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I took my "once every two year" trip to fish the sound for cutts and coho. I got great information from the gig harbor fly shop, and I met a fella just as I pulled into a fishing spot, who took some time to point out where to go. All of their advice was very helpful, so thanks.

When I got to the spot several folks were leaving, and it was very cold and windy. But as I fished the wind settled down and for an hour or two it was quite nice. I caught a great coho and a small cutt that had some parasites on him. I tried to pick them off but he fell off the hook before I could, which was too bad. Crazy looking things; flat like an over-hard egg.

I probably had a half dozen other hits, all using a clouser pattern from the fly shop. Then the wind picked up and I got real cold, and drove my way back to Oregon.

I even saw killer whales on a ferry ride, so it was a great day.
 

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Sounds like a pretty nice time. One note: please don't pick at the sea lice, copepods, worms, etc., that you might observe on the sea-run coastal cutthroat trout. Doing so will interrupt the slime layer on the fish, and expose the fish to even greater infections or parasitic infestation. This slime layer is the first line of defense for this fish, against parasites, microbes, etc. The less handling we do of these fish the better.
 

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Nice. That's a heckuva drive. I've been meaning to fish the Sound (again) for years but the distance and being busy with a zillion other things always seems to kill it. Lemme know if you'd like some company when you go again next year. I'm only 10 minutes off of I-205. Hell, I'll even drive the rest of the way.

BTW, I'm curious about your avatar. That's some strangely calm water to be holding a surfperch in front of.
 

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That's the only surfperch I've ever caught, though I fished for them a bunch of times. I actually couldn't believe something was tugging on my line! Standing on the sand, casting toward Japan...

I drive up a lot for work and that's when I fit my occasional sound trip in. It just is so much fun every time I try. I'll give you a holler.
 
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