Archive for the ‘Fishing Venues’ Category

Blusie Steelhead

My bluesman, fly fishing friend, Keith Scott ( has been picking and singing his way across the Northwest. He was in Smithers, BC, recently and had a chance to swing streamers for steelhead in the Bulkeley—to no avail. Turns out they wanted a clown egg, which he fed them most willingly. Then to Smithers for […]

Last Day Rainbow

Nancy and I are moving west—to the Portland, OR, area to be closer to Jason, and Kelley, and Brooke. We need to get more family time and fishing time together. Amidst all the sorting, packing, tossing, trips to GoodWill, and all the other assorted agonies of moving, John Beth sent me this photo of an […]

Clydehurst School 2015 Intro

Marc Williamson and I arrived at Clydehurst on Wednesday evening, and got ourselves organized in our cabins. Thursday morning, after breakfast, we organized the materials for the school and checked out our electronics, then packed a light lunch and headed downriver to fish a couple of nice runs that we had seen when driving in. […]

Tricos on the ‘Horn

Marc Williamson and I fished Montana’s Bighorn yesterday (9/9/15). There was a Trico hatch and spinner fall that was incredible. Biggest I’ve ever seen. The duns were on the water from daylight to about 8:30 am. They also hatch at night, so we were probably on the tail end of the emergence. Marc and I […]

St. Mary’s Atlantic’s

The St. Mary’s river—a very big river by the way—drains Lake Superior into Lake Huron. It’s also a very good place to catch Atlantic salmon. Perhaps we should call them Landlocks, because they never get to the salt, but they certainly do get into a rather large body of water, and they can get big. […]

Summer Browns

I recently received a photo from one of Jason’s friends, Kurt Lach. He went to school with Jason, raced bicycles with him, and eventually became a fly fishing addict. It’s a great photo of a lovely summer brown, taken from a small stream in western Wisconsin on 6X. Summer fish hold a special place in […]

Alaska 2015 Day 6

Day 6, Sunday, was our last full day of fishing at No-See-Um Lodge (arrival day in camp—day 0–is a half day of fishing). All week we had been watching for the arrival of the chums, and finally on Saturday, they started to come in. Obviously, we were excited and ready to go early Sunday morning. […]

Alaska 2015 days 4, 5

Days 4 and 5 were warmer than the other days of the week, and offered a mix of sun and puffy cumulous clouds. These were rainbows-on-the-dry-fly days on the lower American Creek—in the estuary-like reaches just above the mouth where it empties into Lake Coville. This flat water stretch has decent hatches of the Pale […]

Alaska 2015 day 3

On day 3 we decided to fish the Ugashik Narrows, a short section of river between Upper and Lower Ugashik Lakes. It is noted for its big grayling (the Alaska state record came from this river) and char. We were hoping to catch the sockeye fry migration when char and grayling concentrate heavily on the […]

Alaska 2015 day 2

The second full day of fishing found us on the Alagnak river, again drifting for kings. The others used drift rods, with plugs or “cheaters.” These are nothing but a 1 ¼ inch fluorescent Styrofoam ball (usually orange, red or pink) pegged on the line above a hook and about 18 inches behind a heavy […]