Fly fishing blog


Welcome to our Blog

Mission Statement: The fly fishing industry has drastically changed since the group of us began in the 90’s. Back than everybody's business lived and died by the all mighty sport show. 

These shows were events that could not be missed. Our booths were lavish, double wide social hot spots with TV’s, videos, photo walls, and hidden bars serving up your favorite cocktails.  

The casters were throwing 120 foot cast in the ponds, the salesmen were weaving outrageous tales of the tape, and the guides were comparing gear, water and fish with each other. It was a fly fishing circus. In an effort to recapture that feeling back in the 80‘s and 90‘s at the sport shows we have created this blog. 

Our posts are conversations, and topics that you would normally cover on a river sitting on a log.  If we aren’t on the water fishing, we are likely talking about it, and we invite you to come along for the ride.  

Girls are taking over - embracing the growth of Spey fishing.

In the words of Pete Pettos "I can't wait to get home so I can burp and fart in the privacy of my own home. THERE ARE TOO  MANY CHICKS ON THIS RIVER!."  Nick Karol's reply  "I SHALL embrace the growth of spey fishing. Never before could a bushman such as myself be so lucky! I just had two blonde girls on my boat. I LOVE  STEELHEADING."  Pete Pettos replies  "Nicky, I came here to fish with you, so stop running  off into the forest with Lauren."  Nick Karol replies  "Lol". 


Swinging the Dream - Summer Runs.

As I lay here in my Subaru I write this blog until my cell dies. I have been camping up on logging roads of two great river systems since mid-August. The sun nor rain or snow had stopped me from my pursuits at first light


The difference between men and women and steelhead and trout

In the fishing world trout are the men and steelhead are the women.  Trout have one track minds living their lives searching for ways to feed as much as possible while expending the least amount of energy.  They generally don’t like to work very hard for their food.  If you study the feeding habits of a man while his wife and kids are off visiting the inlaws, you will notice a very close correlation to trout.  Like a trouts lie, a man will have his lazy boy chair fully set up to expend the least amount of energy while watching tv.

Is your guide a stud or a dud?

Sometimes in the fishing business you book a trip with someone and they stick you with the guide of their choice.  You are often at the mercy of ‘luck of the draw’ at this point.  Its like when you go to a trout lodge and half the guides are young, fresh out of college kids, taking a year off to full fill a bucketlist dream job for a year before they get a “real job”.  You know you are going to catch less fish that day than the guy who has been guiding there for 10 years and is a lifer.  Day in and day out, first year guides on a new body of water will be out performed buy the vets.

The Spey Casters Grand Slam

I learned how to cast a Spey rod to swing flies for steelhead. Steelhead have hands down been my favorite target species for a long time now and there is no option on method to use. Once you swing flies with a Spey rod there is no going back. 


Fishing between the runs

One of the reasons a lot of people prefer early season steelhead fishing over late season is that the fish are much more aggressive to a dry fly.  However another attraction to catching steelhead in warmer water temps is having the opportunity to fish some very interesting water . With warm water the fish will search out fast, highly oxygenated spots to hold. With even a couple rocks to lay behind the fish will find extemely fast water to relax in.  Often times these are very random spots that very few people would ever think to fish.

Guide Training

It is not often that a position opens up for a new steelhead guide, however when it does it is important to bring them along as quick as possible. Each steelhead river has its own personality and the most important thing to learn is where and when the steelhead like to lie.  A big mistake many guides make when training new additions is taking them from run to run having them memorize where they are.  If you are a guide that goes from point A to point B everyday you will quickly see you are being out worked on the river by better anglers who follow the fish.  

I heard it through the grapevine

I was driving home from elk hunting the other day and I heard a song on the radio that beamed me (Scotty) into the past.  In 1970, I was driving with a friend south from Seattle to fish for three days.  That day we were headed for the Toutle River.  About halfway to the river, I heard a new version of a song I knew very well.  This version was 11 minutes long, though, and sung by Credence Clearwater Revival.  It was “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”.  I was blown away by it at the time.  It stayed in my head all day.  Arriving at the Toutle, we strung up our fly rods and I knotted a nymph


Fishing is Fishing

Last week I finally got to realize a goal.  In addition to an addiction to steelhead, I have to get a fix of throwing flies at carp every summer.  My brother and I took off from Seattle in a pouring-down rain for the drive east to meet our friend Darc Knobel in Ephrata, Wa, for three days of chasing scales on the flats of Banks Lake in Eastern Washington.  The type of fly fishing for carp we have been following for 20 years is sight fishing only, in shallow water that is fished by a poled boat or by wading.  This year we added a new twist (more later).  For those of you who have done some f


Spey rod for the big ones

I have a new favorite setup for the big ones.

It used to be that when we went after big salmon we had to fish 14 to 16 foot rods in 10wt. As a steelheader, I have gotten very comfortable with my shorter 12.5 to 13.5 ft rods and do not like casting the extremely long rods that much any more. I like the compact lines and compact casting strokes that go with the shorter sticks.

This summer I got to fish for monsters in a few amazing places, and fell in love with a new heavy duty spey rod that everybody should love for big fish.