|Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide. |
Catch & release, Fly Fishing Only!
|Between the squalls.|
|Small Craft Advisory|
Getting out on the water this spring has been a real cat and mouse game of dodging the winds, waves and rain. Otherwise, it's been pretty cool. I don't mind a little wind and rain, and there's been plenty of days when the fishing was great, even when conditions were sloppy. But once the waves build, and begin to churn against the beaches, and the water is changing to that marl color, it's over. This will usually depend upon your location. Sometimes You can just go to another beach, and find better conditions there, even in the same wind etc. Paying attention to your N.O.A.A. Marine Weather forecasts and reports can be very helpful in trip planning, especially in the days and hours before you head out. Generally a Small Craft Advisory is letting you know that at the least, it is going to get windy, maybe too windy, and wave conditions may become unfavorable for fishing in many locations, much less running a small boat. A Gale Warning is letting you know that you won't be fishing that day, at least not from a boat. (But this also sometimes depends upon your specific location.)
Taken from a NOAA Marine Weather Warning:
It's amazing how often I have seen local conditions improve, even with serious regional warnings in place. Some of this is because the NOAA forecasters are concerned with life and property, and they are telling you to keep your boat at the dock. Because so many mariners depend upon the forecast models, NOAA has a tendency to warn us on the cautionary side of things. Many mariners have gotten themselves into dire circumstances by ignoring these warnings. And locally, here on the Olympic Peninsula, it has a lot to do with the wind direction to begin with, and how this interacts with the Olympic Mountains, and the Olympic Rainshadow. So sometimes you just need to do a little driving and hoofing, and you just might find some sweet little pockets of quieter air and water. And when you do, don't be surprised if you don't run into some bait, and the sea-run cutthroat trout feeding on them. If you do see these warning flags, or hear these warnings on your marine weather radio, don't launch your boat!
Taken from a NOAA Marine Weather Warning:
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A GALE WARNING MEANS WINDS OF 34 TO 47 KNOTS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. OPERATING A VESSEL IN GALE CONDITIONS REQUIRES EXPERIENCE AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED VESSELS. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT MARINERS WITHOUT THE PROPER EXPERIENCE SEEK SAFE HARBOR PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF GALE CONDITIONS. A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND SPEEDS OF 21 TO 33 KNOTS ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE HAZARDOUS WAVE CONDITIONS TO SMALL CRAFT. INEXPERIENCED MARINERS...ESPECIALLY THOSE OPERATING SMALLER VESSELS SHOULD AVOID NAVIGATING IN THESE CONDITIONS.
Here's some good news!
Fisheries biologist and master fly angler, Richard Stoll, has finally published his long awaited book on the sea-run coastal cutthroat trout. This is a very deep look into the life history and range of the wild sea-run cutthroat, from California to Alaska. And with special emphasis on modern conservation concerns, and heavy coverage of fishing, flies, presentations, reading saltwater currents, structures, etc. This book covers material never before published, including responsible catch and release strategies and impacts, and cutthroat fly angler ethics. You can get it at:
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 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 expert casters. I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure. 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, May, and more!
|And sometimes we row . . .|
This is the way to go fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat!
SSShhh!!! Listen to the quiet . . .
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. Water Watchers and Beach Watchers Graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified