South Sound Tides Question

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by RobW, Apr 6, 2001.

  1. Hi! Just found the forum today and am very pleased to find a site dedicated to our specific region.

    I was wondering if any of the more experienced South Sound fly fishers could provide some insight into when is the best time to go after searun cutthroat (other than whenever you can get a kitchen pass)? I have heard to watch for when there is a big tide shift from low to high, but should I target the hours around the low tide or high tide? If this indeed is the criteria to watch the tides for, than this weekend looks pretty good. I am hoping to get out Saturday around the Squaxin Island area.

    Thanks for any advice.

  2. Rob,

    Steve Raymond devoted an entire chapter of his book "The Estuary Flyfisher" to a study he conducted over a number of years to the relationship between tides and Cutthroat Trout. Although different areas may experience variation to his findings, its been my experience for the areas I fish that his observations are pretty accurate. For me, the best time seems to be (1) the middle 2 hours of an incoming tide when (2) those middle 2 hours are just after daylight and (3) there is a great varience between the height of the low and high tides (meaning a minus low tide and a high high tide.) Again, your mileage may vary depending on the inlet/estuary and its unique variables.

  3. Greg - Thanks for the reply. I just jumped over to the library web site and put a hold on the book you mentioned. Also thanks for the tips. Unfortunately I didn't get away today to give it a go, so I guess I will have to settle with tying flys and reading up for next time.

    Thanks again!

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