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A nice Dolly Varden hanging around in steelhead water on the Skagit. Lots of cold weather and water around these parts right now, but fish are around.
A smaller SRC from Puget Sound...this fishery has been on fire this winter so far...maybe the best winter fly fishing we have ever seen in the salt around here.
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50 ° water temp. @ Southworth
Current Seattle Tide
Current Puget Sound Winds
Water has been calm and plenty of fish still milling around the usual haunts. Probably the most fun part of it is the fact that they are looking up quite readily for surface poppers right now so get your dry fly on out there.
Favorite flies for this season: Titanic Baitfish, West's Smelt, West's Herring,
Southworth Special, Herring Popper, Reverse Spiders, Morrish's Small
Fry, Rolled Muddler, Silly Leg Spider and Euphasid patterns, Saltwater deer hair dry flies, Chernobyl ants/hoppers, Miyawaki's Popper, Shock and Awe, small Surf Darts, Strawbucks Shrimp.
Learn more about fly fishing Puget Sound:
Amphipods, Krill, Candy Striped Shrimp, Copepods, Euphasids, Bull Kelp, 5 Ribbed Kelp, Isopods, Sand Lance, Surf Smelt, Shiner Perch, Eel Grass
cfs @ below Barrier Dam 39 ° water temp.
Cowlitz River fish counts
Winter has been a slow start on the Cowlitz this year. Winter steelhead are in but the numbers have been slow to really pump up for the arrival of winter hatchery fish. Water has also been fairly high making the wade angler work hard for their fish...typical winter steelheading.
Favorite flies for this season: Bunny Leeches, Egg Sucking
Leeches, Flatwing General Practitioners, Mega Moal, Morrish's Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Metal Detector, Skunks, Purple Perils, Skykomish Sunrises. Mickey Finns, spiders, reverse spiders, orange soft hackles, hares ears, rolled
muddlers, woolly buggers for SRC's, pink and chartreuse flies for the springers and coho.
Shuttle Service: Trudy 360-864-2277 or Matt 360-864-2388
River and Cle Elum Rivers, Washington
1200 cfs @ Umtanum
1195 cfs @ Cle Elum Reservoir
Yakima Water Temps6
Winter on the Yakima consists mostly of nymphing with hot spots of baetis and midge action. Nice thing about winter is the lower river in the Canyon becomes quite easy to wade allowing for access to a ton of water and confines the fish to smaller runs. Upper river on the other hand gets a bit snowed in and becomes more challenging but either way, fewer anglers on the water for sure.
Favorite flies for this season: Dave's Hopper, Chernobyl Hopper, Bullet Head Hopper, Skwala adults, San Juan Worms, Elk hair caddis, X- caddis, brown and
mottled streamers, soft hackles, hare's ear nymphs, Bloody Mary's, lightning
bugs, small hopper patterns, Turk's Tarantulas, caddis emergers, para caddis, cutter's caddis, princes, JJ specials, Tekillya's, Morrish's Anato-may nymphs, caddis pupa, rubber leg caddis, PMD's.
|Klickitat River, Washington
1470 cfs @ Pitt
Lots of people and some fish on the Klick right now. All your usual trout tactics will work but believe it or not swinging a fly for these magnificent fish will too but only if you are doing it!!!
Favorite flies for this season: Stoneflies, leaches, Brads Brat, Boss, heavy wire skunks, Green Butt Lum Plums, articulated eggs sucking leaches and Purple Perils.
Shuttle Service: Rolf 509-369-3601
3320 cfs @ Goldbar 37° water temp.
Sky has been going in and out of shape but when in, has been producing a decent number of steelhead lately. Flows below 9000 are fishable, know your water and feel the depth of what you are fishing as water remains pretty cold due to the amount of snow still in the mountains.
Favorite flies for this season: Small speys, Coal Car's as opposed to Cop Cars, Purple Perils, Olive Egg Sucking
Bunny Leeches, Starlight Leach, Flatwing General Practitioners, Metal Detector, Skykomish Sunrises, Mega Moal, Morrish's Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Wally Wakers, Bombers, and flesh flies and eggs for Dollies.
Shuttle Service: Dan 425-821-3685 or 206-714-9905
River and Green River, Washington
1900 cfs @ Snoqualmie 52° water temp.
765 cfs @ Tanner on Middle Fork 44° water temp.
211 cfs @ Alice Creek on South Fork
844 cfs @ Palmer on Green River
Finally all the forks and the mainstem of the Snoqualmie are fishable! With the type of year we have had, mostly going to be a dry fly game as these trout are looking to pack in some calories. Hatches are numerous with PMD's, caddis, stoneflies all showing up during the span of a day. As the water clears, fish faster water than you normally would as the trout are looking for cover and oxygen while waiting for your fly to arrive.
Favorite flies for this season: Para Adams, Humpys, Royal Wulff's, H&L Varients, Madam X, lightning bugs, Anato May's, stimulators, red copper johns, skunks, purple perils, small marabous, egg sucking leaches, stone fly nymphs, skunks, purple perils, and similar patterns for steelhead. Mickey Finns, reverse spiders, and other streamer patterns for the SRC's, Egg sucking leaches, Green-butt Skunk Intruder, Mega Moal, Morrish's Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Stars, Moal leaches for steelhead.
|Skagit and Sauk Rivers, Washington
4790 cfs @ Marblemount
The summer is not necessarily a time we focus on these rivers for steelhead but there are some that do return. Plus while the steelhead are away so are the crowds making these ideal floats for pristine and solitary trips for Dolly Varden while hoping for a summer fish to grab your swinging fly. Summer is also a great time up here to gain the knowledge of what the bottom contour looks like so come winter you know what you are fishing over.
