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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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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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Fishing Report: April 2017

Daffodils, Tulips, Skunk Cabbage in full bloom, Spring has finally sprung. The winter we’d thought would never end is finally showing signs of fatigue and in it’s snowy, icy and unbearably wet wake, a new fishing season is blossoming before our very eyes. Stillwater is warming up and the trout are once again active and […]

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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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Phil Rowley Back in Town for “Monsters, Meat and Malbec, February 22nd at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club

The Confluence Fly Shop and the 4th Corner Fly Fishers are pleased to welcome Phil Rowley to Bellingham for a lively evening as he presents Land of the Giants-Malbec, Meat and Monster Trout. The event will be held at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, February 22. Phil Rowley is one of the […]

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Fishing Report: April 2016

This past month certainly lived up to its reputation, coming in like a lion, gnashing perilous teeth, dumping blankets of rain and hurricane winds, effectively shredding many an opportunity to enjoy the water. We’re quite pleased that March left us on a far more docile note, with characteristic lamb-like days pushing 70 degrees and tranquil […]

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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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