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Fly Pattern of the Month: May 2016

Spring and summer are exceptional times to grab your lightest rod, a floating line, beverage of choice and ramble on over to your favorite spiny ray lake for an afternoon of catching. While often neglected in neighborhood of more glamorous salmon, steelhead, trout and char fisheries, bluegill, pumpkinseed, bass and various members of the sunfish […]

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Fishing Report: April 2016

This past month certainly lived up to its reputation, coming in like a lion, gnashing perilous teeth, dumping blankets of rain and hurricane winds, effectively shredding many an opportunity to enjoy the water. We’re quite pleased that March left us on a far more docile note, with characteristic lamb-like days pushing 70 degrees and tranquil […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: April 2016

The Willy Whitefish began nearly a decade ago, the product of much fiddling and tinkering at the bench as I sought to come up with a faithful bull trout fly that was quick to tie, had lots of inherent movement and flash, cast with ease and caught fish. It’s parents were the infamous Zonker and […]

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The Confluence Fly Shop March Sales

The new Ross CLA II’s, Eddy’s and Rapid Fly Reels are here and we are clearing out original CLA’s, Fly Rises and Fly Starts from Ross. Limited to stock on hand: Ross CLA 2 was $190 now $152 Ross CLA 3 was $200 now $160 Ross CLA 4 was $225 now $180 Ross Fly Rise […]

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Fishing Report: March 2016

Daffodils are popping up all around and adding a welcome touch of color to the brown and gray landscape. Spring can’t be too far around the corner. If you think you’ve survived another dreary Northwest winter, pat your self on the back and hope the worst is behind us. If you enjoy the snow sports, […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: March 2016

March typically ushers in the first major chironomid hatches of the spring season and with them, scores of hungry trout awaken to scavenge the lake for an easy meal. Chironomids are an incredibly important food source in still waters and imitating them provides memorable fishing days on lakes throughout the western states and Canadian provinces. […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: March 2016 Part 2

Black and Pearl Chironomid Hook: Teimco 200, #16 or Tiemco 2312 #14 Thread: Black 8/0 UNI or comparable Tail: None Body: Black 1/8 scud back, Flashabou, or cut 1/16 VCR tape Rib: pearl Krystal Flash, flattened, 5 counter-wraps on #14 hook Head: 3/32 black bead Gill: 8-10 strands of Organza or white sparkle Cement: Loon […]

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Fishing Report: February 2016

January concluded with a thorough drenching that left most of our rivers high and muddy. Somewhere in there we found a few fishable days and with them plenty of bull trout and the odd obliging steelhead. Many of our North Sound steelhead rivers are now closed for the season, save for a few short open […]

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The Confluence Fly Shop February Sales

The new Ross CLA II’s, Eddy’s and Rapid Fly Reels are here and we are clearing out original CLA’s, Fly Rises and Fly Starts from Ross. Limited to stock on hand: Ross CLA 1.5 was $185 now $148 Ross CLA 2 was $190 now $152 Ross CLA 3 was $200 now $160 Ross CLA 4 […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: February 2016

As a follow up to last month’s time consuming yet incredibly shrimpy Prawn Solo pattern, I thought I’d share a very straight forward, efficient and very effective everyday steelhead pattern that fills a box in my arsenal. The Simple Sucka is your typical egg-sucking variety of fly and covers a number of bases that I […]

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