Life of a Northwest Salmon

Life of a Northwest Salmon

Lets Dive underwater together and live the Life of a Northwest Salmon.

Hatching as one of 4000 eggs,  you struggle to keep up with over 400 of your bother and sister fry. Life seams difficult, but we soon find warm pools to eat and grow into healthy smolt. Over time you learn to chase little bugs and terrestrial insects. Life in the stream feeds you the proper nutrition in order to gain strength for the quest ahead.Life as a Northwest Salmon

Depending on which type of Salmon you are, it can take you up to two years to be ready for the journey into bigger waters. It’s a strong magnetic nudge and the  environmental cues that pulls you towards the sea. Along the way you face many obstacles such as; water falls, nets, hooks, birds and river predators. You have learned that keeping close to your brothers and sisters along with the many other neighbor salmon is what’s keeping you alive.

The taste of salt fills your senses and the Pacific Ocean turns into a giant all you can eat buffet. You will spend up to seven years in this buffet and learn to become selective on the food you eat. After all, you have a huge menu to choose from, such as other little fish, squid, eels and shrimp, but if your a Sockeye, your diet consist almost entirely of plankton. Life in the ocean seams awesome! Your getting stronger and smarter. With this growth comes other large predators and you learn to master the art of listening to all your senses.

Although you have ears, they don’t work very well.Through your lateral line, You can detect vibrations in the water from upwards of 100 feet and your eyes are perfectly shaped to give you the ultimate panoramic vision. You also have learned to adjust the light-sensitive pigments in your eyes as you age and move to deeper waters. Your eyes can then turn into high powered night vision goggles.  Your sense of smell is a thousand times stronger then a dogs and allows you to smell your food from miles away.  These sense have become the key to your survival!

Over the years you have learned so many awesome things. You have learned to work as a team  to stay alive and use your little fish brains to create massive wheel cylinders to confuse other fish, which knock off their equilibrium, so you can capture more prey.

Life as a Northwest Salmon

The fun is about over and you now feel that magnetic pull of your birth place calling you back to become a father or mother.

You will now travel some  900 miles and climb nearly 7,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean as you return to the northwest to spawn. All you can think about is getting home, food doesn’t seem to be on your mind but out of habit you may eat a few things along the way. You have become very territorial because the enormous ocean has turned back into tight freshwater rivers. You are now in competition  and will strick at other little fish and insects to get them out of your way.  You finally make it home and can add value and life to the water.

On your way up to your spawning ground you notice a very shiny, irritating leech in the water and its making you angry so you chase after it and strike. At once you feel a sharp pain in your lip as your head is whipped sideways. You feel as if you have lost control. You swim as hard as you can, fighting, not knowing what has control of you. You finally run out of steam and your pulled closer and closer to the shore. You notice a really creepy creature holding some kind of stick. This creature then grabs the irritating leech out of your mouth and you now swim free back towards deeper water…


Under standing the Life of a Northwest Salmon can give us valuable insight on their feeding patterns and can help you gain confidence on the water. Here at Seamwater it’s in our blood to help you catch more fish. Please Share if you found this to be educational and we hope to see you on the water. Fish On!!

Fall Fly Patterns

Fall Fly Patterns

fall fly patternsRustling against the brush you break through an old trail leading to one of your little secret holes. As the trail meets the rivers edge you take in a breath of sweet pine air, so rich and clean you can almost taste it. Your eyes glance from left to right as your swept away by the beauty of the cold morning breeze lifting the warmth of the water into a mist.


A rush of tranquility takes hold of you. So excited, so focused, a sense of peace and happiness take root as you see in your minds eye; a monster steel head on the end of your line.

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These moments plant seeds in our heart and flower into a desire to continue mastering the art of fly fishing. Part of this quest involves finding out what flies are working.

Lets focus for a moment on Bill Castaways Question?

“To the crew  at seamwater; I have been fly fishing off and on for the past 2 years, as my busy schedule allows. During this time I have built confidence in my presentation and choice of water, but the fish just don’t seam to wanna bite my fly. I live in the Pacific Northwest and fish for salmon. Can you give me an idea what the fish are biting on this time of year?”

The joy of the hunt! Finding the right pattern can seem challenging and we have spent hours not catching fish, so we know how you feel. There are so many patterns available and everyone has their own idea of  “The Fly” that’s hooking fish. Along With Pattern selection, its also important that we understand why the fish bite certain patterns. This will be covered in more detail in in upcoming article.

For now we will focus on fall fly patterns that are working for local experts: We have compiled a list of go to flies for the Pacific Northwest. Free Download below, Enjoy!



Fall Fly Patterns


Fall Fly Fishing

Fall Fly Fishing

By Douglas Scott

grays harbor tourismAs the cooler air makes its way down from Alaska and the days grow shorter, most of the Pacific Northwest turns inward, preparing for the winter. Yet, when the signs of fall first become visible in Grays Harbor, the region starts bustling with excitement. As the trees turn colors and and the first cold raindrops fall, the rivers and streams become full once again, bringing life to the once dry waterways. In the water, numerous species of fish congregate, bringing in eagles, bobcat and of course, anglers from around the world. While Grays Harbor has amazing fishing year round, the fall months are when the region’s rivers transform into the fishing mecca of the Pacific Northwest.

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Trevor Brearty is a Grays Harbor local, and owner of a new fly fishing company called Seamwater.Seamwater was created with one simple idea in mind: seaming the art of fly fishing together with a splash of quality fly supplies. Offering quality custom hand-tied flies, Seamwater also gives casting lessons and classes, helping everyone become hooked on fishing in the region. For Trevor, this started while he was growing up in the Pacific Northwest. Trevor recalls fall fishing during his youth as a transformative time in becoming who he is today.

