Blog & Fishing Reports

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...

Christmas Island Wrap Up - The Villages

Christmas Island, situated deep in the Pacific Ocean, was undoubtedly a success story for me. This was my first warm water fly fishing trip, and all I can say is the warm 80 degree water and consistently warm weather was a nice change from the Seattle, Washington weather I...

Help Your Kids and New Casters Shoot Line

Learning to SHOOT line is one of the hardest challenges a young or new caster is up against. Simply picking a static length of line and laying it down is relatively easy.  Roll casting is relatively easy.  Put that same kid or caster on a lake where you are required...

Euro Nymphing for Rednecks - Tackle, Setup, Rods

I am a recovering bobber addict. I have caught so many fish over the years on indicators, or bobbers, that I have had a hard time getting away from this setup. Part of the reason we all have gotten so hooked on bobbers around here is that most guides row...

Yakima River Access Survey - Please Participate!

Right now the county is working very hard on improving and developing public access sites on the Yakima River.  It's a long survey, but do your best to answer everything you can and support this project.  I'm involved an it's a great committee.  We...

Rendezvous IX Wrap Up and Competition Results

What a weekend of fun, fly fishing, and many new friends. We kicked off our 9th annual Rendezvous on Friday night with a bunch of fun casting seminars, including a women's Cast 'n Blast combination lesson.  ...

Runoff coming - Drift Boats For Sale!

Spring is sprung, and it looks like we'll see a good push of runoff this week on the Yakima River.  That makes it a perfect time to go drift boat shopping!  Just in time for the Mother's Day Caddis hatch, here are a couple of nice used boats for sale:...

Yakima River Public Access Workshops - PLEASE ATTEND

Like most of you, I LOVE public land and access.  Especially on the Yakima River. I am currently working on a public advisory committee along with other locals to improve public access to the Yakima River for various user groups.  Kittitas County initiated the project and it's important to us...

Euro Nymph Fishing on Our Lunch Break - 30 Minutes of Mayhem

My Euro Nymphing Setup: Sage ESN 4100-4 - 10' 4 Weight (I plan to get the 11' 3 Weight...

Looking for Riverfront Property on the Yakima River?

Unique Properties For Sale Along the Yakima River...

Fish Like a Hunter - Bow and Arrow Cast Explained

Anglers need to have ALL the skills in order to succeed.  Not just casting a long ways, spey casting, etc.  Take advantage of your stalking skills and in brushy and tight scenarios don't forget the "Bow and Arrow" cast!  It came in very handy for me a few days ago...

Ten Tips for the Skwala Stonefly Hatch - UPDATED

No offense here, but not all fly fisherman are good fly fisherman.  I have a lot of good friends that are bad fly fisherman.  They still have fun, but they are often ill prepared and complain about the fishing being dead.  Especially during the Skwala Hatch.  Since they are friends...

Big Horn to Open Full Time!

New for 2018 - Reds Fly Shop will Manage Big Horn Access & Campground After numerous meetings with the landowner of Big Horn, Red’s Fly Shop has agreed to manage boat launch and camping access for the 2018 season. Big Horn is...

Limited Entry Clinics at the Red's Rendezvous IX

Dear loyal followers of the "Blog", We want to give you guys first crack at some of the events happening at the Red's Rendezvous IX that have some limited space. ...

Capture the Moment - Seminars with Brian Okeefe - Red's Rendezvous IX

On Friday night at the Red's Rendezvous IX, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from what I call the "The World's Foremost Angler".  Why that title?  Because if you can think of a destination....Brian's been there.  If you throw your longest cast.... Brian's is longer haha.  All...

Episode 19 - Wisdom of the Guides and Rendezvous IX Preview

We realize that a lot of people are as busy as we are, and taking in a lot of information off of a blog requires one to sit on a screen for an extended period of time. Instead of having you damage your precious vision reading a lengthy article all...

How to Setup Your Tackle Bag for Fly Fishing - Fishpond Cutbank Gear Bag Review

Having a well appointed tackle bag is critical to being organized and successful!  Here are some suggestions for getting your "stuff" together and being able to spontaneously hit the water at a moment's notice.  The "Well Prepared Angler" should have a solid base of gear stored in a tackle bag...

Rendezvous IX Plans and Updates!

Anglers, We invite you to the best event...

River Flows Updated Links and Intel

This is the time of year when we are all keeping an eye on the river flows.  Thankfully the Bureau of Reclamation just updated some online resources for you and we have conveniently posted these new links on our River Flows page. Spring can be a tumultuous time for a...

High Water Fishing Update

Winter has been good us here on the Yakima so far this season, Great water conditions and bright sunny days! We all know that means sooner or later all of the lowland snow is going to melt quickly which is the beginning of the the run off season. But runoff...

Week 1 Ascension Bay Fishing Report

Our first week of flats fishing in Ascension Bay is complete!  While we went down with a feeling of apprehension regarding the recent unexpected loss of the lodge owner, uncertainty over US relations with MX, and a terrible weather forecast facing us with thunderstorms and strong wind every day that...

Fishing Report and a GREAT Story About an Old Net

I got out on the river yesterday for a couple of reasons.  Number one I love to fish and had to get my butt out from in front of this computer and get some air before I start cranking out...

Winter fishing Update

Well winter fishing is finally upon us. This means many anglers have hung up their rods and waders for the year, for some of us this is our favorite time of the year. It’s definitely not about how many fish you catch this time of year, nor the dry fly...

A Sad Goodbye to Our Friend in Ascension Bay

We leave on our first annual trip to Ascension Bay next week, and it is truly bitter sweet.  We recently learned that Manuel Chac, the lodge owner at Casa Viejo Chac, was the victim of a tragic act and passed away.  We started fishing Ascension Bay shortly after Manuel opened...

Episode 17 - Fishing Report, Q & A, Rendezvous, and Bassin'

Here is a fresh Yakima River Canyon fishing report and some really good Q and A. You guys ask some good questions!  Put your questions in the comments at the bottom of this blog post...

Switch, Spey, and Shooting Head Line Systems Explained

If you want to learn the "ins and outs" of how to select and understand modern Skagit lines take a listen to this Podcast.  You can also visit us at: http://redsflyshop.podbean.com/ My recommendation is to download the App to your smartphone.  This lets you soak up...

Booking Your Trip and Packing List for Fly Fish in Ascension Bay

2019 Ascension Bay Fly Fishing Trips 7 Nights/6.5 Days of Fishing - $2995 per angler *listed dates include travel days * payments:  online...

What's the Difference Between Spey Rods and Switch Rods?

This is a common question that we get at the shop and it came up on our Facebook feed last week and I thought it would be a perfect topic for a Podcast. There is LOTS of good intel on this Podcast and here are a few links to rods...

Christmas Island Fly Fishing Tips, Packing List, and Advice

Everything You Need to Know About Fly Fishing on Christmas Island...

Your Questions... My  Answers

Hi folks, I am trying a format for our podcast so that you can get some fishing intel while you are driving, working, or doing something other than sitting down staring at a screen.  Apparently it includes a weird selfie. Forgive me, it makes me put an image in there...

Winter Nymphing Clinic with Joe Rotter

We'll hope for cooperative weather!  Either way let's get a few of you signed up for this clinic and teach you some better techniques for nymph fishing cold weather trout.  We'll spend a few hours together talking setups, strategies, and spots for generating success on streams with cold water temps. ...

Trout Spey Fishalong with Joe Rotter - NEW Dates!

Hi folks, the trout spey game has been very lean with the persistent cold weather that has set it but things should warm up soon. I just threw up a couple more dates for Trout Spey Fish Along clinics in early March, so check it out. While I can't promise...

Become a Better Fly Caster This Winter

So I was just downstairs chatting in the fly shop with a couple of old buddies that are planning a big trip for this spring.  They just got done bird hunting near our lodge and shop here and decided to stop in and have a cup of coffee and BS...

Cost Effective Streamer System - RIO Sinking Versileaders

We're in the fringe season right now in the PNW on our home water, the Yakima River.  This time of year its cold, but not so cold the fishing is completely shut down. In fact, the bite has actually been pretty good this past week for anglers willing to roll...

Tropical Flats Fishing Fishing for Dummies

About 10 years ago I got to go on my first flats fishing trip.  It was Ascension Bay, Mexico. Looking back I didn't hardly know a thing about flats fishing, what to expect, all the species we would be after, and I certainly didn't have anyone to prepare me. I...

$99 Float Trip Fishing Clinics this Saturday with Joe Rotter

As many of you know, I enjoy teaching anglers to fish better. I absolutely love seeing you guys become successful anglers because of something you learned here! This Saturday I'll be doing back-to-back clinics that I feel are some of the best in the country. We float the river in...

Trout Spey FishAlong Photos and NEW Offering!

November 10th, 2017 - 12 pm - Fishalong Clinic with Joe Rotter *reservations are online only We had a great couple of clinics on Saturday!  I hosted a morning group and a...

What Do Big River Trout Actually Eat?

On today's blog I would like to share a short video of what river trout actually eat. I took a "stream sample" and always find it interesting to see what the trout are preying on under the water's surface.  There are lots of big food items under there and its...

Utilize The Right Boat System for Successful DIY Wade Fishing

I want to share with you what I believe is an important understanding of our most popular boat here at Red's Fly Shop.  I took our shop Watermaster rental boats for a spin last night and it reminded me how cool these little watercrafts are...

Trout Spey Line Buyer's Guide for 2017 and 2018

Choosing Building a Trout Spey Line System Trout Spey, Switch Rod, and Single Hand Spey Line Selection Chart...

Voodoo Mending for Nymphing Along Cliff Walls

Check out the two diagrams below.  Most anglers have a mediocre presentation along structure because its almost impossible to get both the flies AND strike indicator floating along structure together in harmony.  Its tough.  I fished and guided for years before I mastered the "Voodoo Mend".  That's what a client...

Improve Your Nymph Game with a 2 Fly Junction

Traditionally most anglers set up 2 nymph rigs with a "tandem" setup where you tie one fly onto the hook gape of the lead fly which is usually the larger and heavier of the two nymphs.  I did this for years and still do it at times, but over the...

Proper Hook Setting Technique for Trout Spey Fishing

Trout spey is great for so many reasons, one of which is that its the ultimate training camp for becoming a proficient spey fisherman.  One thing you can work on is setting the hook!   With trout its best to be pro-active with a firm...

Trout Spey Tips with Tom Larimer and Red's Youtube Channel

I fished with Tom Larimer the other day, brand manager at G Loomis.  He has spent decades guiding and fishing with spey gear for both Steelhead and Trout. He offered up some great tips on varying the retrieve during the swing. Tom Larim'ers Setup:...

Simms Exstream Bootfoot Wader vs. Redington Palix River Bootfoot Wader

I recently got a new pair of bootfoot waders and decided it would be worth typing up a review to discuss the pros and cons of bootfoot waders and compare the two models that we sell at Red's.  ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund and Event Recap

So many great things happened this past weekend at our Shootout Rendezvous. We had kids, women, new hunters, new anglers, and many more attend our celebration of National Public Lands Day.  There were all day seminars and everyone that attended learned a ton about how and where to go utilize...

Fall Fishing Tips and an Essential Nymph

Here is a nymph that will give your nymphing game a boost this fall season.  I run this in a 2 fly configuration that you can see on the 2nd video.  Most rivers (our home water the Yakima Canyon included) are running low and clear this time of year. This...

Trout Spey Podcast with Tom Larimer

We had the pleasure of hitting the water for some fishing, trout spey, and recording a Podcast with the great Tom Larimer of G Loomis. Tom has guided all over the PNW for steelhead, salmon, trout, and has helped pioneer the design for some modern Airflo spey lines and helped...

Come Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Red's

National Public Lands Day September 30th is National Public Lands Day and we invite you to celebrate the fact that WE have 640 million acres of public land.   The day will be fun filled, family friendly, and we warmly invite you to come see us and learn how you...

Fall Nymph Fishing Success

We're in that transition time right now on our home river, but the same thing happens across most river all over the country.  In the fall the food sources these trout have been relying on for the past several months begin to change.  The first couple of frosty nights mark...

September Fishing on the Yakima River and "Flip Flop" Defined

The River Flip Flop ...

