Wednesday, July 12, 2017


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

  1. the action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction.
  2. ie: 
  3. The salmon are coming!

Nice pink salmon on a pink fly!

   This anticipation thing can be vexing. I start getting excited about the spring sea-run cutthroat fishing in late February, just around the time that they are all up in the creeks and beginning to spawn. So I start organizing stuff, tying flies, (I am always behind!), and checking rods, lines, leaders, knots, reels, etc. By the time my "opening day" arrives, I have a few flies ready, and I am always trying to find something, like that extra spool, or my newer-older leaders. Salmon season was set well enough ahead of time that you would think that I would be on top of it. And it really doesn't take much to get it together. But here I am, just days away from the opening day, and I am running around trying to find the right hooks, bucktails, etc. It's ridiculous, really.  And I have been seeing salmon crashing bait, and jumping on the surface for the last few weeks here already!  

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In loving memory:
Greg, with the first Pink Salmon of the year
(July  5th 2007) 

 This is the time of year that everyone in the Pacific Northwest leans toward the waters, with an expectation of the salmon runs to come. Our Admiralty Inlet /Area 9 fishing opens July 16th for salmon. The pink salmon have been seen in small numbers on the coast and here in the Strait already. We usually begin catching them here around the 4th of July, when we're sea-run cutthroat trout fishing. The coho seem to be more robust out there right now too. We usually have the best Coho fishing in later summer and  fall here. But we don't know if it will be kept open that late this year. The forecast for pink salmon and coho is low, and even though there is an opening to fish for salmon here this year, there is very limited harvest allowed for pinks or coho. Also be aware that there will be in-season monitoring of this fishery, and there may be unexpected closures at any time during the season, especially if the fish are not showing up as expected. 

Check the W.D.F.W. regulations and season updates carefully, every time that you go fishing!  :   

   Fishing from the beaches, we often catch salmon on our sea-run cutthroat trips. This is always a pleasant surprise, if not sometimes a bit overwhelming, as some visiting anglers have never hooked anything bigger than a small stream trout before. This time of year a six weight rod might be your best choice, especially if you decide to go for salmon from the beaches. We can fish half the day for cutthroat, usually in the mornings, and then fish for salmon too, from the beaches, after lunch for a few hours. In any case, we never harvest any of these fish. All fish- trout or salmon etc.,- are released without avoidable injury. No exceptions. Maybe it's time for you to get some anticipation of your own?

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 fall 2017! 

And sometimes we row . . . One angler only.
This is the way to go fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat!

SSShhh!!! Listen to the quiet . . . 

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. Water Watchers, Beach Watchers and Shore Stewards Graduate
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618



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