We are now stocking the Rio Max Plus tippet and leaders. It is a stiffer nylon than the Powerflex so it will turn over bigger flies easier. The leaders are 10 feet long and come in tippet sizes 3x to .013″. The tippet spools also come in those diameters. For our area the best uses for Rio Max Plus material will be for streamer fishing, casting big bushy dries and steelhead fishing.
The steelhead counts are starting to look good for this Fall. There was quite a thermal block on the Columbia River through this weekend but the weather has cooled and the fish are moving again. We should see some fish by mid October like we had last year. We have some new steelhaed patterns developed by John Stenersen that are tied by Riverborn Fly Company. Four of the new steelhead patterns are tube fly versions of some of his popular patterns. I like tube flies because they ride even in the water and you are not sometimes discovering that your fly has been riding upside down for who knows how long. I also think I land a higher percentage of fish once I have them hook up because of they can’t twist the fly out of their mouths. If you have never rigged a tube fly just ask us and we can show you.