Well, woke up this AM to the welcome arrival of moist weather in the Seattle area. Rain is so important to our fisheries that while we understand why many enjoy the Vitamin D supplying sun, rain allows most of our fisheries to remain healthy for the fish we enjoy pursuing. So with a long summer of great weather slowly disappearing in the rear view mirror, we keep moving forward with what to expect ahead.
The Yakima River will continue to be a fishery to be excited about for the next month and half at least. While flows dropped quickly this year, we have always felt it is in Oct. when the reliability of hatches and the trout reacting to them settles in. Flows are way down, wading is totally viable right now, BWO’s/Baetis/Blue Winged Olives are going to be the norm here soon. Still fall stones and October Caddis will be in the game too but as the water temps drop, smaller insects will be the norm.
Puget Sound is putting out some great SRC’s and for those who have been persistent, some nice Coho have been coming to hand as well at Lincoln Park and other shore access points around the middle of the Sound. We really begin to get excited about the Sound as the sun stays lower in the sky and the kelp dissipates. SRC’s will be aggressive towards just about anything, all we suggest is keeping hook size small, even when chasing Coho so as not to fatally injure any smaller fish who find your fly irresistible!
We have been doing a TON of spey casting classes lately so we figured we should put it out there, no time like the present to be gearing up for steelhead season. Learn now so when winter arrives, you are sound in technique to handle the heavier heads, flies and tips that come with winter steelheading. We will be running our 20 year, swing only program yet again on the O.P. which is already seeing heavy bookings so please get a day or two with us on the calendar before we are full.
As far as the leaky waders goes, we are a deposit location for Recycled Waders and are also stocked with fresh, new NON leaky waders to get you through the next season or two. See everyone soon, call, email or stop in with any questions and as always, thank you for reading!