Unfishable conditions not so long ago on one of the Olympic streams
However that was then and this is now and with the streams lower, clearer and readily wadeable, things have became a bit more predictable. With the season winding down and conditions right my buddy Colton and I headed out with my favorite underrated Olympic streams.
We hiked into my favorite run and found the river in perfect condition. Although this stream no longer supports viable steelhead runs, the fish still have steelie genes in them and as such similar tactics can be used. I started out swinging soft hackle nymphs with my 2wt and it didn't take long to get some results. In fact my first cast resulted in a spunky 10" rainbow that slammed the fly as I was stripping back in. A few casts later it was Colton's turn.
We worked our way down the run the same way I would if I were steelheading, placing a cast, letting the fly swing across the current, then taking a couple steps down stream and repeating the process. Once we got to the end of the tailout, we repeated he process, this time using dead drifted dries and picking up the fish that we had missed swinging. The fish weren't huge, with most being in the 6" to 8" range, but all of them were well fed and scrappy fighters. Not to say that there weren't bigger ones too and the prospect of catching something over 12" was enough to keep us going.
We worked a string of about four runs that are close together by either swinging or casting dries until we were satisfied that we had divvied out enough sore lips for one day.