G. Loomis rod with no hesitation. We know you will be so hooked on your new rod we actually guarantee you will love it!
Visit any participating G. Loomis dealer and take home a new G. Loomis rod.
Try it for 30 days and enjoy the experience of holding a rod designed by experts and handcrafted in Woodland, Washington. Test the feel in your hand, experience the balance, and get to know the lightweight blank. Let it become an extension of your arm; make a few casts, fight a few fish, and enjoy a few envious looks. That always seems to happen when you are hand in hand with the love of your life.

If for any reason you are unhappy you have three simple steps to complete:

• Return the rod to the original place of purchase
• Bring your original proof of purchase or receipt
• Answer a few quick questions and provide your name and information. After all, we expect you to be smitten with your new rod and if you aren’t we would like to hear why. Don’t worry, we don’t share any of your personal information.

That’s it. But honestly, we think we will be more likely to see you coming back to purchase another G.Loomis rod. Once you start a relationship with us, you’re likely to want more.

This offer is valid for U.S. customers only


Aug 18, 2014

Flyvines NW Spey Bracelets


Bracelets for the Steelheader!

Flyvines are an innovative and unique solution to fly fishing’s chief environmental hindrance: fly line. Based out of Missoula, Montana, we recycle used fly line to create lanyards, bracelets, keychains, retainers for sunglasses, and other fly fishing accessories. Each product is hand-braided, using a pattern they developed over long Montana winters and while enduring muddy run-offs. As such, each piece is one-of-a-kind. 

Now for the first time a bracelet for the Steelheader, Spey Angler, the NW Outdoorsman!
For a limited run, sold only at the Gorge Fly Shop while supplies last. Get your steelhead on.



Flyvines Spey Line Bracelets Sold only at the Gorge Fly Shop

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Order Today: 541.386.6977



Fishing Report (August 18th)


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Aug 16, 2014

Build your own "Custom Abel Reel"

Build your dream reel. 

We made it easy! O.K. Abel made it easy but the power is now in your hands. You now have the control (ability) to build your own custom, American Made Abel Reel. 

Build your own Abel Reel online with the Abel Build Your Own Reel Software in partnership with Gorge Fly Shop, by using this link. See it as you build it and order it direct from Abel exactly the way you want it. Just follow the link and start building!


IF YOU CAN CLICK IT. THEY WILL BUILD IT. 
Nearly every angler who has seen a custom Abel reel has imagined a custom reel of their own one time or another. If you haven't, maybe your color blind or really have an appreciation for bland food. Maybe it's time to spice things up and treat your self to something truly special.


The Build Your Own Reel System – Abel's advanced reel building program will help you design and visualize the custom reel you’ve previously been able to only imagine was possible. Utilize the program features to create your own personal masterpiece with optional drag knob, reel foot, and aluminum handle finishes.


CUSTOMIZE: One piece at a time.

FISHING CONDITIONS


LINE WEIGHT
Choose your base reel and start building.
REEL FINISH
From Standard BLACK or just about any other shade under the rainbow to fish graphics like Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon or Chrome Steelhead to name a few. Abel has them all or reel close to it. 
Just a few options.
If you think you still need something with a little more flash you can bump up your custom reel with a little Artistic DeYoung finish.

DeYoung Finish
DRAG SYSTEMS

SPOOL ARBOR


REEL COMPARISONS

Having trouble deciding? Need a comparison to help narrow things down? Utilize Abels "Reel Comparisons" to compare things like weight, spool diameter, line and yards of backing. If you still need help drop us a line at the Gorge Fly Shop to help you decide the right package for you.


Abel Reels: From the Factory to the Field


100 years of reel technology has come down to this. Design control at your finger tips. The classic reel design are a perfect fit to Abels 25+ years of American Craftsmanship. Nearly infinitely customizable. Mechanically they are incredibly simple.

There is no other reel of this type that compares. The finish on these reels just might prompt you to move the family photo and build your own custom mantel and lighted reel box to put on display when not in use. Notice: Polish not included.


