Nov 16, 2017

New Gear from Fishpond 2018

Some New Gear for 2018
Lots of great new and improved products from Fishpond this year. Here is a sampling of what just arrived at our door.

Grand Teton Rolling Luggage and Teton Rolling Carry-On

For the traveling angler Fishpond redesigned their luggage category. The Grand Teton is a large pieced designed to hold fly rods in their tubes. It also features a PU and DWR coated base compartments to keep damp waders and dirty boots from the rest of your clothes.
The Teton Rolling Carry-On version comes with two gear straps that allows the traveler to strap a rod tube along side. Both feature clamshell type design for easy access.

Thunderhead Submersible Sling

Mention the word "Sling" and "Waterproof" in the same sentence and fly anglers pay attention. If you don't have one, you probably want one. The Thunderhead Submersible Sling is constructed tough and roomy. Thirteen liters of roomy. It features the fully waterproof TIZIP zipper closure on the main compartment. The Thunderhead Sling come in Cutthroat Orange and Yucca. 

Thunderhead Submersible Backpack

I consider a waterproof backpack to be an essential item in my fly fishing paraphernalia. Whether be all day excursions, overnights, drift boat trips or you end up being the group lunch provider , a backpack is "must have" item. If you are going to have one, it might as well be waterproof or one day you'll be wishing it was. The Thunderhead Submersible Backpack includes one pair of Gear Straps that can be used on either side. Additional Gear Straps are available. Like the Sling the Backpack also comes in Cutthroat Orange and Yucca.

Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar

Fishpond added a great feature to this Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar that made me take notice. They added the ability to customize the waist belt with your own accessories. Notice in the picture they have a set of pliers in a holster attached, (not included of course) by built in gear strap. Featuring exterior Hypalon® tabs and reinforced cord loops for tool and accessory attachment now lets you make this pack work for you instead of conforming to someone's idea of what you want. NOTE Manufacturers: I'd like to see more of this!!!

Rod Luggage

The popular Fishpond Dakota Carry-On Rod and Reel Case has been updated with new looks for 2018. The Dakota Also comes in a 45" Spey Size.
The Jackalope Rod Tube is unique in that it unzips from either end. The Jackalope also comes in a standard 9' four piece fly rod size as well as a 45" Spey size.

All New Gear Bags

Two all new gears bags. Starting from the left is the New Cutbank Gear Bag. While not submersible, the Cutbank is more then capable of keeping your valuable gear dry. The exterior of this boat style bag includes options for many accessories such as velcro on lid for fly patches, D-rings for clip on stuff such as Fishpond Headgate Tippet Holder and many lash down points.
To the left is the all new Green River Gear Bag. This molded bottom tackle style bag features many compartments to organize your gear for easy access.

New Wader Gear

Tired of Tacos? How about a Burrito! The Burrito Wader Bag is a "must have" for the on the go wade angler. This roll and go bag is ideal for changing out of wet waders and boots and the best feature is that it is it's own wader changing mat.


You may already be familiar with the Fishpond Headgate Tippet Holder and the loaded with RIO Tippet Headgate Holder. This Year Fishpond introduces the Headgate Tippet Holder XL designed specifically for 4" Saltwater spools.
The New Quickshot Rod Holder is an interesting idea. Attached this handy rod caddie to your waist pack or backpack for a second rod or handle your primary rod while rigging.
The New Gear Straps are only limited to your imagination. 10" in length and come 2 to a pack.

That's enough for now...

The Gorge Fly Shop Team


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Nov 14, 2017

RIO DirectCore Flats Pro Fly Lines - New for 2018

The RIO DirectCore Flats Pro Fly Line really left a huge impression on me after casting it at last summers IFTD/I-CAST Show. It was the first line in a long time that I clearly said WOW! That is way different than anything I've cast in a awhile.

What made it so good was how straight it laid out and how connected it felt during stripping. You know how fly lines have that lag before you feel the fly when you first strip? Not This line. You are connected through every inch of movement.

Here's a great video from RIO about the available colors, sizes and features.

Profiles - 

Colors - 

The New DirectCore Flats Pro is great on any saltwater fly rod but match it up to a New Sage Salt HD and the results are simply incredible. Combine the accuracy of Konnetic HD with the straight laying low stretch core of DirectCore Flats Pro will turn ONE into a PRO!

