in the Puget Sound
Puget Sound is one of our nation’s largest estuaries. Its expansive passages and inlets spread out from the Canadian border down to the small town of Shelton. From the Strait of Juan de Fuca all the way to Oakland Bay, the Sound is a sprawling waterway. The southernmost part of the Salish Sea, Puget Sound is subject to large tide exchanges every day. As the tide ebbs and floods through the landscape it creates strong, river-like currents. Targeting wild trout on the fly in a saltwater river is a unique experience. The Sound has something else fly fishermen covet. Solitude. Despite being in the middle of a major metropolis, the sound is a remarkably serene place. The ocean’s swell and roll are non-existent. The landscape provides shelter and hunting grounds for fish and fishermen alike. The endless shoreline allows for many anglers to be on the water without being aware of one another. Most days fly fishing the Sound are enjoyed in solitude.
While the Sound is indeed a unique marvel in the world of trout, it is nonetheless a daunting challenge for any in-shore fishermen. Over 1500 miles of shoreline are available for a fly angler. Finding fish is no easy task. Shore access for beach fishermen is abysmal given the amount of shoreline available to the free moving coastal cutthroat. A boat makes all the beaches available but that creates a new problem. Where to look? Most boat fishermen spend their time looking for fish, not catching them.
Adventure Angling is Puget Sound’s only full time, year-round fly-fishing charter. No other captain spends more time on the Sound every year pursuing fish on the fly. Wanna target salmon on the fly? Other fly-fishing guides are licensed for trout only. Adventure Angling is one of very few licensed to catch salmon and the only charter operating as a full-time Puget Sound fly guide. If you want to ensure your day on Puget Sound is all it can be, contact Captain David Dietrich with Adventure Angling.
The trout use large rocks for concealment as they forage among beach structure for small fish and crustaceans.
Can you see it? Finding current seams is crucial to finding trout food. Consider this. In Puget Sound, a trout in moving water is a feeding trout while a trout in still water is a hungry trout. Knowing how tidal currents impact fish behavior is foundational to success when targeting sea-run coastal cutthroat.
The land above the waterline is almost as important as the land below the waterline. A successful cutthroat fisherman will develop an understanding of how the right shoreline not only creates habitat for fish, but also contributes to the ongoing wellbeing of our beloved trout.
What’s on the menu? Coastal Cutthroat are voracious hunters, and the marine environment offers trout a cornucopia of seasonal food. Learning the seasonal variations of food abundance and variety is essential to catching trout throughout year.