Soul River shares the experience and lifestyle from the water and gracefully transfers it into urban lifestyle. From an angling support, we are thankful to connect with a high-quality, relational brand like LOOP, providing opportunities to connect the gaps from the industry we passionately partner in to the daily lifestyle we share with our communities. LOOP designs, develops, and manages every manufacturing process of their gear themselves. All LOOP products are built to last and function even in nature’s toughest conditions season after season. Experience, enthusiasm, and an unbreakable will has led the LOOP brand to be the best in industry products. Though the brand started out as merely a dream, for over twenty years they have managed to become the leader in the fly fishing industry. Today that dream is evolved into an internationally known company focused on delivering dreams through their products. Soul River is thankful to be a part of LOOP in furthering their dream. Soul River, locally-owned in Portland, Oregon, is humbled and proud to house the LOOP gear in the retail space We are excited to have them on-board with the movement to give back to the community, specifically focused on inner city youth and veterans. Just as Soul River does, LOOP gives back ten percent of sales that happen in the Soul River retail space to New Currents, Outdoors (NCO), which provides opportunities for inner city youth and veterans to reconnect with Mother Nature through fly fishing. We are proud to align ourselves with LOOP and honored to walk this path with them, upholding their vision and focus in the industry and beyond. If you’re in Portland, or simply driving through, stop by and see the LOOP line up! We challenge you to try out one of these rods – cast it and you will see, it will not be your last cast (or touch) of LOOP gear. LOOP is all about quality and giving back and we enthusiastically welcome LOOP to the Soul River experience. Listen to the words of LOOP founder Christer Sjöberg The new LOOP Cross S1 fly rod series is the single most important revolution to occur in fly fishing since LOOP introduced the large arbor reel over 20 years ago. It’s that big. Tight Lines, Chad B.
Brad Cunningham , Yakima Washington
All of my patterns are proven on Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Some of the closer to home rivers includes Deschutes, Klickitat, Grande Rhonde, Cowlitz just to name a few. Brad patterns are more in the way of summer and fall patterns for steelhead. Brad been tying and fly fishing on and off for 30 years. Brad takes a different mindset when tying and thinking outside the box. You can walk into any flyshop and buy a cookie cutter pattern but like anything He thinks if your not evolving with your patterns and materials you could be missing the next big thing (fly). Brad also ties spey style and stinger style flies but he loves tying the classic style and have noticed in the past two years that fishermen are leaning back toward classic styles and some big names in the industry have mention how they are seeing it as well.
The fly box above are custom tied flies Brad put together himself for the Celebration Wild steelhead. Even though it is steelhead focus but he thought would be more fitting to folks to give custom tied trout flies for the special person who is getting into the sport! Whoever gets this box of flies is priceless! And will be very lucky to have a set of custom tied flies which you cant buy at a shop!
I hope these flies get into the right hands and right mindset to embark on an awesome fishing experience!
Brian Chou making it happen off the coast of Hawaii chasing bonefish. Loving the iconic Soul River Trucker flat brim hat.
Chou is a leader and mentor bringing unique facets of creativity, strategy, and ingenuity to the fly fishing industry. Combining creativity and tradition, he is always looking to further himself, while leading the way as a maverick of science and functionality. With years of experience as a product designer, consultant, fly tier, photographer, guide and certified casting instructor he manages to carve out time to help those willing to further their journey in fly fishing. Stay tuned for the next blog post showing Chou in the tying room cooking up some innovative, custom-tied flies that can be found at Soul River’s retail space.
A man who is emotionally and spiritually tied to the waters he was baptized in, Edelmann states, “fly fishing has always been the touchstone that helped me find reason.” He focuses his energy on helping others find positive paths in life, as well as sharing knowledge and instilling passion about resources we sometimes take for granted, such as steelhead. Edelmann travels to incredible locations (from Mexico to regions of the U.S. such as Texas and the Pacific Northwest) being mindful of the rivers and the precious steelhead.
