Thursday, February 26, 2015

When your stars align



Your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing guide
Catch and release, fly fishing only.

   When your stars align



When your stars align 
photo by Summer Martell
   We have been scouting the local beaches here at the east end of the Olympic Peninsula since early this month. The weather has been so mild that it is hard to believe that we are in the middle of winter. A few days ago we got pink cheeks from the warm sun all day. It was no surprise that there was nothing doing as far as our seeing any sea-run Cutthroat feeding on chum fry yet. Even with the warm weather it is still a bit too early for that, especially when we are fishing any distance from the streams. We are hearing reliable reports of chum fry in the estuaries in the south Puget Sound region, and of course there are cutthroat chasing them already there too. I am guessing we have a few more weeks to wait up here. With everything blooming so soon, and people mowing their lawns already, we are seeing many natural cycles somewhat accelerated. Water temperature plays a significant role in the development of juvenile fish before they emerge form the gravel, and afterwards as well. No doubt the warmer winter here will help our local chum salmon fry to emerge from the gravel a bit earlier as well. And of course we know that as the waters warm up the trout become stimulated and more active feeders. I am guessing that our local Cutthroat trout are spawning now, a bit earlier than usual perhaps. It's just a hunch. But I am following up with some field trips on this soon. And I will share the results with you here. If they are spawning right now it would explain their absence in many of their usual saltwater haunts.

  
Mid winter sea-run Cutthroat fly fishing
   
   Most worthwhile things in life are a matter of timing. We know that this is especially true of fishing. We need to pay attention to weather, tides, winds, natural life cycles of the fish we pursue, we need to understand their habits and prey as well. I find this life deeply enriching and rewarding. When we were fishing at the beginning of the month it was warm and sunny many days, and we fished in shirtsleeves. The shallow places were uncommonly warm, and there were insects in the air. We had trout feeding right in front of us on those days. What a difference a few weeks has made. But we only have a matter of days ahead of us to get ready for the spring fishing to begin to happen in a  big way here in the north sound waters. It's time to get ready. Tie your flies, prepare your tackle, get some practice in on that fly casting.  As soon as it gets going up here, and the sea-run Cutthroat are recovered from their spawning, and fully robust and feeding on the beaches again, I will be letting you know here in this blog. When it lights up here, it does so virtually overnight, so stay tuned! 


   Happy Birthday Lefty Kreh!!

Lefty Kreh at 90


   Happy Birthday to you Lefty!  Master angler, fly tier, inventor, mentor, teacher, writer, WWII veteran of distinction, and so much more.  I count myself as fortunate that I was able to get fly casting lessons with Lefty at many of the winter shows when I lived on the east coast. If you are a fly fisherman- you owe many of the innovations, skills and crafts, equipment etc., to this amazing man and his creative and adventurous life.
Here is a recent radio interview with Lefty, and it is an eye opener. Enjoy!




   We will be back on the water this spring! Just in time for the beginning of another beautiful season of wild sea run Coastal Cutthroat trout fly fishing on the saltwaters and rivers of the Olympic Peninsula, Hood Canal and Puget Sound. Drop me a note or give me a call for details. All trips, casting instruction sessions, presentations, and rowboat picnics must be booked in advance.

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 and private fly fishing and fly  casting instruction for beginners.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for beginners through expert anglers. 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 and May! 

Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618








Sunday, January 25, 2015

Late Winter sea-run Cutthroat. Sometimes


Your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing guide.
Catch & release fly fishing only!

Late Winter Sea Run Cutthroat. Sometimes.

 Most of us have been enjoying winter fishing on Puget Sound this year. There has been enough mild weather to get some people out on the beaches, fishing between cold spells and storms all winter. Sometimes. February has a way of changing things in the winter. You begin to see the signs of days getting longer, a little more sunshine. And as the month progresses so many good things begin to happen that will set the stage for the season ahead. By mid to late February the chum salmon fry are working their way up out of their gravel redds, and by the end of the month and into March and April they are getting into the saltwater estuaries. Depending upon where you  are, in south sound or north sound for instance, things get going in a slow progression, beginning in the south and moving north with the sun. South Puget Sound areas will generally see some chum fry getting out into the saltwaters a little sooner than the northern Puget Sound areas will. And the Cutthroat will be close behind. 

