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January 8th, 2017
It’s that time of year ladies and gents. Get out to the Olympic Peninsula and start swinging for steel. Wintry weather and variable rain falls have made the various OP rivers fluctuate in flows and productivity, so be mindful of which river you choose to target in order to have the best shot at linking up. If traveling from the greater Seattle area, or traveling into town to target this fishery as a destination, this becomes even more important as foresight and planning can make or break a trip to the OP. The fish have been responding well to winter flies, so don’t be afraid to whip out the Jan-April fly box. Be cognizant of where your fly is moving in the water column, and change tips accordingly. As you work down stream, your “targeted” depth is bound to change frequently, so don’t hesitate to change your tips and terminal tackle several times within a section. Emerald Water Anglers has up to date discharge figures and river reports, so please use us as resource to give yourself the best shot to hook up to one of these legendary fish. 206.708.7250
January 2nd, 2017 Puget Sound, WA
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’ll begin this report with a double dose of SRC and resident Coho from the south Sound. It has been written in places in the past that fishing this time of year in the salt isn’t worth it. Well we are here to bunk that statement. It can be downright phenomenal. While these were both taken on the Sound Searcher, many other fish were caught on a variety of patterns from small shrimp patterns to larger baitfish on a very fast strip. So, go get yourself your first bent rod of the New Year…if you haven’t already!
Steelhead - Olympic Peninsula has been turning out some early winter steelhead already on the Sol Duc, Bogi and Hoh. With air temps as low as they have been, water conditions have been pretty good, its the frozen guides slowing things down a bit. Water is clear, so some of us fish sparser patterns while others fish the same old large winter flies as in high water conditions. Being cold, slow your swing down across the likely water and maybe lighten your tip if ticking the bottom too much.
Yakima - Been cold, hatches have been few and far between but though lethargic the trout remain hungry. Nymphing through a variety of water with stones followed by Lightning Bugs, Copper Johns and Pheasant Tails among others will bring at least something to hand…
As always, be safe, have fun and call, text, email or stop in with any questions. We are here to assist in your success on the water!
December 20th, 2016
Live in Western Washington and looking to do something different with your winter fishing? Try heading up to the Yakima to fish for some trout. Sea Run Cutthroats in the Sound are still biting, but it’s tapering off a bit and we’re stil anxiously waiting for winter Steelhead to show up. So in the mean time, why not change up the routine? The flows on the Yakima are ideal for wade fishing right now and fish are being caught. Snow drifts can make access tough, so find an entry point that will afford you the most bang for your buck where you can move to different holes with relative ease. We suggest areas with good road access in both the canyon and up towards Cle Elum. What should you throw? You guessed it…Big Ole Nasty Bugs. We highly suggest streamer fishing at this time of the year on those stretches of the river. Predatory fish are looking for big easy meals to stay full during the cold months, so let’s give them what they want! Nothing like stripping streamers during the holidays. Stop by the shop for specific fly selections or info on access. Happy Holidays!
December 16th, 2016
The fishery is transition as we delve into the winter, and so too should your tactics for finding Sea-run Cutthroats. As most of the chums have now made their way through the ends of their life cycles, the show is almost over for flesh flies. The remains of these fish have all but been eaten and absorbed by the ecosystem, so don’t target this tactic as much as you would have a month ago. This fact should alter your focus from the river and stream deltas back to open water structure. Moreover, we are at the time of year when bait fish numbers are not as significantly high as they were in the belly of autumn. With that said, mix it up! Try throwing quid patterns, and other predatory attracters. Just because the bait are moving on doesn’t mean that the Greenbacks are. The shifting of this fishery makes beach and tide selection paramount, as you will want to find the best structure you can to target these trout. Please feel free to stop in the shop with any questions or help with location and fly selection. Don’t have the time? Give us a ring. 206-708-7250
Happy Holidays and Happy Hunting
December 4th, 2016
It’s officially holiday season, but there are still plenty of beautiful and productive days to be had on The Sound before we are elbow deep in winter Steelhead season. No matter what the weather looks like or what condition the water is in, there will always be several places around Puget Sound to come tight to some SRCs.
Want help with fly selection? The shop has an impressive stock of both top-water and sub-surface salt water streamers that you won’t be disappointed with. Like to tie your own? No problem! We’ve got a great selection of tying materials specifically for Greenback flies. Per usual, different conditions call for different patterns, and we can help you unlock some of those secrets. If you can’t make it in to the shop, feel free to give us a call and we’ll help you in any way that we can!
December 1st, 2016
It’s been going steady, and there’s no sign of it stopping. SRCs are feeling the generous holiday spirit with everyone’s flies right now. Need we say it again?…… It is an unbelievable time to get out onto The Sound right now. Cutthroats are being caught in every corner of our fishery, and will readily eat flies on both the surface and underneath.
If the saltwater is proving to be intimidating, DO NOT panic. EWA has some tips and tools to help you come tight to some December trout. We are here for YOU, as a resource to help you find and catch fish, so feel free to stop in or call with any questions or concerns that you may have. We have an expert staff of professional guides who know this fishery as well as anyone, and they are eager to share their knowledge with you. As a quick overview, a few basic tips that might help you hook up to these Greenbacks are:
-Be cognizant of tides. Learn your beaches and choose the correct beach for the current tide level.
