Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mad Dogs and Fishing Guides



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


  Summer is right on time this year. I know because, after 9 hours of rowing around the bay under the hot sun yesterday, today I look like a boiled beet. There's always that one day, usually earlier in the season,when I forego the sunscreen, and I pay the price. Hopefully, I have gotten this stupidity out of the way for the rest of the year. Please remember to cover up, wear a long sleeved sun shirt, shading hat, sun gloves, and use a strong, zinc based, sunscreen, and drink plenty of water through the day. Sunglasses are mandatory.

  The summer sun has been heating up the beaches here. And the softer, shallower waters, back eddies and tide pools, lagoons etc., are warming up too. Look for the cooler water, and currents, on the incoming tides, to  provide the better opportunities to meet up with trout and salmon now. It doesn't always have to be deeper water, but often that is the case as well. Now is the time of year that I will fish sink tips, and sinking leaders. A favorite is the "Clear Poly" type leaders, and Airflow has some of the best options, 7 of them, from floating to deep sinking. Personally, I like the longer ones.

  I am hearing good things from the salty west end of the Olympic Peninsula, as salmon season is in full-swing there. They're seeing good numbers of coho, and they are bigger than they have been in the last few years. Puget Sound salmon fishing has been turning out some really good news lately too. Ocean (feeding) conditions are improving for the migrating salmon and steelhead. This year there were markedly higher than usual numbers of coho smolt counted as they moved out of their streams and into the saltwaters. So maybe now we can appreciate the utility of the closures put in place a few years ago. I am really looking forward to fishing the tides this year. Salmon season opens here in Washington Marine Are #9 on July 16th this year. It will be interesting to see how it goes. The new moon is upon us, with some serious tidal exchanges, and the tides are going to be great for the next few weeks leading up to the full moon. I like this for salmon fishing, and hot weather sea-run cutthroat trout fishing too. Bring on the cold water!

 
Were seeing some nice sea-run coastal cutthroat trout lately.

     June brought plenty of rain to make up for the dry May we had out here. The rivers got a few nice shots of fresh flows, the mountains got some snow. It's melting fast now. And the Olympic Peninsula rivers are now running low and clear. If you are into hunting for trout now, in these rivers, you will need to bring a headlamp for dawn patrol. Dawn and dusk will the best times. Smaller dry flies, ants, beetles, etc., can be very good. Patience and lots of hiking just might pay off. Whatever you do, wherever you go, savor every moment of this beautiful summer!

Fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat from a classic Swampscott Dory.
By appointment only.


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, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is strictly catch and release, traditional 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. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking through October and beyond. Please call or write for details.

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
W.S.U.Beach Watcher
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618






Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Post-Solstice Interim "Sprummer"

The Post-Solstice Interim "Sprummer"

Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide.
Catch & release, fly fishing only.


The Post Solstice Interim "Sprummer"

Pacific Northwest Facts of Life

 You can almost set your watch by the near-perfect timing of our annual segway from spring into summer, as these last weeks of June-u-ary so reliably remind us, that for some of the year anyway, we are in the wettest part of the region. Cool cloudy days and colder nights, winds from the southern quarters, and occasional thundershowers, high water and messy beaches, small craft warnings and gales . . . you would think we were going back into winter. But with each passing day these events become less intense, more beneficial than difficult, and  before you know it you are out there on the water, enjoying some of the most refreshing weather we get all year. Between the raindrops we do pretty well here sometimes. By the 1st of July we will have a seasonal outdoors burning ban, and we will be the driest region of the entire country for two to three months. And it will be full-on summer here again. Mostly. Hopefully. 

On the saltchuck, were seeing tons of juvenile herring this year around the Olympic Peninsula beaches and nearshore areas. They have metamorphosed by now, and they are running around 2 inches long, and growing quickly. I tie my herring flies from around 1-1/2 to 3 inches long now. And very sparse. If there's a key thing in herring flies in particular, it is to feature some amount of deep, rich blue color in the topping. It doesn't have to be a lot. But it does work well. Tie them sparsely, so you can see plenty of light shining through them in the water. I don't ordinarily use much tinsel or flash on my baitfish flies. But sandlance do have a unique, colorful sparkle to them. They are brightly multicolored at times.

Some other very commonplace forage species for sea-run coastal cutthroat trout fly fishing are sculpin and stickleback. There's countless sculpin fly patterns to work with. There's dozens of distinct species in the Puget Sound region waters alone. But I have found that drably colored flies, mottled in appearance, in grays and greens and browns, sometimes in a mix of those colors, works very well. Always have a few black ones handy too. They hold near the bottom mostly, so of course you can tie them with weight;  coneheads, beads, lead wraps, pre-cast sculpin heads, etc. And you can tie them with no weight at all. I like the Muddler fly, and the cutthroat do too. Perhaps because of it's sculpin-like or "bullhead" profile. I fish deer hair sculpin on the surface, greased with floatant, with lots of action. The Matuka fly is a perfect sticklebak fly pattern, weighted and unweighted. Most of the time I am fishing with a floating line, and I use longer leaders and slower, deeper presentations, to get the weighted flies down when the fish might be deeper. This works great with bead head soft hackle flies too. And it is an easier technique in faster flowing water. Fast water has a way of ripping heavier sink tips and sinking lines around too quickly. It's a trick to get a fly to work deeply, slowly, in fast water. Employing a Poly leader can do this at times.
A mix of Baitfish Clousers.
The blue back flies emulate herring.

With July comes more consistent heat, fewer clouds, and some of the hottest days of the year will run through July and August. So you have to keep water temperatures in mind when you are trout fishing anywhere, in the saltchuck, or the fresh waters. I think that very early morning fishing in many paces will the best stewardship option. A stream thermometer is a good thing to have handy, even in the saltwaters. In the heat of the summer, the saltchuck in some locations, especially the broad, shallow flats and bays, can get too warm to hook and play and land trout. Look for the deeper, cooler water. Often that will be during an incoming tide.  Lake fishing is almost always a good summer fishing option, depending upon the lakes. The deeper lakes will often fish more consistently through the summer heat. The deeper regions of these lakes won't have much of a temperature change year-round.

You have so many fisheries open around the region now, that it will be hard to make up your mind where to go fishing. Lakes, streams, rivers, bays . . .  One thing that I try to do every summer is to find some new place to fish, somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula that I have never fished before. I have been out here for almost 20 years now, and there's still plenty of water for me to explore. I like the way Doug Rose wrote about this place, and the fishing. He had his heart in it. Seek out his words. Once it gets too hot to go fishing, you can sit in the shade and read Doug's books instead.  

My favorite Doug Rose fly fishing book.



Fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat from a classic Swampscott Dory.
By appointment only.


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, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is strictly catch and release, traditional 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. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking through October and beyond. Please call or write for details.

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
W.S.U.Beach Watcher
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice


Your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing guide.
Catch & release, fly fishing only!

Summer Solstice 

Walking the Island beach trail.

   When I talk about beach fishing with people who are unfamiliar with the Olympic Peninsula and our saltwater fishing, they always think only of summer. It is hard to convince people that we have year-round fly fishing on these beaches, even in the winter. People have a picture in their minds of sun washed sandy beaches, blue skies, and bluebird weather. And of course we all enjoy the fishing during these typically fair and sunny summer days. Especially with a light onshore breeze coming down from the northwest most of the time. Our air conditioning provided by the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean waters. The weather gets calmer now, and we rarely see any significant winds or stormy waves. Brisk mornings, Warm, dry sunny days, cooling evenings. It will usually be like this right through September. 


Releasing a wild sea-run Cutthroat trout.

