Redington Hydrogen – Trout Spey Package

Retail Items = $570.80 / Your Cost = $494.00

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New for 2017 trout spey models offer trout anglers a new, highly-efficient way to cover water and for you two-handed anglers, a way to scale your favorite pursuit to trout-sized waters. The trout spey allows the angler to fish untouched, tight, brushy areas where back casting space is limited, anywhere distance is needed. i.e beach fishing for Coastal Cutthroat trout in Washington. A longer rod also aids in better mending capabilities. The world of spey has even opened a door to individuals who may have developed joint pain or injuries associated with the wrist, elbow, or rotator cuff, or anybody who has found traditional overhead casting a challenge due to fatigue. The trout spey allows anglers to throw long casts, larger flies all in a relaxed body position with easy and of course the main draw… spey is a world of fun!

We’ve assembled our top pick for the avid angler looking to hit the water without having to wade through the muddy confusion associated with today’s world of Spey. With the correct balance of grains and running line, The Redington Hydrogen rod coupled with the Behemoth reel is a great launching pad for any angler looking for a premo package ready to fish.

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES 1EACH OF THESE ITEMS

Redington – 11′ 3″ Hydrogen Trout Spey 3113-4

Redington – Behemoth Reel 5/6

OPST – Commando Head – 250gr

OPST – Lazar Running Line – 35lb

OPST – Sink Tip – Riffle (96gr, S2/3)

Backing – 100 yrds 20lb

Leader – 6ft Maxima 8lb

Package comes ready to fish. We spool everything on so all you have to do is attach the reel to the rod, run the line through the guides and tie on a fly.

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HYDROGEN TROUT SPEY

*Life Time Warranty* Hydrogen rod family is designed especially for the trout angler. A fine-tuned, medium-fast action combined with the lightest weight components available to give anglers incredible performance with a light in-hand feel. Skeletonized reel seats and single-foot guides help reduce weight, while the rod actions and models will match any trout fishing scenario.

3wt 11′ 3″ : Great for smaller flies and trout. Great for soft hackles, smaller to moderate sized streamers like Sculpzilla’s (approx 1inch to 3inch inch steamers). The 3wt is the preferred rod for places like the Yakima River, Wa.

4wt 11′ 6″ : Great for larger trout and summer run steelhead. Opt for the 4wt if you plan on throwing larger trout flies (1″ to 3.5″) i.e Dali Lama Flies. The 4 wt will be preferred by those fishing larger flies and or on larger rivers like the Yellow Stone River in Montana.

  • The lightest rod in its class
  • Super-tuned, smooth,medium-fast action blank construction
  • Single-foot guides for increased tip recovery
  • Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat
  • Pinpoint accuracy delivered through improved rod tracking
  • Matte finish blank for flash reduction
  • Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
  • Half-wells, premium gradecork handles
  • Euro nymph actions feature a softer tip for easier turnover
  • Fully protected cordura rod tube with dividers
  • Trout Spey models feature Scandi and Skagit grain ratings on rod blanks
  • Trout Spey models feature downlocking skeletonized reel seats for superior in-hand balance
  • Trout Spey models feature Zirconia stripping guide inserts to reduce guide/line freeze
  • Lifetime warranty

Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat

premium gradecork handles

Single-foot guides for increased tip recovery

REDINGTON BEHEMOTH – 5/6

 

 

 

Why did we pick the Behemoth? Our new BEHEMOTH reel has been very popular on the Olympic Peninsula, especially for our winter steelhead enthusiasts. Combines the most powerful drag (not that a heavy drag really matters for trout, but it doesn’t hurt) Stunning aesthetics that push the limits of fly reel design. The unique, un-machinable, die-cast construction is coupled with a durable, interlocking, large-arbor spool design that both looks and functions like a premium reel. A super-heavy duty carbon fiber drag package brings the utmost in drag strength, reliability and performance to the family. Sized for your HYDROGEN TROUT SPEY 3-weight or 4-weight. the BEHEMOTH reels offer performance and affordability to beginner and veteran anglers alike.

