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July Fly of the Month: Crazy Dad

On those sticky hot July evenings, one of my favorite ways to cool off is by donning swim trunks and fins and kicking around Lake Whatcom in my float tube or pontoon boat. The surface temps are typically in the high 60’s or low 70’s and it’s a pretty comfortable and relaxing way to whittle […]

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June Fly of the Month: Pink Tag

Addison tied and gave me one of these a few months back along with a picture of an absolute goliath whitefish he caught on it this winter. It’s a lot like the Blow Torch pattern. Always on the hunt for new additions to the nymph box, I tied up several and have given them a […]

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May Fly of the Month: Film Star

One autumn evening on Grandy Lake, the trout were going nuts on small emerging chironomids in the surface film. The lake was awash in boils and bulges from feeding trout that would not give a second glance to a small dry fly or anything largely sitting atop the wind rippled surface of the water. A […]

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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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