Seattle Flyfishing - Steelhead, Salmon, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout
The City of Seattle, Washington is nestled amongst some of the best flyfishing in Washington State. Within 1 to 3 hours of Seattle, numerous fantastic flyfishing options exist. Many of our Seattle area rivers and streams are home to summer and winter run steelhead, all five species of salmon, rainbow trout, bull trout, cutthroat trout, dolly varden, brook trout and cutt-bow trout.
Below impassible fish barriers such as waterfalls, we find primarily anadromous fish. These are fish that hatch from eggs deposited in the gravel, travel to the saltwater to grow and reach maturity prior to returning to spawn in their natal stream or river. These are large fish that are a blast on the fly. Salmon are relegated to death after spawning and provide nutrients to just about everything, in one way or another, in these incredible, complex riverine ecosystems including food for young fish rearing in the rivers.
The life histories of our summer and winter run steelhead, bull trout and sea-run cutthroat trout are unique in that they are capable of spawning more than once. Above hard barriers, we see a number of species of resident trout and char. These are typically smaller fish that feed voraciously on the surface in mid summer and early fall. Dry fly fishing on these small streams and creeks can be an absolute blast, much of it, in a fairly remote setting. Most of our larger Washington rivers host flyfishing with a Spey or two-handed rod extremley well.
The Congressionally Designated Wild and Scenic Skagit river is located about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours North of Seattle depending on where in the system we fish. The Skagit hands down offers some of the best flyfishing in Washington State. The Skagit is home to summer and winter run steelhead, rainbow trout, bull trout, sea run cutthroat trout and all five species of salmon. This river fishes much of the year and hosts fly anglers extremely well.
The Sauk river, a primary tributary of the Skagit, is located about 1 1/2 hours North of Seattle. The Wild and Scenic Sauk is a stunning river system with excellent flyfishing opportunities from mid-summer through the end of the season.
The Olympic Peninsula is approximately 3 hours from Seattle and offers numerous flyfishing opportunities for summer and winter run steelhead, rainbow trout, bull trout, cutthroat trout as well as salmon. The Queets, Bogachiel, Sol Duc and Calawah provide great flyfishing opportunities in an absolutey stunning setting.
The Skykomish river is located approximately an 1 hour from Seattle. The "Sky" offers a number of flyfishing options for both our anadromous and resident finned friends. This is an amazing river with an incredibly diverse ecosystem that is a lot of fun to fish.
The Snoqualmie river is about an hour from Seattle as well. Below Snoqualmie Falls, this river presents flyfishing opportunities for large anadromous steelhead, salmon, bull trout and cutthroat trout. Above the Falls, the Forks of the Snoqualmie offer great flyfishing opportunities for fish on the dry fly.
The Nooksack, located near Bellingham, Washington, is about 2 hours North of Seattle. A number of flyfishing options exist in the Nooksack watershed. Anadromous fish such as steelhead and salmon return to the river from June to river closure at the end of January. Flyfishing small streams and tributaries of the Nooksack provides opportunities for fine dry fly fishing in an absolutely stunning setting. Bellingham is also a fine recreational destination in a number of other regards including hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting.
The Yakima is located about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours from Seattle depending on the section of river. The Yakima is as close as it gets to a blue ribbon Washington resident trout fishery. With good numbers of rainbows, cutthroat and cutt-bows, this river can be an awesome experience much of the year. The fall scenery is absolutely spectacular with good opportunities to see fish rising to the dry fly. The Yakima hosts two and three day overnight trips well. As always, river side accommodations and dining are first class.
We look very forward to putting an awesome flyfishing experience together for you!