When purchased from The Gorge Fly Shop or built to order and shipped to us receive a FREE FLY LINE with purchase of any Build to Order Abel reel.

Gorge Fly Shop - Webmaster

Build your own Abel Reel: Custom made, Made in the U.S.A

* Reel photos are only a simulation. Actual product may vary in appearance and color.

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Aug 14, 2014

Fishing with Dogs

Hendrix the Fishing Dog

Fishermen love their dogs, and despite our passion for our fishing dogs, it’s not always the best idea to take them on the river with us.  The Deschutes River seems like a perfect place for a fisherman to take his/her dog fishing for a day or two of summer Steelheading.  The trail is easy to hike or bike, the river is generally not too fast or turbulent if your dog wants to take a little swim, but there are plenty of dangers that could make an unpleasant experience for you and your little buddy. 

In early August, I had the perfect opportunity to get an unexpected half day of fishing on the Deschutes.  

I grabbed my bike, my Winston TH 6126, and my dog Hendrix and drove on out to the mouth of the river.  It wasn't all that hot in Hood River, and didn't seem that bad out at the Deschutes when I got there.  Hendrix is not the word’s fastest or fittest dog, so it was not the quickest bike ride up the trail.  By the time we reached Ferry Springs, he was panting pretty heavily.  The temperatures were probably pushing 100 degrees at that point.  A quick soak in the springs and we moved on.  By mile 2, he was definitely struggling, so we moved down the river for a swim.  After a nice swim and a bite to eat, I thought that he would be ready to go another mile or two to the water I really wanted to fish. 

After returning to the trail, I quickly realized that Hendrix was not functioning at 100%.   He was panting and seemed to be having a little trouble walking.  I was oblivious to the heat and the effects it had on the pads of his feet.  I knew that asphalt could cause pad burns, but I did not realize how hot that basaltic gravel could be.  Well my dog revolted, pulled back against the leash, removing his collar and started slowly crawling down a big boulder field next to the trail despite my best effort to deter him. 

I was unable to follow him down the rock slide because it was steep and I did not want to cause a slide and crush him, so I rode back downstream, ditched my bike and ran down to the water.  I then ran back upstream to where he was coming down the boulder field, but he wasn't there.  I couldn't find him anywhere.  He wasn't in the boulders, he wasn't in the water, and he wasn't moving fast enough to have run off anywhere.  After an hour of looking, I was sure that he had either been bitten by a rattlesnake or had died of heat exhaustion in that boulder field.  I reluctantly spent the next several hours looking for his body. 

That was about 1:30 pm.  By 8:00, I was absolutely sure he was gone.  

I had looked everywhere in the vicinity several times over.  I had managed to get a few text messages out in desperation seeking solace and help.  John was coincidentally on his way to camp at the state park with his wife and volunteered to ride up and help me look.  He made it up to meet me just as darkness was setting in. 

Friends Helping Friends

To be anti-climactic, John found my dog lying in some reeds within ten minutes of reaching the area where I was looking.  He had to have crawled out near the trail when it got dark because I had looked in that spot several times earlier as I thought it was the most direct path from the boulders to the water. 

When he saw us, he couldn't even stand up.  His pads were burnt so bad that they were already peeling off.  I felt terrible.  I had no idea that the trail would be so hot.  John and I took turns carrying him until we got the idea to put him in my backpack.  It certainly made the journey out easier, and Hendrix was as happy as he could be in his condition. 
 
One bad move almost cost me my best friend

Fishing with Hendrix has been one of the great joys of my life.  

He is an amazing fishing partner.  He never low-holes me or shows up late.  He patiently waits on shore for me to finish the run and is always happy to check out the fish I catch.  The best part of fishing with him is that he never complains.  The down side of a dog never complaining is that his pads can be burning up and he would never let me know. Hendrix is such a good dog that he literally walked with me until he physically could not take another step.  He never whined and showed little to no sign of anything being seriously wrong until it was too late.

