Kalaloch Report

fmunoz

Active Member
#1
I was at Kalaloch beach last friday, fishing for Surf Perch in low tide for a couple of hours using baitfish flies recommended by Leland at Orvis Bellevue, no bites, but I almost hooked a Sea Otter :).

This was the second I (try to) fish with a fly rod and I'm still waiting for my first fish. there wasn't any wind at all and I had a great time practicing my casting.


Still Waiting for my first fish...

Franklin
 

D3Smartie

Active Member
#4
If you search the california boards they have lots of advice on fishing the surf.
I have never fished the WA ocean beaches but i would imagine that crabs are a primary food source. we used to fish little flies called gremmies down in CA. you might try them up here.
 

fmunoz

Active Member
#5
I guess my main question is how far/deep are the fish in, I waded waistdeep, but it's quite hard to keep in place as big waves tend to surprise you. I also tried casting fron ankle deep and knee deep water with no luck.

Another question is should I cast to the braking waves or to the relative calm between waves?

Thanks for all the answers.
 

Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
#6
The smaller the waves the closer they are and the bigger the waves the ferther they are from shore. I try to cast as far as I can for them.

Clint
 
#7
Hang in there. I am about to take my first stab at fly fishing the salt also. I won't be fishing the surf but will be practicing my casting against the wind on puget sound beaches.

I have some "beach flies and wooley buggers" to get me started. Still need to buy some waders and wading boots this week.

Good luck and let me know how it goes,

Rick
 

Jefffly

The more we know, the less we can learn!
#8
There's a book by John Shewey called Northwest Fly Fishing Trout and Beyond that looks like a great book the first chapter is about surf perch learned about it on a post here not to long ago you can go to amazon.com and see a preview of the book. cant wait to try for some myself. I did go to salt creek this weekend and tried for SRC's but didnt have any luck.
 
#9
fmunoz,
Keep moving. Surf perch are a schooling fish. Look for sand bars, depressions and conflicting currents. If you have never caught a fish with a fly rod, may I suggest bluegill or crappie. They'll be coming into the shallows for spawning very soon now and they are easy targets. Some measure of success is critical, especially for newcomers.
 
#10
At beach #4, hike down the long trail, then walk on the sand far far right and fish off the big rocks into the deep small and big pools, use shrimp,long worm and crab patters with a floater and a split shot 20" above fly. You will find all kinds of fish in those pockets.
 

fmunoz

Active Member
#11
fmunoz,
Keep moving. Surf perch are a schooling fish. Look for sand bars, depressions and conflicting currents. If you have never caught a fish with a fly rod, may I suggest bluegill or crappie. They'll be coming into the shallows for spawning very soon now and they are easy targets. Some measure of success is critical, especially for newcomers.
What lake do you recomend for these that has shore access? Most of the lakes I know are more adequate for gear that fly fishing.

Thanks,
Franklin
 
#12
At beach #4, hike down the long trail, then walk on the sand far far right and fish off the big rocks into the deep small and big pools, use shrimp,long worm and crab patters with a floater and a split shot 20" above fly. You will find all kinds of fish in those pockets.
Well, I know it's a long shot... but if you click on


and then move the video towards the last 30 seconds or so.... is the area that you are talking about at Beach #4? It looks kinda like a jetty.
It's really a nice video though of kalaloch.
 
#14
the rocks are on 1:06, just after where those surf fisherman are. have fun. super windy there. be careful, a woman died at ocean shores i believe the other day, got caught in the under-tow rip tide and drowned