Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mid-Summer Sea-Runs



Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide.
Catch & Release, Fly Fishing Only!


A nice sea-run cutthroat trout takes the fly in shallow water.
     This time of year we are usually baking under a hot sun most of the days that we are on the water. I for one am appreciating the cool and cloudy weather this year. This week ahead looks to be summer'ish around the Olympic Peninsula. The long range forecast looks especially good, and fairly typical of July. So maybe we are getting a real summer here after all. Up until this week, I have been saying that we are having a very mild winter here so far.

    Traditional trout fly fishing lore will tell you that on hot sunny days, over shallow water, with no shade or vegetation to cover the water, much less help camouflage your presence, it's not going to be good for the fishing, And that trout will not be found in these circumstances. Every trout fisherman knows that you will have to go looking for them; under the cut banks and overhangs, in the deeper holes, the trout will be hiding in the shadows and shade, seeking cooler waters. There has been some research that tracked wild rainbow trout as much as 30 miles over 24 hours,(in the Delaware  river system), as they sought thermal refuge from the summer heat. That would make for some tough fishing. Especially once the water temperatures spike well above 60 degrees.  

    We don't have quite as much of that problem on our salt waters up here in the northern reaches of Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet. Our water is often colder than the mid-sound, south-sound and Hood Canal area. With some localized variations, and depending upon tides and winds. A little trip planning will really help now. But even under a blazing hot summer sun, with no cover, we have often caught some very big sea-run cutthroat trout in shallow salt water. The key here is that the water was cold. So that means there was an incoming tide, carrying fresh cold water into the shallow areas. Sometimes you have to go looking for that.

You can observe live feed buoy data here: Puget Sound region buoy data

And you can observe real-time tide currents and heights here: (Your results may vary, depending upon your computer or phone system.) DeepZoom 

Those are helpful tools when you are trying to find colder water for trout fishing in the saltchuck. Also, get a good stream thermometer too. You can use it to check water temperatures at your favorite summer cutthroat fishing locations. You will be surprised at what you can learn about a particular location by doing this. Trout do not stay in warm water. They will move to colder water. Go fish in the colder water! 
Orvis Stream Thermometer.

    We've been catching a few nice trout on our trips up here lately. And there's been resident coho hanging around all of late spring, and  into summer so far.  These are very scrappy, tough little trout-sized salmon. And when they show up, they will take your trout flies too. Catch and release only. The tides around this most recent full moon have been great for later afternoon and evening fishing. The other night the water was just like wet glass. And the pale moonlight and cool night air were refreshing. You can fall in love with life doing this.


This is probably the most relaxing way to fish for sea-run cutthroat.
One angler, maybe two,  Call or write for details.



Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor

    I am guiding fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. We walk and wade, or row along the shorelines in the dory, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is all strictly catch and release, traditional, barbless single hook, fly fishing only. Lunch, snacks, soft beverages, and use of some equipment is included. I also offer personalized and private fly fishing and fly casting instruction for beginners through advanced casters. I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for all levels of ability, beginner to expert. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking for April through October and beyond. 


Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
2006 W.S.U.Beach Watcher / Water Watcher graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The day that lightning struck twice.



Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide.
Catch & Release, Fly Fishing Only!


Learn about lightning safety here:
www.lightning safety.noaa.gov


  Having grown up in the northeast, I learned from an early age to be aware of lightning, and how to avoid it.  We would stand on the front porch on a summer evening and watch the sky light up for miles around us. We would see the flashes of electricity arcing across the sky, and we would count, "One-thousand-one, one- thousand-two, one-thousand-three . . ." Waiting for the booming thunder to follow the bright flashes of light. If the time between flashes of lightning and booming thunder got progressively shorter, we would go indoors and sit in the living room, away from windows, doors, wiring or plumbing etc. And if we were playing outdoors, we knew to get to shelter at the first rumbling of thunder in the distance. 

  There were plenty of stories about people, horses, livestock etc., that had been hit by lightning, and many were killed by this. I had countless televisions, answering machines, coffee makers, refrigerators, etc., killed by lightning strikes too. So I was always well aware of the dangers. I didn't take any chances. It was a common experience to be out fishing somewhere, on a hot, humid, hazy day, and to have a storm cell move in and suddenly lightning was sparking and booming all around you. The scariest times where when we would be out on a lake in an aluminum canoe when these storms would erupt. You either paddle like crazy for the shore, or you take your chances, lying on top of the life jackets  in the bottom of the canoe. Either way it is a crap shoot.  