Sage SALT HD Rod Review and RIO Flats Pro Fly Line

I finally got my greedy mitts on the new Sage SALT HD and gave both the 8 weight and 10 weight rods a workout.  I really liked the original SALT rod that I have been using the past 2 years for longer casts from an elevated deck. It also bucked...

How to Catch Bass on Poppers

I have been teaching my 10 year old son how to fly fish for bass recently, so I took him out to Hilltop Lake a couple of mornings ago and I felt like some of the lessons I gave him were worthy of sharing on the blog.  We have some...

The Ultimate Backcountry Creek Fly Rod? -  TFO Cutthroat Tenkara Rod

I absolutely love fishing small streams.  I have so often said, "if I wasn't a pro-guide I wouldn't even own a drift boat". While I am not sure if this is true or not, I absolutely love wade fishing all the small water that pours off of our wild PUBLIC...

3 Great Destinations Fished in ONE DAY

There is more fishing to do right now than any one person can handle!  Seriously. Rivers, creeks, lakes, bass, trout, carp, and even Steelhead.  Holy moly.  Combine these species with the fact that all of them can be pursued on our amazing public lands and you have yourself boundless opportunity...

Fishing Reports, Ideas on Flies, and Classes You Might Like

Before you get too far, remember that we teach fly fishing classes EVERY weekend!  I personally taught the Red's University of Fly Fishing (R.U.F.F.) Fly Fishing 101 and 201 classes yesterday and it reminded me how fun it is to get new anglers trained well, and trained right. Its a fun and...

Win a Drift Boat AND a Fishing Trip!  Support Wild Steelhead!

Win this beautiful wooden boat and fishing trip (or rowing lesson) with Joe Rotter from Red's Fly Shop. This boat was generously donated to the Wild Steelhead Coalition and we are helping sell tickets.  To sweeten the pot we are are offering up the rowing lesson/guided float with Joe Rotter...

Fishing Reports for Central Washington and FLIES, FLIES, FLIES!

So many fish so little time.  The summer gets away from us the same way the days seem to slip away for you folks living vicariously through our photos and reports.  Many hatches and adventures have passed us all by this spring, but now we can refocus our efforts and...

A Dirty Trick for Catching Trophy Trout

Well I can't say that I am proud but I do this every once in a while.  Its basically a "bobber and a jig" on a fly rod and can be incredibly effective for big trout that prefer to ambush baitfish or "critters" rather than chase them.  My preferred methods...

The Yellowstone 500 - Family Fly Fishing/Road Trip

This was a heck of an adventure. Many of you followed along on our Instagram and Facebook Pages and got the play by play of the foibles and fables that we encountered on our journey to Jellystone for the first time.  Hopefully the fun and experiences we had on our...

Brutal Field Test - Redington Predator Fly Rod Brutal Field Test

On Day 4 I landed 33 Dorado on this rod!  I had rented out my prime saltwater rods to a bunch of guests going to both Costa Rica and Baja the week of my personal fishing trip with my wife. So what's a guy to do?  Get an affordable rod...

Scouting Trips, Old Friends, Family Time, and a Little Fishing

My last couple weeks have been a lot of fishing. I came off the Baja trip and got straight to work this past Friday with an afternoon float in the Farmlands on the Yakima River. The fishing was decent on nymphs and we fished in the middle of the day...

Baja Dorado Fishing - Couples Trip Wrap Up

Its been a whirlwind since my recent trip to Baja last week fishing my wife.  I've been on the Naches River, Upper Yakima, Yakima Canyon, and yesterday a High Mountain Lake. Watch our Facebook Page for up the most up to date tips.  With so much fishing its darn hard...

Hood Canal - Seattle's Backyard Fishery

Hood Canal Fly Fishing - Perhaps there isn't a more beautiful time of the year on Hood Canal than the early days of summer.  Flat water is the norm, not too many windy days and moderate to warm temperatures make for great days on the water.  I had some anglers...

Layering for Success with Simms Sales Rep Troy Licttenegger

I sat down with my old pal and former Red's all star guide, Troy Lichttenegger, and chatted about how to layer up for success on your body and feet. Being dry, warm, and agile are keys to being successful and having great outings. ...

Dad's are FREE! - Father's Day Cast 'n Blast... or Cast 'n Raft

If your family hasn't made plans yet.... check this out!  We have a handful of spots left for this fun adventure on Father's Day.  Shotguns, BBQ, Fly Casting, Rafting, Country Music... and BEER.  Sounds like a perfect Father's Day. 

The MEND.

The Mend.  Perhaps the most important skill in fly fishing.  There are many different types of mends, and thousands of situations that will require strategic adjustments of the line.  The definition of the word "Mend" is to "fix or repair something".  In the case of fly fishing, the Mend fixes...

Yakima River Update and Report from Leif

Video update from the man, the myth, the legend.  Red's guide Leif Kvinsland!  Current Fly Selection for the Yakima River Gold Lightning Bug #16...

Small Stream Fishing 2017

I love this time of year!  The "common man" can head out and roam our wonderful public lands and fish endless miles of streams without a guide!  We are so lucky to own and have access to the amazing federal lands in the US.  Red's is here to help support...

14 Critical Tips for DIY River Floats

Drifting a river is so much fun in itself, but when you combine it with some fly fishing it becomes an adventure to remember.  Let us help you plan, execute, and enjoy your own DIY float trip. Floating can offer some distinct advantages for...

Christmas Island Wrap Up, Next Years Dates Are Up!

Well I got to go far away and fish my brains out for 6 days, about 11+ hours a day which equals a TON of fishing.  About as much as I can handle believe it or not.  I absolutely LOVE this trip.  The hiking, the people, beauty of the flats...

A Secret Fly? Nope - Just a Positive Attitude!

If you would have seen the river yesterday morning, you would have gone ahead and scheduled that tee time for this weekend.  Near zero visibility, hurricane-like winds, and flows at 5300 cfs and rising....  I never would have thought that it could come back as fast as it went out...

River Report and New Cabin Rental in Canyon!

Well, the past 2 warm sunny days we had are catching up with us...  The river is on the rise, and likely going to be tougher fishing through Wednesday based on the flow prediction chart.  ...

Two Critical Dry Fly Fishing Tips for the Mother's Day Hatch

I couldn't help it.  Watching those Caddis fly by my window all day!  I had to get out there.  Here are a couple of tips. The fishing was pretty slow. I had one goal - CATCH FISH THAT I SPOT ON A DRY FLY.  That's it. No casting unless I...

Time to GET OUT HERE! - Mother's Day Caddis Hatch is Happening!

Time to fish people!  The water and bugs are ideal right now. While we can't predict your personal success we can honestly say that conditions are ideal. IDEAL.  I am watching swarms of Caddis right now hatching at Red's and the water is low enough for wading or great DIY...

4 Simple Tricks for Better Fly Casting

How you grip the rod has a HUGE impact in the result of your cast!  The nice thing is however, once  you understand the effects it has you can vary your grip for unique situations and following these simple tricks will improve your fly casting by leaps and bounds. 

UPDATED! - Spey Line Selection Chart for OPST Commando Heads and Switch Rods

What Grain Weight Line Should I Use for My Rod? This is an all too common challenge! There...

Youth, Outdoor Events, and Conservation - Thank You!

With the river running high and dirty, we have taken advantage of the nice Spring weather to host and participate in some great events that support community, youth, conservation, and education.  The Red's Rendezvous on April 22 got the ball rolling with a host of educational seminars.  This event was...

How to Choose the Right Fishing Waders

This article and these posters were forwarded to me the other day and it is a really good presentation on How to Choose the Right Fishing Waders.  I really like how they split up the need for each type of wader.  The advice on how to choose wading boots was...

Redington VICE 8 Weight Rod Review

After being so shocked at the performance of the Redington VICE 5 weight, I took the 8 weight out for some practice casting the next day.  I always like to practice my casting stroke anyway, so why not try out a new rod.  I was amazed at the line speed...

$200 Rod vs $900 - Redington VICE Review

The boys in the basement challenged me to review the Redington VICE.  They told me it had as much energy and pop as anything in the shop. It sounded like a load of bull to me.  I should know better by now!  Just because we keep them locked up in...

Fly Fishing 201 at Filson Thursday night!

Steve Joyce of Red's Fly Shop will be presenting a fly fishing 201 class at the Filson company store located at 1741 1st avenue in Seattle on Thursday April 27 at 6 pm.  Not only is this a FREE presentation, but Filson is hosting appetizers and beverages!  We will discuss...

Turbo Charge Your Single Hand Rod with This OPST System

*don't get lazy, read the actual blog if you really want to learn more about the OPST Single Hand Spey Line System and how you might improve your game! ...

Hood Canal Chum Fry Hatch Rivals Best Hatches in the West

It's that time of year again folks, the annual chum salmon fry hatch throughout Puget Sound and Hood Canal is well underway, and the sea-run cutthroat are keying in on them.  Rank this chum baby hatch right up there with the well known mothers day caddis hatch...

Redington HD and HDZ Wader Review

I got some new waders to replace my aging Redington Sonic Pro Zippered waders and took a few minutes to do a testimonial of my old Redington Waders and a video review of my new Redington HDZ Waders.  I have the zippered version but the standard Redington Sonic Pro HD...

Big Ass Bass and DIY Access to Hilltop Lake

The Yakima River is in rough shape today and will probably be pretty ugly this weekend.  Maybe think about bucketmouths? A couple of our good friends from Northwest Fly Fishing did some early reconnaissance on our private Bass Lake yesterday.... and it was very good!  Jon Luke and Steve Maeder...

Guide Banter and Ascension Bay Wrap Up

I just posted a fun Podcast that you can listen to here, or download the Podbean App for your smart phone. The phone option is the best because if you get interrupted it will always pick up where you left off.  ...

Rendezvous VIII Event Schedule

The Rendezvous VIII is coming together!  This day will be jam packed with plenty of stuff to do and see.  In addition to all the seminars and attractions listed here there will be a variety of tables and exhibitors inside Canyon River Lodge.  You gotta come to this...

Yakima River Fishing Report

The Yakima is hanging in there with about 2'+ of visibility and fishing is challenging but decent catching for the guide boats.  Anglers really need to concentrate on slow water and being very patient at 3,500 cfs and cold water.  Its tricky trying to isolate a soft little pocket of...

A Dirty Topic.... Runoff.

Today I interviewed my long time friend, fishing buddy, and partner Steve Joyce.  He hired me way back in 2006 and we've been guiding and working together ever since.  His fishing experience is rivaled by few other anglers and he has a lot valuable and practical information to share.  Enjoy...

Yakima River Report and Random Guide Banter

The Yakima River is back in fishable shape today, albeit a bit high, the guides are back at it and putting fish in the net.  There were several guides heading out this morning so I shot a random video of Craig taking off from the ramp and got some tips...

How to Plan a Successful Fly Fishing Trip

Early spring is the time of year that we are planning our fly fishing trips for the year.  My long time friend and Red's guide Shan Sedgwick and I have taken lots of trips together over the years and we have a few insights to share on how to plan...

FREE Trout Spey Clinic This Sunday with Ben Paull of OPST

Anglers, listen up. Stop wasting time.  I don't take this tone very often but this is urgent haha!  This Sunday, March 19th, you'll get a chance to learn from one of the best trout spey instructors in the country, Benjamin Paull of the OPST.  Depending on the size of the...

Tis the Season - Drift Boats for Sale!

The 2017 Used boat scramble has begun! Tis the season, when the sun finally breaks through the cloud layer and actually has some warmth behind...

UPDATED - Episodes 1 and 2 - The Bonefish Virgin Fishes Ascension Bay

The dust is finally beginning to settle now that I have been back for a week from Ascension Bay, Mexico.  Its hard to believe that 7 days ago I was knee deep in tropical water casting at all sorts of different fish. This was my 9th trip to Asc Bay...

Do MORE with LESS - Trout Spey Casting Tips

A lot of anglers diving into "Micro Spey" or Trout Spey game have jumped in with both feet. As they should, its fun, effective, therapeutic, and a great way to hone both your two-hand casting and streamer fishing skills.  Trout spey has been an enlightenment for a lot of dudes...

Tips on Tippet - How to Choose the Right Tippet Size and Material

Tippet is defined as the terminal section of leader material that connects you to your fly, and of course to YOUR FISH!  If its too weak, the line will break.  Too heavy... and the fish won't bite. Doubting your choice of tippet?  Don't leave this part of your adventure to...

