Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Commencement Speech

I don’t know anyone graduating this year from college (or for that matter high school), but given this is the season of commencement speeches, I thought I’d address a few thoughts of my own for the thousands of faceless graduates beginning their new journeys across the land. Graduates, congratulations and…

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Of Secret Beaches and the Value of Privacy

An acquaintance, and patient of my wife, who is becoming a family friend, let us in on a location known to be a great fishing beach. He cautioned us that while “all the guides know about it” it was not widely known; suggesting the guides keep it to themselves. We…

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Posted in Fishing Locations Technique and Tips

Red’s Rendezvous VI

Last Saturday, I attended Red’s Fly Shop Rendezvous VI. The Rendezvous is an annual event sponsored by Red’s at its fly shop and the Canyon River Ranch on the Yakima River. I’ve attended all but one of these events and every year it seems to get bigger and better. The…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Environmental

The Lucky Molecules

Yesterday was Earth Day 2015. It passed, with the expected of flurry of speeches by politicians “demanding action” on climate change – who will now do absolutely nothing to push such action. I expect little from self-serving political cynics such as Obama (co-conspirator with the one percent) and Kerry (member…

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Posted in Environmental Technique and Tips

Fish Fundamentals and Responsible Angling

This spring has been slow in the South Puget Sound for finding Sea-Run Cutthroat (SRC) Trout. Even my nearby beach, which tends to be prolific on an outgoing tide, has been barren this year. The last three times I was there I caught nothing, with not even a hit. I…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Two Reminders for Stopping Tailing Loops

Tailing loops plague most casters at times – generally when dealing with longer casts. Gink and Gasoline have a brief post that reviews the two most common causes of tailing loops: jack-hammer starts and creep. These are two simple things to check when on the water – particularly by stepping…

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Posted in Gear

To Buy a Spey Rod Means Actually Having to Spey (Cast) One

The latest newsletter from the Gorge Fly Shop has a blog post on a recent Farbank (Sage, Rio, Reddington) Spey Day held in Bend, Oregon on March 22nd, 2015. John Garrett, one of their Product Specialists, noted that it’s much easier talking with customers who’ve actually cast a rod than…

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George Cook on Your First Spey Rod

Blake Merwin, owner of Gig Harbor Fly Shop, had a conversation with George Cook – the outstanding Pacific Northwest representative for Sage – about Spey rods. Any discussion about Spey rods and Spey casting can soon sound like a foreign language for single-handed fly casters thinking about picking up two-handed…

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“Radical” Anglers Needed Now

Hatch Magazine posted an open letter to America’s anglers and hunters earlier this month. You can read it here. This is a call to arms, or at least awareness, of the increasing attacks on anglers and hunters by the extraction industries who take exception to any efforts to preserve lands…

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Posted in General Comments

Lefty Kreh – 70 Years of Fishing and Funny as Hell

Lefty Kreh, who turned 90 last month, was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun. As always, he’s humble and very funny. Worth a read to see how he put Ted Williams in his place, snubbed Jimmy Carter, and caught a pterodactyl. Read it here.

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