SRC Fishing - WA Penninsula

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by freestoneangler, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Information about SRC fly-fishing along the straits and coast seems a bit sparse-- much more info for the inland waters. That's not all that surprising considering where folks live/work, but wondered if other factors are in play. Certainly a longer drive and more weather exposed than our Pugetropolis waters, but I should think larger, stronger fish might also reside in those areas? Any on the forum spend much time fishing SRC's outside Puget Sound and what's been your experience?
  2. Patrick Allen Active Member

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    I would think that the rollers and heavier surf that is common from Port Angeles to the west would make fishing very difficult if not a little dangerous.
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  3. Preston Active Member

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    Sea-run cutthroat directly entering the ocean head out beyond the relatively unfriendly (and not particularly food-rich) immediate coastal zone; usually spending their time at a distance of 8-10 miles offshore. In the waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and other sheltered areas, however, they remain close to the shoreline seemingly disinclined to even cross short areas of deep water.

    Sea-run cutthroat born in streams emptying directly into the ocean also tend to rear longer in the rivers, not smolting until they reach a length of 9-10 inches as opposed to those entering more sheltered saltwater areas at a length of 6-8 inches. This is apparently an evolutionary adaptation to the harsher environment into which they will be entering.
  4. Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    There are plenty of good sea run Cutthroat fishing opportunities along our Olympic Peninsula north coast and west-end coast areas. The lower rivers can be quiet good in the spring and early summer, and again in the later summer and early autumn. The longer and flatter the river and estuarine reaches are, the better the fishing can be. And of course the more complexity of habitat there is, as far as lagoons, woody debris and mixed vegetation the better. Some of the smaller streams can be very good. Well worth exploring.
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