Harsh Winter = Hungry Rainbows

Hey guys!  I just wanted to share a day of winter fishing I had an especially good time.  As we all know the Yakima River has had an especially harsh winter. In fact, on Valentine's Day there was ICE FLOW.  Can you believe it?  Last year at this time we...

Wenatchee Fly Fishers IF4 Film Showing in Leavenworth

If anyone is going to be around Leavenworth, Washington on February 23rd, check out the IF4 Film at The Snowy Owl Theater.   https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/22187 We...

A NEW Way to Order Flies Online - The Deadly Dozen!

We all love getting ready for the big trip.  Getting out the map, tracing your route, and dreaming of some great fish.  The preparation is half the fun.  We want to make getting prepared for your next trip convenient and effective.   Whether its trout, bonefish, steelhead, tarpon, or another...

Ascension Bay MX Week 1 Report

Sitting on the balcony as the sun begins to climb over the town of Punta Allen is a not a bad place to enjoy your morning coffee.  We are just getting ready to have breakfast and make the walk to the boats for Day 4 of our first week in...

Rocky Ford Report... and the Fattest Trout You've Ever Seen

Where, during winter, can you find a place with trout as big as 6-7 pounds with water that is not frozen over?  JoeRoy, Miguel, and I found ourselves wanting a change in scenery and had the itch for some large winter trout.  To clarify, JoeRoy is another Joe that works...

Bass Fishing. That's it.

So I did a seminar yesterday on bass fishing on a fly rod, which I love, and I truly want anglers to pursue and experience bass fishing.  I have written  lots of articles and posted videos on Bass fishing in the past, so this won't be super technical in nature...

Support WA Reform on Suction Dredge Mining

UPDATE FROM TU:  1/25/2017 Greetings Suction Dredge Mining Reform WA Supporters!   Thank you for your dedication to the important cause of reforming suction dredge mining regulations in Washington State. Last Tuesday, House Bills 1106 and 1077 received a hearing in the...

Skwala Special Guided Trip Offerings

Well its hard to imagine fishing as I stare out the window at the unbelievable ice flow that we'll be throwing dry flies in about 6 weeks. The good news about a harsh winter is that the fish have had a break.  Really since Thanksgiving time we've been pretty much...

Sea Run Brown Trout in Tierra del Fuego

   Fishing for Sea Run Brown Trout in Tierra del Fuego There are only a handful of places in the world where one can catch...

The Update from the Yakima Canyon Glacier

I know I know, the blog has been sucking lately.  Trust me if I had my choice I would do nothing but sit here with a keyboard and a drink and rant about everything fly fishing. The truth is the crew here is feverishly getting ready for a big season...

What's Been Going On Out Here?

New at Red's One would think this is the time of year we get to sit around and drink coffee and tie flies, show up about noon, leave about 3 pm HA!  Ok, maybe that has happened once or twice but the...

You Can't Buy a Good Fly Cast

You can’t buy yourself a good fly cast. You can try, we’ve all seen it attempted with pathetic futility.  Everyone has a “buy it all Bob” in their network. You know that guy. He has more fly rods than you have socks.  He has a different fly line for head...

Tips for Enduring the Cold Weather While Fishing

It looks like we have about two more days of mild temperatures before the icy grasp of winter creeps in and kills our buzz. Its been a pretty mild November and start to December.  A couple the shop guys were out yesterday and reported fairly productive streamer fishing. As the...

How NOT to Shop for Your Wife

If any of you are remotely like me, the holidays are a terrifying time.  Trying to shop for your spouse should be a show like Jeopardy.  They could line up 3 idiot husbands side by side.  Alex, I'll take Great Christmas Gifts for $800.  Question is.... A Toaster Oven  "What...

Black Friday - SUPER DEAL!

First of all, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  The fact that you get to veg out, eat too much, and surf on a fly fishing blog over vacation is pretty sweet.  We have an amazing deal for you that starts now and runs through Cyber Monday!  Its our RIO STEALTH fly line giveaway...

What a Testimonial!

This is a good one and a few laughs along the way. We have great customers and thank you to everyone that supports Red's. We are so appreciative of your support. We have thousands of great testimonials out there, and we're so proud of our staff when they...

How to Build Your Own Loop in a Fly Line

This fall I sat down to do some work on a couple of fly lines for some upcoming fishing trips and decided that I needed to repost this article from a couple of years ago because its so incredibly helpful.  This winter take a look at your old fly lines...

Yakima River  Fishing Report

Don't forget to go through your network today and personally thank the Veterans in your circle!  Thank them for your freedom to fish and the security of our public lands. Here is a quick fishing update from yesterday.  One of our long time friends and former...

A Fresh Idea for Your Nymph Game

The fishing this past week has been much more productive on nymphs than streamers here on the Yakima River, and since most trout anglers across the country are likely getting in their last few trips I would like to introduce a fresh spin on an age old technique.  Many anglers...

Spey Nuggets - Why to Fish a Lightweight Fly

Ok anglers, here we go.  The inaugural "Spey Nuggets" blog entry.  Soon to be followed by "Trout Nuggets".  We'll alternate every other installment and these will be short blurbs on how you can improve your angling game one small skill at a time.  Maybe we'll even do a "Trout Spey...

Sage X Two Handed Rod Review and Line Recommendations

I was fortunate enough to do a BUNCH of spey fishing last week.  A few long time guests and I went and spey fished on the Snake and Grande Ronde Rivers in southeast Washington State.  It was great fun and a chance for me to do a lot of casting...

Time to SLOW Down Guys - Tips for Adverse Conditions

Last week I was reminded how important it is to ease up a bit and slow yourself down. True with pretty much everything in life, but fly fishing in adverse conditions is something that you usually can't just power through with shear effort.  There are critical decisions to make in...

Nice Day... Tough Fishing

Yesterday was one of those. Yep, beautiful weather, clear water.... rough fishing.  I guided from Red's to MM10 for the afternoon with a couple of rookies but got them trained up plenty well enough to catch some fish but it was tough!   The fish were...

How to Choose the Right Strike Indicator for Nymph Fishing

This is one of the most important blog posts that I could possibly make for many folks.  Choosing the appropriate indicator for a particular nymph fishing situation is critical.  I see anglers scrutinize over their flies, depth, and knots only to rig it up under an indicator that offers them...

Yakima River Update - VERY DETAILED

Well anglers, the water is down and the game is on for many of you DIY anglers that wait all summer for the fierce flows in the Yakima Canyon to subside.  This report should be all you need to have success this fall, it is very detailed, and since the...

Prettiest Wade Fishing in the State

While beauty is somewhat subjective, there are many of us that find the Upper Cle Elum River to offer some of the most beautiful scenery on any fly fishing stream in the state.  It is just spectacular!  On the upper sections the mountains surrounding the narrow valley look like the...

Tips for Growing Larger Trout

Sometimes I feel like a trout shepard or a fish farmer.  Year after year we see the trout grow, reproduce, and eventually die and pass their holding lies onto the next generation.  My flock is out there swimming around every day ducking and dodging all the adversity coming at them...

Hood Canal and Puget Sound Sea-Run Cutthroat Fly Fishing - Prime Time is Coming!

The two best months of the year for Sea-Run Cutthroat fly fishing in Hood Canal and Puget Sound are approaching fast, and if I was to pick two months to target these wild sea-run trout it would undoubtedly be September and October.  ...

Secret Streamer Tactics

Here you go, advanced stuff for you guys.  I did a spey trip yesterday and we fished the Farmlands with spey gear and worked on casting. It got technical so I showed the guys a couple of guide voodoo moves and filmed one of them.  ...

Downstream Dry Fly Fishing Tip

This is a good tip for fishing downstream.  Don't be afraid to skate the fly.  Save all your Hank Patterson jokes because I have already heard them all haha! Seriously, learning how to skate a fly on unpressured streams is a great skill.  I caught a pile of fish a...

Brookies, Bows, Buddies, and Berries

I fished with a couple of buddies yesterday to check out some fishing opportunities and shoot some photos and videos.  I had such a great time it prompted me to send out a small newsletter and invite you to come fish with us.  For some of you, small creek trout...

Leader System and Tips for Hopper Fishing

Hop hop hop... splash.  The overweight hopper falls in the water and begins drifting downstream.  Struggling, wiggling, and trying to paddle his way back to shore. Its pathetic.  He simply can't swim.  In the process the sharks... um... trout begin to circle eye balling the hopper. Is it real?  Is...

NOW BOOKING! - Klickitat River Deluxe Riverside Camp

Its back by popular demand.  Ten years ago Red's started offering riverside tent camp accommodations on the now world famous Klickitat River.  Since that time we have partnered with a couple of different lodging operations, but have decided to get back to our roots and put our operation back on...

Upcoming Spey Casting Classes

Decide to succeed. Steelhead season is approaching fast and its time to make plans and get your game together.  Especially YOUR CAST!  Don't wait till the fish are running to try and figure this stuff out. That is a recipe for failure.  We have some classes coming up to help...

Yakima River Update and Hopper Report

The fishing has been tapering back from the madness we had about two weeks ago as the Summer Stonefly Hatch blew up. There were some mornings and evenings that were absolutely insane there for a while.  We all thought we were pretty darn amazing fisherman.  Back to reality I suppose...

Ultimate Fishing Trip Yesterday

Yesterday was a killer day. There are few things more exhilarating than having a Largemouth Bass tackle a popper along the cattails! Many of you followed the timeline yesterday on our Facebook page, if you don't watch that page do it now! Just bookmark it. Its the best live feed...

Sage ONE 590-4 Super Duper Clearance Sale

I can't blame you guys.  The Sage ONE is still selling hot even after the introduction of the new Sage X Rod. Its an absolutely amazing rod and is our best seller of all time.  We have quite a few of the ONE 590-4's left in stock and an absolutely...

You Can Do This.  Tips for Rowing Drift Boats and Framed  Rafts

We love to see folks put on a safe well executed DIY float in the Yakima Canyon. While we do have an amazing guide staff, we know that there is a different satisfaction that comes with floating a river.  Its sort of a Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn adventure.  Its...

25% OFF Boat Rentals! - WEB SPECIAL!

  — Drift Boat and Fishing Raft Rentals —   Have you ever wanted to rent, row, and manage your...

Yakima River Fishing Update

We have had some outstanding fishing this past week since the water flow leveled off and cleared up.  There were a few tough days prior to the water dropping back in. Right now the flow is swift but this is normal for summertime here on the Yakima.  We're lucky to...

Drift Boat Rentals for DIY Floaters are Back!

We got a couple of Clackacrafts back in the fleet and are now renting fiberglass drift boats again to experienced rowers.  I know there are a bunch of you that have been asking for this, so here we go. We have very nice boats, oars, and our crew will do...

Basic Skills to be Learned on Small Creeks

Its been a fun week, even after the water bumped up on the Yakima.  Big flows are a challenge and great job to all the anglers and guides that found success over the past 48 hours after the water spiked.  It appears that the water purveyors are flushing Salmon Smolt...

Trip Report from the Couples Adventure to Baja

Who knew a fly fishing trip could be so fun when you only fished about half the time? I had no idea. Maybe if I was bowhunting the other half of the time haha. Thanks to my wife Kelly and all the gals that joined us on our last...

Deadly Fly Cast for Dry Fly Fishing

I honestly didn't know what to name this lesson.  I tried a few different things, but honestly it is deadly and naming it a "reach cast" doesn't do it justice.  So there you go, Deadly Fly Cast for Dry Fly Fishing...

Hood Canal - Summer Sea-Run Cutthroat and Coho

Anglers looking to wet a line this summer, should look no further than Hood Canal.  Options include Sea-Run Cutthroat and a Coho Salmon fishery.  SRC = year round, and the Coho in Hood Canal will open up in the middle of August...

Fly Fishing 301 The Final Step Adventure Class

I believe this to be one of the best, and most important classes that we have ever offered. Over the years we have tried different formats and approaches for teaching beginner's fly fishing.  We do a good job with our Fly Fishing 101 and 201 classes, but that only gets...

Yakima River Summer Stonefly Hatch - UPDATED

We are entering the prime season for dry fly fishing on the Yakima River. Our spring flows and hatches can be tumultuous at times, but once we enter the heat of summer our primary stonefly hatch begins and this helps keep the dry fly fishing fairly steady throughout most of...

