Summer fish

Summer not.

That’s kind of a pun, think about it.

The pun is the highest form of humor, second maybe only to sarcasm.

Think about that too.

Anyway, its been a great few weeks of fishing.  YES Steve and Tucker, we did have a tough day of Coho fishing, but otherwise…..very good.

 

Steve swings up his second summer steelhead of the morning

Steve swings up his second summer steelhead of the day

Strong days on Coho and summer steelhead with a few kings mixed in, there are some summer and a few bright fall?, kings to be had also.  Great weather, good fish, lots of fun.

I have August 16,17,22,23,24 open right now, I would love to get them booked.

And, at last, an opportunity of a life time!  We are selling our house in town, and you can own it! Check it out at http://olympic.craigslist.org/reo/4608651148.html

Its an 1800 square ft manufactured, plenty of storage, private back yard with great views, 2 bay carport, wood stove, new appliances for $86500

Jim Kerr

Rain coast guides

 

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Not fall yet

The sporting magazines showing up at the house all say stuff about fall fishing and hunting.  Screw them, its August, the dog days, the heart of summer, and I’m not giving it up.

The summer steelhead never really got ripping this year, but they have reached a nice hum.  They are a bit bigger than usual, and most are still as chrome as can be.  The summer salmon fishing has been taking up most of my time.  Coho primarily, and some Sockeye.  When you trip their trigger they really take off after the fly, and they are super high quality fish.

The trout have, for the most part, gone to bed.  They will be back in September, but for now they are mostly in hiding.

Tom, with a summer steelhead on the 5 weight spey

Tom, with a summer steelhead on the 5 weight spey

I have August 8,9,10,12,13, and 16,17 open.  The fishing is good, don’t worry about getting a room, the camping weather is perfect.  Take a couple days if you can, we have been swinging with tips down south, locally we are dry lining summer steelhead and stripping coho, plus there is tide water fishing, and hell, if you want, beach fishing for rock fish.  More than enough to keep you busy.

Summer is a great time to take kids after summer steelhead

Summer is a great time to take kids after summer steelhead

The fishing down south is about 5 days from getting into gear, but whats the hurry.  Things are fine around here.

Jim Ker

Rain coast Guides

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Summer steelhead, sea run cutthroat, open dates

Great weather, good fishing,

Yesterday we caught some very nice trout on dry flies, spotted a handful of steelhead and managed to hook and lose one.  We also had a giant deranged chrome bright summer king chase down a dry without making contact.

We saw one other angler, and no boats.

Finding a few summer steelhead, but not as many as I would like

Finding a few summer steelhead, but not as many as I would like

I am hoping some more steelhead show up….soon.  But until then its a little steelhead fishing early in the morning, trout in the afternoon.

Not a bad way to roll, I have July 6,14,16,17,21, through 24 open.  If you want to book a straight up trout trip I have some dates I would like to fill that I would discount down to $400.0

Lots of cutthroat, happy to eat dry's

Lots of cutthroat, happy to eat dry’s

Also, if you want to do a strange and wonderful lost in wilderness trout trip, we can do that, and I am looking forward to it.

The OP has a lot of water that requires a bit of hiking, or a whole hell of a lot of hiking.  And  there are a lot of trout (yes, a few steelhead) in some places.  If you would like to spend a day hiking into some of the cooler spots and catching a mix of cutthroat and rainbows drop me a line.

Getting off the grid is easy here

Getting off the grid is easy here

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

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New team member

Madeline welcomes her baby brother Nathan, born 6/22.

Madeline welcomes her baby brother Nathan, born 6/22.

Healthy Mom, healthy baby, we could not be happier.

I want to really thank you guys, our friends and clients, who have made it possible for us to live in such an awesome spot and raise a family here.  Thanks for all you help, encouragement and understanding.

I am about 1/2 way through two weeks of paternity leave, and enjoying every second of it.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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Trout season

When I starting guiding for summer steelhead around Forks they were always combo trips.

In the Morning we would fish for steelhead, and then in the afternoon we would switch to 4 weights and target sea runs (coastal cutthroat).

