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Jul 15 2009

David Carpenter

David Carpenter

Dave Carpenter is the owner/operator of Riverwood Flies, an online fly shop based in Lyons, Oregon. He began fishing the Santiam Canyon area in the early 1990's after moving to the area from southern Idaho. Having grown up on the banks of Idaho's Snake River, his fishing background included all forms or fishing for numerous species; heavy baitcasting for channel catfish and sturgeon, spinners and jigs for warmwater species, and fly fishing in the mountain streams and rivers for trout - even archery fishing for large carp in the slow waters of the Lower Snake.

Since moving to Oregon, his pursuits have been focused on the larger salmoniod species - Steelhead and Salmon. (with an occasional Columbia Sturgeon trip now and then). Beginning with the more common fishing methods for the andromomous species; trolling in the bays, using spinners / spoons / plugs / roe and shrimp in the rivers, etc., etc. But in the mid-1990's he saw a fellow angler catch and land a beautiful Santiam steelhead on a fly rod. Since then, you'll see Dave with a fly rod in hand most of the time..

Dave and his wife, Lori, currently reside on the banks of the Little North Fork of the Santiam River which offers steelhead and trout fly fishing opportunities. Living in the Santiam Canyon provides the opportunity to "field test" his fly patterns — quite literally, in his own back yard. Sending out his "Pro Staff" (7 kids) with a handful of flies provides instant feedback on how well the flies work! He’s also within driving distance of some incredible Steelhead and Salmon fisheries and has tested the Fly and Jig patterns all over the Pacific Northwest.

Dave has also recently started a new guide service along with two buddies - Oregon Outdoor Excursions offering guided drift boat trips on the North Santiam, Alsea and Siletz rivers. For regular updates on all things related to fly fishing the Pacific Northwest check out the blog



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Santiam Clash

The Santiam Clash is one of a series of flies that are part Atlantic Salmon, part Spey, part Pacific NW Hairwing.  The patterns are inspired ...

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Metal Butt Skunk

Another in a series of adaptations of old time favorites.  The "Metal Butt Skunks" from Riverwood Flies.  A big fly for big, fast, ...

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General Practitioner

The General Practitioner was developed in the early 1950's by Lt Colonel Esmond Drury as an imitation of a shrimp to be used on the River Test.One ...

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Floss Butt Skunk

Yup, another Skunk.....Give this one a try if your you're looking for something slim.  Makes a great Winter Steelhead fly with the bright cha ...

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Mallard Flank Spinner

This is a fun little "single" feather fly shown to me by Ilene Hirsch of "Flys by Ilene" here in Oregon.  They are simple, qu ...

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Frank Hornberg was a classic old-time game warden and a colorful public figure during his service as Game Warden in Portage County Wisconsin from 1920 ...

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Quillayute (Syd Glasso)

The Quillayute is a Syd Glasso fly designed for Pacific Northwest Steelhead.  Mr. Glasso was a resident of Forks, Washington, a town near th ...

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Conehead Leach (AKA Zuddler)

This is a fly that is actually one of those "mergers" of a couple different patterns.  It's used for Steelhead here in the PNW, but ...

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