A 2020 retrospective.

Dave Westburg

WFF Supporter
Para Adams isn't selling a calendar this year so I thought I'd put together my own online calendar of the flies and rods of 2020.

January meant saltwater for resident salmon and cutts.

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February was more salt water cutthroat.

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March and April were out due to covid. I tied spey flies in March.
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And worked on classic east coast streamers in April.
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May meant granger 8642s and leadwing coachmen wet flies for cutthroat in west cascade foothill ponds.
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June was standard lake patterns and a 9' Granger Champion on a larger lowland lake.
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Fond memories of a July day when cutthroat shredded a black hackle peacock at a mountain lake.
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In August I caught some healthy rainbows in an alpine lake fishing an 8'6" Phillipson Powerpakt and some Kingsmills and Olive Bumbles.
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September was time to use a Sharpes 88 to swing soft hackles down eastern washington riffles.
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In October I chased coastal cutthroat in western washington rivers with a 9' Sharpes Specialist and classic wet flies.
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A phillipson 9' 7 weight and these Supervisor streamers worked well for bull trout in November.
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And in December we end the year where we started chasing resident salmon and cutts with a Sharpes impregnated bamboo rod. Greg Armstrong put me on to them.
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Dave Westburg

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I use 9 footers for salt water, sea-run cutts, bull trout and large lakes. The are cheaper than the shorter bamboo rods. People say they are heavy. Not been my experience.
 

para_adams

Active Member
Dave,

Awesome rods, absolutely beautifully tied flies and a wonderful recap of the year. Thank you for posting this. Your flies, in particular, are inspirational. I need to recapture that old love of tying for tying's sake...with practice I might be able to create flies that are at least close to yours, but doubtful to be their equal. Tight lines!
 

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