2013 Salmon

wadin' boot

Donny, you're out of your element...
Saw this guy playing in the shallows, but couldn't get him to take. Any suggestions for next time, Boot??
Yes, whatever you do, do not tickle the jelly from below, that danger is best summed as jelly dentata, the teeth of the jelly . Sometimes when they're shallow like that you just have to rub the jelly a little, in a small circular motion, very lightly, from above. The jelly will be mesmerized, no hook and line needed. Sorta like tickling trout.

great writeup Nick, sounds like a hell of a summer and fall!

Thank you Nick for a great read and it was just packed full of great info, learning and observations. Great pics too, the post of the yr for me. Have a like from me but it doesn't do this justice. A really great post.

BTW, that stripping finger guard looks like something pretty questionable for a fly fishing forum if you don't know what it is! haha Hints at a different meaning to "strip set". :eek:
Thanks for all the kind words all. Unfortunately I woke up sick as all get out. I'd rather go to the beach than the doctor. Ugh.

Haha Matt, good point. But it would be just the ticket for rubbing the jelly.


"Chasing Riseforms"
Ah Nick, great report and summary of your season chasing coho! As I said before, I nominate you for the "most successful coho fly fisherman" for the season! That looks like a great boat. You will certainly have lots of fun in that!
I know for a fact that there were many more successful fisherman than me this year. As much as I feel my game grew this year, there is so much more to learn. That's what I love most about this sport- There is no such thing as mastering it.

More than anything I wanted to share some of the stuff that worked for me this season, and to share some of my enjoyment with you all. So many folks on this forum have contributed to my season in one way or another, I really just wanted to share that joy.

Also, for as much as I have learned from this forum I am always hoping to help someone else learn a thing or two along the way. The flat out truth is that I never would have gotten going in this saltwater game without the folks on this forum. I wanted to get into beach fishing for quite a while before actually giving it a go. The reason it took me so long to get into it is simple... intimidation. Puget Sound is a huge body of water, especially when you're standing on the shore holding a 6 wt wondering where the hell to start. It was the kindess and knowledge of the good folks on this forum that helped me slowly start putting the pieces of the puzzle together. My biggest hope is that I can repay some of that generosity by helping anyone else trying to learn this great sport by sharing what I have learned along the way.

The amount of experience and knowledge around here is truly amazing. There are guys who have been doing this for FAR longer than I, and who could fish circles around me. No doubt about it. I have a HUGE amount of respect for many of the fine folks on this board. In my eyes I'll forever be trying to attain that level. I doubt I will, but it is fun as hell trying!!


Indi "Ira" Jones
Dear Chris,

It is time to designate the quadruple like button for posts such as these!

Nick, I tremendously enjoyed my salty trips with you this year and that intimidation factor is hard core real. Fishing with you allowed me to over come some of that fear, but worst of all now I fear that this may distract me from my other fly fishing love of stillwater and steelhead and tropical bones and ahh crap it doesn't matter bring on the beach fishing I want it all.
John, thank you for your service to our country. Sacrificing time on the water is just a drop in the bucket compared to other sacrifices you and fellow service men and women make constantly.

When you do get some time to fish in the future I'd be honored to fish with you.

Awesome report and recap! You actually made me feel like I was the one going through the progression stages of salt fishing. I didn't get the chance to do a whole lot of salt fishing this year due to military commitments but sharing your experiences made me feel like I was there. Thanks for living the dream but most especially making sure that it gets passed on. I know I will get my time eventually. Maybe even get the chance to meet you and the other guys (SF, DimeB et al.. Had the chance to speak with Ira in 2011 about West Palm snook fishing but never met him either) out there and not through the computer screen.

Tight lines,



Active Member
Thanks for the great recap, Nick! It inspires me to try to progress next year. This was my first year flyfishing the salt and my first year back flyfishing period after about a 13 year absence. I did not have a great first season, but managed to land 4 salmon over about 7 trips. I will be studying your posts (as well as from all the other gurus) and tying flies during the offseason. I truly appreciate the wealth of information that this forum offers!