Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing ReportUpdated July 26th, 2016
OVERVIEW -The rivers are pretty low, but they are all in much better condition then last summer. There has been enough rain to freshen the rivers and keep the water temps down. The fishing has been pretty consistent for trout, both cuts and rainbows, and it’s been a good early summer for those chasing salmon in the rivers.
The snow is mostly gone from the high elevations and now is the ideal time to plan a trip into the Olympic backcountry.
The place to be for variety, although not the place to be for summer steelhead. The trout fishing has been the best in here and you can find trout anywhere in the system. Unless you can time it right and land on a pod of searun cuts, your better bet is to not just concentrate on the easy to access spots. Try to find stretches that are not fished often, which does require some walking. Don’t forget about the lower river for trout.
However, one does want to be in the lower half of the Sol Duc or the Quillayute river itself for salmon. The summer coho have started and there are still some nice kings and sockeyes around. Longer leaders are required.
BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH
This is the place for summer steelhead. The past week has been better finally, after a very spotty year so far. These two rivers are good bets for trout also.
Still closed until September 1. It sure has looked beautiful this summer!
Two of the most impressive river valleys to be in. Not many summer fish in either one, but very few other anglers and a great place to pursue the elusive native salmonids.
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.
Opened June 1st. Fishing well so far this year and hearing lots of good reports from both fly fishermen and the guys trolling gear. Our guide trips have had success throwing streamers and baitfish patterns along the shorelines and fishing long, deep sunk lines.
Some are starting to warm up to where the trout fishing has slowed a lot, but the bass have become quite active in lakes like Ludlow and Leland.
So many high lakes and so little time to get up there. The park is encouraging us to take all of the brook trout, so if you want a good trout dinner these are the guys to eat. Two solid months left, but it ends soon.
Been hearing more good reports about searun cut fishing than in recent years. Sequim Bay has been good and even the limited beach fishing around Port Angeles has been decent.