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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Spring is here

That means….

Spring chinook……

Yep, in the mix anyway.  Since the Hoh springer season has closed we hook a lot less spring chinook on fly’s.  But we do hook some, and we swing lots of steelhead  from late April through June.

The first few summer steelhead have popped up, and there are still a few fresh winter fish coming up the river, although not as many as usual for this time of year.

I floated one of my favorite trout drifts the other day, we were steelhead fishing but I saw several nice trout sipping dry’s near the bank, and the water looked perfect.  There might be time for a trout float or two if any one is interested.  It won’t be long however until they release half a million or so smolt, which will make trout fishing awful hard for a few weeks.

Plan D with a nice late winter steelhead

Plan D with a nice late winter steelhead

We are booking swing trips for salmon/steelhead, and gear trips for spring chinook.

If you really want to take home some of the best eating salmon anywhere, the best way to do it is with gear.  We have already seen a bunch of spring chinook this year, so now is the time to book.

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 11,12,25 and 31 $250 for a single $375 for two anglers

Sol with a nice winter buck, thanks Sol for the pics

Sol with a nice winter buck, thanks Sol for the pics

Winter recap.

One clear truth about this years winter steelhead season is that the space between steelhead was significantly greater than usual.

There was quite a bit of speculation early in the season that the unusually high flows were creating difficult conditions and that there were really a lot more fish around than we thought.

I disregarded this initially  but I may have been wrong to some degree.  As the water dropped in recent weeks I saw more spawning activity than I would have guessed. The Sol Duc and Calawah had good numbers of reds lower down.  The hoh was to dirty to tell, and the bogie is looking ok.

The fishing has taken on many of the aspects we usually see in late April or May.

We are seeing large schools of spawned out fish heading down the river, and spawned “rebright” hens so clean and bright that even experienced anglers are having a hard time telling them from new fish.

In the end I would say the run in the Hoh and Queets was poor, with the bulk of the fish showing early, and not many at all toward the tail end.

The Quillayute seems to be turning out ok at least.

Earlier in the season a lot of folks  mentioned unusually large numbers of fish in the very lowest runs of the Sol Duc and Calawah. We all wondered if the exceptionally dirty water in the bogie was turning these fish to cleaner alternitives.

This is a swung spring chinook from last year. Ready to get one this year?

This is a swung spring chinook from last year. Ready to get one this year?

 

Jim Kerr

rain coast guides

Forks wa

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Fly fishing for winter steelhead

Is supposed to be hard.

And this winter has lived up to that ideal more than any in recent years.

Are than less fish than usual?  I think so, and high flows have made them harder to reach than usual.

Adam with a nice one

Adam with a nice one

The bright spot is really the swinging.  Yes, I ended up blanked a couple days swinging this year, but all and all, for consistent chances at hooking steelhead on the swing, this has been a spey fishers winter.

Not big numbers, but having the fish well spread through the system, and enough water to fish from the headwaters to the mouth, has created steady one and two hook up days for most of the winter.

We have had a few super good nymph days, but mostly a handful of hook ups a day.  Still very worth doing.

Lee said he wanted a big one, and didn't care if it was dark. He hooded this fish 6 seconds later, and came pretty close to losing his fly line.

Lee said he wanted a big one, and didn’t care if it was dark. He hooked this fish 6 seconds later, and came pretty close to losing his fly line.

We have one spot left in each of the following workshops.

Spring summer workshop schedule 2016.

Our workshops are designed to accommodate three guests per day.

If you bring two buddies you have it locked up, other wise we will put the group together.

Cost is $145.00 per guest, lunch and tons of gear provided.

We usually work in a float, but sometimes walk and wade.

One handed spey casting for trout and steelhead.

May 7th.

I wonder how many folks will be interested in this? This has always been a fascination of mine and I am looking forward to spending some full days on the topic.

Want to cast better? Much better? The most useful casts I know are one handed spey and roll casts. Every trout fishermen will benefit from these casts, and they are a lot easier to learn than you might think.

These casts will start off feeling like weird tricks to get your way out of casting from tight spots or weird angles. But as you begin to be more comfortable with them you find they will replace much of your overhead casting.

If you feel like your one handed over head casting is pretty much under control, and want to move your casting skills a long way down the line, this might be for you.

Spey Catching.

June 4th

I have clients that commonly hook multiple steelhead a day with the spey rod. A lot of what they are doing different is spending tons of time on the water. But equally important is a deep understanding of multiple types of presentations.

This workshop will focus on making your spey fishing time more productive. And help you understand why steelhead and salmon take a swung fly.

We will do a float and fish several different pieces of water with different lines and tips, and maybe some dry flies.

I will bring a ton of rods and lines and we might even screw up and catch a steelhead.

A very full river

A very full river

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Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

 

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If you can’t reach me by email

Our email is down, so you can reach us at jim@jimkerrguides.com.  Hopefully it will be fixed very soon, but the good folks at apple have been working on it since Friday and have been unable to make any progress.  If you have been trying to reach us since Thursday, we are super sorry, call or use the above email.

waiting for a steelhead?  Better than waiting 4 days for tech support. Nice work Apple

waiting for a steelhead? Better than waiting 4 days for tech support. Nice work Apple

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Tomorrow? Yes, Tomorrow!

We have an open boat, and I would like to go swing some fly’s.  Wanna go?  Wednesday March 16…..you in?

Jim Kerr

rain coast guides

Forks washington

 

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Got a raincoat?

Any one want to fish Sunday?  Its gonna be high but I think it will fish, the rivers dropping a bit faster than we expected.

 

An so it rains, and rains and rains and fucking rains.  How much rain is up there?  In the sky?  How much must those clouds weigh? There are oceans of rain up there leaking all over us.  Snow pack?  I don’t know, the last time I could see up there it looked absolutely foreboding, heaps of snow, a swirling madness of snow.

Yo Ben, nice fish!

Yo Ben, nice fish!

bright high water hen

bright high water hen

The fishing is cool, it a very different pace than we are used to.  And the rivers being so high seem like a different place.  I am hoping the fish are enjoying access to all the upper reaches and tribs.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks wa

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Plenty of fishermen

If you want to meet steelhead guides Forks is the place to be right now, I have never seen, or imagined I would see so many guides here.  As for fish, not so much this week.  I had two days where despite great conditions, we blanked completely.

Anil from Puget sound Fly Co.  and Dylan from PlanD fly boxes came out with  Stu and managed to put together a great day with Ryan.

Yep, two at a time

Yep, two at a time

Most days we are able to get ahold of at least a couple like these, just not usually at the same time.

Plan D, with a big hen, Thanks Dylan for all the great photo's!

Plan D, with a big hen, Thanks Dylan for all the great photo’s!

 

Bob Cat running down the river. That just happened.

Bob Cat running down the river. That just happened.

As always we have tons more photo’s than we can post here.  If you don’t see your picture here yet its because we just haven’t gotten to it, or because you need to book a trip.  March 18th and 19th just opened up.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast guides

Forks wa

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