Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Flashback

Evening in the Farmlands
It's my boy's Joel's birthday today, so I thought this was an appropriate picture.  We were on an evening float through the farmlands of the Yakima, and this fish ate a parachute chernobyl ant, the old school one from Hills Discount Flies.  Happy Birthday Joel!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Non-Traditional Fishing Dog: Renny

Renny giving a taste test
It's been a while since I had a submission for my non-traditional fishing dog segment, and this weeks fido is a repeat from last fall, but in a current fishy situation.  Renny is a portuguese water dog, and is pictured above helping Molly give this Mackenzie River rainbow a taste test.  Having had Renny in my boat before, I can attest that she is a great river companion!

If you have a non-traditional fishing dog, send me a pic at and we will throw up your picture on the blog, and send you some stickers.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Flashback: Awkward Family Photo Edition

This is one of the best old school photos I have for the Friday Flashback series.  I'm pretty sure Rick is still in High School in this shot, and I'm probably a Junior at CWU.  This yak fish ate a skwala river right above the Umptanum bridge on a slow day of fishing.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wilson's Chernobyl

Blue is better
A couple weeks ago before the big bugs were flying we were still trying to scratch out a couple dry fly fish every day with skwalas.  The above fish attacked a nymph rig as Larry and I slid around an inside corner, and then continued to rise while we sat and did some rigging work.  Three flies later, this fish came up and sipped in the Wilson's Chernobyl that is hanging out of it's grill, a fly created by my good friend Scott Wilson.  If you are looking for a simple and crazy effective hopper/stone/big bug pattern this summer, go get some of this bug, its a good one.  You'll love the blue post too, it shows up much better in low light conditions that white does.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Flashback Friday

Thanks Doodah!

This is one of my favorite pictures of all time.  It is from the first time that Brazda and I ever fished together, in the upper Yakima canyon, in the summer of 2003.  Braz parked on the inside corner, that with the road in the background any Yak guide should know, and I sat in the bow of the boat while he started rigging up.  Braz looked up at me halfway threw a knot, and said "Throw your streamer up there doodah!"  I threw it up there, and this was the second fish in a row of nearly identical size.  This was one of the most fun days I ever had on the Yakima, and the beginning of a lot of days and a great friendship with Brazda.

On the topic of Brazda, for those of you who don't know, Jeff is working on the Yakima this summer instead of Montana.  If you are looking for a Yakima guide this summer, you absolutely cannot find a more fun, knowledgeable and harder working guide then Jeff.  Give him a call this summer and go hit the summer stones that the Yakima is known for!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hawaii Bone

Shawnage and Bone!
BFF Shawn threw up a slew of sweet pictures from a recent weekend trip to Molokai, including this sweet bone that I had to post here.  As you all know there are not many bone's over there, but when you get them, they are good ones!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Back in the real world

Badge of honor
Just got back from a 5-day float down the Smith that was as much fun as you would expect when you combine 15 guys, 9 rafts, a healthy amount of beer and an incredible amount of good food.  More to come later this week.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Flashback

Sculpin Steve doing work.
This weeks friday flashback comes from an upper Yakima canyon day in '05.  Joel, Hank and I went on a streamer run, and had good fishing to the best of my memory.  This was in the prime days of my 'fro, and when Hank and I used to fish together quite a bit.  Joel and I are going to be fishing together next week, and I'm looking forward to it already!