We blinked, laughed and enjoyed the 4th of July and now it is August, almost. Well, hope everyone got out and enjoyed the loveliness July brings to our region, it is pretty special actually.
Puget Sound - PINKS ARE HERE! Pretty simple, have an arsenal of pink flies, intermediate line or tip is helpful and get them in the water. Beaches with points are usually ideal but they will be busy! Lincoln Park, Brown's Point, Dash Point, Point Robinson, Kayak Point, Meadowdale, Karkeek Park, Richmond Beach, Point No Point, Fort Casey, Bush Point are all great options and there are others, come on in and we can show you. Otherwise normal baitfish patterns will still work for sea run cutts and resident Coho until the migratory ones arrive.
Mountain Creeks/Forks of Sno/Cedar River - Low, warm but still fishing well. We have reached a point in time where early AM and late PM are going to bring out hatches which will bring fish to the surface. Caddis will be the main play here especially on the Cedar as weill streamers in the deep holes, rip rap banks and log jams. On the rest of them, attractors will work well and swinging soft hackles below you is also a great way to pick up fish, particularly in tail-outs.
Steelhead - Mid summer is here which means they will be few, far between and not easy to get to come to a fly. Skykomish system remains closed to protect Chinook, Cowlitz still has a few fish coming in and the Skagit has popped out a few, very few, rare summer fish. Heading either further south into Oregon to the Deschutes or north into BC might not be a bad idea. Otherwise trout spey the Yak!
Warmwater - Lakes are in their prime right now. Bass are on top with fury so grab your mouse flies or big foam poppers and get on a nearby lake. We realize they aren't trout but if you like aggressive takes on the surface and enjoy a deeply bent rod, you might give them a try.
Yakima River - Flows will remain high until mid September so a boat is helpful. Fish either early or late evening. Hoppers should begin to be a good choice as are streamers and getting down with nymphs. Don't be shy about swinging small streamers or soft hackles with the trout spey...
We are ready to help you figure all of this out so come in, call, email or facetime us and we will get you there.
Have a great weekend,
EWA Staff 206-708-7250