Crabbing in Seattle, Washington.

Don’t get too excited by this first picture. It was a female and it is illegal to keep the females. It was also the only crab that we have caught, yet. However, I just found out that you have to let your pots soak overnight to have real success. I feel good about our future trips. We mostly catch starfish and seaweed. But we also find awesome beaches with nobody around. It is just like Hawai’i.Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.19.40 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.18.54 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.19.06 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.18.45 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.19.24 AM Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 10.19.34 AM

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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.

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!

Local Blueberry Farm

Not far from the house (and the Orvis job) is the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm. As the name implies, it is near some water that looks fishy to me. The farm is separated from the public by this small fence. The walking trail on the right has signs telling about the agricultural history in Bellevue. It is impressive now that Bellevue is such a commercial district.Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 3.14.47 PM Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 3.14.33 PM Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 3.14.42 PM Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 3.14.27 PM Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 3.14.20 PMI will get back this summer to fish the area. Seattle has meny green space near cities. Nobody seems to be out there. I think that most people in Bellevue sit in their fancy offices and then drive to their fancy homes.

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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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

Christmas 2012

This was my kind of day. Despite the rumors of snow, sideways rain, and lots of wind, we rove up to Black Lake and had a banner day. It was a touch cold, but we survived. We loaded the canoe and headed East.Catch 'em on the fly.It was snowing on us, but we didn’t see anyone else and we caught lots of fish.Amanda fishWhen Lando couldn’t stop shivering, we headed in.IMG_2377Once we were home, we all celebrated.IMG_2382Lando thought it was well worth it.The dog!