This past sunny weekend I got out and did a little beach scouting and early season salmon fishing with WFF members Troutrageous and Stonefish. We didn't get much action early in the morning, but did see a big school of pink salmon fry hiding out in the kelp beds. The pink fry were a beautiful blue color, and about 1.5" long. I suspect they will soon be migrating through the Strait of Juan de Fuca on their way to the north Pacific feeding grounds. We went to a second beach a couple hours before low tide hoping to find some feeding salmon, but by this time it was getting hot out. As we waded into the shallows we spotted 3-4" adult sand lance bolting from their burrows in the sand. I was happy to see that baitfish were around in decent numbers thinking that they might attract some resident silvers to feed. We did get plenty of strikes on our sand lance imitations, but all of them were cutthroat in the 8 - 16" size range. As low tide approached we spotted a few adult Dungeness crab in the shallows. Stonefish showed me his boot pincer crab catching technique, and we wrangled in one male keeper and released another that was in soft shell condition. Around low tide, Troutrageous spotted several sand lance flopping on the newly exposed beach. We took a closer look and realized that the sand lance colony we had been fishing over was now fully exposed to the baking sun, and many of them never left their burrows. This poor guy was still stuck in his burrow after the tide receded. Sand lance colors in bright sunlight are dazzling depending on the angle of the sun. Under water they appeared brownish or orange. With sun shining on the belly side they looked black over silver. But when the sun was shining over their backs they had a neon green and blue-violet color. I'm going to play around with a black over chartreuse over violet over pearl sandlance fly pattern for future sunny day fishing trips. I never came close to hooking a salmon, but it was still a very fun morning. It seemed like we were spotting things that we had never seen before on the beach the entire time. All in all it was a good way to start off the salmon season.