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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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May Fly of the Month: Laser Leech

This is hands down my all around favorite stillwater leech pattern.  I’ve always done well with shades of black and maroon or burgundy, tying Simi Seal, Angora or Mohair Plus bodied leeches.  These long, coarse dubbing blends make great flowing leech bodies, however the rough fibers in the dubbing never quite move in the water […]

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May Fly of the Month: Blue Chromie Chironomid

For all the thousands of different chironomid species found in lakes throughout the western US and Canada, there are many more times the number of patterns to imitate them.  Beyond the various colors in the naturals you’ll find on the lake, consider the same chironomid can take on a completely different look at various depths, […]

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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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