Hood Canal and Puget Sound Sea-Run Cutthroat Fly Fishing - Prime Time is Coming!
August 19, 2016
The two best months of the year for Sea-Run Cutthroat fly fishing in Hood Canal and Puget Sound are approaching fast, and if I was to pick two months to target these wild sea-run trout it would undoubtedly be September and October.
Hot summer days have been on the menu recently here in Western Washington, and so this also means fishing early and late in the day to have your best shot at Sea-Run Cutthroat. SRC's will get aggressive during this time frame and give you the best shot at hook ups. SRC's in hot weather will also look for those cooler water temperatures, so fishing areas next to drop off's will provide better fishing. Another technique to deploy is to use sinking and sink tip lines in Type 3-6. I can't tell you how many times letting my line sink 10-20 seconds in the water column can make the difference in getting takes. A full intermediate Rio Outbound is by far my favorite line, and sometimes I'll let this sink upwards of 25 seconds to get down enough to where the fish want it. Anglers versed in using sinking and sink tip lines while lake fishing can deploy those same techniques during for SRC and find willing fish.
So, why are September and October the best months to chase SRC's? Simply put, the water gets cooler, so fish are migrating back in from their summer time foraging areas and the clock is ticking for old mother nature - as they start getting ready to think about spawning. SRC's begin to congregate close to their natal streams during this time frame and become a little bit more predictable. It is just an awesome time of the year to be fishing - cool, crisp mornings with a good coating of dew on the boat and truck, chasing aggressive sea-run trout - not sure it gets any better than this!
Red's is booking fully guided boat style fly fishing adventures with Capt. Chad Gillespie of Fjord Fly Fishing. These are fully guided 8-hour trips that include lunch, flies, rods, reels and awesome scenery. Since these trips are motorized boat adventures, we have the ability to travel and cover miles of shoreline from a comfortable North River boat and anglers don't even have to leave the comfort of the boat, as we work shorelines moving slowly along with our Minnekota Saltwater electric motor.
Contact us to book a trip for prime time!
Capt. Chad Gillespie