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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Posted in Gear

Gink & Gasonline: Giving Scott Some Love

Gink & Gasoline has praise for Scott Fly Rods – discussing the new Scott Tidal and the Bamboo SC rods in a video interview with Jim Bartschi, Scott Fly Rods President and their chief designer. I’ve cast the Tidal on the lawn – very smooth and easy casting. I’m still…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Yvon Chouinard: Finding Perfection in Fly Fishing through Simplicity

The latest issue of the Big Sky Journal has an interview with Yvon Chouinard. The focus on the interview is on Tenkara fishing and finding simplicity in fly-fishing. Read any of what he’s written or said, and it always comes down to the guiding principle for Patagonia from Antoine de…

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Posted in Environmental

Steelhead: As Hatchery Fish Go Up, Wild Fish Go Down

I came across an article about a presentation last December by Dylan Tolmie, sponsored by Emerald Water Anglers, about the threat posed to wild steelhead by hatchery steelhead. Dylan Tolmie is an environmentalist, Patagonia sponsored athlete, and former guide, who lives north of here on Bainbridge Island. There’s been a…

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Posted in General Comments Industry News and Rumors

How Fly Shops Price Gear

MidCurrent had a short article on how gear prices are set in fly shops. Except for a brief discussion on markup, most of the article focuses on the reasons for the lack of flexibility in retail pricing. That basically comes down to maintaining brand reputation and protecting fly shops from…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Resolutions

Early January of every year brings the human interest story on New Year resolutions by bright-eyed but seemingly empty headed talking heads on local television news. This year was somewhat more muted but present nonetheless. Perhaps, real news, or more likely sports reporting, crowded it out – as was certainly…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Northwest Steelhead Primer

Leland Miyawaki, former Fishing Manager of Orvis Bellevue, has written a terrific piece on Northwest Steelhead. Leland discusses how Northwest steelhead are categorized by the years they spend in the ocean before returning to spawn and what gear is needed for each year group. He also discusses fishing tactics and…

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Posted in Environmental

Hood Canal Bridge: A Steelhead Deathtrap

The Hood Canal Bridge connects the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas in Washington state. It is the world’s longest floating bridge that exists in a saltwater tidal basin (7,869 feet in length). A vital link between those peninsulas, daily traffic flow is over 16,000 vehicles daily. Made up primarily of pontoons,…

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Chasing Salmon

This is our second autumn on the west side of Puget Sound and after only focusing on SRC and resident Coho last year, this is the year I’d go after the migrating Coho (pinks will be next year). First time out I went down to the Narrows on a cloudy…

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