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June Fly of the Month: P9 From Outer Space Bass Worm

I’ve long had an affinity for bass worm patterns.  Watching gear anglers toss Senkos into mats of vegetation and tangles of wood, heaving out bragging sized largemouth gets my blood pumping.  Why not do the same with a fly?  I’ve tied a lot of different variations of bass worm patterns over the years, some with […]

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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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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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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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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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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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November Fly of the Month: Rubber Legged Christmas Island Special

Fall and winter are great times to think about going somewhere the weather isn’t totally lousy and fishing for cool species we don’t get to experience around these parts. Bonefish are an incredible fly rod quarry. You’re targeting sighted fish that often demand your farthest and most delicate presentation and get to watch the whole […]

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September Fly of the Month: Peter Parker Cutty Spider

Spiders and sea run cutthroat go together like bread and butter, wine and cheese, beer and a big bag of Cheetos. This fly is inspired by the many great spider type flies that came before it, from Al Knudsen’s Spider, to Walt Johnson’s Spectral Spider and of course, Mike Kinney’s Reverse Hackle Spider. Yellow and […]

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August Fly of the Month: Coho Sandlance

Pacific Sand Lance are prevalent throughout much of Puget Sound and make up a popular menu item for our saltwater coho salmon and cutthroat trout throughout the late spring and summer. Sand Lance are slender, quite eel-like in appearance and snake through the water in sizeable schools. Predominantly hues of silver, olive and grays to […]

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July Fly of the Month: Wounded Sculpin

Solitude’s Wounded Sculpin is a pretty simple pattern and a little baby sibling to larger streamers like the Zonker. Though sculpin come in a variety of sizes big and small in streams throughout the US, it stands to reason that trout get the opportunity to see and eat more small ones that big ones in […]

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