    Once I began guiding fishermen in southwest Alaska, I learned that they almost never heard of any lightning strikes there. Some of the  other guides in camp had been there for years of fishing seasons and they never saw any lightning there. I though that was good news. I wouldn't have to worry about it all summer. One afternoon in July I was out behind the kitchen in the yard, washing out some coolers. It was a bluebird day, clear as a bell, about 70 degrees, no wind, plenty of mosquitoes. And then, "out of the blue"- CRAAAAAAKKK-BOOM!

   The lightning had struck the pump house, just a few dozen yards away. I was appropriately surprised / terrified by this. I was inside of that Lodge in a flash. My ears were ringing. Everyone in camp was surprised. They all went out to see the pump house, where it's tin rook was still smoking from the heat of the lightning discharge. I stayed behind, back on the sofa in the lodge, my hands folded in my lap. Outside the sky was still a lovely pastel blue, with no clouds or wind. I waited inside for an hour before going back out the door. We had to carry water by bucket for the rest of that week, as we waited for a new replacement pump. That was the closest call with lightning that I had ever experienced. And it was disturbing to me since no one expected that in that region, especially on a day like that. Any time I was in the outdoors back home in New England, I was always careful to seek cover right away, at the first sign of electrical storm danger. 

   
This stuff will kill you. Photo NOAA

      Once I had moved to the Puget Sound region I learned that lightning was more likely to occur in the mountains, and that closer to sea level it was "rare."  (My post-Alaska updated interpretation of the term "rare" included a presumed geographical radius of  about 50 feet of safety.) I wasn't going to take any chances!

     And then one warm, humid June day, I was out walking the beaches with a father and son whom I had guided several times before. We were sea-run cutthroat trout fishing on the Olympic Peninsula. As we were fishing our way down a sandy point, the air grew warmer, and heavier. And way off in the distance, from up in the mountains, I could hear thunder rolling down the slopes. I silently counted to myself, "One-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three one-thousand . . ."  We could see just the faintest flicker of lightning flashes. The air had an ozone smell to it, and the thunder was growing ever closer. I knew we would have to seek shelter immediately. I told my guests to put their graphite fishing rods down on a nearby log, and run to their car. They looked at me like I was flat nuts. But once they saw me running back to the parking lot, they reacted quickly. (Perhaps the only thing more rare than being hit by lightning would be to see me actually running!)

   We got back the hundred yards to the cars, and a thunderstorm was blowing over the hills, across the bay, and right down upon us. Breathlessly, I told the men to stay in the car, keep their hands on their laps, touching nothing, don't put the keys in the ignition, keep the windows shut. Wait till the storm passes. Then I turned to get into my truck. I was standing in a puddle, holding the steel door, stepping into the truck, when the lightning struck the fence nearby. It sounded like a howitzer cannon going off, right next to my head. The pain was immediate, and overwhelming. There were little streaks of electricity showering off of the fence-line, grounding into anything nearby. I was instantly, utterly paralyzed with electricity and pain. Every cell in my body was on fire. I couldn't do anything as my muscles were rigid with the shock. It felt like an eternity. I thought, "This is the end." And then it let go of me. Just as suddenly, I was able to now move, and I jumped into my truck, with lightning banging all around us. I glanced over at the guys, still safely in the car next to me, and their faces were transfixed in horror and astonishment, at the sight of me, still alive, just sitting in my truck smiling back at them.  

   We watched the storm blow through, and as it swept across the bay and up over the opposite shoreline, with  flashes of lightning and rumbling thunder all of the way. In about a half hour it was out of sight, and the air had cleared. It was a nice, cooler, sunny day on the beach. So we went fishing again.  We were all giddy with the experience. I felt alright at the time. Just glad to have survived that lightning shock. And I was happy to be fishing again. The dad in this pair was casting a streamer, and stripping it back in, and it had been slow going. But now he had a good fighting, robust fish on. And even though it was "early" for it, I suspected that he had hooked a big ocean run coho. He had the rod deeply bent, in an almost vertical lifting pose, when I told him to just walk back up the beach, until the fish touches the sand. He did it, perfectly, and the fish slid into a few inches of water at our feet. There in the wash of the waves, I looked down to see a beautiful, enormous, wild sea-run cutthroat trout, well over 20 inches long. And with a flip and a turn the fish darted away, leaving the barbless hook Clouser Minnow fly on the beach as he darted away. I was dumbstruck. The old man had let all of the pressure off of the fish. He had allowed the leader to go completely slack. And that was that. 

Trust me when I tell you that lightning struck me twice that day. 


