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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...

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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...

how to fish an inside corner wading yakima river nymph high stick

Seeking out inside corners is a basic fundamental of the experienced angler. Anytime I go to a new river I'm always looking for inside corners with the right mix of choppy water and a good seamline.  The trout move into these edges to take refuge in the edge of the...

wade out and cast in powerhour wade fishing tip yakima canyon joe rotter

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...

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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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