|Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide. |
Catch & Release, Fly Fishing Only!
Many Thanks to Phil Monahan, Editor at the Orvis Fly Fishing News page, for carrying my essay this week. Phil manages to post some very good fly fishing news there every day.
And now, a few words on the local fly fishing conditions:
As most of you know, it's been a blustery, cool and wet spring here in Puget Sound country so far. And we have been dodging rain, wind and waves on most of the last month's sea-run cutthroat trips on the beaches. The rivers have been jumping up and down like a Yo-Yo for months too. April has been full of surprises this year. Here's a humorous look at the regional observations for this week ahead, from Dr Cliff Mass:
Here on the eastern Olympic Peninsula beaches, we are not getting the kind of darkness and rain that they are seeing down in Olympia, Tacoma, or from Seattle to Everett, (in the Puget Sound Convergence Zone. We are enjoying drier, fairer weather here, and more sunshine. That's just the way the Olympic Mountains Rainshadow works. And it has been getting a little better each week.
|That's what I'm talking about!|
Once the planet starts tilting toward the sun again, and the northern hemisphere waters begin to warm up, life blossoms here on every level. And we are seeing those signs of life returning to our waters every few days. The sea-run Cutthroat are on the feed in the saltchuck. Numerous forage species are spreading into the shallows along the edges of the beaches, in the tide pools, etc. These cool, bright, salty days of fly fishing are invigorating. My fisheries restoration and research friends tell me that they are observing a "delay," of from one week to several weeks, in the appearance of the salmon fry and smolt that they trap and count in the lower reaches of the smaller restoration streams every spring. So here we are, at the end of April, and things are just beginning to get really good. And all of this extended wet weather bodes well for the salmon, steelhead and trout that are spawning in the rivers. Lets go fishing!
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, private and group 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. I also do public presentations for civic groups, private gatherings, and fly fishing clubs, Naturalist guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking for spring through fall 2017!
|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