   We have had an unexpectedly mild June here this year. With only a few blasts of wind, and very little rain. This is hardly the "June-U-Ary" weather that we have grown to expect and to endure annually here. No one is complaining. With the solstice here today, and the summer conditions we are already enjoying, it's been just about full-on summer here now. The beaches are in beautiful shape. And so are our rivers. And with the first quarter waxing moon upon us, the tides are running good and cold here this coming week, and right through the end of June. And it looks like the afternoons and evenings will be really nice for flooding tides. By the end of the month the tide ranges will be deeper and stronger with the full  moon approaching. You can't beat fishing into twilight this time of year, on a rising tide, and a full moon.

Check out the 10 day forecast: 
https://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/weather/10_day.cgi

The next week or two looks perfect for trout and summer steelhead fishing on the Olympic Peninsula rivers. I like using dry flies, but you can't beat a good soft hackle fly at a time like this. Early morning and later afternoon into evening fishing will be the best times. But I have to tell you, I would rather be fishing the saltchuck anytime.
  

Juvenile Herring, Photo Jack Devlin

   
   I was talking with my fishing friend, after a local sea-run cutthroat fishing day here, a few years ago. At one point on the outgoing tide we saw a large, dark mass of small fish, moving along slowly in the ebb. It took us a moment to focus on what we were seeing- many thousands of juvenile herring, from 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches long, all bunched up together in a "ball", right at the edges of the beach. Just down-current of the herring were some resident coho salmon, and, surprised, we caught and released a few of them right then and there. And we have been seeing plenty of "bait ball" activity, with all of the the attendant wheeling and diving birds etc., along our beaches, and well out into the open waters of north Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet now. The marine biologists who work here locally are telling me that many of these bait balls are actually large schools of sandlance. So there's two important fly patterns for you to be using this time of year- herring and sandlance, from to 2 to 4 inches in length. Everything, including the sea-run Cutthroat, feeds on these important forage species all year. Flatwing flies will do nicely for this. Count on these forage fish to be in abundance for the next few months, many of them close to shore. 


I tie these Flatwing style herring / sandlance flies for sea-run coastal cutthroat trout.


Fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat from a classic Swampscott Dory.
By appointment only.


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, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. This is strictly catch and release, traditional 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. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking through October and beyond. Please call or write for details.

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
W.S.U.Beach Watcher
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618


Friday, June 1, 2018

Rowing For Cutthroat


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



Fly fishing for sea-run coastal cutthroat trout with a vintage design, 

fully restored, Swampscott Dory

    I have been out in the dory all spring, rowing on the bay, scouting the local estuaries, beaches and shorelines, for sea-run coastal cutthroat trout fly fishing opportunities. There's a lot of good water and cutthroat trout habitat here, miles of it. Every month I go looking for new water, mostly on the east end of the Olympic Peninsula and Hood Canal. It seems like there's no end to it. Puget Sound alone has over 1300 miles of shoreline. This is a great way to spend the day. When I am guiding with the dory I only take one angler. That's the best opportunity. It's quiet, stealthy, no motor, no fumes. Sometimes we catch trout directly behind the dory, or within a few easy to cast yards off the sides. I can row you into shallow water, just inches of depth, and we can handle the wind and waves when we need to as well. This is the most traditional way of sea-run cutthroat trout fishing in Puget Sound.

    It's been more like summer than spring here most days lately. This turned out to be the warmest and driest may on record here. And the next 10 day regional forecast is looking very good here too. Our Olympic Peninsula rivers are running below normal in flows right now. this is not unexpected with such a long protracted dry spell. But our annual drought season usually begins in July. So maybe it's early. And maybe June will bring us some more rain to perk things up on the rivers.

    Sea-Run Cutthroat fishing has been picking up here through the month of May. There's lots of first season in the saltchuck fish showing up, at 2 to 3 years old and 8 to 10 inches. And we've seen plenty of bigger trout this spring here too. They've been taking our Chum Baby fly, Muddlers, Gurglers, Miyawaki Beach Poppers, and various baitfish flies, especially the Clouser Minnow.

