Blog & Fishing Reports

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A single person watercraft is one of the most signifanct advantages an angler can give themselves. Floating a river in a one person boat gets you access to more fish, unpressured fish, and is incredibly efficient.  No more hiking up and down the river, or having to get back in...

Fly Rods

Explore some simple truths about rod weight, length, cheap, expensive, and more in this podcast.  It's a relatively short and to the point podcast talking all about having the right tool for the job.  We'll dispell some common myths, and hopefully teach you some proper rationale for investing in the...

spooling up a reel inside Red's Fly Shop

Most anglers don't prefer to fish when it's below 40 degrees out.  Although we do have some wonderful fishing this time of year, it's not for everyone and that is OK!  In this Podcast I dive into some things that anglers should do to take advantage of the down time. ...

natasha woman fly fishing winter yakima

I got out on the river guiding yesterday and would love to share some tips on conquering cold weather trout.  From layer to flies, indicators, and dry fly strategies for midge hatches, I cover many topics on this short Podcast recorded riverside on a balmy 35 degree day in December. ...

OPST Commando GROOVE (2)

As water temps drop anglers need to adjust their strategies to match.  This past week a cold snap shut down the dry fly fishing and anglers were forced to committ to fishing either nymphs or streamers.  Trout tend to move into different holding lies as water temps dive into the...

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...

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