the Olympic Peninsula with Windle's Guide Service
February through April is the best time to cast over winter steelhead natives. Six to eight weight rods
with a good sink tip, a reel with a smooth drag, and a box of bright pattern streamers
will drive these aggressive feeders crazy!
August through October
is the time for the ultimate fly rod fish, the summer steelhead. We walk or drift
after these acrobatic bullet shaped predators, casting four to seven
weight rods with floating lines and four to six pound leaders. Early in
the season dark nymphs and emergers are used. Primarily small caddis fly types are used on the top water
feeding frenzies as the water warms in mid-September and October. The rivers are
relatively low in the summer and the steelhead will school up in the deeper holes making
sight fishing in the gin clear water very productive.
August and September bring summer Coho's by the
thousands to the famous Sol Duc river. These fish are taken on light
set ups with flashy midsize streamers with fast retrieves and jerky
mooches. These Coho salmon and summer steelhead will give you the ride of
your life both averaging 8-20 lbs. This is a light line fisherman's dream!
October through November Fall kings and silvers are the next in line for a real line burner. These fish hit the
rivers by the thousands, thus making it fairly easy to hook onto that monster or trophy
class hooknose silver that you've been dreaming about. Heavier gear is required to
catch these monsters! We like to use seven to nine weight rods,
exceptional breaking reels, and large glittery, bright colored polar shrimp
patterns. Windle's Guide Service is committed to making your dream a reality!