Sea Run Cuttys
Hosted a charter Saturday for local sea run cutthroat trout fishing around Port Townsend. Catch and release only, these fish are great sport on a 5-6 wt. fly rod. Employing a variety of clouser and streamer flies we found a good handful of eager biters in the 10-14 inch range with a few larger fish “smacking” a popper around for good measure. Sea run cutthroat trout are similar in habits to steelhead in that they are anadromous and move between the saltwater and estuaries feeding up on small baitfish until moving and up into fresh water rivers and creeks in fall to spawn in winter and early spring. Unlike salmon, once these fish spawn they will once again return to the saltwater. With the pink and coho salmon moving in as well right now, a late summer day spent fly fishing on our local saltwater bays can be a lot of fun.