The Gorge Fly Shop Team


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Nov 7, 2017

RIO's "How To" Video Series: How to Make an Overhead Cast

The first episode of season two of RIO's "How To" series has RIO ambassador Rob Parkins teaching and talking about "How To Make an Overhead Cast". In this film, Rob covers the three most important steps required before you start to make an overhead cast, and then explains how to make a "Pick up and lay down " cast, how to "False cast" and how to "Shoot line". In addition, Rob talks about the ideal line that will help beginners learn this essential cast.

RIO's "How To" videos are a series of short films that explain all you need to know to learn a particular way to fish, or cast. Where applicable, each film talks through the gear that you need, shows how to rig the gear, how to read the water, and how to fish that particular technique. These educational films are packed with information and top tips designed to improve the knowledge and skill level of all fly fishers. Each one is bought to you by a RIO employee or a RIO brand ambassador.

In this video Rob is using the RIO InTouch Grand Fly Line. It's a great line for fast action rods. It loads rods quick with short amount of line and really lets the angler feel the load when enables quality accurate cast.

The Gorge Fly Shop Team


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Nov 4, 2017

Abel SDF Fly Reels - New for 2018

Columbia River 20" Fall Smallmouth from a Outcast Stealth Pro. Who would do this!?

What's Abel Reels been up to lately? In case you haven't heard, Abel has move to Montrose, Colorado. Abel has now join forces with recently acquired sister company Ross Reels.

Since this move quite a few changes have taken place. Just a few years ago Abel introduced their first sealed drag reel appropriately called SD, (Sealed Drag). While the move to Montrose would ultimately benefit Ross and Abel, reproducing Abel reels, such as the SD, as they already existed on all new machines would prove to be an impractical task. Not impossible, just not practical. Instead Abel took the approach of, "let's take this opportunity to reinvent!"

From this move to Montrose Abel has given us the new SDS (Sealed Drag Salt), SDF (Sealed Drag Freshwater), and the improved Super Series Fly Reels.

Winner of the best new freshwater reel at the 2017 ICAST/IFTD show

I had the unique opportunity to briefly check out a new SDF 5/6. This new SDF carries with it many of the traits we've come to know from Abel such as ultra polished smooth deep gloss black finish and traditional rosewood handle. But after those features I've got to say, this is a whole new Abel reel.

The SDF exhibits perfect compromise between strength and weight. The drag startup inertia is next to zero and silky smooth throughout its range.

I reel right hand so an important feature for me is how much trouble is it to change retrieve? SDF is super easy and non invasive to change. Just unscrew the gold hub, flip the bearing and reinstall.

Machined aluminum large drag knob is easy to grab and adjust.

I mounted the SDF 5/6 on my Sage X 597-4. The combination matched up excellent! In the brief time I got to use the reel it performed perfect.

Specs - 
4/53.260"5.02 oz1.120"5+75/20#
5/63.610"5.42 oz1.120"6+100/20#
6/73.735"5.63 oz1.150"7+145/20#

A lot of good things going on in Montrose, Colorado. It's good to see two companies with such deep American history making a serious move of re-invention. Great job guys!


Gorge Fly Shop Internet Sales Manager | Product Specialist

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Oct 30, 2017

Ross Evolution R Fly Reels

Recently I acquired and tested a couple new reels from Ross. The Evolution R in 7/8 and the Evolution R SALT in 7/8.

The Evolution R series of reels are sure to take Ross Reels into fly fishing future. Right away one can tell these reels combine modern technologies and an artful distinctive look to create a product that stands on its own.

Evolution R (Includes Free Fly Line)

Back in the winter I got my hands on the freshwater version of the Evolution R in the Platinum color and 7/8 size. First thing I checked out was the large drag wheel. I was surprised at how solid it feels. I totally expected it to have some wobble but it doesn't. For me this is the one big feature of these reels that really stands out in the way of uniqueness and function.

Next, since I am a right hand retriever, I went through my usual task of switching the retrieve.

Pretty straight forward to make this change. Remove spool. Unscrew drag cassette. Flip bearing. Reassemble. While in there you can see the stacked carbon fiber and stainless steel drag disc.

