Blog & Fishing Reports

kid hooked up floating the yakima canyon winter

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

2.20.2015 wading

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

Trout spey Yak

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

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

cuba zapata fly fishing trip (1)

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

kamchatka russia ozernaya river (20)

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

kamchatka russia ozernaya river (10)

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

g3 guide bootfoot wader review

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

Winston PURE fly rod review

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

Brook Trout on Small Creek

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

rotter family backpacking to high lake (3x)

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

cuba zapata fly fishing trip (30)

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

personal watercraft on the yakima river

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

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...

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