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Thursday, August 25, 2022
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. If you've never fly fished a small stream before, now is a great time to do it. The water level is low and temperatures are a little better than they're typical freezing cold. I grew up very near Pilchuck Creek in Skagit County. It's full of cutthroat trout. We hardly caught any to keep because they were usually under six-inches long. But boy were they fun to catch. Of course, as is the case with small streams here in North Central Washington, bring plenty of mosquito spray. The Pilchuck is a typical Western Washington stream that is choked heavily on either side by alder, cedar, vine maple and salmonberry vegetation. At a very young age, my Dad taught me to roll cast. It's kind of the same trick as flipping a loop down your garden hose or extension cord to get it over something its caught upon. I'd never seen overhead casting until I saw the movie "A River Runs Through It." I watched it with my Dad and turned to him shortly into it and said, "must be nice to have all that room to cast." Find the cool waters and cast away. Until next time, Good Fishing!