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Lamson Cobalt Fly Reel

Lamson Fly Reels

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.

Layering for Coldweather Fly Fishing

Layering for Coldweather Fly Fishing

Layering For Fly Fishing

LCO Baja Gear Guide

LCO Beach and Surf Rod and Reel Outfits

LCO Beach and Surf Rod and Reel Outfits

We have curated a selection of outfits at a wide variety of price points.  If you have any questions about any of these complete outfits please don't hesitate to give us a call
Burnt Chicken

LCO's Top Steelhead Swing Flies

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. 

Looks Better Wet

Looks Better Wet

Loon Aquel Floatant

Loon Outdoors Fly Fishing Products

loon outdoorsLost 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.

Trout Fly Set | 48 Handpicked Flies

Lost Coast Custom Fly Boxes

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.

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Simms Fish Whistle

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Fishpond Stowaway Reel Case

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YETI Panga Submersible Duffel, 100L

Luggage, Packs & Vests

It's official: The days of inadequate fly fishing luggage and bags are over. The strongest manufacturers in the fly fishing gear world, have devoted a good part of the last decade to improving the fly fishing travel experience with radical design changes in luggage and bags. For years, traveling to distant waters to get on fish has been expensive, restrictive, awkward, and frustrating. Not anymore. Today's fly fishing luggage and bags are protective, functional, durable, attractive, and cleverly designed to meet the needs of the modern traveling angler. Ever tried to put a 10-foot 6-weight in your dad's vintage Samsonite hard-shell rolling bag? How about packing 50 lbs of gear and five 4-piece fly rods into a reasonable, airline-friendly set of luggage? The LCO Team has scoured the new landscape of fly fishing luggage and bags, and we've selected only the very best pieces from leaders like Fishpond, Sage, Simms, Patagonia, and Umpqua. Next time you head for that dream fly fishing destination, don't worry about how you'll get your equipment there, spend your valuable time doing the fun stuff like pouring over maps, learning to tie local flies, honing your double-haul, tightening your loops, and learning to say "Fish on!" in a new language.
March Brown Adult

March Brown Adult

Dun Stage

March Brown Adult May Fly


Fishing Tactics:

Traditional Dry Fly tactics. Casting upstream and keeping a tight line to your fly as it drifts down. Focus on edges and clean drifts.

    Spinner Life Stage

    March Brown SpinnerPhoto by nrmiller

    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 Brown Emerger

    March Brown Emerger

     

    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.

    Fishing Tactics:

    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.

     

      March Brown Flies

      March Brown Flies

      Photo by Joshua Bergan

      These olive green or dark brown colored, medium-sized clinging nymphs are loved throughout North America for their prolific early-season hatches in fast water. March Browns in the nymph stage are easily identified by their wide and extremely flat bodies, broad heads, large upward-looking eyes, and three long tails. These insects follow the common life cycle of mayflies and thrive in the rocky substrate of well-oxygenated and rapidly moving aquatic systems. They are prolific in very fast riffles, current seams, and the lower energy areas below and near these high energy environments. March Browns emerge to adult duns during the morning and afternoon hours of the early portion of the season (March through May). As winged adults these mayflies display characteristic speckled wings, banded abdomens, low-profile heads, and long twin tails. The March Brown’s wide distribution and long hatches make this a favorite offering of fly anglers itching to fish the early season action after a long winter of fly tying, rod-building, and dreaming of fly fishing.

       

      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.

      Learn More About The March Brown Mayfly

      March Brown Nymph

      March Brown Nymph

       Characteristics

      • Color: Dark Brown
      • Antennae: 2
      • Tails: 3
      • Legs: 6
      • Size: 8-12mm

      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.

      Fishing Tactics

      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!

