I'm giving away one of my favorite fishing places. It's little-known, as yet, but should be known and used by more. We, the people of Bellingham, paid for it with blood and treasure, heartbreaking loss and renewal. I've fished there several times in recent weeks, because this is the season of returning searun cutthroats. Last week I hooked/landed one harvest trout after another, on dry flies. Not big ones, unfortunately, but eager. Yesterday, even though the creek was high, flowing through side channels, it remained clear enough. I lost one, then continued on my grocery run. This is Whatcom Creek, inside the city limits. There are a few access points downstream from the Woburn Street bridge. But the best access now is the half-mile from the new steel bridge at Racine Street down to I-5. This opened-up and landscaped stretch is easily accessable from the new graveled footpath. (You can also park behind Diehl Ford, where the footpath ends, and walk upstream.) It's very attractive, and will become more so as the newly planted trees and shrubs grow in. Yesterday I fished around a dozen mallards in one of the sloughs. I've met one other fly fishermen there. There should be more.