April sea-run Cutthroat on Puget Sound
Photo Richard Stoll

 We do know that some Cutthroat spawn in late fall in some places. But little is known about what they do, or where they go, afterwards. Do they stay upriver all winter? Do they go back to the salt sooner? Do the males spawn again in the spring with the other spring spawners? What we do know is that all winter long people can catch some Cutthroat in the saltwater. Sometimes. So obviously there are some Cutthroat that are staying closer to the saltwater in the winter. We still don't know which ones we are seeing out there then,(as far as if they are early or late spawners etc.). With some of the new research programs being conducted around the region, we may have more information in the years ahead. It's an interesting thing to ponder. Research and field studies on these fish and their movements and behavior, life history and genetics etc., is not inexpensive. Here are some links to a few good projects. 

This one is from the South Sound Fly fishers:

" Sea-Run Cutthroat Protection
Here in the South Puget Sound the sea-run cutthroat fishery is one that many of our members hold dear to their hearts. This local treasure is a poster child for the potential of a sustainable catch and release fishery. However, there are still many potential threats to the health these great fish.  The knowledge base of the cutthroat life cycle and habits is seriously lacking within the scientific community, and public knowledge is almost non-existent. Time and time again, history has proven one thing. What we don’t know, WILL hurt them.
The SSFF is working in congruence with the WDFW and the Native Fish Society in gathering data on sea-run cutthroat in the South Sound. Members conduct spawning surveys, and are gearing up to collect scale samples in local watersheds to help with range identification.
In coordination with the WDFW, the South Sound Fly Fishers have distributed and posted waterproof signs at fly shops and other sporting goods stores, along beach access points, and public boat ramps to help fishers identify sea-run cutthroat trout and remind them that they must be released. We will be recording catch data to help WDFW better understand the distribution of sea-run cutthroat in South Sound. The sea-run cutthroat is a truly unique fishery that with good catch and release practices and help from groups like SSFF we will be able to enjoy generation after generation."

And this one is from the SeaDocs organization up in the San Juan Islands: 

Chum Baby Time! 
I am tying my spring flies now- Chum salmon fry, "Little Stone's Chum Baby"smaller baitfish, squid, shrimp, soft hackles, spiders, etc. I will use full sized herring and sandlance flies, up to four to six inches long, in the early spring. But by later April and through May there will be tons of very small herring around, and we will be using appropriately small and sparse juvenile herring flies by then. Flies as small as an inch or less, on size 12 to 14 hooks, will not be too small. You can barely tie them sparsely enough sometimes. Of course, as the season continues, we tie ever larger flies, to approximate the forage we are imitating, much of which is growing in size every day. But for now, even my Muddler flies will be uncommonly small.
 On the warmer sunny days in later winter and spring we like to fish the shallow edges of the beaches, especially on an incoming tide. There can be a lot of forage at the edges then, as the shallow water is gaining heat from the sun warmed gravel and sand beaches. Don't forget to bring along some amphipod imitations. A size 10-12 scud will do it, in grayish to olive colors. These "Beach Hoppers"  can be found at the edges of the beach, underneath the surface of the sand, burrowed beneath the debris and tide wrack, and well hidden in rotting beach logs. They like damp dark places. They swim with frenetic jerks and wiggles, and trout love them. We sometimes see sea runs feeding on these amphipods at the edge of the beach, the trout with their backs and fins sticking out  of the water. They are reckless about this feeding at times, you can walk right up to them. It reminds me of stream trout feeding on a "spinner fall." If it gets warm enough in the next few months, we can see some termites and winged beetles or ants getting out early from their slumbers. A few dry flies are a good thing to have any time that you are fishing for sea run Cutthroat on Puget Sound. 
 We've made it this far, there's just a little more winter yet to come. But that's why we bought all of that expensive cool stuff to keep us warm and dry. We could use some rain and snow to rebuild our failed winter snow pack in the mountains. And there is still time to get slammed with a few good storms. But with each passing day and week ahead, there is an anticipation for those better days- Those days when things are so right, with balmy air and little wind, flat water and a moderate incoming tide, and the hungry Cutthroat are feeding right at our feet. Sometimes.

