Wild Coastal Winter Steelhead
Guided Float Trips and Hike & Wade Angling Adventures
Location: Olympic Peninsula and Washington Coast
Rivers: Hoh, Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Clearwater, Coastal Creeks
Target Species: Wild Coastal Winter Steelhead
Season: February – April
Primal Angler offers Fly Fishing Float Trips and Hike & Wade Angling Adventures on the Olympic Peninsula for Wild Coastal Steelhead from February to April. Experience the magic of hunting wild coastal steelhead in a temperate rainforest on Washington’s majestic Olympic Peninsula. Fly fishing and spey casting instruction, guiding, and photography services included. Book your angling adventure today for a chance to catch a wild steelhead of a lifetime!
Wild Steelhead Angling Adventure Pricing
Float Trip Price: $495 / 2 Anglers – $375 / 1 Angler
Booking Multiple Days is Strongly Recommended!
World-Class Professional Fly Fishing Guides – WDFW Licensed and Insured
Guiding Services, Use of Tackle, Flies, Lunch, Drinks, and Photographs Included
Transportation, Lodging, Meals, Fishing License, Sales Tax and Gratuities Not Include
No Charge for Cancellations Due to Weather / River Conditions
Trips Depart from Forks, Washington
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is often referred to as the “Steelhead Capitol of the World”, and for good reason! During the winter and spring large numbers of wild winter steelhead return to the peninsula’s rugged coastal rivers. The “OP” as it’s often called, is home to some of the largest steelhead found anywhere in the world! Every time your line touches the water, you have a chance at catching a true fish of a life-time! Twenty pounders and larger are caught out here every season!
These rivers flow directly into the Pacific Ocean off of the mighty Olympic mountain range, resulting in relatively short coastal river systems. Due to the proximity to the salt, these wild coastal steelhead are often “chrome” – fresh out of the ocean, and can put up a spectacular fight! Imagine fighting an ocean-fresh fish on a high-gradient river in a primal rainforest with the majestic Olympic range as the back-drop! This is adventure angling at it’s finest!
Our Wild Coastal Steelhead Fishing Program is based around two distinctly different types of angling experiences: Float Fishing Trips and Hike & Wade Adventures. Float Trips are the back-bone of our angling program and are conducted on the larger Olympic Peninsula rivers such as the Hoh, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, and Clearwater. Hike & Wade Adventures generally focus on smaller watersheds and upper reaches above the majority of boat traffic during periods of higher water.
We are 100% Catch and Release and Artificial-Only for Wild Steelhead!
We focus on spey casting and swinging flies for wild coastal steelhead, which is our preferred way to catch them. While swinging is our favorite way, we also nymph in-between swing spots to maximize our opportunities. Our fishing program is flexible based on the fishing conditions and the preferences of our clients. Want to just focus on swinging and spey casting? No problem, in fact we strongly encourage it!
Centerpin anglers are welcome! Want to learn? We can teach you!
Float Fishing Adventures utilize a self-bailing whitewater raft with a comfortable fishing frame set-up to fish two anglers at a time. We prefer to float if river conditions are favorable, as covering as much water as possible greatly increases your odds of connecting with wild steelhead. There is also a considerable amount of holding water on the Olympic Peninsula which cannot be accessed or fished from foot, particularly on certain river systems.
Guided Hike and Wade Angling Adventures offer a unique way to experience the Olympic Peninsula. We utilize a variety of fly fishing techniques including indicator fishing, swinging flies, and spey casting depending on conditions. These trips focus on smaller drainage’s and upper portions of larger drainage’s above the major boat traffic, generally during high water event’s. Due to the nature of the terrain and difficult wading, these trips are recommended for active and adventurous anglers only!
Guiding services, fishing and casting instruction, use of tackle and flies, lunch, drinks, and photography are included in your adventure. Washington State Sales Tax, transportation, shuttle, accommodation, fishing license and gratuities are not included in the guide fee. Media packages are also available for multi-day adventures! Options include photo prints, personalized photo-book and a personalized video clip documenting your adventure. Inquire for details!
Wild Steelhead Adventures are primarily operated by professional fly fishing guide Ryan Davey. Ryan was one of the founding members of the Angling Exploration Group, who created the Trout Bum Diaries series and also started the Fly Fishing Film Tour. During the summer he guides at Royal Wolf Lodge in the heart of Katmai National Park – Bristol Bay, Alaska. In the fall you can find him guiding spey-only mutli-day overnight float trips on the Grande Ronde for Speywater Lodge.
During the winter and spring he can be found guiding for wild winter coastal steelhead in the primal rain-forests of the Olympic Peninsula and SW Washington coast. In addition to being a professional adventure angling guide, Ryan is also an accomplished filmmaker and photographer. He has guided and hosted angling adventures in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, the Great Lakes, Panama, the Bahamas, New Zealand, and South America. His passion for fly fishing, adventure, conservation, and travel have taken him to the far corners of the globe.
Coastal Angling Adventures originate in or near the town of Forks on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Forks is located 3 1/2 – 4 hours west of Seattle, Washington and 5 hours north of Portland, Oregon by vehicle. If you are arriving via air SeaTac (SEA) is the closest airport and offers a variety of options for rental cars.
There are numerous accommodation options available in the Forks area including hotels, motels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, lodges, and inns. Visit Forks Web for a comprehensive listing of accommodation options in the area!
Prefer to contact us via phone or email? You can email us here and reach us via telephone at (360) 846-8957
Join Primal Angler this spring on the Olympic Peninsula for an angling adventure of a lifetime!
“Best day of fishing I’ve had in years! It awakened my spirit to get back into the wilderness… Well worth it!”Tim Dalton
“Ryan Davey will gruel the long, hard days to put you on world class swung fly steelhead. You’d better prepare for adventure!”Andrew Selvig
- “Fishing with Ryan boarders on a spiritual experience. Stalking pools, hiking in to a remote run, choosing a fly… Fish on!”Mike Poor
“The most extreme fishiest dude I’ve ever met! He thinks like them…”Jason Gold