-Keep moving. Don’t catch yourself fishing in one part of a beach for too long, or one part The Sound for any longer. If you aren’t finding productivity, giddy up. Fishing is an adventure, and it’s meant to keep you on the move!
Try different tactics. If one fly isn’t working……..try another one. If they refuse flies on the top-water, try sub-surface.
-Read the big water like you would the little. The more you can treat the salt like it’s a moving water system (such as a river), the more success you will have. Target “seams” for your casts. These include, but are not limited to, wind, current, and tidal lines, break, back flows, river/stream deltas and mouths and shadow lines.
Get out there and hook em!
November 29th, 2016
If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to by for holiday gifts, there is no better place to mull it over right now than the Sound. SRC’s being found in good numbers all throughout the fishery. These fish are in their “fall foraging” mood and will readily eat flies both sub-surface and on the top-water. Be cognizant of tides, as they will affect the fish-ability of various beaches, but other than that, don’t hesitate to get out at any time and target those pesky greenbacks. Stop by the shop for help with fly selection and terminal setups. Can’t stop by? Give us a ring! We are here everyday!
October 29th, 2016
If you can find a break in the rain and wind, the sound is absolutely on fire right now. Sea Run Cutthroats will readily take flies of all varieties, both on the top-water and sub surface. Fish seem to finally be showing up in greater numbers along the beaches of the Northern Sound, making these fish super accessible from the Greater Seattle area. Moreover, the South Sound is still producing fantastically with areas along the Kitsap Peninsula, Hood Canal, and the various inlets in the Olympia area holding great numbers of SRCs.
If you have some time to spare, we highly recommend you hop in your car and start buzzing around the Sound to look for these guys. During shoulder seasons, Greenbacks in the Sound area fantastic way to keep your fly lines in use and your waders wet. If you are feeling intimidated by the vastness of the playground, or have any questions about targeting Sea Run Cutthroats, feel free to come into the shop or give us a jingle and we will be happy to help with the locations, fly selections, and techniques that you need to get it done for the rest of the fall.
October 20, 2016 Puget Sound, WA
Please accept our apologies for the delinquency between reports, we have been traveling like crazy and please don’t feel bad for us!
Between rain and wind squalls we actually do have some good fishing going on right now in the area. Besides the random river openings for salmon and the potential of a steelhead or dolly on the Skagit, Sauk or Sky the Sound has been en fuego! Big cutts and even some late coho have been showing their faces in local waters. Not to mention the leaves changing and the cooler air make for a great day on the water.
Klickitat - Normally the rain stays on the green side of the state but this last storm put a hurt on nearly everything within reach, even the Klick. That said, water is back to a manageable color and flow and there are fish around for those not looking to stare at indicators. Pick your water and work it.
Yakima - The Yak rarely disappoints this time of year with beautiful shoreline flora and trout taking advantage of the last stages of insect hatches for a few months, they are moving on almost anything. Up top on Oct. Caddis, down below on stones and lightning bugs and even finding some at the gym chasing streamers.
Creeks - Most will close at the end of the month though there are a few exceptions. By and large the water will be pretty cold and high for the rest of the season putting a rest period on our smaller waters until next year. Bid them adieu and move on to winter steelhead!
Steelhead - Other than the Klick and Ronde, we are looking forward to our OP season. If you are new to the two handed rod game and are looking forward to honing those skills this winter with someone who truly appreciates the craft of spey casting and swinging flies, please let us know soon as our season will be busy.
We are working on an EWA spey clave here in Seattle sometime in January so stay tuned, will be another great event put on by our staff and supported by our industry friends.
photo Dave McCoy
October 4th, 2016 - Regulations Update
Many Puget Sound rivers have reopened to fishing!!! Apologies for being late to post this, hopefully many of you have already heard this news and have been getting out and enjoying some fall fishing. The following water is now open to fishing:
- Skagit River from the mouth all the way up to the gorge powerhouse
- Sauk River from the mouth to the White Chuck River
- Snohomish River from the mouth to the confluence of the Skykomish and the Snoqualmie Rivers
- Skykomish River from the Hwy 2 Bridge (Big Eddy Access) up to the confluence of the North and South Forks
- Green River from the mouth up to the Black Diamond Road Bridge
More info on Emergency Rules can be found on the WDFW website here:
Make sure to consult the above rules for info on limits/harvest, otherwise all of the above water is open for catch and release.
Many of the above rivers are scheduled to re-open per the regular 2016/2017 WDFW regulations pamphlet at either the end of this month or next. For info on regular seasons, consult the WDFW fishing pamphlet:
Now on to the good stuff - where to go! You have several great options right now for excellent fall fishing. Our guides have continued to see excellent action on Puget Sound for Sea Run Cutthroat. I did a little recon outing yesterday morning to a local beach and quickly caught a handful of SRCs in the first hour of hitting the beach. The now re-opend Skagit and Sauk Rivers are a great bet right now for Dollie Varden or perhaps even coho on the swung fly! The Yakima is in great shape right now and the leaves are coming alive with fall beauty. Lastly, for those of you more of the Steelhead ilk, the Klickitat is a decent option right now. While the Klick has not been producing record days, dedicated anglers have still been finding decent numbers of fish. Hope to see you out on the water or in the shop!