Thursday, September 27, 2018

Autumnal Equinox Reprieve

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

"Indian Summer"

     In this last week or so of September, since the autumnal equinox, we have been enjoying some remarkably fine conditions here on the Olympic Peninsula. And the tides have been perfect.  I will be fishing into the sunset high tides through this weekend. Then we'll be seeing some good early morning high tides to come. This is the best sea-run coastal cutthroat trout fishing season we could possibly hope for.

Coho fishing.
      Much of the earlier month of September was blustery, and cold, wet, cloudy . . .
And after so many summer weeks of hot days, and the acrid, wildfire smoke,  burning our eyes and spoiling many days on the water, this autumn comes as a welcome relief. And truth be told, autumn is probably the best fishing season of all anyway. The cutthroat are feeding heavily on bait here, mostly sandlance and herring. The punch of rain we got a few times, especially last weekend, has perked up the west-end Olympic Peninsula rivers, and moved the salmon, trout and summer steelhead upriver on the freshet. If you want to skate big fluffy dry flies, or drift soft hackle flies, for trout and summer runs in the rivers, this is the time to do it. The October Caddis hatch will be ongoing through late fall. The water has cooled off, and the fish have turned on. The only real problem with this time of year is that you can't be in more than one place at a time, and the fishing will be good just about everywhere. In my perfect world, I will be fishing on the beaches every chance I get. Except for when I am fishing a river . . .

Fish On!
Leland Miyawaki 's Beach Poppers work!

Fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat from a classic Swampscott Dory.
For one angler. 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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