Washington Fly Fishing Charters

Washington Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Washington

Fly Fishing in Washington

To say Washington State has diverse fishing grounds would be the understatement of the century. With more than 7,500 lakes, 1,600 creeks, and 140 rivers, you could easily devote your whole life to fishing new locations in Washington alone if you wanted. Washington fly fishing is an integral part of this freshwater experience, one that makes the Evergreen State a favorite amongst anglers all over the nation.

What to Catch

Freshwater fishing in Washington is dominated by Salmon and Trout that come in many shapes and sizes. On the other hand, saltwater fly fishing can offer both Cutthroat Trout and Salmon, as well as the likes of Lingcod and Rockfish.

Top Places to Fly Fish in Washington

With so many fantastic options in Washington, where do you even begin? Puget Sound is the main saltwater destination for fly anglers, making it an easy pick if you’re up for some outstanding Salmon fishing near Seattle or Tacoma. As for the freshwater, we’ll take you through some of the most popular rivers, streams, and lakes that should be on your radar.

Columbia River

Spreading over 1,200 miles from British Columbia to Oregon, the Columbia River is the largest river in the entire Pacific Northwest. Once the biggest Salmon producer in the entire world, the river is still home to some of the best Salmon fishing in the country. Add to that a strong Steelhead presence in the winter as well as some of the best Sturgeon angling on the planet, and it’s easy to see what the fuss is about.

Salmon fishing is especially strong near the mouth of the Columbia River. One of the top places on the mouth is Cape Disappointment State Park where the fishing is anything but disappointing!

Yakima River

Also known as the “Yak,” the Yakima River is probably the best place for Rainbow Trout fishing in fall. Thanks to plentiful hatches and low flows, you’re looking at a very potent fishery until as late as December. Summer fishing here is also great, but it can get really crowded when the weather is nice. If you don’t mind the young crowd from Central Washington University, be sure to check it out.

Steelhead Streams

Some anglers would say that fishing for big trophy Rainbows on their way back from the Pacific is what Washington fishing is all about. If you’re looking to experience this staple of local fishing, you’re in luck! There are dozens upon dozens of rivers where you can partake in this proud tradition. The best among those rivers are located on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. Anglers consider the Sol Duc, Calawah, and Bogachiel Rivers to be the absolute cream of the crop, with some trophy fish weighing as much as 25 pounds. When it comes to the winter Steelhead bite, look no further.

Lakes

Testifying to the sheer scale of Washington Lake fishing is the fact that the traditional “Opening Day” in April draws around 300,000 anglers every year. The lakes in the western part of the state are famous for their Rainbow Trout bite, and for good reason. These include the Padden and Silver Lakes in Whatcom County, the Pass, McMurray, and Erie Lakes in Skagit County, as well as many, many more.

While the eastern lakes also have amazing Trout fishing, they also boast impressive numbers of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Crappie, Bluegills, and more. Grant County bears a special mention, as it is often referred to as having the best Trout fishing waters in the whole of Washington. Noteworthy lakes in the county include Park, Lenice, Perch, Blue, and Merry Lake.

Puget Sound

The good thing about Puget Sound apart from the great fishing is the convenient location. If you’re heading out from Seattle, Tacoma, or one of the other cities in the area, it’s pretty much in your backyard. From flats and drop-offs to estuaries and shelves, you name it and it’s somewhere in the sound.

The biggest saltwater estuary on the West Coast is home to a variety of different fish. Whether it’s Salmon, Cutthroat Trout, Steelhead, Rockfish, or Lingcod, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to test out your fly skills in the salt.

How to Fish

  • A 6–7wt rod will serve you just fine in both freshwater and saltwater fishing grounds. You can go light if all you want to do is run streamers after Cutthroat Trout, but you’ll need a heavier rod for bigger fish like Steelhead. Going with a 7wt rod strikes a good balance of being able to use bulkier flies to cover more ground, while at the same time not being too heavy for a whole day’s worth of casting.
     
  • As with other places on the West Coast, the local Trout eat a lot of midges. This makes patterns like the Brassie or the Zebra Midge indispensable to your fly arsenal. Mainstays like dry flies for creek fishing as well as Hopper patterns when going after Yakima Trout are also a must.
     
  • When fishing the waters of Puget Sound, your flies should imitate squid, herring, and crustaceans for the best results.

When to Go

The best time to go usually depends on the species you’re looking to fish for. If it’s  Steelhead, you’re free to go any time of the year. This also applies to Trout, but some other species can be a bit more restrictive. Chinook and Coho Salmon, for example, peak in fall, while the best time for Lingcod is definitely summer.

Whenever you decide to drop by, you’ll have a generous amount of fishing opportunities available, and then some! Many things can be said about Washington, but lacking in good fly fishing isn’t one of them.

