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Fishing Report: December 2016

After a soggy start to November, we finished out the month with some cooler, drier climes, bringing most of our rivers into fishable shape. Like eagles on a fresh chum carcass, we flocked to the water to see what was out there and have been finding lots of chum salmon, bull trout and even some […]

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Fishing Report: November 2016

Rain, rain go away, come again some other day. After the wettest October on record, we are still wringing out our clothing, drip drying waders and Gore-tex jackets and laying out drenched flies in heated rooms to stave the onset of rust. Most of our rivers are beyond full, easing toward fishable for a few […]

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Fishing Report: October 2016

There we were, tromping through the knee-high mud of the spongy Southeast Alaskan muskeg on our way to the next coho slough just a few miles from the sea. The fish were pulsing in with each high tide, bright and full of vigor, swarming in waves amidst the deep, crimson-bodied warriors that had been ripening […]

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October Fly Pattern of the Month: Egg Sucking Diva

I’ve always had a penchant for egg sucking patterns in the fall and winter for salmon and steelhead. Perhaps it’s the millions of dislodged salmon eggs loosely drifting in the current that trigger a latent feeding response from the early days of chowing on this protein conveyer belt. Perhaps it’s the sharp color contrast or […]

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Fishing Report: September 2016

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness….” ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities […]

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Fly Pattern of the Month: November 2015

The Manhatten Beach is patterned after the Alaskabou series of salmon and steelhead flies developed by George Cook while guiding in Alaska during the 80’s. It is a style of fly, more so than a specific pattern and the color schemes and variations are nearly endless. November is traditionally chum salmon month around the Northwest […]

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Alaska Coho Extravaganza

I recently returned from an unforgettable fishing experience in the boundless muskegs of Southeast Alaska. While late September weather in the North Country can be fierce and unforgiving, we found temperate skies, unseasonably clear waters and hillsides ablaze in spectacular fall colors. The cold and rain abated until our last day and we spent hour […]

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Topwater Coho

We’ve been having too much fun with coho on the fly in Puget Sound lately. Check out this great topwater coho video put together by Colin Flanagan with Flanagan Fly Fishing and Clint Avery, featuring Confluence Fly Shop owner and hand model Scott Willison.

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