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Trouts Journal

The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 16)

Brandon Rodriguez / Oct 23, 2021

As we round out another week here at the shop, it is time to give my weekly rundown of the happenings of the week, my favorite products, and of course some easy listening jams. There is no need to dance around the topic so I am just going to dive right in. Enjoy.


Egg Patterns

Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying egg patterns can be a very effective way to catch trout during certain parts of the year (hint hint: such as the time of year we're currently in, otherwise known as the spawn). Eggs provide an easy, calorie-packed, non-escaping meal for trout. I've even heard the argument that trout also eat eggs because they view them as competition for the survival of their own eggs (Some National Geographic info for ya). We have a lot of these bad boys in the shop so swing by or message us over live chat and we will get you squared away for this season.


The WD-40

This fly uses a good mix of natural and synthetic materials and is a fantastic way to learn how to use each one. Enjoy today's post where we provide you both a video tutorial and a step-by-step guide for tying up the WD-40.


Simms x Trouts Logo Wear

From the office or the patio bar, after early mornings throwing dry flies or on the driving range, the brand new Simms Rivershed Quarter-Zip Fleece is an absolute must-have for the fall and winter season. Truth be told, I love quarter zips and find every excuse in the book to wear one. I am not sure where my affinity for quarter zips came from - maybe it is how sharp a quarter-length zipper looks - but, I think they are the most versatile piece of fall clothing a man can wear.



Knots can be intimidating. Look we have all been in those situations when the fish of a lifetime breaks you off, or better yet, you lose another fly in a battle with a tree. No matter the case, knowing your knots is important, and knowing when to use certain knots is of the utmost importance. That is why we are taking out the guesswork of what knot to use in just about any situation on the water. Thursday we went over how to attach you backing to your fly line and reel. I included a link to our animated knot guide because I figured it would be the best place to look after reading Thursday's post.


Umpqua Jig Bombs Beads

The unique teardrop shape of the bombs is the new solution for fly tyers to add more weight to your thin body flies. Over the years Umpqua Feather Merchants realized that there was a trend of oversizing beads among their top fly tiers. However, they soon noticed that when they added more weight to various barbless nymph patterns they lose a considerable amount of hook shank length which limited the number of hooks they could use.

The unique dense tungsten teardrop shape of the brand new Tungsten Jig Bombs means these unique tungsten beads are about 20% heavier than a standard slotted bead while keeping 15% more hook shank to create a body with.

All of this means that flies maintain great proportions and drop into the zone and stay there. The unique design of the Jig Bomb’s will flip any hook and turn it into a Jig and of course, it works beautifully on all jig hooks.

These Bombs are built into Umpqua's specialized collection of flats flies called Survive Entry. Designed for both salt and fresh water, when it comes to fly design the sky is the limit. These are available in 2.5mm-5.0mm and a rainbow of colors and also come in 3.5mm packs. If you are a passionate fly tyer Umpqua's new Jig Bomb Beads are the standard against which all other beads are measured.

Well folks, that about does it for me this week here at Trouts. As I mentioned before, if you are enjoying these sorts of weekly recaps let me know over email. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or lingering ideas about what flies to bring on your next trip to the water, we have your covered. Come swing by the shop, have a beer on the back deck and enjoy our space. If you enjoyed today's post or have some comments feel free to send them over to my Instagram or email brandon@troutsflyfishing.com or brandonrod15 on Instagram.

As always, get out. Gas up the truck, load up the fly boxes, and enjoy the weekend. Oh, and make sure to take The Tape Deck with you.

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