    
Sea-run cutthroat flies
    "Clouser Minnow" 
  
 

    The bright sunny days we have had actually warmed up the water in our shallower bays. We found the best fishing on the colder water incoming tides, and at depths of 8 to 12 feet at times. Some people will use a sink tip line or full sinking line, to get deep. But I use  a longer leader and a floating line, and sometimes a fluorocarbon tippet, with a weighted fly like the Clousers, and I can get the fly very deep. You've got to let it sink! But this is something we ordinarily see happening in later June and into July and August. Don't  worry too much about this, because the best sea-runs we have caught were all caught in shallow water under bright sunny skies and hot days. Go figure. It does matter where you fish, and when. Our tidal flows here are coming out of the deeper areas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Admiralty Inlet, so we get a lot of cold water coming in on the floods. The farther south you go into Puget Sound and Hood Canal this time of year, the warmer the water and the tougher the fishing can be. As is true of trout fishing anywhere, once the water gets above 60 degrees, it's getting too warm to fish without damaging the trout. That might happen earlier than expected this season. Look for the colder water! Trout season is going to be opening up just about everywhere later this month! 

 I  guide fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers, lakes and streams. We walk and wade, or row the dory, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and we fish in the rivers for trout and summer  run steelhead. This is strictly catch and release, traditional 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.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventures, for beginners through expert anglers. 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. Please plan ahead! 
                                 


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
W.S.U. Water Watchers and Beach Watchers Graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Ask your doctor if being this happy is right for you!"


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

Greg fishing the skinny water on a small coastal stream.

     The first year that Greg came out to fish with me he wanted to fly fish the Olympic Peninsula for most of the Fourth of July week. And he wanted to do something different almost every day. I was keen on sharing the sea-run cutthroat fishing in Puget Sound with him, but I knew he would enjoy all of the other fishing options I could offer him too. So I planned each of our fishing days separately- around saltwater beach fishing, small stream fishing, lake fishing and big river fishing. We have sea-run cutthroat, river-run cutthroat, summer steelhead, a few rare resident rainbow, (Called residualized steelhead by the biologists around here.), and a mix of stocked lake fishing opportunities, with cutthroat and rainbows to choose from.

    In the beginning, and for the first few years that he came out here, we focused on one kind of fishing, in one area, saltwater beaches rivers or lakes, for each outing. But after a few years running of his annual visits here, we began to mix things up on each trip. And eventually we had worked out a repertoire of dry fly fishing on some of the streams lower reaches, for cutthroat, not far from tidewater, usually in the morning and through early afternoons. It can be hot here in mid July, so being in the fresh cool stream flows is refreshing, especially with good shade from the trees overhead, dense along the riverbanks. By early afternoon we would take a rest in the shade, often just sitting on the riverbanks, and have a nice cool shady lunch. We would watch the Flycatchers and Cedar Waxwings and Red Winged Blackbirds, as they chased and fed on countless flies that were swarming over the waters. Then after lunch we might wade down to fish the mouth of the stream, into the saltchuck, as the tides came in. Or we might head off to a good fishing beach somewhere else, looking for sea-runs, or for the early Pink salmon, on the "Pink Years." By later afternoon the air would be cooling down, and we didn't need the shade so much, and we were wading in cool tidewater too. So refreshing. 
Dry fly fishing for cutthroat. We use these in the saltchuck too!
Artwork by Bob White


     Mixing up the fishing days with some variety this way is especially satisfying. And we never get bored. Each water has its own rhythm of flow, temperature, sound and color, surroundings, scenery, etc. And you have to riddle out what might work in the approach, as far as flies, presentations, pace, etc. There's a sense of movement, and progress through the day. But we don't ever let ourselves feel pressed, or on a set schedule. We are fortunate to have so much diverse variety of trout habitat here, with so many streams and rivers that terminate in the saltchuck, all around the Olympic Peninsula. We never really have to travel very far to find a good opportunity. And there's so much water out here, that there's always the chance of discovering something new. 


An early July Pink salmon took our trout fly!


