I've had some luck hooking salmon on the west-side beaches during the last week. Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday I fished the morning tide at Fort Casey and caught fish each day--a mix of Coho and Pink. As I gain experience I'm coming to believe what I now remember hearing from others: that the best time is the two-hour period around high tide. Of course, this is an over generalization, with different areas responding differently. Sunday and Monday I landed one Pink each day while fishing well after high tide--with the current running hard. I also had several other hits. Wednesday (yesterday) I caught two Coho--both nice size natives--and one Pink at near-slack tide. A lot of fish were showing themselves. While early in the week I had a take or two on pink flies, my greatest success was on a more natural baitfish pattern--green over white with liberal flash. If you're looking for a good time, grab your rod and hit the beach.
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Thanks for the update Mark. I have been going to Hoypus Point for the last few days. I saw some activity yesterday, interestingly, at low tide but haven't connected with anything yet. I was there today for the high tide but didn't see any activity. The boats are starting to congregate at the Honey Hole under the Deception Pass bridge. When are you headed out again? I would be very interested to join you.