Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Report

Updated 10 Aug, 2017

OVERVIEW – Trout fishing is in full swing and fish are taking dries and streamers in all the rivers. A few more reports of summer steelhead and we exspect more to follow as we push into September. Beaches have been great and consistent for Cutthroat, with a few solid reports Coho and Black Mouth being caught.

Hoh, Bogie, Calawah, and Sol Duc are all open.

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Click on the river you’re thinking of fishing to get the report.

SOL DUC

 

The entire river is open to steelhead, salmon, and trout. Catch and Release the native fish and single barbless hooks.

Fishing Report: A few sockeye, great trout fishing. Trout fishing has been great! Now that it’s a bit warmer we are starting to see good numbers of Green Drakes hatching (size 10’s and 8’s) that the trout are really keying in on. They will also take sculpins stripped or swung through deeper pools. Fish have been caught from the convergence all the way up in the park, just remember to cover water.

 

BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH

Bogachiel: Open to Trout, steelhead and salmon. Catch and release native fish, single barbless hooks.

 

  • Current:

    • Fairly low and will continue to drop with not much rain and warm weather.
  • Fish Reports: Trout fishing has been decent throughout the river. They’ll take sculpins and large dry flies skated on the surface such as Green Drake’s and Golden Stone’s in sizes 10 and 8. There are a few steelhead in the lower river and hopefully as summer goes by we’ll start to get a better push of fish.

Calawah: Open to Trout, steelhead and salmon. Catch and release native fish, single barbless hooks.

  • Current:

    • Really… Really low and will continue to drop with not much rain and warm weather.
  • Fish Reports: Trout fishing has been pretty good before the stretch of high heat we had throughout late July. Now conditions restrict the amount of productive water and fish are found fewer and further between.

 

HOH

Fishing Report:  Open to catch and release trout single barbless hooks for steelhead and we are booking trips if interested. A few fish have been caught and conditions are improving. Get out on the Hoh before it closes August 31st. (Due to re-open Sep 15th.)

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.

Beautiful Hoh river Bull Trout. The welcomed heart stopping tug from a unexpected Bull keeps us warm and from becoming complacent in our search for winter steel. Keep them wet and let em swim

 

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QUEETS

Fishing Report: Haven’t heard much about any fish being caught down on the Queets, but it is your best bet for finding an early summer steelhead. Since it is a glacial river it can be known to dirty up on warmer days so you can get away with busting out your spey gear sink tips to cover some water. Stick to leechy patterns in reds and blacks and cover water.

 

 

ELWHA

 

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.sol-duc-rainbow.jpg-nggid03187-ngg0dyn-320x240x100-00f0w010c010r110f110r010t010

DUNGENESS

 

 

 

upper-dungenessFishing Report: The Dungeness is open up above gold creek for catch and release trout. Though there aren’t many big fish up there, there are good numbers of smaller rainbow trout willing to take a fly. Water is running pretty high and fast, but anywhere you can find a slow pocket will most likely hold a few fish. It’s best to stick to nymphing with this fast water, so  bring a few indicators, split shots, and big stonefly nymphs.

 

LAKE CRESCENT

Fish Report: Fishing has been technical but when we found the fish the fishing has been great. But its currently too hot to fish.

Fishing in the heat of late Summer! With the stretch of high heat in late July we began to mark most fish at 60ft to 100ft depths… this is to deep to fish. We can still sink fly lines down to about 40ft and still catch fish but when you pull fish from depths greater than 60ft it becomes lethal to most fish. So unless your picking off small Cutthroat right at the bank or at Barnes Creek its best not to target the deep fish. Also with the water warming up you really need to limit your handling time as.

A good way to look at it is by this example. Visit Nevada when its 120 degrees out side, run 10 laps around a large building then put your head in a bucket of water for more 20 seconds… I think you go the idea…

In fact we close our guided season on lake Crescent to fishing trips in the Month of August because of ethical reasons. When the water cools down in September game on!

If you do go out just remember to pinch your barbs and limit handling time with these beautiful fish found no where else in the world. We do offer guided trips on lake crescent for anyone looking to fish this tricky lake and get in to some good fish. Just call the shop to book a trip at (360)417-0937.

Click Here for more information on Lake Crescent Guide Services

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LOWLAND LAKES

The water is warming up and fish are going deeper and deeper in the middle of the day. Stick to mornings and evenings, pack a sinking line and leeches. They’ll also take chironomids under a strike indicator, along with damsel fly and dragonfly nymphs. Lake Leland has been fishing well for pan fish and smaller bass on top water if you are looking for a change in scenery, but a boat is necessary to cover water.

ALPINE LAKES

 

Some of the lakes are staring to thaw out and should be ready to fish by mid July. Lake Angeles will thawed out before then and should be good to fish as soon as July comes around. These fish aren’t too picky, but soft hackles seem to work better then others. If they’re rising, try throwing a mosquito, or small attractor dries such as royal wulff’s patriots.

SALTWATER BEACHES

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. The Hood Canal and Puget Sound have been fishing very good for cutts and resident Coho, with a few black mouth here and there. Any of these species are more active during a moving tide with the outgoing being preferred by most anglers, and they’ll take anything from bait fish patterns and sculpins, to even some sliders and poppers. Just be sure to cover water, and keep an intermediate sink and floating line on deck. Most of these fish don’t wander too far from shore, but a kayak or small boat is always a great tool to cover water.