Great Steelhead Fishing in Forks

Great Steelhead Fishing in Forks

I received a few pics from Greg Springer, owner of Springer Sportfishing. He spends half the year fishing for lodges around Alaska, and the rest in Forks, Washington targeting fall salmon and winter steelhead. Forks has had plenty of rain this winter, which means the rivers constantly get refreshed with new pushes of winter steelhead with every high water. It looks like he’s been seeing quite a few trophies as well! These pictures were from a day trip he took this past week. Some awesome fish Greg! Photos courtesty SPRINGER SPORTFISHING If you are interested in catching fish like these, you can get all the information to book a trip with Greg at his website: SPRINGERSPORTFISHING.COM Share...

Twenty Pound Steelhead from the Olympic Peninsula

Twenty Pound Steelhead from the Olympic Peninsula

Mark Coleman, lead guide at All Rivers & Saltwater Charters and Brian Kim of Outdoor Emporium had a great day on the Olympic Peninsula. I received this photo of Brian with his very first twenty pound steelhead. What an amazing fish! I personally have seen a few twenties in my boat, but have yet to catch one myself, great job Brian! Looks like a wet day out on the coast, but with a trophy Steelhead like that as the reward, it looks well worth it. Photo courtesy ALL RIVERS & SALTWATER CHARTERS To catch trophy steelhead like this one, contact GUIDE MARK COLEMAN, ALL RIVERS & SALTWATER CHARTERS Share...

Humptulips River Steelhead

Humptulips River Steelhead

I just had to share this photo with you all. Guide Ian Winder, owner of Bigfoot Fishing Guide Service, just sent this to me. They had a fairly challenging day, with cold & clear river flows. His clients were an energetic father and son, who soaked in the wilderness experience with Ian. They floated down the Humptulips River, and while fishing wasn’t lights out they did hook several fish and land this beauty. Nice work Ian! Photo courtesy BIGFOOT FISHING GUIDE SERVICE Share...

Steelhead Pink Worms

Steelhead Pink Worms

If you asked a steelhead angler from the 1980’s to fish a pink worm, he’d probably laugh at the rubber monstrosity presented before him. Modern day steelhead anglers consider the pink worm a standard option for both hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead alike. With many major tackle companies offering some form of steelhead worm, and many smaller niche companies creating a wide variety of specialized steelhead plastics, the options for fishing rubber on the river are vast. Why to pink worms work well? Steelhead are curious creatures. The river currents play with the action of the bait, causing it to wiggle and dance. It is the action, as well as the color of the pink worm that entices an aggressive steelhead to strike. Photo courtesy BIGFOOT FISHING GUIDE SERVICE...

Four fishing guides, one Wynoochee steelhead.

Four fishing guides, one Wynoochee steelhead.

All the stars aligned today to allow a few good buddies a day off from “work” to take part in some “fun” fishing. First off, I use quotation marks for those two terms not to downplay my friends’ occupation, nor state that it wasn’t an amazingly entertaining day. Seeing that everyone in the boat holds a Washington State fishing guide license, and being kept busy with plenty of trips this fall and early winter, a day to “fun” fish comes once in a blue moon this time of year. Fishing guides that do get the much needed day off usually need it to wrap up loose ends, deal with the business side of guiding, or head home to loved ones. But today, Ian, Joey and Mike all threw caution to the wind to meet me on the Wynoochee River this morning for a little steelhead...

Caught My Largest Steelhead Today!

Caught My Largest Steelhead Today!

For a steelheader, being a college student has it’s advantages, especially when daily classes start at 11:30am. This quarter I have sacrificed the rare opportunity to sleep-in, in exchange for a few hours to flog the water in hopes of a late Coho or early steelhead. I’ve neglected my beloved Snoqualmie, in exchange for the opportunity to use bait & barbed hooks. Since Thanksgiving I have spent several days getting reacquainted with one of my favorite local places to fish, the Wallace River. I’ve caught no less than a few Coho each day, all of which were fully decked out in spawning colors. While some snub their nose at a river that offers nothing but “boots,” I find it difficult to find any drawbacks of fishing in a place that is small water and...

The Snoqualmie River

The Snoqualmie River

The Snoqualmie River is regarded as a special place to many Seattle area fishermen due to the ample public access and generous winter steelhead plants. Because its famed pools and runs are so close to the city, it’s an easy river to hit after work or for a few hours on the weekend. The Snoqualmie’s three forks (North, Middle and South) originate deep in the heart of the Cascade Range. They feed off the mountain range’s snowpack and lowland rains. The forks converge near the town of North Bend to form the mainstem Snoqualmie, which meanders through the upper valley for a few short miles before pouring over Snoqualmie Falls. The waterfall is 268’ tall and acts as a natural boundary for sea-run fish like Salmon, Steelhead or Cutthroat Trout. The river from...