Hard Work and vigilance has to pay off someday right? Well after 17 years guiding on the Olympic Peninsula, "starting in a wall tent" we have purchased a newer home in the Sol Duc valley. Christmas came early and as somewhat of a surprise beginning last summer when the lease we had going deteriorated unannounced. Never wanting to hop off the ride of life we jumped right back in with both feet. We have big plans on the conversion to more of our style in a house for entertaining guests and providing a home base and service for the guides, friends and family alike. The path that life has led us on has taken a slight change in direction but again it's a ride on a river and we are up for the challenge. Here are some of the photos of the new place and we will post as we go on the conversion that I am sure will take a while. With artwork By Jesse Purdom @pacificmetalarts on the dining table, Bob McLean steel arts of Twin Bridges MT., Tosh Brown Photography throughout the lodge, personal pics, many faces of guests and guides included have really placed a family feel to the lodge. Wonderful food enjoyed amongst friends and anglers   My own designs and building of end tables, night stands and basic amendments to the furniture and special angler needs makes it a true second home and fishing lodge for myself and guide partners. We can accommodate 8 anglers and have the guides and private catering onsite as well. Following the program developed over years of adaption. We deliver a unique in depth exposure to the culture of fly fishing for Olympic Peninsula steelhead and the guide life it supports. Gear work , fly tying, steelhead conservation all spoken in depth nightly and carried out over our favorite adult beverages. We still enforce the tequila tradition, Patron or Don Julio shots for all when a guests catches a 20 pound steelhead. Weather can be

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Wild Steelhead, ‘er in a hatchery world…

As a catch and release wild steelhead fly fisherman I have immersed myself in chasing wild steelhead where they thrive, from SE AK to the famed Dean river in BC to the North Umpqua in Oregon. HOME WATER: I consider my home water to be all of Washington state, more precisely the Olympic Peninsula and the Upper Columbia tributaries. The Peninsula having the last remaining stocks of giant wild winter steelhead are presently undergoing much needed changes for there continued rein of supremacy. This comes with much sacrifice by all concerned in an attempt to regain our allotted 50% management criteria. Most importantly with out closing the fishery. The Upper Columbia River tribs have undergone years of closures, management changes on the state and federal levels and supported extensive study that has developed a blue print for recovery elsewhere. Here are the rivers that began my development into the lifestyle I now live. My all-time favorite the Methow the river of my ancestry. The wild run of summer steelhead has blossomed into a growing population witch has exceeded expectations. This season will be the first with a highly reduced federal bloodstock program, and zero tribal hatchery plants in the Methow itself, we will see if it takes hold. I have faith! Beyond all the passion and love we display for our sport of fly fishing, the majestic wild steelhead, fills the personal need to just fish and be happy. Catching any fish on the swing somehow acknowledges that there is still greatness in the wild environments we call rivers. Its an astonishing victory making everything feel right with the world. This summer for me, has been about that reconnection, with a twist, we don't have that many wild summer steelhead cursing through our rivers in July and August many rivers in Washington never did. We do however have the replacement players. The hatchery fish that have been labeled and demonized by so many that we have forgotten the ideal of just fishing. CORECTIVE MANAGEMENT: We are now blessed with

Responsible Angling part 2

As we progress or gain experience in reality we learn things that are only discovered with LOTS of time on the water. Some in business call it the 10,000 hour thresh hold. There comes a point in experience that many thing become second nature. In the fishermen guiding field its as simple as effortlessly dodging rocks on a rapid, seeing and fishing current seams un noticed by most others or when to dip the net and when not to. All these things take time and understanding. Many go unshared or even un noticed by others. The other and most important aspect in experience is Responsibility. We as guides are responsible for the safety our guests, there enjoyment on the water and sometimes there effectiveness in catching the quarry. Perfect hook point, upward and to the corner. But what I feel the need to SHARE with you is the responsibility we have as guides and all anglers alike the care of our sought after prize. It used to be that just the style of angling was often considered and effective tool in lowering our effect OF angling on Salmon Trout and Steelhead. I choose these as there in the hot bed of topic and also what I know about the most. We as anglers really don't know how effective other styles are unless we have done that or experienced that. Many guides have never swung a fly for steelhead, many others have never floated jigs or hung bait under floats or experienced plunking. But we find it so common for the general fishing public to assume what is happening in a day on the water with alternate methods. At this juncture we can say the most common problem with the management of our iconic species is KILLING them. Plain and simple, we don't want to kill the ones that are least in volume or the ones we cherish the most. This post wont be about tribal issues or WDFW management

Raft maintenance, tips on keeping it alive.

