WFF Oly Pen Trip is Feb 18 and 19

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  1. ssickle1

    ssickle1 Slow and Low

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    Yeah, that's where I broke the lense cover and lost my liscence plate on the raft trailer. Looks like there will be more water this year so i can bring the driftboat instead.
     
  2. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    The more the merrier. My wife will be there starting on Friday or Saturday night :)
     
  3. FLGator

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    Anybody know how long it takes to get to the campground from Spokane? Best route?
    Thanks
    Chris
     
  4. Jake Smulkowski

    Jake Smulkowski Throwing hoppers into baetis falls

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    FLGator,

    In my humble opinion, the quickest way from Spokane would be to blast over on 90 all the way to Hwy 18, catch that down to Auburn, head down I-5 to Olympia, and head over on 8/12 and then up to 101. My mind is drawing a blank as to how far it is to the Hoh from Olympia, but I'm thinking 3 hours or so...I grew up in Olympia and usually make it back there in 5 hours from Moscow, probably could do it in half an hour less from Spok-vegas.

    If you or anyone else from the eastside are interested in going, maybe we can arrange a carpool?

    Jake
     
  5. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    From Olympia head up 101 to the Peninsula and then take the 101 route toward the Ocean Beaches and Aberdeen. This will take you across the south end of the Olympic Mountains.

    When you get to the coast and Aberdeen; you then head north up 101 toward Kalaloch and Forks.

    This is a much shorter trip than going across the North Olympic Peninsula.
     
  6. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Sounds like a good opportunity to learn from those with some steelhead time under their belt...I'll try and make it. Did you say that you would be there on Friday the 17th? If so, I'll try and head over early that morning...what time do you usually get on the water? I plan to sleep in the back of my truck and will be bringing my Buck's Bronco in hopes of following someone down unfamiliar water...would that be possible?
    Thanks
     
  7. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    It will depend upon Hoh River flows, clarity, conditions on that weekend. There are some relatively easy drifts on the Hoh. Especially up there. But despite conditions, the location is a good trp starting point for other rivers on the west end as well. Some will have safer drifts than others. And you would be wise to team up with an experienced drifter on any new drift.
     
  8. FLGator

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    Thanks for the directions guys and time estimates. I'll see what I can make happen on my calendar and try and get over there.
    Chris
     
  9. Jason Decker

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    it looks like I will NOT be on the OP for this event. I will be on the Yakima with my father instead.
     
  10. Sloan Craven

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    Hey. I've never fished that area and was wondering what to expect. What sort of equipment should I bring? How cold will it be? Where exactly is it? I figure it will be wet and that's all I know. Thanks all.
     
  11. ibn

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    I'd bring a 8 or 9 wt rod, floating line if you're into nymphing, tips if you're a swinger. Flies are pretty standard.

    As for weather, right now it's been hovering around 30ish at night, if we get a cold snap it can drop as low as 15 to 20. My first year of winter steelheading I used a white stag cheapo bag and froze my ass off. I got a 0 degree bag and have been fine since then. Bring quality rain gear, a tarp is handy if you plan on being there for more then a day or 2.
     
  12. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Well, bad for us, good for your dad! Have fun out there, and may the Sqwala's be with you! ;)
     
  13. chadk

    chadk Be the guide...

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    Hey Jason - are you still going to be using those watermasters then?? Did you make to the yak on Friday?

    I'm thinking of making this gig. It's been too long since i've been to the OP. Not to be confused with the "O-P-P"
     
  14. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Well I'm planning on heading out. I'm probably going to take Friday off and make it a long weekend!

    Does anyone have an extra seat in a boat? I'll bring the beer and even lunch!
    Or at the very least I would really like to tag along with some of you guys who have been at this steelhead game for a while. Same offer, I'll bring the beer!

    Can't wait to head out for a long weekend of fishing. It's been too damn long since I've wet a line! Hopefully I'll get out this weekend for at least a half day!

    Cheers,
    Bill :D
     
  15. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Well, at worst case, just put your name in for the "lotto" to get on a boat :) Uncle Jimmy donated one, so if you put in, you might get on one ;)

    -- Cheers
    -- James
     
  16. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Cool, put me on the list for a boat ride! Uncle Jimmy? Mr. Mello!

    Should be fun regardless, but I would really like to do a float.

    Bill :thumb:
     
  17. andrew

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    It seems quite coincidental that you all decided to fish the Hoh that weekend after I made plans…I guess I’ll have to share the river! :rofl: :beer2:

    I’m heading out Friday and will probably camp Minnie or just below Morgan’s…I heading out from Bellingham so if anyone wants a ride there are two cars going (possibly) that way. Will be coming back on Sunday night.
     
  18. Jason Decker

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    james.......how many are going so far?
     
  19. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Current roster from the poll and the post has the following people coming. If you haven't looked at the front page, recently, take a peek there and read up. I've got most of the updates for the trip there.

    andrew (sorta, as he's camping near by)
    flybill
    james
    john
    ht75
    Triggs
    Matt Burke
    fishingjunky15
    salmo g
    Porter
    Hedburner
    banzai
    flgator
    freestone angler
    ssickle
    worldanglr
    smulkowski
    05tacoma
    Backyard
    Banzai
    chadk
    Chris Scoones
    Crump
    goose575713
    jabseattle
    JEB
    John Hicks
    kal
    shawn k
    Zen Piscator
     
  20. Jason Decker

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    the fish are gonna be toast! good thing we do C&R!