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Out with the Old, In with the New

How do you know when it’s time to replace your fly line? Has it lost its floatability? Does it hinge and catch on your guides while casting? Is there a series of knuckles a mile long? If your line looks anything like the one shown or tends to resemble any of the above mentioned conditions,… Read More


Lake Turnover

According to the charts on’s website, the lake has turned over down in Bayview, ID. Although there still is a 54-55 degree surface temp near Hope, ID. Ever since the navy put in a temperature gauge off of one of their barges, I have been studying the effects that weather patterns have on Lake… Read More


Okanogan Steelhead Opener : 10.22.2014

STEELHEAD OPENER IS PRODUCING RESULTS  With the recent opener in the Omak/Okanogan area for steelhead Matt (North 40 Archery Lead, Omak, WA) and myself have been chomping at the bit to spend some much needed time in the water.  The Okanogan River is a particular favorite for myself because of its low fishing pressure and… Read More

mo report 10.21.2014

Mo Report 10.21.2014

Mo Report 10.21.14 We spent the weekend camped on the lower Missouri but fished the canyon section from Dearborn down to Cascade pretty thoroughly.  The hot weather was not ideal for swinging streamers but we did catch a few, and as soon as this weather gets back to normal it should be game on.  We… Read More

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Telleen Heads Home

For those of you who visit our Great Falls shop from time to time, you have probably met Fred Telleen. He has been helping us out in the shop from about November to March each year during his off season from guiding on the Kenai as a fly fishing guide in Alaska. Fred has been… Read More

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Upper Columbia Steelheading Starts Today!

Today is the season opener of the upper Columbia steelhead season and it’s tributaries that surround our Omak, WA fly shop. The Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow, and Okanogan Rivers are all open for Steelhead fishing until further notice. The Similkameen will be open starting November 1st. I guess Keith in Omak was almost dead on with his… Read More

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Pass It On

Last week I had the pleasure to spend the morning taking two, of the most avid outdoors people, I know fishing. Mike has harvested just about every big game animal in North America and Jess spent her summers growing up at her Dad’s lodge in Illiamna. I kept telling Mike how good the fishing was… Read More

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Here Come the Coho

An estimated 30,000 or more Coho salmon are expected for the Upper Columbia and its tributaries. Yesterday WDFW issued a rules change opening the Columbia river above Priest Rapids dam to Chief Joseph dam, along with the Methow, Wenatchee and Icicle rivers for coho fishing. Click here for the new emergency rules info. For flies use… Read More

clearwater river steelhead catch

Chasing Steelhead on the Clearwater

We arrived late Thursday night on the lower Clearwater River to spend the next three days on the river chasing steelhead. Reports had been awesome with anglers landing 10+ fish a day on gear and a 2-3 a day on swung flies. Most of the campsite on lower Hog Island were taken so we resorted… Read More