Life of a Northwest Salmon

Life of a Northwest Salmon

source site by | Nov 1, 2015 | The Art of Fly Fishing

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 see url 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


The Art of Fly Fishing

The Art of Fly Fishing

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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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