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· Another Flyfisherman
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I am soon moving to Tacoma. I am a Service Member. I am an AVID Flyfisherman from Idaho. I have never fished for Salmon or Steelhead, but CANNOT WAIT to do so. I am moving to Washington for the sole purpose of flyfishing when I am not working. What do I need to know to have some success once I get there? I hate crowds! Where can a new guy go to find some good fishing that is off the beaten path.

When, where, and HOW do you catch a steelhead on a fly?
When, Where, and HOW do you catch salmon on a fly?
Is there any good trout fishing near Tacoma/Fort Lewis?

I do not know if the same techniques and patterns that work in Idaho will make Washington fish succumb to the fly.

I am just searching for some info so that I can hit the water as soon as I get there. Anything that you guys can enlighten me on will be a great help. Thanks!!!



· Formerly Tight Loops
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>When, where, and HOW do you catch a steelhead on a fly?

Most steelhead are caught by fly fishermen when they enter rivers to spawn. There are 2 major runs of steelhead: Summer, the fish enter the rivers in May-August and live until the spawn in the winter. These are the easiest to catch for the fly fisherman. Many, but not all rivers in Washington have summer run fish. The how is a very big question. Read Trey Comb's "Steelhead Fly Fishing" or any others. For a brief intro read what is online at: http://www.FlyFishSteelhead.com/.

>When, Where, and HOW do you catch salmon on a fly?

Many fish are caught on the beaches by fly fishers casting toward fish that are actively feeding. Others are caught similar to steelhead, but right when they enter the rivers in the fall.

A good book on this is Les Johnson's "Fly fishing for Pacific Salmon".

>Is there any good trout fishing near Tacoma/Fort Lewis?

I am not quite sure what you mean by good, but a article in NW Fly Fishing mag on the Deschutes River in Washington turned my head. If you like lake fishing see www.washingtonlakes.com for reports on lake fishing. SeaRun Cutthroats are in the sound everywhere if you would like that sort of fishing.

But if you mean "quality" fly or selective gear waters, well Rocky Ford, Dry Falls Lake, Lake Lenore and the Yakima River are all equidistant from Seattle or Tacoma over Snoqualmie Pass. But quite frankly there are more trout in this state in every stream than most guys can imagine, so if you fish away from those areas and all the others that get overfished, you will be in quality trout water, too.


hmmmm. got it dial'd
Hi, good to see another veteren that flyfishes out there. Just to let you know, Inside FT. lewis is Chambers lake, i'ts open year round and is catch and release only for trout. As far as your other requests for steelies, salmon and the rest I'm just getting into that too, so I don't have any good advice for that. Although I really do like the Sol Duc river on the Olympic penninsula for steelhead and salmon fishing. I've never flyfished it but as soon as I get an 8 or 9 Wt. rod I will be out there. Good luck, and welcome to Washington.

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get yourself "Flyfishers guide to Washington", you will probably have to order it from a local bookstore. The authors name is Greg Thomas, also get "The fishing guide to Washington". both are excellent references costing in the neighborhood of 25 bucks apiece. Then go and buy yourself a Washington Atlas and Gazeteer at your local Wal-Mart. This will get you started.

Good Luck from NAS Whidbey, and thanks for serving!! :THUMBSUP
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