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On the Water Log, May 3, 2012

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

The Supervisor at Lake Quinault

One of my readers. Curtis Steinhauer, got in touch with me today and said that he had great success trolling the Supervisor on Lake Quinault on the opener last weekend and earlier this week. He caught a lot of cutthroat and several bull trout up to around eight pounds with it and a sockeye fry imitation of his own. He said that it was the best he’s ever done on the lake with flies and that the fry imitations were much more productive than the Muddler Minnows that he usually has excellent results with in the river and creeks and smaller lakes near Lake Quinault.

Now I’ve just got to find a couple days for a run down there with the Supervisors I tied last month.

On the Water Log, April 17, 2012

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Writing about the Supervisor yesterday got me thinking about other flies I like to drag around behind a canoe or rowboat. North American fly fishers have a rich history to tap from when it comes to streamers–which is documented superbly in Bates’s Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing–and there are even older patterns from the British Isles that still take fish. Whatever their provenance, most of the established streamers will generate strikes from hungry early season trout. But probably as many fish have been caught on variations of the Royal Coachman Streamer as any half-dozen other streamers combined. Moreover, although it is usually associated with New England more than western waters, where Royal Coachman Bucktails and Royal Wulffs have always been more popular, a Royal Coachmen Streamer is a great cutthroat fly.


On the Water Log, April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

As I mentioned last week, I am going to resume writing about other topics than cutthroat and chum fry now. I’ll still post fly recipes from Cutts and Chum from time to time, and my chum fry piece is turning into an article, so that will take a while longer. Meanwhile, this week I am going to write about a different fly that I like for spring fishing each day.

The Supervisor is an old Maine style streamer fly for trolling or casting. Created by Joseph P. Stickney, a Warden Supervisor, in 1925, it was designed for the brook trout and landlocked salmon in Moose Pond. It suggest the smelt that inhabited the region’s lakes.


On the Water Log, April 11. 2012

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012



Jeff Delia tying one of his flies; Preston Singletary at far end of table.  Jack Devlin photo.


Steve Rohrbach and me during a presentation session.    Joe Uhlman photo


On the Water Log, April 9, 2012

Monday, April 9th, 2012

                                       A CUTTS AND CHUM JOURNAL I

” . . . I commented to her that fishers of sea-run cutts are collectively one of the nicest groups of people I know.  They’re folks who pay attention to details in the natural world (rips in an estuary.)  They’re not ego driven (bigger egos tend to track bigger fish.)  And they’re happy to share tips with like-minded  folks.

my fishing buddy, David Christian, in conversation with his wife after Cutts and Chum


photo Joe Uhlman


Jeffrey Delia during the opening session                        photo by Jack Devlin



Sunday, April 8th, 2012



Materials List

Hook:  Gamakatsu SC-15 #4(Fish Skull) and #6(slider)

Tube Tool:  HMH Starter Tube Tool plus .041 and .061 inch diameter steel pins

Thread:  Nylon or 2 lb. leader

Head Cement:  Sally Hansen Hard As Nails

Tube:  1 ¼ inch length of small HMH tube(Fish Skull).  1 ¼ inch length of micro HMH


Hook Holder:  3/8 inch length of junction tube or model engine gas line(model store).

Head Cement:  Sally Hansen Hard As Nails

Tail:  Olive or black barred gold variant colored rabbit strip(1/16 or 1/8 inch wide) or

olive or natural colored pine squirrel strip(1/16 inch wide)

Body:  Same as tail above

Head:  1/4 inch diameter foam cylinder or Small White Foam Popper( Cascade Crest

Tools, Inc.)(slider).  Small olive or brown colored Sculpin Helmet(Fish Skull)

Eyes:  Prizma Tap Eyes silver 5/32 inch( Spirit River )

Colored Pens:  Olive or brown/gray (more…)

On the Water Log, April 7, 2012

Saturday, April 7th, 2012



Roger says, “I have had excellent success with the S.T. Clouser Minnow for sea-run cutthroat, adult blackmouth, resident and adult coho. This fly often triggers aggressive strikes.


