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Emerald Water Anglers Seattle Fly Shop and Guide Service

Sol Duc River, WA

Quick Facts and Pricing

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Season
December – April
Ideal Flows
600-1100cfs
River Cam
Length
Full day 8-9 hours fishing time
From Seattle
3 1/2 hours
Pricing
$495 Full day float trip, 1-2 anglers
$75 additional for 3rd angler
Prices do not include WA sales tax
Species
Native Steelhead

Details

Rods
We are proponents of swinging flies with two handed/spey rods on all our steelhead trips and are more than happy to provide personal instruction on becoming proficient with them.  What we generally recommend is spey rods 6-9wt. depending on season with compact Skagit or Scandi heads and various sinking tips.
Flies
Bunny Leeches, Egg Sucking Leeches, Flatwing General Practitioners, Mega Moal, Skagit Minnows, Morrish’s Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Skunks, Purple Perils, Skykomish Sunrises for steelhead. Flesh flies, egg patterns for Dolly Varden and pink, purple and chartreuse flies for coho.
Sizes
6 – 2/0 flies depending on season
Food
Menu options for full day trips — Lunch

Clothing and Equipment Checklist
Winter
Cancellation Policy

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Fly fishing the Sol Duc River is one of Washington’s quintessential steelhead rivers and stepping onto Washington’s Olympic Peninsula lands you smack dab in the middle of winter steelheading’s hallowed ground. Inch for inch this area provides both opportunity and sustenance to the steelhead fanatic. Winter steelhead fly-fishers seem to be imbued with a strange quirk not generally seen in genes of the normal fly flinger.

The ability to survive and even revel in abusive weather conditions, cold water, lethargic fish tendencies, shortened days and bleak conditions that scream, “stay home” are all part of the magic and legend surrounding winter fish on the fly. In reality the quiet solitude, peaceful unhurried pace and dramatic possibilities make this a “must do” experience for serious fly anglers. As in most cases the rewards are commensurate with the challenges overcome. Rivers on the OP typically are smaller, each with a unique personality. The Sol Duc is a different river in many respects that its closely positioned neighbors the Bogachiel, Hoh and Calawah Rivers, technical in every respect. Small pocket water holding areas to trees tickling your shoulders while trying to make a cast are all part of a day on the Duc.

Shorter, switch rods are great here, as long casts are not necessary most of the time. Due to its origin in the mountains not starting on a glacier, it is typcally the last to blow out and the first to clear, depending on where recent rainfall was concentrated.

See also Hoh River and Bogachiel River