Jan 17, 2018

Echo Bad Ass Glass QuickShot Fly Rods - New for 2018

New for 2018, Echo Bad Ass Glass QuickShot Fly Rods

Glass is Back! With recent success of Glass rods in all forms such as trout, switch and spey, Echo reached into the glass salt world last year with BAG (Bad Ass Glass). For 2018, Tim Rajeff takes this concept to the next lever with Bad Ass Glass QuickShot. An 8 foot version of the original offered in 6 thru 10 weight.

Echo Specs

The ECHO Bad Ass Glass is a glimpse into the future of fiberglass rod design: faster, lighter, and more powerful than ‘glass has ever been. NEW FOR 2018 the 8’0” QuickShot model helps casters come through their stroke quicker and allows lighting-fast shots to moving fish. Available in #6 through #10, there is a Bad Ass Glass QuickShot to fit your big fish situation. "Slow” and "Glass” are no longer one-in-the-same.

Features - 
  • Four piece travel design 
  • Action:  Glass Fast 
  • Blank:  Translucent Sky Blue 
  • Tube:  Unique fiberglass rod tube 
  • Guides: Stainless w/ low-friction ceramic stripper 
  • Grips:  Features two grip styles 
  • Reel Seat: Maintenance-free aluminum 
  • Warranty:  Echo Lifetime Warranty
Specs -
BAG-6808'644.5 ozAGlass-Fast
BAG-7808'744.8 ozAGlass-Fast
BAG 8808'845.2 ozAGlass-Fast
BAG-9808'945.5 ozAGlass-Fast
BAG-10808'1045.8 ozBGlass-Fast

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Jan 16, 2018

Fly Box Sale

In with the old, out with the new...you know what I'm saying. It's a good time to score some deals on old stock fly boxes. We have quite the collection of Umpqua and Scientific Anglers Fly Boxes on sale. While you browse the sale items be sure to check out the all new line of Plan D fly boxes. Don't worry you won't miss them. I made sure you will have to scroll past them to get to the sale stuff.

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Jan 15, 2018

Plan D Pack Fly Boxes - New for 2018

The next size up from the Plan D Pocket Series is the Plan D Pack Series. In this line up we have Articulated, Tube and Standard slit foam fly boxes.

Pack Articulated Plus

Pack Articulated Plus stores up to 20 of your favorite steelhead flies. Slide the eye of the fly onto the stainless steel hook and insert the fly's hook into the slotted foam. Box Size 9.54" x 5.22" x 1.41"

Pack Max Articulated Plus

Store up to 40 articulated flies in high quality weather resistant tough box.
Box size 9.54" x 5.22" x 1.63"

Plan D Pack Tube Plus

Finally, an innovative solution for storing tube flies. The Pack Tube Plus stores up to 20 tube flies. Simply insert provided mandrels into tube then insert into special bridge holding device for secure storage. Box size 9.54" x 5.22" x 1.41"

Plan D Pack Max Tube Plus

Double up and store up to 40 tube flies. Comes with two mandrel kits. Box size 9.54" x 5.22" x 1.63"

Plan D Pack Standard Fly Box

Standard slotted foam for all kinds of flies from saltwater to hair wings.
Box size 9.54" x 5.22" x 1.41"

Plan D Pack Max Standard Fly Box

Double sided slotted foam for all your standard fly needs. Box size 9.54" x 5.22" x 1.63"

See entire selection of this new amazing line of fly storage solution boxes at GorgeFlyShop.com

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Jan 14, 2018

Simms Padded Organizer - New for 2018

I see so many uses for this Simms Padded Organizer...Camera, video, reels and stash! Best part is it will nest inside your Simms Dry Creek Z Backpack or Dry Creek Z Hip Pack.

Simms product description

You don't need much on the water, but what you do need better be close at hand. The Simms Padded Organizer puts essential gear at your fingertips. The soft-sided bag is well-padded to protect things like your camera or other electronics from the hard knocks of river travel. You can configure it to meet your needs, and the whole bag nests inside our Dry Creek® Z packs for easy transport. Once on the water, it can be connected to your wading belt for easy access. A two-way zip opening allows one-handed access and closure.

