Talking marine worms....

Chester Allen

Fishing addict and scribbler
I got a heartfelt PM from another member of this board yesterday-- no names named here -- with a plea to stop writing and talking about marine worms in Puget Sound.

The writer, who seems like a nice guy, was worried that too many people would find out about marine worms and pretty much ruin the fishing.

I wrote back -- and told him that the cat is pretty much out of the bag when it comes to marine worms. A lot of flies -- Woolly Buggers, Woolly Worms, Knudsen Spiders and so on -- make passable or even good marine worm imitations. I suspect a lot of us are imitating marine worms without knowing we're imitating marine worms. I rowed in that boat for a long time.

All this said, we all have different feelings about what to talk about on this board.

I won't share sea-run cutt spots on Puget Sound -- but it seems to me that talking about what fish feed on and what flies might work is one of the reasons this board exists -- and is so popular.

So, I'll talk about what the fish are eating -- or might be eating or what they could be eating next week -- and what flies I like.

I'll talk about the KIND of places cutts, rezzie coho and even piling perch or flounder -- hang out, but I won't give directions to a particular spot.

I'll read just about everything posted on this board, as this is THE PLACE to get good, up-to-date information on what is happening on Puget Sound. This board is a daily seminar on fly fishing Puget Sound, and it has grown to be very important to me.

Now, I'm going to be quiet and tie some more worm flies....


dead in the water
I'm bummed, I thought this was going to be a link to some sort of youtube video where it looked like marine worms were talking. "Ahhhh no! Mr fish, please don't eat me.....!" And so on.

Yeah I know. What do you want, I didn't sleep much last night because the baby was screaming.

Milt Roe

Active Member
Any kid who grew up on Puget Sound knows that Pile Worms will catch anything that swims out there. Its no big leap to translate that fact into a fly strategy for SRC.
if someone asked you to not write about something it is your choice whether to do it or not, but to make a seperate post and rub his face in it is just assholic. and yes the writer in question probably does have a point that is valid. more about my friend Ken's fishing strategies in my blog...

Chester Allen

Fishing addict and scribbler
Hooker -- I wasn't trying to rub anyone's face in anything. I thought the guy had something interesting to say, and I wanted to see how others felt. It's as simple as that.

Chester Allen

Fishing addict and scribbler
Josh -- I've been where you are right now. I have weird, hazy memories of watching old sitcom reruns on Nick at Night while walking in circles with a yowling daughter in my arms.
Now that daughter is in college, and the quiet around the house is too quiet....
It would seem that more enthusiastic, well informed, responsible fishermen/women could be the key to protecting the puget SRC fishery - the more you enjoy fishing the more likely you are to fight to protect it and the fish. (If SRC were not CnR it might be another story)

Thanks for sharing info about marine worms in Puget Sound - as someone wholly new to fly fishing this is exactly why I come to this forum - expert knowledge, and a strong community.
It is simple. You talk to much. There are few secrets anymore and at the rate you like to run your mouth I;m sure the south sound will be devoid of any in about a month. Hell you already have given up beaches that most wouldnt fish unless oftherwise directed there, and it doesnt take much to fuck up a cutthroat spot. Look at a guy like Roger and take some notes on how to post a report if you must.

Mike T

Active Member
I know a couple guys who are developing patterns through trial and error for polykete worms, so they're really no secret. And yes; I know that's not how the name is spelled.

Chester Allen

Fishing addict and scribbler
Hooker -- I don't give up any beaches at all! I have never named a beach, and I never will. I would challenge you to look at anything I wrote and show the name of a beach.
I write about situations and flies and the beauty of all this, but I don't name spots. I fish alone about 95 percent of the time, and I like it that way.

I've been fishing the Puget Sound since 1996, and I love this fishery.
It is in my interest to preserve and protect this fishery.
Again, I ask you to back up your words with facts.
Naming no, but your yapping has lead to beaches being named. I;m thinking you like your self promotion a little bit more than you like this fishery.

Chester Allen

Fishing addict and scribbler
Hooker -- Now I am confused. It's not OK to talk or write about the fish, the flies or particular situations on the water? I haven't see any additional anglers on the beaches that I fish here in South Sound, and I fish a lot.
I haven't even given any clues to the beaches! All good beaches have rips and points and shells and barnacles -- and sometimes they even have feeding fish.
Please send me a PM and tell me which beaches have been named. I would have noticed that myself. I fish more than 10 spots on South Sound and Hood Canal, and not one of them has been named on this board. I am sure that some anglers on this board fish some of those beaches -- and they may have fished them longer than I.
I found all my beaches the old-school way. I got out maps, drove -- or boated -- to spots and fished them. Some beaches worked out and others didn't.
I'm not trying to promote anything. I'm a lifelong angler and an outdoor writer. The only things I've shared are what everyone else shares on this board, such as: Are the chum fry coming out of the streams yet? How do tidal changes move the fish? And so on....
How bout tuesday's beach? you think if you'd brought it up it would have been named on the board? you think that people arent smart enough to figure that out?