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    1279912798 Based on my experience fishing the...

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    Based on my experience fishing the Skwala hatch on the Yakima River for many years, from mid-February through mid-April, you will not see a lot of them on the water or flying. Stonefly...
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    Our national bird is not a very upstanding...

    Our national bird is not a very upstanding character, more of a carrion-eating pirate. Perhaps Ben Franklin was right and we should have selected the wild turkey to represent the nation. Here in the...
  3. Just a note on the "x" system: Largely forgotten...

    Just a note on the "x" system: Largely forgotten today, before the development of modern nylon copolymer leader materials (monofilament) leaders were made of silkworm gut (caterpillar gut, hence the...
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    1251912520Prior to 1938 all Medalist reels were...

    1251912520Prior to 1938 all Medalist reels were spring-and-pawl. The adjustable drag mechanism was invented by a member of the Golden Gate Casting Club who assigned the patent to Medalist gratis....
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    I reviewed a 6-weight Mangrove rod some months...

    I reviewed a 6-weight Mangrove rod some months ago in my product review column in F&TJ. At that time the 6-weight was the lightest rod in the series (6- through 10- and 12-weight). I used it for...
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    You're actually going to be fishing for summer...

    You're actually going to be fishing for summer steelhead. Idaho fish enter the Columbia system anywhere from May or June and through the summer and early fall, and are all classified as summer runs.
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    NJ,In the past I've noticed your interest in the...

    NJ,In the past I've noticed your interest in the sea-run cutthroat (you were the only one to make any comment on my recent Readers' Cast article). I'm fortunately able to fish for them on a nearly...
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    Actually, I have used some of the pictures taken...

    Actually, I have used some of the pictures taken with my XP20 (which, if I remember correctly, is rated at 14 megapixels) for magazine publication (I do a regular product review column for Flyfishing...
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    I have had an earlier version of the same camera...

    I have had an earlier version of the same camera (XP20) for about two years now and have been completely satisfied with it. It has been extremely easy to use and has consistently produced excellent...
  10. 11774 Here's a pre-1939 model 1494 Medalist. ...

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    Here's a pre-1939 model 1494 Medalist. 1939 was the year that the adjustable drag was introduced and this reel features the earlier spring-and-pawl check system. I acquired it quite a few...
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    The best tippet-to-fly knot is one that can be...

    The best tippet-to-fly knot is one that can be tied accurately, with cold fingers, in the dark. While the improved clinch knot may not be the strongest knot out there, it's one that I can tie,...
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    Kodiak sea louse

    The article on the Kodiak Sea Louse has rather piqued my curiosity. Here in Washington and British Columbia the term "sea louse" is commonly applied to a small (usually around 1/4 inch in length),...
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    While Harry is often remembered for his "in hand"...

    While Harry is often remembered for his "in hand" tying of full-dressed Atlantic salmon flies, we shouldn't forget his even greater contributions to to the art of steelhead flies and fishing. Black...
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    I can't imagine it ever "getting old". Even if...

    I can't imagine it ever "getting old". Even if it does, the memories will linger. At any time I can call up the ten-or-more-year-old recollection of a rainbow trout rising to a size 20 midge...
  15. Definitely an alderfly. The alderfly looks very...

    Definitely an alderfly. The alderfly looks very much like a caddis except it doesn't float. When it falls to the water it sinks and drowns. By the way, I think the word you're looking for is...
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    Sagefisher, I believe you're wrong about that. ...

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    I believe you're wrong about that. In Washington state (in almost all cases) the river bottom (defined as "below mean high water) is state property and access may not be denied. Of...
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    You don't mention whether your newly-acquired...

    You don't mention whether your newly-acquired reel is a current or an older model. All of the early Medalist reels were right-hand wind and not interchangeable. This was true at least through the...
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    Not much color yet on the west side of Washington...

    Not much color yet on the west side of Washington but, yes, ya gotta love October. Until the rivers blow out, it's prime time for sea-run cutthroat.
  19. The eyes are extra-small bead chain and aren't...

    The eyes are extra-small bead chain and aren't heavy enough to invert the fly. When the fly is being stripped, they do tend to make the fly fall off to one side or the other between trips.
  20. This is one of my favorite October caddis...

    This is one of my favorite October caddis patterns, I use it for trout in eastern Washington and, especially, for sea-run cutthroat on the west side, from the end of September into November (weather...
  21. Again, lose the cotton! Jeans may be fine for...

    Again, lose the cotton! Jeans may be fine for wearing around generally, but for cold weather (and particularly under-wader) wear nothing could be more useless. If you're wearing breathable waders the...
  22. First off, lose the jeans. For a first layer,...

    First off, lose the jeans. For a first layer, find some polyester briefs; cotton, particularly against the skin, will absorb moisture from the skin and function as as an excellent conductor, very...
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    My first fly reel was was a 1496 Medalist, given...

    My first fly reel was was a 1496 Medalist, given to me by my father in the late 1950s, he acquired it in the late 1930s as a premium for selling subscriptions to one of the major outdoor magazines of...
  24. No, although they don't make the long migrations...

    No, although they don't make the long migrations of salmon and steelhead, sea-run cutthroat ( the migratory form of Oncorhynchus clarki clarki, the coastal cutthroat) commonly travel anywhere up to...
  25. Kerry, I've fished the lower Skagit "spring run"...

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    I've fished the lower Skagit "spring run" a few times but usually used chum/pink fry imitations since the cutthroat (and bull trout) really feed heavily on them and, in fact, take advantage...
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