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Trout Bums at Large is a monthly column appearing in the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Seattle Times. The column is written by Randal Sumner and Mark Littleton. We will be keeping an archive of these articles on this page.

by Mark Littleton

This is the time of year that you see a lot of 10 best lists. Here is my 2002 list for flyfishermen :

Best Flyfishing Book – Fiction – “Guiding Elliot” by Robert Lee. This is a great book, I liked it so much that I read it twice. This is an excellent story well told, and it may be the funniest book I’ve ever read.

Best Collection of Essays on Flyfishing – “The next Valley Over: An Anglers Progress” by Charles Gaines. This guy has lived the life all trout bums would live if they had the money and the time. He has fished at all of the worlds great lodges. A fascinating guy who just happens to be a great writer.

Best Flyfishing Book – How to – “Hatch Guide for the Lower Deschutes River”. You could substitute Yakima for Deschutes in the title. This little book has more useful information than any other book of any size that I have seen. If you only own one book on flyfishing, this should be the one. It’s the trout bums bible.

Best All Around Trout Rod – Loomis GLX 5 weight. I bought this rod this year and it is all that and a bag of chips. It throws a lot of line with just a flick of the wrist – dynamite, especially if you have a bad elbow. This is a powerful fast-action rod and I think a 5-weight is just right for the Yakima.

Best Reel for the Money – Okuma makes great reels and the price is outrageously low. I bought an Okuma this year for about $40 and I prefer it to another reel I own that sells for $200. How do they do it? I don’t know, but if you need a reel, this one’s a steal.

Best Dry Fly Line – Its still Rio. I’ve tried a number of lines over the last few years and for casting, durability and floatation – none measure up to the Rio Classic.

Best Tippet Material – Climax. This tippet is thin, consistent, and strong, with just the right amount of stretch. Unfortunately it comes in the world’s worst dispenser. I put up with the dispensers because of the fine product. If you want a really good dispenser, look at the Dai-Riki tippet in the Dan Bailey dispenser. This is a great tippet dispenser and contains pretty good tippet material.

Best Nymphing Indicator – The kind made with Polypro yarn and rubber o-rings. These float great, cast well and they are super sensitive - so you can detect those delicate takes.

Best Hatch on the Yakima River 2002 – Golden Stoneflies. There is nothing like a stonefly hatch to make big fish stupid, and that’s how I like my fish – big and stupid.

Best Place for a Flyfisherman to live in Washington State – Yakima. We are blessed with great rivers and not too many people.

More Trout Bum Articles:
05/01/2015: The wolves will always eat the sheep by R.Sumner
11/17/2014: Red Fish Redux by R.Sumner
08/01/2014: Retirement by R.Sumner
07/02/2013: Custom by Randal Sumner
05/01/2013: Subaru Magic by Randal Sumner
01/19/2012: Ding Ho by RandalSumner
04/06/2011: A Cautionary Tale by Randal Sumner
01/26/2010: Redfish Round-up by Randal Sumner
11/24/2009: Kentucky Don and English Bob by Randal Sumner
08/25/2009: A word about Bears by R.Sumner
06/30/2009: Polar bear hugging by Randal Sumner
01/27/2009: Christmas letters by Randal Sumner
11/25/2008: Trip to Eden by Randal Sumner
08/07/2008: Mime Time by R. Sumner
06/02/2008: fuel vs fishing by R. Sumner
05/01/2008: Long sleeve Hawiian shirt by R.Sumner
02/07/2008: The Empire by R. Sumner
11/29/2007: Troutbum self-help by R. Sumner
09/04/2007: The Perfect Client by Randal Sumner
07/02/2007: High Anxiety by R.Sumner
03/29/2007: Grasshopper by Randal Sumner
01/25/2007: Chinese food by R. Sumner
11/30/2006: Old Whitey by R.Sumner
09/28/2006: Chief Holland USN retired by R. Sumner
07/10/2006: BBQ by R.Sumner
05/30/2006: Cashmere by R. sumner
03/30/2006: Sterling Choices by Randal Sumner
01/26/2006: Tying with Pablo by Randal Sumner
12/01/2005: Brrr by Mark Littleton
11/24/2005: Thanksgiving 2005 by randal Sumner
09/01/2005: Anchors Away by Mark Littleton
07/01/2005: Some kinda fun by Randal Sumner
05/01/2005: The Base Lake by Randal Sumner
04/01/2005: Humble Pie by Mark Littleton
03/01/2005: Dance monkey dance by randal Sumner
01/01/2005: Where are the Instructions? by Randal Sumner
12/01/2004: Das Boat by Mark Littleton
11/01/2004: What me Worry? by Mark Littlton
10/01/2004: Priorities by Mark Littlton
09/01/2004: Falling In by Mark Littleton
08/01/2004: Ice Fishing by Randal Sumner
07/01/2004: Honey, I flooded the basement by Randal Sumner
07/01/2004: Elvis Lives by Randal Sumner
06/01/2004: Coyote by Randal Sumner
05/01/2004: Redfish and Capt. Dan by Mark Littleton
04/01/2004: Vested Interest by Randal Sumner
03/01/2004: Are you a Troutbum? by Mark Littleton
12/01/2003: Christmas presents by Mark Littleton
11/01/2003: Oklahoma by Randal Sumner
10/01/2003: Steel heading JuJu by Randal Sumner
09/01/2003: Motor Home by Randal Sumner
08/01/2003: Life is Funny by Mark Littlton
07/01/2003: Deschutes by Mark Littleton
06/01/2003: Class of 2002 by Randal Sumner
05/01/2003: BOAT FISHING by Mark Littlton
04/01/2003: ALASKA, LAND OF THE MIDNIGHTBLUE TARP by Randal Sumner
03/01/2003: MARCH BROWNS by Mark Littleton
02/01/2003: DEEP IN THE HEART OF IDAHO by Randal Sumner
12/01/2002: SAN MIGUEL by Randal Sumner
11/01/2002: DISNEYLAND by Randal Sumner
10/01/2002: CAMPING by Mark Littleton
09/01/2002: MMMM MAYFLIES by Mark Littleton
08/01/2002: CARNEGIE HALL by Randal Sumner
07/01/2002: CRAWFISH PIE by Randal Sumner
06/01/2002: Sons and Pals by Mark Littleton
03/01/2002: Visitation by Randal Sumner
02/01/2002: Ouch by Mark Littleton
01/01/2002: Death by Randal Sumner
11/01/2001: Leakers by Randal Sumner
09/01/2001: Poser by Randal Sumner
08/01/2001: Snake River Diary by Mark Littleton
08/01/2001: It's Hard by Mark Littleton
07/01/2001: Etiqutte by Randal Sumner
06/01/2001: June by Mark Littleton
05/01/2001: Road Trip to Paradise by Randal Sumner
04/01/2001: What Are They Doing Up There? by Mark Littleton
03/01/2001: Gear by Randal Sumner
02/01/2001: Soft Hackles by Mark Littleton
01/25/2001: Motivation by Randal Sumner
12/28/2000: Winter Fishing by Mark Littleton
11/30/2000: Old Blackie by Randal Sumner