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Going for Gar

In memory of my father Richard C. Armstrong Ⅲ We didn’t know we were going for gar when we pulled the canoe from atop the 4Runner, dragging it over the guardrail and down the hidden trail which runs two-hundred yards to the water through thick, Texas scrub. We didn’t know we were going for gar…
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Almighty April

April in steelhead country is a time of long light, longer floats, and “just-one-more-cast” dreams. A time of high hopes lost to high water. A time of landed trophies and of long, quiet rides home. It is a time of last chances, of redemption, and of regret. Most of all, it is a time of…
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January Throw Down

Dave Pinczkowski, early devotee of Skagit, fishing guide, practicioner of the "crayfish hop," die-hard fan of The Allman Brothers Band and midwest legend, made his now annual trip out west. Dave came out in 2018 and experienced very high water, but was able to hook four fish on the Sol Duc. He lost them all,…
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Canada Wars Episode V: Ben Awakens

Well, all good things must come to an end. Over the past couple weeks, I've had to wait on some people. Not going to name names, but let's just say there was a lot of down time. I sort of started feeling like I was wasting my time up here, but I didn't want to…
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Canada Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

So, I was 0 for my last 5. Well, to be accurate, I was 1 for my last 5. One of those fish came off at my feet after I easily could have netted it, after I had grabbed the leader. I just didn't get a chance to tail the gorgeous hen, which would probably…
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Canada Episode 2: Ben Strikes Back

It has been a little while since my last post, so I am only going to report on the next week, even though more has happened since then. James and Dick had left, and I was on my own. After five days straight of getting up at 5, preceded by over 24 hours of not…
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Canada, Week 1

DISCLAIMER: The steelhead fishing in Canada is well documented, with dozens of lodges, including some of the most fancy and famous in the world, and hundreds of guides promoting its many rivers. I will not reveal a single name in my blog—not a river name, not a town, not even a province (except Saskatchewan, I'm…
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Putting the Hurt on a Spring Creek

You might have thought I was out of my element. After all, I was in Croatia, part of the former Yugoslavia, 5,500 miles away from the stronghold of the Commando Head. My host, Ratko Stibric, an affable, warm-hearted, Commando Head enthusiast, was my host. He has been pioneering fishing with Commando Heads in this part…
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5th Annual Alaska Fly Fishing Fair and Spey Clave

Heads up! Jonathan Farmer and James Millard will be representing OPST at the 5th Annual Alaska Fy Fishing Fair and Spey Clave, the biggest such gathering in Alaska. The event is on Saturday June 9th starting at 10am, and is free. A premiere lineup of presenters will be sharing knowledge on spey casting and other…
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