Favorite flies for this season: Bunny Leeches, Egg Sucking
Leeches, Flatwing General Practitioners, Flash flies, clousers of various colors, Skagit Minnows, Intruders, Skagit Mist, Mega Moal, Metal Detector, Morrish's Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Marabous all
in various colors and flesh flies for Dollies.
Shuttle Service: Cecily 360-630-0136 or 360-853-7213
Fork Stillaguamish River, Washington
3500 cfs @ Arlington
Puget Sound steelhead have been named to the NOAA Endangered Species List. Closed until first Saturday in June.
Favorite flies for this season: Small Egg Sucking
Leeches, Flatwing General Practitioners, Skunks, Bombers, Waller Wakers, Skykomish Sunrises, Purple Perils and purple/orange/black spey flies.
Peninsula, Washington -- Report provided by Olympic Fly Anglers
Sol Duc River, Bogachiel River
Hoh 702 cfs @ Highway 101
Queets 342 cfs @ Clearwater
Bogachiel @ La Push
Sol Duc Live Cam - Still images updated every 5 minutes
RED HOT!! Bogi is on fire and all the other rivers out here with clients and staff landing fish on the Hoh, Bogi, Queets and others. Call us or get out there yourself.
Favorite flies for this season: Bunny Leeches, Starlight Leeches, Egg Sucking
Leeches, Flash Fly, Flatwing General Practitioners, Skagit Minnows, Mega Moal, Metal Detector, Morrish's Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Marabous
all in various colors. Mickey Finns, spiders, reverse spiders, rolled
muddlers, woolly buggers for SRC's and flesh flies for Dollies.
Shuttle Service: Bob and Sally Capelli at 360-374-6010 or Don and Joann s River Service 360-374-3161, cells 360-640-9527 and 360-780-2527
Umpqua and mainstem Umpqua Rivers, Oregon
1040 cfs @ Winchester Dam
Fish Counts Over Winchester Dam
No rain for the past couple weeks has allowed the Ump to drop into very nice shape. While this is a bit between seasons there are still a few late arriving winter steelhead pushing into the upper fly water and of course a few early arriving summer runs in as well with only a few locals on the water right now. In short it is a wonderful time to be on the Ump right now. Report provided by Mike McCoy.
Favorite flies for this season: Mega Moal, Metal Detector, Morrish's Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, egg sucking leaches, articulated marabous.
Ronde River, Oregon
1030 cfs @ Troy
Wow! What a turn around in timing over here. Todd Karn goes down the Oregon side in mid October and hits around 25 fish in 4 days with 2 anglers and we follow him and find 4 fish in 4 days with 6 anglers, OUCH!! That is steelheading and I am sure more fish to come. The likely issue here is traffic and how far up stream the fish had moved and how quickly. Water is in great shape, a little more color would be great but temps were around 45-48 degrees and clarity good. Intermediate tips might help a bit but of our 4 fish, half were taken on floating lines and the only constant was smaller flies than normal. Marty Sheppard of Little Creek Outfitters and Dave McCoy.
Favorite flies for this season: Leeches, Comets, egg sucking
leaches, marabous depending on water levels and color.
Day River, Oregon
571 cfs @ McDonald Ferry
Fish Counts Over John Day Dam
All I needed to hear is that the John Day was good this year while I was on the Grande Ronde, perfect! It means my curse has finally left this river and the fish have returned to it. Looks as though this might be one of the hold ups for a ton of fish with lots of bigger, native fish being caught already and for the past few weeks. Depending on the weather, this could be a year of 2000. Floating lines, any fly you want because we know this doesn't make a difference and knowing what water to fish which is the tricky part of the John Day. Most anglers stroll right by the water they should fish because it doesn't look traditional, it looks froggy. FISH IT!! This report provided by EWA staff guide Marty Sheppard of Little Creek Outfitters.
Favorite flies for this season:
Bass Flies: Frogs, mice, shrews, jj specials, marabous, BWO's, stone fly nymphs, crazy charlies, deceivers, hoppers, Zonkers, Pearl Shiners, beetles, baby ducks and road kill, it almost doesn't matter.
Steelhead Flies: Articulated Leeches, Purple Perils, Skunks, Brats, Bombers, General Practitioner, Purple People Eaters, Skykomish Sunrise, Boss
River and Willamette River, Oregon
cfs McKenzie @ Walterville
Fish Counts Over Willamette Falls
Not much more can be said about this time of year on the Mac. Tons of dry fly activity with Baetis and caddis as well as some October caddis. Dead drift them or swing and skitter them, either way will work. Subsurface when they are not around on top, same bugs, just different time of their lives. Report provided by The Caddis Fly Angling Shop and EWA guide, Mike McCoy.
6120 cfs Willamette @ Harrisburg
Trout fishing same as Mac but also some good numbers of steelhead in the system this time of year. If you have to nymph for them, you can but the Willamette has some of the easiest swinging water in the state. Easy to wade, easy to read and willing fish to boot, so why bother treating them like trout? Skunks, leaches, spey or marabous, doesn't really matter, just get it in front of them. Report provided by The Caddis Fly Angling Shop and EWA guide, Mike McCoy.
