That small creek.

If you aren’t following my Instagram, you are missing out on the #waterfallselfie barrage that is occurring. Find me @roryseiter.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.33.15 AMThis tributary to the Stillaguamish has had fantastic fishing this summer. The flows are starting to finally drop so much that I will avoid this area for a while. There is small stream fishing and there is fishing that is detrimental to the fish.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.52 AMInstead, I am taking my friends on bushwhacking adventures and occasionally hook into some small fish.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.29 AMThe places that fly fishing takes us is well worth it. Sometimes it is sketchy, sometimes it is uncomfortable, most of the time it is just absolutely beautiful. Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.45 AM

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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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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!

>New job with a fly fishing company.

>Back from Bali, I picked up a job with Orvis as they just opened a store in Boulder. It is only temporary as it looks like we are moving to Seattle at the end of the month. I will probably try and transfer to the store in Bellevue as they off health insurance, 401(k), and of course a killer discount.
It has been fun as you never know who is going to walk through the door. Some people just want to see the new store. Some people are buying rods, reels, line, the whole kit. They have a great system of ordering from the catalog with a “bat phone” beside a computer. I call it the “bat phone” because you pick it up and customer service is at the other end, no dialing, just wait and they answer.
Today’s mission is to learn the arbor knot. And hope that they upgrade their computer system from the DOS based 1989 system we are currently using!

>Getting ready for salt.

>Last week, I hurt myself playing soccer by colliding with another guy. I limped around for a couple of days until I decided to go to the doctor. I was told that I just bruised the bone and there was some swelling as fluid was in the marrow. I took a week off and felt better. Good enough to not listen to the doctor and get back into some soccer on Sunday. Of course I hurt it again and feel like a complete idiot. So with Mojdeh in Texas, I bought ice cream and gummy bears and sat on the couch for a couple of days feeling sorry for myself. I also bought an Orvis Hydros rod and reel. Now I am ready for Bali. The rod has arrived and the reel is expected around the middle of next month. Then I can go stand in the park and practice my double haul until my arms fall off.
I also applied for a job at the new Orvis store that is opening across the street form my house.

Mexico salt water fly fishing.