I recall the years when I had a boat in the burbs of Seattle... the sound fishery for resident coho and blackmouth was pretty hot in April. At least three times or more I went to the April Sekiu fishery for Halibut and slot limit kings. There were tons of residents around, no huge hooknoses but plenty of fun and the rockfish were plentiful too. Great sport on flyrods. Halibut, although impossible on a fly, were easy to find at Eagle Pt., the delta off the Sekiu and Hoko River mouths, and at other select locations. They move offshore to Swiftshure Bank later in the year but are all around Sekiu in April.
Dalco and the stretch around the Narrows had silvers in late May and June. We fished Possession Bar and the inside channel, north sound from Edmonds to Bush Pt, and that big Port Townsend rip. Point-no-point was packed but produced solidly.
Anyone heading to the saltchuck?
05-30-2001, 11:31 PM
Oh, yeah, there out there in good numbers now; have been showing well for about the past week. Pt. Fosdick, Pt. Evans and just off Vashon Island's Quartermaster Harbor have been good for me on a 3-4 inch white and peacock angel hair Clouser made to imitate a herring. Bought a Boston Whaler Montauk several months ago specifically to FF from....I love it.
Sounds good! Man, I love that emerald water and silver demons snarfing bait in the rips! Gotta love a salmon that can be flyfished in the salt, and the leaps are the best.
Montauk? Wow, hadn't seen too many in Puget Sound over the dozen years I lived there. Perfect setup for FF'ing the Northwest. I had a sea-laker center console, not too many CC's relatively in those days, mostly cuddys' and side consoles.
Do you plan on trailering it to Sekiu or Neah Bay this fall? Talk about hot coho action!
I'd also love to hear about anyone who FF's the Gray's Harbor area for those 20# Satsop bound hooknoses. We've had hooks straightened and leaders popped out of sheer force.
Bush Pt. is a winner too, where the BC fish and US fish part ways. 20+ fish days were common back in the 80's.
East channel off Possession near the can during the ebb rip is a winner for big fall coho.
I've got some coho SWFF flies I rarely use anymore, email me a snail mail and I will (eventually) send some out to you.
05-31-2001, 09:03 AM
The more I read about this place the more I reckon we should consider it primo for the international clave! One way or another, I've got to get out there and check it out.!
05-31-2001, 08:30 PM
Since I live in Gig Harbor (Tides Tavern still serves up some great Fish & Chips) I'm going to concentrate my efforts around the immediate area this year and get familiar with the local waters by boat; maybe a trip or two up to the Port Townsend area later this fall when the big Silvers return to get into them early. Up 'til now I've been wading from shore (Purdy Spit, Doc's at the Narrows Bridge, Olalla, Gig Harbor Lighthouse etc.) BTW, you'd be surprised the number of Boston Whalers in the Puget Sound area...we've even got an "unofficial, informal" association of BW owners started recently and are planning a "rendezvous" on Lake Washington on 8/25. You're right: the perfect boat for FF'ing Puget Sound (be sure foul weather gear is aboard in the console, however.) Can't beat the "unsinkable legend."
Adrian: The Puget Sound area is a remarkable fishery. All species of Salmon, Searun Cutthroat Trout and Steelhead in the estuaries before they migrate up the rivers give us a virtual year-round opportunity. Sure, we have some harvest/management problems (I suspect we always will) that need to be or are currently being addressed and several runs are on the ESA list. All in all, one can still very easily participate in year 'round gamefish action with a fly rod. It may require altering your game plan from time to time, but the opportunity for sizeable gamefish action on a fly rod is never more than a couple hours away. You could do worse for a 'clave (but bring you're foul weather gear...we all have webbed feet up here in the Pacific North-Wet. :) )