Favorite flies for this season: Pheasant Tails, Crown Jewel PT's, princes, micro
mayflies, baetis, woolly buggers, March Browns, para adams, midge patterns, egg sucking leaches, bunny leaches, steelhead princes, stonefly nymphs, marabous.
cfs @ Moody
Fish Counts Over Bonneville Dam
Still some fantastic fishing going on down here right now. Many fish are up in the Maupin region and there is ample water to find up there. This time of year the canyon provides a lot of shade on the water so fish it all. Report provided by Brian Silvey, Mike McCoy, Ted Neely and The Caddis Fly Angling Shop.
Favorite flies for this season: Lum Plums, stoneflies, leaches, Brads Brat,
Boss, heavy wire skunks, and Purple Perils.
|Coastal Steelhead, Oregon
Nestucca, Trask, Nehalem Rivers
If you haven’t yet fished winter steelhead in northwest Oregon, get out your calendar and pick out your days. This winter promises to be a good one… we’re hoping to continue the pattern we have seen since July… huge numbers of steelhead! We have moved our winter and spring operations to Netarts Bay, only six miles south of Tillamook (our base of operations during previous winters). Netarts offers a little slice of coastal paradise, off the beaten path of highway 101. Stay right on the bay, walking distance from one of the finest seafood restaurants in the northwest. Only fifteen minutes to our favorite steelhead water! Report provided by Chris O'Donnell of River Runner's Guide Service.
Lost and Big Wood Rivers and Silver Creek, Idaho
Big Lost 86 cfs @ below McKay Res.
The Big Lost has been lowered to 539 cfs which, though still a high flow for beneath the Mackay Dam, is at a fishable level for intrepid waders. PMDs (ephemerella deceptiva) in size 16 will be numerous on this waterway as well as Baetis (size 20-22). Look for Craneflies and imitate them with a quartering-down presentation while skipping them along the surface of the water. This technique can convince even the largest of Big Lost River trout to voraciously attack your "mosquito eater". Fished under an indicator, large nymphs such as the Prince, King Prince and Flashback Pheasant Tail (size 12-16) will likely turn the most heads subsurface. Zebra Midges (size 18-22) are also a good option underwater.
Big Wood 229 cfs @ Hailey, ID
The Wood has been on fire the past ten days and will continue to be for the next two weeks or so. For the time being, there are several patterns working well including the Parachute Adams (size 12-16), Green Drake dun/cripple (size 12), orange, yellow or Royal Stimulators (size 12-16), Quill Gordon (size 14), PMD (size 16) and a variety of Caddis (size 12-16). Middays and afternoons are the most active periods for dry fly fishing but evenings on the Big Wood this time of year can be very exciting as the PMDs and Caddis become prevalent.
Silver Creek 73 cfs @ Sportsmans Access
The Creek has been fishing relatively well although slightly less productively than the prior two weeks. Baetis are the most numerous mayfly in the mornings with surges throughout the day. PMDs will still bring fish to the surface but the Browns and Rainbows have become a little more selective due to continued fishing pressure. If you look closely in the mornings, you will likely see a few Tricos mixed in with the other mayflies. These diminutive Tricorithodes will grow in number throughout the rest of July as we head toward the annual Trico spinnerfall which reaches its peak in the first ten days of August. Midday offers Damselflies and terrestrials on the moving water and Callibaetis on the still water. Caddis can be numerous in the evenings and well after dark on both sides of the highway.
This report provided by Bobby Foster of Silver Creek Outfitters.
Favorite flies for this season: Hoppers, Turk's Tarantualas, Stone fly nymphs, pheasant
tails, black copper johns, princes, midge pupae, JJ specials, caddis, turks tarantula.
Canyon of the Gunnison River, Colorado
350 cfs @ below Crystal Res.
This is going to be a rough year for water flows in Colorado, a stark contrast from last year. The Gunny is not expected to get over 400 cfs all summer long which makes for boney rowing with high conseqences and spooky fish. Fly fishing sails over the horizon when the Gunnison River [right] is below 400 cfs. The fish, normally somewhat cagey, feed with heightened urgency. At this time, the entire Gunnison River can only be described as "on fire." Blue winged olive mayflies and caddis are hatching from mid-morning through late afternoon throughout the gorge, from the road-accessible East Portal to the North Fork confluence 29 miles downstream. There have been few occasions in the last twenty years in which the Gunnison has fished so consistently, trout on autopilot, slurping every hatching insect. Rainbows and browns large and small are being caught on every technique. Dry fly anglers choose their moment by the rhythm of rising heads while nymphers indulge the numbers game with the visual of countless fish suspended in the water column, every one of them feeding.
Report provided by Steve Brown of Emerald Water Anglers in Glenwood Springs.
Favorite flies for this season: Stone fly nymphs, copper johns,
princes, pheasant tails, BWO's, JJ specials, egg patterns, San Juan worms, WD40's, micro may nymphs, baetis nymphs, lightning bugs, Morrishs' Anato-may, small hare's ears, Autumn Splendor.
Miguel and Dolores Rivers, Colorado
97 cfs @ Placerville
San Miguel: Time it right: the very best fishing on the San Miguel often occurs while the water is still dropping between its peak and the summer low. If it peaks around 600 cfs, start fishing 1-2 weeks later when flows are between 250 and 350 cfs. Wading is definitely challenging at this level, but we expect clear water and a storm of hatching insects before mid-June. The river's heaviest fish are more likely to show themselves at these flows than later in season when drought may reduce the San Miguel to a trickle.
