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Olympic Peninsula rivers, last half of March

Hi guys,

A friend and I will fish the Queets for 3 days starting the third week in March ... and we want to DIY a few other rivers in the immediate area.

It looks like the Hoh has many access points that are close to the road, is it ok/legal to pull off the road and jump in the river?

Would anyone be kind enough to recommend other rivers that have good access for wading (without burning any spots of course )?

There seems to be an abundance of rivers, too much to see in one week, but I would like to visit the Nehalem, Clackamas and Sandy as well, which aren't too far from OP.

This will be my first time out there - so any advice is appreciated!

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you can fish the hoh from many spots on the road. I would bring a flyswatter though....your gonna need one for all the driftboats going through your run. Can be very busy those last couple of weeks of March. Especially on the lower river.

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you can fish the hoh from many spots on the road. I would bring a flyswatter though....your gonna need one for all the driftboats going through your run. Can be very busy those last couple of weeks of March. Especially on the lower river.
Bring a flyswatter and your own rock if you'll be on the Hoh!

My suggestion would be to pick a river, the Queets, the Sandy, the Hoh, the Nehalem...and stick with it rather than running all over the place. If you want to sight-see that's fine, but if you're interested in catching fish then focus on one spot and keep your fly wet as much time as possible.
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"My suggestion would be to pick a river, the Queets, the Sandy, the Hoh, the Nehalem...and stick with it rather than running all over the place. If you want to sight-see that's fine, but if you're interested in catching fish then focus on one spot and keep your fly wet as much time as possible. "

If you haven't been to the OP you may be deceived by looking at the map as to driving time from there to the Nehalem, Sandy and Clack. If you only have 3 days, your schedule is more than ambitous. Sandy & Clack are easy to do together, as are some of the OP rivers.
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Thanks for the input and PMs so far guys!

The Hoh River is /that/ crowded? Wow, I wouldn't have thought... it can't be anything like the Salmon River NY- that's my idea of crowded...

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Thanks for the input and PMs so far guys!

The Hoh River is /that/ crowded? Wow, I wouldn't have thought... it can't be anything like the Salmon River NY- that's my idea of crowded...

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Depends...this year is shaping up to be the most crowded year so far; for multiple reasons including the closure of the Puget Sound rivers tomorrow and the continual advertising of the Olympic Peninsula as the last great place in the Lower 48 to catch wild steelhead. The absolute worst combination you can have is a nice weekend (forecast showing little to no rain) and good water conditions in March. You could get away from most bankies with some foot work, but anywhere below Parkline it's likely that multiple bobber tossing drifters will work right through your bucket in March. If you're below the 101 bridge, it's likely that multiple roe tossing drifters will work right through your bucket, reel in a wild fish, crack it over the head and toss it into the bottom of their boat. Also, keep your eyes out for native jet sleds collecting up their prize from the gill nets in the lower river...they will purposely steer out of their way to go right over your swinging line.

It's a great place for sure, but when it's bad it can be a real gong show.
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