Odds n Ends

This week’s odds n ends post has a variety of items you may be interested in. Be sure to read all the way through.

First off, there are definitely signs of Fall everywhere I look.

From leaves beginning to change on the river…

Fall Leaves | www.johnkreft.com

…to something we usually don’t see …bucks in our backyard, except when Fall begins.

September Buck | www.johnkreft.com

Even the first kokanee salmon appeared in the river this week.First Kokanee | www.johnkreft.com

Fall fishing is one of my favorite times of the year. The fish are looking up and eating everything in sight because they know winter is not far away. I’ve seen Cascade Stones, two different sizes of olive stones, October Caddis, a variety of caddis, and mayflies galore.

And the fish see them too. The rainbows are beautiful…and hungry.

Rainbow Eye | www.johnkreft.comMetolius Rainbow Trout | www.johnkreft.com

So I plan to fish hard through the end of October, when the fishing changes as winter approaches.

Now it’s time for a little transition. This is a first for me, but I thought I’d list a few items I need to get out of the house. Maybe you need one!

  • Orvis 8 1/2 ‘ Western 2 weight fly rod – $125 plus shipping – I received this 2 piece rod several years ago and I’ve never fished it. Do you have a stream where a 2-weight rod would be enjoyable to fish? Includes a used aluminum case (not original).  SOLD
    Orvis Rod Endcap | www.johnkreft.com Orvis Rod | www.johnkreft.com
  • Fly reels – $125 plus shipping – JW Young & Sons Ltd 3535 fly reel
    JW Young Reel | www.johnkreft.com JW Young Reel Backside | www.johnkreft.com
  • Pentax Optio W60 – $50 plus shipping – I’ve updated all my camera gear in the last 1 1/2 years and this Pentax is sitting on the shelf. There is nothing wrong with the camera. In fact, many of the on-river and close-up fly photos before May 2016 were taken with this camera. I needed a camera that provided more megapixels for presentations. That’s the ONLY reason I stopped taking this camera to the river. This 10 megapixel, 5x optical zoom, waterproof camera comes with 2 batteries (but a newer one might be needed). Besides the batteries, the package includes the original box and instructions, case, charger, and 1.0 Gb & 16 Mb cards.
     Pentax Optio W60 | www.johnkreft.com
  • Nikon D5100 – $250 plus shipping – Here is another great camera that needs a home. It was my first DSLR camera I bought from a friend who encouraged me to upgrade my photography skills, particularly the close-up shots of flies for the RiverKeeper Flies website. The package includes a DX 18 – 70mm 1:3.5 – 4.5G ED lens, camera bag, extra battery, charger, 8 Gb card, and owner’s manual. Shutter count = 5964  SOLD
    Nikon D5100 | www.johnkreft.com Nikon Lens | www.johnkreft.com
  • Books – Both books look brand new.
    • Tying Small Flies by Ed Engle – I have two copies of this book, but only need one. It’s a great book and one I recommend in my Resources – Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Books. $20 plus shipping  SOLD
    • The Classic Guide to Fly-Fishing for Trout by Charles Jardine (1991) – Again, I have two copies. $10 plus shipping

If you are interested in any of these items, just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you when I get off the river.

Next, I’d like to highlight the SEARCH function on RiverKeeper Flies. This is a great tool that allows you to search my website. I just moved it to the top of the right-hand column so it’s easier to find. For example, I’ve written several posts about leaders – Make Your Fly Fishing Leader Last Longer and Fly Fishing Leaders are a couple of them. You may not remember what the posts were called, so just type in “leader” in the SEARCH box and instantly the posts with the word leader are presented for you to click an read. I use it all the time.

Lastly, here are a couple of items to add to your calendar.

  • Pacific Northwest Fly Tyers Rendezvous – Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Jackson Armory, Portland, OR, between Colwood Golf Course and the Portland International Airport. I plan to be tying all day, so if you will be in the Portland-Metro area, be sure to stop by and say hi.
  • NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo – Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10, 2018. Updates can be found at the NWExpo.com website or the active Facebook page (click the photo below and you’ll go the the Facebook page).

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Enjoy…go fish!

 

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