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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Olympic Peninsula in mid-March

Need some tips folks.

I am working at setting up a trip to the OP in mid-March. I would like to spend five days hitting the rivers there. A couple friends will be meeting me at the Seattle airport, and rental car from there.

Need help in fly suggestions so we can tie over the winter.

Need help with suggestions for restaurants and accommodations. Forks?

Any suggestions for specific rivers, and locations? We're open to getting a guide, but we've all guided before and can usually find our ass with our hands in our back pockets.

Could be open to trading. Two days fishing on your home water, two days fishing on our home water in Alaska (summer).

Oh, a liquor store too for buying scotch. Damn TSA. I'll bring cigars though.

I understand that this is a lot to ask for. I thank you in advance for your time.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 04:00 AM
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the same intruders you throw for kings up there in ak will work here for chromers. pink. blue's the new pink. bunny leeches.. up to 8" if you want. theyll eat anything as long as its black. i always feel if i can run t14 to the bank, i probably should.
mid march is a good time to be here... all the rivers are full of fish and theyre a little more grabby. theyres also quite a few people running around.
camping's your best option as forks has shitty accommodations for like $80 or $90. just bring lots of dry gear, tarps extra tent or two, 5 rain jackets and dry wood. if youve only got a week and the rivers in shape id stick with the hoh. bogachiel is a good option when the hoh's blown out. theres plenty of water out here though, you could hit em all if ya timed it right. keep in touch.
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I've had very good success with marabou speys sizes 1/0 to 3/0. Patterns like "Blood on the Waters" & Bjorns "Super Prawn." Blue and purple and black, pink and white...you get the idea. Accommodations consist of a spot on the camp ground/river bank for me also, sorry no help there. I try to stay away from Forks except to re-supply. That's only because it's less running back and forth from the Hoh or Queets River. These two rivers will rise and drop equally during and after storms. Water craft is highly encouraged on the Queets, good bank access on the Hoh. Both are easy floats. The Calawah is the 1st to drop into shape after heavy rains, but like most rivers in Forks: very little walk-in access unless you're in the know or connected. The Calawah and the Sol Duc can get hairy floating a boat or raft. The Bogachiel is another easy float. I would recommend finding one river on the drop and sticking to it for a few days rather than running from one to the other, day to day.

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I'd agree with the camping if you can do it. If you are traveling it's a bit harder to bring all that gear with you though. March is a good time to be there. There are free campgrounds on the Hoh as well as some others in the area, which will save you some coin if you have the means to stay dry and warm. If not, the Forks Motel gets the job done, and next door is the Forks Coffee shop which has some decent breakfast early if you want to fuel up. Just watch out for the three fingered logger...(not really but he's always there).

If you can, float. If not, the Hoh will have the most walk-in access, but there are fish in all the local rivers. If the water is high, fish higher up on the Sol Duc.

My favorite flies are black/purple/blue bunnies, or big intruders. Pink works too, but I haven't had the luck on those as others have.

There are plenty of guides around, but Jim Kerr is my favorite. He guides there year round and knows his ****. You might be able to talk him into a 'fish along' where he will fish with you during the day so it's less of a 'guided' trip and more of a 'pick his brain and be on the good water all day' trip.

Beware there will be plenty of people to share the water with.

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Good timing. As mentioned, you'll have company.

Fly patterns are whatever you like. They're steelhead, and they're not picky. I tie a lot of marabou streamers on size 1 or 2 hooks (up to 3/0 cuz someone gave them to me) because they are easy to tie and effective. I tie in black, red, orange, pink, and purple, but I imagine any color works.

I usually stay at the Forks Motel ($55/single IIRC). There is a restaurant across the street and the ever popular breakfast diner 2 blocks north where all the guides meet. Other motels are Olympic Suites, Dew Drop Inn, and Pacific. Olympic Suites has kitchen facilities if you like to cook your own meals.

Any of the rivers that are open are good choices. Walk in access is not easy, even if you have a GPS with 7 1/2 minute Topo maps. You don't need a guide, but a guide will have a boat, and that equals access to all of the water, instead of a few walk in pools. Guides in the area include Jim Kerr, J.D. Love, and others. You can book a guide through Waters West in Port Angeles. I think John Farrar will be on the Hoh in March. If you don't hire a guide and don't have access to a boat, the GPS with Topo will be your best friend, along with a Gazeteer.

You can buy Scotch in most grocery stores, but the best selections are in smaller private liquor stores just about everywhere.

Good luck. Maybe see you out there.

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Dear Fishers,

Thank you to all for your kind comments. I shall start looking for a motor home rental out of Seattle's airport. Camp at river, got it. Anybody hear of anyone renting out a drifter? Plenty of experience. All of us coming have drift boats of our own.

See you soon, only six more months of snow before this trip...
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There is a raft and driftboat rental service in Portland, but that's out of the way for an OP trip. You might be able to work out something with a local, but I have nothing specific to offer.

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My brothers, a buddy and I spent a week there 2 years ago (first week of April) We did the same thing as far as car rental in Seattle, then driving to the OP. We thought the lodging at the Forks Motel to be perfect quite honestly. It was cheap to split between the 4 of us (3 bedrooms and a cot) had hot showers and a kitchen and was clean (for I think 110 a night split 4 ways.) This was particularly nice as we had a fridge to keep beer etc cold and a stove to make hot meals at the end of each long wet day. There is a grocery store right down the street (liq store as well) and Forks was a perfect central location to get to the Hoh, Bogey and Sol Duc. I am sure the camping is beautiful there but I thought to myself each day thank goodness we are not camping, only because it rained significantly every day. My brother joked one day that we might as well just throw our gear bag into the river first thing to just get the soaking over with. The area is quite beautiful and I cant wait until we have a chance to get back there. Good luck on your trip and feel free to pm any specific questions. Cheers,Chris
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My brothers, a buddy and I spent a week there 2 years ago (first week of April) We did the same thing as far as car rental in Seattle, then driving to the OP. We thought the lodging at the Forks Motel to be perfect quite honestly. It was cheap to split between the 4 of us (3 bedrooms and a cot) had hot showers and a kitchen and was clean (for I think 110 a night split 4 ways.) This was particularly nice as we had a fridge to keep beer etc cold and a stove to make hot meals at the end of each long wet day. There is a grocery store right down the street (liq store as well) and Forks was a perfect central location to get to the Hoh, Bogey and Sol Duc. I am sure the camping is beautiful there but I thought to myself each day thank goodness we are not camping, only because it rained significantly every day. My brother joked one day that we might as well just throw our gear bag into the river first thing to just get the soaking over with. The area is quite beautiful and I cant wait until we have a chance to get back there. Good luck on your trip and feel free to pm any specific questions. Cheers,Chris
I do the OP every year just like this. The Hoh has a fair amount of walk in access.

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Weather can be problematical, it is a 'Rain Forrest.' Do some Googling and see what you find in the way of small motor homes (or Class C's) for rent. At that time of the year you should be looking at 'good deals.'

Warm place to come back to, dry off, cook, etc. The second bit is locating a full service RV park in the area to put the thing. Ahhh, there appears to be a few in the immediate area: https://www.google.com/search?q=fork...t=firefox-beta




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