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Hi,

I will be in Forks (Brightwaterhouse B&B) from May 29 to June 1st and I am planning to fish the Sol Duc River. As I am from Germany and don't know much about Pacific Salmon I wondered if someone can recomend me a couple of patterns that I can tie before our trip.
I would also apreciate any information or any hint for sources for information about fishing in the area, also for other species than salmon, and about Oregon Coast and Seattle area.

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Christian
 

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I highly recommend that you contact Raincoast Guides: proprietor Jim Kerr. He is teaching a class on just this subject this month at Puget Sound Fly Co. in Kent WA, coincidentally. It is very rare to get spring Chinook on a fly, but hiring Jim or one of his associates might make all the difference for the chance of a lifetime for you.
 

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Thanks for the hint, I will try to contact Raincoast Guides to get some information. I would also be open to summer steelhead, I would actualy prefer it, but I thought steelhead season is closed until the first weekend of june. Or is it just prohibited to retain steelhead off season? As I practice catch and release that wouldn't be a problem.
 

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all the information you could possibly ask for can be gathered by contacting the folks closest to this fishery:

http://www.waterswest.com/

dave and curt both know there stuff, are on the water lots of the time, tie beautiful flies, and know the conditions and the guides who can produce for the fly angler.
 

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Christian,

Just to shed a little light on the fishery since you are in Germany. Pacific salmon are not like Atlantic salmon at all. They are in our rivers to spawn and die. Fly fishing for springers (chinook/king salmon) can be futile at best. Steelhead, however, are more what you might be used to. The Hoh River closed April 15. Most of the other rivers, including the Sol Duc are open until June 12 and have winter and possibly early summer steeelhead for when you are here. I would definitely suggest hiring a guide. A couple have already been mentioned. You may email me at: [email protected] if you have any questions or need a guide.

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Leland,

I'm a little bit confused about the seasons. I read the Washington sport fishing rules pamphlet on http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/2009/2009sportregs.pdf and on page 54 they say for Sol Duc River that trout season is between first Saturday in June and April 30. Which information is correct?

Regarding the fly patterns, I would like to modify my original question. I asume there are a couple of "basic patterns" for salmon, steelhead, trout and bass that have proven to work beside of the special flys that work especially on one river or at one time of the year. I plan to tie a couple of these "must have flies" as basis and buy the river/season specific flies at the local flyshops.

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Christian
 

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solduc is open during may for spring chinook and hatchery steelhead. the pool at brightwater house can be good for both. bit of serendipity catching springers on the fly, but catch a few every season, including a couple so far this spring. mostly on a blue string eel, sarp seducer or fuzz ball. as mentioned above, call or visit waters west for the good stuff.
 

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Leland,

I'm a little bit confused about the seasons. I read the Washington sport fishing rules pamphlet on http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/2009/2009sportregs.pdf and on page 54 they say for Sol Duc River that trout season is between first Saturday in June and April 30. Which information is correct?
It is correct, our season run in cycles over a year starting on April1. So the regs are saying that starting in June of 2010 that it's open for trout until April30 2011.

Regarding the fly patterns, I would like to modify my original question. I asume there are a couple of "basic patterns" for salmon, steelhead, trout and bass that have proven to work beside of the special flys that work especially on one river or at one time of the year. I plan to tie a couple of these "must have flies" as basis and buy the river/season specific flies at the local flyshops.

Regards,

Christian
In general springers and steelhead really don't care much about patterns. Pretty much I would suggest doing a web search for something that strikes your fancy and then tie those. During those month I like anything from marabou Volcanos and Candy Canes (really simple to tie), to Intruders, to smaller things like Green Butt skunks. Also, if anyone is telling you there's a "hot" fly for those fish, they're generally trying to sell you something.
 

