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May 2003

The Essential Tackle Box By Dave Graybill I have a checklist in my head that I run through when I am preparing to go fishing. As you might imagine, I have accumulated quite a selection of tackle to fish the various lakes and streams of our region. I try to be sure that the items on my checklist are in my tackle box or in the boat before I hit the road. I have gone through the process of o...[more]

This rig is THE MOST PRODUCTIVE RIG that I use for Kokes, it will work under all circumstances. To start you will need the following: 3 or 4/0 dodgers (I use 3), chenille, size 6 treble hooks, Wedding Ring Spinner or homemade replica, and 6-8 pound test line. The chenille is NOT necessary but a substitute will have to be made otherwise! Tie the chenille onto the hooks shaft leaving the tips e...[more]

April 2003

Lake Trolling Tactics (Flat Lining) For Trout By Uncle Wes What do I consider flat lining? Trolling without the use of downriggers. Phase 1: Lake Homework and Preparation 1) Read all current and past fishing reports that I can find including magazine articles, newspaper articles and all literature I can find on that particular lake. 2) I will get a map of the lake and study it ...[more]

March 2003

The lake season is now well under way and next month brings the lowland lake opener across the state. Hundreds of fly fisherman will wet a line in the next few weeks and most will catch fish. However, no matter what lake you fish, there will be at least one fly fisherman who is out fishing everyone else. Hopefully, this month’s article will give you the information y...[more]

Ever fish a lake or stream, and tell yourself that you’d go back there sometime? Maybe the fishing wasn’t that great, but you could see the potential and wanted to give it another try. Buffalo Lake on Colville Indian Reservation in North Central Washington was one of these for me, and this year I did something about it. If fished it once, briefly, about three years ago and always planned to go bac...[more]

As I sit here and prepare my tackle and get everything in order for my fishing adventure tomorrow, I think back to 36 years ago. That’s when my dad put a bucket in the middle of the yard and tied a rubber weight on the end of my line. I can still hear him telling me that when I can make most of my cast’s into the bucket, then I will be ready to go fishing with him. For me like most kids my dad was...[more]

February 2003

Sitting by the fire and thinking about going fishing just doesn’t cut it anymore once February hits. Cabin fever has its wintry grip on most of us and we are dying to get out fishing. Fortunately, in just a few short weeks, dozens of lowland lakes in Eastern Washington will open. Some of these lakes offer trophy sized trout for the anglers who are willing to pursue them but it is never easy whil...[more]

Two "Old Pros" Develop A New Fly Casting System By Dave Graybill Bill McGuire and Buzz Fiorini had each spent careers in the professional fishing and hunting industry that spanned over fifty years. They were both aware of each other’s reputations and accomplishments. They had attended the same outdoor shows and exhibitions at the same time and place over the years, but had never actu...[more]

January 2003

Blue Creek Clean Up Day January 11, 2003 Blue Creek is well known as one of the premier "combat" fishing zones in our state. For years it has kicked out more steelhead than any other spot. So two weeks ago I was very excited to take a couple friends to this spot to show them the craziness that is Blue Creek. It had been about seven years since I'd fished Blue Creek. The fishing wasn't ...[more]

Blue Creek Clean Up Day January 11, 2003 Blue Creek is well known as one of the premier "combat" fishing zones in our state. For years it has kicked out more steelhead than any other spot. So two weeks ago I was very excited to take a couple friends to this spot to show them the craziness that is Blue Creek. It had been about seven years since I'd fished Blue Creek. The fishing wasn't ...[more]

December 2002

The Year in Review - 2002 Welcome to the my annual end-of-the-year review. It's been another active year here at WashingtonLakes.com. Thanks to the readers we once again set new records in both reports posted (1371) and readership numbers. The number of visits to this site grew from last year's 358,607 to this year's estimated 457,992 . Our total readership numbers since I began keepin...[more]

Clark: Battle Ground Lake - shore access is not great and usually people sit on the good spots for awhile so to get one you need to get there early. There is a trail all the way around the lake, a bit rough in spots. Pay launch. Boat ramp is a little rough if you have to back down very far. We have catchable eastern brook although the catchable program has been eliminated. There are excess ad...[more]