Blog & Fishing Reports

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Too often we see anglers standing in the wrong water, casting the wrong direction on big rivers.  While trout do live midstream, most often they live up under bushes, in the shadows, under trees, and up underneath cutbanks when that habitat is available to them.  It can be very challenging...

Naches

The Naches River has been open for several weeks now, but flows are just now dropping into the window that we like to fish it at.  We float the river in rafts, which is no easy task given the high gradient drop and ever changing maze of braided channels and...

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The Yakima River above Wilson Creek (water-way that runs in at the mouth of the canyon) is flowing right at about 1,800 CFS and climbing this morning. coming into summer, wading acces becomes limted, so we are taking advantage of it. With these very low flows for early summer, it has...

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After a cold spring, summer has sprung.  Wading in shorts and sandals is here and the feel of that fresh cold river water never felt so good!  It's about time.  Sun is good for the soul.  The river is much lower than normal for this time of year, and is...

largemouth bass and bluegille double

Teaching a young angler to fly cast, manage slack line, delicately present a dry fly, and SET THE HOOOOOOOK is a challenge.  There are a lot of moving parts!  Combine that with mending, line feeding, and a boat moving downriver and that's a lot to absorb for a brand new...

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This was my first saltwater trip, but it certainly will not be my last.  There was a group of 20 anglers and about 15 had never fished Christmas Island before.  Everybody had a blast and caught a ton of fish.  I'm going to give a day to day recap with...

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I stepped in the water for about 30 minutes on the way down to the shop this morning and wanted to do a short article and video on helping anglers read water better.  We see it all the time, anglers fishing in the wrong spots! Choosing the right...

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We had 3 rainy days this past week, which triggered the PMD hatch to join in with the Caddis bloom that had kicked off the previous week.  The PMD's have been coming off from about 130 until 330 pm.  It took the big fish a couple days to key on...

Rainbow Trout Euro Nymphing on My Way to Work

I haven't gotten to trout fish in almost a week, so I decided to pull over this morning on my way to Red's and fish for about 45 minutes. LOTS of people drive along rivers and never get a chance to pull over and fish.  Using Euro Nymphing...

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Euro, or Czech style nymphing rods make some of the absolute BEST light line strike indicator rods we've ever used.  They aren't just for Czech style nymphing, although many of the engineering characteristics designed for these styles translate extremely well into indicator rods.  Using a 10 - 10'6"  (2-3) weight...

Winston Air salt fly rod review

At the Red's Rendezvous X yesterday we cast probably 100 rods on the marked course for distance out to 80'.  Typically the PNW Championship we host here each year is exclusive to 5 weight rods, but given the gale force winds we encountered, in the morning the sponsors and Red's...

Christmas Island Wade Fishing

Having comfortable feet runs parallel with having fun.  I don't care how good the fishing is, if you have shells, rocks, and sand in your shoes and quarter sized blisters on your heels its miserable.  Take some time to get your feet setup right and wade comfortably on the saltwater...

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We had a beautiful afternoon and the river completely to ourselves!  We left the shop around 3pm fishing caddis dry flies exclusively.  Small fish were rising right at the boat ramp and the fish size increased as the afternoon wore on.  This is my favorite hatch of the year, and...

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The 2019 Mother's Day Caddis hatch has officially begun!  As air temperatures touched 80 degrees over the weekend for the first time this year, the Grannom Caddis began emerging and the fish took notice.  With river flows at a stingy 1900 cfs today, the pods of feeders have not been...

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Hey everybody, I'm here at Reds Fly Shop at about 6:00 April 19. The river is currently at about 3600 CFS and climbing quickly. At the moment it is still fishable but a good pulse of water is expected. A handful of people out on the water came in and gave me...

guy fishing the simpson river in chile

This is going to be a fun project. Every couple of days I'll post a new blog entry and a NEW VIDEO that shows you what each day of fishing was like in Chile.  Stay tuned to follow along! Joe Rotter @ Red's...

Connor and James fly fishing the Yakima River

The past week has provided some excellent Mayfly opportunities throughout the Yakima River.  March Browns have been showing in the farmlands, while BWO's become the prevalent menu as you progress into the canyon. The river has dropped steadily and is currently in as nice of shape as we've seen so...

April 4th Blog Post

Joe Rotter had a spot open in the back of the boat and I jumped right in for a nice afternoon float in attempt to rise some fish on the dry fly.  Location: Mile Marker 19 to Red's Anglers: Scott, Joe and Myself Time:  1:30pm to...

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  Colton Honey Top Ten Bonefish Flies on Andros  1. Rainy's Ceviche (Awesome fly!!!) 2. Mantis Shrimp 3. Gotcha #6 4. Bonefish Junk  5. Christmas Island Special 6. Bonefish Scampi (Barred)...

Cuba Jan 2019 Zapata (33)

At the end of January, I took my first ever trip to fish the pristine saltwater flats of the Cuba Zapata.  Our group of 8 anglers had been fishing Ascension Bay MX together for nearly a decade, and decided we were ready to change things up.  Going to the same...

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