Fishing the Teanaway River.

We fished the Teanaway River last week. It is less than 2 hours from Seattle, just outside the town of Cle Elum. It seems to get a lot of anglers as there are many “No Trespassing” signs. We hit the North Fork first and found some very small fish. We fished near a bridge which probably sees a lot of pressure. Luckily, we went mid week so we didn’t see any other anglers that day. It turned out to be a beautiful day and it is a great small stream to fish in the summer.Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 3.03.17 PMThe fields were full of flowers and Lando made sure to stop and smell as many as he could.
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There were plenty of bugs around and just like the forks of the Snoqualmie River, a size 14 Stimulator was magic. All of the small hungry fish were voraciously attacking flies on the surface.
Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 3.03.26 PM We fished the Middle Fork of the Teanway River later in the day and found it to be low, clear, and amazing. There were caddisflies all over the bottom. Bill is standing on the light colored bottom where there was a lot of fish food, but no fish to be found. We have to find the dark bottom to find the fish.Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 3.03.52 PMThis is a closer look at the bugs on the bottom of the creek.
Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 3.04.04 PMIt was a fantastic day of getting out of Seattle and fishing a new spot. I will be back. Thanks for reading and please leave your comments below.

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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IMG_3168 The road ends, there is no cell phone reception and the maps are often outdated with roads washed out unexpectedly.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!

Wallace Falls

About an hour outside of Seattle is Wallace Falls. It is an easy and fun hike that gets crowded in the summer. The hike starts by walking under high voltage power lines which you can hear cracking and buzzing for a while.

Screen shot 2013-04-27 at 9.49.12 AMScreen shot 2013-04-27 at 9.49.19 AMShortly after that you turn into a young hemlock forest that really makes you feel like you are in the northwest.
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Bacon wrapped, goat cheese stuffed dates.

 

 

Holy moly, these are good. We had something like this at In The Red recently.

Step one: Get dates. Costco has the best deals. But you have to remove the seed yourself.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.08 PMNext, push as much goat cheese as possible in the center. This is messy and it helps if you like to lick your fingers when you are finished. If not, find a dog that loves cheese. I have one that you can borrow.

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If you are feeling frisky, or want to add something special to these, you can push in some walnuts or almonds. This was supposed to replace the bacon for the vegetarian in the house. Nothing replaces bacon. And she didn’t complain when the bacon grease seeped onto her dates.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.50 PM

Wrapping bacon may also attract the attention of the local dog. He seems to know when the cheese or the bacon comes out of the fridge. The dog can be very smart when he wants to be.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.57 PM

After cooking the dates, the house smells like delicious bacon and cheese. The most difficult part is waiting until they are cooled enough to eat.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.47.09 PM
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Cross Country Skiiing.

Amanda got us cross country skis for Christmas. We met up with Uncle Ben when he was in town and he showed us what to do. We have returned to the mountains on our free days to find snowmen and snow caves. It is pretty awesome.skiing Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.14.52 PM Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.13.27 PM Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.14.41 PM Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.14.21 PM

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.