Tips for DIY Anglers and Yakima River Fishing Report

The conditions right now are absolutely unbelievable.  I haven't posted any updates as of late simply because things haven't changed much. The low, clear, and stable flows continue to grace both wade fisherman, DIY floaters, and of course the guide team...

Sage X Rod Review and Introduction

Over the past several weeks I have put the new Sage X Rod to the test in a large variety of scenarios.  I have fished it A LOT, and I have many customers on guided trips fish it as well. I have the 9' 5 weight but have also cast...

Are You Actually Lifting or Just Grunting?

Last Thursday James, Marty, and myself found ourselves itching for a fun adventure with opportunity for feisty cut throat trout on the Naches River. Since it was our first time out there since it opened earlier this month we decided to head up higher on the system than the guides at Red's normally go. ...

Unlocking the Power of a 3 Weight Rod on Smallmouth Bass Using an OPST Commando Head

There is much joy to be experienced in fly fishing outside the world of trout and steelhead.  Steve noted in the last post that we're damn fortunate to live in the PNW where we can catch pretty much every freshwater species offered in North America.  Maybe this is what has...

Bass Fishing window is NOW!  Clinic 6/11!

 THE BASS ARE BITING!!! We are certainly lucky to live in the Pacific NW when it comes to diversity in terms of species and types of water we have to fly fish in. ...

Streamer Swinging Tip for Trout

This Saturday we are hosting the crew from OPST and creators of the famous Skagit Commando lines to put on a clinic AT Red's ON the water.  It will start at 11 am on June 4th and be very comprehensive.   I just happened to be...

It Doesn't Get ANY Better Than This!

Well there it is. 2400 cfs as we move into June.  It doesn't get any better than this. I won't take the blame if you can't catch fish but as far as conditions go you waited all spring for this. Low. Clear. Lots of hatches.  What are you waiting for...

Sea-Run Cutthroat Fly Fishing on Hood Canal - The Beach QuadFecta

A fishery that continues to impress me!  Hood Canal Sea-Run Cutthroat - never gets old...

Yakima River is in INCREDIBLE Shape!

Want the most current up dates on our rivers and adventures?  Follow us on Facebook!  We can update from the river so this just make sense.  Our home water is in fantastic shape right now with clear water throughout the system. Its much lower and...

Boat Rowing Lessons and Rentals

Rowing a river boat is a rewarding adventure.  Its a great way to access great fishing and have a fun time doing it.  While guided trips are fun and we would love to host you, we also realize many of you have a DIY passion and simply want to pilot...

Yakima River is in GREAT shape!

After a windy finish to the week last Thursday and Friday, conditions have settled down and the Spring fishing on the Yakima is officially "back on track!"  This front had blown in some scattered showers and clouds over the weekend, which created a perfect window for PMD's, BWO's, and March Browns once things calmed down. ...

Snack break, REACH CAST Lesson, and a nice Rainbow!

Before you read this and watch the video! We have guides available this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday!  Call (509) 933-2300.  Book an afternoon/evening float to experience some excellent dry fly fishing. We rarely do this, but you need to get out here.  Half Days...

Yakima River Fishing Report

The Yakima River as predicted fished very well the past few days and it looks like its going to hold out and be very good through the weekend.  The evening Caddis fishing is fantastic!  Here is a video snippet off of my personal FB Page from Monday night, https://www.facebook.com/joe.rotter.9  I strongly...

Yakima River Looking GREAT!

Team, The next week looks like the perfect storm for the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch. Its time to fish. Pick up your phone and call your buddy, then call Red's.  The hatch will look like the picture above and at times every fish in the river...

Skagit Tactics Everywhere, Every Day

Hi Guys and Gals, I spoke with Ben Paul at the OPST company yesterday and we decided to put on a clinic for all you guys for FREE on June 4th.  Come get some lessons and learn all about how you can utilize Skagit tactics for your everyday...

RIO MOW Tips Explained and Questions Answered

This article may not be all that exciting for many of you, but some of you will shout for joy! Finally somebody took the time, and a lot of time, to fully explain why and what the RIO MOW Tip system is, does, means, and why you should be using...

2016 Switch Line Buyer's Guide

There are lots of options for fly lines that will help optimize your investment in a switch rod. Below you'll find a video narrative of the top selling lines at Red's, and hyperlinks to each line available for purchase.  Please know that if you have any questions, our team is...

Hood Canal Sea-Run Cutthroat - A Year Round Fishery!

Hood Canal Sea-Run Cutthroat (SRC) fishing can be described as a success story since its inception in the late 1990's as a catch and release fishery for marine waters. Catch and release only regulations have truly turned this fishery around, and it now attracts attention from anglers world wide...

Deadliest Nymphs for Spring Caddis Hatches

Hatches all across the country will begin happening with great intensity in the next 3 weeks. The most common and prolific of all hatches is CADDIS!  They are the most widely distributed of all fly fishing related insects and often hatch in epic numbers. We want you to be prepared...

Spring Fishing is Looking UP, and a few anchoring tips...

The Yakima River is high throughout the system, but has good clarity and has fished pretty well the past few days!  Flows are up with releases from the reservoirs, so even though the level is high, the water coming out of the reservoirs has settled out and runs clear.  We've...

Canyon is Coming Back Into Shape

The Yakima Canyon is coming back into shape this week after a tumultuous few weeks following the Skwala Stonefly hatch. Currently there are Salmon Flies hatching throughout the system with a few Caddis here and there and some March Browns hatching mid day in the upper sections surrounding Cle Elum...

Big Browns, Musky, GT's!!!  When, Where, & How!

 With the streams being bank full with Spring runoff, and enough wind in the forecast to make the Eastern WA lakes a challenge, you may as well make the most of your weekend and join us for the Red's Rendezvous!   We have a great lineup of presenters including:  ...

Red's Rendezvous Updates! - Sage MOD Outfit for the Winner!

Guys and gals, this is going to be awesome. Get to Red's this Saturday, you won't regret it. We were going to charge $5, but we want you here.  FREE for everyone!  You'll even get a raffle ticket for some door prizes just for showing up!  We'll be giving away...

River is Dirty, Hood Canal is Gin Clear

With the river blown out I decided to brave the reverse commute and head TOWARDS Seattle to go fly fishing.  My long time pal Chad Gillespie, now Captain Chad Gillespie according the US Coast Guard, told me to get my hind end over there and do some Sea Run Cutthroat...

River Report, Forecast and Bass Fishing

The Yakima River is beginning a huge rise today, thanks to 80 degree weather yesterday and more of that on the way today. This surge of heat is breaking loose mountain snow melt and the warm night time temperatures are adding to that 24/7 at this point. ...

ISO - 1 More Angler for Big Tarpon in Costa Rica!

I am looking for another 2 anglers to join me.  I'll be taking a group of 11 anglers to Costa Rica in May to pursue big Tarpon. I am personally planning, hosting, and going on this trip so obviously it has my full endorsement.  Based on my research, I think...

River Report and Upcoming Classes

Hi folks, Looks like it is going to be 80+ degrees here on Friday.  68 degrees and cloudy in Seattle. Ok that...

Virtual Tour Inside Red's Fly Shop

Trout S.W.A.T. Team - Yakima River Report

Why don't the trout appreciate blue bird skies and clear water as much as anglers do?  Apparently that doesn't drive trout hunger, which ultimately is what creates feeding activity and the best fishing.  Its all that matters.  Trout don't care about any other factor, their bellies decide when its time...

Easter Sunday Nibble - Yakima River Fishing Report

A few of worked on Easter Sunday, helping all you folks that were fortunate enough to have the day off but it left us itching to catch a few fish, so Ashtyn, Kam, and I went for a nice afternoon post-work float. When we're not working in the shop... we're...

Slow Motion Hookup On Big Yakima Rainbow

I hope it holds out for you guys, but today was awesome fishing.  It can be hard work at times, but we put it on 'em today and got paid.  Here are some suggestions on flies and its likely this fishing won't last long but give it a shot and...

Yakima River Fly List and Fishing Report

Great conditions right now to fish the Yakima with a guide, on foot, or in your own boat.  Anyone that wants the best available information, Like or Bookmark our Facebook Page.  Its much easier to update you "real time" from the river that way. I have...

Yakima River Fishing Report

Now that I am warm and dry, 48 hours later, I'll give you an update and a rundown on the river conditions.  My hands are finally warm enough to type.  Actually it wasn't that bad on Sunday, but for a while it was as wet and cold as it gets...

Trip of a lifetime - Sea Run Browns in Tierra Del Fuego!

                                      Sea Run Brown Trout in Rio Grande: Tierra Del Fuego Argentina        Fly fishermen around the globe form their “bucket lists”, and several destinations are likely to appear on most of them.  We’ve all seen the photographs of the white sand...

Red's Rendezvous VII - April 23rd, 2016

Ok folks the Yakima River is still pretty ugly, you can get in above the Teanaway River near Cle Elum to get your fix and its in decent shape but for you canyon goers it isn't looking good.  A few of the staff were out at Rocky Ford Creek this...

Slow Motion Double Haul w/ Notes - Sage SALT 8 Weight

Hey folks, here is a video that we shot on a whim last week to help explain the Double Haul cast.  I threw some notes in there that many will find helpful.   I took the Sage SALT...

Tough Sledding This Week

After a great window of fishing this past week, the Yakima boiled over yesterday with heavy rains falling throughout the upper Yakima River Watershed.  The headline picture is a shot taken by a long time Yakima River Angler.  We'll see if he recognizes his own photo haha.  It absolutely poured...

The Skwala hatch has arrived!

We've been fishing everyday this week and have had pretty good success running San Juan worms (red, pink, brown), Stonefly nymphs (Pat's brn/ blk and olive/ brn), and even some Mayfly nymphs (PT's) about 3' under the bobbers.  We'd given Skwala dries some playing time each afternoon, but until yesterday...

Steelhead Conservation Needs Support!

Guys, this is just in from our WDFW officials.  They have put a lot of effort towards this and it's near the finish line but needs a push!  You know how hard it is to obtain resource funding in todays competitive interests budget.  Your effort is appreciated...

The Tarantula Double Haul

It isn't necessary to be able to cast 100' to have a great saltwater trip, in fact it isn't even essential to have to Double Haul.  The Double Haul is a technique that involves using the off hand, left hand for most of us, to increase the bend in the...

Steelhead Road Trip

When the pineapple express hit Washington State blowing out most of the rivers I decided it was time to pack up, select my favorite winter spey rod for tight quarters, and load up the yeti cooler for Southern Oregon.  Southern Oregon offers winter steelhead on many rivers in the area...

Flat Bill or Bend?  What is your style?

While this river is running high I decided we had better settle this and let the sales do the talking.  We have one "flat bill" style hat and one traditional trucker type hat.  Whoever orders more wins the debate.  What a great sales approach.  We'll make dozens upon dozens of...

The Yakima Canyon is Wiped Out

Just in time for the weekend the river swelled up.  It isn't super high but pretty ugly at the moment.  Maybe now you can spend Valentine's weekend with your spouse or gal friend.  You single dudes won't have anything better to do, so come visit with Steve and I at...

Time to Get Some Fresh Air - Yakima River Fishing Report

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time out on the river these past two weeks. The snow is starting to melt for the most part and luckily we haven’t had too much runoff yet.  Hopefully the upcoming warm days and cold nights bleed off much of the...

Petition for Access on the Upper Yakima River

Hi guys, One of the other outfitters started a petition to bring some attention towards trying to increase public access on portions of the upper Yakima River.  The details aren't clear yet, but this sounds like a great way to get some conversations started.  Here is...

Yakima River Report - Get the Biscuit at the Bottom

Today I was off the clock working on my spey cast down here in the Canyon and was recognized by a Red’s customer I have worked with in the shop.  He invited me to hop into his raft for a float and I couldn’t resist.  We floated from from MM20...

Ascension Bay Flats Fishing Report

 I just returned early this morning from week 1 of the Red's Fly Shop flats fishing program in Ascension Bay, MX.  This particular group has been largely intact for about the past 4 years, and we all agreed that it was the one of the best weeks of fishing we've ever experienced down there.  The...

Just Touching Base with Y'all

Hey everyone, here is an update on a few things from around the PNW.  Hopefully everyone is starting to get their calendars out and at least make some plans for the spring that is inevitably going to be here soon.  It feels like its taking forever, but heck its almost...