Dolores: Those who love the Lower Dolores will be happy to hear this rumor: a senior downstream water right has been called, guaranteeing flows of at least 50 cfs below McPhee Reservoir for June, July and August. If it plays out, this will save the Lower Dolores from extremely warm water in the mid-summer period. The fish will be fine either way, but fishermen would vastly prefer their quarry to be spread out in all sorts of intriguing hiding places rather than gathered like a yarn ball in the dam's afterbay. No matter what happens later in the season, every savvy Lower Dolores angler would agree: fish it while you can. Grasshoppers, caddis, blue winged olive mayflies, beetles and ants are all over the place. As always, dry fly fishing occurs in fits and starts, but PMDs will start hatching by mid-June and the best surface action of the year is likely to follow. Even if the PMDs are gone before July, hoppers should sustain dry fly action into mid-July. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. Reports provided by EWA on-line staff guide Troy Youngfleish, co-owner of Telluride Angler
Favorite flies for this season: Elk hair caddis, para caddis, X-caddis, caddis emergers, Turks Tarantuala's, Terranasty, stone fly nymphs, bitch creeks, copper johns,
LaFontaine pupas, princes, sprouts, Griffiths Gnats, Para Adams, BWO's, lightning bugs, Morrish's Anato May.
|Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, Colorado
139 cfs @ Glenwood
The hot and dry weather is taking its toll on many regions of Colorado. Exceptionally low snow pack and record heat have put many of the rivers water temps at levels where the state is considering short term emergency closures to aid in protecting the fish in those streams. Reports provided by Steve Brown and Ryan Davis of Emerald Water Anglers in Glenwood Springs.
Favorite flies for this season: Chernobyl Ants, Stimulators, Turk's Tarantulas, Stone fly nymphs, griffiths gnats, Craven's Juju Baetis, Benton's Shuckin' Midge, Red Headed Stepchild, bitch creeks, Stalcups' Emerging PMD, Aggravator,
20 incher, copper johns, princes, Barr's Emerger, Walker's Mayhem, micro may nymphs, Morrishs' Anato-may, WD40's, midges, small
para adams, BWO's, Cahills, Grey Drakes.
900 cfs @ Clinton
Good hatches of PMDs beginning early in the day should get you into fish pretty much right when you get to the water. If the weather remains even semi-sane, your day should continue productively with little yellow sallie stoneflies, smaller hoppers and caddis. Water levels have dropped to the point where wading is a good option although with flows still above 900 cfs, it's not a cake walk by any means. With decent weather on tap for today, your fishing prospects look very on the creek. Report provided by The Kingfisher Fly Shop.
Favorite flies for this season: San Juan worms, princes, pheasant tails, lightning bugs, copper johns, stone fly nymphs, brassies, green drakes, golden stones, caddis.
|Oahu, Kauai and Molokai Island, Hawaii
Current Tide for Oahu
It is winter here in the Islands of Hawaii and that means P-I-G-S. We are seeing the big slobberknockers due to slightly cooler water temps dropping into the 75 range on some days. In December and January it's prime time with little to no winds, but as February sneaks around the corner, look for more rain on the windward side. How big is big? Bonefish over 10 pounds are flat out common this time of year with several sighted on a sunny day. Hooking them is another issue, with big winds still possible, lower sun and a shorter day plus old, wary giant bonefish. No freebies here but every cast could be a lifetime bonefish. Reports provided by Capt. Duff of Coach Duff's Hawaiian Bonefishing.
Favorite flies for this season: Duff's Plate Lunch, Duff's Spam and Eggs, Duff's Recon Ranger, Clay's Magic Mantis, Clay's Crabby Patty, Flatwing baitfish, Merkins Crab, Gotcha's, Bonefish Puffs, Bonefish Bitters.
|Cape Cod and Nantucket, Massachusetts
Current Tide for Cape Cod
The wind is blowing and I bet the fish are biting. I am catching up with my duties infront of my computer at the moment. Fishing the next few days. Should still be a good bite out there for sure. Hoping for Albies and Stripers with maybe a few Blues thrown in for good measure. Fall has finally arrived with cooling temps and the lovely wind out of the northern quarter. I have bittersweet feelings, this fall has been absolutely beautiful, but the fishing is going to end sometime soon. That has me a little down, but on the bright side I get to go and ride horses and get back to learning about cowboying. So another season starts for me too. Enjoy the next few weeks of Fall, get out and enjoy!! Reports provided by Capt. Lynn of Cross Rip Outiftters.
Favorite flies for this season: Flatwing baitfish, Surf Darts, Half and Half, Big Bunker flies, Popovic's Silicones, Pop Lips, Tabory's Snake Fly, Skok's White Bait Mushy, Geno's Bunny Angel, Hollow Fleye, Mega Mushy, Flatwings.
|Talachulitna River, Alaska
This past summer was a far cry from the previous couple at Talahiem Lodge with fishing for Kings, Coho and Rainbows being very good this year. More water in the river and more consistent rainfall through the year proved to be what it took to have a successful fishing season. There are limited dates available for the coming season, check our hosted travel page for availability.
Kanektok River, Alaska
The Kings showed up a little early this year and are already about done in the lower river. All this means is the other species are close behind and the trout are moving in and following the salmon up river. Reports provided by Alaska West.
|Various Rivers of Iceland
The eagerly awaited Icelandic salmon season is now in full swing, and people are already talking about this season competing well with the record breaking 2008 season! The fish seem eager to start the season, as the first salmon entered some rivers at the beginning of June, some two weeks before expected, including the famous Blanda and Vididalsá. The water levels are looking very good, thanks to a lot of snow over the winter which has only just melted and heavy rainfall over the last few weeks. We have limited availability on some of our rivers, which cater for a varying budget, from full service luxury lodges to self catering accommodation. If your river of choice has a self catering lodge and you would prefer full service, it is usually no problem change to a full service lodge close by. For this news letter we have just chosen a few rivers to wet your appetite. So please do be in touch with us if you would like check out other options as well as availability and prices.
