Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Report – Updated Tuesday, January 13, 2015

THE RIVERS

OVERVIEW – December ended up being a very wet month.  Several big storms pushed water levels to flood stage and have left us with a new river in places.  The Hoh River, as usual, saw the most changes.  Things have settle down a little since then, and we are starting to see a few more native steelhead showing up.  It’s time to dust of the Skagit lines, brush up the Spey skills, and hit the water in search of the coolest fish around!

BTW – If your gear needs an upgrade, the new Sage Method 12’6″ 7wt. and 8wt. rods are unbelievable!  We also have some great new flies that should help increase your odds while on the water.

 

 

 

SOL DUC – There where some nice sized wild fish around after the last high water.  Hopefully it’s a sign of good things to come.
 

 

BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH–  The hatchery fish are pretty much over and there have been a few native fish hooked recently.  Overall the hatchery run was better than the last couple years, which is not saying a lot.

 

 

HOH – It probably changed more this year than in recent memory.  Fishing still sounds slow here.  Could be partly because anglers are having a hard time finding new good water.

ELWHA – Still closed to all fishing but the river is finally FREE!  With both dams completely removed, fish recovery should really take off!

Upper Dungeness

 

DUNGENESS –  The Dungy gets a small run of hatchery fish and is conveniently located between Sequim and Port Angeles.  If you don’t want to drive west, give it a shot.  It’s a little small for a spey rod and hard to swing anyway, so nymphing techniques are best.

 

 

 

 

LAKE CRESCENT – Closed until June 1.  This has to be the most unique lake in our area and it’s also way Lake Crescent Rainbowunder-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.  Stop by for some insight on tackling this beautiful spot.

 

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.

 

ALPINE LAKES– Plan for next year!  It’s always fun catching trout in awesome places!

 

SALTWATER BEACHES – Cutthroat fishing is open all year along the beaches!  In certain spots, the winter season can be very productive.  One of the best flies anytime  is Jeffery Delia’s Conehead Squid, which we have in stock and available online.

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Links

- Click Here for real-time Hoh River flows

- Click Here for real-time Calawah River flows

- Click Here for real-time Bogachiel River flows

Click Here for The North Coast Winter Steelhead Creel Data

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