The reel handle is another feature that had me scratching my head. Clearly different, machined from material called Canvas Phenolic Rod. The claim is this material increases grip when wet. I found it to have incredible grip wet or dry.

I like light reels and the real deal about this new Ross Evolution R for me is the incredible lightness. Despite how light it is they feel surprisingly rigid. My reel is the 7/8 in platinum and on my scale it hit right at 5 oz.

Specs - 
ModelDiameterWidthWeightRod wtLine
3/43.43"0.97"4.64 oz3/4WF3+100yds/20#
4/53.53"0.97"4.82 oz4/5WF4+100yds/20#
5/63.78"0.97"5.03 oz5/6WF5+115yds/20#
7/84.03"0.97"5.18 oz7/8WF7+180yds/20#

Evolution R SALT (Includes Free Fly Line)

The Evolution R SALT is a beefed up big brother the the freshwater version. At first glance the SALT  appears identical but with a closer look it is clearly more robust and the drag housing is clearly containing some larger parts. In fact sealed in that housing is 16 stainless steel and carbon  fluoropolymer disc capable of nearly 30 pounds of drag pressure.

Specs - 
ModelDiameterWidthWeightRod wtLine
7/84.08"1.350"7.51 oz7/8WF8+215yds/20#
9/104.43"1.420"8.00 oz9/10WF10+275yds/20#
11/124.75"1.500"8.85 oz11/12WF12+250yds/30#
My Evolution SALT 7/8 Scale weighted at 7.5 oz.

I put both of these reels through 3 solid days in a row of a challenging non stop wet environment as well as many other days on the water. They have performed solid all the way around and drag tension remains smooth and silky.

Ross Evolution reels have earned a reputation as a solid fly fishing reel. I believe the New R and R SALT version will not only uphold that reputation but also grow it with a series of reels that stand on their own!

I'll see you on the water...But you probably won't see me!

Greg Darling 

"My Passion For Fishing Is A Lifelong Pursuit Of Discovery"

Oct 6, 2017

Gear Review: RIO InTouch Scandi 3D - Floating/ Hover/ Intermediate

Swinging Flies
Every year it seems fly line companies attempt to release the new “latest and greatest.” Nowadays fly lines are so tailored for rod action, purpose, and user preference that options abound. Indeed, RIO Products is certainly an industry leader and always attempts to bring you the best products possible. When it comes to two-handed casting, RIO has been right there with each evolutionary step. Certainly Skagit and Scandi style Spey lines developed autonomously from one another and employ slightly different characteristics among Spey rods. Skagit lines were born here in the Pacific Northwest, where casting traditional mid or long belly lines under a canopy of trees and in cover simply weren’t possible. Meanwhile during this evolution, Scandi lines were being developed independently in you guessed it- Scandinavia. These lines more closely resembled traditional mid and long belly lines with their taper only in a shorter package, but like the Skagit lines are an interchangeable system. Both lines are highly versatile with the ability to swap heads and tips rather than whole lines, although Scandi lines generally require a tad more casting room and really excel at throwing smaller flies to ride at or near the surface. Therefore, I like to think of them as more of a summer line when low and clear water allows us to fish smaller flies up top, as opposed to Skagit lines that effectively throw heavy sink tips and big flies. The two lines are characteristically different by one thing- sustained anchor vs. touch-and-go anchor casting. Scandi being the latter with an up-tempo casting stroke due to the longer/lighter line, while skagit is slow and more compact. Scandi appears to have more finesse and quieter presentations while Skagit looks more machine-like and is a workhorse for getting big flies deep.

