Fishing Reports

Tsiu River 2022
August '22 SE Alaska - Coho Salmon


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Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula closed early in spring of 2022 due to low returns of winter steelhead. Fingers crossed we get a good run of summer run fish.

Take a look at the flows Here:NWRFC

The Olympic peninsula offers the finest Steelheading in the State of Washington.  The Sol Duc, Hoh, Queets and many more rivers have become the benchmark for Winter Steelheading and these productive fisheries should be on every fly fishers bucket list.

Yakima River


Late-April 2022; Yakima River is starting to show its first signs of runoff. Flows are ramping up daily, so make sure to check the flows before heading over the pass to fish. Skwalas are done for the year, but March Browns are still going strong and golden stonefly nymphs are moving around. Look for the mother's day caddis hatch to kick off mid-May, depending on flows and clarity.

Open year round for trout fishing. Wade fishing is best in the spring and fall as the flows are down. Summer irrigation demands creates an advantage to anglers that float the river. Our guides are safe and know the river, and its fish.About the Yakima River

Dry Falls/Rocky Ford

08/15/2022; Callibaetis, damsels, chironomids, scuds, and leeches are on the menu but Dry Falls is best reserved for the cooler months. Hot summer water temps are neither good for the fishing or the fish. Thick vegetarian (above and below the surface) can make Rocky Ford a challenge to fish in the summer but the effort might be rewarded. Try a dry damsel or terrestrial and keep a box of scuds handy as a backup plan.
04/25/2022;  The Ford has slowed down, as it is a popular fishery in the winter. However, as weather conditions change throughout the spring, you will start to get some bug movement and fish activity should pick up.

Call the shop for a more refined report.

South Puget Sound

08/30/2022; The Puget Sound is a year-round fishery. On any day of the year you could cast a small Clouser Minnow, Flatwing Streamer, or Miyawaki Popper along a beach and hook a sea-run cutthroat, salmon, or (more likely) flounder. With each tide comes new possibilities, and lots of seaweed. When beach fishing in the summer it is best to fish the outgoing tide to avoid the thickest mats of floating vegetation. The Sound can be fickle. For current information call the shop and ask for Leland. He’ll most likely be out (standing ankle-deep on a beach) but you could get lucky. Seattle
04/20/2022;  The South Sound and Hood Canal have been slow to get going this year. Chum numbers may have been affected by floods last fall, so if you aren't seeing chum smolt try other searching baitfish patterns and sculpin imitations. .  Both Sea Runs and resident Coho are the targets.  Try both sides of the Tacoma Narrows area as well as the old standby Purdy.  You don't need a ton of flies.  Just take some basics and a good attitude and you will have a great time!

Primary fly caught species - resident Coho salmon, sea-run cutthroat. The south sound fishes best in the spring and summer as fish are leaving or staging near their natal streams. About Fly Fishing the Puget Sound

Seattle Area Beaches

08/30/2022; Gas prices got you down? You’re in luck! Most of you are within a few miles of prime cutthroat and salmon habitat. The beaches of Lincoln Park, Golden Gardens, Carkeek Park, Meadowdale Beach, and Picnic Point are ideal places to test the range of your new 6-weight. Go early, before the sun and crowds arrive. Strip a small baitfish pattern on an intermediate line while watching the ships navigate the Salish Sea. Fifty casts without a strike? Just remember, it’s the Pacific Ocean… anything can happen.
04/15/2022; Numbers of fish to hand have been light, but that has been changing when weather permits and tides are dropping.  Think Meadowdale, Lincoln Park, Carkeek or Golden Gardens and who knows what your adventures will find on the end of your line.  Look on the bright side.  Its only going to get better from now!

Local beaches offer good access to salmon and sea-run cutthroat. These local beaches offer a wonderful year round fly fishing opportunity for both the local and visiting angler.  These fisheries are our specialty and we take great pride in our knowledge and experience with regard to this fishery. About Fly Fishing the Puget Sound

Basin Lakes

04/25/22; Reports have been trickling in from basin lakes, as anglers are finding a mixed bag of activity. Fish callibaetis imitations (hare's ears subsurface is a good bet), immature damsels along with micro leech patterns in brown or bruised/maroon. Always check the wind conditions before heading over to fish these lakes, as they are very exposed.  It's "go time!" Please check the current fishing regulations with regard to your lake of choice.

