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Customer FAQ: What is a Skagit Spey Fly Line?

Fly Fishing FAQ Skagit casting spey casting spey pages

Good question! The challenges of steelhead fishing on the Pacific Northwest rivers, like the need to deliver big flies in tough conditions with very little backcast clearance, using lighter and shorter rods to match the size of the quarry, and considering that control of the fly's speed and location in the water column is critical, resulted in the development of the Skagit lines and the Skagit, or Pacific Northwest (PNW), style of Spey casting. Specialized spey casts such as the Snap T and the Perry Poke were created to refine the use of the Skagit lines. Skagit lines are built...

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Fly Tying Encyclopedia - Tying the Parachute High Viz Adams Dry Fly

Fly Tying Encyclopedia

Over the past century the Adams Dry Fly has earned a preeminent place in fly fishing history. The High Visibility Parachute version of the Adams Dry Fly is an extremely productive variation of the Adams parachute pattern. Tied in the parachute dry fly style, the Hi-Viz Adams Parachute rides realistically low on the water, yet the brightly colored post wing is highly visible to the angler. We like to tie ours with a hot pink wing, which seems to show up at twilight best for us, but hot orange and yellow are also popular. Although it is not a specific...

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Fly Fishing for Steelhead on the Grande Ronde River - Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington

Dry Fly Fishing for Steelhead Grande Ronde River steelhead fly fishing The Fly Fishing Place Wallowa River

The lower Grande Ronde River in Oregon and Washington state is known as one of the finest rivers in the country for dry fly steelheading in the fall, and that is saying quite a bit. Any of the classic skating steelhead patterns work well, as well as some of the newer Wog and stinger patterns. This lower stretch or the river also has a fine summer small mouth bass fishery, while the upper stretches are an excellent rainbow trout fishery with bows up to 16-17”. The aggressive and protected native Bull Trout is also present, and must be released unharmed....

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