Edelmann will be sharing his talent and skill in tying flies during the Celebration of Wild Steelhead this Sunday, September 7th. He will be doing a sneak peak Saturday, September 6th at the Soul River retail space from 11am to 3pm. You won’t want to miss this, so make the time to come and visit! Not only is Terry entertaining to watch tie, he is full of conversation and stories and I am very much looking forward to being in his presence. It has been years!
Terry Edelmann and his wife Angela
Some of Terry’s Flies
Check out Terry sites Www.fishheadsfliesnlore.com & www.speyheads.com
Michael Davidchik- Industry Consultant/Writer/SR Ambassador
Now featuring in the space of Soul River – Come out and check these flies out!
Michael Davidchik (aka Steelie Mike) brings to Soul River a holistic view of life combining conservation, tradition, and creativity, and by trade is an Emergency Room Nurse in Vancouver, Washington. When not working as a public servant, he enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors and fly fishing with others.
As a Conscientious Angler, Michael recognizes the role of a modern day outdoorsman as more than a weekend warrior. With climate change, urban boundaries and the over harvesting of natural resources, Michael is passionate about the need to understand the role to maintain and improve the current state of our remaining resources. Through the written word and work though several environmental organizations, he shares this passion through the education of others about different conservation topics and fishing related issues.
Michael feels that sharing the outdoors with children not only provides them with enjoyment, but also teaches them its therapeutic nature and what it gives our soul. With this understanding and teaching Mother Nature’s many lessons, one day our children can carry the torch to help protect it and pass it on for generations to come.
“Wait a minute, just one more cast…………………………” Michael Davidchik
Ducks Vs Beavers presented as custom tied flies by Michael Davidchick. Confidence is the key brothers and sisters! Fish with confidence and mother nature may just reward you! Come in and check out Michael Davidchik custom tied flies and if you are a Duck or beaver fan well here you go!
When the Celebration of Wild Steelhead ends, what are the next steps?
Soul River and our friends and partners have planned a retention plan to keep the youth in attendance interested and motivated in cultivating their passion as an angler while developing a sense of community.
Soul River is continuing our commitment to the next generation, connecting youth to the outdoors by issuing “Soul River Passports” at the event to encourage youth to continue learning about nature and the sport. The passport lists workshops at the event to attend as well as five additional “urban outdoor clinics” that will be offered throughout the rest of the year around Portland in local urban parks, where they can come to learn more about the importance of conservation while practicing and honing their skills with the guidance and encouragement of dedicated outdoorsmen.
The urban outdoor clinics will focus on fly casting, fly tying, entomology, river navigation, and a film showing. As the anglers advance and cultivate their new skills into the new year, they will also have future opportunities presented by Soul River and U.S Fish and Wildlife.
We want to thank the Stonefly Society for their generous donation of a flyrod package that will be given away at the Celebration of Wild Steelhead event September 7, 2014!
The Stonefly Society is a group of like-minded anglers that are concerned about conserving wild life and aquatic habitats along Utah’s Wasatch range.
“Facing a STEELHEAD is a moment of beauty only to those who seek it.”
Steelheads, the great sea-faring rainbow trout of the Pacific Northwest have been long sought out by anglers. They have become a powerful symbol representing the last bastions of legendary untainted wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Like the lions on the Serengeti, they have become an icon to the region, and similar to the lion, they are among the species most threatened by the modern world.
Standing waste deep in cold frigid water for hours on end in the northwest, day after day, every season in the wild pursuit at just the opportunity to hook this amazing creature is a moment of beauty and praised silence. One on one time with the legendary species is beyond compare. Just listen to any angler who has had the honor of hooking in. When the moment finally comes when you best the creature for the first time in its native environment and hold it up to take in the moment (and often times capture photographic evidence), is a rite of passage for Pacific Northwest anglers.
That moment, is something that should be both treasured and shared. Anglers have a divine responsibility to pass on the rush and triumph of interacting with the chrome warriors with young anglers who can in turn pass down the experience for generations to come. If you have ever had the opportunity to go toe-to-fin with a wild steelhead you know how special these creatures really are and what is at stake.
