I had the opportunity to fish a South Puget Sound beach on Tuesday morning. If you’ve been paying attention to the tides, it won’t come as any surprise to you that fishing was merely ‘O.K.’. This particular beach has private access and although I’ve had excellent luck there in the past, the extreme tidal movement was a little too much for the fish. Having said that, we did catch some beautiful fish, enjoyed ourselves and had the opportunity to observe the bottom structure in areas that are normally underwater. Observing the bottom structure at a lower tide, also confirmed why (here) you will often see Cutthroat jumping 100’-150’ feet from shore. There is a huge shelf with a variety of structure which the fish are attracted to. I field questions from beginning Cutthroat anglers on a daily basis. While it is useful to simplify things by telling them to concentrate on structure near shore or certain types of beaches, it is equally useful for anglers who are trying to advance their skills and their territory, to move beyond these hard and fast ‘rules’. Because the fishing was slow, I waded way out and fished a current seam near the middle of the inlet, over 150’ form shore. I ended up casting into a channel with structure that still held several Cutthroat and convinced a couple of them to cooperate. It was a good reminder that fish don’t read the latest books about them nor do they come into fly fishing shops to learn about where they should be.