Here are some Products we use. Be sure to support your local fly shop first, but if you can’t find them, I’ve added a few links.

Galvan Fly Reels

I use the Torque T-5 as my main reel and love it! The T-6 is used for lake fishing with my intermediate line. These reels are light and have very smooth drags. I bought my wife one recently for her birthday jewel tone pink.

Galvan Torque T-5 |

Ross Fly Reels

I decided to try a Ross Evolution LTX fly reel in black. I’ve used it for my 2020 fly fishing road trip to Idaho and Montana. It’s a great reel!

Winston Rods –

We fish the BIIX 9′ 5 weight most days. They are a joy to cast and fish all day long. It’s an older fly rod, but head to your local fly shop and cast their newer models to see which one you like best. You can’t go wrong with a Winston rod!

RIO lines –

I fish with Intouch Rio Gold fly lines and attach their leaders too. My wife fishes their regular Rio Gold. They work quite well.

Korker Wading Boots –

Korkers are the best boots I’ve ever had! I wore first pair of Devil’s Canyon boots from 2015 – 2018 and ended up with roughly 350 days on the water. I like the interchangeable soles to switch back and forth between studded felt, regular felt, aluminum hex or bars, and rubber. And I don’t have to deal with shoestrings! I always had trouble tightening the laces in regular boots. Seems like they always loosened up. The improved M2 BOA lacing system is even better than the original. They’re quicker to tighten and snug up just great. I just take a couple of deep squats to make sure the boots adjust to my feet and can always get a few extra “clicks” with the BOA dial. Sturdy and lightweight! These are the boots I’ve worn for several years. Read about them HERE.

Korker Studded Felt Soles

I have several replaceable soles for my Devil’s Canyon wading boots. Most of the time I wear their studded felt.

Korkers Omnitrax V3.0 Triple Threat Aluminum Hex Disc Wading Boot

I wear these soles when felt soles aren’t allowed. The Triple Threat soles provide options to use the hex discs or aluminum bars. I’ve used both. Read about it HERE.

Redington Sonic Pro HD Waders

I’ve worn these waders for several years and are my go-to waders for summer fishing. They are heavy duty, but lighter than both the Simms G3 and G4 waders.

Simms G4 Waders –

I purchased the Simms G4 to wear during the cold winter months and it’s another great wader. The gortex does it’s job. Very comfortable for all-day fishing.

Renzetti Vise –

I have several fly tying vises, but the one I use the most is the Presentation 4000 Cam Pedastal Base. I still have my original Renzetti Traveler Vise and still use it on occasion. I thoroughly enjoy tying on these vises. These are true rotary vises. If you are in the market, take a look at them. Here is a link to the Traveler.

Olympus TG 6 Camera

I recently upgraded my waterproof fishing camera to this Olympus. It’s a great camera and I highly recommend it. Most of the outdoor images you see on my RiverKeeper Flies website are from my Olympus cameras.

Olympus FD-1 Flash Diffuser

I’ve used this diffuser on this camera as well as my earlier TG 4. This product is a must if you try any close-up work. I use it to capture bugs as well as a few fish pics.

Olympus TG-6 Screen Protector 

This inexpensive tempered glass LCD screen protector easily and perfectly fits over the Olympus TG-6. This is a 3-pack.

Nikon Z50 Camera

I’ve recently upgraded to a Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera from my d7100. I’m using it for macro shots indoors and beginning to shoot video as well. I’m really pleased so far. The package includes two lenses: NIKKOR Z DX 16-50 mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250 mm F/4.5-6.3 VR.

Tokina 100mm Macro Lens

I use the Tokina at-X PRO M 100mm F2.8 D Macro Lens – Nikon AF Mount for macro images of my flies you see on RiverKeeper Flies. I’ve been very happy with this sharp lens.

Nikon FTZ Adapter

The Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ allows me to utilize the F-mount lenses I have and mount on the Nikon Z50 camera. I attach the Tokina 100 mm lens above with this adapter.

