Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Big October Slap!

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

October on the beaches.

    Since the Autumnal Equinox a few weeks ago, we have been seeing a few cycles of cooler, wetter weather come and go. It had been fairly normal, up until now.  And in between the rains, we have gotten out on the water for some fine sea-run cutthroat trout fishing from the beaches, and while rowing, casting and trolling from the dory. We have opted to continue fishing the beaches for sea-runs through this fall. The fishing has been that good on the saltchuck again, and the rivers are closed for game fish until mid- November anyway. 

Dory fishing has been great!

    According to Pacific Northwest weather guru, Dr Cliff Mass, We are going to get a lot of rain over the next week or so. ( Something like 15 inches predicted! ) See his ominous forecast here: Build An Ark!  The Olympic Peninsula rivers are already running way up in flows today, after several smaller spikes in flows over the last weeks. It's time. But it sure is a lot of water coming. Once it blows over, and after the rivers drop back down to manageable flows, I am betting it will take a week or two. And depending upon how cold it gets, there should be some good river fishing for summer / fall steelhead, and cutthroat, before the hatchery winter runs begin later in November. 

    And so begins the winter rain cycle in the rainforest. Kicked off with a Pineapple Express that will deliver more water than anyone wants all at once. There's going to be some strong winds too. The last two nights out here have been flat howling. Anytime someone tells me that we are getting an "atmospheric river" of rain heading our way, I take notice. 

Going Up!

   Between these spates, the saltchuck over here on the eastern shores of the Olympic Peninsula, and down Hood Canal, can be remarkably fishable well into winter. So no matter what the forecast is calling for in Seattle, or out there on the coastal rivers, we are in the "Olympic Peninsula Rain Shadow" here, and often it will be as calm as a Hindu cow here while everywhere else- all hell is breaking loose. Check out this link for a cool overview on this phenomenon:  Olympic Peninsula Rainshadow

Morning break. "Calm as a Hindu cow."
Meanwhile, the west-end rivers are rising fast.

    We have plenty of good fishing ahead this fall and winter!  So don't let the television weather man, or the high river flows, slow you down.

The most relaxing way to fish for sea-run cutthroat.
One angler, maybe two,  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 freshwater and saltwater, and in the rivers for Cutthroat trout and summer and fall 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 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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