The "cream" of Washington State trout fly fishing.  These central Washington lakes offer exciting fishing for large Rainbow and Brown trout with some Cutthroats thrown in.  A few of these lakes open in March with the rest opening in April and can offer some excellent fishing.

Snoqualmie River

OPENS last weekend in May below Snoqualmie Falls. Open year-round above the falls.
08/01/2022; August through October are favorite months to fish the upper forks. The flows are wadeable and the fish are eager to take attractor dries. Drift small Stimulators, Parachute Adams, or bee patterns through the pocket water or take a trip back in time and knot on a Yellow Humpy. Wet wading is a good option in the summer temps but bring your wading boots, those granite rocks are slippery. Now is the time to grab your favorite 3-weight and head for North Bend, Seattle’s beautiful back yard.

Download the WDFW app or visit website to receive email updates on rule changes.

Above Snoqualmie Falls - Rainbow and Cutthroat trout. Check with the shop for details on wadeable river levels, hatches, classes and guided trips on the Snoqualmie River. About Snoqualmie River

Ballinger Lake
Spring 2022 on Lake Ballinger

Skagit River

OPENS last weekend in May;  The Skagit/Sauk system is the premier Puget Sound Steelhead rivers. However, due to low returns of winter steelhead, we did not get a spring season in 2022.

Species: Steelhead, salmon, sea-run cutthroat. Typically open June through January. Seasons may change at any time. Check the WDFW website to receive email updates on rule changes. About the Skagit River

Skykomish River

OPENS last weekend in May   

Species: Steelhead, salmon, sea-run cutthroat. Typically open June through January. Seasons may change at any time. About the Skykomish River

Stillaguamish River

OPENS last weekend in May

Species: Steelhead, salmon, sea-run cutthroat. Typically open June through January. Seasons may change at any time. Check the WDFW website to receive email updates on rule changes. About the Stillaguamish River

Sauk River

OPENS last weekend in May; See the above report on the skagit.

Species: Steelhead, salmon, sea-run cutthroat. Typically open June through January. Seasons may change at any time. Check the WDFW website to receive email updates on rule changes. About the Sauk River

Cedar River

OPENS last weekend in May

Open June through August for trout. This fishery is in the city! Hard fighting rainbow and cutthroat inhabit this urban fishery read about it here: . Ample access along Maple Valley highway above and below Hwy 18. The Cedar is closed to fishing above the Landsburg Bridge. Streamers and very effective, along with nymphing and dryflies. The shop can show you where to access and what bugs are working best.About the Cedar River

Kitsap Peninsula/Whidbey Island

In the spring, sea-run cutthroat, bull trout and millions of salmon smolt spill out of the S Rivers. The north sound fishes best in the mid-summer through the fall, when baitfish bring salmon and cutthroat to the shallows to feed.

Lone/Pass Lakes

08/01/2022; The Pass Lake launch ramp is open and the fishing has been great this year (probably due to the low fishing pressure during the ramp closure). Chironomids suspended deep and buggers stripped fast have both been effective. An ant fished downwind of overhanging trees is also worth a shot. The same techniques can be effective on Lone Lake, with more of an emphasis on the chironomid game. CAUTION: Pass lake is prone to toxic algae so check for closure updates. ADDITIONAL CAUTION: There are nesting eagles who will steal your trout if you play it too long.
04/25/2022; Lone Lake has been on the slow side, as anglers put lots of pressure on this shallow lake in the winter and early spring. Try micro leeches stripped very slow in olive and brown. Chironomids under and indicator roughly 6 feet down can be effective as well. Pass Lake has been fishing well (see note below for access issues). Try trolling classic woolly buggers in black, but also in white. Chironomids in tan are always a good option, as that is the dominant species in the lake. And don't forget about the abundant crawfish in the lake; make sure to fish large olive/brown streamers to imitate this large meal.

Pass Lake is still suffering from the lack of a parking lot. Very limited roadside parking, and bring the tube or frame-less boat, as you cannot launch a trailer at this point..