Is Spring Runoff Keeping You Off the
The Yakima River is still out of shape,
but it's not the only game in town. With cooler
temps predicted over the next week we wouldn't be
surprised to see some fishable flows over the next
several days. In the meanwhile, trout and bass in
our local lakes and sea-run cutthroat fishing in
the Puget Sound are giving anglers plenty to do.
Don't know much about lake fishing? Come on by the
shop or call in and we'll gladly help you get up
to speed with where to go and what to do. Hesitant
because you don't have a boat, pontoon or float
tube? There isn't a better time to get out and hook
your first sea-run cutthroat off the beach. We have
the info and resources you need to scratch that
HEY! YOU! Send in
photos of fish you've captured and we will put them
on our website in our Catch of the Week section.
Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonus points for a Creekside hat. Here are a few
more for your perusal.
#1 Chris Senyohl
just returned from what looks like a heck of a trip
to the Florida Everglades and West Indies where
he managed to angle himself into what we here at
Creekside like to call the "Super Mega Grand
Slam": Permit, bonefish, tarpon, snook, sea
trout, black drum and lookdown fish among others!
This beastly permit ate a Corbett's
Chris hooked all his bones on a Crazy
The Tarpon ate a Corbett's Peanutbutter
A Sloppy Corbett fooled this Snook...
Sea trout on a Corbett's Seadiever...
And a choker black drum too!
For more pics and updated fly tying
instruction/videos check out our blog here.
Yakima: The Yakima
River is high for now, but don't expect it to stay
that way for too much longer. Much of the snow melted
during the hot weather over the weekend and the
river is dropping into shape fast. Get your caddis
dries and pupa patterns ready because the bugs are
popping and the river should be in shape by next
week. Flies to try are: CFO Caddis (12-14),
Elk Hair Caddis (12-14), X-Caddis (12-16), Rubber
Legged stonefly (4-8), BH
Pheasant Tail nymph #14-20, Lightning
Bug Pearl #12-16, Lime Copper John (16-20),
Prince Nymph (12-16), Silvey's Pupa (12-16), Sculpzilla
(4-8), Sheila Sculpin (4), Beldar (2-8), Slap &
Lakes: Damsels and
Callibaetis are here! This week we've had some great
reports from guys fishing the E-WA lakes. Most had
success fishing damsel nymphs, but there were mentions
of sporadic Callibaetis hatches on both Lenice and
Chopaka. Small tan chironomids (14-16) have also
been producing. Locally, rattlesnake is continuing
to fish well. Fish are moving a bit shallower and
chasing down buggers, leeches and damsel imitations
stripped or trolled. Bass fishing is heating up
both locally and in E-WA. Small to medium sized
clouser minnows or other baitfish imitations are
working well on Sammamish and Pine Lake for smallmouth,
and a variety of big nasties--including topwatwers--are
taking fish around Potholes and Moses Lake. If you
have never tried bass fishing before just wait until
one of these hyper agressive predators blasts your
fly and doubles your rod...you'll be hooked!
Flies to try: Rapunzel (10-12),
Mini Damsel (10-12), Thorax Callibaetis (12-16),
D&D Cripple Callibaetis (12-16), Hale Bopp Leech
(8-10), Peacock Carey (8-10), Wooley Buggers (8-10),
Ice Cream Cone (10-16), Holo Cironomid (10-16),
Chironocones (10-16), Knobel Chironomids (10-16).
This has been a fantastic season so
far in the Puget Sound! Particularly down south
we have been finding willing fish more often than
not and hooking some nice ones. Sand lance are showing
up now in good numbers and there are still plenty
of salmon smolts around. While a variety of baitfish
imitations have been catching fish lately, hooking
up consistently on any particular one has been tough.
It really all depends on how active the fish are,
how much bait is around and what type of bait the
fish are eating. This is why it's important to have
some accurate sand lance, smolt and herring imitations
as well as some attractor patterns and wild color
schemes in your box. A good rule of thumb is to
go natural when you see fish feeding, but don't
be afraid to think outside the box when things get
*For those of you who are new to beach
fishing and want to give it a go, we offer guided
beach fishing trips as well as trips out of the
boat with our head guide Chris Senyohl. For more
info on these trip visit our shop or give us a call
Flies To Try: Wests Imitator,
Foul Free Herring, Seth's Sand Lance,Rolled Muddlers,
Wooley Buggers, Miyawaki Poppers, Clouser Minnows.
the Best Juvenile Tarpon Fishing in the World
Tarpon Tour: May 17-25, 2014
Here at Creekside
Angling Company the passion for tropical saltwater
fishing runs deep. For the past 20 years we have
been exploring the finest and most exciting saltwater
destinations. Our travels have taken us from Florida
and the Bahamas to Belize and Ascension Bay, Christmas
Island and several other fantastic locations. This
year we wanted to do something extra special and
unique, so we talked to the boys at Fly Water Travel
and they introduced us to a one of a kind tarpon
fishery in the Yucatan. By all accounts the juvenile
tarpon fishing at Isla Del Sabalo and Tarpon Cay
Lodge has to be experienced to be believed.
A Destination With Multiple Personalities...
the mangroves in the backwaters at Isla Del Sabalo.
expansive turtlegrass flats offer explosive sight
We have been
working closely with Fly Water Travel to come up
with a program that will allow us to spend a few
days fishing at each lodge in order to experience
the varied fisheries at both destinations. Each
has its own unique personality and the best way
to get the most out of the trip is to fish both!