Just Get Out There

I guided this past Sunday during the Seahawks/Panthers game... ironically I guided during their first meeting as well. Same deal, different day.  Listening to the ProSports application on the iPhone and trying to take in as much of the game as possible without losing our edge on the wild trout...

A Window of Opporuntity

Over the last few days we have had a window of opportunity, which I discovered has been nearly shut by the 4-5 additional inches of snow that I woke up to in Ellensburg this morning. This has been the biggest winter we've had in the upper Yakima River valley...

Winter Fishing on the Yakima River

Yakima River Fishing Report Hey guys, I've been itching to get out and catch my first fish of the new year.  December was miserably cold on the east side of the mountains so we have all...

Core Spey Casts and Some Knowledge

Hey anglers, here is a video that I filmed this fall on the Klickitat.  I think there is some great info in the middle of this video, that isn't necessarily related to the 3 core casts that I want to teach you guys from River Right.  This isn't all you...

How to Setup Mono Running Line and a Spey Shooting Head

We do A LOT of these at Red's.  One of our specialties is setting up custom spey and switch rod systems and as mono- running lines have improved, this means that a lot more setups are being roped up with a mono shooting line...

Keith Anderson Concert at Red's/Canyon River Ranch

Hey anglers, this should be a heck of a good time!  Get your tickets fast because they won't last long! Here is some info about the event

Sage BOLT Review and Pro's and Cons to Ultra Fast Action

Sage BOLT Fly Rod Review and Slow Motion Casting Video Ok so its time to think about our upcoming year.  I did a ton of casting the other...

Redington CHROMER Switch and Spey Rod Review

I took the river with a Redington CHROMER Switch Rod and a Redington CHROMER Spey Rod few days ago and did some casting in order to get more familiar with this line up of rods.  A few things jumped out at me right away with these rods...

Ultralight Trout Spey Rod Review - Sage ONE 2109-4 Review

I'm not sure why I can be so stubborn sometimes, but I guess it runs in all of our blood here and there.  Ol' Craig had been spurring me to try out his new 2 Weight Sage ONE Switch Rod for a while now.  I kept putting it off trying...

OPST Commando Heads Review and Explained - Trout Spey Casters Rejoice!

Hey this is a pretty cool product.  I started playing around with the OPST Commando Head line after Craig Hettinger, our resident switch rod guru, nudged me pretty hard on getting familiar with it. He had been using it and the customer response to it was overwhelming.  I had never really considered a...

Simple Way to Choose Spey Setups

The Spey Rod Setup Process ...

How to Stay Up to Date on the Yakima River

Hey loyal die-hards.  You guys never stop thinking about fly fishing do you?  Me neither hehe.  I want you guys to stay up to date on the Yakima River.  I can't always update the blog as fast as conditions change so I want you guys to use Facebook to stay...

Yakima River is Good to Go

Hey guys, its been pretty cold but things broke free yesterday and we're good to fish.  the river is in great shape right now and we would encourage you to break free and get out here if its possible.  It will be a little snowy this upcoming week but the...

Sign the Petition for a NEW Steelhead License Plate

This is really cool, the WDFW wants to launch a new license plate for Washigngton State that will help generate revenue to support Steelhead!  Plus it looks cool.  Sign the petition! SIGN THE PETITION BY CLICKING HERE...

More PNW Steelhead Rivers Open!

UPDATE:  As of Sunday evening, November 22nd, the Methow River is now closed.   Hey folks, its been pretty rainy in the Cascades this week which has left us with almost no-where to fish.  Currently the Yakima is out, the...

Sage ACCEL 7126-4 - Making Spey Friendly and Effective

Although this article is pretty specifically geared towards one product, I think there are some things in the text below that any aspiring spey guru will appreciate and learn from.  After two seasons of fishing and guiding with this particular rod I really want to hammer home with anyone spey...

Brace Yourselves - Yakima River is Going UP

Ok folks, GREAT fishing yesterday.  We did better on nymphs than streamers, but got our biggest fish on a bugger.  Crystal Flash Bugger  ...

Top Trout Spey Rods

I work with a lot of anglers on selecting the right rod for the job.  I also get to hear a ton of feedback from folks after they get out there on the water and put these tools to use.  A couple of rods have really been jumping out lately...

Secrets to Successful Spey Fishing

I have had the fortune of getting to be a professional guide/student of fly fishing for 16 years. By student I mean that I get to watch and observe most of the time. In a given day I might teach half the day, the other half I simply get...

Time to Squeeze in One Last Trip

The Yakima is coming back into shape today, the Methow is in perfect condition and fished well yesterday, and the Klickitat is coming back around slowly.  It should be in good shape on Friday.  On the Yakima, look for soft inside seamlines and slow riffle water.  On the Methow, swing...

Run for the Ark!

That was some torrential rain over the past 48 hours.  I thought we were going to have to grab our pets, kids, and fishing rods and run for the ark.  The Yakima River blew apart last night and quadrupled in volume!  It has crested and is now on the drop...

BEST Nymph Fishing Tip Ever for Mending Line

This tip changed my nymph fishing. I'm not sure at what point I personally started mending my indicator setups overhand like this, but all I know is that I wish that I had done it many years ago. First, let me define the term "mend"...

Yakima River Fishing Report

It was back to the Yak on Sunday for a day of guiding during the Seahawks game.  In addition to trying to catch fish on streamers, our challenge was getting the Hawks game to come in over AM Radio. One of the good things and bad things about living in...

Architecture of the Spey Cast - Tight Loops for Greater Success

I have been doing a lot of spey fishing lately, both guiding and I even got a day carrying my own rod.  Which... happens to be a new 6130-4 Sage MOD. I put a Skagit MAX 450 on that rod and it is a dream.  I can see why you...

Smart Spey Fishing Tips - Unfurl Short First, Long Second

Hey folks, LOTS of spey time this past week.  I got to fish with all sorts of anglers from first time neophytes all the way up to some fellow industry pros.  I even got to fish myself a couple of days!  Oh man, I fished very hard for a couple...

Klickitat River Steelhead Dates Available! - Yakima River Fishing Report

Here is a quick update on what is happening and about to happen on our two home waters, the Yakima River (see the bottom of the report) and the Klickitat River.  Before you do so, give thanks for living in the greatest country on earth and don't forget that it...

What Are You Wading For? - Yakima River Fishing Report

Now is the time to start getting your cool weather gear ready to go and planning a trip to the Yakima Canyon.  As many of you know the high, swift, and powerful river flows that plague the wade fisherman have vanished. We're in full flip-flop mode and the water is...

Hoot Owl Restrictions Lifted on Yakima and Other Rivers

WDFW NEWS RELEASE  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091  http://wdfw.wa.gov/ Sept. 2, 2015 Contact: Ron Warren, (360) 902-2799 WDFW eases restrictions, closures on some...

Switch Rod Setups Made Easy -  Redington CHROMER Switch Rod Outfits

Steelhead season is creeping up fast on us.  In the PNW fish numbers are looking quite good after a slow start.  The Columbia River system has one of the biggest steelhead runs in the world (probably the biggest), if there are stats guys that want to verify this please comment...

The Relief is Coming!

It really felt like it was going to be a sweltering 95 degrees forever... and then something strange happened a couple of days ago. I first noticed when my skin didn't stick to the seat of my truck when I got out, and then I had this strange sensation that...

Think Pink!  6.8 Million Reasons to Love the PNW

This summer?s  Strait of Juan de Fuca salmon fisheries expects over 15 million pink salmon headed to the Frazier river and Puget Sound.   The 6.8 million pink salmon forecast  for Puget Sound provides excellent late summer opportunities for beach fly fishers and boat anglers.   Yes,  that's right.  6.8...

Christmas Island Trip Report 2015

Well it took me a while to get to this, but here it is.  We had a SPECTACULAR trip to Christmas Island again this year.  I invite you to join us in 2016.  It is affordable, value packed, and you'll get to do more fishing than you can handle.  You...

Yakima River - Mandatory Hoot Owl

WDFW went ahead and closed fishing from 2 pm - Midnight yesterday on the Blue Ribbon section of the Yakima River.  Starting today the Yakima River Canyon is closes at 2 pm.  It i a good move and we'll all enjoy much better fishing in both the long and short...

Tenkara, Horses, and Fishin' With Your Daughter

I just had one of the BEST days of fly fishing that I've had in a long time.  No offense to all my recent guests haha!  We got up early yesterday morning and a buddy and I took my daughter on a trail ride/fly fishing trip.  She got to ride...

Moisture On the Way!

The fishing has been great some days, tough some days, but overall it is pretty average.  Which is a good thing!  That means the bite is steady and predictable.  All guests are catching some fish on dry flies and getting plenty of takes.  Our crew is still fishing early  mornings...

Fishing Updates

  Here is your briefing.  Short and sweet.  Yakima River The Yak is a rarity in the west right now.  It is still flowing at about 78% of normal flow and despite the water temperatures taking a big jump...

These Trout Will Make a Liar Out of You!

The Yakima River The dry fly fishing two days ago was just silly good for me.  It was as good as I have seen it since the early 2000's back when there were few people on the river.  The quick releases, no touch policy, and active participation of...

All Hoppin' No Stoppin!

We had much better fishing this morning than we did yesterday, I'm not sure why but that is why we do this I suppose.  They mystery and the unknown.  We did very well on dry flies today and got some good hopper action mid-morning.  Our guides are on "Hoot Owl"...

Massive Inventory ONLINE Clearance Sale!

 Short and sweet folks.  We have a ton of new product arriving in the next couple weeks and some awesome deals on last year's rods, a few reels, fly lines, boots, waders, women's waders, and more. Just browse around and remember that in addition to CLEARANCE prices we also pay your...

Klickitat River is Ready for You!

The Klickitat is open for business!! No warm water closures here. Saturday am temp 51 degrees! Fishing report ~ Awesome. River~ Beautiful color and clarity.  For July, these are good conditions! There is a little glacier color up at 1 lane this morning but it should work its way through and we...

One Simple Trick to Catch More Trout on Hoppers

I am amazed at how some of the easiest tips and tricks help people to catch more fish.  Before you skip to the video, perhaps you might pay attention to a few other details along the way in this blog article. This simple trick is a move that I have...

Water temps, Hoot Owl UPDATE: 7/20

           The Warm weekend did bump water temps in the canyon...

Certain Rivers CLOSED Due to Drought Conditions

The Yakima remains open and is fishing well.  The guides reported high water temperatures of 66 degrees in the Lower Canyon today and the fish were strong, healthy, and none left the water.  Keep 'em wet.  We will be monitoring the conditions on the Yakima and will keep you updated...

Guns, Bows, Fly Rods and Heroes - Yakima River Fishing Report -

First off, thanks for reading this blog!  It is so hard to get on the computer sometimes especially when the alternative is fishing... or chatting about fishing haha!  We really appreciate all the support and loyalty you guys provide.  It has been a good week out here in the Yakima...

Yakima River Fishing Report

We are so lucky to have water in the Yakima right now, things are actually great for us here in this basin!  I realize not everyone that checks this blog is fishing the Yakima, but I think there will be some info that is both interesting and helpful here.  Flows...

Hopper vs. Stonefly - Yakima River Fishing Report

This has been a great June to work on the water. I can't ever remember having a string of 100+ degree days like we are having right now. The fishing however is hanging in there and has been practically insane in the evenings and mornings. The water...

Super Heroes of 2015 Water Management

Check out this blog about the water management in the Yakima River reservoir system. This is from the Cliff Mass Weather Blog.  This is a fun read and a good article about our home water. The Super Heroes of 2015: Northwest Reservoir Managers  There are...

What to Do When a Trout Swallows Your Fly

This morning was amazing dry fly fishing, just like it was last night.  We hooked quite a few fish and actually dabbled with some Elk Hair Caddis just to mix it up.  The big dry flies were ridiculous...

Yakima River Fishing Report

Steady as she goes.  The Yakima is in near typical summer form with the best dry fly fishing being.... early and late.  Weird.  We're still catching fish all day and the water temperatures are currently in check right now but by mid-week next week our crew will be keeping a...

Sage MOD Fly Rods

Here we go folks, a new toy to play with.  Sage just went public with their latest premium fly rod, the Sage MOD Fly Rod, the name is short for moderate action and specific for trout fishing, although it comes in many weights and lengths.  The action was born from the need...

