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July Fly Pattern of the Month: Jack’s Hex Wiggle Nymph

This month’s fly of the month features one of our local buddies, Fourth Corner Fly Fishers member and master fly tier. For anyone that doesn’t know Jack Salstrom, well…you don’t know Jack. Many of his artistically crafted flies adorn the Confluence and Northwest Fly Fishing magazine featured him in their Innovative Tier column a couple […]

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June Fly Pattern of the Month: The Big Ol’ Bass Worm

We are just going to put it out there that we thoroughly enjoy fishing for bass. Aside from the shear heart-pounding contentment of watching a big gaping mouth erupt through the ceiling of lily pads to engulf your slithering, pulsating, rubber-legged mess of a fly, largemouth bass on the fly rod have several things going […]

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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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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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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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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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Fly Pattern of the Month: January 2016

I have been tying some variation of this wonderful prawn pattern for the past decade and have been really pleased with its latest incarnation. The Prawn Solo remains a confidence fly for me when pursuing big wild steelhead throughout the Northwest during winter and spring. When the water is a little higher and has that […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: December 2015

Jerry Wells was a long time fixture at H&H Outfitters in Bellingham and long before our humble little shop came on the scene, Jerry was your local go to guy for all things fly fishing. If you know Jerry, you know his Pink Shrimp. Originally introduced to the world beyond Whatcom in Trey Comb’s classic […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: November 2015

The Manhatten Beach is patterned after the Alaskabou series of salmon and steelhead flies developed by George Cook while guiding in Alaska during the 80’s. It is a style of fly, more so than a specific pattern and the color schemes and variations are nearly endless. November is traditionally chum salmon month around the Northwest […]

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