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March
24th

In preparation

Where: The beach
When: Sunday
Conditions: Overcast, light wind
Flies used: Clousers, chum baby
Species pursued: Resident coho, sea-run cutthroat

Song of the day: “Real Estate,” Cypress Hill

The screen read, “10 AM Wind WSW 9mph.”

Current conditions were calm to 3 mph winds.

It was clear that today would be a race against time.

Within that window I would have to find a significant amount of fish on a beach big enough for a class.

Drawing from journal entries and reports, I selected a likely spot.

Grabbing my new switch rod off the rack, I

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March
18th

Upcoming Beach Class

Resident coho fishing is still consistent and we are on the verge of
the chum fry “hatch,” meaning sea-run cutthroat will be joining the
saltwater mix soon.

If you’re new to the beach game and the idea of catching either of
these species appeals to you, Puget Sound Fly Co. is holding another
Beach Class/Clinic on Friday, March 27th, taught by yours truly.

We’ll split instruction into two parts: a couple of hours of class
time going over the basics–equipment, finding fish, technique,
conditions, etc., followed by a day on the water.

Class will

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March
18th

Before the storm

Where: The beach
When: Saturday
Conditions: Mostly overcast, extremely windy and rainy
Flies used: Clousers, chum baby
Species pursued: Resident coho, sea-run cutthroat

Song of the day: “Testify,” Rage Against The Machine

For those who actually braved the snow, pounding rain and insane wind on Sunday, I salute you.

I, on the other hand, turned around somewhere after the tenth mile
of accumulating flakes and hydroplaning, not to mention the wide
assortment of loonies out there that were obviously not concerned with
their safety, much less anyone else’s.

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March
10th

Blown away

Where: The beach
When: Saturday
Conditions: Mostly overcast, gusty
Flies used: Shock & Awe, Clousers
Species pursued: Resident coho

Song of the day: “Save Yourself,” Stabbing Westward

“I’ll see you at noon.”

I knew it was futile from the get go, though. Wind at 23 miles per
hour and limited time, not to mention the wind chill bearing down on
us, would all be factors in making what would be a miserable day.

But that’s beach fishing and given that I was only afforded one day
out of the past week to fish,

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March
3rd

Patience

Where: The beach
When: Sunday
Conditions: Sunny then overcast with wind, then rainy and calm
Flies used: Shock & Awe, Clousers, Mike’s Bug
Species pursued: Resident coho

Song of the day: “Shooting Star,” Bad Company

Fresh, salty air.

I inhaled, holding it in, doing what I could to savor being able to fish again.

Looking down from the parking lot, I pointed out several rips to Bob
and Julian, noting how they’d shift down the beach, undulating to match
the shoreline’s curve.

“Any one of them could hold fish. Are you ready to go?”

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