Cay: Sight Fishing the Flats
Tarpon Cay Lodge is located on the
north shore of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula,
where most of the fishing occurs over very shallow
flats that are covered by a dark colored, broad
leafed turtle grass. Roving schools of tarpon in
the 5lb – 15lb class can number just a few
or several hundred. The lodge utilizes spacious
18 foot pangas with an extensive level casting deck
and all fly fishing is conducted out of these stealthy,
stable, and comfortable fishing platforms. The nearest
boundary of the fishery is very close to the lodge
and, therefore, only requires a 15 - 25 minute boat
ride to arrive at most of your Yucatan fly fishing
The fishing can be fast paced and
explosive. On a calm day, it is not uncommon to
observe pods of Tarpon rolling and slashing bait
on the flats - an awe-inspiring moment to say the
least ... don't forget to cast.
Sabalo: "Island of Tarpon"
Isla del Sabalo is located off of
the northern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The fertile mangrove-lined waters of Mexico’s
northern Yucatan Peninsula represent the most prolific
juvenile tarpon fishery in the world. Ranging in
size from 5 to 30+ pounds, the tarpon here reside
in environs of turtle grass flats and mangrove lined
lagoons, creeks, and channels. The hallmark of this
fishery is the gin-clear flats and the amazing network
of backcountry lagoons and channels. These characteristics
make this fishery an incredible rearing ground for
these resident baby tarpon. Whether you are sight
casting to rolling tarpon on the flats or working
the mangroves with your top-water pattern, fly fishing
for tarpon at Isla del Sabalo is a pure adrenaline
The best way to describe the accomodations
at both lodges is simple and comfortable. The region
these lodges are situated in has all of the rustic
charm of a traditional fishing village.
Isla Del Sabalo is on a beach front
facing the open ocean. Guests stay in spacious ocean
front cottages equipped with air-conditioning, fans,
and a full private bath with shower (hot and cold
water). There is a housekeeping service that cleans
the room and replaces, towels, bottled drinking
water, cups, and bar soap each day. A unique feature
of the property is the beach front “palapa”.
This wonderful area is perfect for relaxing after
a long day of chasing Tarpon.
accommodations at Tarpon Cay Lodge are comfortable,
bright, and enriched with traditional Mexican decor.
A spacious lounge provides dining areas, comfortable
seating for relaxing, and a nice workspace for fly
tying or working on tackle at the day's end. Upstairs,
the spacious guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioning,
fans, and a full private bath with shower. Rooms
are bright with a nice ocean view.
The meals are another highlight of
the fishing here. Hearty portions with a local flavor
are an absolute culinary delight for the big appetite.
Breakfast is ordered the night prior from a full
menu (American and Mexican dishes). Your breakfast
will be promptly served in the morning to assure
you an on-time start of your daily fishing adventure.
Lunches consist of made-to-order sandwiches, snacks,
and assorted beverages.
Upon your return from an exciting day of tarpon-mania,
dinner is served. Entrees may include chicken, pork,
or the catch-of-the-day - fish, shrimp, or even
lobster! Additionally, the lodge can accommodate
most dietary restrictions. Let the staff know and
they will prepare an appetizing alternative that
is often looked over with envy by your fellow dinner
The trip is
set up so that we will have three days of fishing
at each lodge. From week to week the fishing program
depends largely on tides and weather conditions.
On some weeks, you will fish from morning through
the afternoon. On other weeks, the program may consist
of fishing the AM hours, a break mid-day (lunch/”siesta”!),
and then an evening session of fishing. Your guides
will determine the program based on the optimum
timing of tides and weather.
May 17: Arrive
Cancun (Airport CUN)
May 18 – 20: 3 days guided fishing at Tarpon
May 21: Transfer to Isla Del Sabalo
May 22 – 24: 3 days guided fishing at Isla
May 25: Depart Merida (Airport MID)
$3,595.00 per person based on double
occupancy for an 8 night/6 day fishing package
only 5 spots available for this trip!
Call and reserve
your spot today: (425) 392-3800
Included: Guided fishing, accommodations and meals
at Tarpon Cay, non-alcoholic beverages, guest taxes,
fishing licenses, ground transfers to and from Cancun
Not Included: Airfare, gratuities, phone services,
internet access, laundry service, alcoholic beverages,
meals in Cancun, fly fishing gear and tackle.
tarpon weighing up to about 20 pounds and small
tarpon up to about 50 pounds are a delight to catch
on tackle matched to the task. Whenever you have
an opportunity to do this type of fishing, whether
for baby tarpon or the giants, don't pass it up.
You will never have a more meaningful or memorable
angling experience. In fact, as one fellow put it,
'I thought I died and went to Heaven.'"
Excerpt from Fishing the Flats, by Lefty
Kreh and Mark Sosin
Be sure to
check our website and Facebook page for updates
on this trip. We expect this trip to fill fast so
if you want to reserve your spot or you would like
more info call or e-mail the shop right away!
Intermediate Casting Classes
With FFF Certified Casting Instructor Bill Wheeler-
Sharpen your casting skills with FFF
certified casting instructor Bill Wheeler. Intermediate
casting classes are a great way for fly fishermen
to brush up on basic technique, increase casting
distance and improve accuracy. These classes are
also a great supplement to our "Intro to Fly
Fishing" classes for beginners looking to take
their casting skills to the next level. For more
info on these classes or to sign up for a date,
please call our Issaquah location (425) 392 3800
or check the "Classes" section of our
website for upcoming dates and pricing
Gift Certificates are available.
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