Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Report

We planned our annual Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Camp for this week. As plans often do, ours changed drastically. The initial game-plan was a three day trip, fish a few of our favorite southern/central Olympic Peninsula rivers out of the drift boat, and set up a tent camp somewhere between the Hoh and Humptulips. On the drive over, we got the invite to stay at our friends place in Copalis Beach. There goes the “camping” portion of our Steelhead Camp! But with steady rain in the forecast we didn’t mind trading a wet tent for a warm house.

We drove over Monday night and rigged up everything for morning. We floated the Humptulips on Tuesday and had a pretty darned good day. My partner in crime was Ian Winder or Bigfoot Fishing Guide Service. He insisted that I get a full days’ fishing in; I can’t remember the last time someone offered to row the whole day! The river was on the rise: from the put-in to the take-out, we caught fish everywhere even though we were fishing a rising river.

Here are a few pics…

Ian put me into 7 steelhead, I landed 5 and lost 2 (plus a few fishy bobber-downs and plug take-downs). River river flow pushed from 1300cfs to 1800cfs during our float. Any day you can land a few quality Steelhead on an uncrowded river is a good day! It rained throughout the night and killed our chances of getting more than one day on the water, still it was well worth the drive! BBQ burgers for lunch were awesome. Thanks Ian!

I would highly recommend fishing with Ian, he’s dialed in!

Ian Winder
Bigfoot Fishing Guide Service
(206) 293-2931