Uses of tide graph in Chris's tide program

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Roger Stephens, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. Roger Stephens

    Roger Stephens Active Member

    Dec 19, 2003
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    There are numerous factors such as weather(cloudy vs. sunny, wind), food source/supply, fish movements, etc. that affect the puzzle to become a successful flyfisher on Puget Sound. But probably the major factor is to understand the tides and their effects on the Puget Sound fisheries. "The Estuary Flyfisher(1996)" by Steve Raymond has two chapters on tides. One of the chapters is called "Observations of Fish and Tides" and has excellent information on SRC vs. tides.

    The daily tide graphs that are part of Chris's tide program should be helpful to improve a flyfishers success on the Sound. Below are some thoughts on how to incorporate the graphs in planning fishing trips or use in a fishing journal.


    1. The steepness of the line on the graph will give a good indication of the tidal current to be expected that day. It can help you plan which spots to fish that day.

    2. Some locations, especially for SRC and somewhat for silvers, fish best on a certain part of a tide. The graph can help determine what time to be there. For example, there is an excellent SRC location that consists of a shallow/broad gravel shelf. When the tide is less than 6 ft. high, the water becomes too shallow and the SRC move off of it to who knows where. Using the graphs it will be easy to determine the times when the tide is greater than 6 ft. at that location and thus it is fisheable.

    3. Each month you can print out the graphs and highlight in yellow the optimum daily tidal fishing periods.


    1. the period of time that you fished for each outing can be marked on the bottom of each graph. Overtime, it may be possible to see if there are any trends as to fishing success vs. tides(weak, moderate,or strong current). My "gut feeling" is that the tides with moderate current are the best while strong outgoing minus tides tend to scatter the fish and their food supply. "Fly Fishing Coastal Cutthroat Trout" by Les Johnson on page 131 expresses the same thought.

    2. The graph will make it easier to note the time that each location is fished and may help determine/confirm what part of the tide that location fishes best.

    The tidal currents at many nearshore locations on Puget Sound can be complex/somewhat variable because of the influence of landforms particularly during large vs. small tide exchanges. This and other factors can make it difficult to determine fishing patterns/trends on Puget Sound but it is always fun to keep trying. Once in a while you can get lucky and gain a few pieces to the puzzle of successful fly fishing on Puget Sound.

  2. salt dog

    salt dog card shark

    Feb 9, 2005
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    Edmonds WA / Mazama
    Thanks for sharing your thoughtful obsrvations Roger.

    It also reminded me to journal a couple of outings that turned out exceptionally well. You gotta have something to shoot for, might as well be tides that put out big time in the past.