Originator: Bob Clouser and modified by Roger Stephens

Hook: Gamakatsu SC-15 #4 (saltwater series)

Thread: Flat waxed nylon (tie dumbbells to tube) and 2 lb. leader

Head Cement: Hard as Nails

Tube Tool: HMH Starter Tube Tool plus .061 inch diameter steel

Sequin: 10 mm pearl from craft or fabric store

Dumbell Eyes: Spirit River Real Eyes Plus 7/32″ nickle pearl/black

Tube: HMH Fly Tiers Tube: Small .031″ i.d X 3/32″ o.d.; 1 1/4″ long

Sleeve: 1/16″ i.d x 1/8″ o.d. (gas line for model engines at model shop) for rear hook holder sleeve and front sleeve which is cut at a 45 degree angle

Under Body: Fire Fly (pearl) or Krystal Flash (pearl) over white Arctic fox

Over Wing: Peacock herl over Flashabou #6923, Bull Frog) over olive Arctic Fox                                              (more…)

Doug Rose Fly Fishing Christmas Newsletter 2011, Volume III

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011




by Ramon Vanden Brulle


The place was bright and noisy, full to bursting. The waitresses, the only women in the room, wielded thick china and shrugged off the jokes, clumsy passes, and general air of flirtation, giving as good as they got. The tips were piling up, and they knew plenty of these guys, or at least the type: men in the company of men, on the verge of the outdoors, excited and nervous as boys. Harmless enough.

            Outside it was still too dark to see the low, thick sky. The pavement was dry, but the gravel and grass were damp, the potholes full of muddy water. The café was one of the few places with the lights on, and it shone like a small moon landed in the center of town. In the dim glow of the streetlamps, the small business strip gave the impression of never having projected enormous prosperity. This is a long way from anywhere, plagued with one of the dampest climates on earth, 200 inches of rain a year and a mean temperature around 50 degrees.

When Europeans first saw this place from the sea, they did not want to come ashore out of fear. Never mind the lack of moorage, dangerous reefs, and giant, bone splintering breakers. The Devil himself lived in places like this, beneath these dark wet thickets of towering trees. In fact, the first Europeans to set foot on this shore were set upon within moments of landing their small boat, killed, dismembered, and cooked before the eyes of their horrified shipmates anchored beyond the surf line. Explorers spread fantastic tales of savage, cannibalistic natives waiting in ambush for God’s children under the impenetrable green canopy.

Some of the natives actually were effective raiders and warriors. They thought they lived in the richest paradise on earth, and pretty much just wanted to be left alone. They had no idea how right their first instinct was. Europeans are nothing if not avid, especially once they’re squeezed through the American can-do filter, and Satan notwithstanding, those enormous trees were like money lying on the ground. Thus grows a resource outpost, the logging town, an operational testament to who the real cannibals are. (more…)

Don Kaas, In Memorium

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

 Don Kaas–1932-2011


Don on Lake Crescent with his dog, Walter, and cat, Dizzy.

I’ll bet that a lot of anglers who fish the Olympic Peninsula have seen, perhaps even had a conversation with, Don Kaas without knowing it. That’s because Waters West, my friend, Dave Steinbaugh’s, Port Angeles fly fishing shop, is pretty much a required stop for out-of-town anglers, especially those heading to the West End rivers. And ever since Waters West was in its original location on Oak Street–and continuing at its current location on Front Street–Don was nearly a fixture of the shop.

An older gentleman, tall and lanky, with gray hair, he usually sat near the counter. He almost always had a cup of coffee in his hands. Don spent hours talking to Dave and Curt Reed about fishing and fly tying and how things used to be on the Olympic Peninsula. And if you hung around the shop long enough, he might include you in the conversation. If that happened, you’d better hold onto your hat, because Don was gruff and funny and opinionated


Glasso and Wentworth Spey Flies

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

All of these flies were tied by Dick Wentworth. They are from his fly boxes and were tied to be fished. All patterns were created by Syd Glasso unless otherwise noted.


Orange Heron.


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