Wow, where to start with what is going on around here. Let's begin with the exciting (horrible) news that an Atlantic Salmon net pen failed in northern Puget Sound freeing hundreds of thousands of non native Atlantic Salmon into the waters of Puget Sound. So...they are now available for catch and KEEP for all anglers in the region. Please come and take them away!
Besides this, Puget Sound has been fishing quite well for darn near everything lately. Pink salmon, though not in the usual numbers have been arriving and taking all things pink in the fly department while the resident Coho have also been playing very nicely lately. This late into the season, baitfish have grown in size so therefore choice of fly should parallel this. Herring and Sandlance are all about 3-4 inches in length so the salmon and cutts are paying attention. Also, the cutthroat are already in their fall mode of looking up and aggressively taking surface patterns, as are some of the Coho. In short, you'd be crazy not to be fishing the Sound right now.
Our small mountain streams we like to refer to as "Blue Lines" are at late summer flows...very low and gin/vodka/super clear! It is more about hunting down and really finding the fish these days as opposed to just showing up. Try the faster water and shadows, that should help.
Steelhead will begin to be more active now that we are having colder evenings. Early AM water temps are down a bit which helps them gain oxygen in each "breath" if you will, more apt to chase your swung fly.
Yakima River flows are dropping too and water temps are chilling to the hatches are already beginning to expand and fish being more active through more of the day. Caddis in the evenings is a great after work affair, flows should be down on the upper river in the next couple weeks to allow better walk and wade access. Lots of forest fires in the region of Cle Elum so be prepared to see/smell/breathe some smoke while over there.
Lastly, warm water species are still fishing well too. Bass and carp in the local lakes are active so if that is all you can squeeze in time wise and you have a fly rod, go hit it, nothing to be embarrassed about.
Happy summer's eve everyone, stop in and say hello if passing through Seattle.