Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mad Dogs and Fishing Guides

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

  Summer is right on time this year. I know because, after 9 hours of rowing around the bay under the hot sun yesterday, today I look like a boiled beet. There's always that one day, usually earlier in the season,when I forego the sunscreen, and I pay the price. Hopefully, I have gotten this stupidity out of the way for the rest of the year. Please remember to cover up, wear a long sleeved sun shirt, shading hat, sun gloves, and use a strong, zinc based, sunscreen, and drink plenty of water through the day. Sunglasses are mandatory.

  The summer sun has been heating up the beaches here. And the softer, shallower waters, back eddies and tide pools, lagoons etc., are warming up too. Look for the cooler water, and currents, on the incoming tides, to  provide the better opportunities to meet up with trout and salmon now. It doesn't always have to be deeper water, but often that is the case as well. Now is the time of year that I will fish sink tips, and sinking leaders. A favorite is the "Clear Poly" type leaders, and Airflow has some of the best options, 7 of them, from floating to deep sinking. Personally, I like the longer ones.

  I am hearing good things from the salty west end of the Olympic Peninsula, as salmon season is in full-swing there. They're seeing good numbers of coho, and they are bigger than they have been in the last few years. Puget Sound salmon fishing has been turning out some really good news lately too. Ocean (feeding) conditions are improving for the migrating salmon and steelhead. This year there were markedly higher than usual numbers of coho smolt counted as they moved out of their streams and into the saltwaters. So maybe now we can appreciate the utility of the closures put in place a few years ago. I am really looking forward to fishing the tides this year. Salmon season opens here in Washington Marine Are #9 on July 16th this year. It will be interesting to see how it goes. The new moon is upon us, with some serious tidal exchanges, and the tides are going to be great for the next few weeks leading up to the full moon. I like this for salmon fishing, and hot weather sea-run cutthroat trout fishing too. Bring on the cold water!

Were seeing some nice sea-run coastal cutthroat trout lately.

     June brought plenty of rain to make up for the dry May we had out here. The rivers got a few nice shots of fresh flows, the mountains got some snow. It's melting fast now. And the Olympic Peninsula rivers are now running low and clear. If you are into hunting for trout now, in these rivers, you will need to bring a headlamp for dawn patrol. Dawn and dusk will the best times. Smaller dry flies, ants, beetles, etc., can be very good. Patience and lots of hiking just might pay off. Whatever you do, wherever you go, savor every moment of this beautiful summer!

Fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat from a classic Swampscott Dory.
By appointment only.

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 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 through October and beyond. Please call or write for details.

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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