Float Tubes are your Friend

a fly fisher on hosmer lake in Oregon at sunset

Need a float tube?  How about the Fish Cat 4-LCS.  The number one selling float tube in the United States, the Fish Cat 4 is ideal for anglers who spend 25 days or less on the water per year.  It features a load capacity of 250 lbs., can be outfitted with an optional anchor system, and weighs in at only 15 lbs. 

If you’ve been looking for a great float tube, this may be exactly what you are looking for.  Call the shop, and our friendly professionals will be happy to talk you through whatever made-up anxiety is holding you back.  Not only do you want this, you actually need it.


Fish Cat 4-LCS

The Fish Cat 4-LCS, is the number one selling float tube in America, and perfect for most anglers.


But….and there is always a but…our bigger and taller anglers have often bemoaned the trouble they have with typical float tubes.  They can be difficult for big people to maneuver, uncomfortable, and more of a foe than a friend on the water. 

If that sounds familiar, we might have the answer for you:  the Fish Cat 5 MAX. 


Fish Cat 5 MAX

Designed for our bigger and taller clients, the 5 MAX is 20% larger than the Fish Cat 4, with 2” more interior seat space.  Overall, the 5 MAX is 3” wider, 10” longer, and comes with a foam seat and backrest.  With an overall load capacity of 300 lbs., we feel confident that if your current tube isn’t working out very well, or you just know you need a bigger tube, the Fish Cat 5 MAX is probably the upgrade you are looking for. 

Call us, or come into the shop, and let us help you get into a new 5 MAX, so that you can spend more time fishing, and less time fighting your float. 

You’re gonna need a bigger float….

Staying High — The Best Fly Flotants

Presentation matters, and one of the challenges while fishing dry flies to rising trout is keeping the fly on surface.

Too many times to count I have been casting to picky fish who refuse my surface fly. The leader is the right size and length, I have confidence in my fly choice and the drifts looks good. Fish continue to rise to naturals and refuse my fly. So I grab my fly and treat it with floatant and on the next cast hook up.

It amazes me how often I hook a fish on the cast after I treat my fly. For that reason I make sure I always have a few styles of floatant with me. Each floatant has its time and place in dry fly fishing. There are many options out there, these are the ones that I make sure always have a place in my pack:


I have just recently started using liquid floatants to pre treat my flies, and I’m hooked. The liquid allows the floatant to soak into the all the part of the fly. The liquid quickly evaporates leaving your fly packed with water repelling goodness. This is best used as a pre treatment. I will tie on a new fly and give it a dip on the side of the stream.


In the past few years I have gone away from gel floatants mostly because you can not use them on CDC flies, and anyone who know me knows that I am a BIG fan of CDC. Enter Loon’s Lochsa gel floatant. This is the only gel that I have every used that can treat CDC flies, and I love it. This product works especially well for cripple patters. I can work in a small dab to the post that I want to float high and leave it off the back end that I want to sink. This gives my fly the best presentation of a cripple stuck in the film. Again, this is mostly a pre treatment.

Shimazaki Dry Shake

By far my most used floatant. This stuff is magic. Once the fly starts to sink, just bring it to hand, shake off the water and pop it into the dry shake bottle. Give it a shake and the fly comes out covered in trout crack and your off and fishing. As I said earlier, it is surprising how many fishing will come up to a freshly dusted fly. Make sure you have a dry shake caddy to keep your dust easily accessible (fishpond is my favorite).

Frogs Fanny

Another must have for cripple patterns. Similar to Lochsa, I use Frogs Fanny on flies that I want hang in the surface film. The brush applicator allows for pin point accuracy of floatant. While I do not use it as frequently as the Shimasaki Dry Shake, it is extremely useful for certain patterns. 

By incorporating a variety of floatants you can significantly improve your presentation while dry fly fishing. 

—Ben Kitell, Guide Trip Operations Manager, The Fly Fisher’s Place

The Deschutes Salmonfly Hatch is Calling Your Name

Deschutes Salmonflies

It’s been a long winter, but the sun is out, and so there is really only one question: Are you ready to fish the biggest dry flies of the season?

Of course you are, and here at the Fly Fisher’s Place, we are too. Known to anglers worldwide as Central Oregon’s headquarters for outstanding service, great guides, and quality gear, we want to help you get out on the water this spring, and enjoy the explosive takes of the Deschutes River Salmonfly hatch.

As an angler, there may be nothing finer than experiencing the detonation of hungry trout on a big spring bug. Whether you are casting a chubby, our very own and very secret Purple Chubby, or a Rogue Stone, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

A float down the Deschutes with us is an easy day-trip from our shop in Sisters. We’d love to have you, and whether you are a novice angler wanting to learn the sport, or an experienced veteran of big waters, we have a team of highly experienced, and friendly guiding professionals to help with whatever your needs may be. 

So why not join us for a ten mile float down the incomparable Deschutes? The warm days of May and early June make for the kind of fishing you really don’t want to miss. 

Call us at (541) 549-3474 to a book a trip, or stop by the shop in Sisters–where we will happily answer any questions you may have–and let The Fly Fisher’s Place help make your 2017 Salmonfly hatch the most memorable one yet.