I could go on about their similarities and differences, but I think you get the point. Personally, I dream all winter of being able to cast floating lines again. While I guess I could for winter-run fish, the right conditions seem far and few between. I simply prefer the casting stroke of a Snake Roll or Single Spey cast over a Snap T or Double Spey. Furthermore, Scandi casting keeps my flies swimming longer. For example, the longer Scandi head has me stripping in less running line than a Skagit while casting the same distance, and downstream roll casts are often not required as flies are up top already. Plus, the casting stroke is quicker and often with fewer steps, thus keeping my fly swimming longer throughout the day. Although, those reasons might not be enough for you to justify using them, but just seeing a fish rise to a fly on a floating line is purely addicting. But, what do you do when water conditions don’t warrant full confidence on floating lines, such as this summer over on the Klickitat River with all the turbidity its had, or for those seasons when cold water temps don’t warrant floating presentations? Well, fortunately RIO had been developing their InTouch Scandi 3D line overseas and just recently brought it to the States. After our rep, George Cook showed us some of the new products, I knew this line was one I wanted to get my hands on and try!
RIO Scandi 3D Profile

My test setup was the new Sage X 7130-4, coupled with the RIO InTouch 3D 480gr 7/8- Floating/Hover/Intermediate line and a 6’ tapered mono leader attached, as instructed by George Cook (the other 3D lines accommodate standard 10’ sink tips better). The rear body section is 15’ of Floating, while the front tapered section is 9’ Hover and 9’ Intermediate that sink at 1” per second and 2” per second respectively. Floating down the Klick in the upper canyon, water had a bit of color but still had that fishy feel. Now the wind was just picking up (as is tradition) and the first run I pulled up on to test this line had a little more depth and surface speed, but has produced before. It’s the type of water you feel a little more confident in with a sink tip on rather than full floater. Initially, I tried a smaller fly and the first thing I noticed was that it required just slightly more pull to get out of the water on the hang down, which was kinda expected. Not quite like a Skagit tip but it did take a little more lifting force. While the upstream wind would generally collapse my other Scandi lines, this multi-density line seemed to slice right through. I also have to attribute some to the new Sage X as it provided ample power and a little extra bottom hand sent nice loops off with ease. I appreciated how much control I felt on the fly, fishing it deeper if desired by adjusting my casting angle and stepping downstream before my fly came under tension rather than after the swing. All of a sudden I felt I was fishing in a water column I could only previously reach with a Skagit line but it certainly didn’t cast like a clunky Skagit.

Later on the wind had subdued some and I was able to try all the casts I knew for river-left and river-right. The quick answer was that it casted just like a Scandi should, only requiring the occasional downstream roll cast to bring the fly up as I was my fly was probably down about 3 feet in the water column. Nonetheless, like a Skagit, I felt I was probing the water deeper and fishing the zones I wanted to while still not dredging the bottom or hanging up on rocks. Next, I tried a few different fly sizes. A 3/0 Blue Heron hook dressed with a traditional feather wing pattern. These hooks/flies provide the profile of a 3” fly but aren’t quite as heavy as dumbbell eyed intruders, but they sink exceptionally well. The Scandi 3D had no issues until I got past the 10 strip mark of running line and I began to lose the consistency that I had before at shorter lengths (note- this could purely be pilot error). The same was noticed fishing un-weighted tube and shank flies. I even tried a dumbbell eyed intruder-like fly in a medium size and was still able to cast, though with much less finesse and more force.  

Overall, I appreciated the fact that I could do Scandi-style touch n’ go casts while also being able to select a wide variety of flies from small to medium/large-ish. I also appreciated the fact that I could get my flies down approximately 3 feet under the surface. Basically it’s a happy medium when full floating line situations aren’t available, but you don’t want to dredge the bottom with MOW tips on a Skagit line. For the most part the Floating/Hover/Intermediate line is a solid addition to the quiver of tools we bring out to the river. I am however a little unsure of the other multiple density 3D lines with faster sink rates, but shouldn’t knock it till I try it I guess. Shoot, maybe I’ll have to try those lines in the winter under the right water conditions!  

Scandi 3D Specs -

Floating/Hover/Intermediate: The ideal head for swinging flies in the top three feet of the water column. The floating back portion makes mending and pickups easy, while the hover mid-section and intermediate tip keeps the fly fishing below the surface.
Hover/Intermediate/Sink 3: This head is built for deeper presentations or heavier currents, swinging the fly, on average, two to five feet below the surface. The Hover back section allows for easy casting and line control, while the intermediate mid-section and Sink 3 tip hold the fly at fish level.
Intermediate/Sink 3/Sink 5: When you really have to get down to the fish, this is the fastest-sinking, deepest-fishing head we make. It swings the fly, on average, between four and 10 feet deep, and yet the graduated density still allows for outstanding line control and easy casting.

