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May Fly of the Month: Bespeckled Bluegill Bully

Panfish flies are generally quick and simple to tie, making them prime candidates to throw into the lily pads and woody tangles of structure where you’ll often find schools of bluegill, pumpkinseed, crappie and other sunfish.  The Bluegill Bully is a modern classic, using few, but important ingredients.  Panfish love rubber legs and flies with […]

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Whidbey Island Beach Coho

It’s time for another installment of local fisheries 101 in the absence of any relevant fishing reports to pass on. I have a lot of seasonal fishing focus ideas floating around in my head at any given point and when it comes time to pluck one from the ether, it can feel a little random. […]

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Fly Rod Bronzebacks on the Big Lake

Thanks all for the continued support during this crisis. As hard as it is, this social distancing thing seems to be making some positive strides and let’s hope we can at least get on the water and back to fishing here before too long. As much as the fly tying and prepping and dreaming effectively […]

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North Sound Bass, Bluegill and a Dude Called “Pan Fry”

In lieu of fishing reports during the COVID 19 pandemic and given that all fishing in Washington State is closed for the time being, we’re going to highlight some of our favorite fisheries close to home until that eagerly anticipated day when we can safely go fish once again. My goal is to entertain you, […]

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Fly Fishing Report: March 2020

Things are finally beginning to unfold into a more palatable landscape of blue sky, budding trees, and breathless days that make spending a few hours on the water in pursuit of fish downright pleasant once again. I even heard the faint song of a varied thrush echoing through thin walls of an outhouse in Forks […]

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March Fly of the Month: 11 Steelhead Tube

Brian Silvey’s Tandem Tube steelhead fly might be my favorite all time workhorse winter steelhead pattern out of a great big line of options. Sure, I’ll tie Speys, Marabous, Intruders and fancy Prawn patterns with eyes and love them all, but when the clock is ticking, the river is in and you’ve got a trip […]

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Fly Fishing Report: February 2020

I think a lot of us are officially done with winter, though it may not quite be done with us. I usually look forward to the dark dreary days of January and February, knowing I’ll spend as many of them as I can knee deep in the cold flows of the Nooksack or Skagit, swinging […]

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February Fly of the Month: Squid Pro Quo

The Intruder as a style of fly gets horribly misused these days and has been applied to everything from marabou spiders to long and lanky string leeches. Intruders typically have two stages, each with a profile bump to support a bunch of softer materials like ostrich, separated by a skinny mid-section, usually tinsel or diamond […]

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Fly Fishing Report: January 2020

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for a strong finish to 2019. We hope you all enjoyed a warm, safe and fun-filled Holiday season. While it’d be a bald-faced lie to say fishing in the North Sound region is anytime approaching red hot right now, there’s still some opportunity and with a little patience, determination […]

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January Fly of the Month: SPT (Suskwa Poacher Tube)

Once you’ve been fly fishing for steelhead for a spell, you end up with a short list of confidence flies. Despite the insatiable need to continually create the next best thing in steelhead snacks, there remain a few patterns that you always seem to reach for. Maybe you’ve caught a lot of fish on them, […]

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