I decided to give the gas tank a rest and forgo the usual Olympic Peninsula trip this past weekend. My other mid-winter diversion for the past several years has been fishing cutthroat, resident coho, the occasional blackmouth, sculpin, and even the rare and elusive starry flounder in the South Sound. Though the wind certainly made casting a laborious affair, the persistance paid off and I managed to catch several 10-16" coho along with a few good-sized cutts as well. I fished a couple of better-known haunts--the Narrows and a beach not far from where Mary K. Letourneau has taken up residence since her brush with the law a few years back. I managed to abbreviate my fly selection down to #6-#8 all white or gray/white clouser and the suprisingly effective (for everything) olive woolly bugger--go figure? Tides are important, but are somewhat of no-brainer for the Narrows as there typically isn't much casting room fishing anything but a few hours before or after the low. As for anywhere else, find a beach you like and fish when you have the time. Productive tides seem to vary from place to place. If you haven't explored our wonderful Puget Sound beach fishery yet grab your 5 or 6 wt, an intermediate or stillwater line and see for yourself. Release those cutts unharmed!