  • Fully padded with removable gear organization dividers
  • easy‐open YKK® coil two‐way zipper
  • interior, zipped stretch mesh lid pocket
  • removeable, tuck‐away shoulder strap
  • carry handle & pass‐through sleeve fits on wading belts
  • Nests inside Dry Creek® Z Backpack and Dry Creek® Z Hip Pack
  • FABRIC TECH:210 TPU‐Coated nylon ripstop;5mm EVA foam insulation;Brushed tricot nylon interior
  • DIMENSIONS:8" X 10.5" X 6"
  • CAPACITY:366 cu. in.
  • APPROX. WEIGHT:15.2 oz

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Jan 13, 2018

Redington Women's Sonic-Pro Waders - New for 2018

Redington has built a solid reputation with the Sonic-Pro Waders. New for 2018 is the All New Women's Sonic-Pro Waders. All the great features and construction and built to meet the fit and demands of today's modern women anglers.

Redington's Description
The all-new WOMEN'S SONIC-PRO wader was designed specifically for female anglers. This wader incorporates our reliable, extensively field tested 4-layer waterproof-breathable fabric and SonicWeld seams to create an ultra-functional wader with superior durability for uncompromising performance on the water. Stretch side panels allow anglers to move easily in and out of this wader and add comfort on the water. The flattering design works to fit a woman’s body properly, with minimal pockets to reduce bulk and a stretch mesh back panel to move with the body while casting and crouching. The WOMEN’S SONIC-PRO wader simply performs; it’s durable, comfortable, and designed for women who fish.


  • FABRIC: 4-layer, 100% nylon, waterproof/breathable, DWR coated
  • Waterproof stretch fabric at side panels for easy on/off and comfortable fit for all body types
  • Stretch mesh back for secure fit and mobility
  • Chest pocket with YKK water resistant zipper
  • Two-sided fleece-lined hand warmer pocket
  • Large interior drop-in stretch mesh pocket with key clip for quick access to stored items
  • Removable water-resistant pocket with clip attachment for easy on/off
  • Slim wading belt compatible with majority of pliers and staffs
  • Ergonomic 4mm neoprene booties for additional comfort and increased durability against punctures
  • Anti-corrosive zippers and hardware

Size Chart

Dress Size Bust Seat/Hips Inseam Shoe Size
S (4/6) 33-35" 36-38" 31-32" 6-7
S-Short (4/6) 33-35" 36-38" 28-29" 6-7
M (6/8) 36-37" 39-41" 31-32" 7-8
M-Short (6/8) 36-37" 39-41" 29-30" 7-8
M-Long (6/8) 36-37" 39-41" 33-34" 9-10
M-Full (10/12) 38-40" 42-44" 31-32" 7-8
L (10/12) 38-40" 42-44" 32-33" 8-9
L-Short (10/12) 38-40" 42-44" 29-30" 8-9
XL (14/16) 41-44" 45-47" 32-33" 9-10

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Jan 12, 2018

Scientific Anglers Mastery Titan Long - New for 2018

The Scientific Anglers Wavelength Titan Taper has become a benchmark standard for all kinds of anglers, The shooting head taper is aggressive in design and does a great job of heavy fly turnover. However many anglers and guides wished for a longer head version with a smooth easy handling line.

Mastery Titan Long

S/A listened and delivered! The focus of Mastery Titan Long reaches to the warmwater angler. The guy punching big streamers or frog patterns to the banks but still needs a line he can handle all day and provide good mending ability and overall line control.

S/A took a Titan Taper and lengthened the rear taper portion while retaining the short front taper powerful head for excellent turnover. The result is an easy handling line that mends well, turns over large flies and loads fast action rods quickly.

Features - 
  • Designed for targeting bass and other warmwater species 
  • Loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies to the furthest targets 
  • Excellent turnover due to powerful head and short front taper 
  • Extended rear taper for line control and mending ability 
  • Ideal line for boat or wade fishing 
  • For temperate climates 
  • Braided multifilament core 
  • SA MS TITAN LNG WF X F (X = line weight)
Specs -
Order #Line SizeColorHead WeightHead LengthSink RateTotal Length
*Grain weight for the first 30'
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Jan 11, 2018

C.F. Burkheimer Fly Rods - In Stock!

Are you looking for a really unique, one of a kind, boutique fly rod? We get that! That's what our big attraction is to C.F. Burkheimer Fly Rods. "One at a time"

Special order one of these babies and you will most likely be in a 12-16 week wait, if you're lucky. Over the years we have found many favorites and well to be honest we like having a few handy to show off.

Gorge Fly Shop special orders several Burkheimer's every year. We always have some favorites in inventory.
Check out our In-Stock Burkheimer's. But beware, you might find what you are looking for!

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Jan 10, 2018

X Marks the Spot, Sage's 7wt Smallmouth Slayer

Bass fishing... I know what you're thinking, "they're just stupid bass", but it is one of my favorite past times and a ton of fun.  Hooking and fighting a bass on a fly rod is a totally unique experience, and something I recommend for everyone to try.  Don't get me wrong, trout, steelhead, and bonefish are all fun to fish for, but to many, bass are readily available and generally pretty happy to bite a fly.

