Looking for the best Steelhead guide I can find

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by GANDERWITZ, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. GANDERWITZ

    GANDERWITZ Member

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    I got a free pass from the wife to go get my first steelhead with a guide. I fished the south sound rivers all summer last year and never got one. I was 0-2 on the season. I am ready to get my boots wet again. I need some good recommendations on a guide. I am not concerned with where I have to go, I am willing to go anywhere in Washington for this. I just want to link up with the guide that gives me the best chance to hook up on a metal head. Can you guys give me some info on guides I should reach out to?

    Also, would like to split the cost of the boat for the day with someone. Anyone interested?

    Thanks,

    LG
     
  2. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy No mas

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  3. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Asking for the "best" guide is like asking for the best car.

    Do you want to swing, pull plugs, back bounce, toss beads? Would you rather go to the OP or a Columbia trib? Do you want a "trouty" red stripped steelhead or a chrome bright fresh fish? Are you concerned about bonking a fish for the BBQ or hoping for a large wild unicorn?

    All these things matter and will help make your decision easier.
     
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  4. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    do you have to stay in WA? BC there's some amazing guides just a hop over the border in Oregon
     
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  5. GANDERWITZ

    GANDERWITZ Member

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    Thanks Luke! I would prefer to swing with a switch rod but would love to learn more techniques to chase them with as well. Swinging a dry fly would be the ultimate catch for me but I really just want to feel the catch on a fly rod. I'll take it any way I can get chrome or not.
    I hooked on to two last summer in the Green River but lost them both. It was an amazing (and addicting) experience.
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    swung dry fly fish.... you need to head to S. Oregon and fish the N. Umpqua ;)
     
  7. GANDERWITZ

    GANDERWITZ Member

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    West Washington would be ideal so I can fish there again more often than I could in OR.
     
  8. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    Id say Jim Kerr is the man for you. Go in July, and you might just get a chinook as well.

    However, a guide on the Cowlitz or Klickitat will probably get you more hatchery bonkers
     
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  10. GANDERWITZ

    GANDERWITZ Member

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    Fishing Rates for 2014
    Standard (May 1-Jan 31)
    1 angler $325.00
    2 Anglers $450.00

    Who want to go?
     
  11. Dan Cuomo

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    Jim Kerr is a great choice. Fishing, especially for steelhead, is never a sure thing; however a good time w/ Jim just might be. The man is truly funny, and if there are fish around Jim will find them.
     
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    If you cant find someone Jim can assist in finding someone to fill up the boat just shoot him an email.
     
  13. Rob Allen

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    Mike Sturza.. Lost creek fly shop... Cowlitz river
     
  14. Jamie Wilson

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    0 for 2 last season?
    Just do that again - might go 2 for 2
     
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    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    I second Rob's recommendation. The Cowlitz has about the strongest hatchery return on the west side. It is close to you if you wish to fish it by yourself in the future. And Mike knows the Cowlitz really well. He's a very positive guy; you'll enjoy your time: win, lose, or draw.
    Steve
     
  16. doublespey

    doublespey Steelhead-a-holic

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    One more thumbs up for Mike Sturza on the Cowlitz. Great guide on a very productive river system.
     
  17. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy No mas

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    best advice
     
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    If your only concern is getting a hook up go to the Klickitat or Cowlitz with reds or something. You'll anchor up over fish and drift beads over and over until you get a fish. Downside is you learn nothing besides where to anchor up on that river.... But again your chances of a fish are sky high.

    If you're concerned with learning how to steelhead on the swing, how to vastly improve presentation, how to read water like a boss (not just "oh look 4ft deep walking speed water I better fish it!), then go with Joe Ewing at Pacific fly fishers. You'll learn more in that one day than 25 years on the water trying to figure it out on your own...or 25 lifetimes on this forum.

    Edit for the asshole who pmd me: I'm not bashing reds at all, the dude said what he wants is "my best chances at a metalhead". I gave reds a compliment
     
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  19. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    If you're wanting to hit the Cowlitz, you also might want to hit up our very own John Hicks of Sea Run Pursuits...he's definitely a great option to swing up a steelie!

    If you want to swing the Klickitat, give them a call at Red's and they will get you set up.
     
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  20. CLO

    CLO They baitin'

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    ....Says the guy tying up yarnies last night. Nymphing takes a lot of water reading skill and technical line skill.
     
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