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Sage Fly Rods

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Arc'Teryx Gamma MX Hoody

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Saltwater Fly Lines

Rio Outbound Short Shooting Head - Type 6 (6-7ips)

Saltwater Fly Lines

Simms Challenger Boat Shoe

Saltwater Wading

Scott Flex Fly Rod

Scott Fly Rods

The Scott Fly Rod Company started in a basement on Cook Street in San Francisco back in 1973 when Harry Wilson followed his dream of building a better fly rod. The fledgling company rapidly gained notoriety and respect for their fine fiberglass fly rods. Not long after the Scott fiberglass buzz began, the company, looking to the future, began toying with graphite in their fly rod production process. Through the experimentation process, Scott developed their signature tapered hollow internal ferrule, and in the late 1970s Scott's pioneering graphite fly rod, a sturdy stick designed for salmon and steelhead angling, was introduced with great success. Scott's technology-forward, progressive business practice has consistently lead the pack. From the first 5-piece fiberglass rod, to the first successfully marketed and sold multi-piece series of graphite rods, to the first quality control rating system for rod blanks, Scott has pushed the envelope, and pushed it hard. From the first roll on the mandrel in the factory to the first roll cast on the water, Scott fly rods consistently shine brightly, bringing freshness to the sport and fish to the bank. 

Rio Outbound Short Shooting Head - Type 6 (6-7ips)

Shooting Heads and Running Lines

For the angler that is looking for versatility and the ability to cast long, shooting heads are the best solution. With the ability to change sink rates with a simple loop-to-loop connection.
Simms Waderwick Core Crewneck

Simms Apparel

Simms Dry Creek Simple Tote

Simms Dry Creek Gear

Simms Alumabite Cleats, 10 pack

Simms Fishing

Simms New G4Z Wader Stockingfoot

Simms G4 Pro Collection

We had the pleasure of trying out all of the new Simms G4 Pro line on the Sustut River in British Columbia earlier this season. The weather was unforgiving – rain, bitter cold, and challenging steelhead conditions. And we couldn't have been happier. This is the first wader, boot and jacket collection that has us seriously considering upgrading for the simple reason that it's just better. Lightweight and durable zippered waders, boots with stud receivers, and a jacket with passthrough game pockets for extra storage.
Simms Headwaters Taco Bag, Coal, One Size

Simms Luggage

Simms G4 Wading Jacket

Simms Wading

Skwala Adult

Skwala Adult

One of the interesting features of this insect is that it really doesn’t like to fly. When observing a Skwala adult you will notice that a majority of the time they lean more towards scurrying frantically from place to place without even twitching their wings.  

When the hatch is really on you can expect to see very splashy and aggressive takes from the fish because the insects will even scurry across the surface of the water in order to lay their eggs. This means that you can fish the adult similarly to any other dry fly, but skating a Skwala across a long run in never a bad call.  Similar to swinging a wet fly, skating a dry fly allows you to systematically cover a large body of water, making sure not to miss any section that could be holding that monster fish.  When skating a Skwala it’s important to keep your rod tip at eye level and to add a constant twitch as to keep the fly on the surface. 

Where To Fish?

One of the best known fisheries for the Skwala stonefly is the Yuba River in between Parks Bar and Englebright Reservoir. This section of water is known for its hard fighting, healthy rainbows and this is one of the few times of year where even the big fish will be looking up for their next meal.  Another colder option for amazing Skwala fishing would be the Truckee river, where I would mostly focus on fishing the nymph stage with the occasional switch to a Skwala dry. Many of California’s mountain streams like the Truckee and Feather have Skwala Stones. 

Our Favorite Skwala Adult Patterns
Skwala Nymph

Skwala Nymph

Generally found in swift water, but is also known to hang around the edges of deeper pools due to its desire for cold water. 

Similarly to other stoneflies, the Skwala lives anywhere from 2-4 years in the water in its nymphal stage. 

When fishing a Skwala nymph it is very important to get your flies down right on the bottom.  This is partially due to the fish being down deep in the colder parts of the year but mostly has to do with the Skwala’s clinging nature.  They cling to the bottom of the river and only become accessible to the trout when brushed downstream by a surge of water.  So they never stray very far from the bottom.

Emergence:

Similarly to other stoneflies, the Skwala lives anywhere from 2-4 years in the water in its nymphal stage. 

