Posted in Fishing Locations

Red’s Rendezvous V

Yesterday we drove over to Ellensburg for Red’s Rendezvous V.  Sponsored by Red’s Fly Shop, and held at the fly shop and Canyon River Ranch on the banks of the Yakima River, this annual gathering provides instruction, casting competition, the IF4 fly fishing film festival, and presentations on trips and…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Tweeting Your Facebook: Losing Fly Fishing Tribal Knowledge

As I started my journey into fly-fishing, one of the things I starting finding was the large number of online forums related to fly-fishing: regional focus, gear-specific, general, and so on. Most were terrific sources of information. Whether they were casting problems, gear questions, best places to go, stream reports,…

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Posted in Gear

A Question of Balance: The Rod’s Butt Section

Beginners to fly fishing read, or are told, that a rod and reel should be a balanced outfit. That is further amplified by the instruction that each should be of the same weight – so a reel made for an X weight line should be used with a rod built…

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Posted in Gear

The Alchemy of Fly Rods and Fly Lines: Rethinking the BIII-SX

I’ve been out in my backyard over the last few days to do some practice casting and continue my evaluation of a few fly lines. It’s been sunny and relatively warm (high 50s), something that’s not going to last, with rain and wind coming tomorrow. This time out has reminded…

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Posted in General Comments

Buy American Makes Sense for Fly Fishing Gear

There are a number of reasons to buy from American companies, and by American companies I mean smaller companies that employ American workers. I like to support businesses that contribute to their local economies by providing good wages (as relative as that term is) to both skilled and unskilled workers….

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Posted in Gear

Lawn Casting the Scott Radian

I had an opportunity to take a 9’ 6” 6-weight Scott Radian out for a bit of lawn casting. Based on the buzz I’d read about it being a “fast rod with feel”, I had high expectations for it. After approximately one hour of casting, I thought it was a…

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Posted in Gear

Oasis “Lazy Susan” Fly Tying Organizer

After I took an introductory class on fly tying at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop, purchasing fly tying materials and tools became the obsession. It became almost immediately clear there would be a need to find someplace to put “stuff”, to borrow the metaphor from George Carlin’s brilliant comic routine….

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Posted in Environmental

Orvis and Trout Unlimited Partner to Repair Culverts

Many years ago, I was in graduate school, studying water resources (Department of Civil Engineering, Oregon State University). Not having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I wasn’t familiar with the problems of migratory fish – specifically, salmon. A lot of research was going on regarding fish ladders and ways…

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Posted in Environmental Technique and Tips

Killing Trout for the Hero Shot

Look at the majority of fishing (fly or not) magazines and web sites, and there’s typically a photo of someone holding a recently caught fish. You know the photo – the one with the smiling person proudly holding the sought after fish. It’s understandable to some degree – it’s about…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Fly Tying 101

A year ago I got a small fly tying kit as a 2012 Christmas gift. That should have been the impetus to take a class. But other events, the decision to move to Gig Harbor, and all that came after that put fly tying off in favor of moving and…

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