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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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WA and ID in early July?

My wife and I are driving out west to visit some friends in the beginning of July. We'll be staying near Seattle, and then driving to MT for some trout fishing west of yellowstone.
We'd like to do a couple days guided for steelhead in WA or maybe ID on the way back...never been out there fishing.
Any guides/rivers to suggest for early July? Looking for a pleasant and entertaining guide, and fishing where the scenery can't be beat. Some fish in the river wouldn't be a bad thing either I suppose
I've done a bit of research, and come up with a few things...but was hoping for a few pointers from the board.
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You should get a hold of O'Donnell and McClune and see about the Cowlitz, Lewis, and Kalamah....


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Our friends live across the sound in Hansville...almost right across from the Skykomish.
I have a feeling we'll be spending most of our time up that way.
How is early July as far as run timing up in that part of the state? Seems like it would be on the front end of thing?
My wife's wants to go to Missoula..so we'll be taking hwy12 through ID...so obviously a stop at Poppy's is in order, as well as maybe fishing the Clearwater?
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It just depends. There will be hatchery fish in the river then but this has been a strange snow year and water conditions in early July could be hit and miss. Of course, if it warms up into the 80s for a week in May, it could be low and clear by then too.

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The fishing in the Yellowstone area may be ok in the beginning of July. Here in western WY, we got 600" of snow at 9000 ft. And I know the corridor from here (Jackson) up to Bozeman just got pounded as well. This snow has not shown any signs of meltage yet, as a matter of fact it is snowing now, so it could be a late year, but a good chance the Henry's Fork will be in shape by then. The drive down RT 12 is beautiful and a visit to Poppy's shop is required for any two handed caster. Sounds like a fun trip.
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We'll be mostly fishing the Madison near Slide->3 dollar...maybe get in the park too. If we fish the Clearwater..might as well fish the Henry's Fork too
We're flexible...
I heard they got a lot of snow in Montana, hopefully we won't have a problem with runoff in MT...we'll be there from the 13th-18th.
fwiw...we got record snows this winter in S. WI, everything was melting off nice and even...then BAM we got a ton of rain...blew all our tribs out. Still waiting for the water to come back down..should be good this weekend/next week.

Thanks for the info!
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If you are going over to Hansville you will be right in the middle of good beach fishing for sea-run cutts and (i hope) silvers. I might be a little early for the ocean silvers but there should be a few resident fish in the 4-6 pound range.
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If you are going over to Hansville you will be right in the middle of good beach fishing for sea-run cutts and (i hope) silvers. I might be a little early for the ocean silvers but there should be a few resident fish in the 4-6 pound range.
I like the sound of that....any more info on this?
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fish a floating or intermediate line. 6wt is a good rod.
Baitfish patterns like olive/white clousers, or pink/white clousers.
Let me know closer to the date and maybe we can get out in my boat and get some fish.


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