Hendrix Loves Adventure
I hope my experience on the river helps others be more aware of the needs of their dog out on the river.  I admit that I had Steelhead fever, a condition that affects many people in this area and it can certainly lead to bad decision-making.  I know that I am generally a good dog owner.  Hendrix never lacks love, exercise, food, water or adventure, but one bad move almost cost me my best friend and fishing partner.  Please be aware of your dog’s well-being when taking him/her out on the river with you. 


Andrew Perrault
Gorge Fly Shop

Aug 5, 2014

Greg's Top Picks at IFTD/I-CAST

2014 IFTD/I-CAST show came and went. I would have stayed longer if they would've let me but the convention center turns the A/C off at closing time so I'll take that as a hint to "please leave!" While many seem to be ready to go I on the other hand can't seem to get enough. Catching up with old friends, meeting new friends, casting some rods and getting to touch and feel some new stuff gets me thinking about possible new toys to add to my already over-inflated collection of fishing equipment. Too many goodies to list them all here but I would like to highlight a few standouts...

Fly Rods

Winston - There is a way different vibe at the Winston booth and I like it!

Boron III TH-MS Microspey
Tom Larimer describes the Microspey
Trout junkies and warm water species chasers listen up! This is not a switch rod (whatever that really is) or a scaled down steelhead rod. Nope, not at all. The Microspey is just as the name implies, it is a small trout size spey rod designed to do everything a trout anglers does. Winston ambassador and two hand expert Tom Larimer worked side by side with Winston's guru rod designer Annette McLean to create a true spey trout rod. Microspey that is! Cast dry's, swing soft hackles, strip streamers and whatever you wish to do, do it with two hands!
Sizes 3105-4, 4110-4 and 5116-4. $830. Available Setptember-ish
Casting the New Winston Micro Spey
The first time you pick this rod up you notice the lightweight feel of a trout rod. Only the lower handle indicates that this is made for two hands. While casting it feels like a trout rod with its smooth loading and finesse feel but as if instinct just clicks in you naturally want to grab it with two hands. Start out with a simple roll cast and suddenly your mind begins to dream of cascading water with hungry trout. Set up a Snap-T and feel the effortless power of sink tip and fly as it launches across the stream in position to set up the perfect swing!


Winston Nexus 
Winston Nexus 890-4 - This all-Graphite stick has life!

While no particular order in place after the Microspey the New Winston Nexus could certainly hold its own. Winston has shown us with the Microspey to think outside the box and the Nexus backs that fact up even more so. Typically we don't use verbage of Winston and fast action rods in the same sentence but we just got it handed to us and impressed is an understatement. There is nothing wrong with a good fast action graphite rod without all the fancy resins and new technologies. The Nexus is proof of that! The Nexus was an absolute joy to cast and the smile on my face was proof. I liked it! With the price and finish of this USA built rod it will surely put a smile on many faces. Seriously, I see one of these in my very near future. 3 thru 12 weights. $475 - $495. Expected September-ish!

ShortStix
G. Loomis Pro4x SS (ShortStix)
Bass rod, Predator rod, or Mangrove rod...call it anything you want but SS doesn't stand for sissy stick. Equip this magnum with a short shooting head line like a RIO Outbound and cast rabbits and chickens with ease. We casted the prototype of this rod back in the winter and it was so impressive we could hardy detain ourselves. The finished version is a true hunter so watch out mangrove tarpon, shallow pike, coastal stripers and lily pad bass, this magnum is headed to the proving grounds and I'm quite confident we have a winner! The ShortStix is 7'6" 3 piece and comes in four sizes, 8/9, 9/10, 10/11 and 11/12. The 10/11 and 11/12 have integrated fighting grip. $400 - $425...Coming soon!





