Hoodoo, AK prime King openings

In a few days I will be headed back out to Hoodoo Lodge for the summer. We had a last minute cancellation and have 2 open spots for Chinook Salmon (Kings) July 1-7. This is typically one of the best weeks of the season and is being offered at 50% off including the charter flight from Anchorage to Cold Bay. Hoodoo can offer some great king fishing, especially spey fishing for bright kings running 10-40 lbs, average fish are anywhere from 15-22 lbs. For more info, please contact me asap. Here’s a little of what Hoodoo as to offer….

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(916) 838-2496

after june 13th hoodoo lodge (907) 989-2200


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Save Wild Umpqua Steelhead!

Received a text from my good buddy Rich Zellman yesterday telling me the state is thinking about opening up a kill fishery on wild steelhead in the Umpqua. Read below his note and please write a letter to the state. These are special fish that need to be saved…

Need a favor. The Umpqua is being proposed for a winter wild fish kill. The decision comes down this Friday. Could you write a quick email to the odfw?


Doesn’t need to be lengthy. Just something like you value the Umpqua’s robust wild steelhead run and spend your hard earned money to come to catch and release these wild fish so they keep returning and you do too. Add your own thoughts too, trust you feel the same as I do on this subject. Keep the Umpqua wild! A few sentences can go along way.





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Proposed Nickel mine in headwaters of Smith River

Looks like we might have another battle on our hands as a British company is looking to put in a nickel mine on the headwaters of Baldface Creek a major tributary to the North Fork Smith River. Please read…..



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Cast and Blast @ Sunwolf – Squamish, BC April 4-6



Come join in on the fun in Squamish, BC at Cast and Blast @ Sunwolf April 4-6. We’ll be there with Aqua Flies doing some tying demos, fishing, and having a good time.

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Good times…

A few weeks back I was able to get out with a good friend who use to fish a ton but hadn’t been out in months due to work. Fishing was tough and we decided to look for some fresh fish off the tide. In three hours, he hooked three and had his ass handed to him by this pig. After a long battle the hook pulled free seconds after this shot. Fish or no fish, good company and a beautiful surrounding is what makes the day! One of my favorite days and images from this winter.


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Lost and Found…skagit head

Airflo Compact Skagit Int. 570 in the Smith River a couple weeks back. To claim, contact speybum@gmail.com


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RIP Gabe Duran


This past week the fly-fishing community lost one of the best human beings to row a drift boat or cast a fly rod. Gabriel Duran was one of the hell of a fly fisherman, guide, and one of the greatest dudes to ever step foot on this earth. Gabe loved life and and shared his enthusiasm for life and beer, with everyone around him. Gabe always was in a good mood and had a big smile that we will all never forget. I feel lucky to have shared many floats, stories, laughs, and beers with Gabe over the years of guiding. We miss ya man, and catch a 30 pounder up there for me!


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