When the river is right

Its nice, for the last 4 days the water has been right to fish almost anywhere.  I see a lot of boats in town on my way through in the morning, but very few on the river, every one is spread out.

The fishing has been very mid-March, which is to say very good, but a bit busier than I like it.  There you are, the problems of a fishing guide garner little sympathy.

I have promised you pics of Marks reel, and I will deliver, just not quite yet, remind me to book some fish a longs next March, I would love to fish for a couple days.

the yarn man

the yarn man

Jim Kerr

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9 Feet

Nine feet of rain.

At least that’s what it felt like.  But however much it was it turns out it was exactly the right amount to wash away winter and bring on spring.

The yard is full of birds, the daffodils are blooming, the bee’s are coming in loaded with pollen, and if that’s not enough for you, the Quileute tribe caught a couple spring Chinook in the nets.

There were some awful nice fish in the river before the big water, and with a little luck a bunch of them have squirted up past the fishing deadlines to where they are safe.

John, and chromer

John, and chromer

Jesse, at Farbank, sent me a new Rio line just like the one I lost in the lower Hoh, so if you find the one I lost you can keep it.

Lining up a fancy new spey reel from Mark Shamburg, I’ll post a pic soon.

Jim Kerr

Raincoast guides

Key Words Tons of giant steelhead

 

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Tried and true…Sinking spey lines

Cedar, about ten casts from the put in, and setting a trend.

Cedar, about ten casts from the put in, and setting a trend.

So I have been fishing sinking skagit and scandie heads on and off for a while now, starting with the all clear intermediate ones I made myself some years back and more recently with offerings from airflo and Rio.

When I am fishing them they feel great.  That is they feel like a line that is doing a better job of fishing my fly the way I want it.  But I have not noticed a big increase in the number of grabs I am getting while using them, and for the most part, when I have one guest fishing a floating line sink tip rig, and another guy fishing a sinking line, the tried and true, skagit and a sink tip seems to do better.

I have been messing with the sinkers more and more, I really like them, (especially the ones I made myself with no floating section) and I think I have an idea why they haven’t paid off like I feel they should have.

They fish different.  It is a real change in gear, and it definitely opens up a lot of water spey fishers had not previously been able to fish effectively.  But the water I fish most, is the water I spent years figuring out how to catch fish from with floating lines.  That is, the water I fish the most, is floating line sink tip water, because that’s all I had when I learned to fish it.

So this season I have been experimenting a lot, feeling around in bigger, deeper heavier water, trying to find find where these lines fit best.  Its fun, and although I am not personally catching as many fish as I would if I stuck to the tried and true, I feel like I am on the edge of something, I am learning a lot about water I just couldn’t use before, its added quite a bit of fishing water to my favorite rivers.

Of course salmon season was a different story, these lines CRUSHED the Salmon.

shawn, with a much needed day off, THANKS GUYS

Shawn, glad he caught the plane. THANKS GUYS.

On a very related note, if you manage to find a Rio 510 sinking skagit with 12 feet of T-14 and a Sasquatch Poacher tied on, please return it.  I broke the damn thing off down there yesterday.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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spey plus

March is upon us, which can only mean one thing, April will be here soon.

Right now I have April 22 through 24 open, its a great time to swing flies and the beginning of my favorite season.  If you want to get out and spend some time with the spey rod, maybe get some touch ups on casting or presentation, this is an ideal time.

The fishing for giant chrome native steelhead has been ok.

Oh Tommy.

Oh Tommy.

For those of you that helped with the Hoh summer kings, thanks!  We will see where it goes from here.  Fish and wildlife did respond to letters sent to the Governor, hmm, maybe a lesson there.

Fish and wildlife response

Thank you for contacting the Office Governor Inslee. Your correspondence regarding the Hoh River spring/summer chinook has been forwarded to the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife, Fish Program for response. My name is Kirt Hughes, I am the Fish Manager in the departments administrative region 6. My staff and I have responsibility for management of fisheries resources in the Hoh River.

We understand your concern regarding management of the spring/summer Chinook stock and fisheries on the Hoh River.  The Department has taken several steps over the past dozen years or so to reduce fishing pressure on this stock.  These including reducing the number of days per week the fishery is open, requiring release of wild (unclipped) Chinook, and mandating selective gear in the middle and upper sections of the river where these Chinook stage and then spawn.  The Department is fully engaged with the Hoh Tribe, working to establish appropriate fishing regimes for both treaty and State fisheries.  Having said that, we also recognize that there are other steps that might be taken, and would encourage you to contact myself or Mike Gross, our district biologist for the North Coast Washington Coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca.  We can provide additional details on current management. Mike is also a great contact to discuss ideas to improve management of this unique Chinook stock in one of the State’s most pristine watersheds. Mike may be contacted by phone in our Coastal Regional office (360-249-1210), my contact information is provided below.

Again, thank you for your concern and we look forward to hearing from you.
-Kirt

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Nice water

Good to see high water for a bit, it makes for fun fishing and makes it a little easier for a fly fisher to find a big one.  Caleb just got cancelled Tuesday, we would love to fill it.

Myron got a big one, I could not get a good enough grip to get much of a picture

Myron got a big one, I could not get a good enough grip to get much of a picture

Jim Kerr

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Your in luck! Cheap Spey Lines…and a couple open dates

Check out this sales pitch, first I will butter you up with a picture of a fish you should have caught if you had been fishing.

Carl took about two casts to land this buck

  two casts to land this buck

Now you are interested I will try to get you to book the 23rd, yes, I am open, or March 2nd with Caleb.  I had a trip for Caleb on the 2nd twice now, and cancelled him both times, so I am feeling pretty bad.  Ooops, and now it looks like I am looking for one angler who wants to try and nymph a little tomorrow, I will throw in a free spey line of your choice, which brings us to….

I want some new fly fishing crap…You know, new fancy poles and winders and string and all that.  So to make room for it, and a budget, I am getting rid of some old stuff.

First, I have a bunch of Airflow skagit and compact scandies that have the old color coating label, not the new fancy laser printed number right on the line.  I will be selling them to replace them with the laser printed ones.  They are all in at least good shape, some, never used.  I will let them go for 27 bucks including shipping (US only, I don’t sell to taliban or other foreigners).  Just email me the grain weight and line type you want and I will send details.   jimkerrguides@mac.com

Jim

 

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Fast and furious, open date, er, dates..

High water and very fresh fish make for a fun combination.  We didn’t have any easy fishing this past week, but we caught good numbers of chrome natives.  A combination of rain and warming weather is helping quite a bit.

Carl, with a chrome bright hen, first thing in the morning (after getting my truck unstuck)

Carl, with a chrome bright hen, first thing in the morning (after getting my truck unstuck)

I still have the 23rd open, and it looks like I may need one, or possibly two, or hell, how about three guys for this Wednesday.  My guest is not 100% sure he can make it and conditions should be right for a fun day.  I REALLY want to get back out, I have been having a lot of fun and don’t want to miss a day of this so give me a call if you can make it on short notice.

Hope everyone is enjoying the authentic northwest winter weather, a relief from that sissy stuff we have been having the last few years.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

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