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Fly Fishing Report: October 2020

Between the blinding smoke haze and impenetrable fog over the last several weeks it’s been a challenge to see what’s going on out there and in extreme cases, even safely get outside.  Fortunately, there’ve been enough windows open here and there to enjoy a number of fine days on the water as summer passes the […]

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Fly Fishing Report: September 2020

We get the sense that our weird, pandemic summer is winding down.  Despite all the chaos erupting in the world at large, our time on the water has continued to feel about as normal and familiar as anything can be these days.  Slouched on opposite sides of a fire ring, favorite cold beverages in hand, […]

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Fly Fishing Report: August 2020

It was worth the wait.  After a rainy kick off, cool temps and lots of water cascading down our rivers through much of July, we’ve finally gotten a hearty dose of summer here in the Pacific Northwest and it looks like it may be here to stay for a while.  While the pandemic continues to […]

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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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Whidbey Island Beach Coho

It’s time for another installment of local fisheries 101 in the absence of any relevant fishing reports to pass on. I have a lot of seasonal fishing focus ideas floating around in my head at any given point and when it comes time to pluck one from the ether, it can feel a little random. […]

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Fly Fishing Report: December 2019

It’s hard to believe another year has nearly passed us by and we’re winding down into the final few weeks.  There’s still fishing to be had amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday activities.  Fishing isn’t always red hot this time of year, but some pretty decent opportunities remain despite the sometimes crummy weather.  Our […]

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Fly Fishing Report: November 2019

Another year is winding down and our glory months of September and October seemed to race by at breakneck speed, giving way to a cold, but not entirely unpleasant first bit of November.  It’s nice to see the sun still shining and while the rain is probably not far off, we’re doing our best to […]

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Fly Fishing Report: October 2019

I’ve always loved those years when summer seamlessly bleeds into fall.  Lots of lingering sunshine and discernable warmth permeates the heart of the day.  The leaves turn gradually, the breeze is light and occasional and those buckets of rain we all know will come sooner or later seem to take their sweet time.  This doesn’t […]

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October Fly of the Month: Diamond Dog

Fall means a lot of things to a lot of people.  For me it means coho salmon.  One of the things I love about coho is their run diversity on our North Sound rivers.  We have bright coho returning from September well into December and beyond.  Under the right circumstances, they’re aggressive, hard fighting and […]

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Fly Fishing Report: September 2019

September is upon us and with it some cooler weather and wetter skies that for us mark a shift in focus back to our cold water salmonids.  Salmon are making their way through the Puget Sound and into our rivers, bull trout are continuing their upstream journeys to stage below their spawning tributaries, bugs are […]

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