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Winter Weather Notice

We like to consider ourselves fairly tough when it comes to dealing with all the weather mother nature throws us. We have all stayed out on the river longer than we probably should have a time or two, but when it comes to opening the store in freezing rain and/or snow, our crews safety means more to us than the cash register making noise. On the rare days when we do get a dose of frozen stuff on the roads in the Portland/Metro, please give us a call before you come out to make sure we are open. If it turns out we are closed when you need us, please accept our apologies in advance. Thank you 503-252-1529


Steelhead University

Many of you have met Eric here at the shop, after all he’s been hanging out with us for close to a decade.  He started working in the shop, teaching and guiding for us a couple of years ago, and recently has taken over as our fly tying materials buyer.  Eric is one of those rare individuals that has made a “career” out of being student of fishing and especially, steelhead!  So, who better to teach you than someone who spends 200+ days a year on the water studying the behaviors of fish?  With fresh winter fish starting to enter our local rivers, now is the time to look at our “Classes and Clinics” page and figure out which classes work with your schedule.  Maybe you just need to shake the cob webs loose with your spey cast?  We can do that too, private Spey Casting lessons are $150.00 for two hours.  Stop by or give us a call if you would like to book a class or lesson.  Or let your loved ones know that gift certificates make great Christmas presents.


Hatch Outdoors Customs!

Here at NWFFO, we really liked the new Custom color Reels from Hatch.  Unfortunately, they were only available in large arbors and we sell and love the mid arbor spools more.  This is especially important on the larger sizes for two-handers.  So, we talked Hatch into doing even more custom work.  We were able to order the custom color reel bodies with black mid arbor spools that have matching custom color paint.  The results came out amazing!  These reels really pop, and I’m pretty sure you won’t find them anywhere else. You have to come and check these bad boys out.


Winter runs

For those willing souls who’ve been swinging flies for the years first winter run steelhead, success has been spotty at best.  Yep, I said it!  Not going to try and BS you into believing that fishing is off the charts right now.  But….  I will promise you one thing, you can’t catch one if you don’t go!  We had many friends complaining about the lack of steelhead this fall, and when asked how many times they went, the answer was not much.  Those that went were as happy a steelhead angler as I’ve ever seen.  No, they didn’t slay them.  But they did find the occasional fish, and some reported multiple fish days.  The one common theme was the lack of traffic made for the best of experiences.  I guess the point is that you need to go out and give it a shot.  Since when was Steelhead fishing ever about the catch anyway?  Pictured above: Eric Leininger and yesterdays client Blake with some Clackamas River Chrome.  Oh Yeah, this was Blake’s first time fishing for steelhead, Great job Blake


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Berry’s Rambulance



This pattern was developed by our good friend Bruce Berry.  In addition to being a “Master Tyer”, Bruce is a Flyfishing Sales Rep her in the NW, representing such companies as Montana Fly Company, Hatch Reels, Beulah Fly Rods and more.  Bruce got his start tying flies at a very young age and became a customs tyer for Kaufman’s Streamborn while he was in high school and college.  It was a natural transition for him to become a contract fly designer.  When he’s not selling or tying, you’ll find him on the river making sure his next great innovation is dancing in front of a fishes nose.

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