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September Fly of the Month: Peter Parker Cutty Spider

Spiders and sea run cutthroat go together like bread and butter, wine and cheese, beer and a big bag of Cheetos. This fly is inspired by the many great spider type flies that came before it, from Al Knudsen’s Spider, to Walt Johnson’s Spectral Spider and of course, Mike Kinney’s Reverse Hackle Spider. Yellow and […]

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August Fly of the Month: Coho Sandlance

Pacific Sand Lance are prevalent throughout much of Puget Sound and make up a popular menu item for our saltwater coho salmon and cutthroat trout throughout the late spring and summer. Sand Lance are slender, quite eel-like in appearance and snake through the water in sizeable schools. Predominantly hues of silver, olive and grays to […]

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July Fly of the Month: Wounded Sculpin

Solitude’s Wounded Sculpin is a pretty simple pattern and a little baby sibling to larger streamers like the Zonker. Though sculpin come in a variety of sizes big and small in streams throughout the US, it stands to reason that trout get the opportunity to see and eat more small ones that big ones in […]

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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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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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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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