Posted in Environmental Technique and Tips

Stream Temperatures That Kill Fish

Increasing summer stream temperatures reflect the impacts of climate change.  While we may choose to fish or not fish during the warm summer months, including being regulated by “hoot owl” restrictions imposed by fisheries managers, the fish have no choice but to swim in those warm streams. We should all…

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Posted in Gear Technique and Tips

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 guides after rod assembly; tying on a fly, basic knots,…

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Better Casting Leads to More Privacy

No fly fisher goes looking for crowds, at least none I’ve met. One of the attractions of the sport is finding a stream or beach where no one else is in the vicinity. A place where the casting and fishing is only a part, even if the greatest part, of…

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Fly Tying Tips

For some people, tying flies has become an end in itself. They spend hours year-round, developing and tying new flies – some without actually fishing them. As I’ve related in the past, the best fly tyers are artists, tying flies of incredible beauty and complexity. I’m more of an ad…

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Improving Fly Casting Accuracy

Fly casting is a good deal like golfing.  Well, at least in the sense of the importance of the strokes (single unbroken movement) each sport uses.  And for each, anyone observing the fly caster or golfer judges their competence by the way they make those strokes. For fly casting, there…

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Sorting Marabou

Marabou is a feather used in fly-tying. Primarily used as wings or tails – and around here it’s the most common tail for saltwater streamers , its soft consistency gives it lifelike movement when the fly is retrieved through the water. Marabou originally came from an African stork of the…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Technique and Tips

Form in Fly Casting and Life

I work out at the local YMCA four times per week. Two of the days I do TRX. TRX, which is a suspension trainer, looks to be a simple and straightforward apparatus for exercise. However, as I caution students when I’m instructing (I’m on the volunteer staff), it is a…

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Wisdom of the Guides

The path toward competence in fly fishing – or any craft requiring knowledge and skills, is helped along by mentors, individuals acknowledged for their mastery of the subject and their ability to teach others. In fly fishing, these individuals are primarily guides and casting instructors. Joe Rotter, one of the…

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Storage Organization for Fly Tying

This year I was determined to get back to tying my own flies for Puget Sound fishing – for both searun cutthroat trout and Coho salmon. In particular, I wanted to expand beyond variations of Clouser minnows. And that meant buying more tying materials, including feathers and hairs from various…

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Posted in Fishing Locations Technique and Tips

Spring Creeks by Mike Lawson

Fly fishing in Puget Sound for sea run cutthroat trout and coho salmon means the typical fly is a baitfish or crustacean pattern – think Clousers, Deceivers, and the like. And most of the casting is blind casting surface or sub surface patterns where presentation isn’t always essential. As a…

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