Fly Fishing SW Washington

Gearing Up for the June 6th Opener

By on July 17, 2014

egg sucking stone flyAs many of you guys might know, the date of June 6th is the opener on many of the West side streams and rivers. Everyday is one day closer to the date. Following the weather patterns in the weeks prior to June is a key thing for your fishing. I for one am always hoping for an early spring thaw so that the rivers I target early June are fish able, unlike last year with the hellatious rain storm the week before triggering a mass thaw blowing out most all of the fisheries. Not only that, it will also determine the flies you pack because weather is a key factor in triggering the hatches. Typically the warmer weather will bring out the dry flies, vs. colder postponing them and sticking to below the surface.
Some items you will want to remember before your season begins are first and foremost your rod and reel setup. New line is a good idea, proper maintenance on your reel, checking the eyes on your rod, and having multiple leaders, personally I go with the Umpqua 10’ tapered trout leaders in the 3 pack from sportsman’s warehouse. Other things to check are your waders, put them on and try them out in your swimming pool, or your neighbors, also your wading boots, especially the laces. Airing up the pontoon and float tube to check for leaks. Packing the rain gear is also a good idea for late spring. Another is having a wide variety of flies, because late spring weather is unpredictable and the sun could be right behind that thunderstorm. Some different stimulator s, caddis’s, mayflies, drakes, bwo’s midges, stones for the dries, and streamers, woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches, egg patterns, hairs ears, prince nymphs, and natural fly larva imitations for the sub surface. One more thing to add is to check the regulations to see what new restrictions their may be, like boundaries being changed, selective gear rules, daily and size limits on the fish.

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That’s a lil insight on the preparations for the awaited season opener. We hope you take the advice, good luck, keep your lines tight. And see you on the 6th!

-Lonny Brooks

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