Kalama River, WA
Quick Facts and Pricing
- All Year
- Ideal Flows
- Full day 8-9 hours fishing time
- From Seattle
- 2 1/2 hours
- From Portland
- 45 minutes
- $495 Full day float trip, 1-2 anglers
$425 Full day walk and wade, 1-2 anglers
$75 additional for 3rd angler
Prices do not include WA sales tax
- 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.
- 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.
- 6 – 2/0 flies depending on season
- Menu options for full day trips — Lunch
- Clothing and Equipment Lists
The Kalama is one of the many yet less talked about steelhead rivers in the state of Washington. Very few streams or rivers in this state have designated “Fly Only” water for steelhead and this is one of them. This stretch of water is from Kalama Falls down stream to Summers Creek.
The Kalama begins on the shoulders of Mount St. Helens and flows and drops quickly at first and then levels as it reaches the lowlands nearing the Columbia, its final destination. Being located so far south of Seattle, not many anglers from the area head this far to fish. For those that do, steelhead of 12-18 pounds are often the reward.
The season for summer steelhead begins sometime in early May usually and then picks up steam in June and fishes fairly consistently until October.
There are several drift options available on the river and for anglers wishing to see some more remote and less fished water, there is plenty of hike in and walk and wade water as well. For some of the more remote walk and wade water, anglers should be in good shape as the canyon steepens and hiking becomes more strenuous. While walk and wading this river is necessary on the upper stretches, those with less than sure footing need to be extra careful.