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Spokane fly fishing focus of new art series
Spokane fly fishing focus of new art series

With a raging river running through Spokane, connecting with nature is a little easier than one would think. Especially when it comes to fly fishing. Wading through water, casting tie flies that plop into the water or get stuck in the shrub behind you, but that’s besides the point. It’s a relaxing sport that requires a little peace of mind.

The craft of tying flies is also an art. Spokane artist Christina Duebel captures that highly detailed arttistic skill through paintings she’s debuting Friday night at Grande Ronde Cellars. With the help of regional fishermen and their flies, she’s highlighting their sweeping colors, the feathers of a steelhead fly.

Duebel is a fisher woman at heart, catching fish since she was little, except this is her first introduction to fly fishing.

“Fly fishing is new to me so that was all part of the experience, getting to know the flies, the rods, the different kinds of bugs, where to use them and what to use them for,” Duebel said.

She spent her Thursday afternoon hanging her paintings, getting them just right on the cellar’s vibrant red wall. As soon as the art walk begins on Friday evening, you could hear the trading of well-kept fishing secrets and maybe a fishing tale or two in the basement venue, depending on wine consumption.

For those interested in trying fly fishing locally, the Spokane River is a body of water that is underrated for fly fishing. Mike Berube, president of Spokane Fly Fishers, recommends an area of the river below the Maple Street Bridge along Water Ave. in Peaceful Valley, all the way downstream to where Latah Creek enters the water system.

This time of year, the river in that section is very swift and deep. In fact, fishing is off limits from the Monroe Street Dam all the way to the Plese Flats in Riverside State Park from March 16th to June 1st. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says the closure in that section of the river helps give trout time to spawn.

Meanwhile, fishing from the Upriver Dam to the Monroe Street Dam is open year-round. WDFW has more information about fishing limits, fish types and licenses on their website which is highly recommended before you head out with a pole.

Duebel’s art is available for viewing during the month of April at Grande Ronde Cellars, located at 906 W. Second Ave. Her work debuts on First Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the tasting room. You can read more about her art at http://inthedepths.com/. 10 percent of sales benefit Soul River Inc., a regional non-profit that helps share fly fishing with veterans and youth.

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