Skokomish River

#1
Does anyone ever head out to the Skokomish River to fish anything other than salmon? I mean how's the trout fiahing out there this time of year??
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#2
Head up high and fish the waters below and above Staircase in the Park. It is better later in the summer when snowmelt flows have dropped.

Steve
 
#3
Don't get to excited about it you'll most likely find a few small trout, fry and a few smolts like many of our streams not good trout water. I'd head to the other side or east.
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#4
Mark, you are exactly right that one isn't likely to find big trout from the rivers like the Skokomish. But Staircase is an hour's drive max from Olympia; I don't think that any anadromous fish pass that high which obviates the possibility of harassing smolts. If one wants to trout fish in a river, it is about as close as one can find, especially once the little D drops too low (and too warm) to fish ethically. One can head farther south to the Tilton or Cispus and its tribs, but those are farther away (and probably don't have much bigger fish to boot).

Steve
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#5
James, if you would like a buddy along to go explore the N Fork above Staircase, let me know. I haven't fished up there myself, but have been wanting to check it out.
I plan to keep it simple and just follow the game plan Doug Rose suggested in his chapter on the N Fork Skok in his Fly Fishing Guide To The Olympic Peninsula.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#6
The last time I was up above Staircase, I was in the boy scouts. WE were camping up there. I think it was about 65 years ago.
 
#8
Mark, you are exactly right that one isn't likely to find big trout from the rivers like the Skokomish. But Staircase is an hour's drive max from Olympia; I don't think that any anadromous fish pass that high which obviates the possibility of harassing smolts. If one wants to trout fish in a river, it is about as close as one can find, especially once the little D drops too low (and too warm) to fish ethically. One can head farther south to the Tilton or Cispus and its tribs, but those are farther away (and probably don't have much bigger fish to boot).

Steve
Steve, I wasn't sure exactly where he was thinking about fishing (which fork). I've fished, camped and hiked both forks of the Skok and from Cushman a long way's up and still only found small numbers of small fish. Years ago before they raised the level of the lake I used to catch some nice trout and a few Dollies at the mouth but not anymore. It's still a nice hike up the river from staircase but you need to go a way's up to get away from the people, it's a popular place.

You're right it would be fairly close for him in Olympia, and he should give it a go, but I didn't want him to get his hopes up. It's also a bit early and I think the levels might still be a bit high.

Mark
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#10
I see hobnailed boots, trapper johnson packs and lots of hatchets for youngsters.
I don't know who "trapper johnson" was, but I used a "trapper Nelson" backpack back in the day, although I never made it to boy scouts (our den mother quit - long story).
My Dad had passed it down to me and the old "trapper nelson" always hauled in a bunch of gear, and occasionally hauled out a bunch of deer or bear meat way back then.
But I digress. Last time I fished the upper Skokomish around Staircase was maybe 30 years ago - didn't catch a thing. Try it - your luck may be better than mine.
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#11
I don't know who "trapper johnson" was, but I used a "trapper Nelson" backpack back in the day, although I never made it to boy scouts (our den mother quit - long story).
My Dad had passed it down to me and the old "trapper nelson" always hauled in a bunch of gear, and occasionally hauled out a bunch of deer or bear meat way back then.
But I digress. Last time I fished the upper Skokomish around Staircase was maybe 30 years ago - didn't catch a thing. Try it - your luck may be better than mine.
It should have been Trapper Nelson.
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#15
I don't know who "trapper johnson" was, but I used a "trapper Nelson" backpack back in the day, although I never made it to boy scouts (our den mother quit - long story).
My Dad had passed it down to me and the old "trapper nelson" always hauled in a bunch of gear, and occasionally hauled out a bunch of deer or bear meat way back then.
But I digress. Last time I fished the upper Skokomish around Staircase was maybe 30 years ago - didn't catch a thing. Try it - your luck may be better than mine.
With as much as those homemade backpacks hurt I should have remembered that name. We had those backpacks, sleeping bags that didn't keep us warm and weighed a jillion pounds, leaky rain gear and boots, and mole skin wasn't invented. And.... the trails were uphill both ways. But the fish were easy to catch.

(here's your two nickels)