Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Summer's Stalwarts

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

Summer's Stalwarts. 

The late summer run salmon are often larger.

   Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, I am holding onto summer here. I am just not ready for autumn yet. University of Washington weather guru Dr Cliff Mass gives us his terrible seasonal forecast here: "Summer is Over".  Our Olympic Peninsula rivers have received several good spates of rain over the past few weeks, with fully over one foot of rain falling in the mountains, and the water temperatures and flows have returned to seasonal norms. This is very good for the fish, and the fishing. There are native summer Chum salmon moving into many of our smaller coastal streams now. (We don't fish for them at all as they are an endangered species under restoration here. See www.nosc.org ). But having them return is a good sign each season.The fish are on the move.The next week to ten days should see more rain on and off. This is just what the fish needed. And the fishermen too. I should be grateful. And to a degree I am. But I am also hoping for another spell of that magically warm and dry Indian Summer weather, before it gets much colder and wetter. Last year we had great beach fishing here through October, and for most of the winter. 

A spread of Clouser Flies for beach fishing.
   We have been catching some really nice Coho salmon and sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout from the beaches lately. And true to form for later summer and autumn, they are often much bigger now. These fish have been feeding heavily all summer. We are still seeing a few Pink salmon on our trips, they are also larger now, though that run has slowed some in our saltwaters.

A robust September sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout. 
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   The cooler overcast skies and rainy weather in our forecast will have us fishing between raindrops in the week or two ahead. But we won't be complaining. It's still summer here after all. Late summer. So don't be fooled. The beach fishing has been great so far, it will only get better. And the autumn solstice is still a week away. Then we can talk more about the October Caddis hatch, and the river fishing for Cutthroat and summer steelhead again. But it's not fall yet . . . 

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. 

     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. And we fish for Pacific salmon on the beaches. 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. 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
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



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