Bug vials

I use these vials to capture real bugs. Over the years, I’ve used denatured alcohol, but recently learned that good old Purel hand soap works too! Pick up some for yourself and start capturing bugs while you’re out on the water.

Verilux Natural Spectrum Desk Lamp 

I love this lamp! It provides enough light for me to tie and shows the true color of materials. Other lamps might have yellow or blue hues, depending upon the bulb. If you are serious about tying, this is a MUST!

Ikea Jansjo Desk Work LED Lamp Light

I’ve added this lamp to my fly tying bench as well to provide a little more directed light. Seems the older one gets, the more light is needed!

Postage scales

I purchased this SAGA postage scale for EBAY use. Works well!

Van equipment

DOMETIC Cooler – CFX3 75DZ -this cooler has been a life saver on our fly fishing road trips. It’s a dual zone cooler capable of separate temperatures for each side. We use one side as a freezer (set at -5 degrees) and the other as a refrigerator (set at 37 degrees).

Dometic CFX3 75DZ

weBoost Drive Reach – This is a product we rely upon. It allows us to obtain a 4G signal most of the time in remote areas. I use it in conjunction with a mobile hotspot when writing my RiverKeeper Flies blog.

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – we love this speaker! Easy to use and excellent sound. Holds a charge forever.

Battery Operated Clip On Rechargeable Oscillating Desk Fan

LED Light Bar

VIAIR 90P Portable Compressor – I purchased the 89P, which is similar to this model.

AIMS 2000 Watt Pure Sine inverter Charger

SmartSolar MPPT 100/30 Charge Controller

Victron Energy SmartShunt 500 amp Battery Monitor

Victron Energy Orion-Tr Smart 12/12-Volt 30 amp 360-Watt DC-DC Charger, Isolated (Bluetooth)

Webasto Air Top EVO 40 – Gasoline – purchased at Vanlife Outfitters –

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  1. Hi- Read about you and your patterns in the latest issue of American Fly Fishing Does anyone selling your patterns online–I don’t tie my own but would love to use your patterns!

    Jack Evans

  2. I grew up in Western oregon and with three generations of my family fished both East and Diamond Lake in the fifties. You write much of East lake, what happened to Diamond lake?

  3. John,

    I have been following your blog now for several months and look forward with anticipation of the upcoming edition. I am slowly working my way through your recipe file of flies, tying them and if i come across something i have not done before it is a learning session. I am medically disabled with short bowel syndrome and recently learned i have a progressive form of glaucoma as well as have developed heart problems. I decided years ago not to let the disability control my life and fly fishing is one of the things i enjoy tremendsously. I hope one day to follow your steps and fish some of the areas you have. Thanks for all the great information I hope and pray our paths cross at some point.

    1. Terry

      Thanks for the comment and being a loyal RiverKeeper Flies follower. Sorry to hear about your medical issues. Hopefully, tying a few flies helps take your mind off them for a little while at least.


  4. Thank you for the flies at east lake. Also wanted to thank both of you for a wonderful breakfast. I will be going to the Healing Waters outing again next year. I finally caught two the evening before I had to leave. I ended up dropping down to a size 18. Wow such fun.

    1. Tony

      Thanks for your comment. Happy to hear you caught a fish or two at East Lake. Be sure to check out the fly patterns on RiverKeeper Flies…there are a few fish-catching patterns for you to tie.


  5. Hi John,
    I have been following your blog now for several months. I look forward to the information you post each week. We met some time ago on the Oregon Coast while we were both members of the Central Coast Flyfishers. I have since moved to Central Oregon and live outside of Prineville. I am very close to the Crooked River and enjoy fishing it as much as I can. However, without much information, I am still trying to learn the river, the fish, and the bugs. I have read your information about the river and am taking it to heart. Additionally, I am hoping to join the Central Oregon Flyfishers in the upcoming weeks. I will be at the Flytying Expo next week and would like to stop by and say hi. Thanks for taking the time each week to share great information with anyone interested.

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