Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Brother A Lake and home from Alaska

Finally I have been home for 3 of my 4 weeks and just got to fish a day with my Brother Jason.
Jason caught a few fish as did I but the company was what I was really there for.
Well maybe I will get one more day fishing before the fat red guy comes. Merry Christmas to all and remember family means everything. God Bless

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Silver on the fly

B.C.. silver on the fly

The July that flew by.

I have been home from Fishing in Alaska since the 3rd of July. The time has gone by way to fast as its almost time to go back to work. Here is a pictorial of the month at home.


went to pike place market the first day home.





fished Pass lake for browns as often as possible.








Went on the annual B.C. fishing trip with my daughter Isabell and Grandpa Zane Sr. Great time and Bella out fished me again. Thanks Dad She thinks were just fishin..






Spent a day with the family in the south sound at Anderson Island,

It was a great month at home.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Take Action to protect clean water

» Action Alert    |    July 12 2011
Please visit our online action center to urge Congress to reject HR 2018, a harmful bill which would cut large holes in the federal safety net that protects the nation's streams, rivers, bays and wetlands.
As early as Wednesday of this week the House of Representatives will consider HR 2018, which would curtail EPA authority to enforce the Clean Water Act and would likely allow state-by-state approval of ongoing and future fish habitat destroying activities such as excessive nutrient pollution of our lakes, bays and coastlines, and even mining in the world class salmon producing Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska. For more information read the TU letter to House members (pdf), and the sportsmen conservation group letter to House members (pdf).
Please visit our online action center today and write to your Representative and Senators to urge them to reject HR 2018 and to instead urge them to take a more careful look at the harmful consequences of the bill.
Also please consider calling your Representative, via the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, and ask the switchboard operator to connect you to your Member’s office. Please tell the receptionist at your member's office that you oppose HR 2018 and urge him/her to vote against it.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Headed Home

I am sitting in the Dutch Harbor Airport getting ready to fly home and I can't wait

Get ready for some fishing reports.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

North to Alaska

Dutch Harbor to be specific. I havent been up here since 1996 commercial fishing. I got a call to go Halibut and Black cod fishing. We just finished our first trip.
It was a great trip and weatherv was pretty good only one day af ass kicking weather the rest of the
time it was good weather we are done offloading and delivered 98,000 lbs of Halibut. At 45 years old
and 15 years since I have fished and I feel like I just got done with boot camp. My paws hurt and I have brusies everywhere from running into stuff on the boat. I will try and get more pics next trip and I will post
when I can.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Patagonia's 2011 Catalog is amazing Check it out.

With great pictures and great videos this online catalog is definitley worth a look.

Check it out Here.

Dave McCoy from Emerald Water Anglers has some great shots in the catalog.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mother nature puts the brakes on my trip

I was going to leave this morning for a trip to the Owyhee River. I have been looking forward to this trip for weeks.

As you can see that plan is shot to hell. The river is blown and has not been this high since 2006.
Time to replan that trip for a later date. So it is off to Pass Lake in the morning to rope some Rainbows and Browns.

By: Zane Wyll, fly fishing, Washington,drift,brown trout,rainbow,searun cutthroat,steelhead,skiff,flies,fly wallet, swing,nymph,Skagit,Stilly,Sauk,Pass lake,Washington fly fishing,catch and release,fishing with friends,fishing report,fishing trips,free fishing, military fish free,premier fly fishing, west,Idaho,Montana,Mexico,Pesca,bonefish,Snook,driftboat,oars,flyrod,reel

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Say NO to Genetically Modified Fish

The FDA is close to approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption. This decision could be disastrous for wild salmon in the U.S. and around the world. We simply can’t let it happen. If genetically engineered salmon are produced on a commercial scale, fisheries experts say they would inevitably escape into the wild. And if that occurs, it could cause catastrophic damage to the last remaining stocks of wild salmon. Please, sign our petition today and tell the FDA to say NO to genetically modified salmon.

Help Trout Unlimmited let your voice
Be heard HERE.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I was on Washington fly fishing and ran into a post about a sunken drift boat on the Grande Ronde here is the story and some safety tips to think about before you head out on the river.

This info from a poster on Westfly:

I Observed a sunk drift boat (blue fiberglass) just below Sheep Creek rapid this weekend (march 5), I guess the guys sunk it the day before (March 4) we were there. To those that may have seen us go by on the wallowa (we were in the blue aluminum koffler not the blue fiberglass boat which sunk). We recovered a bunch of their stuff, phone number on a bag, left a message, no call back yet, including an operational Ruger M77 Mark II .223.