      Our Favorite March Brown Nymphs

       

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      October Caddis

      October Caddis

      The October Caddis (Dicosmoecus) is by far my favorite aquatic insect as well as my colleges, we have done an in depth study of this insect for the last 10 years and have learned so much. Great hatches of this bug occur on the McCloud, Upper Sac, the Pit, and Truckee rivers. There are many other rivers and streams that hold the Oct. Caddis as it is a very prolific insect. The larvae builds a case out of small pebbles and spends 1-2 years in the river before it seals the case up and begins pupation, This transformation takes about two months. When ready to hatch, they chew their way out of their case and hatch mid stream or on rocks that are in slow skinny water between noon and evening. Known as the "Big Bug" these insects are 30mm long, and thick! Pupa imitations should be tied on a #6 or #8 3xl hook with a burnt orange body, burnt orange front hackle, black ostrich collar and a black bead. Short line high sticking pocket water will get good results.

      Fishing the adult is my true love for this bug, after all, fishing a big dry is simply the bestOctober Caddis game in town. Many anglers fail to catch large numbers of trout on the Oct. Caddis due to the fact that they simply cast and watch the bug drift. There is so much more to it than that. First, the fly should be of the right size, shape, and profile. You would think that color is of high importance but it is not, which was proved by a college of mine who used a blue bodied pattern on the McCloud and caught fish. Your pattern should sit low in the water, be able to float in all types of water, and be very durable. The color of the wing is important though, on the natural the color of the wing is of pine bark - this is how it camouflages itself from the birds. Also note that the Oct. Caddis loves sunny sections of the river, so find a good bend in the river that gets all day sun.
       
      I tie the Oct. Caddis on 3x, this way when I get hung up in a tree or on an elephant ear I can get my prized fly back. Using a short line I dab the pocket water keeping most of the leader off the water. Here is the key to your success, you must twitch the fly like a natural, even bringing it off the water and back down several times. When a longer drift is needed, cast downstream and drift it fly first so the fish do not see your leader - much like a Fall River drift. The Oct. Caddis lives quite a long time for an aquatic bug, but the cold weather usually gets the best of them. Snow - Some of the best days fishing this bug has been on snowy days when the insects fall from their perch, whether it is a tree or stream side foliage and are helpless drifting down the lanes into a hungry mouth of a trout. 

      Best game in town folks, so get out there and experience this fascinating hatch!
       

      Lost Coast Outfitters Notes on October Caddis

      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. 

      Tips:

      • Swing an October Caddis pupa and a small BWO nymph like Hogan's S&M for a deadly fall combination.
      • Fish the edges with October Caddis dries.
      • Skitter and move your dry.
      • Afternoon and evenings tend to be most productive.
      • Bring a headlamp when you fishing October Caddis dries. 
      • Bring dry shake do you can dry your fly quickly as the hatch. 
      • Skated October Caddis dries can be deadly for Steelhead and Trout. 

      Lost Coast Outfitter Recommended Flies

       

      Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel

      Orvis Fly Reels

      Find the perfect fly-fishing reel for any application: Saltwater or freshwater, Orvis fly reels perform to exceptional standards. Bring in fast and feisty predator fish with a lightweight, high-tech reel. They painstakingly engineer and test each new addition to our saltwater and freshwater fly reel collection to ensure impressive performance. Zero startup inertia and an incredibly smooth drag help land more fish, and your tippet fares better, too. Put the brakes on your favorite big species; the washer drag system on Orvis's larger reels offers plenty of torque for impressive fish-stopping power. Flawless sealed construction stands up to corrosive saltwater, dirt, and debris, and resists harsh conditions, so you’re ready for the most challenging environments.
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      Packs & Bags

      It is hard to wade through all the different fly fishing pack and bag options out there. Here are some the smartest and well designed fly fishing packs and bags out there.
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      Patagonia Shelled Synchilla Duckbill Cap - Forge Grey

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      Patagonia Stealth Atom Fly Fishing Sling Pack 15L - Light Bog

      Patagonia Luggage

      Patagonia Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Wader

      Patagonia Wading

      Simms Fish Whistle

      Pouches and Organizers

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      Hogan's S & M Olive

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      R.L. Winston Air Fly Rod

      R.L. Winston Fly Rods

       

      Redington Crosswater

      Redington Fly Reels

      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. 

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