Saturday, September 23, 2017

Autumn Equinox

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

Summer is officially over.
  Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox. The end of summer and the beginning of fall. Okay, I surrender. I accept it. And there's plenty of evidence to support this decision. Not just the astronomical data, or that bit about the day and the night being equal at one precise point in time that Equinox day. It's really cooling off. We got a little rain a few days ago. The nights are coming on earlier. The mornings are crispy cool. There's wood smoke in the air, and it's not that crummy smoke from the forest fires this time.  

Dusk on the saltchuck.

  But aside from all of that, there's a mildness about things right now, the air is stable, no big winds or heavier rains in the short term forecast, just some sweet light soakings periodically, and the water is just a bit cooler now. I am seeing the sea-run cutthroat trout feeding more heavily in the shallows, and on the surface. The afternoons have been very mild, even sunny and warm. Warm enough to row the dory in my shirtsleeves most of the day on the saltchuck. In nine hours of fishing the other day we saw fish, and caught fish just about everywhere that we went. They were even feeding on the surface, right in front of us, while we were sitting on the beach eating our lunch. That was a good day. I would like to be fishing out on the west-end Olympic Peninsula rivers now too, but we're still waiting for some real rain to bring them back up to decent flows. And why in the world would anyone want to ignore that things in the saltwater game are beginning to seriously heat up around here?! With the waxing moon ahead, we'll see some good tides get even better, through the end of the month, and into the first week of October. 

The only hard thing about fishing this time of year here is making up my mind which direction to head out into, the beaches are going to be great for the next few months, and so are the rivers. It helps to be flexible. But I would much rather be fishing the saltchuck for sea-runs now myself. I know what can happen.

The next two months of fishing here are what we look forward to all year!

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 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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