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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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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March Fly of the Month: Chum Baby

With the first signals of Spring, juvenile salmon begin to emerge from the rivers around the west coast after a long, cold winter developing beneath the gravel of a stream bottom. While the emergence timing of fry varies greatly depending on species and water temperature, they will be present in many places over the next […]

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February Fly of the Month: The Play Maker

The Play Maker has become the model for one of my favorite winter steelhead flies in relatively low clear water conditions. It sinks readily and quickly and remains seductively swimmy. When the water is higher and off color, I generally fish larger unweighted or lightly weighted flies along the near-shore seems where steelhead can still […]

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January Fly of the Month: Bonefish Scampi

Henry Cowen’s Bonefish Scampi has long been a favorite flats pattern and holds a permanent spot in my bonefish box. It’s got a ton of inherent movement whether you’re actively retrieving it or just waiting for the big flats ghost to move a little closer for better inspection. Like most bonefish flies, it’s fairly durable, […]

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December Fly of the Month: Slush Egg

People have mixed opinions about fishing egg patterns. Whatever your stance, make no mistake that you are truly matching the hatch in late fall and winter when the rivers are full of spawning salmon dropping eggs left and right. In our nutrient poor rivers west of the Cascades, the egg is the aquatic equivalent of […]

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November Fly of the Month: Black Sparkle Bugger

This is a bug that spends an inordinate amount of time on the end of my tippet this time of year. It’s a winner in the rivers for sea run cutthroat when fished around the wood piles and snags and if the water is relatively clear, coho salmon can’t seem to resist it either. It’s […]

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October Fly of the Month: Pumpkinhead Booby

Boobies are no doubt a weird fly. I don’t know what they necessarily imitate, if anything, or why they work. I just know that I’ve experienced many days when they seem to catch fish to the exclusion of just about anything else. Between the buoyant foam eyes and the typically densely wrapped body, they tend […]

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September Fly of the Month: October Chubby

When I was a kid we used to collect periwinkles in the Cedar River and watch them crawl around in the bottom of a yogurt container. These critters fascinated me with their carefully crafted stone cases and little heads and legs that would cautiously emerge from their mobile homes and lumber around. As I learned […]

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August Fly of the Month: Just Another Humpy Fly

This one’s somewhat of a Comet style fly, not unlike the old Pink Floozie but is quick to tie and hyper effective for pink salmon wherever they swim. We tie a version with small lead eyes and a little lighter one with large bead chain and sometimes vary the colors from a fluorescent hot pink […]

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