West Rangá broke the Icelandic record for most salmon caught as 14315 salmon were landed last season. Almost every angler last season went home with an impressive catch. This entirely spring-fed river provides both consistent water temperature and flow. It is seldom, if ever, coloured due to flooding or heavy rains.
Reports are provided by Angling Club Lax-a.
Favorite flies for this season: Pool Fly, Arctic Runner, Snaelda and Willie Gunn.
Current Tide for Zihuatanejo
AThe 80° blue water is still about 7 miles off the coast and basically hugging the 100 fathom line, but the warm sun enriched surface temperature belies a colder current beneath the top 3 or 4 feet of the water column. Because of this, the sailfish bite has basically shut off, with the boats averaging less than a fish per day each. Reports provided by Ed Kunze.
Favorite flies for this season: Decievers, large poppers, Boilermakers,
Master Blasters, Sar-Mul-Macs, Sea Ducers and Sliders.
|Great Sailfish Company, Guatemala
After a long, seemingly never-ending wet season this year, the clouds have finally parted and the sun has been shining through for the last few weeks. The much more stable weather pattern has brought with it calm seas and warm water pushing in to as close as 12 miles from the coast. The currents from Mexico have swept along an abundance of bait and the predators are literally on their tails!
We have been seeing excellent concentrations of hungry sailfish consistently from 12-20 miles out in good blue water. There is still some land debris further out that was washed down the rivers in prior months - and that continues to hold large schools of juvenile dorado in the 10-20lb class. Report provided by The Great Sailfishing Company.
|San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
The waters off the coast of Ecuador have finally begun to warm up. Salinas showing average temperatures of 76 F and Manta 79 F. Water color is beautiful and the fishing has been below average. Hopefully with the changes in season more and more bait will begin to show up. Flying fish has become the most prevalent source of bait in the last week. The last week has reported very calm seas all around Ecuador.
San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands is starting to show its seasonal change. Waters are warming to 74 and 75 F close to the island. It should not be long before waters average 76 to 80 in some areas. Some days have been very hot and sunny.
Reports provided by Braden Escobar of Ecuagringo.
|Cozumel and Ascension Bay,
Current Tide for Cozumel
Moon Phase Calculator
As long as the weather has been cooperative the fishing for bones in the Cozumel areas has been pretty steady. However, the weather has not been on its best behavior so fishing has been pretty difficult, especially for anglers without a lot of time in the salt conditions. Also, in Ascension Bay, it’s high season for Tarpon fishing from May throughout September. Even though there are lots of them around the shallow waters of the flats, be prepared for a rough adventure. Hooking and landing any size of tarpon, is always a difficult challenge! Fishing has been very good for Tarpon as well as permit the past few weeks and of course bones are always to be found here.
Favorite flies for this season: Bonefish Bitters, crazy charlies,
gotchas, Tan Dandy, Yucatan Specials, and Agent Oranges for the bones
while Merkins Crab, Barr's Crab, Chilli Pepper, Flashtail Whistler, Tarpon Taker, Sand Devil, George Bush, Banana Sunday, Okeefe's Missing Link
Farquhar, Amirantes Groups, St. Brandon, Seychelles
Current Tide for Port Victoria
Moon Phase Calculator
We’ve just completed our last trip out on St Brandon’s for 2009/10, which in essence wrapped up a truly memorable season and in the end reconfirms one thing for sure. St Brandon’s is without question the most outstanding Bonefish destination any of our team has had the privilege to witness. The Bonefish are seemingly ever present and at no venue in the Indian Ocean are you likely to get better opportunities to land a 10lb plus trophy Bonefish.
Over the course of the season our guides wrote daily fishing reports and judging by their entries, the number of Bonefish landed was simply staggering. As to exactly how many we landed…well let’s just say an auditing firm would battle to keep track, as the guides on many days simply couldn’t keep score. Basically, if wading and sight fishing for sheer numbers or large single and double digit tailing Bonefish interests you, then St Brandon’s is certainly the venue for you.
Although primarily a Bonefish destination, St Brandon’s does however have some very exciting other target species for anglers to test their skills against. Top of the list would be the healthy numbers of Indo-Pacific Permit which reside here. Congratulations to all the guys who got a Permit, especially those who landed their first one…. our bet is you guys are still smiling!
Greenspot, Golden, Yellow Dot and Bluefin Trevally were also present and offered an interesting and pleasant mix to the fishermen’s experience.
And finally there’s the Giant Trevally. Although present in far fewer numbers than the outer islands of the Seychelles, these fish still rule the flats when they decide to make an appearance. Witnessing 6 – 8lb Bonefish scatter as one of these submarines charges in for a quick meal is a sight to behold. Hearty congratulations to Andrew Veglio who landed the largest GT of the season after an epic battle. His prize would have weighed in the region of 90lbs and is a really special achievement, one which will no doubt remain with him forever. There were also a few anglers who hooked even bigger fish, some of which would have weighed over the 120lb mark. Sadly these trophies didn’t come to hand….our condolences to those anglers. Report provided by Fly Castaway.
|Duma River, Tanzania, Africa -- Giant Tigerfish
Three weeks into the season and the Tigerfish in the Mnyera and Ruhudji River’s are holding up their end of the bargain; and with the world class TF guides hard at work, guests are being treated to the sublime fishing they travel to Tanzania to experience.
