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The idea of online casting courses.

I have been really think for a while now about the idea of online Spey casting courses. For all skill levels of course. I would love to hear some feed back as to what all of you think. Would it help? Would it be used? If you think this is something that needs to be or I should do, let me know. I will listen to any and all info, thanks

Travis

Market Saturation…. Yep I said it.

Well sitting at home for now what feels like eons. I get to reflect back on the past couple years leading up too this confounding moment in world history. Being unable to guide or fish, my own mind is wondering more than ever. What does the future hold for not only the microcosm of steelhead Spey fishing but for the entire fly fishing industry as a whole. I also try to look at the industry from all angles. As a guide, a consumer, a business man, and an instructor. Some of the things I have started to really notice is the amount of amassed product in the fly fishing world and the exponential rate at which these items are being brought out onto the retail platform. I was actually taken back by what even I didn’t know. We make and sell tons of stuff. The major disconnect is who is now the customer and who are the people looking for all this stuff. So what I did was take my little nook of our industry and focus on one product and see what that turned up as far as number of options and what they were used for. It was staggering…. Winter Steelhead Fishing Spey rods became my focus. Number of available models from solely us companies and what the focus was. As far as the focus in the fishable part of North America, we can fish basically 4 fish with a doubt handed rod. If your creative you could find more but the way we market them is in 4 categories. Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, stripers that’s what we got. The part that was unreal was the number of available choices as consumers we have. In only 10 US based fly rod companies there were 433 models of two handed rods!!! I was almost speechless. At this point I realized we have reached to point of market saturation. In my opinion anyway. This number only included current models straight of the manufacturers website… which by the way All sold direct to the public. Another huge strike against our industry. Seems the focus now is selling rods but now not only is the consumer the customer but the fly shops as well. From a business point of view anytime you have to compete with the manufacturers for sale you have lot massive market share. At what point will the shops bow out and give that job solely to the manufacturers I am not sure. But in the current world I have lives in the last 25 straight days. That will happen in the near future. Even worse was when this happens where will we get to try a rod before we purchase?? I used to say Spey claves and gatherings…. but those are dying as well… maybe those were a saturated market as well?? To add the matter of disconnection the market growth has slowed. Simply meaning the number of new anglers is slowing making the number of customer growth rate lower, but at the same time number of models more???? There is no sense to what is happening here. Lastly I contacted a few good industry people that I respect and listen to very closely. If the 15 I asked “What is your favorite Spey rod to fish?” 11 of them answered with a model of rod that was no longer available. That’s right we as a whole used discontinued equipment as a whole. With a quick google search and looking on eBay and a few fly fishing forums. That’s number were just made more clear. Rod models used to have a 4-5 year lifespan…. now 6 months to 2 years is lucky. This is just one style of product. I would only imagine the amount of competition that other products face is similar. What should we do? I don’t know…I can’t make those calls. What’s going to happen? I wish I knew…. Just take time and reflect to yourself about your favorite fishing experience. What did you remember most. Thanks for listing to my rant. More stuff to come!! Stay home and be safe. Travis

Spey Casting for Spring Steelhead and More…

Could not have painted a picture of a better place and time to hook Iains first steelhead!!

Could not have painted a picture of a better place and time to hook Iains first steelhead!!

I have been hard at it lately trying to curb the masses addiction to steelhead one or two anglers at a time. We have been finding a few as well. This years up and coming water level situation has me a bit worried, but we will all wait and see what type of spring we have in store. The fish we have been getting have been in that same transitional water where speedy water starts to slow or where slow water picks back up. A few big boulder or a depression in the bottom. Been good fishing short on tight seems along faster currents as well, just a heads up.

One of my favorite shots of the season!! letting go.

One of my favorite shots of the season!! letting go.

Searching for the ever addicting GRAB, and staying alive with good coffee!!

Searching for the ever addicting GRAB, and staying alive with good coffee!!

Wild winter buck, and what a stud he is!!

Wild winter buck, and what a stud he is!!

Sometimes there is nothing more perfect than a wild steelhead!!

Sometimes there is nothing more perfect than a wild steelhead!!

Still been using the good colors for this season, so lets go over the new chart I have kindly put together this later in the year:

The new blkack and blue at work, LOL!!

The new black and blue at work, LOL!!

Red… is the new black

Orange… the new blue

blue…the new purple

pink….is still pink, just less productive

chartruese…is kinda like pink

yellow…still yellow and works with any combo nation of the new black or blue

I hope this was as confusing to read as it was to write and again sorry it came this late in the season! (just having some fun)

Plenty of bugs around for the trout to consume!!

Plenty of bugs around for the trout to consume!!

ripping Deschutes River redside. It is getting better

ripping Deschutes River redside. It is getting better

Now the trout angling on the Deschutes River. To be honest it has been all over the board, most days are ok but you might need all day to make it that way. The fish seems scattered between fast water and slower edges. I have yet to find fish with consistency to any water type. So try them all. The best patterns were all subsurface, yet to see many fish commit to the surface even with lots of mayfly activity. Possie-buggers 12-14, Jimmy legs 6-8, Batman 14-16, double bead peacock stones in 8-10, red lighting bugs and soft-hackle March browns (fished deep and swung out). I think it will only be a matter of time before the trout fishing really starts coming to life, and as always make the reports don’t wait to read a good one!!

Leslie taking care of her work with a chrome Steelhead

Leslie taking care of her work with a chrome Steelhead

A fishy person on any river is a good person in your boat!!

A fishy person on any river is a good person in your boat!!

Now we have a really cool gal hosting a trip this September. Leslie Ajari of Confluence outfitters in northern California!!! She is one of the most enthusiastic and high energy people in our sport today. Very knowledgeable on the water she guides and beautiful spey caster to boot. She is an big up and comer in our industry a day with her will be well spent. Trip dates are the 4-6 of September, 2 spot are open as of now. If you are ready to or have any questions feel free to contact myself or Leslie, betterfishing@speyfishingoregon.com or galgonefishing@gmail.com.

Keeping them wet and handing the future of our sport!!

Keeping them wet and handing the future of our sport!!

Lastly, a reminder to those up north or attending the clave put on by Micheal and Youngs fly shop. I will be there presenting and will be giving classes the friday before and sunday afterwards. I think there is an open spot or two if you are looking to improve your two handed casting at any level please attend.  contact sales@myflyshop.com

Caleb taking care of biz!!

Caleb taking care of biz!!

Now get out there and FISH!!!