Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fly Fishing the Southern Salish Sea – Part One

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Typical Puget Sound shoreline at low tide

Typical Puget Sound shoreline at low tide

When the tides run, the shorelines of the Southern Salish Sea resemble large rivers, the currents revealing underwater structure that provide cover and food for my favorite fish–salmonids. You may not think you know of this sea, but you do.

The southern end is commonly called the Puget Sound, that gigantic saltwater estuary that spans 100 miles north and south from Admiralty Inlet to Olympia, Washington. The Puget Sound is deep–930 feet at its deepest point, but averaging 450-600 feet deep throughout its length. The sound hosts resident Coho and Chinook salmon and seasonal runs of all five Pacific Salmon–Pinks, Coho, Chinook, Chum and Sockeye. It is also home to a thriving and readily accessible population of coastal cutthroat trout. more…

Fly Recipe, P. W. Nymph

P.W. Nymph by Paul Beel

P.W. Nymph by Paul Beel

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, Frankenfly

This nymph was created by Pat Barnes back in the 1950’s. The P.W. stands for Pat’s Weighted nymph. You don’t see this one much anymore. There is a good story of the nymph’s origin in Pat’s book, Ribbons of Blue, but there is no photo or recipe. I did find the recipe and photo of the pattern in Bruce Staples’ book Trout Country Flies. So I tied one up. more…

Day Trip – Lower Big Hole River

Guest Blogger: Mke Cline, Bozeman, MT

Good Cover and Fast Water - Brown Trout Heaven

Good Cover and Fast Water – Brown Trout Heaven

The Blue Ribbon Big Hole is certainly one of the top ten rivers to fish in southwest Montana. It experiences good, consistent Salmon fly hatches every year in June that draw a lot of out of state anglers.

At 154 miles long, the river flows through a breathtaking upper valley (the Big Hole), a rambunctious canyon section that transects the northern extent of the rugged Pioneer Mountains and a lonely and dry Cottonwood bottom. The middle reaches just above and through the canyon are the most popular sections for both wading and floating anglers. more…