Sage SALT

2014 IFTD Best of Show and Best Saltwater Rod Winner

Sage rod designer Jerry Siem talks about the new SALT
The first like I have about this rod is the name, SALT. I like the straight forward METHOD of how to name ONE series of rods. Ok, I'm having fun with names but seriously too many times anglers buy rods not knowing what the rod was intended for. I do realize that fly fishing by design is not supposed to be easy but enough already with lengthy overstated sometimes foreign and unusual rod names.
Get to the point and the Sage SALT does exactly that in its name and its action. Incorporating Konnectic technology into the SALT was a given but the surprise is SALT is not just a METHOD in disguise. The SALT has its very own unique action that can load short for accurate casts but yet progressively builds power the deeper it loads for long ranging double hauls. Sizes 590-4 to 1686-4, $850...Most sizes available now!


Notable Imports


Redington Vapen Black
Stealthy
This rod caught my eye from across the aisle. While the Vapen is not a new rod (introduced at IFTD 2013) it has a new stealthy member to the family. Still available is the Vapen Red and Standard (cork handle) Vapen. Meet the new Vapen Black. The Vapen Black has a cool matte black rod blank color and a black PowerGrip Winn Grip handle. The new look of this rod is stealthy but it's not all just for show. The Vapen rods are very lightweight fast action rods. Oh and the name (yeah it's one of the those we talked about earlier) Vapen means "weapon" in Japanese. Lifetime Warranty.
Sizes 490-4 to 1290-4, $349.95 Available Now!


Echo Glass Two Hand Spey and Switch rods
Glass!
Echo Glass Two Hand






Glass is a blast! Reminds me of my first rod I fished when I was a kid. It loaded all the way to the handle and seemed impossible to break. Glass has made somewhat of a comeback especially in trout rods. They are so relaxed to fish and really do certain techniques superior to graphite like roll casting. While not for everyone or every fishing situation, Glass is back and many new anglers are discovering it for the first time. Echo has taken the next step and applied Glass to Two Hand Spey and Switch Rods. The rods have a classic look, cast silky smooth and won't break your bank. Expected around January 2015.
3106-4 to 8130-4 and everything in between. $279.99 - $299-99

Reels

Kristin Mustad of Nautilus shows off the Silver King to Travis Duddles of Gorge Fly Shop
Nautilus Silver King
Winner - Best of Show Fly Reel Saltwater
All Big game anglers pay attention! Nautilus CCF-X2 Silver King is for you. Following the CCF-X2 design the Silver King is a 5 inch diameter 10.9 ounce fully sealed reel and it's ready for battle with all things silver whether it be Tarpon on the flats to Kings in Alaska. We knew this reel was a winner and the IFTD show awards proved it a winner with Best of Show Fly Reel Saltwater award.
Will be available sometime this fall.
Capacity WF12 w/275yds #30. Price $685




Hatch Finatic 2 Plus

The Hatch Finatic has won our respect and I am glad to say that it doesn't change, (What?). That's right I said it! This is one reel that I wish to stick around awhile longer just like it is. Isn't that the ultimate compliment! So what's the news? Hatch is adding to the Finatic with a 2 plus size. Available mid August.

Trout anglers dream! You now have that perfect size Hatch reel for your 2 or 3 weight. 

Hatch Nomad Pliers
Function + Style = WINNER!
What I am really excited about (I'm talking I've been on the edge of my chair for months) is the new Hatch Nomad Pliers. I'm a huge fan of pliers that perform. Three functions is what I want: grip a hook, cut a line and open a bottle. They also need a sheath and lanyard. Hatch Nomad pliers have all of these features. One trouble I've had with other sheaths is my (normal size) wading belt buckle will not fit thru the loop of the sheath. Hatch has solved this issue with a snap open loop to allow the sheath to slip onto your wader belt. This is a big issue for me since I spend the majority of my time in waders and have another brand of great expensive pliers that I cannot use because of this issue. Attention to detail is what makes the difference. Oh and I need to mention the Nomad Pliers and Sheath look and feel awesome! $280
Word on the street available September 1st.

