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Fly Fishing Report: September 2020

We get the sense that our weird, pandemic summer is winding down.  Despite all the chaos erupting in the world at large, our time on the water has continued to feel about as normal and familiar as anything can be these days.  Slouched on opposite sides of a fire ring, favorite cold beverages in hand, […]

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August Fly of the Month: Green Wired Soft Hackle

There’s something magical about swinging a fly.  It’s relaxing for one.  In not having to fixate on your bug and watch for a visual or a strike indicator taking a plunge, your eyes are free to wander into the hillsides and surrounding forest.  You never know, this might be the moment you finally spot a […]

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The Complete Guide to Successful Chironomid Fishing by Jerry Buron

I had the pleasure of re-acquainting myself with Jerry Buron a couple of weeks ago when he stopped by the Confluence.  Jerry is a longtime member of the Evergreen Fly Club and very accomplished stillwater fisherman.  I’d seen Jerry give a couple of presentations to the Fourth Corner Fly Fishers several years ago and was […]

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Fly Fishing Report: August 2020

It was worth the wait.  After a rainy kick off, cool temps and lots of water cascading down our rivers through much of July, we’ve finally gotten a hearty dose of summer here in the Pacific Northwest and it looks like it may be here to stay for a while.  While the pandemic continues to […]

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August Fly of the Month: Composite Coho Squid

Here they come, scores of ocean bright coho funneling in from the Strait and finning on by your favorite west Whidbey beach along their journey home, stopping to feed here and there.  We love the cool mornings and evenings of late August and September along the rocky beaches, the sticky salt smell in the air, […]

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Fly Fishing Report: July 2020

Well, we’ve blazed past the summer solstice and are a few weeks into summer.  At least that’s what the calendar tells us.  You wouldn’t necessarily know that by looking outside.  I can only hope the cool weather and extra rain we’re getting now will prolong some of our fisheries during the hotter months of summer.  […]

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July Fly of the Month: Easy Double Barrel Bass Popper

As summer progresses in much of the country, many of our favorite trout lakes get too darn hot to responsibly fish until the water cools off again in the fall.  Largemouth bass and other spiny rays are much better suited to this tepid environment and are often at the peak of their activity in July […]

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Fly Fishing Report: June 2020

Fishing has been fantastic for the most part, though just being outdoors, bobbing on the water in a float tube and free from the confines of quarantine life is as fine a measure of success as one could possibly hope for.  It is a chance to break away, take a deep breath and rejuvenate before […]

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June Fly of the Month: Jig CDC Flashback Pheasant Tail

The old Pheasant Tail nymph has been catching fish for as long as I’ve been fishing and well before my time on this planet.  It’ll imitate all sorts of bugs from Pale Morning Duns to Blue Winged Olive mayflies, as well as bigger drakes and even damsel nymphs in larger sizes.  Converting timeless classics to […]

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Fly Fishing Report: May 2020

I feel like we’re all now pretty well entrenched in the craziest of times.  The world is a far different place from the one we left in February.  Our hearts go out to all who have been touched by this terrible virus and all who are struggling to deal with the many hardships that continue […]

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