Wild Steelhead

(Slideshow is ALL River Fishing)

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

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 wild steelhead start to trickle in at the end of December and are there in good numbers by January 

Peak season is from  the middle of January until April.

The average wild steelhead is 7 to 15 pounds with fish over 20 pounds possible ( these fish are great fighters on light gear!)

We release all wild steelhead (we would keep a state record  if it was legal to do so and you wanted to) The limit in most areas is two hatchery steelhead per day.

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 few hook ups a day, but it is not unusual to hook some cutthroat or bull trout of which increases the action on these trips.

The best methods 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 wild steelhead:

Bobber & jigs, bobber and pink worn, free drifting shrimp, eggs, cheaters, yarn balls, bobber and eggs , bobber and shrimp, pulling  plugs

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 would  recommend some glovers hand warmers  and a water proof hat. You will want to bring a 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

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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