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.

February was more salt water cutthroat.

March and April were out due to covid. I tied spey flies in March.
And worked on classic east coast streamers in April.
May meant granger 8642s and leadwing coachmen wet flies for cutthroat in west cascade foothill ponds.
June was standard lake patterns and a 9' Granger Champion on a larger lowland lake.
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.
In October I chased coastal cutthroat in western washington rivers with a 9' Sharpes Specialist and classic wet flies.
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

WFF Supporter
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.


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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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