    For a few months during most spring seasons here, there's a good opportunity to go summer steelhead fishing on some really beautiful waters. By mid summer the rivers here get very low, and this gets more challenging. But autumn rain really turns them on again. With the big snow pack and rain season we had last winter, and through this spring, I expect that the summer run fishing will be good well through to July or later this year. these are lovely, and easy walk and wade days, deep in the heart of wild nature. We can skate big dry flies, greased liners, and drift traditional single soft-hackle flies . . . If you like that sort of thing.


Olympic Peninsula Summer Steelhead fly fishing water.
Ask your doctor if being this happy is right for you!


Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor



      I  guide fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. We walk and wade, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for trout and summer  run steelhead. This is strictly catch and release, traditional 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.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventures, for beginners through expert anglers. 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. Please plan ahead! 

     
This is the traditional way to fly fish for sea-run Cutthroat!
SSShhh!!!  Listen to the quiet . . .
                                 
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
W.S.U. Water Watchers and Beach Watchers Graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spring! As it should be.


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

SPRING!



As it should be . . . 

  After a  week of on and off bright sun and record-breaking high and low temperatures,  the next week to ten days ahead looks like almost perfect weather for beach fishing!  
  Up here on the Olympic Peninsula, just ninety minutes travel from Seattle, we enjoy more moderate temperatures and less rain and clouds than the Seattle and Olympia areas. Now we are back to a seasonably "normal" May springtime weather cycle- with daytime temperatures in the 60's, 70's and 80's, nighttime temperatures in the 40's to 50's, and an unpredictable mix of clouds, rain, wind, and searing sun.  This is really perfect trout fishing weather- On the beaches, On the lakes, On the rivers. Personally, I like it like this. For half of the last few weeks I have hidden inside, cowering from the stifling heat, eyeing the knee high weedy yard apprehensively, tying flies and waiting for the heat wave from hell to subside. Now it's time to get out there, and fire up the weed wacker, clear cut the towering grasses, and hit an late afternoon or evening high tide. It really is nice to have daylight into the evenings now. No doubt the heat waves, and bright light, interspersed with clouds, rain and wind, really stirred things up in some of the lakes and rivers here in western Washington. And judging by all of the hatching, copulating, aquatic flies I am seeing, smeared all over my windshield, the fishing should be pretty good. Ants are in abundance now, and winged ants as well.  So I will make sure to have a few in my fly box- yes, even in saltwater- Trout love ants! Big fat one's


 Sometimes, especially this time of year, when they are feeding on the surface, sea runs will not like most of the flies you are offering them. They are feeding, right there in front of you, recklessly, in big splashy rises. And no matter what you are presenting, nor how you present it- they won't take it. It is likely that they are feeding on something very, very small. A size 12 to 14,(and even smaller!), black, winged ant fly just might do it. Dead drifted on and in the surface, right over those feeders. Our beaches are covered with vegetation, woody debris etc., all home to ants and other insects. Some of my fry patterns are tied very, very small for this same reason. I tie some Chum Baby flies down to size 12, and sparse, on dry fly hooks, with no bead heads, for just these occasions. (More on the Chum Baby flies can be found by scrolling down through previous postings.)

 We have had so much nice, almost-summer weather here lately, that one could easily forget that we are only entering May, and we get a good share of cold, wet and windy days now too. And we still have June-U-Ary to get through! Don't laugh- we got sunburned on the beach one sunny June day, only to get soaking wet and half frozen in the rain too. And when I got home that afternoon there was hail in the roof gutters of the cabin. 


