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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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June Fly of the Month: Jig CDC Flashback Pheasant Tail

The old Pheasant Tail nymph has been catching fish for as long as I’ve been fishing and well before my time on this planet.  It’ll imitate all sorts of bugs from Pale Morning Duns to Blue Winged Olive mayflies, as well as bigger drakes and even damsel nymphs in larger sizes.  Converting timeless classics to […]

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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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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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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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