This is probably the most relaxing way to fish for sea-run cutthroat.
One angler, maybe two,  Call or write for details.



Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor

    I am guiding fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. We walk and wade, or row along the shorelines in the dory, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is all strictly catch and release, traditional, barbless single hook, fly fishing only. Lunch, snacks, soft beverages, and use of some equipment is included. I also offer personalized and private fly fishing and fly casting instruction for beginners through advanced casters. I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for all levels of ability, beginner to expert. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking for April through October and beyond. 


Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
2006 W.S.U.Beach Watcher / Water Watcher graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Solstice


Your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing guide.
Catch and Release, fly fishing only!



Summer! Well, almost . . .
.
   The summer solstice came in with a bang last night. We had thunder storms for a few hours here late last night. And we had a full "strawberry moon" too. There's a little rain in the forecast here mid week, but it shouldn't stop our fishing plans. We still have a few weeks of "Sprummer" to get through here in Western Washington. The garden is growing like crazy and I am mowing and weeding as fast as I can. 

   I got out on the beach with a few friends last week, for some sea-run cutthroat trout fishing. We did a benefit trip for Chad Brown and his Soul River Runs Deep programs. Brian Lencho made the donation, and he brought along Leland Miyawaki and Craig Lannigan for the day.  It was a beautiful morning to fish. We had a magical Japanese "Bento" lunch, provided by Leland. And we got to fish a little in the afternoon, before the thunder got too close for my comfort. Once you have been hit by lightning, you never take it for granted again. (I will tell that story here someday.) 


The Three Amigos.

Leland created this beautiful Bento.

Wonderfully careful . . .


Carefully wonderful.

Sake Salute!

Fishing with Leland.

Afternoon session with Leland . . . And thunder.


Waiting out the storm. The rain got cold!


We ended up at the Spruce Goose Cafe.


Hot home made pie and coffee!


    It's always good to spend a day with friends on the water. But doubly so when it means that there are some deserving kids or veterans, who are going to be doing a little better because of these donations. Please support Soul River Runs Deep.




This is probably the most relaxing way to fish for sea-run cutthroat.
One angler, maybe two,  Call or write for details.


Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor

    I am guiding fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. We walk and wade, or row along the shorelines in the dory, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is all strictly catch and release, traditional, barbless single hook, fly fishing only. Lunch, snacks, soft beverages, and use of some equipment is included. I also offer personalized and private fly fishing and fly casting instruction for beginners through advanced casters. I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for all levels of ability, beginner to expert. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking for April through October and beyond. 

Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
2006 W.S.U.Beach Watcher / Water Watcher graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Juneuary


Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide.
Catch and Release, Fly Fishing Only!





Casting on the sprummer tides.

     It wasn't but  a few weeks ago that everyone was putting away their winter sweaters and turning off the heat. And now it's cold and grey and wet, and there's been some fresh snow in the mountains, and the gardens are soaking wet. Up in the mountains the rivers have perked up nicely, without blowing up. All of this portends for good fishing conditions ahead. Out on the beaches we have had some good days, even in the bright sun and heat, which doesn't seem to bother the sea-run cutthroat trout at all. And with water temperatures in the low 50 degree range in Puget Sound right now, that's really perfect trout fishing conditions. Compared to a year ago, when we had drought conditions by this time, and the rivers were so low, with no snow pack to melt for the early season, this cool wet spring feels so good. So stop complaining. It won't be long before you are praying for a wet, cloudy day again.


Thick a fog.

     Something that I have noticed is that when we do get these brief June cooling periods, and the ocean weather returns for a few weeks, and everything gets a good, deep, slow soaking, the subsequent warm up into true summer weather is going to bring a whole new cycle of life along with it. On the Puget Sound beaches there are miles of logs, stumps, pilings and other woody debris. Not to mention dense vegetation; trees, shrubbery, beach grasses, meadow grasses, etc. This shoreline habitat harbors and sustains myriad species of insect life; ants, beetles, termites, bees, moths etc. As well as rodents, snakes, lizards, etc. All of which can be forage for sea-run cutthroat trout. So just as one might be mindful of the various insects and mayflies, and their life cycles in freshwater trout fishing environments, it pays to be aware of what's for dinner on the beaches too. And put some ants, beetle and dry fly patterns in your beach fly boxes. 


I especially like the Randall Kauffmann Stimulator fly,
 in size #6 for sea-runs. Please crush your barbs!

