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Best place for winter steelhead?

What would be your choice for the best place to start out fishing for winter steel in late Feb?
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Easy.

Upper Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Feb/March are the 'height' of the fishing Season.




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In the Pacific Northwest late winter and spring: If I could I'd be in WA's West End through Feb/Mar/Apr.
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Thanks Fred for your answer. The Rogue would be tempting destination as I could get cheap flights to Portland from Finland.

I know it's not a numbers game, but what kind of catches can a man expect from there? Complete novice when it comes to winter steel, but have caught quite a few other andronomous fish.
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In the Pacific Northwest: If I could I'd be in WA's West End through Feb/Mar/Apr.
Can you suggest a specific place in Washington?
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Can you suggest a specific place in Washington?
Although Forks Washington sees it's fair share of traffic, most of the crowds will be in specific sections of the rivers. That said, for beautiful wide open gravel bars, fishy spots and opportunity to find quality steelhead with out the traffic you see on the Hoh, I would give the lower Bogachiel a look. Launch at Wilson Rd. and take out at the Lyendecker ramp where the Sol Duc meets the Bogachiel. Yes there will be some others on the river but usually not the pressure of other rivers in the area.
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Although Forks Washington sees it's fair share of traffic, most of the crowds will be in specific sections of the rivers. That said, for beautiful wide open gravel bars, fishy spots and opportunity to find quality steelhead with out the traffic you see on the Hoh, I would give the lower Bogachiel a look. Launch at Wilson Rd. and take out at the Lyendecker ramp where the Sol Duc meets the Bogachiel. Yes there will be some others on the river but usually not the pressure of other rivers in the area.
Absolutely. Base-camp in Forks. There are lots of specific spots, and most are not obvious or easy to reach. Watercraft is almost a necessity if you are not familiar with walk-in areas. Personally not much into hiring a guide, but if considering the trip it would be for the best to have some local support and knowledge. It is a vast area. Some of these sections in the rivers should not to be attempted if unfamiliar, particularly the Sol Duc and Calawah. Bogachiel and The Hoh are easy floats. The Queets River to the south is where to go for solitude and perhaps some of the best the O P has to offer. Maybe a copy of "The Color of Winter...." by Doug Rose (Amato Publishing Inc.) to read while en route?
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Definately gona take a guide for one or two days. Any recs on who to hire?
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Anymore, the OP in WA is going to be a crapfest of crowds....and the more internet postings there are about it, the worse it gets and the spiral continues.

head to the Rogue!!!

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Definately gona take a guide for one or two days. Any recs on who to hire?
There really are some incredible guides in the region and I'm sure there will be a mountain of suggestions on who's best but IMHO I would choose JD Love or Jim Kerr. They are both long time veterans and know every nook and cranny of every stretch out there. JD lives on the Sol Duc and is always tuned in to where the fishing is productive at any given time.
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Coming into Portland? Why not the Trask, Wilson, or Kilchis over on the Oregon coast? Clackamas and Sandy in the Portland Area. Had a great day over on the Trask on Tuesday and a friend had an epic day on Thursday. Trask is primarily wild fish, but gets hatchery strays as well.

I've gone with Gil at Watertime Outfitter and he is excellent. Knows the rivers intimately, works hard, and is a pleasure to fish with. http://watertimeoutfitter.blogspot.com/ for his most recent posts. His partner Rob Crandall is the editor of Flyfishing & Tying Journal. Rob would be an excellent choice for the Clackamas. I'd get a hold of Gil or Rob and talk about what you want to do.

Biggest issue if you are coming this far would be to make sure you have options depending on the weather. Being able to have options on both sides of the mountains is good because things can be blown out due to weather on one side and fishing perfectly on the other.
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