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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fly Rod Demo Day - with OPST, Sage, Winston, Scott, CF Burkheimer


Ben Howard Boat Launch
Sunday July 10 th, 2016
10 am till 2 pm, BBQ @ noon

Bring your own single handed rod, or demo something new

Representatives from Winston, Scott, Sage, CF Burkheimer & Redington will be on hand to answer questions and let you demo the latest in fly rod technology.

Map link on our events page.
Email us to sign up for BBQ
Watch video below for a demo.

*Please no hooks while at the demo, casting yarn will be provided.  Please display vehicle use permit or discover pass in vehicle.

There is a decent amount of parking at the Ben Howard Boat Launch.  But if you are trying to coordinate with a group.  You might try parking at Lewis Street Bridge in Monroe and carpooling to Ben Howard.

 Representatives will be on hand from Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics.  The group will give a demo and then put a rod in your hand to try.    

We have been playing around with these heads for some time now.  On steelhead outings these fly lines play a vital roll in covering small water with a swung fly.   

Many smaller rivers like the higher coastal streams of the Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia are perfect for single-hand spey techniques. 

The OPST Commando Head is a short (12 through 18 feet) and are best cast on 9 foot trout rods on up to two-handed rods around 12 feet.  You can take your standard trout fishing rod and create a really fun new setup. 

Size (gr)                  Length (ft)    
150                                    12
175                                    12
200                                    13.5
225                                    13.5
250                                    13.5
275                                    13.5
300                                    15
325                                    15
350                                    15
375                                    15
400                                    16.5
425                                    16.5
450                                    18
475                                    18

Thursday, April 28, 2016

SAGE PULSE Fly Rod - The Workhorse

    Trying to buy a fly rod today can be an exercise in patience.  With a multitude of options, the process can be overwhelming at times.  Yet in the end what it really comes down to is whether you like a rod or not.   

On a recent trip to the Missouri River in Montana I was able to fish a wide selection of rods under different conditions and I found a rod I really liked.  It wasn’t the most expensive rod or the most glamorous but it definitely fished the best.  That rod was the new Sage 590-4 Pulse.

Ira wading the Mo' on a low water spring day

Utilizing Graphite 3e technology, this fast action rod reminded me of the widely popular Sage XP series.  Fast, but not overly stiff, I was able to fish everything from a size #18 BWO on 5x to a #2 Deathstar streamer with little effort as well as a double fly rig under an indicator.  In addition, the Pulse had enough backbone to easily deal with the large rainbows and browns that were foolish enough to eat my offerings.  Lastly, the notorious Missouri winds were no match for this versatile stick.
Cosmetically, this rod is simple and clean as we have to come to expect from Sage and is priced moderately.  I was so impressed with this rod that we now have several demos in the shop.  Stop on by and give the Pulse a shot.  I’d be surprised if you’re weren’t impressed.

-The Water Ouzel
Big brown in the net!


  • Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA
  • Graphite IIIe Technology
  • Fast action
  • Lichen blank color
  • Olive thread wraps with Black trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Freshwater 3-6 weights:
  • Rosewood insert with Gloss Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat.
  • Snub-nose, half-wells cork handle
  • Saltwater 6-8 weights:
  • Gloss Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Full-wells cork handle with fighting butt
  • Black nylon rod tube with divided liner 
  • $450 USD