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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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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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Reds Rendezvous 2017

Yesterday we made the long drive over to Ellensburg for the eight annual rendezvous on the Yakima River held at the Canyon River Ranch and conducted by Reds Fly Shop. For those who’ve not been over there, both are collocated in the heart of the Yakima River Canyon – a…

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Don’t Tread on the Redd

Headhunters Fly Shop in Craig Montana has an excellent post today related to recognizing and protecting trout redds. A redd is a spawning nest cleared in gravel by the female salmonid (salmon, steelhead, trout). The female forms several depressions in the gravel forming egg pockets into which she deposits her…

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Fly Fishing The Greater Yellowstone: Lessons Learned

Any experience, or set of experiences, in life will result in memories; hopefully more good than bad. But experience without an opportunity to learn from that experience means Travel, and most life experiences for that matter, result in memories – hopefully more good than bad. In addition, if we pay…

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Ten Seconds for Survival

The Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife News Bulletin reports that a new study adds to the increasing literature on the fish mortality caused by catch and release practices. The study adds recommendations to further ensure we as fly fishers are not contributing to delayed mortality of the fish we target….

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“Learning from the Water” by Rene Harrop

January can be a challenge for many fly fishers across the northern latitudes. Bitterly cold air, numbing water temperatures, shorter hours of daylight, and languid fish holding in deep pools mean few to no days on the water. With the exception of winter steelheaders, fly fishing for most in January…

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Wading Fly Fisher Dies on Cowlitz River

Tragically, a man from Gig Harbor was killed Tuesday while fly fishing on the Cowlitz River near Toledo Washington. He apparently slipped in the current while wading. He was unconscious when rescued and CPR was started immediately. He was then transported to an Olympia hospital. Unfortunately, the man died about…

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Avoiding Fly Line Spaghetti

Among the biggest frustrations for fly fishers, common across all skill levels, is the coiled mass of fly line or running line that presents itself at the most inopportune time. Whether its the rising trout, jumping salmon, or tailing bonefish, the time comes for a critical shot and your cast…

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