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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-01-2016, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Olympic Peninsula Mid-Feb 2016

Hello All! This is my first posting to speypages.com

I'll be on the Olympic Peninsula Feb 18-21st. This will be my first time fishing the OP. I couldn't get a guide for that weekend but am still planning to fish. If anyone has some general information that would be a huge help! Also, I'm not opposed to meeting up if someone wants a free lunch and beer. PM me if interested. Thanks!
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Which guides did you try booking? The reason I ask is because you could throw a rock into the air in Forks at that time of year and it would probably land on a steelhead guide...I'd bet someone has an opening.

Best advice...have a contingency plan or a supply of lots of your favorite adult beverage...you can easily lose 3 days of fishing there to weather that time of year.
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Andrew....I sent you a PM (private message)
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To follow up on this:

Jim Kerr at Raincoast Guides put up a post yesterday that says he has a boat available on February 20. Do a Google search and you can find contact info...one of the more well established guides out there. If he doesn't have any openings he will direct you to a reliable person who most likely does.

Also, look up Gray Struznik at Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing and see if he has any openings. Gray grew up in Forks and spends a great deal of time swinging flies on these rivers and will set you on the right track.

Just be aware that a lot of the fly fishing guides on the Peninsula are almost exclusively bead/bobber guys...they'll take swing guys out but you won't get the same level of knowledge and expertise that some of the guys I listed above will give you.
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Hi, Andrew! I am on the O.P. right now and all the rivers are high due to all the rain. The Sol Duc and Calawah are clearish, but the Hoh, Bogacheil, Queets, etc. are silty with only inches of visibility! In other words, what I assume is "normal" for this time of year. If you take the time to explore you may find places on the Sol Duc and Calawah that can be waded; one place is on Mora Road where the Sol Duc and Bogachiel merge, where there is a nice gravel bar. From what I am seeing a boat and guide would not be nice, but pretty much necessary right now. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the "drier" weather forecast for next early week will drop the rivers to reveal some wadable sections. Maybe the weather will change from "cow-pissing-on-a-flat-rock" to something more drizzly by the time you arrive and we can both be happy! For me it's "Patience, my son, and you will be rewarded!"
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Goochm, you have the right attitude. I hope that your perseverance is rewarded, I bet it will be.
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Thanks everyone! I'm so glad I posted something!
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Andrew- PM your email to me and I will send along what I know, for what it's worth
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