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just one hint: if you are targetting salmon, they are right on the bottom in deeper water. that requires a dredging mindset and the willingness to loose lots of flies. my go too salmon dredging fly is simple to tie and i lose lots of'um.

hook: 2/0
weight: a front to back wrap of .050 or if you prefer unweight flies, DWP 800gr
body: black chennile
wing: silver flashabou, no longer that the barb

quick and easy and best of all the salmon, if they are in the mood, seem to key on this simple pattern.

but, still check in with waters west, these guys know the west end rivers top to bottom. dave dyes much of his material himself and i had yet to see anyone who could duplicate the vibrant colors dave mcneese used to offer until i met this dave, beautiful material and dazzling flies to pick through, but way more complex than the simple solutoins i prefer.
 

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As I was in the mood to tie some flies today and I had no time to visit my local flyshop yet, I just tried some patterns for which I had the materials at hand:

Egg Sucking Leech (Wooly Bugger style): http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/fly45.html I'll try the zonker strip version too, what's your favorite?
Skunk: http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/fly41.html
Sparkle Shrimp, Hot Pink: http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/fly507.html
Mickey Finn: http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/fly571.html

What do you think about these patterns? When I got the materials I need I will try some of the suggested patterns as well.

One thing regarding the flyshops, as we will come from the south, Port Angeles is not on our way to Forks, but I will surely visit the shop on our way to Seattle as it has been recomended by so many people. Does anyone know a good flyshop in Eureka, Crescent City, Lincoln City or near that route to the Olympic NP?

Regards,

Christian
 

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just one hint: if you are targeting salmon, they are right on the bottom in deeper water. that requires a dredging mindset and the willingness to loose lots of flies. my go too salmon dredging fly is simple to tie and i lose lots of'um.

hook: 2/0
weight: a front to back wrap of .050 or if you prefer unweight flies, DWP 800gr
body: black chennile
wing: silver flashabou, no longer that the barb

quick and easy and best of all the salmon, if they are in the mood, seem to key on this simple pattern.
Gadzooks! I'd forgotten all about this great board (new lap top so starting from scratch setting up the Bookmarks). Only thing I'd add to the above (variation on the theme) is to use a chartreuse hackle at the top. Very effective fly on many of the Coastal rivers when the fish are fresh out of the Ocean. That said,with Spring run Salmon, the bit about 'dredging the bottom' is a key thing (full sinking line) as well as a far longer leader than you'd normally use off of one of those. It will be more likely you'll "floss the fish" with the leader than have the fish actually 'strike' the fly.

The Fall run Kings ... a whole new ball game. These guys will pound a fly. Quite a deal as they're running the same time as summer run steelhead (in my neck of the woods) and you have no idea if the fish that hits your fly will be 3#'s or 30#'s!
 

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As I was in the mood to tie some flies today and I had no time to visit my local flyshop yet, I just tried some patterns for which I had the materials at hand:

Egg Sucking Leech (Wooly Bugger style): http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/fly45.html I'll try the zonker strip version too, what's your favorite?
Skunk: http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/fly41.html
Sparkle Shrimp, Hot Pink: http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/fly507.html
Mickey Finn: http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/fly571.html

What do you think about these patterns? When I got the materials I need I will try some of the suggested patterns as well.

One thing regarding the flyshops, as we will come from the south, Port Angeles is not on our way to Forks, but I will surely visit the shop on our way to Seattle as it has been recomended by so many people. Does anyone know a good flyshop in Eureka, Crescent City, Lincoln City or near that route to the Olympic NP?

Regards,

Christian
skip the mickey finn and there is a fly shop in Eureka. Called the Eureka Fly Shop
 

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Not on your way by any stretch of the immagination, but flyfishusa (Welches, Oregon) ships all over the world on a (almost) daily basis. They're also one of the US's largest 'e-tailers' of fly fishing equipment. Take a toot over to their web sight and take a peek. If you don't see what you want, send them a e-mail as they can get (probably) anything you want.

Better yet, we have NO SALES TAX here in Oregon, so you'll save 8-9 percent over what you'd pay in either California or Washington States.

Fred

http://www.flyfishusa.com/

And Mark's weekly read is well worth the time; they're all darned good, and usually highly informative.
 
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