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Quick bug stop on the Dosewallips River

By Troutnut on July 6th, 2020
This long day trip from home to the Olympic Peninsula was primarily an attempt to dig a geoduck, a Pacific Northwest delicacy and the largest species of burrowing clam. I built a special tool to help dig them up from 3 feet under the sediment in the tidal flat off the Dosewallips River estuary, where the big clams are exposed only during the lowest tides of the summer. They're apparently located among the eelgrass at this beach by locating where they spurt jets of water 5-10 feet into the air as the tide recedes or rises. Unfortunately, I didn't see a single jet of water nor any other sign of a geoduck, even with the tide dropping to -2.8 feet.

My consolation prizes were some delicious steamer clams (manila clams), an easy find higher in the tidal zone, and some bugs to photograph from a short sampling stop upriver.

Photos by Troutnut from the Dosewallips River in Washington

 From the Dosewallips River in Washington.
Date TakenJul 6, 2020
Date AddedJul 12, 2020
AuthorTroutnut
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Closeup insects by Troutnut from the Dosewallips River and Mystery Creek #249 in Washington

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WbranchJuly 16th, 2020, 5:38 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2676
Wow, what a great looking pool! You should of fished there awhile.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
TroutnutJuly 16th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2692
I had brought fly fishing gear, but we had to get back. This part of the Olympic Peninsula doesn't have much resident trout fishing, as far as I know. It's almost completely a sea-run fishery and the run wasn't in yet.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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