About this blog

This blog is all about fly fishing for native trout. On it I cover trip reports, fishing tactics, conservation, the latest news about native trout species and much more. This site provides a companion to my web page nativetroutflyfishing.com.

Gary

Sunday, January 18, 2009

South sound salmon day

On Friday there was a great outgoing tide, so me and one of my fishing buddies Bob decided to head out to a local beach to try for some resident coho salmon. When we arrived at the beach the wind was up a bit but definitely at a fishable, although annoying level and there was no sign of fish. However this did not last to long, and within the first five casts Bob was into his first resident coho, which took a white baitfish pattern on a fast retrieve.

The beach

For the next half hour the fishing continued to be quite good, with me and Bob picking up a couple decent of sized residents a piece, but after this the school seemed to move out and the fishing died. With the pace slowing a bit we decided to work our way down the beach to a point that gets a good current ripping past it when the tide is flowing. As we approached the point, sea gulls could be seen dive bombing a school of baitfish just offshore (definitely a good sign!!), so we positioned ourselves in front of the bait ball and started casting. The fish appeared to be well aware of the baitfish and after a few minutes I got a solid hook up. However this fish did not react as would be expected for a resident coho and instead charged straight at me only to head for deeper water once it spotted me. This type of fight is typical of Chinook salmon and sure enough when I brought the fish in it turned out to be a small Chinook salmon. These fish have an aversion to day light and as such are not often caught during the day, but the low light conditions from the cloud cover seemed to be enough to bring this one up to the surface to feed.

The Chinook salmon

A couple casts after catch the Chinook salmon I caught a decent resident coho which put on a nice show of aerial acrobatics. Before long Bob was into another coho, but after this the fish moved down the beach a little bit but a couple jumpers gave a way their location and I was able to bring one more coho to hand.

Another Chinook salmon or "blackmouth" as they a commonly called for the coloration along their lower jaw.

By this time we were losing day light so we headed back to where the trail comes down to the beach to try our luck there for a few minutes. Before for I could even set foot in the water Bob spotted a jumper and sure enough on my first cast I caught another Chinook salmon. On Bob's first cast he LDR'd a nice coho and the fishing continued to stay decent for the next fifteen minutes or so and I ended up landing one more resident coho and two more Chinook. Once the fishing finally slowed down again we decided it was time to call it a day and headed back to the car.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Website updates

So I have been working my way through each type of trout and salmon that I have caught on my Trout and Salmon Page and adding profiles for each one. The profiles include a general overview on the life history, status and appearance of each fish, as well as additional pictures. To say the least the amount of work that goes into putting each one of these new pages on is ridiculous and as such it is likely going to take a fair amount of time to get the pages up and running. At this point I have added pages for the five species of Pacific salmon and each fish in the rainbow-redband trout lineage. I am working away at the cutthroat lineage and just got the coastal cutthroat online.

I also am working on writing up some overviews on a variety of fishing destinations and added a page about fly fishing in the Puget Sound, which is place that anyone who enjoys fishing for native salmonids must visit at least once.

With the amount of work that these updates have been requiring I have not had a chance to add any fly patterns yet, but have a page in the works right now and it should be up in another week or so.