Summer fishing I like best

I started to respond to an email the other day and it got out of hand, so I decided to post it here.

What will we fish for on our summer trip?

We have summer steelhead, spring chinook,summer coho,sockeye and sea run cutthroat trout in our rivers most of the summer.  A lot of different fish, but not a lot of each, great variety, relatively small numbers.

So what do we fish for on a daily basis?

We like to play it by ear. Many days we will sight fish, so if we see a bunch of Sockeye we will sockeye fish, if we see some summer steelhead, we do that, and so on. We often fish one handers, and adjust our approach to the water we find the fish in, sometimes swinging, sometimes stripping, sometimes nymphing.

We have a lot of different days we can put together, from a casual trout day, to a hard core dry fly steelhead day, and an amazing amount of other stuff besides.

The fishing I like to do best is not easy, it takes a combination of skills and some persistence, creativity and in the end a bit of a sense of humor.  Its sight fishing for big chrome salmon and steelhead.  Every spot is different, each requiring a bit of re rigging, thinking and experimentation.

This spring king gobbled up Oliver's streamer. Fish like this will bite flies here all summer, but perfect presentation is essential.

This spring king gobbled up Oliver’s streamer.
Fish like this will bite flies here all summer, but perfect presentation is essential.

You will make casts that spook fish, you will miss bites, you will lose fish, trying again and again, getting lots of chances to put it together perfectly.  It is about making difficult fish bite, and it often seems impossible, until it works, and then it seems, well, perfect.

One of the things that still amazes me is how a fish that seems to be impossible to move to a fly will all of a sudden go bonkers to chase it across the river if everything is lined up just perfectly.  As anglers get a better feel as to the presentation that works

Whatever type of trip you would like to plan, drop us a line and we will put it together for you.  We have some open dates.

Early starts, good planning, and attention to detail me fish like this possible

Early starts, good planning, and attention to detail me fish like this possible

If you want to take a king home, we are still catching plenty on gear. Ryan has been really doing a number on them.

Tim with a nice hatchery spring chinook

Tim with a nice hatchery spring chinook

 

Jim Kerr Guides

Forks Wa

 

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Friday fishing report

Still not a lot of summer steelhead, but the springers keep coming and the sockeye are showing up more and more.

We should see more steelhead every week, I will appreciate having a few more big fish around that like eating a swung fly.

Tom with a springer

Tom with a springer

We have had some  fun trout fishing also, given a choice I might spend the bulk of my day doing that.

But springers are so awesome, and hard not to fish for them.

 

Cal with a spring salmon

Cal with a spring salmon

 

Free plug for plan D

Free plug for plan D

We are on vacation this week but Ryan is still slaving away in the salmon mines. We have a few openings starting next week.  Give us a call if you want to get out.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

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Donald Trump fly fishing?

No.

If he does fly fish I know nothing about it.  They certainly make reals small enough for his hands though.

However I do know that early summer steelhead fishing is starting up.

swing up a summer run

swing up a summer run, early summer steelhead are the best biters and best fighters

 

Absolutely epic, perfect wild spring king in the sunshine. Thanks Jason and Ryan, I had a fun day.

Absolutely epic, perfect wild spring king in the sunshine. Thanks Jason and Ryan, I had a fun day.

Book a trip in the next couple weeks and you will get chances at summer steelhead, spring chinook and sea run cutthroat trout.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

Fly fishing!

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Summer run steelhead season

Which is maybe a bit unfair, because I don’t feel like being done with spring salmon.  There are still some pretty good numbers of springers coming in.  I left a pool yesterday with some big chrome ones rolling in it and wish I was back there now.   BUT, tomorrow we will fish for summer steelhead.  Streamer fishing for trout has been good, they don’t seem too interested in dry’s yet.  A few sockeye, and yes, coho, have showed up already, to add to the variety.

These summer steelhead can't wait for the season to open!

These summer steelhead can’t wait for the season to open!

Perfect spring chinook

Perfect spring chinook

And a wild one!

And a wild one!

And another one, you get the idea.

And another one, you get the idea.

We have a lot of open rivers, some exceptionally cool fish and some open dates.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Washington Fly Fishing

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Summer steelhead invasion

Will hopefully begin on the opener, June 4th.

As of June 4th we will be back on the Bogachiel, Calawah, Queets and Quinault, as well as the Quilayute and the Sol Duc.

That means more access to more water+more fish=more fun days fishing. Thats math, which is like science, which makes it a fact.

Megan showing Ryan the correct way to hold a salmon

Megan showing Ryan the correct way to hold a salmon

The river has been very quiet, and I think when the other water opens up things will get even nicer.

Meanwhile we continue to catch spring chinook.

Kinda lots of them.  In other news, Forks has shifted to its typical late spring jungle mode.  It starts as green, then thicker greener green, then full blown top to bottom crazy overgrown 7 shades of green jungle.

I think of all the people who come fish here in the winter and never see this side of it.

(I don’t miss most of them)

catching springers on the fly is...very different than you might think...and maybe not as hard

catching springers on the fly is…very different than you might think…and maybe not as hard

 

You should try, in the next week or so, to book a day spring chinook fishing.  Aim for a  Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

 

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Wading angler mauled by king salmon.

Or he might have been, had we not been there to catch that salmon first.

We here at Rain Coast Guides are committed to keeping the rivers safe for waders and swimmers. So we have continued to catch as many hatchery kings as we can.

We have had some perfect fishing weather, warm with a bit of overcast, and enough fish to keep it fun and interesting all day.

The Don with a salmon

The Don with a spring chinook in the early afternoon sunshine

It looks like we should have good king fishing until the middle of June, which is cool. Whats even cooler is we have two more river openers before then, so we will have more options starting June 1st, and then by the 4th everything opens up.  (except the Hoh, thats anyones guess).

Maggie with a nice springer

Maggie with a nice springer

Look at your Calendar and see if you can make it out the first week of June.  It should be a good time.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

 

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More salmon

The opener is coming up.

Plenty of springer dates left this month…..and look, if you really want some good salmon/steelhead fishing book early June.  Its a nice time to get a good shot at some rested fish.

 

nice one Jeff

nice one Jeff

Springers are never a sure thing, sometimes they just gleefully come over and eat sometimes they ignore everything. They are more than worth the trouble.   Plus with the weather and water we have this time of year its hard to lose.

Thanks Chris

Thanks Chris

Some really cool trout fishing going on too.

Its not our full blown trout fishing yet, but if you enjoy fishing for coastal cutthroat it is definitely some of the very best you will find in Washington this time of year.  The bigger fish are mostly keyed in on some pretty large smolt, which makes them a little hard to bring to a fly of reasonable trout proportions, but

Salmon are super cool, but a quite day of trout fishing is awful nice

Salmon are super cool, but a quite day of trout fishing is awful nice

 

Ryan with a Spring chinook

Ryan with a Spring chinook

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa fly fishing

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