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Fly Fishing On The Beach

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Fly Fishing – Whidbey Island by Jonathan Knapp Several years ago I had the good fortune to go fly fishing with Jens Christiansen and his son Rasmus for several days during late summer when thousands of pink salmon were making their return to North Puget Sound streams.  Jens and Rasmus had traveled from Denmark to visit the late Jack Charlton of Mako Reels.  Jens, an Atlantic Salmon fly fishing guide and creator of the website Templedog Tube flies, had expressed to Jack an interest in fly fishing some of the local fisheries so Jack called me up to see if I was available to take them fly fishing.  I knew that Jens was a seasoned and traveled angler, so I wanted to treat him to a fishery that would be indicative of the diverse angling opportunities found in Puget Sound.  Beach fly fishing for salmon is certainly just that, especially when one takes into account that salmon can easily be fished on both a river and beach within the same day. We conversed via e-mail for several weeks leading to their scheduled arrival.  Jen’s asked the standard questions regarding which rods, lines, and flies to bring and general expectations.  It was apparent from our exchanges that he expected to be fishing on a river.  I mentioned that the local rivers were very low and the fishing slow but that the beaches were fishing well. I don’t think this completely registered with him but to his credit he remained open.  After spending several days visiting with Jack we scheduled our first day to fish.  I wanted to hit a morning tide so I told him that I would be happy to pick them up but that it would be early.  As with all true fishermen by this time Jens was anxious…

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