The guy who sunk his boat called me back last night. They are not from the area and this was their first time on the river. They launched from Palmer Junction on the Grande Ronde not from minam

Quite a long story, short version: they think the plug came out and they started taking on water in Sheep Creek rapid, sluggish maneuvering then broadside and flipped on a boulder, I think the anchor also let loose, neither had life jackets and both guys nearly drowned, one had a battle with entrapment with the anchor rope, one made it to the left side of the bank and the other guy on the opposite side. They hiked out to palmer junction.

The guy was pretty humble about his mistakes when I spoke at length with him. They learned a very significant lesson without having to pay the ultimate price.

Lessons they should have learned from this experience (and lessons for everyone to keep in mind):

1. Always wear a PFD
2. Have your boat and all gear in proper working order (i.e. plug etc).
3. Know how to high side and practice to the extent that the move is automatic when required
4. Have a very sharp river knife on your person to cut the anchor rope in the event of it getting snagged and or you getting entrapped
5. Winter trips leave even less margin for error when temps are cold and hypothermia/freezing to death increase 100 fold.
6. Go with another boat if it is your first time on a multi day trip to the middle of no where and you aren’t an expert rower/survival expert.
7. Have a dry bag with some survival gear ei fire starter, some food, some dry clothes.
8. Always give someone your route and schedule so if something happens they know when and where to
look for you.
I deleted on part of this post because I wasn't sure it was good info? It said when traveling on the river put an overhand in your anchor so it can't pay out accidental. What are your thoughts on this please leave a comment as I have some conflicting info. Thanks and be safe out there.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I am Lucky to have such a great fishing partner.

My daughter Isabell loves to fish. She has been fishing with me since the age of 4 and is now 13. Boy they grow up fast Bella is fearless and will fish anywhere anytime. I remember a day on the Beartrap it was blowing a steady 25mph and cold I asked Bella if she wanted to leave and go warm up. Her response to me was Dad we are not going anywhere we are catching fish. She always has a great attitude no matter what the situation. Isabell will fish any way but her favorite is Fly Fishing she has been to the Fly Shops kids camp twice and can through a great loop. She makes here Daddy very proud. Here are a few pictures of my fishing partner.

3-8-9 007
She is amazing!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Those who sell Wild Steelhead

This map is from STOP EATING WILD STEELHEAD check out thier site and join the fight to keep WILD STEELHEAD in our rivers.

View Sellers of Wild Steelhead in a larger map

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Catch of the week.

We did get ot fishing last week and the biggest thing I caught was the flu and did it kick my Ass. We headed out to a local lake on Saturday and had a pretty good day chroni fishing. Streamer fishing has been slow so we hung some bugs and did fairly well. The best fish of the day was an 18in Brown.

Then we add 8 nice bows to the mix it was windy and cold but the wind came down around 4pm and the
row back to the launch was beautiful.

The rest of the night sucked. I got home and had a fever and was sick as a dog until yesterday.
Of course I got the I told you to get a flu shot from my wife and my daughters after that ass kicking I am thinking they may be right. The flu caught up with Hank on Sunday night and he is still MIA.

By: Zane Wyll, fly fishing, Washington,drift,brown trout,rainbow,searun cutthroat,steelhead,skiff,flies,fly wallet, swing,nymph,Skagit,Stilly,Sauk,Pass lake,Washington fly fishing,catch and release,fishing with friends,fishing report,fishing trips,free fishing, military fish free,premier fly fishing, west,Idaho,Montana,Mexico,Pesca,bonefish,Snook,driftboat,oars,flyrod,reel.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fly and Bug Slinger team up.

Marc Crapo of FLYWALLETS.COM has teamed up with the dudes from Bug slinger to make the Bug slinger Fly Wallet. Marc is also a kickass cinematographer and has a movie in the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. The film is No Sports Allowed Volume II by DOUBLE R productions. I just happened to watch a scandalous top secret screening last night and the film rocks. So go to and pre-order your copy of N.S.A. Vol 2 then go to and order your Fly Wallet today.

Bug Slinger™ Fly Wallet

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dropkick Murphys - "Going Out In Style" (Official Video)

Get off the couch and get out and fish. Here is some kickass music to help motivate you. See ya on
the water.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Bull Trout Eats Cutthroat Trout Underwater: Fly Nation TV from Nick Pujic on Vimeo.

