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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single hand spey class almost ends in tragedy.

For a big spring chinook.  The fish came to the net a couple times before coming off.  Otherwise we had a nice day on the river, learned a lot about casting single hand spey, and caught a few trout.

Email if you are interested in booking a workshop day.

Jason came so close to landing this king we could taste it, almost.

Jason came so close to landing this king we could taste it, almost.

There is no question that spring chinook on the fly is the most challenging, and the most rewarding gamefish in the northwest.  Of all the fish I have ever fished for only permit rival fresh springers for their unpredictability when it comes to taking a fly.  Great weather, and fascinating fishing make for some very fun days.

Meanwhile, Ryan Bullock has been, well, knocking the crap out of them gear fishing.

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Megan with a great spring chinook.

Spring chinook, are the most challenging, and rewarding of all pacific NW fish to hook and land on a fly. We are hooking springers on most of our fly trips......landing them? Well thats another story. Come try it. Its not what you think.

Spring chinook, are the most challenging, and rewarding of all pacific NW fish to hook and land on a fly. We are hooking springers on most of our fly trips……landing them? Well thats another story. Come try it. Its not what you think.

 

We still have openings in May, and the first week of June, these are dates you don’t want to miss.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Washington

 

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Never fail springer fly

Any body got one?

Sure would come in handy.

We are catching springers now,

and yes, the jumpy thing below is a summer steelhead, and you REALLY want to be looking at dates the first week of June.

Also, Do you spey fish?  Do you like to catch fish while your spey fishing?  Then it looks like WDFW has arranged a very special treat for you.  Come see us between May 16th and June 11th.

Summer steelhead jumping around like crazy, like they do.

Summer steelhead jumping around like crazy, like they do.

 

Nate fished with Ryan and git this wild spring chinook

Nate fished with Ryan and got this wild spring chinook

Friday Saturday and Sunday are “no net days” and really offer some very special opportunities to those who want to catch chinook in some really neat ways.  Coma and see us.

A pair of hatchery spring chinook headed for the grill

A pair of hatchery spring chinook headed for the grill

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Washington

Catching jillions of salmon trout and steelhead on flies all year

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Yep, Spring Chinook

Catching spring chinook on a fly is crazy hard, and Sol Duc spring chinook seem to be more stubborn than most.

So, we gear fish sometimes…….but not all the time.

 

George came out and fished with Ryan,

Turns out there are still a few chrome steelhead around

Turns out there are still a few chrome steelhead around

Nice cast

Nice cast

OK, this is just overkill.

OK, now your just rubbing it in

If you want to catch springers on gear you have to …..get up very early.  Be patient.

If you want to catch them on a fly you have to do the same stuff, plus try really hard, and get a bit lucky.  I am game if you are.  I would go every day.

Jim Kerr

Rain coast guides

Forks Wa

 

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Who doesn’t like catching spring chinook?

Crazy people.  And probably terrorists.  Are you a terrorist?  No? Then you should go spring chinook fishing.

 

It is painfully hard to catch these fish on a fly rod, but we will try, and occasionally succeed.

It is pretty damn doable to catch them on gear, and they are, after all, the bacon of the sea. The best eating thing with fins.

So, yes, we are a fly fishing guide service, but also yes, we love eating springers.

 

This is the time.

Larry and spring chinook, Larry is the one smiling.

Larry and spring chinook, Larry is the one smiling.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Washington

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