Cutthroat Trout

Sea Run Cutthroat Trout

Sea Run Cutthroat Trout

Puget Sound and Hood Canal are home to the world’s best saltwater Sea Run Cutthroat fishing!  This is America’s only year-round saltwater trout fishery! We are extremely fortunate to be able to experience this unique fishing opportunity!

Sea Run Cutthroat Trout- The Fish

Sea Run Coastal Cutthroat are an anadromous trout species. This means that they hatch from the rivers, migrate to the salt, then return to the rivers to spawn. After they spawn the adult fish move back out to the saltwater to grow big and fat on the diverse bait available in Puget Sound. Their young grow for a bit in the streams, then join the party that is happening in the salt!  From here they quickly put on size feeding on the countless numbers of baitfish, terrestrials, and invertebrates that live in the intertidal areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

Sea Run Cutthroat Trout

As an angler, you could not find a more perfect opportunity to catch trout in a unique and challenging environment.  Then again, as a human, you could not ask to spend a day in a more beautiful and fluid place. Every day the tides shift and change the landscape to an almost unrecognizable place from high tide, to low again. It is an experience just looking around on the Hood Canal and seeing such a wild and venerable place.

As the seasons change cutthroat trout move closer or further away from the shore lines.  At some times of years we target them sipping terrestrial dry flies such as termites and ants off the surface along the beaches.   During the warmest parts of the  summer day we fish full sinking lines and pull fish off the drop offs.  However, 12 months of the year this is a ever changing fishery.  Proving uniquely challenging and fulfilling for anglers of all skill levels.Sea Run Cutthroat Trout


We strongly support the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition and Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group. We encourage all of our clients to look into these organizations and at the very least thank them for their hard work. All-Waters Fly Fishing is very fortunate to promote their work and we do our best to give back to this fishery as much as we can.

Up until very recently there was absolutely no research being done on Sea Run Cutthroat Trout.  Still today we are not exactly sure how many are in Puget Sound.  We think we have a good idea of the health of the fishery due to the great fishing, however the studies have just begun.  Thank you Coastal Cutthroat Coalition and Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group for your contributions to this great fishery!