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A Celebration of American Manufacturing

October 1st is the start of the new fiscal year for many companies as well as the US Government. This year, it is also Manufacturing Day – typically celebrated on the first Friday in October each year. Manufacturing Day was…

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Hazy August Line Testing

August is not always the best month for beach fishing on Puget Sound. The kelp and seaweed in the waters along the beach and near the shore cling to fly lines and flies, meaning many casts fling green stuff into…

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Rethinking Fly Rod Assembly: The Twist is Out

Everyone learns a number of fundamental sills at the very start of his or her journey in fly fishing. These are things like how to assemble the fly rod (most are in four sections); string the fly line through the…

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Patagonia Wader Work Station

Fly fishing at its core is a simple sport. Rod, reel (and if using Tenkara not even a reel), line, leader and fly are all that are needed to begin. Throw in a couple more flies – even though Yvon…

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Orvis Helios 3D Review

Periodically I like to cast fly rods from different rod companies. It provides an opportunity to learn the differences in action and performance between rods of a similar class. That then requires me to adjust my casting stroke to obtain…

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Hooks for Local Saltwater

Justin Waters is a fly-fishing guide on Hood Canal and is the owner of All-Waters Fly Fishing. I met Justin when he worked at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop. I’ve always been grateful to Justin for the information he has…

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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)….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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