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Fly Fishing Report: June 2021

The last few weeks have provided the perfect combination of motivation and opportunity, landing me on the water more often than not. I thought about heading east for Memorial Day weekend, then pictured the procession of RV’s, armada of SUV’s and weary line of SOB’s crawling over the North Cascades to flood the campgrounds and […]

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June Fly of the Month: Pink Tag

Addison tied and gave me one of these a few months back along with a picture of an absolute goliath whitefish he caught on it this winter. It’s a lot like the Blow Torch pattern. Always on the hunt for new additions to the nymph box, I tied up several and have given them a […]

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Fly Fishing Report: May 2021

Certain cyclical events indelibly mark the season and give us a sense of time and place without ever having to glance at the calendar or peruse the screen of your smartphone. The other night as I was taking out the recycling after hours at the shop, I became acutely aware of the sentinel of seagulls […]

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May Fly of the Month: Film Star

One autumn evening on Grandy Lake, the trout were going nuts on small emerging chironomids in the surface film. The lake was awash in boils and bulges from feeding trout that would not give a second glance to a small dry fly or anything largely sitting atop the wind rippled surface of the water. A […]

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Fly Fishing Report: April 2021

I think it’s spring but I’m not completely sure. Some days the sun is shining and the magnetic pull to the lake is undeniably strong. I launch my float tube, gliding smoothly across the reflective flat waters of the pond. Trout are rising just a few short kicks away. I’ve been waiting all winter for […]

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April Fly of the Month: Olive Willy

The Olive Willy has been a staple in my stillwater box for nearing a few decades now. This little wunderkind was developed by Allen Peterson of Swede’s Fly Shop many moons ago and continues to produce throughout the northwest open water season. Being the opportunists they are when it comes to sucking down a meal, […]

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Fly Fishing Report: March 2021

I dare say that spring is in the air. The thermometer in my Subaru registered 52 degrees the other day and it felt downright tropical outside compared to the 30’s and 40’s we’ve been suffering through for the last several weeks. With the warming weather we’re seeing more active steelhead in the Skagit and Sauk, […]

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March Fly of the Month: Go To Bunny Leech

As much as I really enjoy the art of tying complex Intruder Style flies and getting all fancy with materials that include the name lady and cost a pretty penny, there’s something to be said for the blue-collar patterns that are quick and relatively inexpensive to tie. I’ve been tying some version of this critter […]

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Fly Fishing Report: February 2021

Howdy folks, it’s February and boy does it feel like it. We hope you’re staying warm and healthy and finding some time to fish or stock the fly boxes for the warmer months to come. For me, there are times when my fishing feels largely governed by stubbornness, a refusal to concede to the elements […]

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February Fly of the Month: Hall Pass

Minnows represent a significant portion of the trout’s diet in Pass Lake near Deception Pass, particularly at times of the year when chironomids and other staple insects are much less abundant such as during the fall, winter and early spring. Sometimes when big rainbows and browns key on minnows in the shallows the action can […]

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