The yellow and orange hues of October herald the onset of fall. Fall is the time of harvest trout, the ubiquitous sea run cutthroat, as they start to congregate near their natal streams in anticipation of spawning. This is the time of year when they are most beautiful; their fall spawning colors mimicking the colors of maple leaves. This is also one of the times of the year when these wild, native trout are most vulnerable. Treat them with respect, release them gently.
October is also the time when silver salmon (Coho) runs are at their peak. Thousands of these fish are preparing to enter coastal rivers and inner Puget Sound streams. Regardless of regulations, we at Peninsula Outfitters prefer to release native fish, those with unclipped adipose fins. On the other hand hatchery clipped silvers should be kept. They make great table fare.
For trout anglers the moniker ‘October caddis’ does not come without justification. These moth-like bugs and their imitations are favorite trout table fare on rivers like the Yakima or Deschutes.
We at Peninsula Outfitters have the flies and expertise to greatly increase your chances of productive fall fishing excursions. Stop by. We will enjoy talking to you.