Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing ReportUpdated 20 Febuary, 2017
OVERVIEW – There have been fewer fish around than in recent years, but the ones that have been caught are also bigger than the average in recent years.
Sol Duc, Bogie, Hoh, Calawah are open to fish.
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As of Dec 1st the Sol Duc is open from the Klahowya Camp Ground down to the confluence of the Quillayute.
Current Conditions: Sol Duc is looking good. Lower had a bit of green and it’s all a little high if you’re a more cautious bankie, but it’s still dropping. The longer you wait the lower it’ll be, but also clearer which makes for tougher fishing.
Fishing Report: Still lower numbers of steelhead than historically seen in mid February. Some anglers have been finding fish, not in great numbers but there’s a few fish in the river.
BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH
Bogachiel: As of December 1st the Bogie is finally open above the hatchery – down to the confluence of the Quillayute.
- Current: Upper Bogie road was blocked by a downed tree as of Sunday right before the big hill. The bypass is open, so please take that forest road to the left where you first see the “local traffic only” sign, rather than ignoring the sign.
- Upper Bogie is looking really good
- 101 Bridge down was pretty murky from the slide. Even the confluence of the Bogie and Calawah was hardly fishable as of 2/19.
- Forecast: It’ll need to stay pretty dry and cold for the lower bogie to clear up. Probably wont be worth the drive until at least Wednesday.
- Fish Reports: Only a handful of good fish, most likely due to unfishable conditions and blocked roads.
Calawah: As of Dec 1st the Calawah is open from confluence to the Park Boundary on the south fork of the Calawah, but roads have been closed recently.
- Current: Water looks good
- Fish Reports: No outstanding reports of fish this time.
Current Conditions: The upper Hoh should be fishable by today, the lower may take an extra day or two to clear up a bit.
Forecast: Not much rain and it’s staying nice and cold so it should stay pretty fishable.
Fishing Report: Some nice fish that have been caught, but this river takes a while to clear up so hasn’t been fished too much.
Protected Species: Bull Trout – Salvelinus confluentus which is a member of the Char family (sometimes mistakenly called “Dolly Varden” Salvelinus malma) Loads of Bull Trout are being caught incidentally on the Hoh. You may find that these aggressive Char will take many of the same presentations used to catch steelhead. Bull trout are fun and brake the monotony of a slow day while fishing for winter steelhead and some days you may catch as many as a dozen with some upwards of 5lbs! Just remember these are a protected species within the Olympic Peninsula so keep them wet, minimize your handling and release all Bulls back as quickly as possible.
Opened Dec 1. Has been receiving pressure around the confluence of the Salmon river with some nice Wild fish being caught. No substantial reports at this time.
Current Conditions: We didnt go down there this weekend, but generally pretty similar to Hoh conditions.
Still closed to all fishing but the river is finally FREE! With both dams completely removed, fish recovery is really taking off. There have a pretty fair number of steelhead spawning in the middle river this spring. All checked there have been wild and it seems the brood stock raised hatchery fish have all remained in the lower river.
Closed until June 1st, 2017
Hearing better reports about Coastal Cutt fishing than in recent years. Sequim Bay has been good and even the limited beach fishing around Port Angeles has been decent. With the Strait cooling down this winter Cutties are shallower providing easier target opportunities for bank anglers so don’t over look the sweet spots right at the edge of the beach. Sometimes you’ll find these Cutt’s in 2 ft of water. Try long fluorocarbon leaders (9ft 3X) and delicate presentations. Floating fly lines and Clear intermediate fly lines get the job done in the cold months of winter.