Most powerful drag in its class
Adjustable, CarbonFiber drag
Unmachinable, unique Die-cast construction
Large arbor design speeds retrieve and reduces line memory
Oversized drag knob foreasy adjustment
Easily converts to left or right hand retrieve
Deep V-Spool for increased backing capacity
Twin molded, soft-touch ergonomic handles
Nylon reel case included
Lifetime warranty

 

OPST COMMANDO HEAD – 3wt / 250 grain : 4wt / 300 grain

 

Here on the Olympic Peninsula we know spey and the Commando head has been an essential tool for our guiding and leisure, steelhead in the winter and trout fishing in the summer. We love these heads for their undeniable practicality. Whether your the seasoned guide or the begging spey caster, these heads are easy to learn and fun to use.

OPST’s Commando Heads are the result of decades of focus on sustained anchor systemology (SAS) by Ed Ward. They are designed to expand the capabilities of shorter spey rods, switch rods and single hand rods beyond that of normal. You may be surprised at their short length, but this was no accident. The ultra-short design provides an effortless casting feel and enhances performance in circumstances of restricted casting room, troublesome winds and in casting bulky flies. It also makes them more fishable than longer lines that are hard to control on the water. Wanna roll cast? Underhand? Nymph? Single hand Skagit with a haul? Overhead? Go right ahead. You have never cast a line like the Commando.

OPST LAZAR LINE – 35lb

Bright Green Mono running line increases visibility giving you greater visual control as the current grabs and pulls at your running line and head, most importantly in periods of limited visibility. i.e Dusk or Dawn and especially for those throwing mice patterns at night.

Your package comes with 35lb. OPST LAZAR line is today’s hot product for many reasons. It’s memory free (less likely to tangle unlike that of standard mono) great range of hot and cold memory, ties great knots, easily visible and of course, it flies through your snake guides like greased lightning for easy of casting with less effort.

 

Another hot product from OPST and we have been personally fishing this running line for a few years now and recommend it to to anybody looking for a memory free mono running line that allows the angler to cast further and have a light sensitive touch to the fly. OPST Pure Skagit Lazar Line is our finest running line available.

User Note: If you where to step on your mono running line getting a nick in it (this mostly applies to those wearing studs), just cut off a foot or so below the damaged section, tie a new double surgeons loop (super easy) and loop-to-loop back onto your Commando Head. This process may happen on the river and takes a maximum of 5 minutes. Good news is you have 50 meters of running line! We typicality re-spool with fresh mono every two to three seasons depending on use and care. Greatest feature of mono running line is you can simply peel off the damaged sections, cut, re-knot, good to go!

50 meters comes already spooled on your reel
Hydrophobic
Exceptional durability
Consistent performance in hot and cold conditions
No permanent memory at any temperature
High visibility
Ties beautiful knots
Calculated stretch- high knot strength

We Spool on the running line for you!

 

OPST 12′ SINK TIP – “Riffle Series” 96 grain / S2/3

  • RAND NEW! OPST now offers dual density Commando Tips, completing your Pure Skagit system from hook to reel. This Tip is 12 feet long to enhance stick/water load and prevent blown anchors, (making it easier to cast for beginners).
  • “Dual Density”: today’s answer to yesterdays technological imperfections. You will notice that the designation on your OPST sink tip is  S2/3, meaning the back half of the line is a Type 2 (2 inches per second), and the front half is a Type 3 (3 inches per second). the front tip sinks more than the back, hence the name “dual density” This produces a straighter sink to the fly. (standard level sink tips tend to sink with a sagging belly in the middle) OPST tips are the answer to this technical imperfection .
  • OPST tips come with strong welded loops at both ends for easy rigging. The rear ends come with color-coded line IDs to identify both grain weight and sink rate. 96 Grains are looped with Yellow.

 

6ft MAXIMA LEADER: 8lb

10lb moss green Maxima might be bit large for trout in a clear water scenario but 10lb will have the necessary diameter give turnover larger heavier trout flies i.e the Dali Lama fly. Also, if your just beginning your spey cast learning, 10lb is less likely to tangle up as apposed to a thin diameter i.e 6lb Maxima.
We tie the loop for so all you need to do is loop-to-loop to your OPST Sink Tip and tie on a fly and get to fishing.

