Summer steelheading is on. We have been fishing the Stillaguamish and Skykomish lately. The wild fish are starting to show and there are some fish around. Man are they hot fish when you get one. River levels have been great and the rivers have that emerald green to the water that I love to see. We hooked 3 today but only managed to land a small one. There are some kings starting to show too.
Me and a couple buddys just got back from Neah Bay fishing with a charter boat that a friend has. The fishing out there has been great but we hit some bad weather with some big swells so we couldn’t get out on the ocean side so we had to stay in the straight. We managed to hook 4 kings and land 2. But our captain had been getting much better fishing in the last 2 weeks. There were some silvers being caught too but they are still pretty small right now. I BBQ’d up the king last night, best damn salmon ever. Just melts in your mouth. I’ve got a new way to cooking them up blackened that is soo good.
Dennis is off to the Grande Ronde for a couple weeks fishing with some boy scouts for some smallies. No reports on that yet but it’s usually pretty killer.
I will be fishing quite a bit on the Methow next month for trout. Beautiful river and some nice dry fly trout action. I usually wet wade without my waders. The weather is usually pretty warm and the river will cool us down. I do have a couple guys looking for partners.
Should be another good year on the Grande Ronde. I have a few open dates (October 1-3rd and the 12-14th) for our 3 day trips with a couple single day trips to fill in the gaps. If you ever wanted to try for a steelie on a dry fly that would be the trip.
I have been doing a ton of casting classes and ½ day salmon/steelhead classes on the Sky. If you know a new angler that is looking to get into the sport these are a nice start. They also make a good gift.
Mike and Dennis Dickson