SizeRod SizeHead LengthColorSink Rate
390gr 5/6 32ft / 9.8m Clear Camo Glacial/Salmon/Orange Float/1ips/2ips
440gr6/732ft / 9.8mClear Camo Glacial/Salmon/OrangeFloat/1ips/2ips
480gr7/834ft / 10.4mClear Camo Glacial/Salmon/OrangeFloat/1ips/2ips
520gr8/938ft / 11.6mClear Camo Glacial/Salmon/OrangeFloat/1ips/2ips
580gr9/1039ft / 11.9mClear Camo Glacial/Salmon/OrangeFloat/1ips/2ips
640gr 10/11 40ft / 12.2m Clear Camo Glacial/Salmon/OrangeFloat/1ips/2ips
700gr 11 40ft / 12.2m Clear Camo Glacial/Salmon/OrangeFloat/1ips/2ips

390gr 5/6 32ft / 9.8m Glacial/Gray/Brown/Orange 1ips/2ips/3ips
440gr 6/7 32ft / 9.8m Glacial/Gray/Brown/Orange 1ips/2ips/3ips
480gr 7/8 34ft / 10.4m Glacial/Gray/Brown/Orange 1ips/2ips/3ips
520gr 8/9 38ft / 11.6m Glacial/Gray/Brown/Orange 1ips/2ips/3ips
580gr 9/10 39ft / 11.9m Glacial/Gray/Brown/Orange 1ips/2ips/3ips
640gr 10/11 40ft / 12.2m Glacial/Gray/Brown/Orange 1ips/2ips/3ips
700gr 11 40ft / 12.2m Glacial/Gray/Brown/Orange1ips/2ips/3ips

440gr 6/7 32ft / 9.8m Tan/Brown/Black/Orange 2ips/3ips/5ips
480gr 7/8 34ft / 10.4m Tan/Brown/Black/Orange2ips/3ips/5ips
520gr 8/9 38ft / 11.6m Tan/Brown/Black/Orange2ips/3ips/5ips
580gr 9/10 39ft / 11.9m Tan/Brown/Black/Orange2ips/3ips/5ips
640gr 10/11 40ft / 12.2m Tan/Brown/Black/Orange2ips/3ips/5ips
700gr 11 40ft / 12.2m Tan/Brown/Black/Orange2ips/3ips/5ips

Cody Booth
Gorge Fly Shop | Product Specialist

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Sep 27, 2017

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (9/25/2017)

Guide Sam Sickles help Jim Drennen of Mid Columbia Marina land a dandy Deschutes steelhead during last weeks camping/fishing trip.
Fm: Sam Sickles of Steelhead Outfitters -

September 11th through the 20th ended my twenty-five day Deschutes jet-boat camp season for 2017.  With this last week came the arrival of fall weather, a 30-degree drop in temperature, a 500 cfs bump in the river, 40 to 50 mph gusts and a torrential rain storm.  The river is taking on a monochromatic look and we know October is around the corner.  In a normal year, October signals fewer fisherman, colder weather, water and slower fishing.  It also signals the arrival of much larger fish.
With the 2017 forecast, and the actual numbers of fish moving up the Columbia River, the Deschutes has not been the “go to river” this season.  2016 left a bad taste in a lot of mouths.  The surprising numbers of actual fish in the river in combination with less pressure has meant better fishing than 2016, much better.  In 2016 188,146 steelhead crossed over Bonneville dam, YTD 2017 103k have crossed Bonneville.  So fishing should have been better last year and worse this year…well, not so fast.

One of Sam's happy clients with his very first steelhead ever while fly fishing.
The Deschutes, although it has its own two and three salt fish, is primarily a one salt steelhead fishery.  It’s also primarily a true “summer” steelhead fishery.  My hope this year was that we would have a return of one salt fish and that’s what we got.  There has been a disproportionate number of one salt fish in the Deschutes this year. There has also been a disproportionate number of in-basin Round Butte hatchery fish compared to dip-ins and strays.  The Hatchery numbers are probably a direct result of the moratorium on steelhead retention in the Columbia and the outright halt to all fishing from the mouth of the Columbia to Moody Rapid.  In either case, the addition of hatchery fish has been a welcome surprise and has made for some outstanding days.

