I have gotten emails from several customers concerned that their packages have been lost because they are late and/or tracking data shows them to have been in the Jersey City sorting facility for days.

Those packages are now moving. Most have been delivered already.

Please understand that shopping online this year has been unprecedented, and the USPS, UPS and FedEx are trying to run beyond their capacity. In the 10 years I have been shipping packages, (thousands and thousands of packages), the USPS has NEVER lost a Priority Mail package, and has lost only two or three First Class packages. Please be patient. Your packages will arrive.

Central Oregon Thanksgiving

by Phillip Dobson
(Butte, MT)

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I just got back from a post-Thanksgiving fishing trip with my brother David. The bulk of our time was spent on the Crooked River: a great stream for anglers of all ability levels.

This was David's first time tenkara fishing, and he picked it up with amazing speed. I find that the big challenges of short-line long-rod nymphing are strike detection and fish fighting. David lost four of the first five hookups either to poor hooksets or head-shaking jumps. After that, it was all over for the trout and whitefish. Hooksets were quick and the rod was kept low to the water to keep the fish from trying to jump. We lost track of the fish count early in the cold morning. Sign of a successful day!

David almost exclusively fished my 5.4m Sagiri with a short #2.5 level line and a beadhead nymph. I nymphed with my Mom's 4.5m Sagiri and fished small dries with the 4wt which kept getting rendered useless from frozen guides.

I couldn't ask for a better time for my first Oregon fly fishing trip.

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