Fishing Reports


February 2020 - Shots of the upper Yakima River from earlier this week.


Don't let the snow scare you away - fishing has been swell!


Record fly caught [~60 lb] Black Drum for Mark Shimazu. / December 2019


Heafty bull redfish for guest Guy Fleischer / December 2019


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Olympic Peninsula

02/19/20  ; Upper Hoh road was closed due to a blow out last week, but now appears to be open again. You can look for updates on road closures in the National Park here: NPS Olympic National Park Conditions. Rivers have been high and offcolor a lot recently which has kept some of the crowds down.

As far as fishing goes, fish are being caught and we have heard that rivers have dropped into shape for the week. We are swinging flies this time of year looking for what we call "players," or grabby wild fish. These fish are aggresive and will happily take a swung fly when found. So far this year there have been some players around and we expect it to only get better. Get out and put some miles on the boots and scout for some good water. We have been loving black and blue for these offcolor water conditions. High flows earlier this winter may have altered the rivers course so remember to stay safe while exploring new areas.

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

02/19/20  ; Now is your chance to experience some good fishing and solitude on the Yakima River. Air temps are still a little chilly but its well worth the cold fingers to squeeze out this time of year. We have an excelent glove selection at the shop if you need an extra pair. If you happen to make it out, streamer fishing is still a go. Sculpin patterns and salmon smolt patterns swung low and slow in rocky areas. Trout spey is good. Nymphing is good. Nymphing will continue to get better as water temps rise. Stick with big meal ticket items like Prince Nymphs, Lightning Bugs and San Juan Worms.

Zebra midge can be the ticket if your other flies don't seem to be working. Never forget the zebra midge.

Remember to keep your focus on the slow and deep winter water, but dont be suprised when the fish are starting to poke their noses into to faster water here soon.

Now is the time to start getting ready for spring hatches. There are already some nice BWO's showing themselves on nicer days. This hatch will get very big by mid March. The Yakima is also home to a wonderful Skwala hatch. We all but missed the skwalas last year so we are very excited to fish some dries on the bank this spring.

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

02/19/20  ; This is a good time of year to hit Rocky Ford, No ticks or Rattlesnakes quite yet. Most luck will come on small scuds and midge patterns. Sight fishing is key when fishing these micro patterns in slow clear water. Also consider small leech paterns, similar to those you would fish on a lake. Maybe something like a Carey's Special. Quick twitches of your streamer over groups of fish can trigger a response.

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South Puget Sound

02/19/20  ; Many cutthroat spawn from mid-Febraury to mid-April, meaning that this time of year can be a sensitive one for the critters in the south sound. There are still plenty of fish who have not considered a spawning migration yet, but either way we like to be extra careful handling fish this time of year. Same as before, small baitfish like sand lance and sculpin can be productive. But also remember polychaete worms euphasiids and sand shrimp. Variety is good. Keep your eyes peeled for surface activity and remember to fish parralel to the bank, cutties will cruise close to the shoreline on high tide. Salmon smolts coming soon.

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

02/19/20 ;Try smaller flies, as well as a variety of patterns as suggested for the south sound. Many cutthroat are spawning this time of year so please be careful handling these fish.   Please feel free to call the shop for present conditions or inquire about our Puget Sound beach fishing class.

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 spcialty and we take great pride in our knowledge and experience with regard to this fishery. About Fly Fishing the Puget Sound


Basin Lakes

02/19/20  Lots of lakes opening March 1st! Come by the shop to get prepared for the opener.

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 excelent fishing.


Okanagon Lakes

02/19/20  Lots of lakes opening March 1st! Come by the shop to get prepared for the opener.

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Skagit River

02/19/20 ; Unfortunately we will not be enjoying a spring catch & release fishery on the Skagit this year the river is closed as of January 31st. Read the recent news regarding the skagit: WDFW

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

02/19/20  ; The Skykomish river is now closed for the 2019-2020 winter season. It will reopen Memorial Day Weekend. We have found the new WDFW app "Fish Washington" to be very helpful in interpreting the regulations.

Species: Steelhead, salmon, sea-run cutthroat. Typically open June through January. 6Seasons may change at any time. About the Skykomish River


Snoqualmie River

02/19/20  ; See the above report on the skykomishClosed until Memorial Day Weekend.

Below Snoqulamie Falls - 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.

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


Stillaguamish River

02/19/20  ; The Stillaguamish is done for the Season, It will reopen over Memorial Day Weekend.

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

02/19/200  ;Closed. 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

Closed, 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

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