Half day trout

Lower all the time but,

Still catching some kings

Still catching some kings

We are still catching some kings, more sockeye are sneaking in, and there are enough summer steelhead to put together a day.

By far my most enjoyable days have been mixed bag day where we target trout and sight cast at salmon as they pop up.  These have been fun, and actually work great as a half day, something I haven’t done much of in the past.

If you are interested give me a call.

 

really dry

really dry

Jim Kerr

Rain coast guides

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OK, I’m back

crashed my hard drive and had to get a new computer so, haven’t posted for a bit.

Anyway, yes, HISTORICALLY low water.  Unless there is a big shift in the weather we will be completly out of water before fall.

That said, as always, there are a few silver linings.

Aside from the last few spring chinook and the first few coho, some sockeye and a few steelhead have been showing up.  The low water has also made for some nice trout fishing.

As many may know, the old Hoh Hum fly shop, home of Anadromy flies, closed down this spring.

I was very sorry to see them go, they ran a nice shop and tied awesome flies.  I imagine they are still selling flies on line, and I hope to see them back out guiding this winter.

The old shop has been moved down the street and….repurposed, sort of…..

old Hoh Hum Fly Shop, repurposed.

old Hoh Hum Fly Shop, repurposed.

 

If this guy can catch them, anyone can

If this guy can catch them, anyone can

Come on out and book a trout day, we will be running some half day specials.

Jim Kerr,

Rain Coast Guides

 

 

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Its coming, get ready

June, the river opener.

We are gonna have some really low water for the opener, but, really nice levels to catch fish and we still have days open for for opening week.  There are quite a few spring Chinook around and should be nice numbers of summer steelhead.

We took a break from the spey rods the other day and found a bunch of willing cuthroat.

swing an awesome chrome springer anyone? Ryan guided Rich to this epic fish

swing an awesome chrome springer anyone?
Ryan guided Rich to this epic fish

The rivers are going to get record  low this summer, we are going to try to get plenty of fishing in early.

Resorting to pics of puppies

Resorting to pics of puppies

Offering some very cool spey specials the 2nd through the 5th.  Shoot me an email if you would like to come out for some cool fishing.

Jim Kerr

Rain coast guides

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No Hoh?

First, this is a management mess.  Or a mismanagement mess.

The roots of it go way deeper than WDFW or The Hoh tribe.  The idea that salmon and steelhead runs could or should be managed under the MSY model the state has been dragging around for years is a complete farce.

Second, there are some great guys at WDFW trying to make this broken system work.  And I don’t blame the Hoh tribe here at all.  They don’t deal with the state, and I wouldn’t either in their shoes, the state is all screwed up here, their data sucks (proposed closure is based on punch cards from 2007) and they have no real working knowledge of how anyone, tribe or sport, is using the river.

Here is the deal.  WDFW is apparently deciding NOT to open the Hoh river at all this spring or early summer to sport fishing.

The Olympic Peninsula Guides Association, and many others have been urging the state to take action for years to help preserve this run to allow continued sport fishing.

By and large the response we got from WDFW was that either that the fish were fine, or, there was nothing they could or would change about the sport fishery unless the Hoh tribe also made significant changes.

When we suggested season changes or going to selective gear we were told that this would “place an undue portion of the conservation burden on sport fishermen”.

In other words, if the tribe won’t cut back, we won’t.

This year we saw a complete about face.  At North of Falcon the state implied that it would not be opening the Hoh at all, and when asked for specifics as to terms, they would only say “Tell us why we should?”.

At the same meeting a state WDFW representative twice laughed out loud at questions asked about summer fishing on the Hoh and would offer no information about what the states plan for the river might be.

Later, Mike Gross of WDFW was kind enough to offer some insight into this position.

He explained that some folks at wdfw believed that if they shut the sports fishermen out completely they could then force the tribe to cut back on summer kings or take legal action if they did not.

Shockingly it turned out the Hoh tribe did not give a shit what the state said, and they sure as hell were not scared off by the empty threat of legal action. They called the states bluff in a grand fashion.

Before we got to North of Falcon the Hoh tribe had let us know their proposed net schedule was. And it did not change significantly after they heard about the “sport fishing closure”.

Additionally the tribe is not responding, or even speaking to WDFW at all.  They are going about their business the way they see fit.

So sport fishermen will be off the river at least until August 1.  The tribes will have both Ceremonial and commercial openings as of May 1.

There are a couple silver linings here.  The state will finally go to selective gear at least for the summer.

That’s super cool, it will save a few summer kings, but also be a huge boon to native summer steelhead and cutthroat.

