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March Fly of The Month: Jig Bugger

We had the pleasure of getting to hang out with Phil Rowley again this year when he was in town for the Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show and to speak at the 4CFF meeting recently. Phil’s got a lot of great books and DVD’s showcasing his fly patterns, along with an awesome website where he shares […]

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February Fly of the Month: The PT Prawn

Our February Fly of the Month is the PT Prawn, a shrimpy, smaller profiled steelhead fly well suited for the perpetual low and clear river conditions we’ve encountered this season with an unshakeable regularity. This little critter was born of an ongoing love affair with Ice Dub and the new an undeniably sexy dyed Barred […]

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January Fly of the Month: Zen Arcade Tube Fly

Since my first exposure to tube flies many years ago, I’ve kindled an intense intrigue for the many exciting possibilities they represent in the world of fly design. The Pro Sport Fisher Tube system has so many nifty components, colors and options to play with that I’m reminded of the endless hours I spent as […]

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December Fly of the Month: Brandon’s “Hey What Color is This?”

December brings you Brandon’s “Hey What Color is This?” Steelhead Fly, a sinfully enticing, breathtakingly sexy winter steelhead pattern. For those of you that may miss the humor in this fly’s nom de plume, Brandon is color-blind and therefore has little concept of what color his little brainchild actually is. For what it’s worth, it […]

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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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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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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: 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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