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May Fly of the Month: Laser Leech

This is hands down my all around favorite stillwater leech pattern.  I’ve always done well with shades of black and maroon or burgundy, tying Simi Seal, Angora or Mohair Plus bodied leeches.  These long, coarse dubbing blends make great flowing leech bodies, however the rough fibers in the dubbing never quite move in the water […]

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May Fly of the Month: Blue Chromie Chironomid

For all the thousands of different chironomid species found in lakes throughout the western US and Canada, there are many more times the number of patterns to imitate them.  Beyond the various colors in the naturals you’ll find on the lake, consider the same chironomid can take on a completely different look at various depths, […]

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May Fly of the Month: Bespeckled Bluegill Bully

Panfish flies are generally quick and simple to tie, making them prime candidates to throw into the lily pads and woody tangles of structure where you’ll often find schools of bluegill, pumpkinseed, crappie and other sunfish.  The Bluegill Bully is a modern classic, using few, but important ingredients.  Panfish love rubber legs and flies with […]

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March Fly of the Month: 11 Steelhead Tube

Brian Silvey’s Tandem Tube steelhead fly might be my favorite all time workhorse winter steelhead pattern out of a great big line of options. Sure, I’ll tie Speys, Marabous, Intruders and fancy Prawn patterns with eyes and love them all, but when the clock is ticking, the river is in and you’ve got a trip […]

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February Fly of the Month: Squid Pro Quo

The Intruder as a style of fly gets horribly misused these days and has been applied to everything from marabou spiders to long and lanky string leeches. Intruders typically have two stages, each with a profile bump to support a bunch of softer materials like ostrich, separated by a skinny mid-section, usually tinsel or diamond […]

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January Fly of the Month: SPT (Suskwa Poacher Tube)

Once you’ve been fly fishing for steelhead for a spell, you end up with a short list of confidence flies. Despite the insatiable need to continually create the next best thing in steelhead snacks, there remain a few patterns that you always seem to reach for. Maybe you’ve caught a lot of fish on them, […]

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December Fly of the Month: The Flesh Tuxedo

I’ve known about flesh flies for a long time.  They always seemed like an Alaska phenomenon to me and indeed I’ve witnessed trout and char pick a freshly filleted coho carcass clean off the bottom of a clear southeast Alaskan creek.  It’s carvnivory in its rawest form.  I don’t know that North Sound bull trout […]

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Confluence Open Tying Night at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen (Bellingham)

Fall is in the air and with it comes our open tying sessions around town. If you missed our last one at Brandywine we have another coming up at Chuckanut North in the large back room. We’ll bring extension cords and a power strip, bringing a light of some sort is recommended if you’re going […]

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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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Confluence Tying Night at Brandywine Kitchen

Fall is in the air and with it comes our open tying sessions around town. We’re starting this season at one of our favorite establishments, the upstairs mezzanine at Brandywine Kitchen. Good food, good brews and good times with lots of space to work with. Bring your tying stuff and tie what you like or […]

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