Hatchery Steelhead

(Slideshow is ALL River Fishing)


Drift boat $500 for two ($250 each)  $400 for one person privet boat and $750 for three anglers

We fish two people per boat most days.

Washington’s Olympic peninsula offers some of the best steelhead fishing anywhere. A peaceful float through the woods in the winter is a tough experience to match. The steelhead start to trickle in mid-November and are there are good numbers by the 3rd week in November. Peak season is from November 20th to the  1st of February.

The average hatchery steelhead is  4 to 15 pounds with fish over 20 pounds possible ( these fish are great fighters on light gear!).

The limit in most areas is two hatchery steelhead per day.

All river trips  are on drift boats. We usually meet before daylight and fish until dark most days.

Although we do have some outstanding days,  where we hook 15, 20 or even  more steelhead a day, that is not normal. This is a slow paced fishery where you may only get a few hook-ups a day.

We also hook some silvers in the early part of the season ( Nov to early Dec) and it is not unusual to hook some cutthroat or bull trout on  these steelhead trips.

Although the best method to catch steelhead  can change with the conditions (water height, water color, time of year and temperature) the following are a few of my favorite techniques for catching steelhead:

Bobber & jigs, free drifting shrimp or eggs, bobber and eggs , bobber and shrimp, pulling  plugs, bait divers

You will want to bring good rain gear tops and bottoms and waterpoof boots (  if you have waders I would strongly suggest you bring them) we may have to get out of the drift boat if water conditions are low or if there is a tree across the river. It is also nice to get out of the boat and fish from the bank at times. Please dress warm it can get cold in the drift boats during winter even with a heater I recommend some glovers hand warmers  and a waterproof hat.

You will want to bring your lunch and drinks also. please pack light there is not much room in our drift boats and extra weight makes it harder to row and anchor the boat.

Here is a list of rivers I like to fish:

Humptulips, Satsop, Wynoochee, Chehalis,  Clearwater (WA), Hoh, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, Grande Ronde Eastern WA (two day min for Grande Ronde trips)

Custom areas and trips available for request

If you do not see the trip you are looking  for contact us, we may be able to accommodate you and if not we will likely be able to point you in the right direction

Call (253) 208-9142 or email todd@qualstamp.com

 

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