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Fly Fishing Report: May 2018

We’ve been fortunate experience a nice long string of warm days the last several weeks.  Having lived a lifetime in western Washington, it’s easy to forget how essential a little vitamin D is to the psyche every now and then. It certainly adds a whole other layer of enjoyment to being out on the water.  […]

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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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Fly Fishing Report: April 2018

Spring has sprung, at least some of the time. Then there are the odd days when you get pummeled with hail and wet snow while chasing early season bass on Terrell or have to don fleece gloves on Pass Lake through the entirety of a day as ambient air temperatures straddle the fence between liquids […]

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Fly Fishing Report: March 2018

Just when you begin to think spring is right around the corner, we get blanketed in wet snow and chilled by the frosty bite of a harsh north wind. Nonetheless, there appear to be signs of life out there. Pretty much all of our local Washington rivers are done for the season, and as is […]

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Fly Fishing Report: October 2017

“The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.” ~ Patrick F. McManus Truer words have never been spoken as we sidle into the thick of fall. It’s nice to see some moisture back in the equation after a long dry summer. Looking at the extended forecast, we have more […]

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Fly Fishing Report: September 2017

Northwestern Washington has felt more and more like living inside of a pressure cooker over the last several weeks. Sticky air, ruminating with fire smoke haze, sweaty asphalt and a strange looking sandal tan permanently emblazoned on my feet. I know it’s far worse elsewhere in the country and the world at large, but us […]

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Fly Fishing Report: July 2017

Here we are in early July, with the shack nasties of our abysmal winter just a fleeting speck in the rearview mirror. With much of the country melting down in a soaring heat wave, we’re reminded how lucky we are to enjoy our utopian summers in northwestern Washington. Rivers are shaping up, some of our […]

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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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Fishing Report: May 2017

After a long and seemingly endless spell of gray skies, perpetual rain and tireless wind, we’re beginning to catch a glimpse of silver lining in our local forecast. The sun has returned for at least a little while, shorts and sandals are once again on rotation in the weekly clothing line up and our fishing […]

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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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