I went out fishing the beaches with local legend, Leland Miyawaki. He is the fishing manager for the Orvis store. He fishes 7 days a week. Steelhead, sea run cutthroats, trout, pinks, you name it, not only does he catch them, he probably ties the flies that are most commonly used. I felt pretty special that I could go SRC (sea run cutthroat trout) fishing with him. I have never seen an SRC. I have gone out with other people, gone out by myself, hit the incoming and outgoing tides, done everything that I was supposed to. Sometimes, they just aren’t there. They weren’t there. I felt like I should have caught one just for getting on a ferry at 6am.
This week I floated the Yakima with 2011 Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year, Derek Young. Man that is a mouthful. It is easy a book a trip on his website. There is a calendar that shows what days he is free and you do everything online. We had a great time catching cutthroat and rainbow trout. The sun was shining, sun burn mildly occurred, and I caught fish like I used to in Colorado. I have been warned that there are less fish per mile here and the fish that are here are smaller than what I am used to. We picked up a dozen or so small (under 10″) trout throughout the day. The best part, they were almost all caught on dries.
The pink salmon are expected soon. I hit Golden Gardens looking for SRCs and pinks yesterday, but saw nothing. I also walked the edge of Green Lake looking for carp, trout, anything. I didn’t see any fish and never tied a fly one. Something that I need to get used to is driving far to get any fishing in. Heading over the pass towards Yakima looked a lot like Colorado. There is wadeable water and small mountain streams. I look forward to the adventures up there!
I did get a 24″ish trout at a stocked pond at Trophy Lakes in Port Orchard. We taught the Orvis 201 class and when everyone lieft we had a few casts of our own. The guys were throwing sculpzillas on 2x. I went CO style and used 6x witha size 20 damsel larva. I was nearly taken into my backing. It felt good.