Help Please! (SRC)


Fishing with the kids
OK, I have decided that enough is enough and I am determined to at least hook a SRC in the salt this year. I have been after SRC off and on in the salt for the last few years with out so much as a bump bawling: . I need some help. What am I doing wrong? I use a 6wt with an intermediate line, and I have tried many different flies, read books/magazines, but nothing. I have fished many of the public beaches around Olympia (I live a little south of Olympia), but no luck.


Help Please!

How many times do you think you have fished for them? It probably took me 5 or 10 different trips to different beaches before I caught one, after that they started coming easier. In reading your post it sounds like you educated yourself on what you need to do to catch fish. Are you fishing the same beaches on different tides?


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Dude, you're close to a great beach that produces SRC almost year round! Ibn's right, though, their elusive nature can sometimes make you feel like you'll never catch one. I think I had to go out for them as many times as he said before I caught one. But after that, I was hooked! PM me and we can talk more about it.
Anyfish, each beach seems to have its own optimum tide, say first couple of hours after tide turn, or last couple before tide change, but more importantly than timing the tide may be to get down there at first light.

This time of year is a bit tougher than it will be as we get into April and beyond. Fewer and more selective fish, IMHO. Elusive, yes, but they are out there. Once you get a couple of beaches and the SRC figured out expect your batting average to creep up to about .750 over time, but you'll still get spanked every once in a while just to keep your ego in check. Are they worth it? you betcha!


Fishing with the kids
I don't mind getting spanked here and there, but I just want to get at least a hook up. I will just keep at it. Redfive I am sending the PM.

Kyle Smith

DBA BozoKlown406
I think the number one thing when you hit the beach is confidence. The one time I caught a SRC(I've fished for them maybe 7 times), I was sure I would catch something, because I saw chum salmon rolling, and I knew some cutts would be following. Try varying the way you strip your fly. Also, attractor patterns will be your best bet unless you really know your marine biology. I think fishing the sound is just nice. You can be in the middle of a big city, yet the water is so peaceful, just waves, ships and birds, and hopefully fish. So, yeah, try some clousers in various colors, tie some saltwater bunny leeches, and say "today, i'm going to catch a cutthroat". then say, "I'm good enough, i'm smart enough and doggonnit, people like me."
I cheat... I troll until I get one to strike, then start casting to them. I do the "see bottom on one side of the boat but not the other" to get the proper depth. I do seem to have better luck on an incoming thru high tide.


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Yes. Confidence. You must summon the fish. You must make ask it to show itself and prove that you are a worthy opponent. You must be crafty and make it beleive that this is life or death, when all that you really want to do is trick it with your barbless hooks. Those are the first steps.

As your skill and insight develops, you will be one with the fish; one with the water; one with nature. Only then will you truly be able to wear the title of SRC fisherman with pride and dignity. Only then will you have the knowledge and skill to save the village from the gear fisherman.

Now go young Anyfish. Take what you have learned and summon the SRC.

Sorrrrrrrry – got carried away.:)


Fishing with the kids
Thanks for the replies. I guess I will start fishing all tides and try some new spots. If I could just hook one, my confidence would go up.
Try something sculpin-ey.

Olive over white marabou clouser
Weighted muddler, marabou, olive
Wooley bugger with lead eyes

Fish slow and low.

I fished the chartreuse deer hair clouser, and a handful of other popular flies, to no avail for a while, went slow and low, finally got into fish, and have figured out when one works better than the other. But the sculpin pattern, I'd investigate that route if I were you - and stick with it.

Steve Rohrbach

Puget Sound Fly Fisher
Anyfish, I would add that you should start fishing with your feet on the beach. I have seen many people wade right in upto their waist and start casting. Start casting close to the beach. Many of my fish have taken in 18" of water. I liken it to Steelhead fishing the river. Cover the close water and then gradually move out to deeper water. If you don't get any takes, move down the beach and start over. These fish can be nomads so always be ready to move to find them. Teeg has some good suggestions on flies. If the fish are there, they will slam his choices.
Good luck, Steve

Kyle Smith

DBA BozoKlown406
One point I'd like to make is that on an outgoing tide, the current moves food out over the deeper parts, so I'd guess that you're less likely to find fish shallow in that situation. I'm not super-experienced, but i'm in an oceanography class(what a joke), and I'd assume that it's vice-versa on an incoming tide. I know that this is the salt forum, but when do these fish move up rivers to spawn? And should I approach them the same as I would steelhead or salmon?

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