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THE DAY I QUIT FISHING AND THEN THE DAY I CAME TO MY SENSES

The day I quit fishing for steelhead was a normal Washington, December day (drizzle and upper thirties air temp).  My friend and I got to the Barrier Dam launch on the Cowlitz River at 4:30 AM and we were 5th (5TH!!!) in line to launch my drift boat.  We were not fly fishing.  I could hear some arguing about who was in front of whom and statements like “Where did you learn to back up a trailer.  Go home and practice.”  The mood was as dark as the clouded night sky.  But the fishing reports...

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The Old Trail

The trail never gets easier, only more familiar.  I anticipate the meadows with calm pleasure and the cliffs with fear and dread.  I keep trekking it season after season with my fly rod in my hand.  The end of the trail is always welcome and the resultant fishing is always beyond my expectation.  I remember when I first found it.  I was glancing over a map of the no-road access areas of not-very-popular river with direct access to saltwater.  The map was well worn (I had fished the river...

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Bill Martz
BIll Martz
steelhead
Winter steelhead bc
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INVEST YOURSELF FLYFISHING FOR STEELHEAD

To this day it is still important to me to be invested in my fly fishing.  This could mean many things to different anglers.  To me it was tying my own flies, building my own rods (I no longer do this), learning to cast and teaching thousands of people over the decades these same skills.  When I first got intensely interested in fly tying and fishing, I got an aquarium, caught some aquatic bugs and put it all on my tying desk so I could observe the movements and actions of the bugs.  I even...

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A Beautiful Spring..

Now that it's spring, I comb the coastline in search of the elusive spring run steelhead. One place that peaks my interest is a point where Canada and Alaska are one. Canada is to the right and Tongass to the left.  It's a spiritual place where the aboriginal people fight to keep the land and their traditional practices alive. It's a place where as a Canadian I found myself truly having a cultural experience. I made a pact with the locals and no names shall be repeated.

Tobacco for...

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A beer lovers guide to fishing BC

If you are coming to BC to swing flies for winter or summer steelhead, or trying your luck for king salmon on the fly there is one very important thing you should study up on before your trip.  In the end it may be more important than your flies, rods, reels or any other research you have done.  I am of course talking about beer! What to sample immediately upon arrival.  The craft beer world in Canada is much more limited that the wonderland many states in the US enjoy. Pennsylvania, Illinois,...

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The thrill ISN'T gone

The most important thing about targeting any anadromous fish is timing. Water conditions and run timing are far and away the most important factors to catching fish. Beyond how far you cast, or what your beautifully spun flies look like, or how well you know a river. Timing is everything. This fact is true of many things in life, and when timing is good and opportunities abound you better get after it and take advantage.  

Anyone who has ever read Negley Farson’s books will quickly...

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