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Fly Fishing Report: November 2018

Well, you asked for it! There was nothing subtle about this year’s re-entry into the monsoon season. Our endless summer of warm dry weather and abundant sunshine ended abruptly when Mother Nature jumped in with both feet. Clouds swept in, literally bursting with precipitation and transformed our skeletally low rivers into violent floodwaters filled with […]

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November Fly of the Month: Rubber Legged Christmas Island Special

Fall and winter are great times to think about going somewhere the weather isn’t totally lousy and fishing for cool species we don’t get to experience around these parts. Bonefish are an incredible fly rod quarry. You’re targeting sighted fish that often demand your farthest and most delicate presentation and get to watch the whole […]

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Fly Fishing Report: October 2018

October is hands down our favorite month to fish. If we could somehow stretch October to encapsulate at least 285 days a year, that’d be just peachy. It’s far too short as it is and the days, growing shorter and shorter with each breath, seem to breeze by at a break neck pace. What’s not […]

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October Fly of the Month: Gold Bead Rolled Muddler

The Muddler Minnow has for many years possessed a supernatural fish-catching ability for all sorts of species. My love affair with the Muddler has introduced me to scads of big-shouldered river dwelling trout over several decades, swinging that thing on a sink tip or dry line. It is a “go to” streamer in the choppy […]

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Fly Fishing Report: September 2018

I honestly began to feel like our sunny summer streak would never end, as rivers shrunk and continued to shrink into shriveled boney versions of themselves. Then the skies blew wide open, deluging us with that familiar drip that makes the Northwest what it is. By late August, some of our fisheries were beginning to […]

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September Fly of the Month: Peter Parker Cutty Spider

Spiders and sea run cutthroat go together like bread and butter, wine and cheese, beer and a big bag of Cheetos. This fly is inspired by the many great spider type flies that came before it, from Al Knudsen’s Spider, to Walt Johnson’s Spectral Spider and of course, Mike Kinney’s Reverse Hackle Spider. Yellow and […]

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Fly Fishing Report: August 2018

Seems like we get a cooler day just often enough lately to prevent us from melting like a stick of butter in the relentless sun. Even the thick haze that has settled over Puget Sound from BC fire smoke seems to be having an almost marine layer effect an staving off the heat, though it’s […]

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August Fly of the Month: Coho Sandlance

Pacific Sand Lance are prevalent throughout much of Puget Sound and make up a popular menu item for our saltwater coho salmon and cutthroat trout throughout the late spring and summer. Sand Lance are slender, quite eel-like in appearance and snake through the water in sizeable schools. Predominantly hues of silver, olive and grays to […]

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Fly Fishing Report: July 2018

Summer has officially arrived both in terms of the passing of the solstice and that great fiery orb in the sky that warms our waters and too often likes to play hide and seek in corner of the globe. I’ve had the good fortune over many years to be able to fish as the season […]

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July Fly of the Month: Wounded Sculpin

Solitude’s Wounded Sculpin is a pretty simple pattern and a little baby sibling to larger streamers like the Zonker. Though sculpin come in a variety of sizes big and small in streams throughout the US, it stands to reason that trout get the opportunity to see and eat more small ones that big ones in […]

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