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February 2005

Welcome to the first installment of the Frugal Fly Fishermen for 2003. I hope everybody has been out enjoying this incredibly mild winter we are having. I got a chance to take advantage of the weather and cast a fly to the steelhead in the Methow River a few days after Christmas. I won’t bore you with the details of the one that got away but will say I hooked into a heavy fish on my second cast...[more]

January 2005

There are five rules of fishing which most successful fishers follow, even if they are unaware they are following them. Fishing a river for salmon, steelhead and trout require an understanding of these rules and how they relate to rivers. FISH WHERE THE FISH ARE, NOT WHERE THEY AIN’T: In a river, this rule has more than one part. You must know at what times of the year the fish will be in t...[more]

There are five rules of fishing which most successful fishers follow, even if they are unaware they are following them. These "rules" are not to be confused with the LAW of fishing which states "If your line is not in the water, you are not fishing!", nor are they to be confused with the law of fishing rods which states, "Two or more rods placed in close proximity of each other will find a way to ...[more]

Did you ever wonder which rod to take when traveling to a fishing location? Ever wish you had a rod that was versatile enough to use for different species or application so you didn’t have to overload the boat with rod cases? Problem solved with the new Wonder Rod being built by Bill McGuire in Rock Island, Washington. McGuire is a legend in the world of sport fishing and competition casti...[more]

Bass fishing with topwater wood plugs is a fascinating experience every angler should try. It's an addictive kind of angling. The excitement and explosiveness of the surface strike can unnerve even the most experienced angler and turns every trip into a memorable one. Bass first become vulnerable to surface lures when the water warms up in the spring. These fish are a warm water species ...[more]

This is the final part of my crash course about the basics of steelhead angling. I have tried to keep this series easy to understand by not using a bunch of technical terms and getting wrapped up in them. I hope this has raised an interest in steelhead fishing and also encouraged those of you who have never tried it to get out on the water and see just what your missing. As I have said...[more]

This may be the slowest time of year for most outdoors lovers. Fortunately, the annual sports shows make their arrival to get our blood going for the upcoming season. You can book a trip to a lodge, check out some bargains from your favorite sporting goods retailers, or learn a little bit in a seminar. There are casting demonstrations by the pros, RV’s for sale, and some awfully nice fishing boa...[more]

This week I’ll be covering drift fishing from the bank. But first let’s have a quick review on covering the run. I always start working the run from tail-out and slowly work my way to the beginning or the run, no matter what angling method I use (except for plunking and we will cover that next week). There are several different methods used for drift fishing from the bank and we will cover a f...[more]

The anatomy of a bass must be understood to better fish them... "The successful fisherman is the one who familiarizes himself with the ways of fish. He who studies out and observes the peculiar traits, habits and haunts of the fish he sets out to catch. Who acquaints himself with facts as to their sense of sight, smell and hearing, their mode of existence, foods likes, seasonal movements, etc....[more]

There are so many different ways to fish for steelhead its really hard to say just which method is best. I will say that about 80% of steelhead taken are with bait whether it be eggs, sand shrimp, and even worms. Tactics vary from angler to angler - you have your plunkers, drift fishing from the bank, and spoons, spinners, everyone has their own argument for which is the most effective. ...[more]

www.fishingmagician.com There is an abundance of choice in Eastern Washington when the prospect of ice fishing is considered. There are lakes near and far. Some offer trout, others spiny ray and still others that offer burbot (freshwater ling), but they all offer the same thing: angling during a season that often offers limited options to the ardent angler. You know the type. They just gotta go...[more]

Few states offer the variety and quality of fishing that Washington does. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) lists state record catches for more than 30 species, enough to keep any rod-and-reeler happy. Here are some of the species anglers can pursue in Washington State. Rainbow Trout Rainbow trout are Washington's most popular game fish. Native to the western United States...[more]