Washington's North Coast of the Olympic Peninsula. The peninsula's rivers are varied from small boulder strewn rivers like the Sol Duc and Calawah to large gravel bar rivers such as the Bogachiel, Hoh and Queets. You can fish for weeks and never float the same piece of water on the Olympic Peninsula. Trips are up to two anglers per boat, fishing from a drift boat or fly fishing raft.
Washington's Puget Sound region rivers, including: the Skagit, Skykomish, and Stillaguamish Rivers as well as numerous tributaries of the lower Columbia River - most notably the world renowned Cowlitz River. These trips are operated from an aluminum jet sled to transport anglers to larger waters for spey fishing up to 4 clients.
Washington's Central Columbia River Gorge on the Klickitat River, primarily in September and October, between Goldendale, WA and Hood River, OR. Trips are up to three anglers per boat, fishing from a drift boat or fly fishing raft.
Winter: December-February 30's to 50's
Spring: March-May 40's to 60's
Summer: June-August 60's to 80's
Fall: September-November 40's to 70's
Start out at sunrise and head to the river of choice for the day, depending on flows and desire of the client for species. Floating from a drift boat or raft, we will nymph for Steelhead and/or Salmon between runs. We can also swing runs with two-handed rods if the client chooses. For Trout trips, we dry fly fish from the boat and swing flies with both single hand rods and switch rods.
Winter is Steelhead season on the Olympic Peninsula. January thru April we see BIG native Steelhead, typically running 10 to 20+ lbs. and the occasional fish over 30 lbs. May and June are spring Chinook and early summer run Steelhead. July thru September are summer Steelhead, Sockeye, summer Chinook, Coho, and Cutthroat Trout. October and November are fall Chinook, Coho and Steelhead months. December is a mix of hatchery and wild winter Steelhead, as well as late Coho all over the state.
All rods, reels, tackle and bugs. Feel free to bring along your favorite rod and we can rig it for you, especially if you have a two-handed rod you are most comfortable with. If you are new to swinging flies, we have Orvis outfits we can use for instruction to get you started. Riverside gourmet lunches (hot or cold - weather dependent), water, coffee and soft drinks are provided. USCG approved life jackets are on the boat for all passengers.
Waders, wading boots, gloves and a high quality rain jacket…yes it rains in the rain forest! Dress in layers as our temps can vary 20+ degrees over the course of a day. Drift boats have heaters available on the colder days, upon request. We are generally within 20 miles of the ocean on all of the rivers of the north coast, so the weather can vary in the winter and early spring. Summers are warm and comfortable and fall days are usually crisp in the morning and warm by mid-day.
How should I dress?
High quality waders and rain gear are critical in the winter. A good base layer of a wool or synthetic top and bottoms with fleece wader liners and fleece pull over will keep you dry and warm. Good water proof gloves are a plus as well during winter months.
What is the best time of year to fish?
If BIG steelhead are your target…mid-January thru April are the months. Early in the winter steelhead season see’s a higher average size of fish and the spring see’s higher numbers of fish. Summers are very pleasant and there are numerous options for steelhead and salmon. Fall brings large runs of Chinook, Coho and Steelhead. Call for fisheries specific information and the best time of year for each.
When and what do you fish for on the Klickitat river?
The “Klick” is home to the best run of summer Steelhead and Chinook salmon in Washington state. Chinook here have a reputation for being one of the hardest fighting gamefish around. It’s a glacial fed river from the east flank of Mount Adams and requires cooler evenings to moderate glacial melt to clear the river enough to fly fish well. That is why September and October finds us in south central Washington on the Klickitat until we start to get the fall rains on the Olympic Peninsula.
We have year-round angling options on the Olympic Peninsula…however, that said, this is a world class wild winter Steelhead fisheries. Two of the five rivers known the world over to produce 20+lb steelhead are here. Wild Coho Salmon and sea run Cutthroat Trout are also abundant in the late summer and fall. Summer and fall finds us traveling the state to provide the best angling options available. Call for details: 253-255-5963
*Rates dependent on fisheries
|No. of Anglers||Rate*|
|2 Anglers||$425 – $500*|
|Single Angler||$300 – $350*|
|Power Boat||$200 – $300 per angler**|
Check our website for fisheries specific rates.
**Power-boat trip pricing is per angler with a minimum of two and maximum of four.