What does a designer of cutting edge bike parts have to do with fly fishing reels? How about that one word, DESIGNER? Plain and simple, The Waterworks Lamson is a team of sophisticated product designers, materials gurus, and engineers who know loads about what makes good things work while holding a greater than average interest in fly fishing. It was only a matter of time for The Waterworks Lamson team to enter the fly reel market, and when it came time for them to design a better fly reel, the basic goals were clearly understood. It was understood that a Waterworks Lamson fly reel's looks were going to be over the top, it was understood that it would be designed for lightness, and it was understood that it would be designed for rugged use. At the center of the entire lineup is a conical drag system that maintains a silky smooth action while rapidly dissipating friction-induced heat. With a true large arbor design and some funky, razor's edge looks throughout its lineup, from the ULA Force to the guru, The Waterworks Lamson fly reels have certainly set a very high bar for others to reach.
Catching fish on the swing is hard enough, but having proven flies certainly can help you keep confidence in your swing. These proven flies are what you will find in LCO's owner and steelhead junkie, George Revel's fly box. In California, Kamchatka, Alaska, BC, and Washington and Oregon, these flies have been proven to work.
Lost Coast Outfitters believes in using the best possible products when you have the opportunity to be on the water. Loon Outdoor Fly Fishing Products delivers the highest quality products with an environmental awareness that we admire.
That is what fishing with a conscience is all about; ascribing value to the health of the water we fish. We develop our products with these values in mind and make sure they are safe for fish, fisheries, and fishermen, without ever compromising quality or performance.
By offering reusable and biodegradable weights and indicators we make sure lost tackle doesn't harm wildlife. Our floatants, sinkets and cleaners are solvent-free and consist of water-soluble components that perform without polluting the water. And our tying paints, cements and wax are non-toxic and odorless, to keep tying benches free from harmful fumes.
Lost Coast takes pride in stocking the best flies on the market, handpicked for their construction and craftsmanship. If you don't see the box you want, or you're looking for the perfect gift, feel free to reach out to us directly and we'll put something together for you.
Wherever you're fishing, we've got you covered. Alaska, the Bahamas, BC, or the California coast – let us get you stocked up on flies.
Traditional Dry Fly tactics. Casting upstream and keeping a tight line to your fly as it drifts down. Focus on edges and clean drifts.
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After hatching into winged adults, March Brown duns will flutter to nearby foliage and vegetation prior to mating. After emergence, males will create large mating swarms above faster riffles and females will fly into these clouds of sexually mature males. After the females are fertilized, they will deposit their eggs on the surface of the faster water. Both males and females will fall as spent spinners to the surface film, some will float high on the water and others will be swept below the surface. The Spinner will have more color on its body and also will have clear wings. Falls of March Brown spinners can be very thick and when the water is thick with these spent bugs, trout rise feed voraciously on the surface.
March Browns usually start to pop off right around the first week of March and generally around the early afternoon regardless of weather conditions.
In the hours leading up to emergence the insect develops a gas bubble in thorax that helps to propel them up to the surface. They release their grip form the bottom and start to drift downstream in the current on their trip to the surface.
Once they reach the surface they secure themselves in the surface film and emerge out of their exoskeleton where they must wait for their wings to dry before they can fly away. This is another stage in which these bugs are extremely exposed to fish. You can expect to see gentle sipping takes from fish when feeding on emergers.
Traditional tight line nymphing or nymphs under an indicator still work for this stage but I prefer to swing emerging patterns. Keeping a tight line casting downstream at a 45 degree angle and letting the current move your flies across the run produces a very similar movement to the insect swimming up in the water column and can be extremely productive when done properly.
If fish are feeding on the surface emergers switch over to a dry fly.
Favorite local March Brown Hatch is on the Trinity River. Catching Steelhead on a dead drift dry fly is pretty awesome. Not to mention the river is usually pretty empty. You will want to have March Brown in your box from March through May on many of California's rivers.
March Browns are the first large mayflies of the year to emerge. Members of the clinger mayfly family, March brown nymphs live in riffles and fast, rocky runs. They are very flat and almost triangular in shape with gills protruding from their abdomen. Nymphs are so well adapted to their environments that they are rarely found in drift until emergence.
Traditional tight line Nymphing or nymphs under an indicator is the best way to imitate the March Brown Nymph.
Focus on fast water and make sure your nymphs are on the bottom!
October Caddis Hatches can be found on Upper Sacramento River, McCloud River, Klamath River, Pit River, North Fork Yuba River, Truckee River, Trinity River, Klamath River, and may other streams and creeks in California.
Fish Larva and pupa under an indicator or using tight line techniques. We often find fish like swung October Caddis pupa and skated dries as well.
Redington Has been around the block a bit and there have been tremendous changes from the original small South Florida firm of more than 30 years back. The principle from which Redington originally started was to provide quality fly fishing equipment at a quality price. Today, the name Redington is ever more synonymous with the same creed first established in the town of Stuart, Florida; high quality fly fishing equipment at a quality price. Growing that creed into an authentic doctrine of belief, Redington has expanded its line of reels to include some epic reels for the money. From the Redington Crosswater to the Grande you can rest assured you are getting the best quality fly reel for the best price.