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Fishing Report: November 2016

Rain, rain go away, come again some other day. After the wettest October on record, we are still wringing out our clothing, drip drying waders and Gore-tex jackets and laying out drenched flies in heated rooms to stave the onset of rust. Most of our rivers are beyond full, easing toward fishable for a few […]

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November Fly of the Month: Huevos Con Leche

Last month we shared an egg sucking leech pattern as a highly effective all around fall salmon, steelhead and big char fly. For November we’ll cut straight to the chase and tie a stand-alone egg pattern. Following the seasonal orgy of salmon spawning, most of our rivers boast a sizeable biomass in the form of […]

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Fishing Report: October 2016

There we were, tromping through the knee-high mud of the spongy Southeast Alaskan muskeg on our way to the next coho slough just a few miles from the sea. The fish were pulsing in with each high tide, bright and full of vigor, swarming in waves amidst the deep, crimson-bodied warriors that had been ripening […]

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October Fly Pattern of the Month: Egg Sucking Diva

I’ve always had a penchant for egg sucking patterns in the fall and winter for salmon and steelhead. Perhaps it’s the millions of dislodged salmon eggs loosely drifting in the current that trigger a latent feeding response from the early days of chowing on this protein conveyer belt. Perhaps it’s the sharp color contrast or […]

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Fishing Report: September 2016

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness….” ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities […]

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September Fly Pattern of the Month: Little Bruise

Most years, fall triggers an insatiable desire for us to load up the truck, dig out a favorite spey rod or two and floating scandi or mid belly head and drive contentedly for hours in one direction or another to fish summer steelhead. Sometimes it’s east to the Methow or Wenatchee, perhaps farther afoot to […]

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Your Next Favorite Shirt Available Only at the Confluence Fly Shop

We gave you a heads up on these in our last newsletter and are proud to announce that our latest shirt is in stock with a second shipment arriving soon. We’re pleased to see they’ve been literally flying out the door as expected. After all, it’s a sad state of affairs with Washington’s fisheries these […]

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25 Best National Parks to Fly Fish now at the Confluence Fly Shop

Terry and Wendy Gunn recently published the bible of national parks fly fishing with the Stonefly Press. The heavily photo-studded and text rich book shares in great detail some of the best fishing our national parks across the country have to offer. Each chapter is written by local guides, fly shop owners or fishermen who […]

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Fishing Report: August 2016

As it so often does, our Northwest summer seems to be trickling by all too quickly and we’re already into the dog days of August. It’s refreshing to find a few cooler cloudy days intermittently breaking the cycle of palpable scorchers. Besides, those are arguably the best ones to fish. We’d normally be ramping up […]

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August Fly Pattern of the Month: Dali Llama

We’re taking a little break from our usual tying videos this month. Between being the busy summer, trying to squeeze in some time on the water and having our trusty cameraman Clint off exploring western Alberta to film the Fishing with Ladin Show, we’ll wait to resume the videos next month. Our August fly of […]

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