Water Reportage

Maybe, Almost Legendary

Species: Steelhead Date: April 2023Location: Skagit/Sauk River, WA It’s the day after the opening of a legendary steelhead river. Social media says fish are everywhere; so do my friends who fished yesterday. There is a blanket mayfly hatch, March Browns I think, I’m no entomologist. They are very cool, and they taste great. If this […]


Species: Coho Date: September 2022 Location: Salish Sea, WA Various seabirds play, hunt and squawk. Seals make their rounds at certain tides. Barely visible porpoises’ porpoise. Baitfish pass in the shallows. Everything feels right so often. High tides lazily rearrange the sea and the swells provide a soundtrack. A dead grizzly bear washed up here […]

Worms From the Sky

SPECIES: CARPS DATE: HIGH WATER LOCATION: COLUMBIA RIVER I played hooky from the desktop and had been hearing reports of high water, which the United States Geological Survey’s real-time tools confirmed. It may just be the most moving water passing by one specific point I’ve ever witnessed. On top of an iffy forecast, I had […]


Species: Bass Date: Too Early Location: Whatcom County Ponds The lily pads are moving in the petroleum ponds, stirred by gentle pushes of water from what I only hope is the golden olive-slabbed side of a respectable bass. I am not optimally set up on this small cut of dry bank. Roll casting a top […]

Late, As Usual, to the Mickey Dees

SPECIES: TROUTDATE: MARCHLOCATION: THE PROVO There was the occasional riser, but Charlie’s success came from the smallest midge in his box paired with plenty of split shot. Slow fishing today, though Charlie caught a nice rainbow–pretty in its deep colors of winter. It took a black size 20 midge bounced along the bottom. First time […]

Wader Leaks and Casting Tips

Species: Steelhead Date: February  Location: Western Washington No fish. My buddy had to bail for adult things. Waders are leaking pretty good now. Kind of busy. Saw four sleds, four drift boats and one raft, only one of which floated right over the water I was going to fish. A flyfishing guide in a metal […]


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