Posted in Technique and Tips

Storage Organization for Fly Tying

This year I was determined to get back to tying my own flies for Puget Sound fishing – for both searun cutthroat trout and Coho salmon. In particular, I wanted to expand beyond variations of Clouser minnows. And that meant buying more tying materials, including feathers and hairs from various…

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Posted in Environmental

Saving the Heron Forest

There is a 2.2 acre tract of woods at the foot of Olympic Drive in Gig Harbor, across from the Tides Tavern, that has been home to a heron rookery and the occasional homeless person. The State of Washington designated the forested tract as a nesting area for great blue…

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Posted in Gear

Thomas and Thomas Avantt – Shop Casting Review

I had been looking for a special fly rod for the last year. My medical adventure of late 2016 through early 2017 provided me with a good amount of time to think about what’s important in life. I came to the conclusion, as Thoreau wrote in Walden and Other Writings,…

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Posted in Industry News and Rumors

Lefty Kreh, Tight Lines and Fair Winds

I read that Lefty Kreh died today, March 14th, 2018 at the age of 93. Lefty lived a remarkable life – from combat veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, to tropical saltwater fly fisherman, to an innovative instructor who taught countless numbers how to fly cast. I only knew…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Environmental Gear

Day Zero and Hook Choices

Look at the two hooks above. The top one is a TMC800s; the one below is a Daichi X452. They are both excellent size-six saltwater hooks. If it’s not clear from the photograph, the TMC is a thicker-wire hook than than the Daichi. Now, which one should you use? The…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Reflections on a Ferry Ride

I drove to a fly shop in West Seattle to test a fly rod a few days ago – more on that in a future post. After leaving the shop, I turned on the navigation system in my Outback to give me the route home – hopefully to avoid the…

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