Baja Fly Fishing Trip 2015

For some reason I had a humorous, but negative stigma associated with fishing Baja that involved a mental picture of the typical Baja fisherman.  I call him Mr. Big Time Billy Baja.  A semi-fictitious character.  I pictured a leathery over-tanned dude talking way too loud, moderately inappropriate language, wearing a...

Walk & Wade Trip Report - Rattlesnake Creek

Date: 6/12/2015            Anglers: Ron, Bart, Regan Location: Rattlesnake Creek...

Low flows could mean high water temps this summer!

 ?You can sheer a sheep a thousand times, but you can only skin it once!? Water levels and water temperatures are, and will become a significant concern this year.  While low water years are great for the fishing, they can be tough on the long term health of the...

Yakima/Naches/Bass/Klickitat/Cle Elum River

We have been all over the place this past week. Yakima River Report The heat has us all a bit zapped...

Chironomid Fishing in Lakes - Bring Snacks.

I went and did some lake guiding this past week and it reminded me how cool lake fishing is.  I want to encourage others to get out there and get after it.  There are BIG trout in lakes, lots of public water, and it is easy to get started.  Before...

Klickitat River Spring Chinook and Steelhead

KLICKITAT SALMON AND STEELHEAD SEASONS OPENS JUNE 1st   Well here we go, Salmon and Steelhead fishing already!   The run is...

Casting a 12 Weight Left Handed... Off Handed and Rod Reviews

This is an obscure post title to say the least.  It may sound like the most useless blog article ever but wait!!!!  If you want to fly cast better, faster, and stronger then read on.  It will make more sense in a few minutes, I hope.  I took a little...

Yakima River Fishing Report

What a week!  I got back from Christmas Island early Wednesday morning, stumbled into the fly shop for most of the day, picked the kids up from school, did a banzai run to Isaak's Ranch on Thursday, and am back on the Yakima this weekend.  If there was ever such...

Yakima River Fishing Report

The flows on the Yakima River, especially the upper reaches are as low as we may ever see them at this time of year.  If wade fishing is your preferred style, then now is a great time to hit the Yakima.  Because of these unique water levels, we decided to see as...

Red's Daily SMS Service - NEW & FREE!!!

   We are excited to announce the launch of Red's Fly Fishing Daily SMS Updates for our most passionate customers: fly fishing tips, one-minute clinic videos and exclusive, personalized daily deals.  ...

Caddis Mania

Aside from a bump in flows that threw a temporary knuckle ball at us last week, and brushed us off the plate, the fishing has been outstanding.  It appears that it will be above average to great throughout the upcoming week.  That spike actually wasn't as bad as it looked, I personally hit the...

Important Dry Fly Fishing Tip

The fishing has been good this past week on the Yakima River.  At times it has been extremely technical (which is a trade term meaning damn tough).  There has been no shortage of feeding fish though.  A few of these days have been the type that long time anglers dream...

Roger Ate a Dozen Caddis Last Night

The Yakima River Canyon's iconic hatch, the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch, finally popped last night down around Big Pines.  Roger inhaled at least a dozen Caddis in the process of trying to catch some fish on dry flies!  The hatch was super thick and really got rolling around 6 pm...

Back to the Future 4 Now Playing

I believe it was 2005 since we had flows this steady, low, and clear in the spring.  That doesn't sound like that long ago but 10 years goes by in a flash when all you do is fish, talk about fishing, write about fishing, eat, sleep, fish, etc.  Just think...

$150 Rod Fee - Private Bass Lake and Clinic

Bass are a great species and we want to get you schooled up and hooked up on a few bucketmouths.  We have access to some spectacular private lakes and would like to host a combo of DIY fishing along with a morning clinic.  For $150 we'll host a morning fishing...

Official Schedule of Events - Red's Rendezvous VI This Saturday!

This is going to be a great day! Here is the final schedule of events. Please bring plenty of cash for the raffles and donations, plus there will be a killer clearance sale in the lodge commons...

Bass Trout Combo

We did a little combo trip a couple of days ago to check out some new Bass water out in Eastern Washington.  It is a fresh reminder of just how much fishing we have right in our own backyard, and you probably do too!  Bass are all over the place...

Droppin' Short, Goin' down Big

Got out on the water yesterday, it was great to go put in a long day on the oars and nice to shut off the phone and the Wi-Fi for 10 hours so.  I am back upstairs today wishing that it was just that simple.  The way it use to...

Headwaters Matter - TU Fundraising Effort

We're excited to see a new chapter of Trout Unlimited emerging in our home watershed.  The  Yakima River Headwaters TU Chapter works to protect, reconnect, and restore coldwater fisheries in the headwaters of the Yakima River.  ...

Mayflies... FINALLY - Hot Flies for March Brown Hatches

I am by no means an "old timer" but we all the the type that talks about the way things used to be and what the river was like back when, and how things have changed which is super annoying sometimes but I can't help it...

April Update.... Look but don't touch!

This can be some of the best fishing of the year for big trout on the Yakima River, and many other Rainbow trout streams across the country.  The water temps are up a bit which drives metabolism and a lot of the big trout will be either pre-spawn or post-spawn...

ANOTHER UPDATE - 2015 Switch Rod Buyer's Guide - Middle Class Switch Rod Update

Updated - AGAIN Ok, I just got done with a comparison of the middle class switch rods, the TFO Deer Creek vs. the Redington Prospector vs. the ECHO SR.  All are great rods, hopefully these insights will help you choose...

Rendezvous Seminar Updates

This is going to be awesome, there is now a country music concert following what we feel might be the best fly fishing event on the planet.  Currently there are 3 rooms available at Canyon River Ranch Lodge.  Call in the next little bit and nail it down if you...

The River Held its Color

I have to admit, I was surprised this morning to see that the Yakima Canyon is actually in very good shape and even more surprised that it fished as well as it did yesterday. Humbling.  Apparently after all that low clear water the fish were getting thirsty for more water...

Important Updates

Reminder - Red's Rendezvous April 25th - 10 am You'll be seeing a lot of these!  You can learn more on our Events page by clicking here, http://redsflyshop.com/event/index.php?id=14321  Set the day aside, we have commitments from some of the best folks in the industry and the Pacific Northwest to...

Fishing Report, Drought Info, and a Fly

 Well we sure have had some nice weather over the past couple of weeks. Daytime temps in the mid-60's, even up to 70 a couple days, and mild nighttime temps in the mid to upper 30's and sometimes not dipping below the 40's.Usually this time of year those temperature combinations...

Learn to Double Haul this Saturday for $19

I am teaching a one hour class on learning to Double Haul this Saturday.  It will be short, sweet, and some of you will get a lot out of this.  Bring your own rod so that you can learn on your own stick.  If you need a new rod I...

Red's Rendezvous VI - April 25th

Its on.  Many of you have been to this event 5 years running and have been looking forward to this upcoming year. It will have one of the best lineups of casting clinics and seminars in the country hands down.  We'll have kids fly fishing and tying, fun casting demos...

The Skwala Party is Rockin'

I had a great day yesterday and sort of an epiphany last night about our sport.  Ok, so the term epiphany might be extreme but I'll blabber for a minute and share some thoughts.  I'll get to the fishing in a minute, but check this out.  I fished with a...

Hot Skwala Dry Fly - Solitude Bullethead Skwala

So the hatch sprung loose late last week thanks to the nice weather.  I guided on Friday and did really well and fished dry flies from start to finish and put up a really good day.  I didn't post a report because I knew the river would be busy regardless...

Training Day

Every spring we have a "training camp" for our guide crew.  This isn't just for new guides.  Any guides that don't happen to be booked all get together for some fishing and a clinic to share ideas, work on formal casting instruction, and do some team building.  It is a...

Magic Skwala Dry Fly Pattern

Joe prompted me to share this fly recipe last year as my first blog post (I had mixed feelings about this!) along with tying instructions for my favorite Skwala dry fly.  I currently guide on the weekends for Red?s Fly Shop and it never...

Ascension Bay Trip Report

Before y'all just start gawking at the photos and laughing at my crappy jokes, please know that leaving in one week we have a solo spot for 7 Nights/6 Days for $1900 (normally $2595!)  The lodge told us to SELL it, so if you want some adventure book...

Skwala Hatch is progressing!

 A couple of our regulars, Matt and Natasha, came out yesterday to celebrate her birthday week, and we enjoyed a great afternoon on the water.  We fished a double nymph rig with a Skwala fly on top, and a variety of size 14-18 nymphs underneath.  We found the fish still concentrated in the slower...

Skwala Nymphs are on the Move!

  Since our "Blogger in Chief" is in Ascension Bay right now, fishing for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, enjoying late-winter equatorial weather, ignoring his blogging duties ;-) , etc... I thought I would post up a little Yakima Report for all of us back here in the real world, where a...

Ultimate Mid-Winter Break From School!

We put on a great day this weekend for a couple of youngsters.  All they wanted to do for their "mid-winter" break from school was to go stay at Red's and float the river!  No video games or any garbage to get in the way of some true American boyhood...

$700 Fly Rod vs. $300 Fly Rod - Distance Contest

Do more expensive rods perform better?  We get this question all time.  I finally decided to put this to rest.  I felt that the easiest and most accurate way to test a rod's performance was to cast for distance.  A good distance cast requires a tight loop and it requires...

3 Spots Left for Christmas Island at $2390

Who is coming with me?!  This is arguably the world's greatest saltwater fly fishing. I am personally hooked on the stalk, the hunt, the cast, and the challenge presented by shallow water tropical fish.  We'll be fishing for trophy Bonefish, Blue Fin Trevally, Giant Trevally, and tons of other species...

Wulff Ambush Neutralizer Fly Line - Intermediate Sinking Head

Ultimate Streamer Line for Switch Rods? Low and slow.  That is the swing you want for trout spey in cool water.  This might be the best yet most overlooked product on the market for guys using their switch rods to exclusively swing...

Help us Make 2015 Amazing Fishing

The water looks great from the office up here, but it is on the rise pretty fast.  If you had plans to fish tomorrow it will be marginal.  You can always just come out, give it a shot, and cheer yourself up with a giant Pac Man Burger and a...

What is the Difference Between a Saltwater Fly Rod and Freshwater Fly Rod?

This is a question that we get a lot at Red's. Our shop is in the Pacific Northwest where our customers fish a lot of Steelhead and Salmon with their 8-9 weight rods and there are always questions on "what rod should I get for my upcoming tropical saltwater trip"...

StreamerBowl XLIX - Scuplzilla vs. The ONE Sculpin Streamer

Yesterday was the big match.  It was the ONE Sculpin Streamer versus the reigning champion Sculpzilla in a pre-superbowl streamer shootout on the Yakima River.  I'm not even going to comment on the outcome of the game.  Ok I am. I can't help it!  Although disappointing, there were MANY years in Seattle...

Ascension Bay January Fishing Report

The temperature (both air and water) has warmed up to the normal range, and we've seen some great fishing the past 2 days.  This final week in January trip has been our first trip of the year for the past 5 years now.  This year, we've seen and gotten more shots at...

New Double Haul Training Technique - with Redington Vapen Rod

Every angler gets to the point where its time to step up to the plate for a higher level skill set and some new gear.  There is a video below that outlines both and will teach you a new way to learn and hopefully master "Double Haul" casting.  It also...

Just Another Week in Paradise!!!

This week has been on the calendar since last year, and it seemed like it would never arrive!  It finally did, though, so we left the Northwest winter behind in exchange for the Caribbean flats of Ascension Bay.  This same group has been together for about the past 4 years now for the last week in...

Skwala Hatch and Patterns 2015!

The river is a bit high again today thanks to the amazing weather that is causing mountain rain instead of snow.  Down in our little "eco-topia" called the Yakima Canyon however it is beautiful.  The morning fog gave way to blue bird skies and it is actually hot sitting near...

Yakima River is a Bit High Today

The Yakima River bumped up with a shot of rain we had two days ago and is a bit on the high side.  Fishable but less than ideal.  It is predicted to drop into nice shape in the next few days and this weekend might be really good.  Here is...

Washington State Sportsman's Show

Hi Folks, The Red's crew will be at the Washington State Sportsman's Show this week in Puyallup, WA.  If you don't live in our area, it isn't a bad idea to find an outdoor expo near you this...

The View From My Office - Yakima Looking Good!

