Steelhead, closer to home than Forks?

Just want to catch some steelhead, or work on your spey fishing, or get out of the office for a day?

Ryan, (and maybe me for a day or two) will be down on the Cowlitz from August 24th through September 2nd.

There are a bunch of fish already, and thanks to the damn, plenty of water. If you would like to do something a little different, and a bunch closer to home, drop us a line so we can set up a date.

Coho and puppy

Coho and puppy

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

If you want to come to Forks, we still have August dates, we caught a bunch of fish this week, and as the weather cools a bit we should have some very good steel heading later this week and next.

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Straight Poop on the Quillayute system fishing closure

Yes, we are still fishing, and catching a bunch of fish.

We have enough water in some rivers to last quite a while,but the Quillayute System(Sol Duc, Calawah,Bogacheil, dickie) will be closed to fishing for all species due to low water conditions by the end of the week.

The only portion of the river that will remain open is the lower Quillayute itself, from the power line hole to the mouth.

The water temps are not yet critical, and there is still enough water to allow fish passage up the Sol Duc and Bogacheil.

The main driver behind the closure was that the Quillayute tribe was concerned due to how many native summer kings they were catching.

They self imposed a 15 day netting closure and may continue it longer depending on conditions.

We were all anticipating the need for a low water closure and the state decided that by moving now they could pre-empt the need to close in a crises scenario.

This was a good choice on the State’s part.  They were also great about reaching out to the guides association for help in determining fish passage and where exactly the closure mark should be. The Quillayute mainstream will be closed from the Sol Duc bridge down stream to the pink paint marker 475 yards from the bridge.

The Hoh still has ample cool water, the Queets and Quinault are getting  low but still open.

King and Coho numbers have been very good, steelhead numbers have been steadily improving.

Many hatchery coho coming up the river this week.

Many hatchery coho coming up the river this week.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

 

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Just imagine

What to do about global warming.

Ok, first, yes, sure, drive less, elect public officials that will help lead the nation in a responsible direction, etc. But while your doing that, don’t forget to get some sunscreen, a big fuckin straw hat, and a  ton of cold beer and go fishing.

Its 55 degree’s out, foggy, calm.  Trout are rising in cool clear water.

Sound good? Lets do it.  Location “Y” (location “X” was taken) has been fishing very well. Plenty of trout and a fair number of salmon rolling through.

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STEELHEAD?  Yes, summer steelhead.  This may very well be your only chance to catch chrome bright summer steelhead in cold (yep cold) water this summer. We have the only spot in Washington…maybe the west coast? Location Z (location X, and recently Y, were taken).

As of August 1 we have some open dates for what should be some darn good summer run steelhead fishing.

Multi-Day floats!!!

For the first time in quite a few years we will be offer Multi-day river excursions.

Take advantage of the morning and evening bite by starting in the afternoon of day one,hot riverside meals fishing till dark, spending the night in a fully outfitted river camp, up early, coffee and breakfast and fish the morning bite into the afternoon.

We take care of your meals, tent, cot sleeping pad, you just keep fishing.

A late start on day one, and finishing around 3 on day two, means you only have to schedule one night away from home.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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Sockeye, Kings,Silvers(?!) and trout

In this weather its a morning bite or nothing.  The trout fishing has been pretty good, the salmon fishing has been hit or miss.  Twitching jigs has been good, but getting them to latch on to streamers with any consistency has been a challenge.

The silvers keep coming, which is many weeks early, pretty strange for whats predicted to be a small run. There is a trickle of summer run steelhead, a drop or two of rain, or at least a few cool days like today would go a long way to get them to bite better.

Not an enthusiastic report I know.  This is unprecedented low water, and we really don’t know how things are going to turn out.

I will say again though, I have been having some pretty high quality trout fishing, with good shots at salmon.  Its a nice way to sneak in a good morning fishing.

Ryan took some pics from some twitching trips this week.

Yes, still catching bright spring chinook

Yes, still catching bright spring chinook

Megan with a hatchery silver, right where she knew it would be

Megan with a hatchery silver, right where she knew it would be

Sockeye, good biters,hard fighters, really hard to hook

Sockeye,
good biters,hard fighters.

Call about half days, the best days to fish are later in the week.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

 

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Half day trout

Lower all the time but,

Still catching some kings

Still catching some kings

We are still catching some kings, more sockeye are sneaking in, and there are enough summer steelhead to put together a day.

By far my most enjoyable days have been mixed bag day where we target trout and sight cast at salmon as they pop up.  These have been fun, and actually work great as a half day, something I haven’t done much of in the past.

If you are interested give me a call.

 

really dry

really dry

Jim Kerr

Rain coast guides

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OK, I’m back

crashed my hard drive and had to get a new computer so, haven’t posted for a bit.

Anyway, yes, HISTORICALLY low water.  Unless there is a big shift in the weather we will be completly out of water before fall.

That said, as always, there are a few silver linings.

Aside from the last few spring chinook and the first few coho, some sockeye and a few steelhead have been showing up.  The low water has also made for some nice trout fishing.

As many may know, the old Hoh Hum fly shop, home of Anadromy flies, closed down this spring.

I was very sorry to see them go, they ran a nice shop and tied awesome flies.  I imagine they are still selling flies on line, and I hope to see them back out guiding this winter.

The old shop has been moved down the street and….repurposed, sort of…..

old Hoh Hum Fly Shop, repurposed.

old Hoh Hum Fly Shop, repurposed.

 

If this guy can catch them, anyone can

If this guy can catch them, anyone can

Come on out and book a trout day, we will be running some half day specials.

Jim Kerr,

Rain Coast Guides

 

 

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Its coming, get ready

June, the river opener.

We are gonna have some really low water for the opener, but, really nice levels to catch fish and we still have days open for for opening week.  There are quite a few spring Chinook around and should be nice numbers of summer steelhead.

We took a break from the spey rods the other day and found a bunch of willing cuthroat.

swing an awesome chrome springer anyone? Ryan guided Rich to this epic fish

swing an awesome chrome springer anyone?
Ryan guided Rich to this epic fish

The rivers are going to get record  low this summer, we are going to try to get plenty of fishing in early.

Resorting to pics of puppies

Resorting to pics of puppies

Offering some very cool spey specials the 2nd through the 5th.  Shoot me an email if you would like to come out for some cool fishing.

Jim Kerr

Rain coast guides

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