    Every significant change in the weather, such as this Juneuary cool off, and recent rains, brings some shift in the availability and behavior of forage species, and the way that trout feed on them. And likewise, once the warmer, drier air returns, and the summer weather stabilizes, you'll see more changes again. But you've got to be there to see it. That should keep you on your toes!  It won't hurt to take a walk along the beaches, well above the tide lines, and kick around in the beach wrack, roll over some smaller logs, and see what kind of bugs and other critters you can find there. Then get some flies in your box that match that color, profile and size. Sure, you can catch them on Wooly Boogers. But there's an art to riddling these things out. And when you get it right, you'll be rewarded.  



This is probably the most relaxing way to fish for sea-run cutthroat.
One angler, maybe two,  Call or write for details.



Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor

    I am guiding fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. We walk and wade, or row along the shorelines in the dory, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is all strictly catch and release, traditional, barbless single hook, fly fishing only. Lunch, snacks, soft beverages, and use of some equipment is included. I also offer personalized and private fly fishing and fly casting instruction for beginners through advanced casters. I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for all levels of ability, beginner to expert. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking for April through October and beyond. 


Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
2006 W.S.U.Beach Watcher / Water Watcher graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618





Thursday, June 2, 2016

Early June Tides



Your Olympic Peninsula Fly fishing guide.
Catch & release, fly fishing only!
Early June Tides

Spring sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout.
Photo credit: Mauro Regio

   We have been enjoying some "summerish" weather through most of the month of May. And we've met up with some fine sea-run cutthroat on the beaches too. As we would expect, we have also seen plenty of younger cutthroat trout, fresh from the streams, and about six to eight inches long. These trout would be approximately three years old now. They may grow as much as half an inch per month while they are in the saltwater. This another reason why we try to use smaller flies, not greater then size #6, with short to medium shank hooks. No need to set the hook on these little wild trout. Just let them shake off. Most of them will do it on their own, if you just give them a little slack in the line and leader. Having these smaller trout around bodes well for the future of sea-run Cutthroat trout fishing here.

   This coming Saturday brings a new moon, and some big tide changes along with it. For the next week we will see some very low tides during the mid days. So this will allow us to fish through the bottom of the ebb, and well into the incoming tide in a full day of fishing the beaches. And even though we are getting a little June-U-Ary weather for this week, it looks like the weekend is going to be clearing, with little wind, and fair skies for days to come. 


You can learn a lot from fishing through the change of tides.

      People ask me what the best tide is for fly fishing for Puget Sound sea-run Cutthroat trout on the beaches. And I try to encourage them to fish every stage of tide, and not to get hung up on any particular stage, high or low. But if I had to pick just one stage of tide to fish- it would be just as the incoming tide sets up, and the flood is creating a subtle, slow shift in the currents, carrying the fresh scent of cold, plankton-rich waters, schools of bait and other forage, and the hope of a few wild trout getting on the feed. Trout are very sensitive to changes in tidal currents, especially as pertains to directional changes, and changes in forage behavior. The late Gary La Fontaine called that "behavioral shift." It applies to many aquatic organisms, especially regarding behavioral changes with light, as the sun rises, or sets. But it is also true of changing tidal flows. Focusing on areas where there is some current are going to help with presentation of the fly. And in many instances the trout will prefer that tidal flow too. Not every location will fish the same way at each stage of tide. So it takes time to learn what may be possible in any particular location. You will discover that some places will fish much better on the outgoing, or falling tides. It takes time on the water. That's the adventure of sea-run fishing.  


The Prize!



This is probably the most relaxing way to fish for sea-run cutthroat.
One angler, maybe two,  Call or write for details.



Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor

    I am guiding fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. We walk and wade, or row along the shorelines in the dory, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is all strictly catch and release, traditional, barbless single hook, fly fishing only. Lunch, snacks, soft beverages, and use of some equipment is included. I also offer personalized and private fly fishing and fly casting instruction for beginners through advanced casters. I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for all levels of ability, beginner to expert. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking for April through October and beyond. 


Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
2006 W.S.U.Beach Watcher / Water Watcher graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Beach Bugs- "You can't catch sea-runs on dry flies"


Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide.
Catch & Release, Fly Fishing Only.
  



"They said it couldn't be done. It was a tough job, and he knew it.
But he took that job they said couldn't be done, 
and by God, he couldn't do it!"



"You can't catch sea-runs on dry flies"

The Royal Wulff
   Once upon a time there was a big-time pro fly fisherman, you might even say that he was an "expert." And in passing one day, at the local fly shop, he asked me how the sea-run fishing was going. I told him that we were getting them on the surface, on dry flies that week. He stopped and frowned at me: 

"Don't be ridiculous, you can't catch sea-runs in the saltwater on dry flies."  

