I’ve been fishing for coastal cutthroat for 45 years and the fish are more abundant now than they’ve ever been. I'm liking it already! As you cast, crystal clear salt water rolls in on your feet while the Olympic Mountains provide a perfect back drop to the very waters that you fish. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Angler, Outdoor Writer/Photographer and Island Angler's Fly Fishing Columnist I did this last week myself, in the dory alone, in a steady 10+ knot wind and chop, and I found a really nice 18 inch cutthroat waiting for me close to shore in surprisingly shallow water. And this is a major reason why we are seeing anglers enjoying such good saltwater Cutthroat fly fishing opportunity all over the region today. Some have lost family members. Reserve your spot now by calling 604-931-5044 or send an email to [email protected]. Lunch, snacks, soft beverages, and use of some equipment is included. Public presentations, Naturalist Guide, rowboat picnics, tide pool and river trail day trips. Slow, stealthy and quiet. As i understand from what you write, fishing for sea run cutthroat is not very common where you live. When these big season changing winds do come, usually out of the southwest quadrant, you can sometimes see how the wind will push bait downwind toward a lee shore.The bait can be found milling about in the surf, and right up onto the beach sometimes. "Red sky in morning, sailors take warning! But when the salmon are still meandering their way down from Alaska and the. Up the estuary, flood tide (incoming) and the last hour of ebb tide (outgoing) are said to be most productive, so long as the water is moving. Certified Fly Casting Instructor / Joan Wulff Method, U.S.C.G First Aid/CPR/BLS/AED/BBP/HIV Certified. Thread starter Joe; Start date Feb 9, 2002; J. Joe Member. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The outgoing tide is most popular, when Burley Lagoon empties through the bridge and creates river like current. (I use Arizona Sparkle Dubbing. Within an hour of Seattle or less, you can be fly-fishing to sea-run cutthroats that have been super-charged by their stay in the saltwater. We've got 8 days of season left here. The colder mountain weather should help moderate river flows over the next week or more too. But I do like all of the little variations that each one features. Freshwater Fishing Regulations will apply, with mandatory catch & release for all wild fish (trout/steelhead/char). And I am going to get out to the rivers for some fall dry-line cutthroat trout fishing. In areas 12-27, which cover most of Vancouver Island’s tidal shoreline, regulations stipulate that there is no retention of wild trout, retention of hatchery marked fish only (minimum 30cm length) and a barbless hook is a must (to minimize trauma to the fish and increase survival rates). A few days ago when this recent blow was building up in the morning, it was hitting 15 to 25+ knots and pushing some steep waves. By late, dark, cold winter, that will get a little old. Each one is different from the next, they are not consistent. Accessible by Boat. Strip-sets or raising the rod, doesn't matter... they just don't stick. As with many systems that have both cutthroat and rainbow trout, you occasionally catch cutbows. Though high tide is normally preferred for beach fishing, on some beaches, low tide can expose more feeding territory or cause the fish to school up. Just trying to get a handle on this hole saltwater thing. Spring is when cutthroat trout chase salmon fry and fall is when they gorge on salmon eggs. It's nice when you have a friend do the rowing. Fish behind the Massimo Restaurant side, not the spit side. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I've been looking at my bunched up noodle of a cast at 30', and thought to myself. You should too. I am guiding fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. There’s a thriving salt-water cutthroat fishery in Seattle’s Lincoln Park. Other times I will skate them on the surface, letting them skip and skitter along like a big caddis fly. I never really planned on being this old, much less being this beat up, so it's all a lesson. There is also an anadromous, or ‘sea-run’ coastal cutthroat. In my perfect world, I will be fishing on the beaches every chance I get. The annual October weather shift seems to have come a few weeks earlier around western Washington this year. Speaking of wind and waves. Your Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide. developed specific for the Danish sea run trout might work very well for sea run cutthroat in Puget Sound also. Icelandic Sheep hair, grizzly hackle feathers and peacock herl give the Miyawaki's Sea Run Beach … If you have a pair of waders, a 7-weight fly rod and a selection of bait-imitating flies designed for Puget Sound species, you are ready to begin the adventure of fly-fishing in Puget Sound. . I’ve been told that significant tide changes of more than 6 feet tend to increase fish activity. Rockfish Conservation Areas also restrict some shoreline access to help conserve in-shore rockfish populations, especially in the Strait of Georgia. Boat fishing for Searun Cutthroat in Puget Sound opens endless doors and beach options to the adventurous angler. The coastal cutthroat trout occurs in four distinct forms. Most marine areas are open year around but all Cutthroat fishing in Puget Sound is catch and release. Sea Run Cutthroat, including one trapped in the fish ladder at Winchester Dam in the North Umpqua decades ago, a five pounder caught at the confluence of the North and South Umpqua in the 1970s, and several five-plus pound cutthroat seen in Upper Elk River, observed by fish-counting biologists. Boundaries differ between rivers, but usually the tidal boundary will be located somewhere near where the first bridge crosses the river. Beach Fishing for Sea-run Cutthroat Trout – a catch and release fishery all year round April 5, 2020 Spincaster Although present on tidal beaches year round, probably the best place and time of year for fishing for sea run cutthroat trout in tidal waters, … ( Log Out / Ideal Tides: Varies from beach to beach, fishing moving water is most important Clothing/Equipment Lists: Summer season, Winter season Rods and Lines: 6 wt rods with floating or intermediate lines Species: Resident Coho salmon, Sea Run Cutthroat trout Duration: Half day trip 4-5 hours fishing time, full day trip 8-9 hours fishing time Most of the time I like to give these flies plenty of action, no matter what I am fishing for. Searun cutthroat with attack a Woolly Bugger readily at times. On the Gamakatsu T-10 6H hooks these muddlers. So, in essence, we often fish the salt just like a run on a river — with local knowledge. Keep in mind, when fishing the rivers for salmon, Department of Fisheries & Oceans (D.F.O) Freshwater Salmon Regulations apply. When the water is moving, more things to eat are swirled around; hence you should fish moving tides. The water has cooled off, and the fish have turned on. I was at the Meadowdale Beach Park last June, (a beautiful walk in beach) and this happened on three consecutive casts. So now that I am almost dead, I'm trying to take better care of myself. The other native is the westslope. ... All you have to do is look for beaches with cobble stones or ones that transition from sand to cobble. But the saltchuck has been great between big windy blasts. 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. Leland Miyawaki's Sea-Run Beach Popper has become a very popular fly for fishing Puget Sound beaches for sea-run cutthroat and silver salmon. I am guiding fly fishers on the Olympic Peninsula beaches, rivers and streams. This is strictly catch and release, traditional fly fishing only. Sea Run Cutthroat Trout off the beach Beautiful Sea Run trout in Freshwater chasing Fry Dressed up Pink CK using a Vision Tool #5 Below a nice Nitinat Trout using a Vision Tool small Spey Trout Fishing is very good at the moment..Emy and a Nice Rainbow Nice Local Sea Run Cuttie using a Vision #6 Onki Smallmouth Bass using the Vision ONKI Available in any size and color combination imaginable, the Woolly bugger is a good fly to swing or strip for searun cutthroat. In the spring, our island waters also offer large numbers of Dolly Varden, providing one of Puget Sound’s most thrilling fly fishing challenges. Fly fishing for sea-run Cutthroat from a classic Swampscott Dory. There is NO WAY I'm going to catch a fish. Sound Fly Fishing Guide Service will take you on a walk with fly rods in hand, to pursue the sea run cutthroat. 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