We have a couple of cancellations for prime rods in the 2011 Tanzania season. Due to the late nature of these cancellations we are able to offer these rods at greatly reduced rates on a first come first serve basis. I will leave you with an email from a Tim J who has recently returned from his first Tanzania Tigerfshing trip in case you need any convincing to apply for leave and take advantage of these last minute specials! This report provided by our partner in Africa, Keith Clover of Tourette Fishing.
Jardines de la Reina, Isla Juventud, Las Salinas , Cuba
Current Tide for Manzanillo
The tarpon fishing has been outstanding lately in the Juventud area with easly 15-20 plus shots a tarpon each day per angler and fish ranging from 20-60 pounds. This is the ideal size for those who enjoy silver kings but do not enjoy the King sized ones. All the arials, runs and visual takes of the big ones but landed and back to fishing in less than an hour, much less usually.
Opala, Pymta, Icha, Tikhaya, Kolpakova Rivers
Good news in some ways not in others for those looking to do Kamchatka this season:
The flight will depart in either direction on Mondays from July 7 to September 15 of 2008 with an additional flight on Thursdays from July 17 to August 21 of 2008 with the following departure and arrival times:
Anchorage - Petropavlovsk dep. 7:45am, arr. 9:45am (the next day)
Petropavlovsk - Anchorage dep. 10:00pm, arr. 5:45am (same day)
Coach class fares start from $1890 round-trip plus taxes and service fees (about $2095 with taxes and service fees included). Business class fares start from $3690 round trip plus taxes and service fees (about $3895 with taxes and service fees included). There are only 8 business class seats on this aircraft, so early reservations are encouraged.
Favorite flies for this season: Rajah, Zonkers, Battle Creek, Pink Sparkler, Flash Fly, Mouse, Bomber, Bitch Creek, Wulff, Black Gnat, Caddis, Wooly Worm, Egg Sucking Leach.
Current Tide for Clayoquot Sound
For those that have been on the west coast over the past few weeks, the strength and consistent patterns of “tuff” weather have dictated a variety of outdoor activities. Fishing for Salmon and Halibut has been excellent throughout the early season, so it has not been a question of “whether to go”, but “whether the weather” will allow you to have an enjoyable and safe experience. Looking at the upcoming forecast, sunshine and great fishing conditions are here once again for the Tofino area.
For many years, the pattern for sport fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island has the month of June scheduled to fire on all cylinders, providing great angling opportunities for most of the Tofino area’s predominant saltwater species. Freshwater anglers are also somewhat hesitant to put away the waders and lighter tackle just yet, as local streams and lakes can be alive with hungry Trout, as well as a small number of Steelhead that enter various small local river systems through June and July. Every calendar year, June is the month of transition from spring to summer. For B.C.’s fishing calendar, June is when plans are made and memories unfold, while fishing opportunities all over the province turn from great to excellent, and even “world class”. There is obviously good reason why the month of June also plays host to B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend all over the province.
With the bulk of Tofino’s recreational fishing focused on Saltwater action, and consistent numbers of transient Chinook and Coho salmon passing through local waters from April thru July, there is reason to question if the peak season has shifted to June and July, as opposed to the highlighted August fishery of past years. Though Coho salmon numbers have been impressive since mid May, many understand that the inshore Coho fishing only gets better as we approach August. The abundant and aggressive Silver Salmon feed hard in and around Clayoquot Sound, prior to migrating southward to various large watersheds. The peak Coho Fly fishing and light tackle action begins through mid June, and stays consistently strong through mid September. The outside waters offer Chinook salmon fishing that will be reliable and steady for the season’s largest Salmon species, but the sheer numbers of transient Salmon and Halibut in the earlier part of the season have definitely encouraged anglers to consider the season’s best opportunities are now earlier than later. Along with the popular Salmon fishery, various species of Bottom fish help create a colourful mix to the experience. Offshore Salmon numbers during this time are unrivalled for the remainder of the season, aside from the waves of Coho that feed for extended periods within the prime habitat of Clayoquot, offering B.C.’s premier saltwater Fly fishing experience.
There is no doubt that the West Coast of Vancouver Island offers B.C.’s most consistent early season fishery and Tofino is right in the middle of all the action. Regardless of age or experience, big boat, small boat or no boat at all, Tofino’s varied fishing options should be highlighted on your calendar this June.
This report is provided by EWA online staff guide, Jay Mohl of Tofino Fishing.
|Skeena River System, British Columbia
WOW, Where has the last month gone, sorry for being off the radar, its for a good reason as we have been on the water for the last month fishing the Kitimat, Skeena and Saltwater fishing. I have updated our galleries of Salmon and Halibut. Guests from around the globe have been enjoying the catch numbers and attached in pic number 1 is Hunter Landolt from Oregon, he and his family have been visiting with us for a few years now and spent 3 full weeks at the lodge, fishing, relaxing, sitting by the camp-fire and having a great time.
Also our flyfisherman, Steve Hardy spent a week with us for Chinook on the fly, not to mention the threesome from Wetaskwin Alberta had some fun on the jetboat tours.
Next pic in the report is a nice size Halibut and the hunting guide from Saskatchewan landed this beauty, not to mention had a "barn door" take all his 100lb braided line smoking his reel to the last few wraps on the reel, unfortunately the monster Halibut prevailed and headed out to sea snapping the 100lb test!
Our next pic shows the twins from Vancouver, each holding a limit of fresh Chinook, Ron and Arnold have been repeat clients at our lodge for 3 years now, or is it 4?