So my report is: fishing has been better than I expected it to be.  Since mid July when I started swinging flies on the Deschutes for summer steelhead I’ve caught a lot of fish.  Very few zeroes this season but it has happened.  Most of the fish have been super hot and feisty four to six pound steelhead custom made for six weight spey rods.  Last week we saw a half dozen two salt fish.

A moment of gratitude before the release.
So what’s next?  October and the B-runs.  The forecast is worse than poor, it’s dismal!  The class of 2015, those fish out migrating during the worst drought in twenty years met the big lifeless blob in the Pacific Ocean and few fish returned in 2016, just the two salt fish (class of 2014).  This year it’s been pretty much all one salt fish.  The question is how many two salt fish will head up the Columbia, and how many of them are going to turn up the Deschutes?  The answer is who cares!  Steelhead fishing is a game of chance, the chance to drive a fly in front of an anadromous fish.  Steelhead are notoriously good biters, they aren’t hard to catch, just hard to find. The hard to find part is the draw, and if you’re not into that chances are you’re not cuckoo for Coco Puffs about steelhead.

I went to work on July 17th and I’m out of customers October 2nd.  If my phone doesn’t ring and I’m not working, I’ll definitely be out there looking for the big fellas; the bruisers with the big shoulders and the twin stripes down their sides.  The fish we sport the seven weight spey rods for, the ones we wade the terrible water for.  I’m stoked for fall and I’m hoping the Deschutes continues to outperform the forecast.  If it doesn’t, it’s still the best game in town.

Tight Lines, - Sam Sickles
Owner/Operator - Steelhead Outfitters

SPECIAL NOTE:  Sam has some open dates coming up and fishing is still going well.  If you want to get out before winter hits, this is your chance to fish with a great guy/guide.  Give Sam a call at 541-400-0855!

This dandy was spunky and didn't want to give up!
P.S. - I was able to take a few days off from work at the shop and help Sam around camp with the rewards of being able to do some fishing as well and I can confirm what Sam has said about the past few weeks of fishing. I was able to hook seven steelhead and land six of them on my new G.Loomis Asquith 7130 Spey rod. Not a bad way to find out if your new rod has mojo or not.
John Garrett - Gorge Fly Shop

P.S.S. - It's officially fall and easily my favorite time of the year to be steelheading!  The longer nights giving way to cooler temperatures, which has been keeping water in the happy range for summer steelhead. They've been aggressive to the swung fly and recently I spent a couple quick mornings on the Deschutes above Mack's Canyon and found a few fish happy to rise to small drab flies on floating lines.  My girlfriend and I even both rising fish to muddler's.  It's no secret I love the dry line approach to summer-run fish and there's no better time then now to target them on the aforementioned method. The surface attack is highly addictive and I'll be posting one of my favorite October Caddis patterns here shortly.
Cody Booth - Gorge Fly Shop

An effective top water popper for John Day Smallmouth
FM:  Cody Booth of the Gorge Fly Shop

COLUMBIA RIVER: The top water action is still going strong although it will start getting colder which will cause the smallies to hunker down a bit more.  Try using sink tip lines or weighted streamers such as the Clouser Minnows, Jawbreakers or Sculpin patterns.

JOHN DAY RIVER:  Sometimes the smaller fish are fun to.  Like when using a 3wt microspey rod and a variety of different flies.  We used everything from poppers to muddler minnows and we caught fish with all.  The smaller fish seemed to be more on the surface and the bigger ones below.  This was actually my very first time catching smallmouth bass on a fly rod, won't be the last.
A small Smallmouth couldn't resist Cody's muddler minnow.

Flows:  The USGS sites give us real-time flows, while the NOAA site shows us predictions based on weather patterns.  Both are invaluable tools.

Hood River:



Deschutes near Madras:

Deschutes at the mouth:

Columbia River
Bonneville Dam Water Temps
Columbia @ Hood River (The mouth of the Hood backs up at 75 feet)

As always, we are happy to talk fishing anytime.  Give us a call if you have any specific questions on local rivers, gear, and tactics, or if you just want some encouragement to get out of the office.  541.386.6977

Remember, if you can’t find it at the Gorge Fly Shop, you don’t need it!

