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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Fishing, catching, some of the best weather of the year

 

Its spring, one of my four favorite seasons to fly fish here on the Olympic Peninsula. It is definitely my favorite season to Spey fish.  Warmer water and weather, much lighter crowds, more aggressive fish and a nice mix of late winter and early summer steelhead, and spring chinook.

We have run into more springers than usual for this time of year, if you like to springer fish, book as soon as you can.

Cool things I don’t have pictures of.

People sometimes ask about why we show wich pictures and when.  Here is the story.  We take tons of shots of fish and everything else each week.  The best ones I put in a file to post whenever I get around to it and in no particular order.  We take pictures of only a fraction of the steelhead we land, and only post maybe one in 20 of the fish pics we do take.

Should I post more?

Here are a few things that we saw this week I wish I had a pic of.

I spent a few hours sight casting at a school of big chrome chinook yesterday, they are tough to get to bite but just the chance to watch a fly cross the bow of these things is worth it for me.  (we did get one to eat, but the encounter was brief and ended badly for us).

A week earlier while indicator fishing we hooked a double header consisting of a low teens hen steelhead and a low teens spring chinook. Very cool to see.

Carl fished with Caleb and landed a 20 plus fresh lower river buck.  Ryan and John watched an otter and an upper teens spawned out buck steelhead in a death struggle.

Cool stuff happens on the river every day, and we catch fish right in the middle of it.

 

 

Thats a lot of chrome

Thats a lot of chrome

A couple of workshop dates

One handed spey casting for trout, and everything else….may 7th  has one spot open.

Spey catching workshop, June 4th  has one spot.

More details on these right here http://raincoastguides.com/wordpress/fly-fishing-for-winter-steelhead/

Tim with an April 14th beauty. Over the last several years he has fished with us 30 days in April, and landed at least 1 fish every day

Tim with an April 14th beauty.
Over the last several years he has fished with us 30 days in April, and landed at least 1 fish every day

Dates that should not be open.

June 1 through about June 8 tend to pretty epic opportunities with all the rested water opening up.  This will give us a real shot at spring chinook, late winters and early summers that have never seen a fly.  Oh, and this year we may have water for upper river resident trout, that can be some great dry fly fishing.

We have quite a few of these dates open..send us an email.

Fish-a-longs.

This is the time of year I like to go fishing. Fish-a-longs are swing only trips where I will do a fair amount of fishing too. We take some money off the regular price, here are the ONLY dates available for fish a longs right now, remember, these are only swing trips.

May 11,12, and 31 $250 for a single $375 for two anglers

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa.

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