Fly fishing is back!

Recently I have been reading articles in  fly fishing magazines about going to fun places to try hard to catch a couple of really awesome fish.  They have been writing about how cool it is to catch a fish you have never caught before, even if its not huge, and writing about how experiencing amazing natural environments is a big part of the sport.

Fly Fisherman Magazine just ran articles about fishing the Farquhar island chain for Trevally in which they pretty much said you might not catch one, as well as an article about going fishing in crazy places around the Bahamas and maybe not catching anything.

I like catching lots of fish, but I also love going to far off places because they sound cool and I want to find out if there are any fish there.  Sometimes there aren’t.

This is the fly fishing I remember.  Yes, catching a ton of fish on indicators on a tail water is fun.  Finding a new, interesting and challenging way to catch one fish, that for whatever reason (bigger, brighter, harder to fool) is different from the others, is really at the heart of the sport, or was, I am glad to see it making a comeback.

 

Tim watched this king race over and gobble his fly

Tim watched this hatchery spring chinook  race over and gobble his fly

Being where  big fish are, and trying to make it work.

Thats my kind of fishing, its why I moved here.  I spent most of this week sight casting to sea fresh steelhead, coho and kings.  Some attacked the fly, some ignored it,and some ran in terror before it got within ten feet of them.

This hatchery Coho came up and gulped Wyland's fly as soon as it hit the water, and then did everything Coho are supposed to do.

This hatchery summer Coho came up and gulped Wyland’s fly as soon as it hit the water, and then did everything Coho are supposed to do.

We made some amazing casts that did not catch fish, some terrible casts that spooked whole schools right out of the pool, and a few, that landed right where they should and created life time memories as we watched fish chase them down and then go skipping and cartwheeling down river.

Every day we get chances, and if your good, and patient, and a little lucky, you get to see things that most fly fishers only dream about, or read about.

We have some open summer dates, and some very cool fishing.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Washington

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the all new West End

The other shoe has fallen.  I never thought it would actually come to pass, but as of the first of July the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah all went to no bait regulations.

The goal of these regulations was to protect native winter steelhead and smolt, but they will have a profound effect on summer fish runs.

We also saw a long over due reduction in the sockeye limit.  The Sol duc has a wonderful run of small sockeye, but sport anglers have keyed into them in recent years and are putting on some hard pressure.  Dropping the limit from two to one a day will help keep these guys coming back strong.

 

Cuz with perfect spring king

Cuz with perfect spring king

My floats on July 1st and second were a bit interesting as it seemed many had not gotten the no bait memo, in total I saw 9 other anglers over the course of those two days. Three of them were openly fishing bait, in a manner that made me doubt that they knew it was illegal. I chatted with them about it and they seemed honestly surprised.

Sockeye are small but hard pullers

Sockeye are small but hard pullers

As a fly fishing guide these new regulations make my job a bit easier, as a conservationist I like to see sport angler impact reduced.  I understand the frustration of anglers who see the large schools of hatchery kings in the Sol Duc and know that at this point of the season very few of them will be harvested without bait.

But those fish are native brood stock.  If they are left in the river they will do it good.  And for those that have the patience to try to coax them into eating without bait, the prize is that much greater.

Salmon are game fish, this is another step in treating them that way.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

 

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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 reels 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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