reel pic

Shamburg, ear protection required?

Shamburg,
ear protection required?

As many if you know, we are expecting a new baby this year towards the middle of June, so booking around then will be a little tricky, I would like to book from the 11th through the 14th, if my wife goes into labor while we are fishing, well, you win a free (and maybe very short) fishing trip.

I will have some more dates open later in June  as soon as I find out the in law schedule.  Early July is always fun, and I have quite a bit open then so lets go ahead and get it booked. That can be some super fun swinging for summer steelhead.  Our friends at Rio hooked me up with some cool intermediate scandie lines that should be perfect.

Some how I never got around to posting this pic of Dan with a sweet thick buck, my bad

Some how I never got around to posting this pic of Dan with a sweet thick buck, my bad

Jim Kerr

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Somethings Wrong

This is not right, having to chill beers while winter steelheading

This is not right, having to chill beers while winter steelheading

Last day, spent swinging in the sunshine.  And now its springer season until June.  I have some dates open here and there, give me a call.

There are a fair smattering of summer steelhead in the river, things are looking good for the opener in June.

Joe dialed in the Burkie

Joe dialed in the Burkie

Jim Kerr

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Emergency!!!! Some one needs to come fishing!

Jeff with a winter chromer

Jeff with a winter chromer

Hey,

Well it looks like I now have the 29th, the 30th and the first 4 days of May open.  The next two days there are some really cool steelhead swinging options, in May, things get a bit more spring Chinooky.

So, Fish-a-long?

Great weather, nice water, I don’t want to miss it.

Jim

 

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Dust it off

 

Lets get this old blog dusted off and oiled up, see if we can get some things working around here.

First, thanks you to everyone who came out this winter steelhead season and made it so great.  We had a ton of fun and once again caught some awesome fish.

I have one day left open for this season, Tuesday, April 29th.  Come on out, I bet we can swing one.

After that, until June, its salmon season.  I have quite a few open dates right now the 1st through the 4th are all open, give me a call if you are interested in a fish a long.

I will post a couple of Spey workshop dates soon.

Thanks Sam, Demetre,Mary. Many awesome trips.  We will miss you next year.

Sam, with a hatchery spring King.  Thanks Sam, Demetre,Mary.
Many awesome trips. We will miss you next year.

If you enjoy catching awesome chrome fish swinging flies, book now for July Summer steelhead.  If you don’t, I think you are on the wrong page.

Jim Kerr

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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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