   I didn't know what to say, so I just shrugged. I knew that I had been catching sea-runs on  dry flies for a few years by that time. He walked out of the shop. I didn't think much more about it until a few weeks later, when I had a father and son out on the beaches fishing. At one point the boy asked, (in that way that only a teenager can ask): 

"When are they going to jump up into the air, like you said they would?" 

   Now, the interesting thing about fishing Karma is that sometimes things can happen that can't be explained. But by the way that they happen you get a sense that the fish, or the universe, is listening to you. Or maybe just trying to tell you something. Like the way someone will announce: 

"This is my last cast!" 

   And then, as they are winding in the fly and line, a fish will slam the fly. This is especially rewarding if they have not caught anything all day. Stuff like that. 

   Just as I was trying to come up with an answer to this boy's perfectly reasonable question, a big trout jumps up out of the water and cartwheels through the air, about fifteen feet in front of the boy. He was astonished. (So was I. But I did also feel a sense of relief as this burden of credibility had so conveniently been lifted from me in the moment.) Now this boy was a beginner and he couldn't cast much more than that short distance anyway. And to help him see the fly more easily I had tied on a Muddler Minnow for most of the day. But he had beaten most of the Muddlers that I had tied on for him into the rocks and shells and barnacles, on the beach behind him, all day. And I was out of Muddlers by the afternoon. So I had tied on a nice, fluffy #12 Royal Wulff fly, and greased it up to float. Because you just never know. And they are trout, after all. And trout eat bugs. I told him to try to drop the fly right where the fish had just jumped. And he did just that. Perfectly. There was a slow swirl around the fly, and a flash of silver and spray of water, as the big trout crashed down on the fly. Boom!  And the game was on. It took a minute or so for the boy to get it together, with a little coaching, and he got the fish into shallow water. I got the fish off of the hook, and we had a moment to look at a bright, strong, wild sea-run cutthroat that was every bit of 18 inches or more. I let the trout slide of of my hand and swim away. We were breathless. 
  
   Here's the fishing Karma part. As the trout swam away I heard a familiar voice exclaim: 

"Hey, that's a huuuuuge cutthroat!!" 

   And here, breathlessly stampeding up the beach, comes the big-time fly fishing pro! Like any fisherman would, he asked: 

   "What did you get him on?!" 

   So I held up the fly, dripping wet and still attached to the tippet, and I said: 

"A number 12 Royal Wulff." 

   And the big-time pro fly fisherman said: 

"Don't be ridiculous! You can't catch sea-runs on a dry fly in saltwater!"  

   True story.   

      Another exercise of incredulity. One afternoon I was watching an older fly angler working a fly off the beach for a while. He was fishing in close, in just a  few feet of water. He seemed to be "high-sticking" this fly through some riffles with a dead drift. Gradually raising his rod tip at the end of each drift, lifting the fly to the surface, and repeating the presentation. He had no strike indicator, but I could have sworn that he was nymph fishing in saltwater!  I watched him catch and release a few fish this way. When he walked back to the parking lot I had to ask him: 

"What did you get him on?" 

   He pulled his fly box out of his vest, (only tourist visitors wear a fly fishing vest on the beaches here), and he opened it up to reveal a few dozen black and yellow Kaufmann's Stone Fly nymphs. 

"They're taking the yellow ones today."  

   He was holding one up for me to look at, and it was still dripping wet, tied to the tippet. 


Who was I to argue with this? 

Trust yourself!  


Black Giant Stoneflies. Real ones!
photo credit @vonbeardly


One of my fly fishing heroes is Lefty Kreh. Aside from his living-legend status as a master angler, fly casting instructor, inventor, and author, he's also a great raconteur. One of Lefty's great quotes goes like this: 

"Watch out for the experts . . . 
An ex is a has-been, and a spurt is just a drip under pressure"


This is probably the most relaxing way to fish for sea-run cutthroat.
One angler, maybe two,  Call or write for details.



Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor

    I am guiding fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. We walk and wade, or row along the shorelines in the dory, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is all strictly catch and release, traditional, barbless single hook, fly fishing only. Lunch, snacks, soft beverages, and use of some equipment is included. I also offer personalized and private fly fishing and fly casting instruction for beginners through advanced casters. I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for all levels of ability, beginner to expert. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking for April through October and beyond. 


Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
2006 W.S.U.Beach Watcher / Water Watcher graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618