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Commando and Coho

I went to Narrows Park today, hitting the beach at the tidal change on the ebb. I had two goals in mind. The first was to test out the new integrated Commando Smooth line from Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics (OPST). The second was to see if I could entice a…

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The Kelp of August

Fly fishing in Puget Sound in August often means high temperatures (as has been true the past weeks) and hazy skies from distant forest fires (as was true last year). But there is another consistent issue in parts of Puget Sound in August and that is the kelp forests that…

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EWA Fly Fest

Last Saturday I drove to Me-Kwa-Mooks Park in West Seattle for the Emerald Water Anglers (EWA) Fly Fest. This was the first time I’ve attended – and wound up driving as waiting for the ferry up in Port Orchard would have taken longer than driving. Me-Kwa-Mooks, meaning “shaped like a…

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Thomas & Thomas Avantt – First Fishing Report

I’ve been fishing the Avantt on local beaches over the last month and I wanted to provide a first report on actually fishing the rod. I knew this was a phenomenal rod from the casting I did at Emerald Water Anglers and in my extended casting in my backyard (read…

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Choosing the Right Tippet

Rio has a new video on choosing tippet material. This is an interesting video in that it shows how different materials and stiffness affect breaking strength. In addition, Simon Gawesworth provides recommendations on which leader/tippet combination is best for which use. You can see the video here.

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Fly Line AFTMA Standard Explained

Fly lines are one of the biggest sources of confusion and debate in fly fishing. Confusion is not just limited to beginners. Walk into any fly shop and there can be a bewildering number of choices. Fly fishing forums often have lengthy debates on various lines and arguments about one-half…

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Thomas and Thomas Avantt – Backyard Casting Review

As might have been expected from my last post on the Thomas and Thomas (T&T) Avantt, I ordered one in six-weight with fighting butt and aluminum reel seat. Once I got it from Emerald Water Anglers (EWA), I looked over the rod and saw the fit and finish was even…

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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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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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A Tatoo Remembrance and A Class Act

People get tattoos for any number of reasons, too many perhaps to articulate or even understand. As someone who has no tattoos and has no plan to get one, there is at least one purpose for a tattoo that I can understand – and that is for remembrance. I came…

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