Our group of Englishmen flew into Kitimat for a week and this was the first time for these boys in our area, landing numerous Chinooks and many on the fly, our eldest of the group was 82yrs old, and this man was a real trooper landing fish in the 40lb range.
Also 7 year returning guests, the convoy of Ted and Leslie Hassall, Jim and Louise Gray, and grandkids spent the July long weekend with us enjoying the hot sun and hot fish, attached is pic of Ted and Blake with a fresh bumper of chrome.
Also joining us was the golfing group of 13 from across the western provinces, these guys had a real blast and spent their time in the driftboats and jetboats during the heat wave we had in early July.
Our South African doctors arrived again this year and landed a nice catch of Salmon and will be returning for the fall Coho.
Finally my last pic, of the lads from down under, and they sure put me under during their stay, with early mornings and late nites. These guys fished the Skeena with me and man did we hook into a pod of beauties. I have numerous guests that are still sending me pics as well our guides have a album of pics that will be sent as soon as we get a day off!
We are now into the middle of July, the Kitimat River as well our coastal Salmon rivers are producing very well and Pink Salmon are now entering the Kitimat River. We anticipate a good run of Chum Salmon in the river this week and into August as these purple striped Dogs as they are nicknamed are a great fish on the fly.
The Skeena is also in full swing as the Chinook are running in nice numbers as well the Sockeye fishery has been opened for retention as of yesterday, estimated run of 1.2 million. August will be the start of Steelhead and Coho and we look forward to arriving guests this week. I know I have not mentioned all our guests so please forgive me as I have reels to clean, boats to wash out and gas up the jets for the AM.
This report provided by Brad Zeerip of Z Boat Lodge River Guides and/or Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge.
Island, Kiribati, South Pacific
Current Christmas Island Tide
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We have great news for Christmas Island Anglers. We have been able to confirm flights for all anglers currently booked January, February, and March. A new agency started managing the charter flight about a week ago and they are great to work with. The charter flight is taking 18 lucky people to the island each week and anglers are reporting fishing rested and uncrowed flats with some telling us the fishing as good or better than they had in the early 90's. There is still space in a few January, February, and March weeks so if you are looking for a saltwater getaway give us a call.
Favorite flies for this season: Bonefish Bitters, Christmas Island Special, crazy charlies,
gotchas, Tan Dandy, Pink Sands, Paris Flat bonefish fly, Greenie Weenie,
mini Puff and Flats Master for bones. Large deceivers, Boilermakers,
Reef Demons, poppers, baitfish patterns and clousers for the Trevally
Spey, River Dee, River Tweed and Findhorn River, Scotland
River Spey Live Webcam
I am delighted to report that since my last update, runs of salmon and grilse continue to stream into the River Findhorn and therefore, fishing sport on the fabulous Findhorn continues to show no sign of slowing down. It seems that we have been blessed with continued unsettled weather and periods of heavy rain just keep topping up river levels from week to week and the fish keep coming! Report is provided by Ian Neale, check out his site at www.speycaster.net.
flies for this season: Gary Dog, Black Doctor, Durham Ranger, Hairly Mary, Silver Highlander,
Parrot Spey, Black Sunburst, Thunder Spey, Munro Killer, Dunkeld, Silver Wilkenson, Thunder and Lightning, Stoats
Tail, Cascade, Ally Shrimp variations, Willie Gunn, Purple Haze, Purple Cascade, Temple Dog, Legolas, and Sunray Shadow.
|Famous Chalk Streams, England
You'll see them hugging the bottom like piscatorial hoodies. Trundle a weighted nymph right by them and they hardly twitch. You have the feeling that even if your delicately placed nymph drifted into an open mouth they would be too lethargic to bother to close their jaws on it. But if you appeal to their baser instincts they can be fooled. My two favourite methods are to twitch the nymph really hard as it comes into the trouts' field of vision or cast the fly to the peripheral vision of the fish. Either way I am looking for an instinctive, fast reaction and you will have to strike equally fast and hard. Don't worry too much about the pattern, but be ready to cast a dozen or twenty times, because eventually our trout won't be able to help himself. His basic desire to feed or investigate an annoyance will get the better of him and you will have your victory. These reports provided by Simon Cooper of Fishing Breaks and William Daniel of Famous Fishing.
|Pyrenees Mountains, Spain
With a great fight in some special waters one of our guest was able to catch a great wild
rainbow. Earl was accompanied with his wife and wonderful daughter. Although they didn’t fish during the trip they were able to visit some wonderful sites and enjoy many things that the Pyrenees has to offer from castles to monasteries and the beautiful national parks. We also had a great group of 6 friends from the states and london that were at the lodge to celebrate a birthday. We had lots of lots of laughs and had many
fish in the nets. The group was able to see all the different types of water we at
Salvelinus offer from high mountain lakes and streams and canyons trying to grab the fast Mediterranean trout to the lower reaches of the Pyrenees waters fishing for Rainbows and Browns. July Had a lot of great water with the rivers reaching their best levels. Add
that to the hatches of well just about every fly you could imagine a trout would eat and you get some great fly fishing. We also had many families pass through the lodge from South Africa to England to the States. At Salvelinus we always want all our guest to feel comfortable and that nuestra casa es su casa (our house is your house). Report provided by Ivan Tarin of Salvelinus.
Favorite flies for this season:
Current Tide for Belize City
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Fishing has been very productive lately with large tarpon around, plenty of permit and of course the year around presence of bones. Tarpon at a couple of the places we work with have been boated in the 140 lb. class and many anglers having mulitiple shots as schools of permit each day.