 We will be back on the water by mid to late April this spring, just in time for the beginning of another beautiful season of wild sea run Coastal Cutthroat trout fly fishing on the saltwaters of the Olympic Peninsula, Hood Canal and Puget Sound. Drop me a note or give me a call 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, 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 and private fly fishing and fly  casting instruction for beginners.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for beginners through expert anglers. Public presentations, Naturalist guide for rowboat picnics, Tide Pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details. Now booking for April and May! 

Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618



Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hope, expectations and fly fishing


Your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing guide,
Catch & release, Fly fishing only!

Hope, expectations and fly fishing


    "The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope" John Buchan




   In this season of light we are reminded of the hope for the return of longer days, the warming energy of the sun, the anticipation of the oncoming new year. Some of us even have hope for the fishing. Most of the time when we think of the word "Hope" we tend to be focused on a desired outcome. Certainly we are hoping to catch another fish, more fish, bigger fish, the fish of our dreams etc. Simply walking out the front door with our tackle in hand is an act of hope. No one goes fishing without some positive sense of anticipation or expectation for the day. For most of us there is a goal, a specific focus- We want to catch a sea-run Cutthroat trout, or a salmon, or a steelhead etc. Our hopes are pointed. We have a sense of purpose. And this is something that helps us get out of the house and onto the water to begin with. We are motivated.  


Hopes fulfilled

   Certainly no one ties flies for hour after hour, especially in the dark of winter, acquiring new materials, hoarding every last feather, fur and tinsel snippet imaginable, filling their fly boxes with numerous patterns, without also dreaming of the fish that they will be encountering in the future. No matter how many times I have heard that fly tying can save me money, I have always had more money invested in tying materials than I have in actual tied flies, and I never have enough flies. This has been going on for years. It's all about that next fish. I sometimes wonder if there is an inverse relationship between denial and hope?


"A perpetual series of occasions for hope."


   What could be more optimistic and hopeful than having a closet full of fly rods?  Who would go to all of that trouble and expense, collecting all manner of rods, in tapers, lengths actions and weights suitable for every species of fish conceivable, without having some sense that there was a fish waiting out there for them to catch somewhere?  Again I say that this can only be an attribute of hope. We are living in expectation. I know people with dozens of fly rods. Not to mention the reels. And everything else.

   In the ancient Greek mythology there is the tale of Zeus and Prometheus, and Pandora's Box.  The story goes that Prometheus stole the fire from Zeus, who was the supreme god of gods. This enraged Zeus and he then created a box that he filled with all of the many evils. Zeus kept his knowledge of the contents of the box a secret. Pandora was warned not to open the box. Pandora opened the box anyway, and the many evils escaped out into the world again. Lying at the bottom of the empty box, only hope remained. In this context one can think of Hope as the greatest potential for anything to happen, at any time, no matter what we desire. I have had a lot of fishing trips that went this way. Anything that could have happened did happen. Not all of it was what we were hoping for. 

   So this leads me to this thought of Hope- to begin the New Year, and to carry forward. Most of the best experiences of my life were never exactly what I had planned on or hoped for. But something worthwhile happened anyway. If I could recognize one aspect of this that held promise it is this- A lack of expectations is elemental. I wasn't expecting anything in particular, or at least I did not limit myself to that. I just went out there and cast a fly. No one could have told me on what day that I would have caught the best fish of the year, after hundreds of casts to the same water for hours. No one could foretell the arrival of the pod of Orcas, that came frolicking along right in front of us as we fished for salmon from the beach all day. Who could predict that we would catch the biggest wild sea-run cutthroat I have ever seen, under a hot, bright sun, in shallow water, over a muddy bottom, on a falling tide. I have had too many moments of grace on the water to ignore this. Somehow we go out the door with our hopes, and we make our plans, set a goal, and along the way something else quite remarkable can happen. But we have to be open to that. The harder we focus on a specific desired result, the farther away it can get. But when we let go of that, sometimes we get a gift. My hope for you is that this will be your best year ever. Happy New Year!


