What are you doing this Tuesday?

Weather man says it will be the nicest day in a long time, and we have an open boat.

We have open boats on February 9th, 21,22,23, 26th and March 2nd and 3rd

Looking to split a day?

March 6th and 7th are both available for an angler that wants to split a seat.

Russ, who is coming on the 6th has not done a lot of steel heading wants to do a little spey fishing, and a little nymphing, and basically wants to have a fun day learning about steel heading and catching some fish.

Graeme has the 7th and would like to spey fish all day.

If you would like to take the second seat either of these days let us know.

Of course they both also like long walks on the beach and talking about their feelings.

Do they bite in the rain? Is this jacket green?

Do they bite in the rain? Is this jacket green?

 

Big water and lots of it this week.  A couple days of very good fishing and a couple days of working for it.  That said the fish were mostly great quality and the high rivers spread out the crowds nicely.

Here you go Jon!

Here you go Jon!

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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Open dates, prime time

We were down to a few days left, but we just had another week open up, so here is it is.

The last best dates for native steelhead winter 2016.

Yarnie Joe P. with a nice native hen steelhead

Yarnie Joe P. with a nice native hen steelhead

We have at least one boat open on the following dates, February 1,2,5,6,7,9,10,20,26,29 and March 2,3,6,7.

 

A lightly weighted fly and a short poly leader were all it took to motivate this buck to move more than 20 ft for Rons fly

A lightly weighted fly and a short poly leader were all it took to motivate this buck to move more than 20 ft for Rons fly, swinging for winter steelhead with one handed rods has pretty much disappeared around here.  But sometimes its the best way to go.

Spring summer workshop schedule 2016.

Our workshops are designed to accommodate three guests per day.

If you bring two buddies you have it locked up, other wise we will put the group together.

Cost is $145.00 per guest, lunch and tons of gear provided.

We usually work in a float, but sometimes walk and wade.

One handed spey casting for trout and steelhead.

May 7th.

I wonder how many folks will be interested in this?  This has always been a fascination of mine and I am looking forward to spending some full days on the topic.

Want to cast better? Much better?  The most useful casts I know are one handed spey and roll casts.  Every trout fishermen will benefit from these casts, and they are a lot easier to learn than you might think.

These casts will start off feeling like weird tricks to get your way out of casting from tight spots or weird angles.  But as you begin to be more comfortable with them you find they will replace much of your overhead casting.

If you feel like your one handed over head casting is pretty much under control, and want to move your casting skills a long way down the line, this might be for you.

Spey Catching.

June 4th

I have clients that commonly hook multiple steelhead a day with the spey rod.  A lot of what they are doing different is spending tons of time on the water.  But equally important is a deep understanding of multiple types of presentations.

This workshop will focus on making your spey fishing time more productive.  And help you understand why steelhead and salmon take a swung fly.

We will do a float and fish several different pieces of water with different lines and tips, and maybe some dry flies.

I will bring a ton of rods and lines and we might even screw up and catch a steelhead.

As the dates fill we will add some more, and we have a few other workshops I would like to add.

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Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

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Fishing tomorrow

Rivers are greening up and my clients for tomorrow can’t make it.  Anyone in the mood for a fish along,   I may have a second angler also..

Its gonna be high, but it looks like fun to me.

Lets go fishing.

Jim Kerr

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Its here.

Plan D!

Plan D!

Winter steelhead season maybe starts with hatchery fish in November, but its different when it gets to the point that the native fish are moving in respectable numbers.

We are on the long slide to spring.  And the fishing has started.

Brand new upriver buck.

Brand new upriver buck.

We have some January dates open, and yes we have a few February and March dates left also.

I am glad it warmed up

I am glad it warmed up

 

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Washington

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Nice mix of steelhead

Cold dry air.  After more than 20 inches of rain in December rivers are dropping and steelhead are becoming easier to get at.

We are finding a nice mix of steelhead with early natives,  typical hatchery steelhead and a few oversized hatchery fish.

Shad with a hatchery steelhead

Shad with a hatchery steelhead, he brought a sack full home

I went fishing with Shad and Ryan yesterday, thanks for a nice day guys.

Ryan with a larger than average hatchery fish

Ryan with a larger than average hatchery fish

The weather stayed almost a bit too cold for my liking most of the day, but never got down right painful.  We enjoyed good fishing in the morning and decided to try a different river in the afternoon, just for a change of pace.

The afternoon session was fun too, and we saved undue wear and tear on the net.

We still have open dates for January, and a shot at some of the biggest fish of the year.

Early native steelhead

Early native steelhead

 

 

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks washington

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Happy Holidays!

It just won’t quit.  It just keeps raining and raining, yes I know I am whining about rain in the rain forest but the only break we have had in a month is when its been hailing.  Which is an improvement if only for the sake of diversity.

Paulo, with an early season native. They are there, if the water will just drop for a second.

Paulo, with an early season native steelhead.
They are there, if the water will just drop for a second.

It should be the peak of hatchery steelhead season, but all this water has let a ton of them right into the hatchery.  I am not sure how many are left.  It should go until mid January, but we are going to need a break in the weather to really get at them.

We are getting more wild fish already, which is nice.  Another couple weeks and that should be in full swing.  Its worth mentioning that these are typically the biggest native steelhead of the year. We have some open late December dates, some January, and a very few February, March.

Find some green water, catch some fish. The first part has been hard.

Find some green water, catch some fish.
The first part has been hard.

One of the nicest things about this time of year is all the water is open, and there are a few fish everywhere.  It seems like you can normally get quite a bit of water to yourself.

If you like to spey fish this can be a very good season, however expect to wade deeper and cast farther for your fish.  Early run native steelhead bite the swung fly better than any others, but high flows can make them challenging to reach.

Tree in the road on the way to the river

Tree in the road on the way to the river

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

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Thespians masticate at church picnic.

You come here for the news others are afraid to report.

Thats all I have, its just a headline.  I mean, I’m sure its happened, but who am I to judge.

Karsten and his Dad come out on a high water day and did just fine.

Karsten and his Dad come out on a high water day and did just fine.

“The best thing to do when its raining is let it rain”  Hank Longfellow.

Guy knew what he was talking about.  I have put up with some rain, and I will say this one we are having right now is a pretty good one.

I haven’t even tried to stop it.

I would like to wander down to a nice green river and catch a few steelhead soon.  So if it does let up, I won’t be upset.  The fishing was pretty good for hatchery steelhead, and enough early natives to actually fish for them before the rain.

Anyway, looks like it will be cleaning up next week, and we have some open days.  Drop me a line if you want to fish.

If he can catch one anyone can

If he can catch one anyone can

I have been rebuilding the raft, and if I get that done, I will start on the trailer. If I get that done I might tie some flies. Lets hope it quits raining before then.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Washington

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