Favorite flies for this season: Merkin Crabs, Crazy Charlies,
Moe Heads, feather crabs, McCrab, Barr's Crabs for the bones and permit,
Cockroach, decievers, barred tarpon fly Black Death, Chartreuse Decievers, Gotchas, Tarpon Glo's, epoxy squid
Chico's Shallow Water Tarpon, Stu Apte and surf eels for the Tarpon.
This report provided by Capt. Charlie Leslie of Kingfisher's
Tarpon Caye Lodge.
|Grand Bahama, Exumas, Andros
and Abacos, Bahamas
Current Tide for Andros
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Jason and I went out at 2 pm yesterday afternoon for a quick look for permit on the ocean side ( we both caught a small one each 2 days ago – attached are some pics ) but we got clouded out after only 10 minutes and it looked like a large thunderstorm may build so we decided to poke our noses offshore on the flats boat as it was so calm. We do this from time to time. Anyway, 2 minutes later the attached happened. You can see the beach in the background of one of the pics. We had lots of other opportunities to catch plenty more dolphin/dorado but we saw a couple of yellowfin tuna in the 35-40 lb range in with the dolphin so that then took priority. It was hard to get them as the dolphin were just to ravenous. We tried desperately to get a yellowfin hooked as to date we have only caught small yellowfin ( up to 10 lbs ) on fly from a flats boat ( Plenty big ones from our offshore boat ) but even though we were pulling the flies away from the dolphin we could not keep the yellowfin around long enough. We are wondering if Permit / Bonefish / dorado is some kind of SLAM ??
Favorite flies for this season: Gotchas, Crazy Charlies, Bonefish
Puffs, Chili Peppers, Moose Turds, Phylis Diller, Borski's Super Swimming Shrimp,
smaller clousers, in tan for the bones, poppers, Cuda Killers, Popovics
Banger and Candy Eels for barracuda, clousers for jacks, Veverka's
Golden Mantis, Borski's Chernobyl Crab and yarn crabs for the Permit.
As a result of strong snowing and rain the month prior to the opening, the season started with water levels really high, generating fast rivers with a certain amount of cloudiness, due to the clay and mud brought by the tributaries. The weather was unstable, with cold, rainy days towards the beginning of the month, but improving by the end of November, with warm, sunny days. Despite the rigorousness of the reigning weather, we had excellent fishing days, using all different fly fishing techniques. With sinking tips and the use of streamers, we were able to catch some excellent browns, very active this time of the year, as well as some beautiful, and very fighting rainbows. With floating lines we were able to get some very good trout. We used adult may flies imitations, since most of the days there were very strong hatches from these insects, and the trout reacted by eating on the surface.
Once again, we were successful with nymphs, as the Futaleufú River has excellent
environmental conditions for the life of many insects and crustaceans, which makes the use of this technique very effective. December is a month with a lot of activity in the surface, which is why we expect to enjoy great fishing with a lot of emergent and spent spinners, and full of sunshine if the weather gets on our side. This report provided by EWA staff member Joe Delling, owner of Rio Azul Fly Fishing Lodge in Chile and Challhuaquen Lodge in Argentina.
Favorite flies for this season: Chernobyl Ants and Hoppers,
Mazuka, Ziwi, Gaucho, Galunga's, Turks Tarantulas, wooly sculpins, Pancora, Terranasty's,
muddlers, mice, lemmings, JJ Specials, bunny leeches and other big
dry flies and streamers.
Spring in the South Island of New Zealand has arrived and the fishing season is open! Early season fishing in these parts has some positive and negative aspects. On the plus side, the fish haven't been fished to for 5 months. On the down side, the rivers can be running high and the weather can be changeable. So far this season the weather has been, for the most part, cooperative. In typical early season fashion, we have had our fair share of overcast and rainy days, but the fishing has been sensational with many 8lb+ fish caught already! This report provided by Felix Borstien of Owens River Lodge.
Current Sydney Tide
Late start to Spring but the kingfish are on. Well it seems the climate models have been very, very wrong again this season and whilst the global warming advocates stand knee high in snow it seems we've also been having a cool start to Spring when it comes to water temps. Water temperatures are slower to increase in Sydney bays which has meant the Salmon have been happy but the surface feeding kingfish were not that aggressive. Perhaps its just been the fact that the bait prefers to hatch in warmer water........it's all a little bit of guesswork.
Anyway, thats all over now because we took some surface readings in Pittwater of 18.7 degrees, up from 16.5 and the kingfish were there on cue.
Greg and Rod Bray spent Friday morning casting small baitfish candies and it was ever so frustrating as the countless Kingfish just followed and turned away. A change to a small Orange Enrico Flex Calamari saw the fish turn from frigid to blazing hot. Almost straight away both guys had Kingfish grabbing at the fly.
Greg managed a 67cm fish from amongst a mixed school of Bonito and Kingfish. Rod hooked a torpedo in amongst some boat moorings off a nice little baitball. Rod was 30 or 40 feet into the backing and only had 14lb tippet so we thought it was all over as the fish searched for cover in the moored boats. Some good rod work and some gentle coaxing (possibly screaming) from yours truly and the fish was boatside. With 3 or 4 other kings following the hooked fish we left the King in the water to take shots at his mates and unfortunately after some time he dropped off. Rods fish was very solid and a wonderful result in tight quarters.
Look for the countless schools of bonito in Pittwater and try hooking one up, your bound to find a king or two follow your bonito. Report provided EWA online staff guide, Justin Duggan of Sydney Fly Fishing.