Fall is one of the best times of the year to fish (depending on river levels)
Species swimming this time of year in our rivers depending on where you go are summer steelhead, Coho, chum salmon, cutthroat, Dolly Varden and hatchery winter steelhead will be showing up any day. You never know what your are going to hook. From December 15th - Feb. 1st we are doing our Winter rates cheap at $375 for a full day 1 or 2 people trip just mention the "winter special".
On the Skagit most of the wild coho are below Rockport and the hatchery fish are getting older but still some late ones in or around the Cascade River. The Dolly Varden are very aggressive right now eating eggs, flesh or anything that moves. This is the time of year they plump up after spawning. Chum salmon will show any day. They get hit with the nets due to the value of the eggs in Japan and China. The Skagit used to have huge numbers of them but the numbers are much lower lately.
Need to get out after Thanksgiving? Skagit River Nov. 27th & 28th Group trip, 2-3 guys per guide. $169 per person. Salmon & trout fishing with a emphasis on spey instruction. Inquire for a spot.
Partners needed for trips: Nov. 25th, Dec 10th and any 3 days flexible in March for Olympic Peninsula Steelhead.
To get a shot at Wild steelhead on the Skagit the last couple weeks of January are best. The numbers where amazing last year, open it up for C&R already WDFW!
The Stillaguamish just opened up, wait for the river to drop but as it does it can be a great
option for a walk-in trip. Cutthroat, Dolly varden and steelhead are the gig there. The rivers have been up and down lately. Personally I like to fish a river on the way up or down vs. stable and low. Fish tend to be a lot more aggressive.
We are already booking for Olympic Peninsula steelhead fishing. Our trips will start February. Great dates available.
I had a good time on the Grande Ronde River in early October. The numbers where down due to the lower 1 salt numbers in the Columbia system (heard due to early spawning and problems migrating down river due to the damns) but we managed to hook fish every day and the fish we did hook where nice sized. Due to lower numbers we only did a minimal amount of surface fishing.
A bunch of local lakes have been recently stocked with nice trout and are fishing great. We are doing 6 hr trips for $135 pp 2 person min.
Grab your rain coat and let's go fishing,
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