Friday, August 14, 2015

Chasing down the tides.

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

   Chasing down the tides.
Blue Moon over Marrowstone.

   Mid-August always finds me feeling a little urgency for the remaining fishing season. We have had good sea-run Cutthroat trout fishing ever since early spring here on the Olympic Peninsula beaches. We caught more resident Coho this spring than I can recall catching this time of year. And the Pink salmon have once again showed up on time. if not a bit early. We have been catching them since opening day on July 1st. They are tough fighters indeed. And you will do well to fish with a stout six weight rod. And now the ocean run migratory Coho salmon are nosing into our region. Typically we see the smaller fish earlier in the runs, and as the season progresses there are larger fish returning. This may be due to the later fish having more time to feed in the ocean. And there is some evidence that the later runs are bigger to begin with. But this is what we have been waiting for- Bigger, stronger fish. Certainly the Cutthroat have had more time to feed. And this has been an excellent year for the forage fish, as we have plenty of bait around all summer so far. So we are sometimes surprised by the heft of these wild trout. 

The night before . . .

   I don't know if I will ever be the guy who has enough flies tied before season, much less during season. It seems like I am always catching up, or trying to, and often that means tying our flies the night before the trip. This can be tough to do when you are fishing the evening tides into darkness here. By the time that I get home it is often late enough to have me headed for bed first. And I am not fond of tying flies in a hurry, at 4 a.m. But sometimes you just do what you have to do. 

Coho for dinner.

   It's all coming together now, the fish are here, and there's more on the way. We have a few more good months of saltwater fly fishing ahead of us. With the evening tides coming up now, and the new moon moving so much water, you don't want to miss these opportunities. P.S. Another blessed cool down is upon us. It has been cooling down and raining here steadily for the past two and a half hours today. This is what we needed. Every season has it's propitious moment. Savor it. 

An ocean bright Pink Salmon.

Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor.

Fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout
 from a traditional Swampscott beach dory.
Guided trips, Rowboat picnics, Bird watching. By appointment only.

     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 for April through October and beyond. 

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

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


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