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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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Fly Fishing Report: June 2017

June’s North Sound fly fishing report comes to you courtesy of the sun, whose lingering presence has bestowed a great number of overwhelmingly pleasant fishing opportunities on us. From baking afternoons pitching top water bugs for bass and bluegill, swinging gurglers for ravenous cutthroat on a peaceful Puget Sound beach to chasing big trout under […]

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June Fly of the Month: Woolly Bully

The Woolly Bully is the brainchild of our friend Nathan Sundine who sought to meld two highly effective bream patterns, the Bluegill Bully and Woolly Bugger, into a no nonsense, easy to tie, completely irresistible panfish bug. I tie mine a little differently than Nathan’s version, but the premise is the same, and the outcome […]

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May Fly of the Month: D-Rib Carey Special

This month’s fly of the month brings you the D-Rib Carey. The Carey Special was originally developed in the 1920’s by retired British soldier Colonel Carey, who sought a sure fire trout pattern that would consistently catch fish. Fast forward nearly a century later and the Carey Special remains one of the most effective stillwater […]

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April Fly of the Month: Nano’s Leech

Here’s another healthy dose of Phil Rowley’s tying expertise from his recent visit to Bellingham. Nano’s Leech is a pattern Phil picked up from a friend during a trip to Lago Strobel in Argentina. While the pattern worked wonders abroad, it’s slim and pulsating profile, subtle use of flash and meaty presence make it a […]

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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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