Gorge Fly Shop
John Garrett | Product Specialist


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Sep 25, 2017

G.Loomis IMX PRO - Purpose Driven

Built to the unrelenting specifications of professional fishing guides, the IMX-PRO series is comprised of 15 purpose driven designs to meet the performance demands of modern freshwater fishing. Striking the ultimate balance of handsome appointments, positive feel, and unflinching durability, IMX-PRO is a game-changing addition to the serious angler's quiver.


I personally award this new rod series as "Best Mid Priced Rod Ever" While I've been informed before the term "ever", should never be used but I think an exception needs to be made in this case in order to drive my point. The IMX PRO performs like a top class rod. Load feel, swing weight, power and speed all precisely match a PRO level caster preferences. This has been accomplished by putting the R&D in the material makeup and refinement of rod tapers. With a technology G Loomis refers to as Conduit Core Loomis is able to reduce material in key ares yet retain strength and efficiency. IMX PRO rods are referred to as guide tools because guides will rate their rods more on performance and less on how much titanium nano resin sauce is dripping from them. Besides standard four piece offerings the series also include two 1-piece streamer rods and a full series of Short Spey (not switch) rods.

Source - Greg's Top Picks from IFTD / ICAST 2017


IMX-PRO is light in the right spots. Traditionally, as the blank diameter increased, so did the total amount of material. This was the only way to ensure strength and durability in the ferrules and bottom half of the rod. Utilizing a marriage of a new scrim material and resin system, CONDUIT CORE technology reduces the amount of graphite while maintaining our unsurpassed standard of durability. The result is a reduction in weight, better balance, and superb energy transfer through the blank. This improves efficiency, and reduces fatigue in fishing situations that require the animation of chunky flies, popping, chugging, stack mending, reach casting, and other repetitive motion.


Conduit Core Technology Multi-Taper Design Fuji stripper guides Chrome single-foot guides Micro full wells grip on moels 696-4 and smaller Standard full wells grip models 790-4 and larger Custom reel seat (Salt friendly on 5100-4 and larger models) Cordura rod tube and rod sock Hand-crafted in Woodland, Washington USA


Purpose driven designs built to excel at modern trout fishing techniques. From a dry fly perspective, these sticks can handle everything from impossibly small flies on long leaders to chub/rub set-ups in the wind. When it's time to get dirty, the 9'6 and 10' models cast, mend and set heavy indicator rigs with ease. The new IMX-PRO series offers the perfect balance of line speed, power and finesse.

IMX-PRO 486-448'6FAST4A$495.00
IMX-PRO 590-459'FAST4A$495.00
IMX-PRO 5100-4510'FAST4A$495.00
IMX-PRO 690-469'FAST4A$495.00
IMX-PRO 696-469'6FAST4A$495.00
IMX-PRO 7100-4710'FAST4B$495.00

IMX-PRO Streamer

The IMX-PRO Streamer series was built for those addicted to chasing truly large fish with massive articulated streamers. A powerful tip section handles lifting and animating the fly while the mid section aids in smooth casting with sinking lines and big bugs. The IMX PRO-1’s one-piece design shaves ferrule weight and minimizes shear points for “streamer junkie approved” strength-to-weight meat chucking performance.”

IMX-PRO 790-479'FAST4B$495.00
IMX-PRO 890-489'FAST4B$495.00
IMX-PRO 7810-178'10FAST1B$495.00
IMX-PRO 8810-188'10FAST1B$495.00

Designed to address the modern era of short format Skagit and Scandi heads, the IMX-PRO ShortSpey family has you covered for everything from swinging soft hackles in your favorite caddis riffle to chucking intruders on secret winter steelhead haunts. True Spey action = Short and sweet.
IMX-PRO 31111-4311'11MED-FAST4C$575.00
IMX-PRO 41111-4411'11MED-FAST4C$575.00
IMX-PRO 51111-4511'11MED-FAST4C$575.00
IMX-PRO 61111-4611'11MED-FAST4D$575.00
IMX-PRO 71111-4711'11MED-FAST4D$575.00
*10'10 models coming in 2018

Shipping to our door on 9/25/2017

The Gorge Fly Shop Team


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