Water flow: 4350 cfs
Visibility: 24 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: all day
Best stretch: Above confluence with Skagit
Best access point: Pull outs along Hwy 530
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Fish species: Bull Trout
Fishing season: June 1 - January 31 closed
Nearest airport: Arlington Regional Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: PolyLeader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 0X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 11' 7 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Switch Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Clear Sink Tip Fly Line
The Sauk is a the major tributary of the Skagit and joins the Skagit below Rockport. It is a wild and scenic river and, as such, is undammed. Fluctuations from rain, snow and glacier melt are common with a mean flow between 3500-4000 cfs. It is a wide river with ample gravel bars and road access.
The Sauk is a prime wild winter steelhead stream from March through April. The fish are chrome bright ...
and can weigh up to 20 pounds or more. Hatchery steelhead can be found in the river from January.
Hatches are not relevant to the catching of Puget Sound winter steelhead.
Some bull trout are caught in the summer on classic streamer patterns.
Swing the riffles and heads of pools
Bull trout are in the Sauk with very little hatchery steelhead if any at all. Fish dropping water