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Although we fish often and share tips and anecdotal stories, we mostly embrace the simplicity of fly fishing. Our writers have a rebellious spirit and lofty objectives on and off the water.

We believe great days on the water aren’t conjured by luck. Instead, they’re a result of a process, one that can be improved upon each and every day.

We intend to influence, and progress that process for those that read our posts. Clearing the obstacles, and sorting out the confusion of a sport that connects us all to one common denominator, our passion and love of the outdoors.

Drop by once in a while and see what we are up to next.

Simply good product at a good price

Have you ever wanted to take a trip doing something new?  If it’s your first time doing something you are often inclined to buy cheap gear as you have no certainty on how many times you will use it.  In the fishing world this can end in sheer disaster.  You may end up being a walking version of an epic toyota recall, a ticking time bomb.  The drag blows up on your reel, rod snaps, wader seams break leaving you in utter chaos.  If you want to stay in the river fishing and go light on your pocket book check out some of this gear.

Gone are the days fly...


I heard a song today that reminded me of a fishing trip I was on in the early 70’s.  The song doesn’t remind me of myself and my life but of a specific trip.  I was by myself at an eastern Washington lake in late April.  I was by myself and set up a camp along the shoreline.  On the drive over, I heard “I Drink Alone” by George Thorogood.  I’ve always liked that song because of the way it sounded.  So, that night on the shoreline with the stars shining as bright as they could, I sat by a small camp fire after a dinner of a PB&J sandwich with Cheetos;...


When things go from bad to WORSE.

Every so often in the fishing game, you are going to end up in some horrible and dangerous situations.  Usually it is due to a bad decision somewhere along the way. Charging through water that manute bol couldn’t wade, rafting class 5 rapids in a float tube or hiking through miles of devils club all spells disaster.  In the fishing world we all do a lot of exploratory trips and with all the available resources some good research goes a long way.  

However, if you do end up in a situation that raises the hairs on your neck like a charging bear there are a couple...


I was lucky enough to be one of the first fly fishers in Los Roques, Venezuela.  There were no guides ; only local fishermen who would take us out to fish for raton (bonefish).  I was with a video production company shooting a video of this up and coming bonefish destination.  It was actually unbelievable fly fishing for bones. Once we got it across to the fishermen/guides what we were after (very little Spanish and zero English).  I started working for a company organizing group trips there a year later as a group leader. 

One of my group trips was very...


Best Running Line for Shooting Heads


There is always a ton of debate among spey casters about what is the best running line on the market. Which one is the easiest to hold? Which one is the slickest, or the thinnest or the most supple and which one tangles the least… Everyone has an opinion, and this is just mine. But, I am pretty sure I am right.

I have used a million different running lines. Each one usually did well in one category or another but fell short in others. I never found a running line I thought would be hard to beat, until recently.

There are 2 main categories of running...


BC's best little secret, The Cable Cookhouse.

My love for BC spey fishing started in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island many years ago. This is why my road trip had me leaving the Skeena watershed to be among the great North Island rivers of my past. I packed my Subaru, picked up my brother, and made my way to the ferry. Our destination was Sayward Junction on the beautiful Salmon River. Upon arrival at Sayward Junction the rivers were very low. The upper parts of the Salmon had my brother asking me why were we here? I replied, "I timed our adventure to the rains".

That night we planned our Salmon River float trip....



I guess if you fish long enough some pretty strange adventures await.  One of my favorite saltwater bonefish areas for wade-fishing is Christmas Island in the Pacific about a 1000 miles south of Hawaii.  I have been there a few times and have some very memorable days of fishing.  I want to tell you of one particular day while fishing for Trevally and a few bonefish.  It was the day the truck sunk and the boat burnt.  I am not shitting you, this is a true story.

I wanted to dedicate a day to fishing for Trevally and maybe a bonefish or two.  My friend...



This is a concept that we steelheaders deal with every time we head to the river.  Just the act of traveling (sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles) proves that we have taken a leap of faith; we have faith that the fishing might, could, should – WILL be worth the trip.  If you have ever fished with a guide, you know how much faith you have in what he/she may tell you about the river or fishing.  The guide will say, “Jump in here.  It is deep near the bank but head toward the middle and it will get shallower.  Follow the ridge in the middle of the river,...


Don’t fish a bad cast

Warning: This post is bad advice for beginners.

In the guiding business patience is a virtue.   All guides have there own variety of “go to” phrases that flow out so naturally and often you don’t even notice them being said.  Should of been here yesterday, never leave fish to find fish, A bad day's fishing is better than a good day at work. All of these can be heard echoing along every river system in North America daily.

However there is one phrase I am trying to put a stop to and that’s “fish every cast no matter how good or bad it was, steelhead don’t care if it...

What to do when you fall in

Steelhead fishing is often done is cold or crappy weather unless you are lucky enough to squeeze in some summer fishing where falling in certainly isn't a big issue.  However if it’s fall or winter you can expect bone chilling water and air temps that are so cold hitch hikers hold up pictures of thumbs.  Falling in the river anytime can be horrible but in the cold it can even be dangerous.  If you are camping and you fall in you need to take it very seriously.  Here are the the things to remember.

  1. Check Phone or non waterproof camera...