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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