Successfully Humble.

IMG_4979Being humbled on the water is a benefit that I think is lost to most anglers.  I am constantly humbled by the daily events that happen on the water. Whether it is by a fish refusing my “go to” fly of the day, or the schools of bait not being in the places I think they might be. Not guessing what the weather is going to do correctly, or just down right finding no fish on the first or second stop of the day.

However being humbled is a good thing, it teaches you lessons or reminds you to keep your wits about you on the water. We always get the fish because we are always in search of becoming better fishermen on the water. Learning new tricks, learning more about our local environment. Some times it takes getting your ass kicked to teach us these things. I do believe days on the water where things don’t go as planned and you still manage to have a good time and find a few fish make you a better angler and make you a better person off the water as well.


Today we were searching Puget Sound for chum fry and we stuck it out at our first spot just searching, very little blind casting for the first hour of the day, we caught a couple smaller fish, but they just were not in the numbers we were expecting. Eventually I said, “well lets give plan B a try.” We motored for about 10 mins south and found some nice fish that were eating sandlance. We spent the better part of the day in this area and had consistent fishing for the rest of the day. I have fished this spot for a couple of years pretty consistently however standing up high searching the structure for signs of movement I noticed a pocket created by the creek mouth that is either new this year or I have never seen in the past, we cast into it and cracked off the biggest cutthroat we have hooked all year. I truly feel it takes a few seasons to really get to know a new piece of water, and getting your butt kicked is a good reason to be looking for alternative ways to attack.


A humbled angler is a lot more fun to spend the day with than a cocky know it all type guy anyway. So spending some days trying new tricks is not a bad way to spend time on the water.

Puzzle Pieces

Eason7Fishing is all about riding the highs and lows of a day on the water and learning from them. We always hear the old adage “10% of the fisherman catch 90% of the fish.” and I do believe this is true. However I believe most anglers who care to catch on could easily raise the stats.

The edge pieces of the puzzle on any given day in Puget Sound are made up by being observant of the bait in the water. If it is chum fry season like it is now I would recommend targeting the places NORTH of the river mouths that chum fry flow out of. If it is July and the sandlance are all over the edges of the eel grass bed, eel grass might be the structure to fish to! Being observant and slowing down to think about why you are fishing the way you are is the biggest thing that separates the 10% from the 90%.

Efficiency in angling is the second bit of the puzzle. The time we are on the water is precious, making the most of that time is the best way to ensure the most fish end up in your net. This means becoming a better caster, improving your knot tying skills, fishing to the most productive parts of the beach rather than fishing through that mud flat to get to the good water. These are the reasons our clients catch the fish they do. I recommend my guys get casting lessons, if not from me, from some of the great instructors we work with.


Those last few pieces of the puzzle fall into place as you put the rest of it together, your fly selection gets better because you are now thinking of where the fish are in the water column and how you need to present the fly to them. You are learning how to fish your beaches more efficiently so you are now starting to find where the “sweet spots” are during different tides and finding out that you might need a different line to fish your favorite beach as effectively as you would like.

The best part of this puzzle is it is never ending. When you catch a fish you should always think to yourself “why was that fish in this spot,” “Why did this fish eat so far out? is there a drop off?” Always ask new questions and give yourself new pieces of the puzzle. Eventually these all add up to more fun on the water!Eason5