Quinalt steelhead fly recommendations

#1
Gonna do a walk in on the Quinalt on Dec 10th, and have never flyfished for steelhead. Anyone got any recommendations on flies for this river? Will be taking some egg patterns, but anything else would be helpful. Thanks. Bob.
 

NorthernExposure

not bad for a yankee
#2
black egg sucking leeches, if you tie, this is definitely one to make yourself, i have never really liked store bought ESLs. I'd also bring a bunch of popsicles. just have bright and dark flies. in the 2-2/0 range. pretty simple
 

Ringlee

Doesn't care how you fish Moderator
#4
I have caught fish up there on Orange GP's. I would say the same flies work there as any other of the larger streams on the peninsula. You cant go wrong with a black, pink, or purple string leech. Movement, Movement, Movement is what your looking for in your fly. Yes yarn moves too! There are some good walk in spots, but the river is ever changing and that sweet spot can be high and dry now. Give a report when you get back.
 

Porter

Active Member
#5
ESL's in purple/black/olive/chartruese bugger...stick with pink/red eggs on those leeches. This is what I have been told by fishing friends in the area....never have fished there for winters.
 
#6
early december on the Quinalt?
do you mean cooks creek? I have fly fished cooks creek as well as quinalt river. I usually wait until the wild fish arrive before fly fishing the quinalt. Early december is usually the peek for the small hatchery steelhead entering cooks creek. The steelhead usually range from 5 to 10 pounds, so use size 2 to 6 flies. Nymphing techniques work very well. Although I would agree that egg sucking leaches usually work in all steelhead rivers, I have done quite poorly at the creek using egg sucking leaches.

I have done quite well using egg patterns, as well as prawn patterns. The colors I tend to stick with there are very dull, dirty colors. Very pale looking colors, pale yellow pink is one of my favorites. You will loose massive amounts of flies at cooks creek, so bring lots of flies.

Later on in Feb, March on the main river egg sucking leaches and intruder type flies work better.
 
#7
Dude, be careful where you are fishing on the Quinalt as you may find yourself on tribal land . If you fish below Lake Quinalt, then you will need to have a Tribal Guide or you will find yourself in deep $#!%. They can take all your gear, fine you, lock you up, etc.... I highly doubt their guides are good "fly guides" as they mostly gear and bait fish from what I know.

If you fish above the Lake, you need to make sure you are on the National Park Property or in WA State area. Check your reg book. There is a Ranger Station right next to Lake Quinalt Lodge, you should check things out there before fishing. Also, the Lodge is a great place to stay.... they rent out nice motor boats. You need a special license for fishing the lake, available at the store by the Lodge...

Have fun. Stay out of trouble and catch some big ones!!!

Jason
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#8
Jason Decker said:
Dude, be careful where you are fishing on the Quinalt as you may find yourself on tribal land. If you fish below Lake Quinalt, then you will need to have a Tribal Guide or you will find yourself in deep $#!%. They can take all your gear, fine you, lock you up, etc.... I highly doubt their guides are good "fly guides" as they mostly gear and bait fish from what I know.

If you fish above the Lake, you need to make sure you are on the National Park Property or in WA State area. Check your reg book. There is a Ranger Station right next to Lake Quinalt Lodge, you should check things out there before fishing. Also, the Lodge is a great place to stay.... they rent out nice motor boats. You need a special license for fishing the lake, available at the store by the Lodge...

Have fun. Stay out of trouble and catch some big ones!!!

Jason
My god,you finelly said something that makes sense. Goody for you.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

Jim
 
#9
Now Jim, he was only being helpful! I have fished the lower Quinalt for years, yes I know it's tribal guide only, this is the first for me using fly gear, and the first walk-in. We are going to Cook creek as well. Anil over at Puget sound fly co. turned us on to egg patterns, so I think we are set. Thanks for all the help, guys. Will post report and pics after we get back. Bob.
 
#11
Uncle Jimmy, which guides are fly fishers? Like I said, this is the first experience for me fly fishing the Quinalt, always used gear for this river, but am now hooked on fly fishing! We are going out with a guide named Angie, who was recommended to us by Letty Potter. Don't know anything about her, but if Letty recommends her, it's good enough for me. Bob.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#13
Bob,
I know Clay Butler guides flyfishers on the Quinault. I don't think he guides as much as he used to. I think I heard he is a Police Chief somewhere now. I believe Robbin Rhoades may guide flyfishers also.
I didn't know Angie was a Quinault tribal guide. Here is Angie's website.
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The fly shop in Port Angeles is Waters West.
Brian
 

ibn

Moderator
#14
Clay Buttler is awesome, I went out with him last year for steelhead. Although I didn't hook anything it was a lot of fun fishing with him. If he was not a fishing guide he could be a story teller. He used to hunt people down for the CIA and is full of great stories, he also has this deep voice that is impossible to duplicate. It's worth paying him just to hang out with him!
 

Mingo

the Menehune stole my beer
#15
ibn said:
Clay Buttler is awesome, I went out with him last year for steelhead. Although I didn't hook anything it was a lot of fun fishing with him. If he was not a fishing guide he could be a story teller. He used to hunt people down for the CIA and is full of great stories, he also has this deep voice that is impossible to duplicate. It's worth paying him just to hang out with him!
I second that vote.......if you want access to some very good water and choose to hire an awesome guide on the Q, Clay is first class and a freakin' funny dude to boot. We did a couple trips with him when I had my TV show and he was awesome on camera and put us onto good fish every time out. Great guy....he also was the guest tracking expert on a Sasquatch TV show last year! Like Ibn said, he is a master raconteur.....he can almost out-BS me...............;)

Although I wouldn't pay him just to hang out...... :rofl: