Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing ReportUpdated March 24th, 2016
OVERVIEW – Hard to believe it is already Spring after a dreadfully wet Winter. The air temps are warmer, but the rains continue and we have still been battling some higher than ideal water conditions on the coastal rivers. The lower Hoh was in for a while and did not produce the way we had hoped after the last high water. Pretty much the same for the Bogi and the Sol Duc with spottier than normal reports for this time of year. There is at least three solid weeks of prime time steelheading left, so don’t let the less than gangbusters report change your plans. As the rivers drop and clear and hopefully return to normal or near-normal flows look to the lower reaches of the rivers for brighter, fresher fish. Everywhere we go this time of year look out for redds and do not step on or near them. This is also a good time of year to be searching the saltwater beaches for searun cutthroat. Chum fry are one of the main prey for the cutts this time of year. Try fishing surface poppers, small Cutthroat Clousers or Delia’s Conehaed Squid.
Water levels have still been pretty high in here, even though the color has been ok. Too much pressure in the upper river for this late in the season. Concentrate in the lower 15 miles for the best and brightest fish. There are a few spring chinooks around to make it interesting. Even though they are hard to target with a fly this early in the season they are caught incidentally enough to make it a possible shot.
BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH
The Bogi has been a mess this year with the festering slide that is above the Hwy 101 bridge. Every rain brings more mud to at least dirty up the middle half of the river. So, the popular stretch from 101 to the hatchery has been untouched this year. The lower river has been getting lots of pressure and lots of boat traffic and unfortunately has not been great in here either. Warmer water temps will make the fish more aggressive and this is a prime spot to swing flies on a sunny spring day.
The Hoh has been a tough river to fish this year. Too much high, dirty, fast water and not tons of fish around. The lower river down near the mouth has been out of shape a lot this year, but that is the place to be in the latter part of the season. Really helps to have the water at 2000 cfs or below, but one can find a few slower spots to swing in higher flows. Hard to beat the Suskwa Poacher for an all-around fly, but bright reds, pinks and oranges always work too.
Fairly high and dirty in here too. It is a great spring river when in shape. The last day in here is April 15th.
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. Re-opens Monday, June 1. This has to be the most unique lake in our area and it’s also way
under-fished. Fish over twenty inches are not uncommon and there is a healthy population of mid-size fish as well. This large, deep lake is crystal clear with incredible visibility. This is not your typical lowland lake and neither are the inhabitants. A unique strain of rainbows called Beardslee trout, and a sub-species of cutthroat (Crescenti trout) are both native to the lake. There is some dry fly action here at times, mainly just fishing a larger pattern blindly in the chop. The fish are very opportunistic and will cruise in search of anything edible. Streamer patterns like Deceivers, scuplins and black leeches work well.
The northeast end of the OP is home to a myriad of lakes, many of which are open year round. Leeches, buggers, scuds, chironomids. Gibbs, Teal, Sandy Shores, Leland, etc.
Some of the best fishing of the summer can be had in the high lakes in and around Olympic National Park.
Cutthroat fishing is open all year along the beaches! Although rather hit-and-miss at times, finding the right beach at the right tide can result in a very productive day. One of the best flies anytime is Jeffery Delia’s Conehead Squid, which we have in stock and available online.