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Emerald Water Anglers Seattle Fly Shop and Guide Service

Skagit River, WA

 

Quick Facts and Pricing

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Season
December – mid February
Ideal Flows
Below 8000cfs @ Marblemount
Length
Full day 8-9 hours fishing time
From Seattle
2 hours
Pricing
$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
Species
Native Steelhead
Dolly Varden

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 Lists
Winter
Cancellation Policy

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One of western Washington’s many great rivers, the Skagit in late winter and early spring is an annual journey for many dedicated fly-fishers. Local folks as well as those from afar, travel to the Skagit in hopes of fulfilling a dream of the coveted, twenty pounder on a fly. The take alone of a fifteen-pound or better wild steelhead is enough to test the condition of one’s heart. There is no need for a stress test from your local physician if you survive the adrenalin-stoked minutes connected to one of these beautiful chrome specimens. If you don’t… what a great swan song!

Those new to the river will be well served by utilizing a guide, being persistent and maintaining the mind-set of enjoying the complete experience regardless of fish count at the end of the day. Time spent in such pursuit is said to add days to your life and what better way to spend a few each year. The Skagit’s grand setting will provide memorable angling moments and undoubtedly embed on with an itch to return each year. During winter months the Skagit is also home to one of the largest migrations of bald eagles in the lower forty-eight.

If winter steelheading is not in the cards, pink salmon and chum make strong runs in August and late fall respectively. Also inhabiting the Skagit are large Dolly Varden and some sea-run cutthroat in the lower river. Controlled by several dams on the upper river the Skagit generally flows fairly clear down to Rockport and the confluence with the Sauk. We highly recommend the use of spey rods on this and the Sauk.

See also Sauk River and Skykomish River