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Fishing Report: November 2015

October came and went with all the quickness and intensity of our latest downpour. The earth is wet and spongy, the rivers full once again for the time being, leafless maples and alder line the banks as seasonal sentinels. The fish continue to do their thing in spite of it all while we anglers do […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: November 2015

The Manhatten Beach is patterned after the Alaskabou series of salmon and steelhead flies developed by George Cook while guiding in Alaska during the 80’s. It is a style of fly, more so than a specific pattern and the color schemes and variations are nearly endless. November is traditionally chum salmon month around the Northwest […]

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From Tree to Trout: Local Artist Jameson Hawn

Bellingham artist Jameson Hawn of Riverbend Woodworks recently carved a beautiful west slope cutthroat for the Fourth Corner Fly Fisher’s Conservation Auction. We’ve been fortunate to see some of of Jameson’s other work first hand and are duly impressed by the level of detail and craftsmanship in everything he does. We were fascinated by this […]

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Cutthroat and Conservation

This finely detailed and one of a kind shadow box is the “piece de resistance” for the upcoming Fourth Corner Fly Fisher’s Conservation Auction on October 29th. The cutthroat trout was meticulously carved from wood and painted by local artist Jameson Hawn. Wood-worker Pete Lamb built the display box and master fly tier Jack Salstrom […]

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Rio Outbound 5 Weight Lines Are Back!!!

Years ago, Rio offered their popular Outbound series of lines in a 5 weight, which made an ideal compliment to the fast 5 weight rods many enjoy fishing for Puget Sound sea run cutthroat. The Outbound provides a quick load and beefy taper that helps to minimize false casting and turn over weighted flies like […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: October 2015

The spectrum of traditional and contemporary steelhead patterns runs rich with brilliant neons, contrasting dark tones dressed in flashy tinsels and wiggly parts. These catch plenty of fish and certainly more fishermen. Bob Arnold’s Spade is about as ratty and drab a steelhead fly you’ll find. While the Spade was originated on the NF Stilly […]

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Fishing Report: October 2015

“Angling is extremely time consuming. That’s sort of the whole point.” -Thomas McGuane One of my favorite fishing quotes rings especially true during the fall when the beloved season of many seems to come and go all too quickly. There doesn’t seem to be enough time to fish everywhere we’d like and it’s simply too […]

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Alaska Coho Extravaganza

I recently returned from an unforgettable fishing experience in the boundless muskegs of Southeast Alaska. While late September weather in the North Country can be fierce and unforgiving, we found temperate skies, unseasonably clear waters and hillsides ablaze in spectacular fall colors. The cold and rain abated until our last day and we spent hour […]

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Topwater Coho

We’ve been having too much fun with coho on the fly in Puget Sound lately. Check out this great topwater coho video put together by Colin Flanagan with Flanagan Fly Fishing and Clint Avery, featuring Confluence Fly Shop owner and hand model Scott Willison.

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Fishing Report: September 2015

After one of the hottest summers on record, our recent rains serve as a welcome transition into one of our favorite fly fishing seasons of the year. Moisture once again seeps into the ground and air, cooler nights warrant an extra clothing layer or two and our waters absolutely swarm with salmon. September and October […]

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