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April 2004

Spring is a beautiful time of year, flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and fishing season has just begun. Almost all of your local lakes have been stocked with rainbow trout, but a select few have been planted with triploid trout, which will be talked about more later in the article. This is a great time to take the kids, the girlfriend, the father in law, or even just a relaxing day of fish...[more]

Where to Catch Trout Now By John Kruse for Washingtonlakes.com Are you one of the estimated 300,000 anglers that will be fishing during Washington’s April 24 trout opener? If so, I hope you come home with a stringer of nice trout and some good memories. However, the question for many anglers heading into May is, “What now?” Many anglers believe the place they went on opening day is p...[more]

Kokanee salmon were experimentally introduced into several lakes and reservoirs in western North America in the mid-1940s. The success of these introductions has since blossomed into a growing sport fishery in the west and has spread to many eastern waters as well. Continued planting and new introductions throughout the United States will see an increasing number of anglers pursuing these sport...[more]

The Frugal Fly Fishermen has a confession to make. I love low cost, high performance gear and own lots of it, but I also like to spoil myself on occasion and buy a really nice piece of gear. "So how can you do this and still consider yourself frugal?" you might ask? Well, it’s all about knowing where and when to find bargains. In today’s article I am going to share with you some of my favorite ...[more]

March 2004

SIZE DOES MATTER (AND SOMETIMES……….SMALLER IS BETTER!) By John Kruse Many bass fishermen subscribe to the old saw of "A bigger lure means a bigger fish." That’s why we are often found beating the surface of the water with a five inch plug, a large buzz bait, or a weighted, seven-inch plastic worm. While these lures work, I’d be willing to wager that the average fisherman...[more]

It was a cool crisp morning as I approached the creek to try for my season opening trout. The sun was starting to come up, the dew on the grass, and the smell of the cool crisp clean air sent my mind reeling back to my youth. As I approached the water I could here the gentle gurgling of the water as it swept past me, I found myself thinking of the first time I had ever fished this body of w...[more]

In a previous article we discussed several low cost but high performance fly rods . Now that you have your rod all picked out it is time to talk about fly reels. Depending on the size and species of fish you are targeting, the reel can play either a minor role in your gear selection or it could one of the most important equipment decisions you make. The key is knowing when to spend the extra mo...[more]

February 2004

I made a scouting trip to the Quincy Wildlife Area yesterday - taking a look at the lakes prior to the March 1st Opener that brings crowds to many of these waters. Here's a rundown of what I found, and what the WDFW, in a recent Weekender Report - says to expect: Stan Coffin Lake: This year round lake is ice free. My son and I didn't have any luck casting and slowly retrieving jigs for a lit...[more]

I recently lost an old friend and I was trying to think of a proper tribute, so I thought I would write an article about this old friend and maybe you folks would understand how I feel. I’ve thought about this a great deal and I think sharing these memories will be the best medicine. We were brought together by fate back in 1995 and were pretty much inseparable, where you seen one on the lake ...[more]

If I had to label one area where fly fisherman spend too much money it would have to be on all the tools, knick knacks and gizmo’s we stuff our vests with. We simply buy too many things that we don’t really need. When you are hiking around all day on a river or are kicking around in your float tube, you learn to appreciate that less is more which is the point of this article. So what exactly ...[more]

In the last report that was posted here, it started out saying that I had been getting some good reports on the perch fishing and I couldn’t wait to see for myself how things were going this winter. Well, I have made a couple of trips now and things are shaping up for another great year for perch fishing in the Columbia Basin. The perch bite on the Winchester Wasteway, which is about half way b...[more]

January 2004

I love to fly fish but I refuse to spend large amounts of money in order to pursue my passion. I know people who would think nothing of buying a $500 fly rod, $200 reel and then drop $400 on a fishing guide. Not me!!!! I strive to get the performance I need from my gear but at a much lower price. Fly fishing should not be so cost prohibitive that it excludes people based purely on their disposable...[more]