20lb Backing

all you need to do is select “Right or Left Hand Retrieve” in the drop down on our online store below and we spool the backing on the reel for you. That simple

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Shank Chuck Tool – OPST

 

OPST Shank Chuck Tool:  A solid pinch/grip on the very tag end (approx a 1/4 of a cm) of this 2″, 51mm OPST Steelhead Shank.

OPST Shank Chuck Tool: Easily secure shanks into vise. You have seen it (or a prototype of it) in OPST fly tying videos. You have called and emailed and asked about it. And now it’s here: the OPST Shank Chuck Tool. It took OPST a long time to dial this one in. The challenge was first, to make a tool that would fit with just about any vise on the planet. They succeeded in doing just that. The second challenge was finding a tool that can secure both shanks and some tubes- by unscrewing the chuck housing, you can flip the inner chuck one way for shanks and the other way for tubes. Another surprising feature is this Tube Chuck, which clamps down evenly around the circumference of the tube (only holds Large 1/8 OD tubes such as HMH Rigid Tubes) and does not crush or mar the tube body. Once clamped into the chuck the tube does not spin out of place, even as the tyer makes consecutive outward pulling thread wraps. We were a little apprehensive at the cost of such a tool but can say the chuck is surprisingly secure and extremely easy to adjust. It’s a brainless tool. And yes, the chuck tool secures into any vise you clamp it into.

The chuck will hold shanks down to OPST Micro Shanks, which are 0.90mm in diameter. Tube adapter inner diameter: 2mm.

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Easily disassembled. Just unscrew and flip the inner chuck (center of pic) when transitioning from shank to tube (scroll to picture below)

 

Flip the inner chuck for tube fly use. Fits Large Tubes such as HMH Rigid Tubes 1/8 OD.

 

Close Up: the four fine cut teeth attributes to the chucks sure grip onto those slippery metal shanks.

 

Chicone’s Barred Regular Rubber Legs – Hareline Dubbin

A Hareline Dubbing Product – Chicone’s Barred Regular Crusher Legs. These are translucent silly legs with specs/bars of contrasting color for your crab, prawn, or even your baitfish flies.

Although they look bright in the package, when you separate the individual silicone legs they are actually very translucent with light barring which is very different from most other legs on the market that are a solid color or barred black. The clear barred legs were designed to look more natural in the water, revealing only a scant amount of barred color for attracting attention over a light colored bottom or sand. The Olive, Tan and Orange are perfect for emulating tiny crustaceans hiding amongst the grass and mangrove root on the flats. The UV Reactive dye used to create the rubber legs give these flies a very unique and realistic appearance in the water.

For steelhead intruders (Hint, hint.) Try these in a Squidro/sili leg intruder. A bright color dubbing abdomen body glows through the sili leg cluster, like a translucent squid with glowing innards, the pulsating color contrast really pops in the water.

 

Chicone’s Rubbers Legs seem to have a pretty cool translucent effect in the water.

 

Comes in a multitude of Vivid colors. Picture does not do justice

Spey Fishing for Winter Steelhead 2017

It’s that time of the year again where you get all pysched up, buy your plane tickets, hotels, etc to go stand in the cold rain praying that this year you’ll finally hook up with a steelhead.

 

Some things that can seriously increase those odds:

Guided Trips. This is the fastest way to learn a river, learn what you’ve been doing wrong all these years, and maybe even get your first glimpse at hooking up. If nothing else you can spend the next week fishing hard and with confidence becuase at least your doing the right thing.

Cant swing a guided trip?

Take a spey casting class or even better the fishing class if you’ve got the basics down. At a fraction of the price you get a crash course of how to be more effective, and again, that confidence thing can be a game changer.

You dont need a new rod to catch a fish. The benefits of new rods are that they are generally lighter and more powerful which means more water time with out getting as tired. If you’ve only got a week to fish and want to fish every legal second, it can be a nice investment.

Best bargain spey rod: Redington Chromer

Top of the line spey rod: Burkheimer or Sage X

For reels, you need something with a good drag that wont freeze up in cold temps, won’t backspin on you, and absorbs the shock of a fast take.

Best bang for the buck: Lamson Guru HD

Top of the line spey reel: Einnarsson Invictus

We’re generally fishing skagit heads with T8 to T14 sink tips (10ft-12.5ft) and 2-4 feet of  10-15lbs maxima as tippet.

