Seattle Fly Fishing Charters

Seattle Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Seattle

Fly Fishing in Seattle

If you’re one for variety, try your hand at the fly fishing Seattle has in store. Fly anglers catch the area’s most challenging—and thrilling—game fish, from freshwater streams in the Olympic Mountains to the shores of Puget Sound. With opportunities for all skill levels and a fish for every season, there’s no excuse to miss out on this experience!

Saltwater Fly Fishing

Puget Sound offers fantastic fly fishing opportunities 365 days a year. Casting flies in these waters is more demanding than conventional fishing, but the reward is that much sweeter. You can target coastal Cutthroat Trout in these waters any time of year. In late summer and fall, the sound is full of Coho and Chum Salmon, accompanied by Pink Salmon in odd-numbered years. With more than 1,500 miles of shoreline at your disposal, it’s easy to test the waters without hiring a boat. A 9-weight rod will suffice, unless you’re after trophy-sized fish.

When you’re ready to expand your reach, there’s no shortage of captains who are ready to show you the best of Seattle’s saltwater fly fishing. You’ll fish from a boat in shallow water near the shoreline, casting hand-tied flies and stripping the line much like you would while fishing in freshwater. For beginners, we recommend starting with a guide so that you can learn about the gear and techniques while you fish.

Freshwater Fly Fishing

Steelhead Trout are the official state fish of Washington, so it’s no surprise that you can hook into these ferocious silver bullets most of the year. Odds are you’ll find Steelhead in most of the rivers and mountain streams surrounding Seattle, but two of the most productive are the Cle Elum and Yakima Rivers. Just a one-hour drive from the city, both rivers offer year-round fishing for native Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout. Dry fly, streamer, and nymphing tactics all work well in these waters.

Small streams in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains are easy to overlook, but fly anglers are wise to put these secluded waters at the top of their list. While you might feel like you’re fishing in remote wilderness, these mountain streams are easily accessible from the city. Swimming in the cool, gin clear waters are Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, which provide great action for the pro and novice alike. Try using a light, slow action rod if you’re a beginner and you’ll find the streams incredibly rewarding.

Need to Know

Anglers age 16 and above must purchase a Washington fishing license, available online. Many fly fishing guides in Seattle encourage catch and release, but some species are legal to keep. Be sure to ask your guide about local regulations ahead of time if you plan on keeping your catch, or take a look at the latest updates from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Seattle
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27,721 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Seattle

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.
EiLeen  A.
EiLeen A. 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.
Taylor  T.
Taylor T.
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!
Marshall  M.
Marshall M. 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.
Ryan  T.
Ryan T. 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.
Natosha  W.
Natosha W. 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.
Randel  C.
Randel C. Hicks, LA
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.
Patricia  M.
Patricia M.
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 .
Mike  S.
Mike S. 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.
Ken  F.
Ken F. Knoxville, TN
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.
David  C.
David C. Seattle, Washington

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