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Fly Fishing Report: April 2021

I think it’s spring but I’m not completely sure. Some days the sun is shining and the magnetic pull to the lake is undeniably strong. I launch my float tube, gliding smoothly across the reflective flat waters of the pond. Trout are rising just a few short kicks away. I’ve been waiting all winter for […]

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April Fly of the Month: Olive Willy

The Olive Willy has been a staple in my stillwater box for nearing a few decades now. This little wunderkind was developed by Allen Peterson of Swede’s Fly Shop many moons ago and continues to produce throughout the northwest open water season. Being the opportunists they are when it comes to sucking down a meal, […]

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Fly Fishing Report: March 2021

I dare say that spring is in the air. The thermometer in my Subaru registered 52 degrees the other day and it felt downright tropical outside compared to the 30’s and 40’s we’ve been suffering through for the last several weeks. With the warming weather we’re seeing more active steelhead in the Skagit and Sauk, […]

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Fly Fishing Report: November 2020

Here we are on election day, something we’ve either been waiting on all year or silently dreading.  I imagine for many folks it’s a mixture of both.  2020 has been a challenging time for too many people and I think most of the world will be content to see it behind us.  There’s a vast […]

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The Complete Guide to Successful Chironomid Fishing by Jerry Buron

I had the pleasure of re-acquainting myself with Jerry Buron a couple of weeks ago when he stopped by the Confluence.  Jerry is a longtime member of the Evergreen Fly Club and very accomplished stillwater fisherman.  I’d seen Jerry give a couple of presentations to the Fourth Corner Fly Fishers several years ago and was […]

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Fly Fishing Report: July 2020

Well, we’ve blazed past the summer solstice and are a few weeks into summer.  At least that’s what the calendar tells us.  You wouldn’t necessarily know that by looking outside.  I can only hope the cool weather and extra rain we’re getting now will prolong some of our fisheries during the hotter months of summer.  […]

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Fly Fishing Report: June 2020

Fishing has been fantastic for the most part, though just being outdoors, bobbing on the water in a float tube and free from the confines of quarantine life is as fine a measure of success as one could possibly hope for.  It is a chance to break away, take a deep breath and rejuvenate before […]

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Fly Fishing Report: May 2020

I feel like we’re all now pretty well entrenched in the craziest of times.  The world is a far different place from the one we left in February.  Our hearts go out to all who have been touched by this terrible virus and all who are struggling to deal with the many hardships that continue […]

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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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