I was thinking about Lincoln Park, Picnic Point, Golden Gardens...what other favorite beaches should we add? Silvers are coming soon!
Btw, picnic point has been great this week. Morning bite definitely better than the evening one (or lack thereof).
Do a search on this site and you will find a lot of information about some good beaches and this fisheries. Most of these beaches are on pages 78 and 79 of the Atlas and Gazetteer. The less well know locations are kept quiet for a reason as shown by the crowded conditions at many pink salmon spots.
Coho are moving down both shorelines of Puget Sound in the fall. Today's best beach might not be the same tomorrow. Seattle Salt Water Fly Fishing Club members keep track of the good beaches for other club members. It works for us.
The Best Beach is that which does not have a crap load of people. So asking is in essence asking someone to ruin their best beach.
It is like saying hey my wife is great, everyone should sleep with her.
Earlier this summer I spent 1 hour talking to a fishing guide on a river I had never fished before. The guy pointed me to a few of his favorites spots and told me what to use. I did not catch anything, partly because I don't have 1/10th of his knowledge, but it was great. Thank god there are guys like him around to communicate their passion and share. That's right, share.
So Josh, next time you go fishing to an area you don't know and ask for a little advice, just hope that they are a little more open than you are and don't tell you about their wives, so that you too can have a great time.
My friend Roger hit the nail on the head. Part of the joy of fishing is the time that you invest to search out new beaches, estuaries and river mouths. The best advice you can get is to buy an Atlas and Gazetteer and go out and explore. There are many great sites, www.pugetsoundflyfishing.com has a shoreline mapping program with aerial photos of the Washington shoreline. There is a great book on hiking Puget Sound beaches. All of these resources will make your fishing more enjoyable. Don't expect people to give up information that they have discovered over years of exploring to a wide open post on the Internet. But show up on a beach and you will be surprised by what people will share with others that are making an effort. You may even end up with a couple of go-to flies.
One should also consider keeping a Journal so that you can remember when certain fish usually arrive on a beach, what was the tide doing, what flies worked and what was the weather. It's called fishing, not catching for a reason.
Good fishing, Steve Rohrbach
People tend to be a bit zipperlipped about the good spots for sure, especially after fishing in areas that people stand elbow to elbow to catch fish.
Like Brown's Point, or Dash point.
I have a couple beaches I fish that stay productive all year round, and if I announced them on the internet, that would surely be the end of them.
The best advice to offer you is to spend an hour or so using the search button on this site with keywords like "resident coho" or "Beach fishing" etc...
There is a function on the site that allows you to privately e-mail other members as well, and sometimes you can get a little more info from people when they are not posting to the masses.
I also learned quite a bit from reading books on the subject, like Les Johnson's book.
There are guides like Bob Triggs whom you may be able to hire to take you out for a day, and learn from him.
If you understand their feeding habits, and habitat requirements, you should be able to identify possible beaches based on that as well.
If you do all these things, you will find your own secret beaches , and then you will understand.
Best of luck! :thumb:
what you need to realize is if I am on the river, I expect to see quite a few people. The fish are not going to go anywhere, more or less. When it comes to beaches, there are a few major spots to fish and if there are a number of idiots wading too deep, or spooking the fish, then that beach is more or less shot. Also when it comes to private beaches with understanding locals, they become much less understanding when the beach becomes a point-no-point or lincoln beach. As for methods I will share all day long, but when it comes to specific beaches, unless I see you out there or have created a trusting friendship, my lips will remain zipped. As for learning, I think this site great esp. the search button and look up books on fly fishing for pacific salmon, ie. barry thorton's book and ferguson, trotter, and johnson's book.
As you have probably noticed, nobody has given you names of their good beaches for reasons will stated by Steve, Fish-art, and Josh. Those of us who have been fly fishing for quite a while on Puget Sound have put in a lot of time and effort to find our "own special" spots. Hope that you will be able to "discover" some less well-known beaches on your own which will become your "home waters". The journey down that path will be a never ending one of learning and discovery which will reward you with great enjoyment of this fisheries.
I don't fish in the Salt but I could probably find plenty of places to go by just using the search engine on this site. Or by going to the home page and read up on several articles on fishing for Searun Cutthroat's. These places are not hard to find,it just takes a little driving and searching.
I have come to believe that the best solution, for any die-hard salt water flyfisher, may be to own a 12 to 14ft flat bottom skiff with a 25 hp outboard and electric troll motor :thumb:
Then any beach would be reachable and parking, or trespass and such would no longer be a problem and you wouldn't be subject to late opening public access points.