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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-21-2016, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Seattle this summer with family

Greetings everyone, I was hoping to tap the extensive knowledge of the one members here...perhaps gain insight into more local information as I plan a summer trip for the family to the pnw.

I have a lot of flexibility as to when I would plan this trip June, July to mid August . Spoke on the phone to Waters West and purchased a book from them on flyfishing Washington state and the Olympic Peninsula.

Looking for suggestions on places to stay where I can be close to opportunities for swinging with a doublehander for wild steelhead, Cutthroats, salmon, single hand trout fishing....pretty open minded at this point. I like to find places to stay where I can fish early and late, then family stuff during the days. I have stayed in places in MT, CO, FL, etc. where I can literally walk out the door or do a short walk/drive to fish a river or lake...that would be ideal for my situation...can take kids that way too.

I will likely get a guide for one day.

My research so far indicates Olympic peninsula as one likely option. Any places you guys might recommend to stay? Any other areas I should be considering for wild fish at that time of year? I understand that time is a bit early for fall steelhead. Curious about the area near Mt. Rainier too...have not ruled out Oregon but will likely be flying to Seatac and spending a few days in the city(need to do a grunge pilgrimage of sorts when there)

Love to hear your experienced thoughts...


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Might be a bit tough finding a place close to the peninsula rivers if you aren't camping. Forks isn't exactly a family hotspot destination.

I'd check to see if the Quinalt Lodge is something you can swing, that should keep the wife and kids occupied and you will be close to fishing.

The other option I can think of off the top of my head is the Lake Crescent lodge. You will have to drive quite a ways to go steelheading but you can catch trout in the lake.

Also keep in mind for the Seattle portion is that there may be some salmon around in August. Probably not so much in June and July.
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How old are the kids? Will they be fishing? Wife? So much to do so much to see. Go to Mt St Helens, drive up to Johnson ridge lookout, it's a must and the kids and you will be in awe. Near forks is LA Push, there are cabins a hotel and duplexes for rent right on the beach. It's at the mouth of the Quilaute river, been going there for 45 yrs!!! The OP is a special place and worth the trip, August will have better chances of nicer weather. Take the kids to the Hoh rainforest and walk the trail, you'll see some of the biggest trees in the world!!! Sol Duc water fall, is another short hike. So much to do out there pm me your # if you want to talk further. 1+ for contacting waters west they are the best and can be a wealth of info.
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As Rifflehitch said, look into the beach houses run by the Quilleute tribe at LaPush. The family can beach comb or visit the Hoh rainforest or the myriad of other beautiful spots in the Olympic National Park while you swing and strip flies for summer-runs with Jim Kerr who is excellent guide and long-time Forks resident, involved in our conservation efforts, loves to spey fish.
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Follow that up with a second night(s) at the beach houses run but the Makah tribe at Hobuck Beach (Makah Bay). Cape Flattery is a great thing to see and Shi-Shi beach is another nice hike.
Hobuck Beach Resort Washington Coast Cabins, RV park and Camping, Neah Bay Washington

If you happen to be there on one of our low summer tides, take the coastal road back up the Strait of Juan de Fuca and stop off at Salt Creek Recreation area for Washington's best tide pools. Tongue Point uncovers a couple hundred yards of tide pools in the middle of a kelp bed. My kids (18 and 21) still talk about going out there when they were little.

Hatchery summer-runs are in the Quilleute system when it opens the first saturday in June. There are also resident cutthroat around but the sea-run cutthroat don't come in until later. Might be some early coho around in August but that tend to be the time of warm clear low flows and poor fishing in my experience. Good weather = tough fishing so pick your poison. Late June/early July and early fall(salmon) are my personal favorites for warm weather fishing on the OP but beware of our 'June Gloom'. It can be very cool, drizzly weather.

Feel free to PM me for more information when you get closer. I'm in Seattle but the OP is my happy place and I'm over there a couple times a month or so almost year round.

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