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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Washington

Listen to the guy who’s been doing it for ages. Don’t assume you know everything. Be willing to learn new techniques. You’ll catch them.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Listen to the guy who’s been doing it for ages. Don’t assume you know everything. Be willing to learn new techniques. You’ll catch them.
Wind Knot
Wind Knot Oreland, PA
It was warm but not until around 10. Otherwise the sites were beautiful and the fish were biting a lot!! A few dog fish but we caught way more salmon than dog.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was warm but not until around 10. Otherwise the sites were beautiful and the fish were biting a lot!! A few dog fish but we caught way more salmon than dog.
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing
Just get out on the water where you will find great adventure and make lifelong memories!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just get out on the water where you will find great adventure and make lifelong memories!
Fish PNW Guide Service
Fish PNW Guide Service Bellevue, Washington
Keep in touch with your alloted captain and charter company, ask what weather and fishing conditions have been like and recommended changes prior to your arrival.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep in touch with your alloted captain and charter company, ask what weather and fishing conditions have been like and recommended changes prior to your arrival.
Best Seattle Fishing Charter
Best Seattle Fishing Charter Albuquerque, NM
Be prepared for different weather conditions. It can be very chilly in the morning out on the water, but can get quite warm in the afternoon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for different weather conditions. It can be very chilly in the morning out on the water, but can get quite warm in the afternoon.
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing Everett, WA
Check regulations on limits. Two fish is the limit. Assess whether a shorter trip than six hours is appropriate: we booked six hours, however only fished three because we had reached our limit, and the Guide was hesitant to continue catching and releasing, even though the hooks were barbless. as a guide myself, I totally understand this stance. Overall great trip.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Check regulations on limits. Two fish is the limit. Assess whether a shorter trip than six hours is appropriate: we booked six hours, however only fished three because we had reached our limit, and the Guide was hesitant to continue catching and releasing, even though the hooks were barbless. as a guide myself, I totally understand this stance. Overall great trip.
Best Seattle Fishing Charter
Best Seattle Fishing Charter Hicks, LA
Sunscreen and wearing layers. The morning was cool, but it warmed up significantly as the sun came out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen and wearing layers. The morning was cool, but it warmed up significantly as the sun came out.
Seeking Limits Guide Service
Seeking Limits Guide Service
Bring drinks and snacks as most of the time you’ll just be waiting for the fish to bite the line.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring drinks and snacks as most of the time you’ll just be waiting for the fish to bite the line.
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters Everett, Washington
The salmon moved around and so did we. The captain put us on top of bait balls. We caught our limit of coho within 1.5 hours. We did 1 more hour of C n R. We went on to fishing for flounder. The action was continuous.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The salmon moved around and so did we. The captain put us on top of bait balls. We caught our limit of coho within 1.5 hours. We did 1 more hour of C n R. We went on to fishing for flounder. The action was continuous.
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing
Book a guide for lake or River fishing to get a better idea on where to go & what to throw .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a guide for lake or River fishing to get a better idea on where to go & what to throw .
Wind Knot
Wind Knot Fayetteville, TX
Try to go on a day without a lot of wind - the day we went it was extremely windy and we had a lot of chop.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to go on a day without a lot of wind - the day we went it was extremely windy and we had a lot of chop.
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing Knoxville, TN
This fishing destination has something for everyone, great restaurants, walking beaches, gift and novelty shops and of course top notch fishing!!! We love Westport and Grays Harbor!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This fishing destination has something for everyone, great restaurants, walking beaches, gift and novelty shops and of course top notch fishing!!! We love Westport and Grays Harbor!
Pacific Bluewater Sportfishing
Pacific Bluewater Sportfishing Seattle, WA
Could just be the season but there was a ton of bait fish but also almost an infestation of dog sharks who would grab your bait before most salmon had a chance.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Could just be the season but there was a ton of bait fish but also almost an infestation of dog sharks who would grab your bait before most salmon had a chance.
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing
Cut Plug Charters- Seattle Fishing Seattle, Washington
Take plenty of layers, under your waders, because it can be super cold out there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take plenty of layers, under your waders, because it can be super cold out there.
360 Fishing – Olympic Peninsula
360 Fishing – Olympic Peninsula Anacortes, WA
Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather, bring rain gear and waders.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather, bring rain gear and waders.
Mk Sport Fishing - Montesano
Mk Sport Fishing - Montesano Los Angeles, CA
This is very convenient for those living in the Seattle-area, especially during the Coho run. Not even 10 minutes of sailing and you are on the fish. Very much worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is very convenient for those living in the Seattle-area, especially during the Coho run. Not even 10 minutes of sailing and you are on the fish. Very much worth it.
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters Tacoma, WA
Yes, I have had several fishing charters before. for awesome experience Chasing Fin is the way to go.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, I have had several fishing charters before. for awesome experience Chasing Fin is the way to go.
Chasing Fins Guide Service
Chasing Fins Guide Service United States
It was fun but once it rained it got very cold. The fish were not biting very much at this time. I believe a later warmer time of year would have been better as far as catching fish. The trip itself was very fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was fun but once it rained it got very cold. The fish were not biting very much at this time. I believe a later warmer time of year would have been better as far as catching fish. The trip itself was very fun.
Mk Sport Fishing
Mk Sport Fishing Seattle, WA
If you are planing to drift the river on your own its advisable to fish with a guide until you learn the river as it does have some rough spots. There is some bank access and the local folks are friendly and fun to fish around.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are planing to drift the river on your own its advisable to fish with a guide until you learn the river as it does have some rough spots. There is some bank access and the local folks are friendly and fun to fish around.
Klickitat River Guides And Lodging
Klickitat River Guides And Lodging Port Orchard, Washington

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