Looking for a river and good guide

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Simplebugger, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Simplebugger New Member

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    Hey all, I'm heading out to Forks for some business and wanted to get a little steelhead fishing in while I'm out there. I don't know enough about the area or the fish to try on my own so I thought a guide might be a good idea. Any recommendations or cautions on the guide service to use? Also which river out there seems to produce well this time of year?
  2. Codioos Active Member

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  3. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    Gotta go with the braz man every time! Killer dude who knows his stuff. If pounding some whiskey after fishing is your thing he is good at tha too.

    If u get a chance stay at the bogey house
  4. jsuyes FFF-CCI

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  5. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    Depending on when you plan to go, finding an open day or seat could be a problem.
    I have fished with Jim Kerr on several occasions, in fact I just fished with him last Thursday and Friday. Jim is a top notch guide and a blast to be with and he works his ass off. You can't go wrong. www.raincoastguides.com

    Jeff Brazda is likewise a great guide and has several other great guides that operate out of the Bogey House. I have done that trip as well. A great time, for sure. But, Jeff will not be starting up the operation until the 1st part of February. www.brazdasflyfishing.com
  6. YAMMY Member

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  7. flyfishmt Active Member

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    I fished two days with Jim last February and he was great! I highly recommend him.
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  9. The Duke Been around

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    Because he calls rods, poles.
  10. dcm Member

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    It is likely that Jim is already booked, but I would definitely recommend him. I think he now has a couple of other guys that are working with him and help to handle his overflow. If Jim knows them, you can be confident they know their stuff.

    Another option is to contact the Waters West fly shop (also a site sponsor) out of Port Angeles. Dave has several excellent guides working with him through the shop.

    Hire a guide and he'll know what river to fish.
  11. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    make sure i always call it an indicator around people like you.

    just busting balls man
  12. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Just fished with Caleb Hitzfeld a few weeks ago -- he's a keeper.
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  13. Crump Member

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    Gray Struznik - Born and raised in Forks. 360-640-2400
  14. John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    If you want to walk and wade to some amazing water. As well as have one of the best lunches made on the O.P. talk to Bob Triggs. He is a member here and a top notch guide.

    Also look at Ryan Davey. He is guiding up there. His company is Primal Angler.
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  15. Befishin Member

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  16. Fletcher New Member

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    I'll 2nd on Gray Struznik. Caught my first steelhead on a swung fly with him. Good guy, a lot of fun!
  17. SccrBecks08 water-logged

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    I happened to fish with Mike on the Sol Duc this January as a way to learn the water and am happy to say he's a true professional. By no means is he a flyfisher; rather, he sports the tried and true jig/plug approach and is a master at the art in my opinion. I was impressed at his knowledge of the river and the many habits of steelhead and salmon that swim those systems. The guy can row a drift boat with the best of them too, and I look forward to having him take me down the Calawah soon. More importantly, he's an ethical educator of fishing and the importance of respecting the river and fish. The photo attached is one of the beautiful natives he helped us land and happily release back into the river without hassle for the next fly swinger. A few more outings in his boat spending 9 hours on the water and I might get the nerve to try fly fishing for the coveted winter steelhead.

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  18. Davy Active Member

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    yup,, Mr. Triggs is a reel good choice
  19. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    And don't forget chums in 30 seconds :)
  20. shawn k Member

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    Mike is most definitely a fly fisher. He grew up in Montana and he works there some summers.
    Mike is what I would call a fish catching machine.