Searching the SoundJuly 20, 2016
We are in the middle of what we refer to at times as the mid summer doldrums. Sun is up at 4:30 AM and by most peoples fishing time it is high, bright and warm. Thankfully the weather has been in our favor, starting days lately with overcast skies and a slight disturbance of wind on the water. Both are quite helpful in having fish feel more secure on summer days.
Herring, Sand Lance and Pile Perch are all around in large quantities so representative flies are good choices. Can always go surface for more exciting takes as well with flies like the Sound Searcher and Miyawaki Popper if that is more your style.
Lots of free floating kelp around now too so outgoing tides are helpful and staying subsurface can also steer your fly clear of the "lettuce" clogging the upper levels of the water column.
Keep in mind, salmon fishing remains closed for most of the Sound for Coho Salmon and that the Sea Run Cutthroat are mandatory catch and release with single barbless hooks.
Get out and have fun, let us know if we can assist in any way.