Fly Fishing Gift Trips

   As a reminder to you, and for the holidays- I offer fly fishing gift trips to anglers year round. This makes a great holiday or birthday present, graduation, retirement, reunions, etc. These are a guided day of fly fishing, for one or two anglers, including lunch, snacks and soft beverages. Additional anglers and larger groups are negotiable. I share my own custom tied flies for the day as we fish these beautiful waters. Once you contact me to arrange this gift for your friend or loved one, I will provide you with a gift card for you to give to the recipient. And they can then get in touch with me in advance to work out the details of their Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure. This gift trip is valid for beach or river fishing, catch & release fly fishing only. I also offer rowboat picnics on a quiet estuary here, or private fly casting instruction sessions. Contact me for the details.



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 and private fly fishing and fly  casting instruction for beginners.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for beginners through expert anglers. Public presentations, Naturalist guide for rowboat picnics, Tide Pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details.  

Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618






Monday, December 15, 2014

The Gift of Fly Fishing



Your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing guide,
catch & release, fly fishing only!


Winter. 



   The gift of fly fishing


    It is only the second week of December and yet we have had winter and autumn weather on and off since late October. November saw some truly arctic cold days, and we got some good early snow pack at higher altitudes in the mountains. December rolled in with a warm blast that sent the rivers skyrocketing. We just got through some of the wildest days I have ever seen here, as far as wind and rain goes, and there have been several records broken for Autumn and December temperatures. And it's not even winter solstice yet. The rivers are on the drop now, the mountains are getting colder again, we're seeing much better flows than we have seen here in weeks, and those early winter, hatchery run steelhead are still rolling in. I will be guiding for the hatchery runs through December. I will not be guiding for wild winter run steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula rivers. The runs are too severely diminished now, and I don't think that we should be fishing for them at all.

Early winter sea-run Cutthroat fishing.

    On the beaches

   On the beaches here we have seen some beautiful days between the storms and freezes. I think that some of the sea-run Cutthroat do get back out into the saltwater to feed, when the smaller rivers get too dirty and flooded in the winter. And the saltwater clears up quickly after the storms. When we do catch Cutthroat here in the winter they tend to be larger fish, Well worth the effort. And thankfully we are in the Olympic Mountain Rainshadow, so we do enjoy much fairer  weather than the areas to the north, south east and west of us. The mountains protect us. Seattle gets about twice to three times the amount of the rain that we get here near Port Townsend in the winter. If we get a few sunny, mild days in a  row here, the trout will come back up to the surface to feed along the beaches. For my guests who come in the winter months, I keep an eye on conditions and forecasts here, and I let them know when things are looking right for a day of beach fishing. And we do catch a few nice wild fish around here. Yes, even in the winter.


 "All that is not given is lost." 
Mahatma Gandhi

   One thing that I try to hang onto is the notion that our fishing lives are a kind of gift. It is inscrutable to me that there are people who have no interest in the outdoors life. They have no sense of wonder at the sight of the first flock of migrating geese, nor for the sound of the first loon of the year coming back from the arctic, they get no anticipation of  a wild fish on the other end of their line. I have met some of these people, and I have guided a few. Once afield, they are strangers in a strange land. I have no idea how this works, but there are some people who are never going to be outdoors people, they won't go hiking or camping, nor will they ever be true fishers or hunters. It is just true. I have spent my whole life in outdoors adventures. When I am away from the trails and the waters for too long, life becomes a place where I am merely waiting to live, until the next outing, and the next raindrop on my face and the wind at my back. I have always been this way. The modern world offers me very little solace. But taking a brief walk beneath the tall firs, or a hike along a river trail, a few hours of wading and casting, some light on the water and a row along the bay, and I am healed. Sometimes all that it takes is a glimpse of a hawk or eagle, briefly sweeping across the sky, an owls distant hooting in the night, to remind me that I am a part of something greater, and that we all share this life with every living thing. It is a blessing to experience life in this sometimes primal way. You might know what I mean- A sense of Unity.

