Here we are mid April to the day and it still feels as though people are waiting for a green light to get out on the water. Beat the masses and get out now rather than waiting for warm sunny days which are not great for fly fishing anyway!
Well let's give you some inspiration...
Puget Sound - Chum fry everywhere, literally spread far and wide throughout the Sound now and in good numbers so there is that! Surface flies will ABSOLUTELY bring entertaining takes from the SRC's and of course matching the "hatch" with Chum Baby or similar pattern is going to good for subsurface. 7-8ft leaders to 2x are perfect. Green light just went on!
Yakima River - We saw a bit of a bump mid week that sort of threw some things off but it has returned to exactly where it is supposed to be. We are square in the middle of March Brown and PMD season with the legendary Mother's Day Caddis Hatch just appearing on the horizon. This means more and more of each day you will see trout feeding on these insects as the water changes temp throughout the day. Come prepared, have some BWO's as well if day is going to be cloudy and cold and don't ever go over there without Stimulators or Chubby Chernobyl's to drop some small nymphs off the back of. In the upper river in particular where more West Slope Cutt's are, they are generally more curious when looking up.
Snoqualmie Forks and Creeks - We have a pretty good snow pack this year so depending on how warm it gets, it may stick around for awhile. At the moment both the MF and SF of the Sno are in reasonable shape flow wise to get on the water on a short strike day from Seattle. Again, these fish are beginning to look up but hang a Copper John or Lightning Bug off the back of a mid sized dry fly and fish the slow water that isn't too deep. Creeks mostly don't open until June 1st but snow pack will likely keep them from being approachable until late June or possibly early July depending on what direction each creek's snow pack is facing. If it is South, they should come into shape sooner, north facing ones will take a bit longer most likely.
Cowlitz - Don't forget about this river for this time of year. Steelhead are in here and water levels are at a terrific level and this river has so much great swing water it is actually ridiculous. We have guided this river for over 20 years and would love to help you figure it out if you haven't been there before.
That is it for now but as we stress as much as possible, use us as a resource. We are here to help you and love doing so. Call, text, IG message, facetime or even come in with questions.
Have fun out there,