Yesterday I had some excellent fishing for resident silvers on the Sound and kept two fish(15 1/2") for the dinner table. When I cleaned the fish on the beach, I was surprised to find that each fish had 1 or 2 herring(3 1/2 to 4") in their stomachs. I don't remember ever seeing bait fish in their stomachs this early in the season. I got lucky as the fly of choice was a 2 1/2" olive/white clouser minnow before I knew that the resident silvers were feeding on herring. This time of year their stomachs usually have contained amphipods(1/8" reddish-brown back/white bottom) or been empty(probably pucked contents of stomach when hooked). The resident silvers appear to be about 2 to 3" larger for this time of year when compared to past years. The larger size is probably the result of their feeding on bait fish. It bodes well for nice sized fish during the following months if these resident silvers hang around the Sound before heading towards the Straits or ocean or where ever they usually go in mid-Spring. These fish usually grow an inch or more per month. Some thoughts/observation on resident silver fisheries. 1. FISH FEEDING ON AMPHIPODS VS JUMPING FISH. The small amphipods slowly spin on the surface of the water and are easy picking but small meal for the resident silvers. When a school of fish is feeding on them, the resident silvers can be seen dimpling the surface of the water plus nearby bonaparte sea gulls can be seen sitting on the water as they peck at the water surface to eat the amphipods. When a school of resident silvers are feeding on the amphipods, these fish are surprisely spooky and totally keyed into the many hundreds of amphipods(match the hatch) floating around. Your amphipod fly is one of many. When they get within 40 to 50 feet of a boat, they will usually avoid it or go down. A boat wake or fly line landing near them will put them down. A slight wind chop makes them less spooky but it can be harder to spot a feeding school. From the above it can be seen that when a school of resident silvers is feeding on amphipods, the fishing can be challenging/frustrating. Usually I will have a crack at them. If I am lucky, I might get a few fish but the usual out come is that they get the better of me. After 30 minutes or so I get frustrated and go looking for some fish that are jumping. Now, jumping resident silvers are a whole new ball game. They are aggessive and will readily take your bait fish fly. All you need to do is get your fly near them and it is almost a slam dunk that they will take it. Three cheers for jumping resident silvers as they can make you feel like you know how to catch fish again after being humbled by an amphipod feeding school of fish. 2. RESIDENT SILVERS LOCKING INTO AN AREA. In many cases the resident silvers will lock into an area for a month or more depending on the food supply. You can usually spot them during the same part of the tide day after day until they finally take off somewhere else. All bets are off of spotting them if it is a sunny day or breezy. Once you find some resident silvers, fish for them often enough to figure out the optimum tides conditions. Early morning, cloudy, calm days are the ultimate when the tides are right. 3. BENEFITS OF A SALTWATER FISHING JOURNAL. The pros/cons of fishing journals has been hashed over on this forum. Keeping a detailed journal has helped me immensely to unravel a little bit of the puzzle of fly fishing on Puget Sound. I am always looking back in my journal on timing when the resident silvers have been each year at various locations, what they were feeding on, how long they were there, tides, trends/patterns of the resident silvers, etc. I can not explain enough how valueable the journal has been to me. DISCLAIMER: I am just a 68 year old "fud" trying to pass on my experiences of fly fishing on Puget Sound. The above are my thoughts/opinions and may contain apparent truths. Be advised that if there are flaws, you are required to respond in writing with the whole truth.