Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Report – Updated Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
OVERVIEW -The rivers are already lower than we have ever seen them for this time of year, and unless the weatherman is completely off, they will continue to be so. Couple this with the closure on the Hoh and it will be a very interesting summer for river addicts. Fish early and fish often, because late summer and early fall could bring very tough conditions.
|SOL DUC – Despite the low water, the Duc has fished pretty well this spring. Most anglers are targeting the spring chinooks, and even though there are not many that are hooked on flies, it does happen often enough that it is worth the effort. Fish your smaller steelhead patterns in green, red, blue or black. This river has been very slow for summer run steelhead.
We have also had some very good cutthroat fishing and that will get better as the water warms a bit more. Best flies are sculpin patterns and larger attractor dries. Look for golden stones and green drakes.
BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH– Opens Saturday, June 6th
These two rivers will be your best bet for early summer runs and this is where most all of the pressure will be also. So be prepared to have some company, at least the first week of so of the season. Bright patterns will work as well or better than dark ones at first. The pinks and reds of winter work well on summer fish too. May be a bit early for skaters, but always worth a go.
Cutthroats can be found anywhere and everywhere on these two rivers. There are decent hatches at times – golden stones, drakes, PMD’s and caddis. Search the water with larger patterns, both dry and wet. The larger patterns will attract the bigger fish and it will also make it harder for the little trout and salmon smolts to get hooked. Any type of Muddler variation will work, or Spruce Flies, but that Wounded Sculpin is hard to beat!
HOH – Closed in the national park all summer through October 31st. Closed in all of the state water through July 31st. It should then reopen for summer steelhead.
|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.|
DUNGENESS – Opens on June 6th above Gold Creek. Should fish a bit better this early season with the low snow pack and warmer winter. Probably better luck going subsurface with stone nymphs and beadheads, but do have a few dries for the possible short-lived surface action.
LAKE CRESCENT – 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.
LOWLAND LAKES – 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.
ALPINE LAKES– Some of the best fishing of the summer can be had in the high lakes in and around Olympic National Park.
SALTWATER BEACHES – 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.