Stillaguamish River, WA
Quick Facts and Pricing
- June – January
- Ideal Flows
- Full day 8-9 hours fishing time
- $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
- Native Steelhead
- 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 “Stilly”…if you haven’t at least heard of this famed river you are new to the sport of laying out line with the long rod. Not to worry, the Stillaguamish continues to be one of the destination-rivers in America for both summer and winter steelhead. The State of Washington has more than its fair share of famed steelheading water and the Stilly is well up there on the list.
The Stillaguamish is made up of the South and North forks. The North Fork holds the distinction of being declared a fly only fishery in 1949, the first ever in the world. Offering an abundance of fly-fishing opportunities for many species, the Stilly supports winter and summer steelhead and late fall sea-run cutthroat on the lower river.
Winter fishing here as on many western Washington rivers will not be lonely, as bald eagles regularly sit high in riverside trees critiquing casting technique paraded by their sentinel stations. A day of fishing the Stillaguamish is one of cobblestone-wading, testing one’s steelhead lie knowledge and daydreams sprinkled with liberal moments of connecting with one of these sea weaned migrants, be it summer or winter, is still one of fly angling’s great challenges and most rewarding experiences.