Another Yak float.

Fly fishing the Yakima River is such a standard activity for any fly angler living in Seattle. The caddis were abundant and the small cutthroat trout eagerly try to devour anything floating over their head. Derek, Jason, and I spent a hot day floating downstream occasionally catching fish and mostly solving life’s problems. It was what a good day of fishing should consist of.

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1300 miles in the Northwest.

 

Nursing school starts in a couple of weeks. (I am only mildly freaking out.) We needed one last vacation before things get serious. We packed up the car and headed East.

Lando and I enjoying tea at our campsite in Idaho. The Lochsa River was only steps from the tent.Screen shot 2013-09-10 at 9.30.48 AMAmanda slaying cutties in the rain.photo 2 We stopped in Walla Walla on the way. We heard the fruit is delectable.
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Amanda even let me catch a couple of fish. This was one of my favorites. He took a Rory made fly after a long cast.photo 1There was more than just fish when we made it to Missoula.IMG_20130906_164301_052 Amanda with her humpy.IMG_2743

Small stream fishing near Seattle, Washington.

We hit the Teanaway again. This time I brought a new crew of hooligans. Dan caught his first fish on a fly rod and as we explored more, we found water that looked more familiar and produced a lot more fish. This is a great place to wade for novice fly anglers and people looking to explore the beauty of the mountains without traveling far from Seattle.Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 11.27.28 PM Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 11.27.08 PM Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 11.27.19 PM

The next week (or something like that) I revisited Gold Pan Creek. The flows seemed lower than last year, but summer seemed to have started earlier this year and a little more earnestly. It was 80 degrees in May in 2013!

There were lots of small eager trout (a common theme in Western Washington), but no elusive Bull Trout that I keep hoping for. Of course, I have not specifically targeted them yet either.

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Hancock Tree Farm

One supposed to be sunny day, I headed to my version of a country club. I pay an annual fee and get acces to a 100,000 acre tree farm. The logging roads that scar the area give me access to water that nobody else visits. Well, I rarely see anyone else.
IMG_3168 The road ends, there is no cell phone reception and the maps are often outdated with roads washed out unexpectedly. However, with the current high flows, one can often hear the water from the road. You just have to get through what is left of the forest. Step one is to find the edge of the forest.IMG_3169The next step is to try and find small trails through these ferns and downed trees.

 

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When you make it through the ferns and forest you might arrive at a spot that looks perfect for anglers. I arrived sweating, tired, not very hopeful. However, a few casts later and I told Lando that it was all worth it.
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As the rivers continue to drop, this place will simply get better and better. My go to fly is a #10 yellow stimulator. I may tie some tomorrow morning and hit this spot again!

Fishing week!

Fishing 5 days a week is fantastic. Especially when it is 5 different environments. This is Kopachuck at low tide fishing for sea run cutthroat trout. That little speck in the water is my buddy James. He took my canoe over to that island in the distance and allegedly caught a big one on his first cast.Screen shot 2013-06-07 at 10.17.13 AM I also got to float the Snoqualmie with Derek and Skip. It was a great day of discussing what is important in life.Screen shot 2013-06-07 at 10.17.21 AM Derek let loose a little secret about the “Upper Deck”. Not the kind where you poop in the reservoir of a toilet. But this place was a beautiful place to fish with nobody around.Screen shot 2013-06-07 at 10.17.48 AM I even got a little bit of steelheading in with a couple of guys from the shop.Screen shot 2013-06-07 at 10.17.31 AM Screen shot 2013-06-07 at 10.17.00 AM5 of 5 will be after work today. It is light until past 9pm these days so us fishing junkies can still scratch the itch after work. We are also putting together an online magazine that will be released soon!

Rattlesnake Lake

Jason and I hit Rattlesnake Lake on a beautiful morning to see if the new carping pole would work. This summer, it is on! Poling around mud flats while sweating and being eaten by mosquitos sounds fantastic right about now.

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 10.12.41 AMThere are many trees that used to grow tall until we needed more water. The trees were cut down and a dam was installed. The stumps are still visible.

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 10.12.56 AMThere are lots of hiking trails around the lake, so the parking lot fills up fast. There were not many people on the water though.

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 10.13.08 AMThe lake was recently featured in new local hit maker Macklemore’s latest video:

Maybe Macklemore is Jason!

North Fork, Snoqualmie.

There is an easily accesible river in North Bend, Washington, that I like to visit. We have had an amazing summer and with impending rain, I knew I had one more chance to safely wade this river and get in some good fishing. School is keeping me busy, and work is kicking my butt, so a few hours of fishing was just what I needed.The colors are fantastic this time of year. And with mostly clear skies, there was nothing to complain about.Lando obviously likes fishing. I hope that he can survive the next few months of studying and working.This guy has a stocked pond at the other side of his house. I have caught a couple of monsters in his pond.There are even a few fish in the river. They might be a little smarter the next time that I am up there.