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Chester Allen
Interests: fly fishing, snowboarding, surfing, pizza, tropical beaches, gear fishing, fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout in puget sound, northwest beaches, oregon's deschutes river, fly fishing and wildlife watching in yellowstone national park
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This Deschutes River rainbow whacked our mystery fly with gusto. So, another weekend -- at the very start of June -- and the Salmonfly Madness still lingered on the Deschutes River. Well, there were actually many more golden stoneflies in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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A Deschutes River redsides with a Chubby Chernobyl it found floating under an out-of-the-way tree Going fishing on Memorial Day weekend is always a tricky decision. Crowds are a problem everywhere -- and you can expect a double-whammy of fellow... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
l A DELIBERATE LIFE..... FILM TRAILER from RockHouse Motion on Vimeo. I found this trailer to "A Deliberate Life" on my Facebook page this morning. Every image and every word glowed. Life is indeed about more than working harder to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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A very pretty wild Crooked River rainbow trout caught on a size 20 Sparkle Dun Well, I'm back. I've been pounding away on my next book, which is a tour of fly-fishing waters throughout the western United States -- and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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I've got a few first-edition copies of my book, "Fly Fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat," and I'll happily sign and send a copy to readers of this blog. The price is $25. If you're interested, send me an email to dryflyguy2001@yahoo.com,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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I love October on the Deschutes River, especially when banks of dark clouds roll over the rimrock and a gentle rain drizzles all day long. The Deschutes flows through a deep desert canyon, and the long, dry summer had drained... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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A nice Puget Sound sea-run cutthroat trout on a early fall ebb tide One month from now, it will be a lot colder and wetter in the Pacific Northwest. Snow will be piling up in the Cascades, some rivers will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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This nice Deschutes River Redsides Rainbow trout sipped a tiny X-Caddis drifted inches from the bank. It's always cool to see a river -- and the trout -- shift gears, and I got to see that happen a couple days... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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Why we drive to the Deschutes and brave the crowds every spring. The peak of the Deschutes River Salmonfly Madness was long gone when I hiked along the Warm Springs to Trout Creek stretch on June 2. I had fished... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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Fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat is clearly not a fashion statement -- for me, anyway. This fish ate one of Doug Rose's Keta Rose patterns in a South Sound inlet a couple of weeks ago. My friend Leland Miyawaki is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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This nice sea-run cutthroat couldn't resist one of Bob Triggs' Chum Baby flies during Sunday's evening ebb tide. Well, Chum Fry Madness is happening at many of my favorite Puget Sound and Hood Canal beaches right now, and I just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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I'm going to be at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop this Sunday to sign my book, tie flies and jabber about fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout. This luau begins at 3 pm, and I'll stick around as long as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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Notice how the pink salmon fry in the tank gleam in the sunshine. The pale fish at top right is a smelt. There's nothing like a trip to the Olympic Peninsula in spring, especially if you drive up U.S. Highway... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
Ryan, I can certainly get you autographed copies. Send me an email to dryflyguy2001@yahoo.com, and we can arrange things. Thanks for the kind words.... Best, Chester
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2012 on Back with a Book! at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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TRONCONES, MEXICO -- The water between the incoming swells and the beach rippled to life and four-inch-long sardines sprayed across the surface. Torpedo-like upwellings -- big, ravenous jack Crevalle -- followed the sardines. The water erupted in froth and gaping... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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I've been away for quite a while -- writing a book about fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout. And the great people at Stackpole and Headwater Books were kind enough to publish Fly Fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat, which is now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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Heather sets up on a nice Crooked River rainbow trout that couldn't resist a Sparkle Dun. There comes a time in every angler's life when it seems entirely reasonable to drive three hours -- one way -- on a day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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This isn't a steelhead -- it's a wild, resident Deschutes River rainbow trout. These fish are hard to find and even harder to catch -- unless an angler is lucky enough to fish the right water at the right time.... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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A Deschutes River redside rainbow trout that lurked off a little-fished bank Wednesday afternoon was a gaudy reward for nutso behavior during the salmonfly and golden stonefly hatch. Every May brings the same sad, squalid story. I find myself gazing... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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This beautiful, foot-long Puget Sound sea-run cutthroat trout was my biggest fish landed on a strange day of fishing a minus tide. There is no such thing as a sure thing when you cast a fly for Puget Sound sea-run... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2010 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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An X-Caddis in the mouth of a back-eddy Deschutes River redsides is a sure sign of spring. Spring comes to the Northwest in scattered fits and starts. Snow drifts still glow in the thick, shaded Douglas fir stands on Oregon's... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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The last sunshine of the day casts light onto the Deschutes River Canyon rim. We anglers spend most of our time thinking about fooling fish, but all that thinking can actually make us fools. I love the Warm Springs to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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Deschutes River redsides rainbow trout like spots like this one on a drizzly, cool spring day. A mild, spring-like winter has given way to a chilly, wintery spring across the Northwest, and the fishing is bollixed up all over the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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Low tide on a Puget Sound inlet. The water level dropped almost 14 feet in seven hours. I hear that my fishing fanatic friend Greg Cloud was a talented musician back in the day, and I believe it -- even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Chester Allen's Watery Planet
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