About every two years I have to pull a major raft maintenance and repair program. I use this raft for guiding and such about 50 days a year and those days are not the easy floats by any means. I show a quick run through of the cheapest way to keep it alive and safe for operation. Foam on the fame: Basically its for longevity of the raft itself and for comfort of use, it also helps when carrying lots of rods and such. Inspections of framework: Looking for cracks and replace rivets and connections. sand and paint for rust protection rivets on breakdown parts welds on joints Boat clean up and inspection: Floor deflation a few times a season to remove lost items and possible deflating materials. A good dousing of cleaner and 303 protectant. Some pretty bad stuff in the crack of the floor , like a black hole everything gets sucked in at one point or another... Customizing: This time I added carpet to the stand up floors and riveted them into place, repaired the stand up joints and did a pretty good paint job on all... old crusty New perminent carpet, paint and tightened stand ups new hose clamps for flexability new load loop, paint and pins new bungee guards sand and paint for rust protection A good raft frame needs to flex between the rowers frame section and the stand ups, a simple hose clamp works great. A loop of rope around the front stand and out the raft for cranking onto the trailer. One of many, my own adaptions the bungee guards, they only last a few months but easily replaced and cheap. Foam work and re assembly: Good quality foam and gorilla tape, new straps, and bungees for tie downs. the best stuff garbaged straps old UV damaged straps always use a 45 deg. finished frame work When I set up my rafts I like a 8 point harness, 4 at

Being Lucky

Since 1972 I have been aware of steelhead fishing, as a young boy I had no idea of the path it would lead me on, into the culture of fly fishing. Since 1998 I have been a fly fishing guide. Some of you already know the prior vocation and being lucky is the only way I survived life to see this lifestyle, turned avocation, turned business as a fly fishing guide. As so many call it "Back in the day" if we caught one steelhead or three it was always a great day, mostly gear fishing pre 1987. My home water was the Green River, Puyallup and Carbon River. These I fished nearly daily when in town or in shape, whichever construction work allowed. The OP or Forks Wa was a "week end warrior" or off work time fishery. Which in the early days of fishing addiction was common November through March. I was in the right spot at the right time, we worked very HARD to force the hand of catch and release regulation. Much harder than today with social media and email. Personally showing up and writing letters was the only way then. I was "lucky" as my home waters were of the first to go full on C&R later in the seasons. My vastly increased success in steelhead fishing in a short period of time, I owe to that regulation . The fishing pressure went to zero for a few seasons. Luckily I had formed a MO, follow the C&R regulation. My one day swinging a fly got LUCKY Before then fishing hard for a couple steelhead and the great days of double digits where not so common. I was lucky enough and worked hard enough to gain a edge in the game. The top 10% as some call it. Only a member because of pure hard work not at all by excellence. Yes I knew were to catch them, I knew how but mostly because I fished more than others, A

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Angling responsibly, a guide’s short look at the present and hopefully the future…

  How a steelhead should look in the net, upright and recovered prior to photographing Unlike drinking responsibly angling responsibly is not so easily noticed. Many fishermen pay guides to take them fishing expecting that they know what the rules are and how to catch the fish they are fishing for. Some anglers hire guides because of the ease of access to the good spots and often are not from the local area. As a fishing guide we are always trying our hardest to get the sports into a good day of fishing and have a good time doing it. In the Pacific NW we have some of the most complicated regulations in the lower 48 states. The WDFW is constrained by ESA listings upon some fish species or even low run sizes on various others. They do there best to provide angling opportunity around the protection of certain species. Many regulations are formulated from the general public’s opinions; basically they manage the people not so much the fishery. In 40 years of fishing the NW I have done my share of what I would now consider bad behavior. Back in the day we would follow the TROUT fishing reg’s on many Salmon fisheries, often fishing water totally void of anglers but stuffed to the banks with Salmon or Steelhead. We could easily catch 20-30 fish (King,Coho,Steelhead) in a day under the guise of trout fishing w/o seeing a soul, while just around the bend or over on the other fork guys would be lined up attempting not to kill each other while catching dinner. This is an extreme situation that we would venture into a couple times a season into each of our secret sections. Some of the regulation loop holes were a measly five hundred yard stretch that had been unnoticed by others but easily found by us as YOUNG and tireless addicts of the game… Long before I become a professional fishing

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