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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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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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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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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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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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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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October Fly of the Month: Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’ve been fishing these simplified Woolly Bugger style flies for our local coho for many years now. With the wide variety of glitzy synthetic chenille that graces the walls of our little fly shop, the combinations can be truly limitless. Our fall clear water coho certainly show a fondness for various shades of green from […]

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September Fly of the Month: The Pink Torpedo

I hemmed and hawed over what to present for our September Fly of the Month for awhile. Though our pink run this year is less than stellar around the Sound, there are still enough out there to keep things interesting on a number of open rivers and it just didn’t seem right to let an […]

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August Fly of the Month: Ross Lake Shiner

Ross Lake is a huge body of water, approximately 23 miles long extending from the northern Washington border to just inside Canada. The trout and char inhabiting this vast watershed are as wild as can be, having never been supplemented with a hatchery program. Ross, like a lot of high mountain impoundments is deep and […]

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July Fly of the Month: Tung In Cheek Herring

The Tung In Cheek (TIC) Herring came about through a desire to create a nose heavy, erratically swimming herring imitation using saltwater-safe components that would not corrode and would lend themselves to a full-profiled but easy to cast fly. The TIC Herring can be tied in any variety of sizes to match the predominant bait […]

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