Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Report – Updated Monday, September 1, 2014
OVERVIEW – Happy Labor Day everyone! Hope you had a great summer and here’s to an awesome fall! August was nice and sunny and there were enough steelhead and trout around to keep it fun. September is now here and as the month progresses we should see more sea-run cutthroat showing up along with the beginning of the fall salmon runs. Steelhead fishing should hold out for another month or more as well, giving us a lot of variety. October Caddis are already hatching and we’ve been busy tying up big orange bugs getting ready for the frenzy.
It’s also the last (and probably best) month to get into the high country and fish the alpine lakes. Cooler nights will also drop water temperatures in lowland lakes making trout more aggressive.
Saltwater salmon fishing along the eastern beaches should peak this month and we’ve got a great selection of fly patterns and some local knowledge to go with.
Check out river flows and creel reports at the bottom of the page.
| SOL DUC – It’s not floatable right now but the water is low enough to wade just about anywhere. If you like to hike and explore, this is a good time of year. Trout can be found from the mouth all the way up into the park. They can be a little spread out so try and cover some water.
BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH– Steelhead fishing will be tough until we get more water. Trout fishing should be picking up soon, but rain would help this as well.
HOH – The water has been in nice shape and there have been a few steelhead around. If it gets warm and sunny it may get a little milky, but usually cooler nights in September help it stay clear.
|ELWHA –The lower dam is completely gone and the river runs free again! You can watch the progress by Clicking Here. The entire river will remain closed to fishing during the recovery period. Removal of the Glines Canyon Dam might be done as soon as this spring. Salmon and steelhead have already been migrating past the lower Elwha Dam and up into the tributaries to spawn! It’s pretty neat to see Chinook salmon rolling in holes that they haven’t had access to in a hundred years.|
DUNGENESS – Open for trout above Gold Creek. The water is dropping but is still a touch high. It’s very fishable though and will just get better. There are not many big trout, but it’s a pretty spot and if you like to hike, odds are you won’t see another angler all day.
LAKE CRESCENT – September and October are prime time here. Fish will take big dries on top along with streamers on sink lines. 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. 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 and if one isn’t fishing well it doesn’t take long to hop over to another. With water temps dropping in the fall, streamer fishing should be heating up. Intermediate sink lines with buggers, sculpins, and leeches should be on every boat. Dry fly fishing should be good too. Try skittering a big attractor dry around the logs and other shoreline structure.
ALPINE LAKES– September is peak time for the high lakes. Royal Basin, Grand Valley, Seven Lakes Basin, etc. Brook trout will be in spawning colors, elk will be bugling, and the fall foliage makes a great backdrop. We have good trail maps and info if your heading up.
SALTWATER BEACHES – As mentioned above, it’s salmon season on the beaches. Cutthroat fishing is still a good option but if your looking for that next challenge, try some points and beaches along the northeast flanks of the Peninsula. Chinook are still running and Coho are showing up.