Now, you don't need anything really fancy to catch bass, but that's not my style.  I'm a go big or go home kind of guy when it comes to fishing gear.  I like to know that my equipment is not going to hamper my success and that the only one to blame for not catching is me!  When looking at rods to kick up my bass game for the Columbia River, I knew that I had to go big!


Spring Cow fishing fast and shallow with Sage X 790

I will say, that after fishing the Sage X 790-4 for over a year, you would be hard pressed to find a better smallmouth bass stick.  This rod is crazy light and mega powerful.  I have never cast a 7wt with so much oomph.  I am able to cast flies I would normally fish on a 9wt with this rod!  And did mention how light this rod is?  It weighs as little as my older 4 and 5 wt!  It is insane how Sage was able to pack so much power in such a light stick.  The power to weight ratio is off the charts with this boom stick.  Paired up with one of the lightest reels ever, the Lamson Force SL II #3 at a mere 4.41 oz, and I could cast all day with no fatigue.

Featherweight Combo for Hucking Bugs

I have fished a myriad of lines on this rod, from floating to fast sinking and it handled them all with ease.  The line speed this rod puts out makes casting in the wind or with heavy flies so much easier and less exhausting.  And, as you might know, it rarely stops blowing in the Gorge.

This is a performance rod, no doubt about that.  The swing weight and sharpness make this rod sing, especially with the right lines.  It does feel slightly more forgiving and deeper loading than the Sage One, which is likely due to the new graphite Konnetic HD tech.  You can cast pretty darn easy with this stick, but give it a good punch and double haul and the line speed smokes!

After a year of testing, here are my favorite lines on this Sage X 790 canon:

Floating- bass bugs, poppers, float n' fly or fishing the top foot of the water column: Scientific Anglers Wavelength Titan

Poppers as the sun drops

I also cast the Rio Directcore Flats Pro when it got hot late last summer.  This is THE line for this rod in tropical locales.  Bonefish, reds, sea trout, whatever!  Load it up and watch it fly!

Intermediate- streamer- Rio Coastal Quickshooter or SA Titan Full Intermediate.  Both lines rocked on this stick, but I might give a slight edge to the Titan as it shoots better with the textured coating.

Fast Sink- streamers, crayfish- SA Titan Int/S3/S5.  You probably see a theme by now, but the Titan lines are made for a rod like this.  I even threw the super fast sink Titan S3/S5/S7 WF8 and this rod got it done!  That line weighs as much as a WF10 standard FYI...

Skagit- OPST Commando with 10' T-8 sink tips.  I have had a blast chucking this stick on little creeks for steelhead and coho.  The power and speed of this rod is perfect for the quick Commando heads.  The 790 X loved the 275gr head.

Sage X + OPST Commando= HO Slayer

A couple quick notes on line selection for this rod:
1.  Do not get a light line for this rod
2.  If you throw big or heavy stuff, go mega heavy, like the Titan, Outbound Short or Quickshooter  3.  For highest linespeed and tightest loops try a Rio Bonefish/Bonefish Quickshooter or SA Bonefish line or as mentioned above, Rio Flats Pro

As you can probably tell by these notes, there are some caveats with this stick.  This is no finesse rod, and my thoughts on making this a trout streamer stick are out the window.  This is a no holds barred, bad to the bone 7wt, not some lily-livered trout rod.  Line choice does matter too, and unless you are a great caster, overweighted lines are the way to go.
Bronzeback Love
For those of you curious about aesthetics and specs, here are a couple photos...

Sub 10oz rod/reel/line 7wt!!!

A simple, elegant rod finish, a la the Sage One

Hard to capture, but the rod is a dark black spruce green, not jet black like the One

My biggest gripe is this reel seat.  I know it is light, but it just does not fit a $900 rod
My thoughts on aesthetics are just that, thoughts, and I know Sage is pursuing performance rather than looks, but given the price tag, I personally wish they would incorporate some beauty into a rod of this caliber.   They make Ferraris beautiful, why not Sage rods?

Aesthetics aside, I have to say that after a year getting to know this rod, that there probably isn't another 7wt this light with this much power on the market.  The Loomis 790 Asquith is the only one in this ballpark.  So, if you are looking for the ultimate bass rod or bonefish rod look no further than the Sage X 790!

Tight Lines!

Ryan Van Duzor
Gorge Fly Shop | Product Specialist

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