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1. What size rod/reel/line should I purchase to get started in fly fishing?

Trout Outfit:

8-9ft rod
#5-#6 line
matching floating line
(spare spool with sinking line)
fly reel to fit size of outfit
7'~12' leaders

Steelhead/Salmon Outfit:

9-10ft rod
#7-#8 line
matching sinking line
(spare spool with floating line)
6'~10' leaders

360 573-9383

5800 NE 88th. St
Vancouver, WA.

Monday ~ Saturday

2. On Western fisheries...where should I go, when should I be there, and what fly patterns should I use?

There are many variables here, affected by changing seasons, weather, species you are targeting  and so on. It varies from year to year but there is some important information, bugs/tackle that you always take with you per area. Give us a call (360) 573-9383. We stay on top of Western fisheries as well if not better than anyone.

Our spring and summer trout fisheries for the most part are in the best shape in many years because of a mild winter and spring weather pattern. Rivers like the lower Dechutes, as an example, had the best water level in many years.

As for our Western steelhead fisheries, many are in the best shape in the last 10-20 years. Runs are rebounding tremendously after too many years of depressed stocks. There is always the exception, but it's great to see and hear of solid fishing opportunities returning!

Some Common Sense Tips that are often Overlooked

 - Cleaning your floating fly line every couple of times out will make it float longer, last longer and perform better. Even if you're not hitting the bank, tagging limbs or bouncing your line off rocks there is a tremendous amount of dirt carried in the surface film of water. Generally cleaning the first 40-50 feet is enough unless you are casting really long distances a lot.

 - Never put your rod away in a case when the rod, line or case are wet or damp. Always make sure you dry things out or you'll pay the price. Trapped moisture can damage rod finishes, reel seats and cork.

 - Always carry a quality hook hone with you even though the modern hooks come super sharp to start with. You may need to touch up the point several times throughout your time spent on the water. Keeping hooks sharp and maintaining your tippets and leaders in tip top shape are a must.

 - Know your knots when out in the field. People often struggle with even the most basic of knots yet it is one of the most important skills in fly fishing. Two basic knots will cover most of your daily needs, a triple surgeons knot for connecting tippet to your leader and a duncan loop for connecting your fly to your tippet. The ability to go to a different tippet size or length for changing conditions is paramount as well as the ability to quickly change flies when trout fishing can be very important, you snooze, you loose!!!

 - Ever have a problem getting your small sized tippet through your trout hook eye? One sure fire way, besides hiring a guide to do it for you, is to always cut the the end of the tippit at a 45 degree angle instead of square. The spear shaped point will go through the eye much easier. If that doesn't work get stronger glasses or hire a guide.

Be sure to visit us frequently for new tips!!!

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