The Yakima is back in great shape and I have been watching it these past few days wishing I was fishing.  The view from the office isn't bad right now, my apologies if you can't see a Blue Ribbon Trout River from where you are at.  This is the time...

On the Drop, Looking Good for the Next Week

I am still in awe how we went from ice flow to mud flow so fast last week. It was pretty crazy.  Anywho, the river is on the drop so if you got some new gear from Santa and are looking to wet a line things are improving fast.  The...

New Weather Station at Red's

We got a new weather station installed at Red's so now you can see exactly what the weather is like at your favorite fly shop and fishing river.  We'll have a web cam pretty soon too. Maybe you can see us catching fish at lunch time on the camera...

She's a Muddy Mess This Morning

The Yakima blew its lid big time the past 24 hours.  It went from unfishable ice flow to a raging torrent in 24 hours!  Nature is amazing.  It will be a while before the Yakima comes back into shape but keep your eyes on the flows and your rods at...

Trout Flavored Slushy - Yakima River Report

The Yakima River turned to ice flow this morning in a matter of hours thanks to the cold snap that moved in this past 48 hours.  Sorry to shut down any fishing plans you may have had for the next few days.  We might be back in good shape by...

Winter Fishing - Yakima River Fishing Report

The Yakima River is currently a tad high but that didn't stop us yesterday from getting out on the water in an attempt to work off the Christmas dinner food baby I was packing around my mid-section.  A little rowing and fresh air never felt so good after 48 hours...

River is Rising Fast, Time to go Tropical, and Go SEAHAWKS!

I am guessing that almost everyone in the PNW and the west coast is probably going to be tuning into the NFL Game of the Week tonight.  We're hoping to watch the Seahawks wrap up the NFC West by defeating Arizona.  It should be a good game.  ...

Trout Spey Jig and Switch Rod Tips for Streamer Fishing

We had some darn good "off season" fishing yesterday.  It would have been easy to stay indoors but we braved the elements and hit the river.  The river was getting lonely with few anglers this week so we figured the trout were equally lonely, probably hungry, and most likely willing...

Simms Z Pack - Waterproof BackPack and Hip Pack Review

No wasting your time here.  With all the great waterproof options nowadays most anglers want good waterproof fishing packs.  These two items are great packs, and as they should be for the price.  Good things are rarely cheap.  ...

2 Hot New Nymphs! - Tungsten Jighead Nymphs

Ok folks, you HAVE TO SEE THESE. It may be one of the best flies/tips that you get this off season. I have seen a few of these bugs over the years, but this is the best pattern yet available at a shop.  It is a...

Looking Good for this Next Week - Yakima River Report

Howdy anglers.  Many of you desperate die hards, like me, have been itchin' to get back on the water after these nasty little cold snaps that we have had.  Well here is your time.  It won't warm, but it will be fishable and there are some trout to be had...

A Passion for Bonefish and Some Great Tips for Beginners

I LOVE BONEFISH!  They bite good, fight good, and live in beautiful places.  The hunt, the environment, and the thrill of casting at these critters is just too much fun.  This article is a "re-post" of an article from a couple of year's ago, but after putting together the basic...

Time for New Waders? - Zippered Wader Review - Redington Sonic Dry Fly vs. Simms G4Z Wader

Ok, this is the time of year we get to reflect on the gear that either kept us dry or had us shivering and going home early.  I am ready to give a review of the Redington Sonic Dry Fly Wader that I got late last year.  I will preface...

Don't go fishing, get fat and go shopping like everyone else!

The Yakima River blew up last night, bummer.  Just yesterday we had great fishing but the Forest Gump style rain over the last 48 hours combined with a warm front put our guides out of business for this weekend.  ...

Good Fishing on the Warmup Today - Yakima River Fishing Report

Oh my, the fishing was GREAT today on the warming trend. These trout had been pretty much froze out most of the week and they were ready and waiting for some warmer weather...

Welcome to Our Cage

Hi folks, welcome to our "cage" where we store most of our inventory at Red's.  I know it seems hard to believe for those that have been on our sales floor, but half our shop is downstairs!  We call it "the cage".  ...

Time to Let the Dogs Out!

This has been another awesome week in the Yakima River canyon!  We are fishing steelhead on the Klickitat and Wenatchee Rivers, trout fishing on the Yakima, and following pointing dogs across the sage brush plains and creek bottoms in search of upland birds.  All of these are great options, and we're...

Yakima River Fishing Report - Thank You Veterans!

Happy Veterans Day today. Thank you to everyone that has served in the armed forces, and their families for all of their sacrifices as well.  I want to give a big shout out to Connor Hankinson, Red's guide and staffer that courageously left a career in fly fishing at Red's...

Winston Boron III-TH Micro Spey Review and Trout Spey Fishing With Streamers

I recently got the pleasure of being one of the first anglers in the area to test drive the new Winston Boron III-TH Micro Spey rods.  Not only did I cast the 3,4, and 5 weight, but I got to fish them hard all day with long time Red's guide...

This week... is YOUR WEEK! and... some Little Guides

The forecast is looking good for this next week, in fact, the next 10 days are forecast to be very reasonable weather with night-time temps in Central Washington only dipping a bit below freezing at night later this month.  The fishing has been good, you will have to filter through...

Too Much Rain in Washington State

Big surprise, too much rain in the "Rain Sate" this week.  Most rivers are in pretty rough shape right now but we're on the rebound.  Today's blog post is a river update, but I mostly want to encourage you to click around and see the different resources for understanding river...

Why Buy Multiple Heads for Spey Fishing?

Spey rods are not an expense, they are a long-term investment.  A fine two-handed rod will be your faithful fishing partner for many years on many wonderful adventures throwing many thousands upon thousands of casts in pursuit of trophy fish.  They can cost as little as $250 or as much...

Spey Fishing on the Grande Ronde and Snake Rivers

This past week was a whirlwhind going from the Yakima, to the Klickitat, to the Grande Ronde to the Snake!  The Klickitat blew its top on Wednesday night of last week and with 10 of our best longtime "buddy guests" at the lodge we had to make a plan.  After...

Gentleman's Streamer Fishing Tips and Tactics

This was a crazy week. Just this past week I have guided all sorts of places that all required different skill sets, gear, and strategies.  I am always learning and had some fresh adventures this week especially in the traditional spey fishing realm.  More on that in another post.  Let...

Catching Steelhead and Chinook on the Sage 7126-4 ACCEL

I finally got to put the new Sage ACCEL 7126-4 into live combat this past 14 days.  I get fired up about new rods, they get me fishing harder and thinking about my cast which in turn makes me more productive.  As you read on, you will learn that I...

Cast N Blast Time!

There are just way too many exciting things to do during the month of October!  Over the past 2 weeks, I've guided and fished for both Steelhead and trout, and also chased wild Chukar and Quail across the sage lined plateaus of several Eastern WA canyon rims.  It can be a difficult decision...

Deadline Extended!  Support the Naches River

This is a "RE-POST" of a topic that I wrote about earlier this month.  Please read through this and voice your support for expanding Catch-and-Release on the Naches River through this link:  http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals/2015-2016/proposal.php?id=23 Help Us Help the Naches River...

Survey - Yakima Canyon Scenic Byway

The Yakima River in eastern Washington boasts the state's only catch-and-release Blue Ribbon trout fishery. Getting there, you're bound to end up on the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway, Washington?s FIRST scenic byway, chosen by Governor Dan Evans as the best example for what a scenic byway should look like...

Trout Snipers

Date: 10/11/2014 9:00 am ? 4:00 pm Location: Red?s the Mahre?s Flies: WD40, Copper john, Anato may, Super Sinker, Pat?s stone Anglers: Chuck and Ben Results: 10+ fish to net and at least that many LDR?d, including 2 really nice fish that...

Wenatchee, Yakima, Klickitat, Grand Ronde, Snake, Clearwater, Methow and Columbia Rivers

This week has been unreal, our staff has been fishing on so many rivers!  Not just guiding, this is the time we like to get out there and just fish!   We have been steelhead fishing on the Wenatchee River, Snake River, Clearwater River, Grande Ronde River, Columbia River, Klickitat...

Wenatchee and Methow Rivers Open for Steelhead

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 http://wdfw.wa.gov October 8, 2014 Upper Columbia River and selected tributaries  to open for hatchery steelhead fishing Action: Allow retention of hatchery steelhead. Species affected: Hatchery steelhead...

The Best Sole for Wading

 "My boots are wore out, and I need a new pair.  I've heard about those new rubber soles and was thinking I should try them.  What do you think?"  I've answered about 4 questions in the past week that were all very similar to that.  I've also had 3 really good opportunities...

One Day, One Night - $225 per person!

We launched this promotion by newsletter earlier today and it is already getting gobbled up, so I thought all you blog-heads needed a shot at it. If you aren't receiving our newsletter, click here to sign up for the Red's Newsletter.  ...

Recycled Fly Line Accessories

Here are some cool products that we just got in stock.  We were introduced to these last week and we loved the idea so we went and ordered a bunch of these items.  It is fun to see a company make great use of a recycled material, build it in...

Fly Fishing for Chinook... the KINGS of the River!

Fly Fishing for Chinook... the KINGS of the River...

Yakima River Fishing Report

Just a quick update here reminding you not to forget just how fishy the Yakima River is in the fall.  The shorter days, cooler nights, and late season hatches are fueling a good bite.  We had a small hiccup yesterday with a spike in river flows but the water is...

5th Annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing - 2 Fly event

10 years ago, I lost my best friend and ?brother-from-another-mother?. Dustin Sides was a Marine with the 9th Communications Battalion stationed in Iraq. He had just finished a mission and was headed back to base when his unit was ambushed. Several Marines were injured;...

Yakima River Fishing Report

There are a lot of fishing options right now!  It is easy to forget just how amazing our home water, the Yakima River is this time of year.  I have seen more old faces, worn out waders, and die hard anglers this past week than half the year combined!  It...

Chinook Fishing, Big Water, and Thoughts on Spey Gear

Two days ago my best guide buddy and founding partner of Red's, Steve Joyce, and I took off to go do some personal R&D Chinook Fishing with spey rods on the last free flowing section of the Columbia River called the Hanford Reach.  I had fished there years ago and...

Naches River Conservation Measure - URGENT!

Angling friends and allies, This is a critical turning point right now in the future of quality fly fishing in Central Washington. For several years we have been working on WDFW...

Why buy a $550 Wading Jacket?

I just got a new Simms G4 Pro Wading Jacket and the conversation came up... at home.  As it always does "WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU BUY A $550 WADING JACKET?!!!!!!"  It does sound pretty ludicrous when you say it out loud.  ...

October Caddis Hatch and Patterns... bye bye Stoneflies

The stonefly hatch is at its PEAK right now!  With the water so low and clear it is tough to predict when the fishing is going to be hot or not.  Evenings are the best bet but when the nights were cold this past week mid-day was awesome.  In the...

Yakima River Fishing Report - October Caddis/Farmlands

The river is low, clear, and fishy!  I would recommend coming into Red's for the most current advice on flies, we're a bit behind on getting all of the current patterns online especially the October Caddis Pupae.  We have a killer pattern but haven't had time to get it online...

I can see clearly now.. the river is low LOW LOW!

Ok now is the time. Get your last trout fishing trips planned or get ready for Steelhead season! All across the PNW anglers are getting their gear ready for the last 90 days of the fly fishing season. One of the most important items they are scrutinizing...

Klickitat River Summer Steelhead

The Klickitat River is in good shape and producing fish on swung flies and nymphs.  We ran a handful of trip down there this past week and even got on fish that was recorded at 15 pounds which is the absolute trophy mark!  I have yet to see a photo...

Get Out There!  - Learn from this Sage SALT Fly Rod Review

I am constantly inspired by other anglers from all over that do some neat stuff. I'm not talking about some distant far away amazing place that you can read about in Fly Fish Journal or see on some Fly Fishing Film Tour production.  For most of us, places like Kamchatka, South...

Winston BIII - TH Two Handed Spey Rods and 7129-4 Review

Tuesday I fished the Klickitat River for Steelhead with Tony and Craig C from Stinson to Ice House. Swinging Burnt Chicken flies and heavy tips with my new 7129-4 Winston BIII TH was easy.  I was compelled to make a post and share my experience with this new...

Don't Forget Your 8 Weight!