Skagit heads: Rio Skagit Heads or Airflo FIST Head

Flies: John Aleveras Suskwa poacher if you can only buy one.

It’s an especially cold winter so far, so make sure to layer up. The best layering for socks, long undies and under shirts we’ve found is Woolpower. Puts Patagonia, Simms, Smartwool, etc to shame. Winter Steelhead on a Snowy Day

 

 

Argus Pheasant Tails and Wings

Argus Pheasant secondary wings and tails are one of the prettiest feathers that you’ll ever find in a fly shop. They’re huge, covered in beautiful spots and stripes, and also fairly difficult to find. They are very well known throughout he Atlantic salmon fly tying community because of there stripes and spots, but also they marry very well to almost any feather. Happily, we now have Argus whole wing and tails pairs. The pairs that we received are in great shape and they are at a hard to beat price! And to top it off we also have them available in 2″ paired sections. So if your worried about dropping the ball on getting a whole tail or wing pair, you can get a small piece to give it a test drive. There are 3 options for these smaller packs including tail pieces, and secondary wing pieces. The wing pieces are available with fibers ranging from 2.5 – 3.5 inches, or 4 – 5 inches.

2 inch pieces

The tail sections have fibers that range from 2 to 3.5 inches long. This makes them plenty long enough for your Atlantic salmon flies, but also not too long that they couldn’t be used for muddler wings. When it comes to married wings these tail feathers will marry to just about any other fibers you’re using. They are great for adding separation and contrast between brighter colors, and also very easily tie down to the shank without folding over.

Argus Tail Pair

The secondary wing feathers have a much more complex design of stripes and colorful spots that follow the entire length of the stem. An entire wing on a salmon fly made from these fibers look incredible. They also marry to just about anything like the tail feather. The length of its fibers can range anywhere from 2 inches up to 5 inches which allows you to cover a larger amount of hook sizes and styles making it the overall perfect feather for you classic Atlantic salmon and steelhead flies.

Argus Secondary Wing

 

OPST Sink Tips

opstsinktipsThe boys at OPST have done it again with their recently released Commando Tips. One of the reasons we are such big advocates for their gear is because it is made by and for people who fish hard and thoughtfully. They know how to make a good product, and then they’ll go a step further and make it intuitive. Take their tippet for example, great product and then they made it with waterproof labels….DUH! Sink Tip wallet with waterproof labels, no zipper that can be corroded or stuck, and mesh nylon for easy draining, and now SINK TIPS!

These tips are formatted a little differently than the MOW tips, but it makes a lot of sense and is especially helpful for the particular angler that knows exactly where she or he wants the fly.

First, they are designed to be used with the Commando heads, but that doesn’t restrict them to just that function. They are only offered in 12ft because that will help prevent blowing anchors and that is really good all-around length.

Second, they have two different densities within each tip. If you’ve ever played with the iMOW’s or Airflo FIST line you already know the logic behind this, but in case you haven’t it basically just makes a straighter, more even sink to the fly, reducing the amount of belly in the tip and making the connection to the fish easier to feel.

The really neat thing about these tips is the actual sink rates. MOW tips are our go to for the OP. “Generally” speaking we’ll fish T-8 for summer, or low water in winter, maybe T-11 in some buckets, and T-14 and T-11 in winter. That’s going to be oh-so different here, but in a really cool way.

The grain weight is more designed around the rod weight. So instead of a T-8 being used for low water and smaller flies on any rod size, it is used for 2-6 weight rods; the T-11 tips for 5-8 weight rods and the T-14 tips for 7-10 weight rods. Then within your rod weight range you have a selection of sink rates including riffle, run, and bucket. Talk about easy, and smart.

These are geared more toward switch and spey rods, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they came out with a single hand version pretty soon here.

96 Grain, 12 foot (T8): 132 grain, 12 foot (T11): 168 Grain, 12 foot (T14):
Rod Size: 2-6 Rod Size: 5-8 Rod Size: 7-10
Color: Yellow Color: Light Blue Color: Tan
Riffle: S2/3 Riffle: S2/3 Riffle: S2/3
Run: S3/4 Run: S5/6 Run: S5/6
Bucket: S5/6 Bucket: S8/9 Bucket: S8/9