Post by nanaimofly on Nov 30, 2016 20:17:56 GMT -8
Anyone ever fish for cutties on the beach during the winter months? I see a lot of write ups and videos in Puget sound and whatnot but what are your guys experiences? I understand spring time is a given when the fry exit the rivers bust I've yet to take advantage of our rare beach fishery and will be putting in some serious time on the tides 😎
From late November to Mid March I've tried and only caught a few small ones. High flood tides seem to happen during the short days of Winter, meaning there isn't much of a beach to fish on. I have done well all the other months. I think the mature fish are up the rivers much of winter feeding on salmon eggs and flesh, plus spawning and mending themselves from a tough summer in salt water. Very little to eat on the beaches in winter.
It depends on location of their natal water in relation to the salt environment. Freshwater entering or approximate to protected bays, coves, harbours, etc. Cutties will be present especially if their freshwater environment in not very fertile and/or degradation off that watershed and the size off the freshwater environment. I do 90% off my beach Cutty fishing from November to April with Jan./Feb./March being my best months. The locations I fish there is more food in the salt thus the Cutties are more present. They enter their freshwater environment to follow spawning salmon and then will fall back into the salt(not always) to feed until spawning calls and then once again will migrate back to the salt. Some fish will not spawn and will holdover to the following year and I do believe some fish live in the salt for a year... roughly.
Found sources are plentiful in the salt during winter months where I fish. Euphusids, amphipods, crab larvae, copepods, marine worms, sculpins, juvenile herring and other small crustaceans and food sources carried downstream to the estuary/salt water. I do believe El Nino and La Nina play a role as well. Other factors contribute as well such as run timings.
Consistently catching tidal SRCT in the winter months is one nut I haven't been able to crack. The beaches I fish seem pretty void of life compared to the warmer months. Should I be fishing deeper water? Sunk lines? I have had guys tell me they use tiny flies made of plastic wrap, others use flies that are big and bright and look like they belong on a steelhead flow. Guess I've gotten spoiled by the relative dumbness of the summer trout.
How is everyone's SRC spring fishing going? For myself and the few people I've spoken to, it's been a weird year. Not much around, yet? Apparently not anywhere. I had a three fish on day back mid-March, but my last few outings haven't seen anything. Lots of fry around. It's usually pretty hot fishing now.
Gave it a whirl this morning, though I didn't bother getting up early. It still continues to be a weird Spring. Tides good, with some heavy rain without wind. Not much showing though feed abundant. Finally a few trout started to show, but they would take none of the usual offerings. As a last try, for something different, I put on a big tattered Tom Thumb dry and just let it sit on the surface. Within a minute the fly was gone in a boil and silly me struck at it way too soon. I did this once more and then decided next time to leave a bunch of slack line out. It worked an finally pinned a nice Cutthroat of about 15". Things completely died down as the tide bottomed out, so I grabbed by bucket, waded the flats and caught a bucket of crabs for Mom.