Abel Sealed Drag
Jeff Patterson presenting the New Abel Sealed Drag

While cork has been traditional drag material for many great reels over the years there comes a time when you want to fish more and maintain less.
Sealed drags are not new and most of the best salt reels have them perfected. Abel has joined the ranks of a sealed drag market with a new reel they simply call Abel Sealed Drag. Abel wanted to get it right so they enlisted the help of an expert Mr. Joe Saracione. With Joe's skills an all new design was created and tested for the new reel. Starting at $550 for a 4/5 size...a 5/6 and 7/8 sizes will come later this fall.



Other Abel news includes three new finishes: Satin Olive, Satin Blue III and Satin Slate.

Ross Animas
Ross Animas
I'm calling Ross Reels the "The one to watch". After many changes of ownership I believe Ross may have finally landed in a great place of ownership by The Mayfly Group and sister company to Abel Reels. The future is bright! The new partnership has already produced a limited run of highly sought after original Ross Gunnisons' and there is talk of a newly designed Gunnison reel for the future. Also happening is a release of a new reel called Animas. The Animas design is built around the long time trusted workings of the CLA (A true workhorse of a fly reel for many years and counting) with modern features including machined aluminum hardware and a first for Ross machined aluminum handle. Comes in two colors: Granite/Bronze hardware and Stealth Black/Moss hardware.  3/4 to 11/12 weights. Starting at $225. Coming Soon!

Gear


Simms Dry Creek Boat Bag
Magnetic Catch and Release

Boat bags have always had one major malfunction, The zipper! Hard to zip, lids don't want to fit right and who wants to struggle with gear when your next cast could be a fish of a lifetime. Simms impressed me with this new design they came up with. Save the zipper for when your done fishing for the day but make easy access all day long without worry of your gear flying out or getting wet. The new catch and release buckle is amazing. It's magnetic so all you have to do is get it close and it catches but its more technical than just magnets alone. The magnets are actually polar aligned to turn the latch into a lock position and the knob must be turned to release the lock. Innovations like this is what takes a product from same old status to forget the others, this is the only one you want. Sorry all other boat bag manufacturers but this is my top pick! Available Now! $199.95

Simms G4 Pro Jacket

IFTD Best of Show Winner Men's Outerwear

Eric Neufeld Shows the G4 Features
When I think of rain/wading jackets it's hard to look any further than Simms Jackets. If you have one or compared them to others you know it's hard to find anything that's even close to comparison. The only trouble you'll have is picking the one you want. Simms has just made that an even tougher decision with the all new G4 Pro Jacket. Simms took an already awesome jacket and somehow made it better! Its lighter, stronger and more user friendly. Available Now in colors Black and Wetstone. $549.95

Slick Jacket gets a new color for 2015...Loden - Available Now!

Simms Wading Staffs
Wade Better!

Two all new Wading Staffs arriving this month. Both operate on the same design with the main difference being aluminum or carbon fiber shafts. The Pro Wading Staff utilizes carbon fiber for its strength and light weight and also incorporates a contoured cork handle. Both staffs use an adjustable fast lock system to allow a customized length from 51" to 56". Neoprene Sheath comes standard with both staffs and has a nice new design of a wider opening making it much easier to stow the staff than previous models. One thing to note is that both new staffs DO NOT come with a retractor. Simms Wading Staff Retractors can be purchased seperately for $24.95. The Aluminum Wading Staff retails for $99.95 and the Pro Carbon Fiber Staff retails for $149.95. Available sometime in August 2014

Fly Lines

2014 IFTD Best of Show New Saltwater line RIO Permit Fly Line

Make that one cast count
When I saw the New RIO Permit line the thought I had was this is such an obviously needed line! We have Bonefish, Tarpon and Redfish lines, why not a line for one of the most sought after game fish. If you have pursued Permit then you know time is of the essence. Your Window of opportunity will most likely be counted in single digit seconds. The RIO Permit line is tapered for easy loading at short range but with enough body to engage your target at a distance with great accuracy.
WF8F - WF10F. $89.95 Available Now!



