With a day off, fishing was on my brain. Weird, I know. Trout fishing in Western Washington is terrible. It is worse in the winter. We allegedly have steelhead here, but the number of native returning fish is diminishing. Despite all of this bad news, we headed to the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River hoping for a few small fish. The river was too fast to cross safely and we never saw a fish.
Feeling like a pretty poor angler I thought that there must be some place to catch something. There are rumors of squid in Puget Sound. We rounded the troops and hit the Edmonds pier at about midnight. We wore almost every piece of clothing that we had. It began snowing. There was a full moon (bad for squidding), the tide was super low (bad for squidding), and a baby harbor seal eating something below us (bad for squidding). Needless to say, we did not catch any squid.
We hit the Teanaway again. This time I brought a new crew of hooligans. Dan caught his first fish on a fly rod and as we explored more, we found water that looked more familiar and produced a lot more fish. This is a great place to wade for novice fly anglers and people looking to explore the beauty of the mountains without traveling far from Seattle.
The next week (or something like that) I revisited Gold Pan Creek. The flows seemed lower than last year, but summer seemed to have started earlier this year and a little more earnestly. It was 80 degrees in May in 2013!
There were lots of small eager trout (a common theme in Western Washington), but no elusive Bull Trout that I keep hoping for. Of course, I have not specifically targeted them yet either.