Recent Posts by Ben Paull

Why so light?

The single most common question we get is: "why are your head recommendations so much lighter than other companies?" The truth is, we just made an error on our line chart. We've fixed the gliche. No, but seriously, our recommendations for OPST Commando Heads tend to fall 75-100 grains lower than many people would expect.…
Read more

How to Tie Trevor’s Sculpin – OPST

Long-time Alaskan fly fishing guide Trevor Covich teaches you how to tie his sparse, deadly sculpin pattern that has accounted for untold numbers of big rainbows. Sculpins are some of the most effective flies in Alaska, and Trevor's version, with minimal materials and maximal movement, is one of the best. To recreate this sculpin ask for barred ostrich plumes from Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics.

Fly Tying Instructions

Composite Loop Fly Tying Learn a new fly tying technique to add unique effects to your flies and maybe even rekindle your passion for fly tying. These are a handful of patterns that are proven for steelhead, salmon and/or trout. We go through them in step by step detail to make it as easy as…
Read more

Line Recommendation Chart

Here is our own generic line and tip recommendation chart for OPST Commando Heads, as well as specific line charts for several major rod brands. We will add more as time goes on, but for now you can always give us a call at 206-858-8476 or email us at if you would like a…
Read more

Recent Comments by Ben Paull