Swinging flies, obviously.


King Salmon on the Skykomish.

When Derek calls to tell you that he will be at your house at 4 AM it is hard not to be angry. Then you think that you might, you just might, finally catch a steelhead. The weather is terrible for fishing, hot and sunny. But you set your alarm and do it anyway.

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 11.00.10 AMLeland taught me the importance of naps, but I was glad to wake up and take a picture of Derek as the sun was rising over our first spot. Even when the fishing is slow, it is nice to see the absolute beauty of the outdoors.Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 11.00.30 AMAs the sun climbed higher, the naps were initially more enjoyable, but at a certain point in the day it becomes uncomfortable to nap in waders. The water was low and as the clocked ticked onward, I began losing hope in my chance for my first steelhead. Derek pulled in a few non steelhead fish. He was not as impressed as I was. I have thought that the Skykomish is as barren as it gets. Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 11.00.38 AMOn the way back to the car, I got the biggest surprise of the day. I brought in a king salmon. What?! Out of nowhere we landed this little guy. Thanks for a great day Derek!Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 11.01.04 AMWe are now ready to get that steelhead!

Resources to help victims of the Oso slide.

This slide hit too close to home. There is enough information out there already, but the biggest question I hear is, “How can I help?” Let’s be honest people think that they are too busy to get out and volunteer their time. Here is a great article from the Arlington Times including:

 The Arlington High School commons, located at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., will host the local leg of a nationwide Zumbathon for disaster relief from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. All the money raised will go directly to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation fund for Oso disaster relief at Union Bank.

• Silvana Fire District 19 is donating all proceeds from its annual pancake breakfast and raffle, from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 12, to Oso firefighter Seth Jefferds, who lost his wife, grandchild and home in the Oso mudslide. This event will take place in the Viking Hall, located at 1331 Pioneer Hwy. in Stanwood.

• Mirkwood and the Shire Cafe, located at 117 E. Division St., will continue its concert series of local artists, to benefit the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation fund for mudslide relief, at 6:30 p.m. on April 12 with musical performers the Skablins, Woodshed and the High Council, for an admission fee of $5 at the door.

• Fred Meyer and QFC will extend the collections of donations at their check-stand coin boxes through April 12, due to the overwhelming support from customers and employees to assist the victims of the Oso mudslide in Oso. Fred Meyer and QFC will also be matching all customer and employee donations up to $15,000, for the Red Cross of Snohomish County, to assist in their aid efforts.

• The Norpoint Shooting Center, located at 8620-A 172nd St. NE in Arlington, is staging an Oso relief barbecue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

 Oso, WA


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