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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Native Rainbows of the Olympic Mountains

This last Friday Clint and I made a plan to head up to the Olympic Mountains for some native coastal rainbow trout. Lately the saltwater has been heating up for salmon and cutthroat and as we closed in on the Hood Canal the draw was to much to resist. However after a fruitless hour of fishing we decided it was time to get back on track and headed for the mountains.

Clint stripping a surface popper on the Hood Canal for salmon

We pulled up to the river at about noon and decided to park the car and hike upstream and work our way back down to where we parked. We rigged our rods with sinking tip lines in preparation of a day of swinging streamers and nymphs.

The River

The first stretch of river was lacking in much decent holding water and it was a long distance with lots of bush whacking between pools. However the first long pool made all of the work worth while. This pool had the looks of a classic steelhead run, only the fishing was on a much smaller scale using four and five weights for smaller rainbows. At the head of the pool, Clint got the first fish of the day which was a pump 8 inch fish that he took on small streamer. This was followed by a fish of the same size for me on a swung jumbo john. The next fish to come out of this hole ended up being the largest landed for the day and was a solid 14" rainbow. This fish was taken high stick nymphing and fought like there was no tomorrow, jumping and running a putting a serious bend in my 4wt.

A fat native Olympic Mountain rainbow trout taken on a stone fly nymph.

This stretch of river was one of the most productive of the trip was there were 3 or 4 great pools within a short distance on each other where we each managed to pull a few decent fish out of. However once we finished covering the water in this stretch it was back to bush whacking through the forest to the next hole.

The forest along the river

Clint swinging a streamer through a great hole

The next hole proved to be a great piece of water and rewarded us with three more nice rainbows up to 12". Beyond this hole it was more battling our way through the forest back to the car after a great day of fishing for native trout.

Another rainbow trout taken swinging a nymph

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