“My best fishing memory is when I was about 16 years old, on a family camping trip on the Wynoochee River. Being 16, I had nothing on my mind but girls and fishing. With no girls around, I decided to spend my time fishing,” Trevor recalled. “As I was fishing a remote hole, I gave my line a quick nudge, only to feel the weight of what I thought was a log or snag. I gave it one more quick pull and saw a huge flash in the water. It was a fish, a big fish, and it was on my line! I fought this fish for about 30 minutes, while whooping and hollering for someone to come down to me. A few minutes after yelling ‘Fish On, Baby,’ my uncle comes running down the river to help pull the fish to shore. I had caught an 8 pound, 22 inch rainbow trout.”

Today, Trevor is an avid fly fisherman, making flys that hit on all the rivers of the region. He does so, because for him, it is hard to see a more beautiful place to fly fish than Grays Harbor. Fishing in the region is a way of life and is constantly a challenge of timing and patience; the rivers and creeks are large, the fish are monsters and the weather supports an active explorer and fly fisher. During the fall, Grays Harbor’s rivers, creeks and lakes are vibrant with color and life, making a perfect location to learn how to fish along with becoming successful with catching many different species.

fishing grays harbor

While all you theoretically need to fish is a permit, a hook, some line and a pole, you also need confidence, a positive attitude, and an open mind. The latter three are just as important as the first four. While confidence and a positive attitude can’t be bought in stores, having the right gear can help you with everything. Trevor shared a few suggestions of what gear you need to start out.

“I recommend an 8 foot light to medium action rod for cutthroat and trout and a 10 foot medium to heavy action rod for steelhead and salmon,” Trevor explains. “The line you use also depends on the size of fish you are hoping to to catch. I recommend 4-10 pound monofilament for trout and 15-30 pound monofilament for steelhead and salmon.”

Now, this may be a bit overwhelming to those new to fishing, but Trevor also strongly recommends going to your nearest Dennis Company store. Dennis Company has a fantastic selection of gear and with a staff who are very friendly and helpful, you are sure to be given exactly what you need to have a productive day out on the water. Plus, you get to support a local store right here in Grays Harbor and get the peace of mind that you are being helped by experts.

Grays Harbor has a plethora of fishing destinations to choose from, and while you can fish anywhere that the Washington State Fish and Wildlife allows, there are a few spots that local experts like Trevor recommends. While he wouldn’t share his secret spots, the five locations he shared are perfect for anglers who are looking to explore some of the non-traditional locations.

To start, local experts agree that you should try your luck out at Decker Creek which is located north of Satsop. At Decker Creek, you are likely to catch salmon, steelhead or cutthroat trout, depending on the season. The cutthroat are both resident and sea-run trout, while the steelhead have both a summer and winter run. The salmon that return each year to Decker Creek are chinook, chum and coho.

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Wynoochee River, or “The Nooch,” is a world class steelhead river and famous for the size of fish caught. There are many places to fish on The Nooch, but Trevor recommends fishing below the dam, because the fish become much more selective up top. With a winter and summer run of steelhead, as well as sea-run cutthroat and chinook, coho and chum salmon, it is hard to find a better location than the Wynoochee River.

Next, Cloquallum Creek, which is a small creek flowing into the Chehalis, produces both sea-run cutthroat and steelhead. Fall is the best time to catch cutthroat, while the steelhead are best caught in early winter. It is said that this region is great for all styles of fishing: fly, spinning and bait casting. It is rumored that the best fishing on Cloquallum Creek is between 5:00 – 8:00 a.m., so early risers should be pleased fishing here.

The Satsop River is a great river to hook a massive salmon. Coho weighing between 15 and 20 pounds are frequently caught here, though all species of salmon run up this river, along with steelhead and cutthroat. Trevor recommends fishing up near Schaffer State Park to avoid the larger crowds that can appear when the fall salmon fishing is busiest. The east fork of the Satsop is also amazing and can can get crowded.

Finally, Black Creek is another great place to fish in Grays Harbor. Located west of Montesano via Wynoochee Valley Road, Black Creek is often overlooked despite having great fishing options for salmon, steelhead and both rainbow and cutthroat trout. Largemouth bass have also been caught here, making it perfect year round. While Black Creek doesn’t have the reputation of the Satsop or Wynoochee, it is a great place to test your skill against a wider variety of fish.

Contact Trevor Brearty at for fall fly fishing tips

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The Art of Fly Fishing

The Art of Fly Fishing

art of fly fishing

art of fly fishing

Nested in our heart and consuming our imagination, the art of fly fishing becomes a healthy obsession.

As we fall in love with the art of fly fishing, the early gratifications are heady and decidedly unscientific. They exist for that moment and that’s enough. As the infatuation continues you want to know more:


And the questions are many……

Here at SeamWater, we want to help you find the answers to your questions pertaining to the art of fly fishing. Over time you will find our blogs rewarding and informative.

We will reveal top tips for catching big fish, secret holes around Northwest Washington and content that will boost your confidence within the world of fly fishing.


We will also be show casing guide choice flies, that are up to date and are catching fish right now. We will add experiences and reviews to support the top tips and flies to use to catch more fish.

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We are excited that you are interested in the art of fly fishing!Please leave us a question and we will go fishing for the answers. Hope to see you on the water!

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