Finally, fall has arrived and the fish seem to have received the group text, they are on board! Whether you want a river with hatches galore, idyllic spey water for steelhead, small streams for native trout or saltwater for arriving migratory salmon and resident cutthroat, it is all popping right now around here.
The Yakima is on with October Caddis, Cranes, BWO's and some final Caddis still fluttering around with low flows offering wade anglers access to all the water they could ever want while still enough water for those with boats to get away from the others. Trout spey is finally starting to perk some ears up and we know it well. Swing soft hackles or skitter dries across tail outs and seams and watch trout come alive, just like mini steelhead fishing.
Puget Sound is in our favorite time of year, calm water still with big tides available. Lower light is making fish a bit more comfortable mid day and surface flies are getting crushed by big migratory Coho and Sea Run Cutthroat alike. 6-7wt rods are perfect and while we almost exclusively fish floating lines and are quite successful, other like intermediate lines which work well also. If you live in the area, the Sound is probably less than 20 minutes from where you live so you should get to know this fishery.
Small streams are winding down. Fall colors are in full bloom but water is low and temps are cool so be prepared to work for you fish a bit. Bigger dry flies with small droppers will usually work and later in the day will certainly bode well also.
Skykomish and Cowlitz Rivers are in prime fall steelhead flows. Both are so littered with quality swing water for the spey caster you honestly can't fish an entire float so pick you favorite runs and work them methodically.
Welcome to fall everyone, enjoy and let us know how to help you get your next fish on!