Area 10 has been fishing well for those targeting resident coho with fly rods.
Big tidal days are producing the best fly fishing, with lots of moving water concentrating food. Cruise the biggest rip lines you can find and look for signs of feeding fish. This can be very obvious as fish aggressively crash bait, but it can also be more subtle as fish are sipping crab spawn. When you spot feeding fish stop the boat and work these areas hard.
Large clouser minnows in various colors have been producing well. I like these tied with stinger hooks to prevent short strikes. Strip these flies FAST. These fish aren’t totally focused on baitfish yet so a fast retrieve appeals to their aggressive nature. If you think you’re stripping fast enough, strip a little faster. Heavy sinking lines allow you to strip ultra fast and still keep your fly down a bit. I like type 7 lines.
If possible fish on days with cloud cover. The bright sun tends to keep the fish down a bit deeper. If you don’t find feeding fish on top then blind casting into large rips has been producing some fish. Watch your sonar for bait balls in the top 40′ of the water column and work those areas.
Captain Nick Clayton
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