What a great piece of footage. Nick that is Super Bad Ass. Keep that stuff coming.

By: Zane Wyll, fly fishing, Washington,drift,brown trout,rainbow,searun cutthroat,steelhead,skiff,flies,fly wallet, swing,nymph,Skagit,Stilly,Sauk,Pass lake,Washington fly fishing,catch and release,fishing with friends,fishing report,fishing trips,free fishing, military fish free,premier fly fishing, west,Idaho,Montana,Mexico,Pesca,bonefish,Snook,driftboat,oars,flyrod,reel.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Choose Your Own Hero.

"SHIFTY" - an incredible American Hero Shifty!! by Chuck Yeager One hero paying homage to another!!




"Shifty" By Chuck Yeager

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry.  If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty.  His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them..  
I met Shifty in the  Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time.  I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle," the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat. 
Making conversation, I asked him if he d been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving.  He said quietly that he had been in the 101st.  I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made. 
Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 ... " at which point my heart skipped.
At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into  Normandy . . .  do you know where  Normandy is?"  At this point my heart stopped.
I told him "yes, I know exactly where  Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was."  At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland , into  Arnhem ."  I was standing with a genuine war hero ....  and then I realized that it was June,  just after the anniversary of D-Day.  I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from  France , and he said
"Yes...  And it ' s real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip."  My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach while I was in First Class.  I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats.  When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.
He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat.  Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy."  His eyes were filling up as he said it.
And mine are brimming up now as I write this.
Shifty died on Jan. l7 after fighting cancer.
There was no parade.
No big event in  Staples   Center ..
No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage.
No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right!!
Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way.
Please forward this email to everyone you know.  Especially to the veterans. 
Rest in peace, Shifty. 
Chuck Yeager, Maj Gen. [ret.]


P.S.  I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heroes" these days...
Michael Jackson & the like!

Check out our Military Fly Fishing Program and Thank You all for your service.

By: Zane Wyll, fly fishing, Washington,drift,brown trout,rainbow,searun cutthroat,steelhead,skiff,flies,fly wallet, swing,nymph,Skagit,Stilly,Sauk,Pass lake,Washington fly fishing,catch and release,fishing with friends,fishing report,fishing trips,free fishing, military fish free,premier fly fishing, west,Idaho,Montana,Mexico,Pesca,bonefish,Snook,driftboat,oars,flyrod,reel.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


HR 1 Action Alert

Stop the Harmful Provisions of HR 1

Take Action On This Issue

In a five-day span last week, the House drafted a bill that would wipe out years of progress that TU - its volunteers, staff and partners - have made on some of our toughest habitat challenges, and cut severely into federal resource agency funding programs just as the field season is about to start.  A funding bill should not contain them, but the bill's ill-conceived legislative provisions contain the following harmful items:

  • Removing funding for the Klamath River Dam Removal and Sedimentation Study, a necessary step to evaluate removing four dams and reopening 350 miles of salmon habitat and resolve the long-running conflict in the Klamath Basin.
  • Stopping the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA from conducting a rulemaking to restore Clean Water Act protection for some wetlands and streams which were curtailed by two harmful and confusing Supreme Court decisions, Rapanos (2006) and SWANCC (2001).
  • Discontinuing rulemaking processes designed to protect streams from mountaintop removal mining.
  • Removing the EPA's authority under the Clean Water Act to veto Army Corps authorized permits for the disposal of dredge and fill material and to designate as off limits certain areas for disposal of dredge and fill material.
  • Preventing the use of federal funds to implement certain Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction programs, which help to restore coldwater habitat in the headwater areas of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • Blocking the U.S. Forest Service's Travel Management Plans, which were developed to prevent uncontrolled off-road vehicle use from damaging fish and wildlife habitat.
  • De-funding the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act, a law enacted last year with strong bipartisan support, which represents a broad coalition of restoration partners.

The bill also cuts funding for vital conservation programs:

  • Eliminates funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, a highly successful, landscape scale, partnership-driven effort;
  • Cuts the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which enables conservation of habitats through purchase of fee title or easements from willing sellers around the nation, by $393 million from FY 2010 levels.  Potentially hundreds of acres of land could fail to be conserved if this funding cut became law;
  • Cuts the National Fish Habitat program, one of the best landscape scale fisheries habitat conservation programs in the federal government, by 28%;
  • Drastically cuts funding for Great Lakes restoration;
  • Eliminates funding for the State Fish and Wildlife Grants program, a bedrock partnership between state fish and wildlife agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
  • Cuts important Farm Bill conservation programs.  Permanently cuts the Wetland Reserve Program by almost 50,000 acres and cuts the Environmental Quality Assurance Program by more than $350 million from authorized levels.

