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Fly Fishing Report: August 2022

For the first time in the last few summers, the dog days of August feel a tad less dogged. Despite last week’s heat wave, many of our rivers on both sides of the mountains remain comfortably cool with decent flows thanks to an abundant snow pack. From the sunshine, the prime water conditions over many […]

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August Fly of the Month: Thin Mint Bugger

The Woolly Bugger is a stillwater staple and most effective lake boxes are stocked with a variety of sizes and colors. Indeed, you’ll find countless iterations of the Woolly Bugger and we have pretty much and entire fly drawer at the shop dedicated to many of our favorite Buggers. If I had to pick just […]

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Fly Fishing Report: July 2022

After an odd start to the year, the seasons finally seem to be aligning a little more closely with the calendar. As a native Washingtonian, I’m pretty accustomed to summer not truly beginning until the 4th of July most years anyway. We’ve been fortunate to enjoy a fine stretch of decent weather lately and with […]

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July Fly of the Month: Hot Ribbed Hare’s Ear

I’ve been tying and fishing Hare’s Ear Nymphs since I was just a wee little upstart in the world of fly fishing. They worked wonders then and they continue to excel at catching fish all over the west. They’re simple and buggy and look like a lot of different things that trout eat. I can’t […]

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Fly Fishing Report: June 2022

With barely a week and a half until the Summer Solstice it’s still hard to trust the calendar after a casual glance outside. It feels a little like crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon and being told you just have another 5 miles to go. Nevertheless, in spite of the continual onslaught of […]

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June Fly of the Month: Lunch Money

When I first came upon Matt Bennett’s Lunch Money Streamer it was love at first sight. There is no doubt that big predatory species go nuts over large, multi-jointed mega-sized flies, but oftentimes a smaller and less intrusive pattern will work wonders over something huge and flashy. The Lunch Money has a ton of movement […]

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Fly Fishing Report: May 2022

Once upon a time I used to keep a fishing journal. I’d diligently record notes on conditions, temperatures, hatches, general observations, successful flies, fish caught and whatever else I thought might aid in establishing seasonal patterns that could help crack the code and lead to another fine day of fishing somewhere down the road. Even […]

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May Fly of the Month: Jig Bugger

Jig style flies have become more and more popular in recent years. I think part of their success comes from their sheer versatility in the number of ways they can be fished. I’ve seen all sorts of jig style woolly buggers on the market and this particular one is fashion after a George Daniel pattern […]

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Fly Fishing Report: April 2022

All signs are pointing towards winter finally relinquishing its icy grip on the Pacific Northwest. Sure, it might hail one day, snow the next, dip back into the 30’s at night for a week or two, but the sun is shining a just a little more these days and we’re beginning to experience something akin […]

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April Fly of the Month: Bloody Tan Chironomid

Getting into the chironomid game can be an intimidating venture for the uninitiated. All the colors, sizes, colors, blends and rib combos might seem a little overwhelming. It’s still true that a #14 or #16 black Ice Cream Cone will work wonders in a variety of situations, but you’re still going to find more fish […]

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