Happy Holidays!!!



Fly Fishing Gift Trips

   As a reminder to you, and for the holidays- I offer fly fishing gift trips to anglers year round. These are a guided day of fly fishing, for one or two anglers, including lunch, snacks and soft beverages. I share my own custom tied flies for the day as we fish these beautiful waters. Once you contact me to arrange this gift for your friend or loved one, I will provide you with a gift card for you to give to the recipient. And they can then get in touch with me in advance to work out the details of their Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure. This gift trip is valid for beach or river fishing, catch & release fly fishing only. I also offer rowboat picnics on a quiet estuary here, or private fly casting instruction sessions. Contact me for the details.


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 and private fly fishing and fly  casting instruction for beginners.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing adventure, for beginners through expert anglers. Public presentations, Naturalist guide for rowboat picnics, Tide Pool and  river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details.  

Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618



Monday, October 20, 2014

October, Wet & Wild!


Your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing guide,
Catch & Release, Fly Fishing only!


   October, Wet & Wild!


The Hoh River gauge doesn't lie.

   Let's just say that we have finally gotten that rain that we have needed. Over the last few weeks we have seen a building pattern of warmer air and intermittent rain, that has really recharged our summer-drought-dry region and renewed the flows in the Olympic Peninsula rivers. The rain forest has lost the dusty grey mantel of summer, and regained the dripping wet beauty that signals the real change of seasons here. Suddenly everything is a deep, vibrant shade of green. The rivers have been bouncing up and down in flows, with each front that has swept across the Olympic mountains creating a surge in the renewal of life and energy. And you can bet that the autumn fish are appreciating this opportunity to get moving too. Summer steelhead and cutthroat trout will be attuned to these changes in flows, temperatures etc., and they will be feeding on the abundance of big meaty October Caddis flies that are hatching now. With this unusually warm weather, and no hard freeze in sight yet, we may expect that the hatches will persist well into November. It has happened before. 

   On the salt- The wind has really been piping in on most days here lately. We have had gales and small craft warnings on several occasions over the last weeks. Yet most mornings here have been calm, and often the evening hours near sunset can be calm as well. Just something to remember- when you are looking at the marine weather forecasts, and it all looks bad. Sometimes you can get a few hours of fishing in the early morning, and again at the end of the day. That way you still have time to clean the gutters and rake the yard. The sea run Cutthroat and coho have been cooperative, and we do expect to continue the beach fishing too through this mild autumn. Beach fishing is a wonderful alternative to the rivers, when most of them get too high after the rains. And even if your favorite beach is exposed to the wind and waves, you can usually find another beach that does not have the same exposure, and get some good fishing in anyway. It pays to have a map of the region and be willing to do some exploring. 

10/22/14  Update

   Check out Dr Cliff Mass weather blog for an update on the big wind and rain storm we are in right now. The west-end Olympic Peninsula rivers, as well as most of western Washington's other rivers, are bank full and running hard and dirty now, with more rain on the way. Looks like the saltwater may be one of the better options, if you can get out of the wind. I can't wait for these rivers to drop back into shape.   



Autumn steelhead and trout fishing,
 on the jade green waters of the Olympic Peninsula rain forest.

    Right now I am tying some more summer steelhead and cutthroat flies for this late autumn fishing. And by the way that this fall weather has been shaping up the rivers so far, I am going to be sure to tie some "winter" patterns on heavier hooks too. And though I prefer dry line and surface fly fishing to just about any other way of presenting a fly to summer steelhead and trout here, I will be bringing along my sink tips and heavy sink or "Poly" leaders too. Once these rivers get deeper, colder, and flowing stronger, we sometimes have to use winter skills to get the fly to slow down and hunt in front of the fish. Temperature and flow are important considerations no matter what season you are fishing. We can usually find some good dry line water here anyway, but this is about increasing your options for presenting the fly On the swing. (No "bobbers" required!