When fishing a Skwala nymph it is very important to get your flies down right on the bottom.  This is partially due to the fish being down deep in the colder parts of the year but mostly has to do with the Skwala’s clinging nature.  They cling to the bottom of the river and only become accessible to the trout when brushed downstream by a surge of water.  So they never stray very far from the bottom.

Like other stoneflies the Skwala stonefly doesn’t swim up to the surface to emerge. When the water hits around 42 degrees this insect scurries across the rocky bottom and crawls out of the river onto some form of rocky shore, or overhanging foliage to emerge from its exoskeleton.

Since these stoneflies are terrible swimmers, right before emergence is a great time to fish banks and other edges with a Skwala nymph, since the fish will be stacked up anticipating a conveyer belt of clumsy stonefly nymphs tumbling down their way. So make sure to cast at the bank before walking straight into the water!

Fishing Tactics:

One of the best known fisheries for the Skwala stonefly is the Yuba River in between Parks Bar and Englebright Reservoir. This section of water is known for its hard fighting, healthy rainbows and this is one of the few times of year where even the big fish will be looking up for their next meal.  Another colder option for amazing Skwala fishing would be the Truckee river, where I would mostly focus on fishing the nymph stage with the occasional switch to a Skwala dry. Many of California’s mountain streams like the Truckee and Feather have Skwala Stones.

Our Favorite Skwala Nymph Patterns

 

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

Sling Packs

Socks And Gloves

Socks And Gloves

Spey Lines

Spey Lines

Spey Lines : Leader and Tippet

Spey Lines : Leader and Tippet

Spey Lines : Scandi Heads

Spey Lines : Scandi Heads

Spey Lines Scandi Tips

Spey Lines : Scandi Tip

Scandi lines are lightweight and require lighter tips than skagit heads. Below are our favorite tips.
Spey Lines : Skagit Sink Tips

Spey Lines : Skagit Sink Tips

Spey Lines : Switch Lines

Spey Lines : Switch Lines

Trout Spey Lines

Spey Lines : Trout Spey

Spey Lines: Skagit Heads

Spey Lines: Skagit Heads

Spey Running Lines

Spey Running Lines

Much debate on running lines. We carry every running line possible, but I think only a few are worthy of your consideration.

There are 3 basic types of running lines:

Nylon Mono (flat and round) - Shoots well and requires less power in casting. It can be tangle-prone. Whatever you do, untangle it while its loose and don't tighten the tangle or tangles will become more frequent. It can be hard to hang on to in cold conditions or if you have bad dexterity.  

Fly Lines Style -It's thicker and tends to be less tangly. The weight and thickness of this style running line will cut down on your distance, but much easier to hang on to in cold conditions.

Braided- To be honest, my experiences with braided are minimal and underwhelming 

Rio Tippet Rings

Split Shot, Swivels and Rings

Spring Six

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Burnt Chicken - Pink

Steelhead Flies

Steelhead Fly Fishing Accessories

Steelhead Fly Fishing Accessories

Spey fishing can have more parts than Ikea furniture here are some products we like to keep everything organized.
Steelhead Swing Flies

Steelhead Swing Flies

Steelhead Swing Hooks

Steelhead Swing Hooks

We have searched high and low for the best steelhead swing hooks. Here are our favorites:
Filson Flask

Stocking Stuffer

Striper Flies

Striper Flies

Striper Gear

Striper Gear

Do you find yourself strapped for time? The pressures of work and family keeping you from your passion.  Don't you wish there was fish closer to home so you didn't have to sacrifice a whole weekend to get your fix. The local striper fishing has been a god send for us when we can't swing a whole weekend and not even a whole day. The bay from Crissy field to Petaluma is teaming with Stripers. Peak season for the bay is September through Thanksgiving and March through the end of May.
Stripping Baskets

Stripping Baskets

Stripping baskets are an essential tool for fly fishing in the surf. We figure we are 2 to 3 times more effective with a stripping basket than without. Below are our favorite stripping baskets for fly fishing the surf.
Simms Bugstopper Solarflex Hoody - Sagebrush

Sun Shirts

Cablz Retainers

Sunglasses

Surf Clinics

Surf Clinics

Come learn about San Francisco's best-kept secret and fly fish the surf with the LCO team