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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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May Fly of the Month: Grey and Black Chironomid

Chironomids are at the forefront of our spring and early summer stillwater hatches.  Trout eat them, lots of them, as they’re numerous, readily available and pretty vulnerable to predation throughout their slow emergence.  There are literally thousands of different species in different colors and sizes.  While many common chironomid fly patterns can cover multiple species […]

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Fly Fishing Report: April 2019

Spring has most certainly sprung and along with it came one of the nicest Marches I can remember.  Day upon day of T-shirt weather, birds chirping, buds blossoming and lots and lots of sun.  Depending on your choice of fisheries, the weather has been both good and bad.  Lakes are certainly warming, chironomid hatches are […]

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April Fly of the Month: Chum Fry Clouser

For many saltwater fly fishers, the Clouser Minnow is king.  It catches just about everything, is versatile, effective and also easy to tie.  When your fly takes a header into a barnacled beach rock or gets snapped off on the big mystery salmonid that snatched it up and tried to run a quarter mile over […]

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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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