Fly Fishing the Southern Salish Sea – Part One

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Typical Puget Sound shoreline at low tide
Typical Puget Sound shoreline at low tide

When the tides run, the shorelines of the Southern Salish Sea resemble large rivers, the currents revealing underwater structure that provide cover and food for my favorite fish–salmonids. You may not think you know of this sea, but you do.

The southern end is commonly called the Puget Sound, that gigantic saltwater estuary that spans 100 miles north and south from Admiralty Inlet to Olympia, Washington. The Puget Sound is deep–930 feet at its deepest point, but averaging 450-600 feet deep throughout its length. The sound hosts resident Coho and Chinook salmon and seasonal runs of all five Pacific Salmon–Pinks, Coho, Chinook, Chum and Sockeye. It is also home to a thriving and readily accessible population of coastal cutthroat trout.

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