Fishing the Salt or Who's Got Nads?


OK Skycries, I've grown up fishing the south sound, I know
the area's to fish, GH,FI,Colvos,PD. And I have a new boat. I'm looking for fishing buddy's that are willing to help me with my fly fishing,and that can go sometimes during the week .So if you or anybody else are interested E-mail me . :THUMBSUP Ted
get a sinking line like teeny lines that are very durable and sink like a rocket. t 400 is a good line. if your fishin for bottom fish you will be fishing legdes, rockpiles, and rocky scapes that will cut your line up like shredded wheat. been doing it pretty regular since I got my first boat when I was about 18, now 24 and can yard up bottomfish with a flyrod with the best of them but I dont know who they are because I have never seen a flyfisherman dredging the sound around here ever. have seen more fly fisherman than ever this year thou in boats and on shore. like tight loops said the rocky areas spring to life in the winter time, water clarity is at a maximum visually, light is low, fish go shallower, sea weed disappears and kelp fronds turn to little structure mounts just above the bottom and the fish get territorial see a fly and go for it. been tieing some really weighted good sized shrimp patterns because the rockfish and the like are usually puking them up when caught. but catch and release is a good thing for these slow growing fish. larger fish are spawners and it takes them awhile to get to spawning size and people usually keep the big ones not knowing they should release them for spawning purposes but thanks for MPA's for keeping fertile spawning sites. man its almost noon what am I doing on the computer. see ya on the water Ben

on average 1 baby salmon is killed for every 15 herring shocked for sale in the south sound.


I have just learned some basic fly fishing and learned in the salt water. I have since focused on finding river fishing spots and even hiked up to some alpine lakes just to try lighter gear. I have to admit that having caught fish off the beaches, deeper from the boat, in the rivers, and in the alpine lakes that all of them get you going. Sure some fish fight harder, hold deeper, run faster, but they all have such a great ability to give you what you are looking for, a nice adreneline rush.

As for nads, the coldest water I've been in yet is the Skokomish river, pretty chilly, but I have more room in my waders for colder temps and hope to need another pair of thermals for steelhead fishing in a few months.
I'm with you rockfish. Although I love most any kind of fly fishing, there's nothing quite like fishing the salt. You haven't lived until you've felt the power of a salmon in the ocean. With only one exception in my experience, they will fight pound for pound at least as well as any steelhead I've ever caught. The exception was a steelhead caught in the salt a couple of years ago in December off Bush was that a hot fish! :EEK
I'm a saltwater nut....simply since I lack the knowledge in fresh water and grew up having boats in saltwater (now boatless though....). The smell of the salt, whales, seals, otters and the sound of the waves soothes my soul. I used to think fishing at 250 feet deep was too shallow...

Recently caught some nice Dorado in Mexico...tough to come back and huddle in my waders wishing the silvers were like last summer.

I hear ya surf candy, salt water is king. how has the fishin been up there. been gettin any thing? was the steelie you hooked on dash point caught with a fly, if so do people catch alot of them up there. that would be one fishery that would be above all others, salt water steelhead. I can imagine a hot fish. later Ben

saltwater flyfishing in the northwest is a science as well as an art
being politically correct sucks

i heard bush point and fort casey are good steelheading if you hit it right. i geuss they travel in tight to shore and they often hit with only a few feet of line out. that would be something else.

I started fishing the salt last year. I'd never done it before and had no idea what I was doing, but I lucked into the heavy Pink run in aug and sept and had some of the best fishing of my life. I've heard people knock pink salmon, i've never actually caught one in the river, but I will tell you a 6 to 10 pound pink in the salt on a six weight is awesome. I was into my backing on many occasions. I also picked up a silver, some cabozones and a few kelp greenling as well. I'm still learning, and I'm limited to wading the beaches, but I'm definately hooked. Besides the great fighting fish, its a lot of fun to tie up big saltwater patterns and catch fish with them. My advice to anyone that wants to try the salt is to find a known spot for salmon or sea runs, find out when they are running, and give it a shot. It will open a whole new fly fishing world for you.


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Well, stainless is a nicety if you're a less than perfect caster. One tick on the rocks and anything other gives you back a sore casting arm for nothing.

To all those who have responded: Thanks and a big :THUMBSUP . Many wonderful responses! I'm looking forward to the next time I hit the salt again armed with all the wisdom and advice received from all. If I'm lucky I'll even have found a milk crate to stand on.

Tight Lines!
Hey Ted I usually only work on wednessday and sleep till late on thursday. But I usually fish a good portion of the week. I live in Federal Way and travel to Olympia for work So I know the area okay. But If you wanna go rip some lips together I've been fly fishing for ten years. But most of that time was in Utah trout fishing. I am a little knew to the salmon and steelhead fishing but I still manage to catch a few. drop me a line and we'll flip some flies.