East Coaster

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  1. A few suggestions: 1. Water is getting colder, meaning trout will be less active. Fish on sunny days, during most comfortable time of the day (mid afternoon). 2. Since the fish will be less active, and since there is not going to be much insect activity, the trout will hang out in slower water next to faster moving water, so they expend less effort and still have the food coming to them. It sounds like you've found fish, so that's good, but keep in mind they aren't going to move much to feed. 3. As others have stated, sub-surface flies (nymphs and streamers) are the way to go. If you're trying to imitate what naturals are in the water, keep in mind that any mayfly nymphs will be tiny at this point in the year, but stonefly nymphs will be larger (some stonefly nymphs take 2 years to mature, so the ones that will hatch next season are already decent-sized). Larger is better at this time of year - the trout will want something that's worth moving for, and that they're likely to see around. Use nymphs that imitate stoneflies (Kaufman's stones, Prince nymphs, zug bugs, dark hare's ears) or even dead-drift a size 14 black wooly bugger. In a larger river, you can try streamers, but again, the trout aren't going to be in a chasing mood (unless there are spawning browns or brookies in the stream, in which case they might strike a moving streamer out of aggression). Good luck!
  2. Responding a little late, but one thing you may want to consider is getting something that you might eventually pass down to a child or grandchild, if applicable. Waders are sensible, but will wear out eventually. A nice rod or reel, especially if your co-workers have it personalized, is something you can give to an heir, and when they use it they will remember the times you took them fishing, maybe helped them catch their first fish, etc. Just a thought (and congratulations on your upcoming retirement).
  3. OK, a few things that should help you. 1. The pic you just posted of the line shows that it's a WF (which stands for weight forward) 7 weight floating line WF7F (I'm guessing the "T" at the beginning stands for "trout" since that's what the name on the box says). What this means is that the line is tapered so that the forward part of the line (closest to the fly) has more of the weight, which allows the line to shoot out more easily on a cast. The line should float, but since it looks like an older package based on the graphics, it may not float as well as it would if it were brand new. Shouldn't be a big problem though, and will be easier to use than the other line you have which is definitely a sinking line. 2. Since your rod is an 8 wt, and this line is a 7 wt., it means that it will take more of the line being out of the guides to load the rod properly. In other words, if you are casting with 30 feet of line out, the weight of the line won't put as much of a bend in the rod (it won't flex as much), and therefore you're not getting as much efficient power out of it. That's not a big problem, although in general, beginners will learn to cast better if they can feel the rod flex, so you'll be missing out on that. You can try to compensate by trying a longer cast (because the extra length of line out increases the weight), but for a beginner, that's making things more difficult. Generally, it's easier for a beginner to cast when they're using a higher weight line than the rod is rated for (in this case a 9 wt line would be better than the 7 wt line you have). 3. I see that you live on Puget Sound. I live in NJ, but started my saltwater flyfishing on vacations out there, so I am somewhat familiar with the fishery (searun cutthroats in particular). You will be fine with a floating line for them and if you are able to cast 40 feet of fly line, everything should work out okay for you (ideally, you'd want a 9 or 9.5 ft. 6 weight rod and line to match). However, I'd suggest going to the fly shop in Gig Harbor, buying a new line (most likely an 8wt floating line) and some flies and they'll help you get started on the right track - you may want to take a lesson so that you start right off with good technique. If you already fish the Sound, you'll know where to go to find the fish. Good luck!
  4. Relative newbie at flyfishing the surf, myself (started last November). From your background, I'm guessing you haven't spent a lot of time in what could be rough surf conditions, so I would caution you to keep your eyes on the breaking waves, and stand so that you're more or less sideways to the break (one foot a little behind you) to help brace yourself and so that the wave isn't hitting you straight on (you're giving it a smaller profile to impact). Even a pretty small wave can knock you down. You also need to be aware of the "rip" created when the water is heading back out after the wave crashes - that can knock you down from behind as well. Not trying to discourage you, just a heads-up, as a fall can ruin your day. And make sure you keep your phone, key fob, etc. in a ziplock bag in case you do go for an unplanned dunking. It's a lot of fun, just best to be prepared - good luck!!!