Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Report – Updated Monday, December 8, 2014
OVERVIEW – Our winter steelhead season is finally here and reports should be more consistent now. So far, the hatchery runs seem to be doing better this year. Water conditions were pretty nice all last week, but currently heavy rain is pounding the West End, and the rivers are starting to rise. With high snow levels and more systems on the way, we may not be fishing much this week…which means next week is going to be good
|SOL DUC – It’s peaceful this time of year. With no hatchery plants, the Sol Duc can be a fun (and sometimes essential) getaway from the Bogachiel.
BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH– Last week the fishing was good. This was quite evident by the steady increase in anglers. The hatchery fish we have seen so far have been small but delicious.
HOH – Other than a day or two last week, the Hoh has not been in shape. It does receive some hatchery fish, especially the lower river, and there should be a few wild fish scattered around when it comes in.
|ELWHA – Still closed to all fishing but the river is finally FREE! With both dams completely removed, fish recovery should really take off!|
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 too 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 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, 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.