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Past Stories

‘Fly Fishing’ Articles

Top Gear for Sea-run Cutthroat fishing

Most adult sea-run cutthroats are under 20-inches in length and another over 12 inches is considered a good-sized fish.  But they can fight hard, and heavy tidal currents add to the fight. You may also be battling winds while trying to cast so the recommended gear is a 6-weight fly rod with heavy (2x or [Continued...]

Fly a seaplane to Alaskan-style angling on Puget Sound

Fly a seaplane to Alaskan-style angling on Puget Sound

Note: This story was published in the Seattle Times on Thursday, April 10, 2014 The drone of a seaplane’s engine spinning up told the anglers inside that they would soon be standing on a small island in a saltwater sea, casting flies to native fish. The scene, common to anglers visiting Alaska, [Continued...]

Gift guide for fly fishers

Gift guide for fly fishers

When considering gifts for anglers, unlimited choices await you. There’s no such thing as an angler with too many fly rods, flies, or fishing gadgets. With that in mind, we’ve found a few things sure to please any angler this holiday season. [Continued...]

Autumn Angling on the Yakima River and an alpine lake

Autumn Angling on the Yakima River and an alpine lake

Getting an early jump on the weekend, Donna and I enjoyed a great day fishing the Yakima, floating from the put-in at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife launch east of Cle Elum (a.k.a. “State”) to the take-out at Bristol. Big, orange October caddis were in the air, and we had several fish to [Continued...]

Gender Roles in the River

Gender Roles in the River

Yes, most of the fly fishers today are men. But that can change. One of the best ways to implement meaningful change is through mentoring and sharing of information. Women who fish must be leaders in this by telling their stories, sharing their experiences, and encouraging other women to get out and join them in the river. And men must not only accept women into the sport, we need to encourage them to join us. [Continued...]

Redington casts to a new class of anglers

Redington casts to a new class of anglers

The latest fly rod from Redington has the performance to please the most seasoned fly fisher with a look that will appeal to the youngest generation of anglers. The Vapen’s new graphite construction, a propriety technology dubbed XWrap, alternates the wrapping direction of two layers of graphite to create a rod with an impressive degree [Continued...]

Sage Circa: A dry fly dream-caster

Sage Circa: A dry fly dream-caster

The era of fast action fly rods really began with Sage some 25 years ago. Now, the company has launched a new era of slower but incredibly accurate rods. The Sage Circa sets a new rhythm for fly casters. Since the mid-1980s, the Bainbridge Island company has moved the world for fly fishing progressively forward [Continued...]

Stick it! Fikkes Fly Hiker let you cast away your trekking pole

Stick it!  Fikkes Fly Hiker let you cast away your trekking pole

 When gearing up for a hiking adventure, savvy backpackers know that finding gear that does double duty helps trim off a lot of pack weight. A great new brand from Washington state took that idea and created a brilliant new two-in-one product for hikers who like to enjoy angling during their adventures. The Fikkes Fly [Continued...]

Creek Company Voyager: A portable boat for avid anglers

Creek Company Voyager: A portable boat for avid anglers

Bank anglers frequently envy the ability of boaters to cover more water during their angling adventures. But they never envy them the hassle of having to trailer and tow those vessels to and from the lakes and rivers. Personal-sized water craft make it possible for those of us who primarily wade-fish to get out on [Continued...]

Clearwater Cutthroat

Clearwater Cutthroat

A couple of the Nelson brothers try to gather annually far up the North Fork Clearwater valley for a week of camping, fishing and catching up. This year, our folks joined Jim, Donna and me for the first few days before they had to depart suddenly when mom decided she wanted a root canal procedure [Continued...]

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