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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Summer Steel head and trout

More trout, really, but first an update on all your work.

Thanks for all the letters supporting selective gear on the Hoh.  Fish and wild life noticed, and I got a message of “please stop, we hear you”.  That does not mean they will move forward, but it means we got noticed.

If sport fishing is to continue on the Hoh, the river must become selective gear entirely  year round, summer would be a good start.

I hope you will all join me in pushing forward on this for the next 24 months.  Until the end of the next rule change cycle.  Its past time to make real change in fish management here, and more and more sport fishermen, the tribes, the park and the guides seem to be on one side, with the WDFW standing alone on the other.

Steelhead season is off with a whimper, maybe its the low water, I have no idea, but the numbers on the opener were unimpressive.  The early run should continue to move in until late July.  A little rain might help?

So I did some more trout fishing, which was, well great.  Plenty of small fish to 12 inches and a hand full of 15 to 18 inchers on dry’s and streamers.  An occasional steelhead or salmon happens by we catch him too.

 

Have had some chances to sight fish for spring kings, not too shabby.

Have had some chances to sight fish for spring kings, not too shabby.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

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Don’t give up on the Hoh

 

director@dfw.wa.gov

commission@dfw.wa.gov

These guy’s would love to hear from you.

What happens when The Hoh Tribe, The Olympic National Park and The Olympic Peninsula Guides Association all agree on a fisheries issue? Nothing.

Because WDFW thinks that despite the lower Hoh being home to an under-escaped run of Summer Kings, Bull Trout, and a maybe still viable run of wild summer steelhead WDFW insists on leaving the river open to bait in the summer.

The river is being left open to bait because some hatchery steelhead stray in, and the state maintains that we need bait to harvest them. However, a bunch of hatchery spring kings also run up the Hoh, and the State has determined that we now have to RELEASE hatchery kings.
That’s right, we have to have bait to harvest hatchery steelhead, but have to release hatchery kings.

I am asking a few folks to email the director (address at the top of the page) and just say that it is time for a selective fishery (no bait, no barbs, no trebles) in the lower Hoh for summer.

Big kings are cool! Lets do something to protect them.

Big kings are cool!
Lets do something to protect them.

I am not asking for people to weigh in on who can keep what and when (feel free to of course) I am just saying that its time we took one tiny step toward protecting some of the rivers on the OP. Lower Hoh, selective gear for the summer. That’s it.

Sooo, say that these guys got 50 emails, (sent to the commission, cc’ed to the Director.)  I would donate a spey rod to (o.k. and a reel running line and backing) to the wounded warrior project.  Send the email and then comment on the blog or FB page that you sent it.  When we hit 50 I will send the outfit to Jerry D on the WFF board.

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

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More hot spriger reports

Yesterday we spey fished and never hooked a fish.  We fished really well, we had the gear to comfortably cast intermediate skagit lines a long way loaded with plenty of T-14 and great flies.  We bumped the bottom wherever we wanted to, and only lost a couple of flies.  The water was beautiful, we saw only a couple other boats, and we saw some chrome bight spring Chinook swim by, a couple damn big ones, so in short, a rotten day.

Hoh River Winter steelhead

Hoh River Winter steelhead

The salmon fishing towards the end of this week kinda sucked.  Just very few fish moving into the river.  The tribal nets came out yesterday and I thought that would bring a few in in the after noon but nada.  Last night we had a sprinkle of rain, I am hoping that gets things going a bit better this morning.  With the water getting so low it might take a couple of days to move fish up the Quilayute.

Always a nice place to be

Always a nice place to be

Time to book July

Jim Kerr rain coast guides

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FIRE IT UP!!!

Summer winter steelhead

Summer winter steelhead

The Bar-B-Q, I mean.

And I would recommend a Lager.  I know the PNW is known for big beers, but this is Lager weather….are you still wearing a shirt?  Get it off of there, who cares if you are at work, life, my friend, is short.

Holy $hit, this weather is georgous.  Its the kind of weather that spring salmon famously don’t bite in, BUT, an early morning bite still works, and then some laying around in the tall grass, eating from the grill and hoping the trout will rise.  Its far from all bad.

Gear fishing for spring kings is hard on the behind, but puts fish in the box

Gear fishing for spring kings is hard on the behind, but puts fish in the box

Book July dates for swinging summer steelhead.

I will post fall dates next week, and then,

Hold your breath,

Spring steelhead dates

Jim Kerr

Rain Coast Guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Rain Coast Guides

 

 

 

 

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