And all of a sudden WDFW seems genuinely interested in the data the guides association has been collecting.

Here is the rub.  This was an effort to use sport fishermen, and the business that cater to them, as a political tool.  WDFW made it clear that if people lost jobs, if people lost access to steelhead and trout fisheries that are in good shape, that’s fine, as long as it leads to political gains against their co-manager/adversaries the tribes.  Even, if in the end, it did not lead to real recoveries in fish stocks.

The goal here was not protecting summer kings (WDFW biologists have stated that a complete sport and tribal shutdown would likely not recover the summer king run, as it is believed that the bulk of the over harvest is happening at sea.) The goal was to force the Hoh tribe to the negotiating table, this did not happen.

So whats the take away?

Thousands of people drive all the way out to Forks every year to fish these rivers, at this point, with the current bag limits, none of them are coming here for the promise of Maximum Harvest.  The maximum sustained yield model no longer serves the state of Washington, we want, and deserve, something better.

We want diverse and healthy ecosystems that support a wide variety of healthy runs and native fish.  If we want that, we have to manage for that.  Washington’s MSY model works against this by measuring a rivers value only by how many pounds of salmon meat it can produce a year.

Lets do better

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

The fish are doing well, the managers are struggling

The fish are managing, the managers are struggling

 

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Fish catching continues, open seat for spey day

Hey,

I have an open seat for a spey day on May 29th,..That is you can share a boat with Steve, and pay $225.00 for the day.

DSCN2025Tatrawee was in town from Thailand and decided to try his hand at spey casting, this was one of the fish he landed today.

June, my friend, is almost here.  And you want to catch steelhead.  So you should come in June.  Summer run steelhead cage match starts June 6.

gettin ready to scoop

gettin ready to scoop

As for right now we are catching a mixed bag of winters steelhead, summer steelhead, lots of trout and the occasional spring Chinook.  The opener on June one will open up much of the Park water, June 6 will open up everything else.  Expect the summer run steelhead fishing to run pretty well until the August Hoh opener, with summer Coho showing in July.

perfect fish

perfect fish

We will be fishing mostly the Bogachiel, Calawah and Quillayute for summer fish, with Occasional trips to the Queets or Quinault until August.  Then we add in the Hoh, and wait for rain.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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Salmon , steelhead,Trout, trout , trout.

We have been catching a lot of fat cutthroat on fry/smolt patterns, some damn nice ones too.

Otherwise its typical May spey fishing, great weather, no crowds, a fish a day or so, maybe a late winter steelhead, maybe an early summer, maybe a springer.

The springer fishing has been a little bit slow, but we have been managing a couple a day on hardware, and we are moving toward the peak of the season.

The big river openers start on June 1, and then again on June 6th.( And again August 1…just wait for my net post)

We still have some slots for the summer steelhead opener.  This is a great time to get in on some early summer steelhead and some great dry fly trout action.  This is a cool deal, don’t miss out.

a nice place to be

a nice place to be

June steelhead are the most aggressive we get all year, we can often do a lot of sight fishing and with the low water this season they should come in ready to eat dry flies.

FullSizeRenderLooks like we have another opening in the May 30th Spey workshop.  Send me an email if you are interested.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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First fish a long of the season

Awesome day the other day, Tim came out for his first day of steelhead fishing, and his first day on the water of spey casting, and landed a nice 11 pound native hen.

She cracked a big stupid orange fly out in the middle of the river in heavy current, like spring fish will, and pulled and jumped like hell.

I got to cast briefly at a couple of rolling spring kings and not get them to bite, and we both caught some very nice cutthroat. Saw maybe 2 other anglers. A good day, I forgot how much I love this season and doing fishalongs.

It tends to be just the right amount of fishing for me, with a bit of guiding, casting instruction and lunch fixing thrown in.

I am going to throw May 14 and 28 into the fish a long pot.

Olympic peninsula steelhead

Olympic peninsula steelhead

A fish-a-long is essentially a guided fishing day where I take a bit off the price and fish right a long with you.  You will get help with casting, presentation, gear and fly selection and tips on figuring where your time is best spent.

Pricing 1 angler $275.00

2 anglers $400

3 anglers $500

Like all our guided trips lunch gear and flies included.

On another note. I am still seeing soooo many steelhead spawning beds.  The spawn started early this year with the warm winter flows, fish were on the spawn in good numbers in the upper rivers in early January, but it just keeps going and going.  Its really cool.  Hiked a little spring creek the other day, beaver pond after beaver pond swirling with native fry.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

Forks Wa

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