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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...

Joe Rotter Landing a Trout o

"If someone could learn more about how to catch trout on flies in 90 minutes... I'm not sure how."  Listen to this entire podcast. I thought years ago I was a pretty good nymph fisherman.  I started guiding in 2000, so this marks my 20th season as a...

kid hooked up floating the yakima canyon winter

I thought it would be nice to do a throwback to our old Powerhour Report format that Steve and the Red's crew pioneered in the early 2000's. It's unique in that it give some actual data, not just "fishing was better in the afternoon, try a dark colored fly, bla...

2.20.2015 wading

Mild conditions have made for some very productive winter fishing over these past several weeks.  It's actually a GREAT time for wade fisherman to consider layering up with a couple of pairs of wool socks or some cozy bootfoot waders and taking advantage of the low water of the late...

Trout spey Yak

The mild weather we've had over the past few weeks in the Yakima canyon has created a great window to get out and swing flies for hungry winter Rainbows!  We've got several "go to" runs, including one right in front of our shop, that we can sneak away and swing...

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Bob Miller and I have a great trip planned for Christmas Island this May.  We sat down and did some Q and A about our upcoming trip. Check here for Christmas Island dates available for later in 2019.   If you haven't downloaded the App on your smartphone...

cuba zapata fly fishing trip (1)

Cuba, Zapata // Trip Report Current dates and rates for Red's hosted trips to Cuba, Zapata   Out of all the fly fishing trips I've done to other destinations, never ONCE have I gotten a "Grand Slam" in a single day.  I've been close more times than...

kamchatka russia ozernaya river (20)

Fishing was really tough yesterday throughout much of the float.  Water temps were in the high 30's and the trout just were not aggressive.   I switched up the buddies that I was casually guiding to simple "drop shot" rig and we had immediate results. This setup works very well when...

kamchatka russia ozernaya river (10)

The Best of Kamchatka Ozernaya River Trip 7 Nights/6 Days Fishing in the Ozernaya River Camp - $8695 Per Angler *Flights are from Anchorage, AK to Petropavlovsk - We will help with this planning.   Joe Rotter and Shan Sedgwick from Red's...

g3 guide bootfoot wader review

Are Bootfoot Waders Right For You? I got my first pair of "bootfoot" style fishing waders about a year ago after 2 decades of using exclusively stockingfoot waders with lace up boots and/or the BOA system.  I have duck hunted in various neoprene waders but wanted a set...

Winston PURE fly rod review

Not all rods are built for distance performance and mega line speed.  Some are built for what I like to think of as "tactical" fly fishing.  Trout on streams are almost always caught at fairly close quarters, on casts and drifts that require some technical maneuvers like feeding line, a...

Brook Trout on Small Creek

Now is the time to hit what I like to call "summer streams".  You know the ones that are so cold in June they will permanently cripple your legs by standing in them for more than 15 minutes. Or they have so many mosquitoes your kids are scarred physically for...

rotter family backpacking to high lake (3x)

I was lucky enough to have a dad that took me high lake fishing as a kid. Many of my fondest memories were hiking steep mountains through alpine forests to the clear untainted waters of the wilderness.  My dad and I fished classic spoons most of the time, but this...

cuba zapata fly fishing trip (30)

  Every angler should have a "light heavyweight" rod.  Sort of a Roy Jones Jr. type, fast and quick enough to move around the ring but packs some punch and power when necessary.  The longer I have fished the more I enjoy a crisp casting and highly accurate 8 weight...

personal watercraft on the yakima river

For the last couple of years I've been trying to figure why in the world more DIY anglers are not properly using personal watercrafts out here on the Yakima River, and likely many other rivers too.  For the number of folks that own these handy little boats, they aren't being...

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