"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

   Speaking of steelhead flies. I don't think that you can find a better example of traditional Olympic Peninsula steelhead flies than the flies tied by the legendary Syd Glasso of Forks, Wa. I have friends here who had Mr Glasso for their elementary school teacher. And when they were doing well in class he would reward the students with one of his own hand tied flies.These flies are priceless today. I have had the good fortune to see quite a few of these classic flies, they are elegant in their symmetry, simplicity and colors. In use they come to life, glowing in the emerald waters with each swing. British Columbia author, artisan fly tier and angler Art Lingren recently shared some pictures of some of these classic steelhead flies, tied by Mr Glasso in the 1980's. Posted here with permission. These are the flies I want to learn how to tie. I guess I have my work cut out for me.



The Courtesan Spey
by Syd Glasso
Art Lingren photo

The Quillayute Spey
by Syd Glasso
Art Lingren photo


The Orange Heron
by Syd Glasso
Art Lingren photo


The Sol Duc Spey
by Syd Glasso
Art Lingren photo


The Thunder & Lightning
by Syd Glasso
Art Lingren photo


Unnamed Spey, White Heron
by Syd Glasso
Art Lingren photo


Brown Heron
by Syd Glasso
Art Lingren photo


The Spirit Fly
by Syd Glasso
Art Lingren photo



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. Personalized and private fly fishing and fly  casting instruction.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula adventure. casting instruction, and guided trips are available, for beginners through expert anglers. Public presentations, Naturalist guide for rowboat picnics, Tide Pool and river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details.  

Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

Phone: 360-385-9618



  



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October Expectations



Your Olympic Peninsula fly fishing guide.
Catch & release, fly fishing only.

October expectations


Harbinger of fall.

 This autumn has to be one of the nicest I have ever endured here on the Olympic Peninsula. Our dry season has extended well through the first week of October, and we have had summer weather all along. Of course this means that the rivers are very low right now. But we have been having some really good beach fishing for the last month here. The sea run Coastal Cutthroat trout have been available, entertaining and willing to take our flies. And some of the nicest fish of the year are haunting our beaches in September and October. Just about everywhere north of the Columbia River system the coho have been slow to show. We have seen them caught here on our beaches with some consistency, tide to tide, over the last three weeks. And with plenty of good reports from the fishing west of here, in Sekiu etc., we expect to see coho on our beaches through October.


My friend Andy caught  a nice little coho on the beach.



The sea-run Cutthroat are a little bigger this time of year. 

It wouldn't be autumn without the rain. So don't be fooled by these temporary arid conditions. One resource for reliable forecasting is the great Professor Cliff Mass at the University of Washington. Check out his Monday October 6th posting for the scoop on the incoming moisture cycle next week. By the weekend we should be seeing some rain in the Olympic Mountains, and some new life on our streams. It looks like autumn is moving in for real now. With the full moon tides this week we can expect that the fish will keep moving, on the beaches and in the rivers. There is no serious weather on the screen this week ahead, so we should have some good fishing into the weekend and maybe longer. In my perfect world the fall rains would slowly seep in. We could fish dry flies all of the way through the fall hatch. It just might happen that way this time. But for now, you could skate a big fluffy muddler fly across the tides and see what happens. I am so ready for the refreshing autumn season, the dripping wet cedar trees, their tops bowing with the weight of mist and rain, the hot cider and apples, and wood smoke in the air. 

Autumn fishing means afternoon coffee breaks.
We are loving the Boiler Room Espresso blend from Sunrise Coffee Company
!
www.sunrisecoffee.net



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. Personalized and private fly fishing and fly  casting instruction.  I would be happy to help you plan your Olympic Peninsula adventure. casting instruction, and guided trips are available, for beginners through expert anglers. Public presentations, Naturalist guide for rowboat picnics, Tide Pool and river trail day trips. Please call, write or email for booking details.  

Bob Triggs
Little Stone Flyfisher
P.O. Box 261
Port Townsend, WA
98368

Licensed Washington State Guide 
Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Trout Unlimited Aquatic Educator Award
U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified

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