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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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Fly Fishing Report: April 2018

Spring has sprung, at least some of the time. Then there are the odd days when you get pummeled with hail and wet snow while chasing early season bass on Terrell or have to don fleece gloves on Pass Lake through the entirety of a day as ambient air temperatures straddle the fence between liquids […]

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April Fly of the Month: Black Red Butt Chironomid

Spring is no doubt one of the best times to fish chironomid patterns from ice out and well into the dog days of summer on higher elevation stillwaters. While the anorexic and trim chironomid pupa come in all flavors, hues and sizes, no chironomid fly box worth its salt is complete without a healthy collection […]

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Fly Fishing Report: March 2018

Just when you begin to think spring is right around the corner, we get blanketed in wet snow and chilled by the frosty bite of a harsh north wind. Nonetheless, there appear to be signs of life out there. Pretty much all of our local Washington rivers are done for the season, and as is […]

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March Fly of the Month: Chumbody’s Baby

Every spring, mind-blowing scads of juvenile salmon wriggle out of the gravel river bottom, and along with hundreds of thousands of their brethren and closest friends, make their way downstream and into the saltwater to feed and get bigger and hopefully one day return all grown up. This mass exodus of fry gets noticed by […]

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Fly Fishing Report: February 2018

February can be a tough month in these parts, between multiple river closures and some pretty rugged winter weather, fishing opportunities are scarce. If you want it badly enough, there are options to be had and fish to be caught, from local year round stillwaters, to the Olympic Peninsula, to the Fraser Valley rivers in […]

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February Fly of the Month: Funky Chicken

The Funky Chicken is inspired by Solitude Fly Company’s Burnt Chicken pattern, a great larger profile winter steelhead fly that shows up well in off color water and triggers a reaction from lethargic fish in icy winter flows. The combination of marabou supported by a flashy synthetic prop and long hackle tip wings moves incredibly […]

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