Cascades Expeditions, LLC - Queets River Steelhead Flyfishing
Olympic National Park, Olympic Peninsula
Cascades Expeditions proudly offers guided winter steelhead flyfishing outings on the Queets river. The Queets provides an incredible opportunity to flyfish for large, often chrome bright, wild, winter run steelhead. The Queets is an ideal Spey river where "grabby" steelhead, fresh in from the salt, will move to the "swung" fly.
This is a spectacular river to flyfish. Several float options exist on the Queets with numerous, long, classic flyfishing runs. Being that the Queets river corridor is located within Olympic National Park, significant measures have been taken to protect this amazing resource.
The Queets river carries the feeling of flyfishing in a truly remote, wilderness setting with absolutely stunning scenery. This glacial and rain forest river valley is home to abundant wildlife and an incredibly diverse ecosystem as well.
Because the Queets is a free flowing river with no dam, she can be quite unpredictable in some cases. While my hope is that the Queets stays in shape, that is just not always the case. A little further north on the Olympic Peninsula, the entire Quillayute system offers incredible opportunities for flyfishing much of the year. Large, wild winter run steelhead return to the Bogachiel, Calawah and Sol Duc in the late winter and spring. Sea run cutthroat, bull trout and salmon also call these stunning river systems home.
Significant change occurs each year on the Queets due to high water events relating to rain and snow melt. Exceptionally large trees or large woody debris are carried downriver and placed river center and along the banks. This large woody debris provides critical fish habitat and assists in supporting this diverse riverine ecosystem. Some of the large woody debris in the Queets river valley dates back over 1400 years.
The Queets is just over 50 miles long and drains an area of about 450 square miles. The Queets river originates on Mt. Olympus at Humes Glacier with additional contributions downriver from Jeffers Glacier on Mt. Olympus and Queets Glacier on Mt. Queets. Numerous tributaries, such as Hee Haw and Hee Hee creeks, from Mt. Meany, Kimta Peak and Tshletshy Ridge contribute to the Queets as it grows in size moving downriver.
Primary mid to lower river tributary sub-basins include Tshletshy Creek, Sam's River, Matheny Creek, Salmon River and the Clearwater. Mt. Olympus is a non-volcanic peak and the tallest in the Olympic Mountains at 7,973 ft.
Cascades Expeditions, LLC holds an Olympic National Park Permit to provide guided flyfishing services on the Queets river. Cascades Expeditions, LLC is a full service, "Leave No Trace" flyfishing outfitter.