Blog & Fishing Reports

BWO Hatch Fall November Yakima Canyon (11)

The weather has been great and after a long absense, maybe 10 years, of almost no BWO (Blue Winged Olive) hatch in the fall it's finally back!  For some unknown reason this hatch which was once prevalent simply dried up.  This has been the best BWO hatch and late fall...

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Walt fighting a steelhead and Adam watching on Klickitat

I am resurecting the podcast, and have thought about the format.  It's going to be short, to the point, with the best information available so we don't waste your time.  How does that sound haha?!  Perfect right.  Well on this episode I share some lessons learned over the years that...

Belize Fly Fishing Couples Trip 2019 (3)

Like many folks, my wife and I had always wanted to go to Belize.  When Steve Joyce threw out the idea of taking our wives to visit a couple of different resorts and do a few days of fishing we jumped at the opportunity!  It’s not always easy to make...

steve johnson trout spey yakima canyon wading

Newsletter Version Swinging wet flies such as streamers, soft hackles, and swimming nymphs is an old school approach that is fun to cast and the strikes are exhilarating.  Tight line fishing, as opposed to a dead-drift, allows you to feel the energy of the trout instantly upon the hookup...

imx pro fly rod 5 and 6 weight handles

I'll mirror these sentiments in the video review, but we did a great job of getting the IMX Pro Short Spey Rods on the radar of our customers right off the bat.  We got busy and never did get a formal review of the IMX Pro Single Hand Rods done...

Christmas Island September 2019 (6)

Host and Trip Report by Captain Chad Gillespie of Fjord Fly Fishing http://www.fjordflyfishing.com/   Day 1 Date: 9/11/19 Guide: 25 year guide Bea Weather: Sunny and windy (25 mph) which made for a challenge sight casting to bonefish...

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The middle of September marks the beginning of our Fall Steelhead season on the Klickitat River.  We have been offering Klickitat River multi day trips since 2005.  The headquarters of operation have evolved over the years from a tent camp on the river, to the Klickitat River Inn in Klickitat...

bobby and troy euro nymphing wading yakima canyon

Yesterday we got Bobby on the water to do some Euro Nymphing with my old buddy and ex Red's superguide Troy Lichttenegger.  He's now the regional sales rep for Echo Fly Rods, Winston Fly Rods, Simms, and many other products.  As he's traveled Troy has been schooled up by some...

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Summertime on the East side of the Cascades lends itself to a broad variety of fishing and recreation options.  The typical weather pattern we see in August consists of highs in the 90's with blue skies and lots of bright sunshine.  This lends itself to early mornings and late evenings...

guy fishing the simpson river in chile

Hosted Trips to Patagonia 2020 January 25th - February 2nd, 2020 - Hosted by Eric Dalzell (Red's Pro Guide)  Itinerary includes 3 Days at Cinco Rios Lodge and 3 Days at Estancia Del Zorro February 22nd - 29th, 2020 - Hosted by Joe Rotter (Red's Partner) Itinerary includes 3 Days at...

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Due to the glacial nature of the Klickitat River, the most consistent season to fish for steelhead is mid September through November.  This is due to the fact that when air temperatures are hot, the freezing levels on Mount Adams move way up, and the glacier melt and runoff increases. ...

grasshopper on sage fly rod

We are nearing the peak of many angler's favorite hatch... the Grasshopper hatch.  Just like other bugs, Grasshoppers live out a specific life cycle and peak at particular times.  I most of North America hoppers emerge from the soil, sod, or whereve they were deposited by their mama in July...

joe rotter testing the sage trout ll fly rod

Summary of the Sage Trout LL Fly Rod Review Originally I did a review of this rod like I often do, on the lawn in front of our fly shop. While its riverside... its not THE river.  Today I was sitting in the office starting to write this and...

dry fly fishing upstream tip by Joe Rotter

Dry fly fishing, especially while wading, is the heart and soul of this great sport.  Just think about it, your feet are wet and you can feel the energy of the river right there against your legs.  You are stalking your prey and attempting to surgically dissect the stream with...

golden stonefly and rainys egg drop stone egg sack summer stone

If you want above average success on dry flies, it's not enough to simply drift a big fly down the river.  Savvy anglers will move and agitate their flies to create action, but the real magic is in creating ripples not the physical movement of the bug itself!  Big insects struggle...

WSF Flyer

If you enjoy seeing Bighorn Sheep in the Yakima River Canyon, come to this event.  The Wild Sheep Foundation has done so much for Bighorn Sheep please come together on August 10th and have some fun learning more about this great organization.  I'll post some additional updates as we get closer...

woman and kid fly fishing

I'm now in my 20th season of guiding and after two decades you could say I've seen a lot of angling.  Some good... lots and lots of bad haha.  Its no different than a golf course.  Just watch players go by at a public golf course.  There are lots of bad...

Voodoo Mending for Nymphing Along Cliff Walls

A couple of the best places to bag a mature wild trout out west is underneath undercut banks or along a cliff wall.  The reason WHY these are great spots also makes them challenging to fish.  A big ol' hungry trout will live deep down in an undercut bank for...

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A goal of mine this summer is to get my kids out fishing more.  My 13 year old son, Henry, had football camp at the University of MT this week.  Coincidentally, camp only lasted until noon each day, and the rivers were in perfect condition... so we made the most of...

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