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Fly Fishing Report: July 2017

Here we are in early July, with the shack nasties of our abysmal winter just a fleeting speck in the rearview mirror. With much of the country melting down in a soaring heat wave, we’re reminded how lucky we are to enjoy our utopian summers in northwestern Washington. Rivers are shaping up, some of our […]

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July Fly of the Month: Tung In Cheek Herring

The Tung In Cheek (TIC) Herring came about through a desire to create a nose heavy, erratically swimming herring imitation using saltwater-safe components that would not corrode and would lend themselves to a full-profiled but easy to cast fly. The TIC Herring can be tied in any variety of sizes to match the predominant bait […]

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Fly Fishing Report: June 2017

June’s North Sound fly fishing report comes to you courtesy of the sun, whose lingering presence has bestowed a great number of overwhelmingly pleasant fishing opportunities on us. From baking afternoons pitching top water bugs for bass and bluegill, swinging gurglers for ravenous cutthroat on a peaceful Puget Sound beach to chasing big trout under […]

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June Fly of the Month: Woolly Bully

The Woolly Bully is the brainchild of our friend Nathan Sundine who sought to meld two highly effective bream patterns, the Bluegill Bully and Woolly Bugger, into a no nonsense, easy to tie, completely irresistible panfish bug. I tie mine a little differently than Nathan’s version, but the premise is the same, and the outcome […]

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Fishing Report: May 2017

After a long and seemingly endless spell of gray skies, perpetual rain and tireless wind, we’re beginning to catch a glimpse of silver lining in our local forecast. The sun has returned for at least a little while, shorts and sandals are once again on rotation in the weekly clothing line up and our fishing […]

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May Fly of the Month: D-Rib Carey Special

This month’s fly of the month brings you the D-Rib Carey. The Carey Special was originally developed in the 1920’s by retired British soldier Colonel Carey, who sought a sure fire trout pattern that would consistently catch fish. Fast forward nearly a century later and the Carey Special remains one of the most effective stillwater […]

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Fishing Report: April 2017

Daffodils, Tulips, Skunk Cabbage in full bloom, Spring has finally sprung. The winter we’d thought would never end is finally showing signs of fatigue and in it’s snowy, icy and unbearably wet wake, a new fishing season is blossoming before our very eyes. Stillwater is warming up and the trout are once again active and […]

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April Fly of the Month: Nano’s Leech

Here’s another healthy dose of Phil Rowley’s tying expertise from his recent visit to Bellingham. Nano’s Leech is a pattern Phil picked up from a friend during a trip to Lago Strobel in Argentina. While the pattern worked wonders abroad, it’s slim and pulsating profile, subtle use of flash and meaty presence make it a […]

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Fishing Report: March 2017

Winter continues to embrace the Northwest in a relentless bear hug. Sheets of sleet, freezing rain, snow, ice and sometimes heavy wind remain an almost weekly occurrence, and while the foothills and forests sure do look pretty all blanketed in fresh snow, we’re kind of ready for things to thaw out and warm up. We’ve […]

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March Fly of The Month: Jig Bugger

We had the pleasure of getting to hang out with Phil Rowley again this year when he was in town for the Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show and to speak at the 4CFF meeting recently. Phil’s got a lot of great books and DVD’s showcasing his fly patterns, along with an awesome website where he shares […]

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