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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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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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Steelhead: As Hatchery Fish Go Up, Wild Fish Go Down

I came across an article about a presentation last December by Dylan Tolmie, sponsored by Emerald Water Anglers, about the threat posed to wild steelhead by hatchery steelhead. Dylan Tolmie is an environmentalist, Patagonia sponsored athlete, and former guide, who lives north of here on Bainbridge Island. There’s been a…

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