We can all preach all day about these precious steelhead we continue to pursue day in and day out, chasing that original rush of finally pulling one in. The importance of catch and release. We can attend meetings and conferences stressing the importance of protecting these creatures and their environment, but it will all be in vane unless we can pass on the spirit of conservation and raise the collective conscious to the youth of the next generation. Strength in numbers in important and young anglers are the future of both the sport and conservation. Many young anglers aren’t yet aware of this amazing gift the Pacific Northwest has provided and it is our responsibility to share how important they are. That is our goal as dedicated anglers and as stewards to the environment.
To all anglers who share this deep passion for this amazing species that has provided so much to us as sportsmen and outdoorsmen, we urge you to pass down your expertise and experience and passion, with the youth in your community. Even if you are unable to attend the upcoming Celebration of Wild Steelhead we urge you to give back by passing on the message and tag your Facebook and Instagram photos with #CelebrationWildSteelhead to spread the word and share these amazing fish with your community and if we all work together, the world.
All youth and adults coming into the Celebration of wild steelhead event will be told to log on and with #CelebrationWildSteelhead on facebook and instagram to see your wild steelhead images.
Please be responsible and show proper respect to the fish and the sport in tagged photos.
The most beautiful and practical folding knife.
In 1995 Baladeo, a French partner of hikers worldwide, has created a line of knives and accessories for every outdoorsman. Baladeo products are crafted with the utmost care with respect to both the craftsman and the environment. Every piece, from the traditional Laguiole shepherd’s knives to compasses and multi-tools, is built to the highest standards and backed by a lifetime warranty. Enjoy the perfect pleasure of their work! as a part of your lifestyle with high functionality in the outdoors. Deejo is ideal to the unique, purist, style and functionality for the Hiker, Angler and backpacker whom approaches the outdoors with ultra light gear and understands how extra weight can interfere and become a burden in your productivity when embarking in the outdoors on your next adventure. And lets point the Deejo is a master of concealment in size and slimness. We are proud to offer in our Soul River space, A convergence where many rivers coming together through art, design, humanity and fly fishing.
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Twas the night before the two-hander, and all through Steelhead Ranch, anglers sat on the front porch seizing the chance for commune and conversation. Jack Mitchell, owner and operator of Steelhead Ranch, Ben Dow, Brian Chou, Michael Davidchik, Brian Styskal, Simon Hsieh and, myself, Chad Brown. This was an evening of wholesome dialogue centered around the passion of humble anglers, with the occasional jest. Fly fishing itself has so many layers of deep thought and rewarding memories regarding the big fish caught all the way down to the scientific and technological approach. Ambassador anglers seep in community of conversation about the gear used, the line chosen and the fly specifically created and selected for that exact moment in time. Every line has its own story and every rod has its own limit of flexibility that is almost always pushed to its maximum.
Deep thought ran its course and good, ol’ fun times was in the air. Friendships was mended even more on this porch like a family creating new memories that only they will understand and cherish. Egos aside, this was just a porch full of knowledge wound up in a mass full of experienced leaders of their own craft within the sport of flyfishing. As we talked through the night to the early morning hours we found ourselves fading away to sleep for the big two-hander event.
The day proved to be successful. Held right on the banks of the Klickitat River, people drove from all over Oregon and Washington to be part of this. This was the opportunity for participants to learn more of the how-tos in spey casting. One full day of instructions given by Brian Chou, Michael Davidchik, Ben Dow, Eric Neufeld, Jeff Cottrell and Brian Styskal were available, as well as casual opportunities to ask questions and have oneon-one support along the river. Various rods, including Loop, were available for participants to test out.
This event is a perfect event for anyone and everyone. It also provides a strong opportunity to gain and build your knowledge as an angler. What is so cool is that the folks here are like family – “river family” – and to learn on the jeweled banks of the Klickitat River is truly incredible! See you next year!
Thank you to Catch Magazine-Tom Bie , and the Evening Hatch provided by Steelhead Ranch – Mr. Jack Mitchel and all the supporters, vendors and instructors. If you are ever heading out to the Klickitat give Jack a ring and you will surely be welcome!
Thank you Brian Chou for the photos!