After a bit I got the steelhead bug really bad, and would frankly go two days between steelhead rather than waste 3 casts aimed at trout.

I will not say that I have mellowed, or even allow that I have aged, I have not, either.

I have changed my mind about trout a bit though and in the last couple of years I have spent more and more days guiding and fishing for them.

 

 

Dry fly coastal cutthroat

Dry fly coastal cutthroat

The Olympic Peninsula, is not known as a trout destination, thank god.  It is however a nice place to fish for them, they are here, and some pretty damn nice ones.  It occurred to me this spring that my intense almost 2 decade non stop uninterrupted steelhead safari has allowed my trout guiding skills to become a bit rusty.

Catching trout was not the problem,  remembering to explain why we were catching trout, and what was happening when we weren’t catching trout had fallen a bit by the way side.

So what the hell, a guy brushes up, gets his head back in the trout game and the next thing you know, presto, reborn trout guide.

Typical cutthroat, sometimes they take a little coaxing

Typical cutthroat, sometimes they take a little coaxing

There is very little we actually know about sea run cutthroat, and what we do know mostly concerns Puget Sound and Hood Canal fish.  I think our fish have much different habits than the fish over there.

Here is what is for sure.  The eat bull head sculpin.  When they can’t find bull head they might eat something else, like fry or October caddis, but they might not.  They might just wait around for a bull head.

So, if you don’t have a better idea, you could try a muddler minnow

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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Summer Steel head and trout

More trout, really, but first an update on all your work.

Thanks for all the letters supporting selective gear on the Hoh.  Fish and wild life noticed, and I got a message of “please stop, we hear you”.  That does not mean they will move forward, but it means we got noticed.

If sport fishing is to continue on the Hoh, the river must become selective gear entirely  year round, summer would be a good start.

I hope you will all join me in pushing forward on this for the next 24 months.  Until the end of the next rule change cycle.  Its past time to make real change in fish management here, and more and more sport fishermen, the tribes, the park and the guides seem to be on one side, with the WDFW standing alone on the other.

Steelhead season is off with a whimper, maybe its the low water, I have no idea, but the numbers on the opener were unimpressive.  The early run should continue to move in until late July.  A little rain might help?

So I did some more trout fishing, which was, well great.  Plenty of small fish to 12 inches and a hand full of 15 to 18 inchers on dry’s and streamers.  An occasional steelhead or salmon happens by we catch him too.

 

Have had some chances to sight fish for spring kings, not too shabby.

Have had some chances to sight fish for spring kings, not too shabby.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

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Don’t give up on the Hoh

 

director@dfw.wa.gov

commission@dfw.wa.gov

These guy’s would love to hear from you.

What happens when The Hoh Tribe, The Olympic National Park and The Olympic Peninsula Guides Association all agree on a fisheries issue? Nothing.

Because WDFW thinks that despite the lower Hoh being home to an under-escaped run of Summer Kings, Bull Trout, and a maybe still viable run of wild summer steelhead WDFW insists on leaving the river open to bait in the summer.

The river is being left open to bait because some hatchery steelhead stray in, and the state maintains that we need bait to harvest them. However, a bunch of hatchery spring kings also run up the Hoh, and the State has determined that we now have to RELEASE hatchery kings.
That’s right, we have to have bait to harvest hatchery steelhead, but have to release hatchery kings.

I am asking a few folks to email the director (address at the top of the page) and just say that it is time for a selective fishery (no bait, no barbs, no trebles) in the lower Hoh for summer.

Big kings are cool! Lets do something to protect them.

Big kings are cool!
Lets do something to protect them.

I am not asking for people to weigh in on who can keep what and when (feel free to of course) I am just saying that its time we took one tiny step toward protecting some of the rivers on the OP. Lower Hoh, selective gear for the summer. That’s it.

Sooo, say that these guys got 50 emails, (sent to the commission, cc’ed to the Director.)  I would donate a spey rod to (o.k. and a reel running line and backing) to the wounded warrior project.  Send the email and then comment on the blog or FB page that you sent it.  When we hit 50 I will send the outfit to Jerry D on the WFF board.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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