   Beach fishing season for sea run Cutthroat has begun in earnest here, with lots of sun, and  a little wind, and some nice fish to hand over the last few weeks. I have always liked early May the best, as far as the timing for returning to the beaches here. By May just about all of the Cutthroat that have spawned locally have been out on the saltchuck for a few weeks to a month or more, feeding heavily on Chum Salmon fry and juvenile forage fish, and the trout are gaining weight fast. By May these fish are robust and full of fight again. And it only gets better as they feed their way through spring into summer. Many of these trout are caught at the tides edges, in very shallow water, as the forage species- especially salmon fry and smolt- are taking advantage of softer currents, back eddies, and seeking refuge in the tide pools along their seaward migrations. As juveniles they struggle in some of our strong tidal currents. They work hard to stay in the softer flowing edges of things. Right now I am seeing very tiny Herring in the shallows, and the Chum fry are as small as 1-1/2 inches and as big as two and a half to three inches. The Coho Salmon smolt are out and running the beaches too, some bigger than others. This reflects the fact that some of them have been in the salt water longer than others, and that the general trend is toward working their way seaward, from south to north, throughout their juvenile lives. So your fly box should have some very sparse and tiny fry patterns, ( I tie some of mine on size 12 dry fly hooks ), and some medium sized ones, and a few big ones too.


This sea run Cutthroat took a fly within ten feet of the beach,
in less than two feet of slow moving water.

 My Little Stone's Chum Baby has been productive so far, as have some of the other flies we use, like my Beach Baby,(a good sand lance, herring and smelt imitation- size # 10 through # 6 ), and the Rolled Muddler, and Deer Hair Muddler, Knudsen's Spiders, Sculpin, Matukas etc. I always have a few of Leland Miyawaki's Beach Poppers with me too. 


Chum Baby Fly Tying Instructions



Little Stone's Chum Baby

 If you want to tie your own Chum Baby flies: Send $5.00 and a legal size self addressed pre-stamped envelope to me, and I will promptly send you back two sample flies, one small and one larger, and an instruction sheet to work from. Just don't let your wife catch you tying these things in her Porsche!

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


 Click this link: The forecast ahead (5/11/18) is calling for mild and sunny, warm weather here through the next week to ten days. We could be enjoying summer conditions again! (Or not . . .) Last weekend we got hit with some good strong, big evening tides, on the waxing moon. We got a good pressure change for a few days, and a fresh breeze on the water.  And the cold air that moved in was refreshing indeed. So, if anything, it has moved the fish and the forage around, and the trout will likely be taking advantage of these milder, much less windy conditions over the next ten days here, to find them feeding in the shallows again. Around the full moon we had some big tidal exchanges, with very strong current flows, and that too has calmed down now. I like the softer tides around here, just before and after the new moon and the full moon, as this tends to allow the forage fish to hang around more, with less current to carry them away. If they go- the trout go with them. If it gets sunny and bright, which is exactly what we expect, then be prepared for sun exposure on your skin, head and eyes too. Sungasses are mandatory! The Olympic Peninsula is one of the few places I have ever fished where you can get hypothermia from the waist down, and sunburned from the waist up, all on the same trip.  


A pretty spring sea run to hand!

    If you want to come fly fishing on the Olympic Peninsula waters- Give me a call or an email, and we can work out the details from there. We need to plan it ahead. The beach fishing has just begun, and each month will bring new and different opportunities for saltwater fly anglers. Our summer steelhead fishing on the rivers should be good through  well into July, as we have a substantial snow pack this year, and that will provide cooling flows for the fish to thrive in all mid-summer long. Trout fishing in the rivers will open in later June on most of our waters. But the saltwater cutthroat fishing is way better this time of year anyway. 

Bright fish on a bright day!
photo credit Richard Stoll


    We will be back on the water this spring! Just in time for the beginning of another beautiful season of wild sea run Coastal Cutthroat trout fly fishing on the saltwaters and rivers of the Olympic Peninsula, Hood Canal and Puget Sound. Drop me a note or give me a call for details. All trips, casting instruction sessions, public and fly fishing club presentations, and rowboat picnics, must be booked in advance.


Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor

      I  guide fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. We walk and wade, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for trout and summer  run steelhead. This is strictly catch and release, traditional 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.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventures, for beginners through expert anglers. 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. Please plan ahead! 

     
This is the way to go fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat!
SSShhh!!!  Listen to the quiet . . .
                                 
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
W.S.U. Water Watchers and Beach Watchers Graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618