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Fly Fishing Report: October 2019

I’ve always loved those years when summer seamlessly bleeds into fall.  Lots of lingering sunshine and discernable warmth permeates the heart of the day.  The leaves turn gradually, the breeze is light and occasional and those buckets of rain we all know will come sooner or later seem to take their sweet time.  This doesn’t […]

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October Fly of the Month: Diamond Dog

Fall means a lot of things to a lot of people.  For me it means coho salmon.  One of the things I love about coho is their run diversity on our North Sound rivers.  We have bright coho returning from September well into December and beyond.  Under the right circumstances, they’re aggressive, hard fighting and […]

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Fly Fishing Report: September 2019

September is upon us and with it some cooler weather and wetter skies that for us mark a shift in focus back to our cold water salmonids.  Salmon are making their way through the Puget Sound and into our rivers, bull trout are continuing their upstream journeys to stage below their spawning tributaries, bugs are […]

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Fly Fishing Report: August 2019

Beating the heat is the name of the game.  As a fair-skinned dude of Danish descent, I’m not really wired for hot weather.  I get sluggish, nauseated and bake in the sun like an overcooked steak.  I know we’re not accustomed to real heat here in the Northwest but anything over 75 gets me seeking […]

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August Fly of the Month: Hi-Viz Para Ant

I still remember my earliest fishing days as an awkward pre-teen out for the summer to visit Grandma in the Colorado High Country.  She’d turn me loose for the day in the willow thickets of the Rockies; fly rod in hand, an old wicker creel and a full belly of pancakes from the Hahn’s Peak […]

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Fly Fishing Report: July 2019

Welcome back summer, our old friend.  My how we’ve missed you!  Along with the sunny skies, heat and days that linger long into the witching hour, our Northwest Washington summers bless us with a exciting array of fisheries, some in full swing, some just on the horizon.  The shop bustles with people coming and going, […]

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July Fly of the Month: Sculpito Loco

I remember the bulky fly vest, brimming with boxes of this bug and that, sagging with the weight of everything under the sun.  Then I got caught up in swinging streamers and foregoing numbers of willing bug-eating trout for a few really nice ones accompanied by that unforgettable tug that most dedicated streamer swingers grow to […]

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Fly Fishing Report: June 2019

Good golly it’s nice out these days!  We’re getting spoiled on both the weather and the fishing fronts lately with so many different options out there and pretty fine conditions in which to enjoy them.  Pick your poison:  lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, swamps…it’s just about all open and fishing.  The hardest decision is just figuring […]

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June Fly of the Month: P9 From Outer Space Bass Worm

I’ve long had an affinity for bass worm patterns.  Watching gear anglers toss Senkos into mats of vegetation and tangles of wood, heaving out bragging sized largemouth gets my blood pumping.  Why not do the same with a fly?  I’ve tied a lot of different variations of bass worm patterns over the years, some with […]

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Fly Fishing Report: May 2019

Seasons come and seasons go.  It’s a bittersweet goodbye to our much anticipated spring steelhead catch and release fishery on the Skagit and Sauk.  Catching was hit and miss, picking up a little more through April as the month wound down. Whatever the day’s success rate, it was ever so nice to have some local […]

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