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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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Fly Fishing Report: January 2018

Happy New Year from the Confluence Fly Shop! We’ve made it through another successful season thanks to your help and patronage. We truly love our customers and are fortunate to live in a community that supports local business. We are looking forward to 2018 and hope to see our fishing opportunity grow a little from […]

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January Fly of the Month: The Fake Taco

Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco fly pattern has long held a special place in my winter steelhead box. It’s pretty quick and simple to tie, a fishing or guide fly that looks attractive in the water, has proven fish appeal and doesn’t break your heart when it clings to an unforeseen sunken branch and won’t let […]

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Fly Fishing Report: December 2017

While still a few short days away from true Winter, it’s feeling particularly wintery in the North Sound these days. Frozen windshields, icy roads and an extra hot cup of coffee to begin the day is our December drill. It’s been a long and arduous wait since July, but we’re pleased to see some of […]

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December Fly of the Month: The Flamingo Kid

Pink is as tried and true a color combo for winter steelhead as any. Various shades of pink shine like a beacon in the cold clear flows of low winter water. This shade also glows like an ember in the smoky green, glacially tinted currents as the river drops into shape from a high water […]

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Fly Fishing Report: November 2017

October seemed to come and go with the fury of a fall storm, its parting gift a blanket of withered yellow leaves lining the riverbanks. It’s nice to have some rain back in the equation, to witness the weekly ebbs and flows of current and feel the anticipation of fresh salmon pouring upriver as the […]

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November Fly of the Month: The Jiggler

Jig style flies are nothing new and have taken the industry by storm over the last few years, from the Kilowatt steelhead pattern to the Balanced Leech and a host of old standbys being adapted to smaller versions of these oddly configured hooks. The jig ain’t up by any means. Chum salmon are a worthy […]

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