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April Fly of the Month: Olive Willy

The Olive Willy has been a staple in my stillwater box for nearing a few decades now. This little wunderkind was developed by Allen Peterson of Swede’s Fly Shop many moons ago and continues to produce throughout the northwest open water season. Being the opportunists they are when it comes to sucking down a meal, […]

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March Fly of the Month: Go To Bunny Leech

As much as I really enjoy the art of tying complex Intruder Style flies and getting all fancy with materials that include the name lady and cost a pretty penny, there’s something to be said for the blue-collar patterns that are quick and relatively inexpensive to tie. I’ve been tying some version of this critter […]

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February Fly of the Month: Hall Pass

Minnows represent a significant portion of the trout’s diet in Pass Lake near Deception Pass, particularly at times of the year when chironomids and other staple insects are much less abundant such as during the fall, winter and early spring. Sometimes when big rainbows and browns key on minnows in the shallows the action can […]

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January Fly of the Month: June Bug Nymph

I’ve admittedly become a euro nymphing addict over the last year. It’s super fun, requires high levels of concentration so you don’t have time to think bad thoughts and it flat out catches a lot of fish. The one downside, if there is one, is that you have the potential to go through a few […]

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December Fly of the Month: Polar Llama

The Dali Llama is one of those streamers you can just look at and immediately recognize that it’s going to catch fish.  Rabbit, flash, a sharp stinger hook and a big old weighted nose to drop it deep into the zone as it’s screaming, “Eat me! Eat me!”  If you spend much time around the […]

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November Fly of the Month: Twitch Magnet

I love fishing for big aggressive late season coho from Alaska to Washington.  You never know quite what to expect.  Sometimes the takes are subtle like a gentle pluck, sometimes you get the rod-wrenching grab and a thick slab of a fish erupting downriver intent on returning to sea.  Whatever the case, coho do seem […]

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October Fly of the Month: Bubblicious Worm

When I was a kid, I remember stuffing a full pack of Bubblicious gum into my mouth and chewing away blissfully until my jaw hurt.  The Bubblicious Worm seems to have much the same effect on trout, often in situations where you wouldn’t expect it to.  I always like to have a selection of San […]

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August Fly of the Month: Green Wired Soft Hackle

There’s something magical about swinging a fly.  It’s relaxing for one.  In not having to fixate on your bug and watch for a visual or a strike indicator taking a plunge, your eyes are free to wander into the hillsides and surrounding forest.  You never know, this might be the moment you finally spot a […]

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August Fly of the Month: Composite Coho Squid

Here they come, scores of ocean bright coho funneling in from the Strait and finning on by your favorite west Whidbey beach along their journey home, stopping to feed here and there.  We love the cool mornings and evenings of late August and September along the rocky beaches, the sticky salt smell in the air, […]

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July Fly of the Month: Easy Double Barrel Bass Popper

As summer progresses in much of the country, many of our favorite trout lakes get too darn hot to responsibly fish until the water cools off again in the fall.  Largemouth bass and other spiny rays are much better suited to this tepid environment and are often at the peak of their activity in July […]

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