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Fly Fishing North of Seattle

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Fly Fishing – Just North of Seattle This past weekend found me on one of my favorite rivers. The North Fork Stilliguamish River is one of the true gems of North Puget Sound.  A river noted for its storied fly fishing past and  fabled race of summer steelhead who each summer make their way up the North Fork in search of their spawning waters; a small tributary of the North Fork simply known as Deer Creek. My wife, son and I took some friends of ours to the North Fork to teach them something about fly fishing and how to cast a fly rod.   Summer is a fantastic time to be on the river regardless of the fishing; the easy pace and rhythm of the day a welcome break from jobs and hectic schedules.  As I explained and demonstrated the various casts to everyone I was reminded of how much I enjoy teaching and sharing my experiences on the river. As a former guide I learned long ago to fish vicariously through my clients and the same is true when teaching casting.  When someone succeeds whether hooking a fish or making a great cast the excitement and energy they exude is always special to behold. My guiding career started in the Katmai National Park in Alaska; a veritable fly fishing paradise.  I was also fortunate to guide on North Puget Sound Rivers as well as on the Olympic Peninsula and Eastern Washington.  Regardless of the destination teaching has always been a part of guiding and I have been fortunate to spend time teaching many wonderful clients how to fly fish for salmon and steelhead.  At this stage of my angling life I now have the time to teach my close friends and most importantly my family.  Spey casting with…

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