It's been a funny thing to watch Steelhead fishing evolve over the last 15 years.  I started fishing for Steelhead on the Grand Ronde River my first guide season in October.  Another guide buddy and I decided to hop in his Mitsubishi Montero at about 5 pm one night and...

Yakima River Fishing Report - Flip Flop Explained

*this video was made on September 10th, this is what will happen this upcoming week...

The Yak is ON, Water is Droppin!

The high flows of summer irrigation are dropping, I am going fishing.  Grab a rower and get out here this next week.  Not every day will be easy, but a few will be just flat out silly!  I am going fishing, end of report.  

YOU Can Make a Difference!

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  Is anyone tired of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook? I am sure tons of money has been donated which is awesome...

Sage DOMAIN Fly Reel Review - The Best Reel for Switch Rods?

Certain product introductions in the fly fishing industry make sense.  Some make absolutely no sense AT ALL.  We try not to waste your time with product reviews that are bad.  "If you don't have anything nice to say... don't say anything at all".  Well, I have a lot to say...

Why Switch to a Switch Rod?

by Craig Hettinger 2013 - Updated a bit by Joe Rotter August 2014 Forward by Joe Rotter...

Tenkara vs Butterstick Showdown - What is Tenkara?

Hopefully this article will either help you get rid of your Tenkara-phobia, a common ailment of long time fly fisherman, or perhaps bring you back down to earth if you are "Tenkara-self-righteous".  I must say those of you that love it.... LOVE IT.  I picked up a little Tenkara outfit...

Klickitat River Steelhead Dates Available

We want to invite you to come fish steelhead with our staff this fall on the Klickitat River.   We get a mix of Chinook and Steelhead and this trip is of nationwide fame.  Many of our guests on this trip come from far parts of the country, it is...

Yakima River Fishing Report

The fishing was interesting this past week with a quick swell after a few micro burst rainstorms earlier this week.  We weren't sure what would happen, but Friday wound up being very tough fishing in the front half of the day.  The river has cleared up now and we are...

Griswold Family Fly Fishing Trip

"This is Going to Be the BEST Fly Fishing Trip EVER!" There is a Clark Griswold in every fly fisherman that has a...

Sage ACCEL Fly Rod Review

Sage ACCEL Fly Rod Review - 2 Days of Field Testing - MENDABILITY UPDATED - I decided that I should update this review after fishing the past 2 days with Sage insider Marc Bale on the Yakima River.  The fishing couldn't have...

The Yakima River Was on FIRE Last Night

A grass fire started  yesterday at about 4:30 pm or so near the Bighorn access.  We put in at Ringer Road about 4:15 pm or so and planned to do a 10 mile evening power float back down to Red's for some good dry fly action.  As we floated around...

Boats, Boats, and Rental Boats

We know that many of you are probably interested in floating the Yakima River without a guide and we want to help!  Right now we have a few used boats for sale that you should know about and some great rental opportunities.  While guided trips are very productive, it isn't...

Yakima River Fishing Report

The Yakima is a very special river this time of year.  While many rivers are past their prime for the season, with low and very stagnate flows, the Yakima is still big and swift which fuels consistent summertime fishing.  While the current bit isn't what it was 2 weeks ago...

Fickle Eats Call for Audible Techniques

Date: 7/25/14, 7/26/14 3:00 pm ? 9:00 pm Location: MM20 to Mahre?s Flies: Chubby, Tupac stone, Solitude hopper, Blooms caddis, PMD, CFO Ant Results: Easily rose 30 fish per day, but only netted a third of them Gear used: Redington Classic Trout...

Redington Vapen Rod Review - Now Available in BLACK!

This rod didn't get the attention it deserved when it first came out.  It sports a new crazy rubber grip that wasn't real popular with the old timers.  It called the "Power Grip" and is produced by Winn.  It is typically used as a material for grips on golf clubs...

Hopper Fishing Tips

   All Hoppin? No Stoppin? ? Tips for Late Summer Hopper Fishing Tips for Spooky Trout and Hopper Fishing:...

RIO In-Touch Fly Lines Review - No Stretch Core!

How to Choose a Trout Line - Fly Fishing from RIO Products on Vimeo.Alright folks, this isn't going to be just another article about fly lines and the materials they are made out of.  That would be lame.  Instead, let me give you some legit reasons to invest in new...

Yakima River Fishing Report

Date:  7/23/14 Location:  Ringer to Red's...

Tieton River - Great DIY Fishery!

Date: 7/20/2014 Anglers/Students: Ryan, Kevin, Katherine, and Seth Location: Tieton River (Tributary to the Naches River) Hunger Level: 7/10 If you have not yet had the opportunity to explore the Tieton River, now is the time. For those who don't know, the Tieton River is one...

Double Down and Go!

The fishing this past week has been incredible in the mornings and evenings.  Especially the "dawn patrol", this has been pretty awesome.  I have been out most mornings this past week and I have seen fishing as good as any in my 15 years of guiding the Yakima River.  Especially...

Dry flies only, now is the time!

Date: 7/17/2014 4:30 pm ? 9:00 pm Location: Red?s to Mahre?s Flies: Kingrey?s better caddis, Gypsy king, McKnight?s fat boy, and the good ole Chubby. Hunger Level: 8 out...

Super Deal! - Clearance Sale on Sage VXP Fly Rods

Hey everyone, we are so sad to see this rod leave the Sage lineup but there is some new stuff in the pipeline that simply has better materials and technology.  Those guys on Bainbridge work so hard to push the envelope. Our team had the pleasure of touring their workshop...

Amazing Dry Fly Fishing

Date:  7/16/14 Time:  Evening 7/15/14 - Morning 7/16/14...

Fly Casting Tip for Greater Distance - Sage SALT Fly Rods

The famous George Cook brought a quiver full of new fly rods out to Red's Fly Shop today for the staff and I to cast and test today.  We are darn lucky at Red's to be able to do as much fly casting as we do.  Sometimes we forget how...

Our New... Old Blog

How many of you were reading when the Red's blog was just the Powerhour fishing report?  We want to hear about it in the comments below!  It featured the occasional photo and once in a while... maybe even a hyperlink or two.  I can still remember the first time we...

Big Flows and Big Bows

Normal summertime river flows for the Yakima are big, and holding the boat in position is definitely "varsity" level rowing.  The currents can be very pushy which makes holding the boat in a favorable position tricky.  Having an experienced boat-man can make all the difference, so if have ever thought...

Whitewater and Cutthroats

Date: 7/6/14 Anglers: Brian, Brooke and Bailey Flies:  Golden Chubby Chernobyl, Orange Chubby Chernobyl, Purple Chubby Chernobyl, BH Pheasant Tail, Tan/Brown Pat?s Stone, Orange Stimulator, Elk...

Update and Summer Fishing

The wildfire just to the northeast of us is all but out.  We're still without power for the time being, but that shouldn't stop anyone from hitting the river.  The rising flows are bringing us right back up to normal summer conditions and the fish will be migrating toward the...

Wild Fire Update

Hey folks, no power at Reds and CRR today.  We are open till early afternoon once all of our guests are on the river.  The Grill is closed for now.  All the classes, guide trips, etc. scheduled for the weekend are still on!  We got fish to catch.  ...

Hot and Humid with a Side of Dries

Date: 7/2/14 Anglers: Zach, Bailey, and John Flies:  Quigley Cripple size 18, Olive X-Caddis size 14-18, Silvey's Chubby Sally, Orange Chubby size 10, Pat's Stone Black and Brown, Pearl Lightning Bug,Tungsten Beaded Hare's Ear size 16 Section: Red's to Roza Results: 10+ trout to...

Dry Dropper Time, See This Video!

Well anglers, it is dry fly time from here on out it feels like.  Although we will still do some indicator fishing often times we'll simply tie a beadhead nymph right underneath a bushy dry fly for ease and maybe some breathtaking excitement as a big trout swims right past...

The "Pat" in Pat's Rubber Legs

It seems appropriate to acknowledge Pat Bennet (He is on the oars fishing the Henry's Fork of the Snake where he developed his pattern) on a day when fishing a single size #8, coffee and black Pat's, 3 feet beneath a strike indicator, was in a word "great".  Small, medium...

Upper Kittitas County Fly Fishing Courses

This past weekend I had the exciting opportunity to begin our new classes involving the Upper Cle Elum River and Cooper Lake fly fishing courses. Unfortunately Mother Nature decided to "rain on our parade" so to speak, handing us some liquid sunshine and less than desirable summer time...

Yakima River Marathon

Date:  6/27/14...

"Be Prepared"--and a Yakima River fishing report

A Fishing Report and some advice... I was only a cub scout, but I know the boy scout motto is ?Be Prepared.? This applies to fishing as well. Yesterday, fellow guide Mike Milligan and I grabbed an early dinner and jumped in the boat to preview the ?Twilight...

Water Temp Alert on the Yakima River

Just a very quick note, the water temps hit a scary number last night.  Water that is in the upper 60's makes it tough for trout to recover after being played to exhaustion.  This warm water combined with GREAT fishing makes it time to issue an alert.  Our staff simply...

More Naches River Action

Well the entire center part of our state is ideal right now.  Where to go?  Over this past week we have been on the Klickitat River, Naches River, Lower Yakima River fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Cle Elum River, upper Yakima River, and of course some of the tributary streams on...

Naches River Report and Some Yakima Intel

We ran the Naches yesterday with a great group of guys and split up into a few sections to keep the lonely flavor in tact.  The fishing was pretty good, not quite like it was for the TV crew last week, which is usually the opposite of how it works...

Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Lower Yakima

The boys and I took off for the Lower Yakima to do some Bassin' and R and D (research and development) yesterday.  I can't remember the last time we got 5 guides to all get the day off and get in the boats and "yuck it up".  It was hilarious...

:Mr Chubby"

Sunday, June 15, 2014 Upper Yakima River Canyon Casting a marshmallow, okay it only looks like a marshmallow, into a 20 MPH wind, gusting to 30 MPH, is not my idea of optimum fly-fishing conditions.  But as the saying goes, ?you take what the river gives...

Chain Anchor System for the Yakima Canyon

With the flows on the Yakima settling in at summertime levels, and the fish starting to push towards the banks, the phone is starting to ring with questions about anchoring. We have 2 Options for Chain Anchors 45+ Pound Anchor - $129.95 -...

Father's day in the Yakima River Canyon

Date: 06/15/2014 10:00 am ? 6:00 pm Location: MM20 to Mahre?s Nymphs:  YT Hare?s ear, Pat?s stone, Double bead 20 incher, and of course my all around favorite, the Anato May...

Naches River, Trout TV, New Online Store, What a Week!

This has been a whirlwind week.  Before I get into the Naches, make sure to check out the fresh new upgrades to our online store.  It is educational, easy to navigate, and a fun shopping experience with lots of images, videos, and genuine intel.  It doesn't hurt that we ship...

Big Water, Wind, and Rewards

The Yakima River Flows ARE ON THE DROP...

Bass, Red Bull, Coffee, Big Trout, and Log Jams

The last week has been a whirlwind of fishing.  I don't think we could have squeezed any more fishing out of this past week!  The important stuff is as follows - the Yakima is running at normal flows for this time of year (high), and we're having good nymph fishing...

Yakima is Looking Good, Quick Change

Wow that was fast.  The recovery was as fast as the rise!  The burst of water that tipped our fishing over the last 48 hours has receded and we are in great shape for this weekend all throughout the system.   Check out the drop...

New Yakima River Map Set for the ENTIRE River System!

We just finished this up and got these in today!  Get 'em while they are hot.  You can order them directly online right now in fact.  For too long there has been a void in good floater's maps for the Yakima River, so we took it upon ourselves to tackle...

Earning Our Money

The Yakima is in really rough shape this morning, but we wound up having a pretty good day yesterday... somehow, some way.  It was a good day to have a guide on the oars and not be handling your own boat.  Folks often joke with us, "you are earning your...

Awesome Nymph Fishing Yesterday in the Yakima River Canyon

Yakima River Fishing Report Date:  6/2/14...

Ascension Bay 2015 Dates Now Posted!

The 2015 Dates for Ascension Bay Mexico are now posted online, BOOK NOW or forever hold your piece hahaha...

Chironomids... Small flies for big fish!

By using Chironomids you will catch big fish on small flies.  Recently we tested this theory at a high desert lake in Eastern Washington and were blown away by how aggressive some of the big trout were towards such a small fly

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