More New Stuff from RIO

RIO is storming ahead with InTouch
George Cook Explains the new lines
Once you have fished with Ultra-Low Stretch InTouch lines you'll wonder why it took so long to latch on to this technology. It's a simple yet extremely effective upgrade that not only helps your fishing but I believe it can improve your casting as well with the added benefit of a more direct feedback to your fly rod. Joining the InTouch series of lines this year is the addition of all your favorites from RIO including RIO Grand, RIO Gold and RIO Trout LT. Now your favorite lines are better than ever! An added feature with the these lines is what RIO calls Surefire. Surefire is a unique three-color system to help the caster recognize where he is in relation to casting distance to help ensure accurate distance control. Most sizes available now! $89.95
Many other new lines from RIO coming soon include RIO Skagit Max Long, RIO InTouch Extreme Indicator and RIO InTouch T-Series Sink Tip Material.

Airflo is on the move!

Switch Float
Starting off with Switch Float and Switch Streamer. I had the pleasure of fishing a couple prototypes of these lines and the excitement was hard to detain.

The struggle to line a switch rod for trout has gone on far too long. Your long awaited answer has arrived!
Switch Streamer
       Tom Larimer did the research and built the protos from his basement lab. The project goal was to develop lines for switch rods and small spey rods that will effectively trout fish with the emphasis on all techniques of trout angling with the added benefit of a two hand rod. A key element to making a trout switch line was to integrate the head and running line to have one loop-less line and eliminate the klunk of loop through rod guides, a necessary design since so often the trout angler is stripping in to the leader and/or making short cast. Also the front taper is designed to be used with Airflo 10' polyleaders and/or T-Series sink tips for versatility ranging from floating, intermediate and many different densities of sinking tips. This added benefit was a key advantage for swinging or stripping streamers in many different currents and conditions while fishing my home waters of New Mexico this past winter.
 Switch Float comes in WF3 to WF8 with grain weights of 175, 235, 310, 370, 430 and 490 and comes with a floating polyleader tip. Switch Streamer comes in WF4 to WF6 with grain weights of 300, 330, 360, 390 and 420 and comes with a fast sink polyleader tip. Both lines will retail each for $99.95. Availability...Can't get here soon enough!

Kelly Galloup joins the Airflo design staff

Kelly Galloup and Captain Bruce Chard Join the Airflo Design Consultant Staff and have already went to work on some cool new lines. Besides these new lines being designed with talented minds they will also feature all the best stuff from Airflow including Super-Dri, Power Core and Ridge Technology.

Captain Bruce Chard joins the Airflo design staff

The Airflo Kelly Galloup lines include a Nymph, Streamer float and Streamer Max Long. All these lines feature very powerful tapers for turning the big flies! $79.99 to $84.99. Coming Soon!

Airflo's Chard Tropical fly lines kicks off with an awesome new taper appropriately named Chard Tropical Punch. The secret to this line is its compact front taper and extended rear taper. WF8 to WF12...$84.99
Coming Soon!

S/A is going places

Sharkwave Siege - IFTD Winner Freshwater Fly line
Beer:30
Siege is an all new creation utilizing the best that Textured and Sharkskin have to offer. It's an aggressive line with a short powerful head designed to carry big flies with ease. A great feature of this line is the Tactile Reference Point which allows you to hear, feel or see the loading point right behind the head of the fly line. Available November 2014. $99.95

Sharkwave Saltwater Titan
Scientific Anglers took the already popular Textured Titan Taper and made a Saltwater Sharkwave version of it. The Titan already does a great job of carrying big flies and now it has the Sharkskin Tip for high float, Textured running line for long cast and a Tactile Reference point for determining where the best loading point in the line is. $99.95...Available in November 2014

Textured Titan Intermediate
I have been a fan of the Textured Titan since it was introduced. It has an aggressive head to carry large flies and a nice rear taper that actually helps it to carry line during your cast. Now available in a full intermediate version from 6 to 11 weight. $84.95...Available in November 2014

You can see why I like to go to this show. So much to see and so little time. Since the convergence of I-Cast with IFTD there is a whole other side to the show that we didn't get to spend much time with. Enjoy our preview and look for more to come!



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