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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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Summer & Fly Fishing in Washington

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We know fly fishing in Washington State – Summer Steelheading is upon us and we have had plenty of off the water time here in the North Puget Sound to tie dozens of flies and prepare our fly fishing tackle for the brightest and most acrobatic fish of the season. Tactics for fly fishing in Washington and the early season are still very similar to what is done in the spring.  The water is still high and cold from the melting snow pack in the upper reaches of the rivers.  Swinging similar size streamers as used in the spring are still the most effective and fly reels loaded with the lines and sink tips to cast them should still be used. We are still weeks away from making the change to the fly fishing tackle synonymous with summer; the dry line and classic we flies which are a pleasure to cast and fish.  Until the flows lower and the water warms the game is still about getting down and slowing the swing.  Pay close attention to the daily rises and dropping of water levels, they will dictate where fish will hold or when they will be on the move. Early in the season is the best opportunity to catch one of the most explosive and fun fish of the season.  The early 3-salt summer steelhead is a true race car, its larger size and energy stored in the form of fat reserves provides for some very hard grabs as well as acrobatics that are un-matched. As the season progresses, the 2-salt fish will make their way into our rivers in greater numbers providing ample opportunity to catch fish throughout the summer.  As the water drops and eventually settles, steelhead will play their version of musical chairs and settle or hold in…

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