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Froggy November 22, 2013

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Froggy

Socked in on the Skykomish with Russ Stevenson.

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Skykomish Sea Run November 22, 2013

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Skykomish Sea Run

This fish hit a septober caddis on the swing like a great white on a seal, coming straight out of the water on the take. Russ Stevenson and I floated from High Bridge to Sultan. There were a ton of salmon in the river but the A-run chrome was already starting to dwindle. The river was running about 1500cfs which I learned is just a bit below my comfort level on the sticks. Still a great day.

Back again November 22, 2013

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A lot of water under the bridge. Sold the Ultimate Flyfishing Machine in August and upgraded to a Clackacraft drift boat. 3/3 on floating the Skykomish with Noah catching pinks on our first two floats, and a healthy sea run to my hand on the third. The B-run fish should be in the river soon…Skykomish PinkClackacraftfloating

Klickitat Steel August 20, 2013

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Klickitat Steel

Feeling bullish October 8, 2012

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Feeling bullish

Crossed paths with this guy on Saturday morning swinging/dead drifting on the Skykomish. He smacked a Delektable mega prince pretty hard and made a few fun runs before coming to hand. Beautiful morning, just me and Skadi Girl Dog.

At the vise March 10, 2012

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trying out a few things.  holographic foil, red synthetic floss, fine wire, peacock herl, orange neck hackle, bronze mallard, red schlappen, badger hackle wing

Hood Canal Cutt March 3, 2012

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Caught on a conehead squid tied by Jeffrey Delia.

Skadi girl dog February 27, 2012

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Skadi girl dog

Reel cool February 7, 2012

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My favorite.  Orvis Clearwater III — Made in England, circa 1997.

Hello, Dolly January 29, 2012

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With the local rivers closing a month early due to lower-than-predicted steelhead returns, the boys and I made a hail-mary run up to the Skagit near Rockport today.  We’d never fished it before but have been talking about going for a few weeks. 

When we got there, we found the water well above average flows.  I didn’t bother to look before we left, since we were going anyway.  Unfortunately, our destination was too high to fish well.  I whipped the water for about ten minutes and then started to pack it in.  Noah stepped out in the midst of the confluence of the small creek we’d walked down to reach the river.  He wound up and pitched a little Mepps spinner.  I could see Skadi dragging Jack through the blackberries. 

He barely got his feet set when a big dolly nailed the spinner.  It bowed his little rod pretty good and made a few short runs before he got it into the slow water.  By the time I got there it was all over but the crying.  A 19″ beauty of a fish — light spots, white tipped fins and a kyped lower jaw.  With a quick twist of the hemo’s he was back cruising the Skagit.  Noah tried to raise another from the same pool but apparently they’d already got the memo.

On the way back to Darrington we found a gorgeous drift on the Sauk and dove off the bank.  It would have been perfect if there wasn’t a guy already started through it.  I swung for a half hour or so but no luck.  We were due back in Seattle too soon for Jack’s indoor soccer game.  First time on either river and I can’t wait to get back.