Category Archives: Northwest

More Canned Beer for River Floats

Show up for a float down the river with a six pack of bottled beer and everyone knows right away what you are: A rookie. That’s right. Bottles are kryptonite to a quality float trip because 1) they can break … Continue reading

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Hiking the Cascade Crest Trail—fishing could be next

This would be an epic trip and as a kid growing up in western Washington, I always wanted to take this challenge on. Now, after the book Wild came out and everyone having decided that the CCT is something they … Continue reading

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Climate Change Could Be Good For Dolly Varden

I don’t know how you feel about dolly varden/bull trout, but I like them. Especially when it’s so hard to find steelhead on some of western Washington’s rivers these days. In Alaska, dollies always play as the ugly stepchild to … Continue reading

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The Best Northwest Winter Steelhead Flies

I thought about putting this post together on my own, telling you which are my favorite Northwest winter steelhead flies, but it’s already been done, and done well at that, by the Fly Shop in Welches, Oregon. Most of the … Continue reading

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Welcome to 2015—Another Search for Skagit Steelhead

Ok, technically, I fished western Washington’s Skagit River system on December 29, not on the first day of 2015, but it felt more like an introduction to the new year than a wrap up of the past. That’s because there … Continue reading

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You Write The Caption-4

A few years ago I spent a week on Alaska’s Kanektok River southwest of Bethel, fishing for kings with two handed rods. The kings were sparse to say the least, but we managed one brute, lost another, and still had … Continue reading

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Pure Strain California Goldens

This short video on a goal-oriented fishing trip is the kind of thing I like. Worth it? You be the judge, but I always like to go somewhere for a reason, and golden trout definitely give reason to the adventurous … Continue reading

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Tongass transition out of old-growth logging stalled

As all of you probably know by now, southeast Alaska and the Tongass National Forest are part of my soul. I love the area and hope that all of its best attributes can be protected. Unfortunately, here’s some new words … Continue reading

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Smack That Hatchery Dog

I was checking out my Friday edition of Columbia Basin Bulletin and figured all of you would be interested in this. I’m not a proponent of hatchery fish so you know where I stand on this—smack all of them. From … Continue reading

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New Seattle Fly Shop

If you haven’t heard already, Dave McCoy, owner of Emerald Water Anglers guide service in Seattle, just opened a new fly shop that goes by the same name, and he hopes to give Seattle anglers a new great option to … Continue reading

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