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July Fly of the Month: Sculpito Loco

I remember the bulky fly vest, brimming with boxes of this bug and that, sagging with the weight of everything under the sun.  Then I got caught up in swinging streamers and foregoing numbers of willing bug-eating trout for a few really nice ones accompanied by that unforgettable tug that most dedicated streamer swingers grow to […]

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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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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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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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Confluence Tying Night at Kulshan Brewing

Fall is in the air. Days are shorter, nights are cooler which mostly boils down to a few more hours at the tying bench with a favorite beverage within arm’s reach. Join the Confluence Fly Shop for our next open tying night of the 2018-2019 fall and winter season. Good food, good beer, good company […]

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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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October Fly of the Month: Gold Bead Rolled Muddler

The Muddler Minnow has for many years possessed a supernatural fish-catching ability for all sorts of species. My love affair with the Muddler has introduced me to scads of big-shouldered river dwelling trout over several decades, swinging that thing on a sink tip or dry line. It is a “go to” streamer in the choppy […]

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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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