Spring steelheading is starting to wind down. Overall it was a good season with the biggest difficulty being was hitting some fly friendly rivers in good shape. The Queets and Bogi were dirtier than normal this year so it made for a few less options which put more anglers on other rivers. The upper Queets changed quite a bit with some new killer runs but it does rub some new clay banks that colors it up a little more in the lower part of the float. I was able to get hot fishing on the lower Queets the other day with 1 other boat around. The Queets and Hoh still gets some fresh fish later in the season, some had sea lice.
Shame the Skagit wasn't open even thought it has more fish than any Olympic Peninsula river! I'll be at Occupy Skagit on April 30th at Howard Miller Steelhead park. Be there and show support.
Couple tips for Staying warm while winter steelheading:
neoprene socks and wool socks, hand warmers, 2-3 pairs of fingerless gloves for when the first pair gets wet. heater, good rain jacket with hood, a buff, down jacket. I use a lighter one on warmer days and heavier one on colder days. Non leaky waders! Double check them before you come.
New: Beach fishing off Whidby and Camano Island. Starting now - late October for Sea run Cutthroat, bull trout, and salmon when open and available. This trip is walk-in and depends on weather, tides and water clarity. trips are 5-6 + hrs for $279 for 2 anglers.
We use floating and intermediate lines and at times big flies. Moderate to great casting is ideal.
New: Creek fishing for nice trout up to 18+ inches. We focus on dry fly fishing but will use other techniques at different times. Most fishing is done 1+ hour east of Arlington. Usually the fish are plentiful and the pressure is nil. Full day is $350 for 1 person and $100 for an additional angler. Fishing starts late July - September.
Skykomish Summer Steelhead school June 25th Full day 7-8 hrs. Come join us as we float the Skykomish River. These one day schools will cover every aspect of reading water, presentation, fish characteristics, fishing the correct gear, including spey casting. 1/2 the day will be dedicated to learning and the other half fishing and practicing. Each class includes a river side lunch. Up to 3 students per guide. $169 PP
Look forward I am already booking for the Grande Ronde steelhead in October. Our 3 day camp is a lot of fun. That river is one of the prettiest rivers you will ever fish. Good trout fishing and skating flies for steelhead is a blast.
Schools & Casting classes: Looking to learn? We have Casting classes, 4 hr river float classes and Full day Steelhead Classes now available. Pay and sign up online.
Check out our calendar - http://flyfishsteelhead.com/guiding.htm
For more info check out and join our facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/248375167480/
Tight lines and Happy fishing, Dickson Flyfishing crew.