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February 8th, 2016 Olympic Peninsula, WA
Based on the success we have been having recently, we think it’s safe to say that the Olympic Peninsula winter steelhead season is on in full swing (corny swinging flies pun intended)!
If you have been following flows on the OP rivers, you have probably noticed a consistent trend this year - lots of high water. So far this year, river conditions have been pretty touch-and-go, with rivers being out of shape a little more than we would like. The good news is that in between these high water events, we have been frequently encountering bright aggressive fish…the type of fish that the OP is so famous for (see photo above). In other words, in spite of high water, we have had a great start to our OP season and expect it to only get better.
As I write this, all OP rivers, with the exception of the Queets, are in decent shape. With only mild precipitation forecast for this upcoming week, it looks like most west end rivers will be in good shape for the foreseeable future.
If you’ve got the OP on your mind, February is a great time to be out there; plenty of fish and fewer crowds is the story right now. Give us a call or stop by and we would love to help make your trip a success.
If you are interested in experiencing swinging flies for these iconic fish with the EWA guide staff, we still have a handful of week day dates available in February and March, as well as some weekend dates remaining in April.
Get out while the getting is good! And of course, don’t hesitate to reach out, we are always excited to help you get out on the water any way we can - 206-708-7250.
photo Tom Mahan
report Reid Curry
February 6, 2016 Puget Sound, WA
Whoa, this was a brute! Seems as thought the SRC’s are already anticipating the Chum fry, almost feel bad for the poor little salmon. When they do arrive it will be nothing short of a gauntlet they have to endure to make it out of Puget Sound. Have already spotted a couple of individuals in the shallow water along the shore in the south Sound so it should be any day.
On the steelhead front, lots of rain but quick recoveries on the Sol Duc and upper Bogi lately. Last week just before the rain arrived yet again Tom swung up 4 beautiful wild chromers, none made it to hand but after the take, it didn’t matter…great times.
photo Dave McCoy
February 3, 2016 Puget Sound, Washington
We are all holding our breath waiting for the first Chum Fry to enter the saltwater and we may have caught a few glimpses yesterday but as there were only a couple of them and they were super small and fast we couldn’t be sure. That said, yesterday was like a dream spring day on the Sound with early AM fog and a gentle slight cool breeze for the afternoon. Chum Baby fly is going to be a favorite here soon and many shops will be sold out so pick yours up now to be ready for the mayhem.
photo Dave McCoy
January 31, 2016 Puget Sound, Washington
Puget Sound has been steady for the past couple months but will soon find itself full of excitement as the Chum fry begin their migration from small streams and rivers into the saltwater as they make their epic journey north. During this time, Chum Baby flies and other representative patterns will be helpful as the cutts can be selective during this time of the year. This migration is akin to a blanket caddis hatch on Rocky Mountain streams, the cutthroat go nuts for them and make for a memorable event to witness.
photo Dave McCoy
January 20, 2016 Bogachiel River, Washington
It is that time of year where those with tugs of steel streaking through our veins begin to shake for no reason, call in sick to work maybe a bit too much and definitely don’t sleep. The OP has been having quite a bit of rain but in between those squalls has been some great swinging for steelhead, big wild steelhead. Here at the store, we are all hip to the swing, in fact that is all we do so if you need to talk about grain weights, tips, heads or have some custom tips made, we are happy to chat about it and build you some custom length tips.
While out there this past week, we did some testing of various heads and tips and were pretty happy with some of the following. A much more in depth look at our favorite 7wt spey rods and line recommendations to come soon, in the mean time, here is a quick peak at a few of the rods and lines we have spent considerable time with over the past few months:
Scott Radian 12′6″ 7wt was fantastic with these shorter heads from both Airflo and Rio for throwing bullets but believe this rod performs best as a Scandi stick. That being said, Skagit grain range: 540 - 575, with shorter skagit heads being best, such as Airflo Skagit 2.0 or Rio Skagit Max.
Scott T3H 12′8″ 7wt is a staff favorite do everything winter skagit stick. Fast action for sure, but loads deeply into the handle with a lot of line feel. Power to throw just about any junk you want. Skagit grain range 540 - 575.
Winston 12′9″ 7wt was nothing short of brilliant with the 570 grain Compact Skagit with T-14 Flo tip. A long time shop favorite, the power in this rod really comes out with a smooth and deliberate casting style.
All this said, we spent a great deal of time switching stuff around and with 3 great spey casters with varied strokes, we came up with a few different ideas on what people might consider. That report will come up here soon so stay tuned.
photo Dave McCoy
January 10, 2016 Women’s Casting Class, Lincoln Park, West Seattle
What an amazing group of women coming out in the rain to learn or practice their casting! Some of these women have been casting for years and came out to meet other female anglers, while others this was their first time and did great!!
We have many women specific casting clinics, schools and guided trips this winter!Abbie Schuster
January 8th, 2016 Puget Sound, Washington
The Sound is getting hot!! Now is the time to get out and fine tune your Searun Cutthroat skills. In about another month we will get to experience the chum fry migration. We are filling up the calendar quickly so be sure to book your trip today! Come in the shop to try the new Scott Meridian for your perfect salt water rod.
Photo: Abbie Schuster
January 6, 2016 Puget Sound, Washington
Just landing yet another fish in the Sound! Chum fry migration is going to be upon us here in just over a month or so and we would love nothing more than to help some new anglers figure the Sound out so they too can enjoy this spectacular event in our local saltwater. It is like a mini Nat Geo experience to see small schools of nice SRC’s pouncing on baitballs of Chum fry as they make their way out of the small streams and into the great wide open. Often times it happens just beyond your rod tip and can often paralyze anglers as it is as much fun to watch as it is to participate!
Book with us now as we are already seeing our calendar tighten up and if you want to try a new stick while out with us, let us know, the new Winston B3+ 6wt makes an incredible Puget Sound rod.
photo Dave McCoy
January 3, 2016 Greenland
Happy New Year everyone. Snowing outside as I type this out, water in most of our rivers is in really good shape at the moment still, rumor and truths running around about steelhead on the O.P. in a certain place or two…
Coming this August 4-11, Dave McCoy will be hosting with good friend Josh Hutchins a wonderful trip to pursue Arctic Char in a new camp in Greenland. Please contact the store for more details or email Dave at email@example.com.
photo Angling Club Lax-a
December 28, 2015 Skagit River, Washington
We have been thinking about it for some time now as have many anglers and it is finally time to get serious. Steelhead are here in close proximity to us. We have been up on the Skagit and Sauk lately, not a ton of steelhead coming to hand but definitely a few hooked here and there. Water flows have been all over the place, finally done with some rain for a spell and many rivers are in great shape. As we move into January, the Puget Sound rivers will close and will put focus squarely on the O.P. and early arriving wild fish will be here sooner than many think so start heading there mid January. New to swinging for steel, keep it simple to start. 10ft of T-14, a fly you have confidence in and just cover the water thoroughly. Time spent changing tips and flies and over thinking is just time without your fly in the water, very hard to catch one that way! Want to REALLY learn this craft, book a day with us, it is what we do and how we do it.
The speedy release of a nice Dolly from the Skagit. Fish by Jamen Mathew, photo by Chanel Carrizosa.