O.K., its Fall

WAIT!  I am NOT rushing it.  October caddis are hatching, the vine Maples are red, the elk are starting to bugle and the cutthroat are back in the river.

That means its fall.

Brad screws up, and gets an early silver on a summer steelhead trip

Brad screws up, and gets an early silver salmon on a summer steelhead trip

The fishing is good.  Its raining, so the mushroom picking will be good soon.  I can’t tie flies fast enough.  My friend, these are the salad days.

Actually, lets say these are the bacon and beer days!  Sounds much better, and is more accurate.

I have some days open in the next week or so…let me know if you want to fish.  Otherwise I might hunt a bit, take a fabulous vacation with my family and maybe go catch a steelhead on a dry fly just for fun.

If you don’t get out in the next week or two you need to get ready for FALL SALMON.

Really, I mean it, get out your credit card and dial my number.  We have some dates left and you don’t want to miss this.

Brad gets it right and lands a nice summer steelhead

Brad gets it right and lands a nice summer steelhead

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

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Ahhhh, nice fishing

Stay away, I meant horrible fishing.

The trout are coming back, the steelhead waking up, the summer salmon, biting, and the first fall salmon showing up.

An all this in a tee shirt, I could handle about 35 more weeks of this before fall.

Jesse with a dry fly steelhead on the 5 weight spey

Jesse with a dry fly summer  steelhead on the 5 weight spey

I have been able to put together a handful of split days, Stripping flies for coho in the morning, steelhead fishing in the afternoon, and some super fun days of stripping bucktails for summer steelhead.

Dan with a summer steelhead. Thanks Puget sound fly company

Dan with a summer steelhead.
Thanks Puget sound fly company

IMG_1190                                          Maz with a typical summer coho

 

I still have open fall coho dates, and some fall trout stuff, call if you are interested.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

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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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