Contest Winner, Headed to the Flats, & The Feather Thief

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Joe Koziara on being the first person to correctly answering our quiz. What do these 5 Umpqua flies have in common? Bonefish Deep Minnow, Drowned Spinner, Bennett's Lunch, Neon Nightmare, and Gen-X Bunny
***They all have 3 N’s in the name***
Your fly selections are on the way! And thanks to everyone for participating, we love hearing from you! Stay tuned for another opportunity next week!

 Headed to the Flats?  

bonefishtripFrom the looks of the fly orders going out the door, a lot of you are planning trips to the flats. Lucky you. It's a great time to get out of winter and enjoy some tropical fishing.

Thinking of the warm tropics, RIO has recently introduced their new DirectCore Bonefish line.

Winner of the Best New Saltwater Fly Line category at IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealer Show), meet the big sister of RIO's Bonefish QuickShooter. While the Bonefish QuickShooter, another favorite, has a short head for quick loading when fish are close, as in wading, the DirectCore Bonefish has a long head and rear taper to smooth out the loop and a mid length front taper for turnover and easy presentation. Read about it here.


If you're planning a trip to the jungle for peacock bass, dorado, and pacu then you'll need a line designed for hot sticky  jungletropical conditions. The RIO DirectCore Jungle Series is built on their signature DirectCore, it's easy to stretch and lies perfectly straight on the water, but maintains the stiffness needed to cast in hot conditions. With a short, quick-loading head these lines easily turn over large tropical flies. The perfect line series for tropical freshwater environments worldwide.

The Feather Thief

Finally this week, everyone's talking about this book. The Feather Thief is a fascinating true story of an obsessive young man and his addiction for fly tying and the rare hard-to-find feathers needed for classic salmon flies. It's a page turner, I couldn't put it down. And the fact that is really happened, and not too long ago, makes it even the more amazing. Download or pick-up a copy. Even after you know, you'll still be asking yourself, “How did a young talented New Englander, the kid next door, pull this off at the London Tring Museum?” By Kirk Wallace Johnson.


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