Wow! What an amazing summer on Puget Sound. Some very big fish were caught and we had awesome clients. Here is what to look for in the next few months:
Although we do not guide for Coho salmon they are in and you should take full advantage of this short but fun opportunity. Chartreuse flies in size 4-2 work wonders and do herring patterns in the same sizes. Keep your strip on the faster side of things and hold on. We have seen some Coho in central Puget Sound but most of the activity is still in the north sound.
Cutthroat fishing remains great this time of you. October presents larger fish that will take just about anything you throw at them. We have some great new flies tied up that we are experimenting with. As I have said for the last few years, fall is THE time to be out for coastal cutthroat. We have a few dates left in October, contact us for details.
North Sound: Cutthroat are moving up towards the Stillaguamish this time of year, so keep moving and beach hopping to find fish. Patterns in grey, silver and chartreuse will work best.
Central Sound: This is where we are guiding and cutthroat fishing will be bonkers for the next few weeks, especially with this weather we are having. Grey and sliver baitfish patterns in a saltwater size 8 (smaller than normal) and a slow strip have been getting it done for us lately. I usually like to error on the faster side of retrieving but the fish have been wanting it slow…
South Sound: We went waaaaay south a few weeks ago and found good numbers of cutthroat on some new beaches for us. Top water action at its finest on a sunny day. The South Sound can be very calm as far as currents and we had a great day on top.
The fly of the summer was Tak’s Mini Minnow in olive – From Umpqua
Have a great fall,