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Fly Fishing Report: March 2019

As a short month, February seemingly slipped by me in a wink.  Between limited fishing opportunities, blankets of snow and abysmally cold weather, there just wasn’t much to report.  Most years, February is a month I just can’t wait to send packing.  Admittedly, I was also a bit distracted by an upcoming trip to Christmas […]

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March Fly of the Month: Hot Blooded Bloodworm

Early in our stillwater season, with the near absence of more prolific insect hatches, chironomid larvae (aka bloodworms) make up a notable portion of a trout’s diet.  They can be found concentrated in muddy-bottomed areas of the lake where they burrow.  Many contemporary bloodworm patterns incorporate a hot spot or bright fluorescent materials that help […]

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Fly Fishing Report: January 2019

Happy New Year everyone along with our sincerest hopes that 2019 brings you the joy, success, intensity and excitement in each and every fly fishing endeavor you’re about to pursue.  January seems like a fine time to reflect on the achievements, adventures and tribulations of days on the water in 2018.  We’ve said it before, […]

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January Fly of the Month: Balanced Leech

Balanced Leeches are becoming more and more popular amongst the ranks of stillwater fly fishers and account for lots of nice trout throughout the lake season.  They offer several advantages over other more traditional leech patterns, and while the old standbys are far from obsolete, the benefits of “balanced fishing” are worth considering.  First off, Balanced […]

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Fly Fishing Report: December 2018

Everything has dropped in nicely over the last week thanks to a plummeting mercury and welcome break in the rain. In the midst of our seasonal doom and gloom, these little sun flurries really perk things up. On the extreme end, the fishing can get more difficult when the bottom falls out from beneath our […]

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December Fly of the Month: Leadbelly Spey

Winter is upon us and with it the cherished opportunity to swing flies for steelhead in our favorite rivers and streams of the west coast. I’ve long been a fan of the classic Marabou Spey patterns for steelhead, from the simple wound marabou patterns of Bob Aid to the decidedly fancied up ties of John […]

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Fly Fishing Report: November 2018

Well, you asked for it! There was nothing subtle about this year’s re-entry into the monsoon season. Our endless summer of warm dry weather and abundant sunshine ended abruptly when Mother Nature jumped in with both feet. Clouds swept in, literally bursting with precipitation and transformed our skeletally low rivers into violent floodwaters filled with […]

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November Fly of the Month: Rubber Legged Christmas Island Special

Fall and winter are great times to think about going somewhere the weather isn’t totally lousy and fishing for cool species we don’t get to experience around these parts. Bonefish are an incredible fly rod quarry. You’re targeting sighted fish that often demand your farthest and most delicate presentation and get to watch the whole […]

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Fly Fishing Report: October 2018

October is hands down our favorite month to fish. If we could somehow stretch October to encapsulate at least 285 days a year, that’d be just peachy. It’s far too short as it is and the days, growing shorter and shorter with each breath, seem to breeze by at a break neck pace. What’s not […]

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October Fly of the Month: Gold Bead Rolled Muddler

The Muddler Minnow has for many years possessed a supernatural fish-catching ability for all sorts of species. My love affair with the Muddler has introduced me to scads of big-shouldered river dwelling trout over several decades, swinging that thing on a sink tip or dry line. It is a “go to” streamer in the choppy […]

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