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Spring Fishing on the Yakima River

Spring fishing on the Yakima River can be some of the best fishing you can experience and the very next day be your worst.  I have always told my clients that Spring fishing is day to day and while we experience a lot of inconsistency there is a general pattern we follow.  As guides, we are studying the river…

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Tightline Nymphing (Euro Style) From A Drift Boat

I have been asked countless times if tightline nymphing from a drift boat is possible, and if so, how?  The answer is yes, it is very possible and extremely effective at that.  It is like getting an extended drift when you are wade fishing.  Imagine fishing a long run and walking down the bank with the flies all the…

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Hardy Zephrus

The Hardy Zephrus is by far my favorite rod to throw dries with.  It is one of the lightest fly rods on the market and paired with the Ross Evolution LTX makes it one of the lightest fly combos you can buy.  Both rod and reel won awards for being the lightest on the market a few years ago….

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Echo Shadow 2

When I think of the Echo Shadow 2 I think of a work horse of a rod that won’t break the bank.  This was my starter tightline nymphing rod that I used for years and loved it.  It has precision accuracy and backbone with excellent feel and sensitivity. Length: 10’6” Weight: 4 Pieces: 4 Action: Fast Use: Tightline Nymphing…

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Mojo Bass by St. Croix

The St. Croix Mojo Bass rod was built especially for professional tournament anglers.  A lot of tournament anglers would use a fly rod because of its length.  A 9’-10’ rod could reach into hard-to-get places like docks or in a mess of lily pads and pull-out fish where a gear rod would be inferior.  Soon after a rule was…

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Echo 3

The Echo 3 is the first rod I grab when I need a indicator nymphing rod for steelhead.  This 9’6” Fast action rod is great for turning over the heavy indicator nymphing rigs we use to catch steelhead.  Length: 9’6” Weight: 8 Pieces: 4 Action: Fast Use: Steelhead Nymphing Retail: $350 The line I have paired with the Echo…

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Thomas & Thomas Contact

The Thomas & Thomas Contact is a top notch tight-line nymphing rod that is light in hand, accurate, and durable. Length: 10’ 8” Weight: 3 Pieces: 4 Action: Moderate/Fast Use: Tight-line Nymphing Retail: $825 The Thomas & Thomas Contact is my go-to tight-line nymphing rod.  Along with all their other rods, I was no less impressed with this model. …

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Echo Base

The Echo Base is the rod that I use for my clients to borrow on a guided trip.  I have used these rods guiding for 6 years straight.  Granted, I break about 2-3 rods a year, so they do not have all the original parts, but I have no intention on changing anytime soon.  Length: 9’0” Weight: 5 Pieces:…

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Bottom Dweller Stone

The Bottom Dweller Stonefly is an excellent point fly for Euro style nymphing. With a tungsten bead and lead wraps this fly gets down in the zone quickly and adds sensitivity to the rod. This fly is an original creation tied by Nathan Schepker, owner and head guide of Top Fly Guide Service. Enjoy!

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BWO Perdigon

Take a look at how we tie our Blue Wing Olive Perdigon. This is a popular fly when tightline nymphing and is great as a dropper as well. We have added a little twist to the fly that you might enjoy. Thanks for watching! Make sure to subscribe to our You Tube channel!

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