Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fishing Through "The Window."

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

A fair weather window is opening up here now!

   If you have been paying attention this past week, you know that the west-end Olympic Peninsula rivers are getting a series of warm fronts, and rains that have the flows spiking up and up.  And the entire region has gotten some heavy winds on and off most of the week. Yet here on the east side of the mountains, near Port Townsend, and down into Hood Canal country, in the Olympic Mountains Rain Shadow we are  seeing some beautiful sunny breaks, less rain and wind, and even some nice mornings, and a few afternoons too, when the water was beautiful and the fishing was great. Good enough for some solid outings. It is amazing how fast the water cleans up here after the winds lie down, and the bait comes back into the shallow waters, with the trout right behind them. After a rough weather week, those trout are going to feed again, in close. 

   After this stormy weekend is over, Starting today, (Sunday 10/22), and through the entire week ahead, and even into next weekend, there is an inscrutably nice weather window opening up here, with fair light winds, milder temperatures, and no rain. An entire WEEK! How sweet it is! This is what makes October so refreshing and fun. These brief storms really get things moving, the rivers come back to life. even if they do get high and dirty. And it is still my favorite season for fly fishing sea-run coastal cutthroat trout on the saltchuck. And now is the time that we see some of the biggest sea-runs of the year.

  Speaking of catching bigger trout. The Cortland Line Company has come out with a new tippet material that I have been trying out in a variety of situations: Cortland "Top Secret" Ultra Premium fluorocarbon. So far this stuff has been remarkable. In situations where I have been using 3X mono tippet, and the fish have been refusing the fly, All we did was change over to this new fluoro tippet, (same 3X designation), and the fish took the fly. No hesitation. With all of these rocks and barnacles and shells, eel grass etc., we need strong tippets that we can count on. And all of my knots are working well with this new stuff, even when I'm tying it into mono leaders.This represents a significant development in tippet materials manufacturing technology, and the chemistry of diameter and strength ratios. Great for us fishermen. Sucks if you're a trout, though.

Cortland "Top Secret Ultra Premium" fluorocarbon tippet material comes in sizes 0X through 8X, in 30 yard or 100 yard spools.

    Now go call your boss and let him know that you're too well to be working in these conditions. It's going to be that good. Give me a yell, and I will get you out in the dory. This won't happen so often this time of year. Seriously. I'm tying some flies . . . Operators are standing by . . . 

 This is some of the best sea-run cutthroat trout fishing on the Olympic Peninsula- the summer "tourons" are gone, and the fish are on the feed.

This is a classic wooden Swampscott Dory. Fully restored. We row the beaches, casting for sea-runs. This is the most traditional, salty and relaxing way to fly fish for sea-run coastal cutthroat trout. 
One angler only.  Call or write for details.

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, or row along the shorelines in the dory, fly fishing for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in the saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer steelhead. 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, beginner to expert. 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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