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O.P. in late April.

I am planning on heading home to visit my family in late April an am hoping to sneek some river time in before the end of the season. I have little experience this late in the season on the Peninsula and am wondering if the rivers (Sol Duc, Bogie, Hoh) are still floatable, do I need to focus up high and, is swinging still an option, I really don't want to nymph. I know all things depend on the river level, but "typically" are these rivers fishable this late, or are they blown out already?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 01:41 AM
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Most of these rivers don't get runoff in the traditional sense because they don't depend on snow melt for their flow. In fact, they ought to be very clear and a bit on the low side. The Hoh rarely gets blown from the glaciers until the hot weather of late June. Yes, they will have enough water to float, although you might have to drag your boat through some short sections on the upper Bogey, Upper Hoh, and Rainer section of the Sol Duc, and on the Sol Duc, some of the rapids can be a bit hairy from the lower water.

You can swing flies anytime on these rivers.
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Thanks for the info.

Sounds great, I do appreciate the reply, I know questions about someones home water can get a bit touchy. I run a small raft, and am really comfortable in white water, although that won't be the focus of this trip of course! A bit of dragging is not a problem either. Cheers!
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Late april on the peninsula is pretty late. Hoh and Queets will be closed, rain systems will be mostly kelts and early summer fish. Still you might find a spring chinook or a late winter fish in the area. Expect the water to be pretty low.

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Sol Duc

The upper sol duc(above bear creek) can produce killer days. The water is low even during the rainy season, but if you get a little bump in the water, your handy on the sticks, and you don't mind dragging you could do real good. That last sentence sounds pretty ominous, but hey we are steelheaders we are up for challenges right. All of the other posts are right on with what i have learned. The water up there isn't the best for swinging flies....for that fact it is pretty bad, but for that time of the year thats where i would be headed.
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almost all of the fish in the upper sol duc will be spawners/spawned out by that time. those rain dominated systems really have much earlier spawn timing than many think. A friend fishing gear last april landed 9 kelts to one fresh run fish on the duc in mid april, I don't define that as sporting.
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I know its pretty late...

Thanks for the info guys, and I wish I could come earlier. This whole trip revolves around my son's 1st B-day, and grandparent visits, which are important too. Springers? Summer-run already? Do the North Sound rivers have a later spawning cycle, and possibly brighter fish this late? Has it started raining out there yet? I heard it has been pretty dry for Jan. and Feb. We finnaly got some snow here in the last couple days, it has been a long mid-season thaw. I appreciate all the help and info.
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Then I suppose that the steelhead I've seen spawning in the closed water between Synder Creek and the park boundary each May are figments of my imagination.
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even though they are around, fresh fish can be hard to come by that time of the year especially on the duc and bogey. and like russ said, the upper duc in may can and should be loaded with spawners as should the entire system (although in general the upper river fish spawn earlier than the lower river fish)

the ironic thing about the management of those systems is that the systems that end their spawn sooner remain open to steelhead fishing while the Hoh which would still present a large number of fresh fish in late april (especially down low) is closed.

go figure.

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most years late april can be a good time to fish these rivers. sure plenty of spawners, but fresh fish are also around. most guides are gone along with the crowds of winter. lower rivers are the place for best shot at aggresive fishes and avoid being accused of fishing over spawners. might get a spring salmon, late winter steelie, early summer fish or a hot kelt. enjoy your trip.
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Then I suppose that the steelhead I've seen spawning in the closed water between Synder Creek and the park boundary each May are figments of my imagination.
Well if they're spawning wouldn't you want to avoid targeting them? As Sol Duc said, the lower rivers are the place to be that time of year and my personal angling taste and ethics dictate that I avoid harassing spawning fish. I try to encourage others to do the same when possible. If you are interested in fishing to spawners we have very different ethical boundaries to our angling.
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