Sportsmen conservationists are willing to shoulder our share of the burden for reducing federal discretionary spending, but a disproportionate burden should not be saddled on programs of critical value to sportsmen.  The Senate must act now to draft a new version of this bill that is worthy of support of the sportsmen


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Much more Than just a guide service.


Emerald Water Anglers is much more than just a great guide service. They truly are Fly fishing specialist. Dave McCoy and his group of professionals offer classes on everything from beginning fly fishing to introduction to rowing have a look at their clinics here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The weather is Here wish you were beautiful.

With a late snow storm dropping in on us here in Washington. I thought it might be appropriate to fly down to Mexico in our minds and throw some bugs at some bone fish with Spooled TV.

SPOOLED TV Episode 08 - Bonefish from BCXHD Productions Ltd. on Vimeo.

Monday, February 21, 2011

catch and release at pass Lake

Great video from pass lake today. Here is a picture of the Brown trout that followed the Rainbow.

It was a great day on the Lake.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Health and Mental Stress Benefits from Fly Fishing

With every thing going on at work and at home, the rivers being closed and the crap weather its been about 3 weeks since I have got a full day of fishing in. Yesterday I made it out to a local lake and spent the day casting large streamers searching for Brown Trout. My attitude and my stress level did a 180 degree turn. I slept better last night than I have in weeks and my wife says I am much nicer to be around. I wanted to see what I could find out about fly fishing and its affects on the brain and I found this article.
Health and Mental Stress Benefits from Fly Fishing

Here are a couple pictures of the fish i caught yesterday.

Get out and fish.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Hank and I rolled from Anacortes to Seattle last night and meet up with my brother Jason and our friend Jeff for the film tour. I am continually amazed by the Talent and evolution of the film content. Not just the fish porn which was dazzling but also the story lines are full of intrigue and suspense.  I will buy the new move by the MOTIV FISHING boys and I left the theater want to cast some flies to some monster Mako shark thanks to LDR MEDIA. It always a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. I had a great time with Yard from Shooting Head. I met Dave McCoy from Emerald Water Anglers. Dave and I have had a mutual friend in Greg Thomas of Anglers Tonic for years and it was nice to meet the guy behind all the stories I have heard. Here is a shout for Dylan Rose from Skate The Fly for the pre-funk tip at Murphy's Irish Pub. I enjoyed meeting the Moldy Chum crew. My brother Jason and our friends Jeff and Hank are always great company and the night was a great time. Check out the Film Tours site Here

Time to Head for the Missouri!


ABOVE: In the Missouri River above Craig, 49 percent of the rainbow trout are 18 inches and longer. The largest fish handled during the October survey was this 23 1/2-inch rainbow. LOWER LEFT: Brown trout comprise about 17 percent of the trout in the Missouri River. LOWER RIGHT: The annual trout count is good news for the throngs of anglers who fish the Missouri each year. / COURTESY PHOTOS/GRANT GRISAK, FISH, WILDLIFE & PAR

Big fish and plenty of them on The Missouri river may make this year like fishing the river 20 years ago. Get the full story HERE. Good conservation and stewardship goes a long way.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Drink O' Week Whickey & Coke - Greg Thomas Anglers Tonic Fly Fishing For...

Fly Life would like to introduce you to ANGLERSTONIC Drink of the week segment. Check out Greg Thomas and AnglersTonic for more great flyfishing and other related content.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Best Tourism Ad Ever

We just got back from Leavenworth and a friend sent us this video add its great
have a look.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Not a fishing trip but managed a few hours on the River.

I just got back from a trip with my wife Kelli to Leavenworth. We stayed in a Worldmark condo on enchanted park about a mile south of town. We had a great time with amazing weather and it was just the two of us and that was long overdue. We had two awesome breakfasts at  Café Verona. It was a trip to relax and have some great one on one time. Leavenworth has great shops and a great Bavarian theme and we thoroughly enjoy the experience. I did manage to get a few hours of fishing in on the Wenatchee River. I only had one tug and no fish to hand but I did get low holed and got to watch a guy land a 30’ Native Steelhead. I wanted to buy a pair of lederhosen but Kelli said she wouldn’t be seen with me if I got them.
Wenatchee River
View from our Condo
It was a great time and it was great to spend it with my wife and best friend Kelli.