Moving to Olympia from SW Florida

Hello foks!

I've got an 8wt fly rod w/ a large arbor sealed reel that I use for salt water fishing, and I want to know what species I should be targeting in Washington with this weight.

I'll also be picking up a 5wt setup once I get there.

If this information, or more specifically, what fish can be targeted with what weight, is already posted somewhere convenient, please simply point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance!


My name is Mark Oberg
Welcome to the board. Depending on when you arrive here, Salmon and steel. Washington is quit the meca for big fish in fresh water.


The wanted posters say Tim Hartman


Not to be confused with Freestone
Welcome to WFF from a former native Floridian (Ft. Lauderdale). Steelhead, salmon and trout and sea-run cutthroat... it will work for all of them. This being an odd calendar year, you'll have Pink (Humpy) salmon in the mix starting mid August... always a bonus given our plummeting numbers of fish.

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
Thanks everyone!

What's the challenge? People and development? River blockage? Weather?
Yes. Habitat destruction (including dams, clear-cut logging of watersheds, shoreline armoring, water pollution, too many people, etc), too much fishing of all kinds (otherwise known as excessive "monofilament pollution"), and "variable ocean conditions" (often hard to figure out what that phrase means).
Welcome to Oly! Olympia is a great jumping off point to some good fishing throughout the state. Locally, there's searun cutthroat on the Puget Sound and about 20 lakes within 20 minutes to fish for trout and largemouth bass. About an hour's drive south you have Mayfield Lake which has huge tiger muskies.

Also, as others have already said, go swing for steel and salmon. You'll be happy you did.


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St. Pete,

When you get to Oly look up the South Sound Flyfishers and attend some meetings (3rd Tuesday). You should be able to get a lot of information about the local fishing scene and decide what you want to pursue. Not many bonefish, redfish, or snook here however.