Grant Febery, owner of Safari Supply Co (distributors or Echo Fly Fishing, Loop Tackle and OPST) and keen fly fisher, will be attending the Expo with plenty of new and exciting gear for you to try.
Echo Fly Fishing will have demos of their exciting new rods – the River Glass series, new euro nymphing rods and Trout Spey PLUS popular current rods such as the Bad Ass Glass, EPR and One Hand Spey rods amongst others available for you to cast.
ECHO is a small, personable company of fly-fishers residing in Vancouver, Washington. We are the vision of Tim Rajeff – the culmination of his huge personality and an outlet of both creativity and service to the industry. Currently, Rajeff Sports distributes Echo Fly Rods to the world and Airflo Fly Lines to North America. We strive to provide quality products and customer service to our fellow fly-fishers.
As the founding father of Rajeff Sports, Tim tends to be busier than your average bald guy. When in the office, he spends all his time designing new lines and rods, addressing managerial-type-stuff or helping with customer service. When he’s out and about, he’s usually finding a reason to wet a line somewhere nearby or in far off lands.
Tim’s extensive knowledge of fly rod design and performance stems from his early childhood patronage to the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco, where he became a young and successful competition caster. Tim won a gold medal in the World Casting Games in single hand distance as well as winning the national overall fly accuracy and distance championship. Tim first began designing rods in 1980, and was one of the first people to use and adapt graphite fly rods in competition casting.
After spending his youth fishing and casting in California and Oregon, Tim’s fishing career took a turn when he took a job working for the Fenwick Fly Fishing School in Montana during 1973. In 1985 he made the trek north and began guiding in Alaska, eventually moving on to develop and build the first fishing camps on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, 60 miles above the Arctic Circle. He spent six years managing these camps before returning to the states in 1994. Upon his return he began working for a premium domestic rod manufacturer, where he worked as head of the engineering department and the Fly Brand Manager. Until 2001, he worked learning the ins and outs of fly rod design and manufacturing.
Try ECHO at the Fly Expo.
Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics is a group of steelheaders who focus on Skagit-style swing fishing for everything from king salmon to trout. The Skagit River and the Olympic Peninsula have defined the products, the way they are fished, and the OPST philosophy.
It is a company dedicated to maximizing fly fishing enjoyment and opportunities. The whole program revolves around Skagit casting, the most recently innovated “Spey” or anchor-based type of casting. It is their preferred methodology because of its wide latitude of angling versatility. It is distinguished from other Spey-type styles of casting by its use of a casting mechanism known as the Sustained Anchor. The Sustained Anchor is key to Skagit casting versatility and at OPST they strive to optimize that effect by utilizing SAS (Sustained Anchor Systemology). By concentrating on SAS, the utmost potential of Skagit casting is achieved. We call the entire concept “Pure Skagit”.
From casting delicate soft hackles out 60 feet with a 3 weight, to blasting four inch, weighted steelhead flies through sideways wind and rain, to bouncing heavily-weighted crayfish patterns into wood-lined bank pockets for smallmouth- it can all be accomplished through the use of Pure Skagit. In other words, this is one casting concept that can effectively meet the demands of many different angling situations. This singular focus also equates to a quicker route of learning and achieving effective casting consistency and proficiency.
Such a versatile casting system is dependent on particular casting knowledge and skills. At OPST, a vast wealth of Skagit casting knowledge and skill, along with steelhead fly fishing and fly tying experience, is represented by a fly fisher who has been in on the development of Skagit casting since the beginnings: Ed Ward. Ed’s is a name long associated with Skagit casting and its related innovations- Skagit lines, “radically” short sinktips, sinktip tactics for steelhead, and “radical” steelhead flies such as the Intruder. His expertise on “all things Skagit” is of the highest caliber.
The famous OPST Commando Heads PLUS the new Commando Smooth Integrated lines in a range of weights with a focus on single-hand and micro-skagit will be available
LOOP will have their Cross SX and S1 series, plus Evotec Cast and Q rods, plus their famous reels available to cast and view.
LOOP fly rods have had a niche following for decades. The adaptive Scandinavian casting styles for the multitude of conditions, fly lines, fly sizes and species targets became the genesis of the very distinct LOOP rod actions. LOOP’s distinctive rod actions allow for higher tolerances of casting stoke timing hence less biomechanical output for energy transfer to the casting line.
LOOP’s ranges of actions are designed for every condition imaginable while acutely focused on angler endurance with the least amount of fatigue when spending long days on the water. LOOP’s range of rod actions covers all angling requirements from the bent knee on a small clear stream with a long leader on a 2 or 3 weight with a 16-18 dry fly to having the reserve power for punching large flies into a stiff breeze with the target closing distance quickly. No matter how challenging the circumstance – there is a LOOP fly rod for the occasion.