Hatchery/Dam is right there so when fish get there ... they're home.Greendrake,
There are summer steelhead in the Skykomish, but it is a difficult river for a newcomer to find success on. It is also low and clear, but if the weather changes as I hear it will, it may have a lot of water by the weekend.
If your 5 days doesn't extend beyond Friday, I would suggest a trip to the Cowlitz at Blue Creek. Yes, it is the combat fishery public access, but it is often uncrowded on week days in the fall, as many people have switched over to salmon fishing. It is just over a 2-hour drive from Seattle and in my estimation is statistically your best bet for a hookup this week.
Feel free to PM if you wish to discuss.
Old enough to remember when you were surprised when you didn't hook at least one fish. Landing was another matter.:saeek: Even the Sammish 'Slough' had a good run of winter Steelhead and Salmon. Salmon were headed for the hatchery on the south end of Lake Sam. Always thought that was a very odd place to put a hatchery; very odd.The few and far between applies to the NF Stilly as well this year.