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Fly Fishing North of Seattle

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.

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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.

Fly Fishing with the Family


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 two handed rods offers versatility and ease to one’s fishing.  The casting is always a little tricky at first but once the feel for the rod movements and how the line on the water loads the rod is achieved this style of casting becomes addictive.

~Jonathan Knapp