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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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Fly Fishing Report: June 2018

We are almost officially to summer now and the biggest news is that we once again have rivers to fish. With our long days, fishing before or after work is easier than ever, with a ton of fishable options close to home. Want to catch the evening or morning rise on your favorite trout lake? […]

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June Fly of the Month: Zudbubbler Bass Popper

Warm weather, warm water means active bass willing to attack helpless things making a big old commotion on the surface, including the flies you fish. A lot of fly tiers look at surface bass bugs made from spun deer hair or meticulously carved and painted wood or cork and shy away from the difficulty in […]

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Fly Fishing Report: May 2018

We’ve been fortunate experience a nice long string of warm days the last several weeks.  Having lived a lifetime in western Washington, it’s easy to forget how essential a little vitamin D is to the psyche every now and then. It certainly adds a whole other layer of enjoyment to being out on the water.  […]

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May Fly of the Month: Jean Claude Van Damsel

As our stillwaters heat up later in May and through the month of June, nature’s original hula dancers, the damsel nymphs get active and become readily available for foraging fish. Damsels are found around weed beds and migrate toward shoreline vegetation to emerge into adults. They are characteristically slender, move with a pronounced wiggle and […]

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