Quick Facts and Pricing
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Pricing: Full Day $525 – $100 Additional 3rd Angler – All equipment included, WA sales tax not included
Season: All year but varies from river to river
Species: Wild Steelhead
EWA Cancellation Policy
Washington’s state fish is the steelhead. Steelhead are an ocean going rainbow trout that is born in freshwater, leaves the rivers for a period of 1-5 years and returns to spawn in the very same river it was born in. As a fly angler begins to look around this beautiful state, it is no wonder why this is our state fish, there are amazing steelhead rivers in every corner of it.
As a company, Emerald Water Anglers chooses to only swing flies for steelhead and our reason’s for it are simple. We believe you become a better fly angler through learning the intricacies of managing a swung fly and our goal on every trip is to help you become the most proficient fly angler possible. We also as an entire staff in Washington as well as our close friends guiding with us in Oregon, choose to swing flies ourselves personally. We sincerely believe if you are hiring a guide to spend a day or a week with, they should be experts in exactly how you want to pursue those fish and should notably display their passion for the method chosen, which we do more so than anyone and can’t wait to share our knowledge and experience with you.
Below are a list of what we feel are rivers that offer a year round and seasonable selection for pursuing steelhead on a swung fly in Washington. This is a big state so we have broken the rivers into regions to help better understand why and where each river is relevant during what time of year.
Puget Sound Region
Some of the most infamous rivers in steelheading are here and all are within 2 hours or less driving time from Seattle:
- Nooksack River
- Skagit River
- Sauk River
- Stillaguamish River
- Skykomish River
- Snoqualmie River
- Green River
Olympic Peninsula and Coastal Region
Becoming more and more the mecca for native steelhead in the lower 48 and with water abound, this is or can be the place to wet a line for large native steelhead. Visit the links below to read more on each of them.
Lower Columbia River Region
Sometimes some of the lesser known rivers in the state but by no means lesser rivers. These fisheries can offer some fantastic steelheading when many other rivers are closed. Visit the links below to read more on each of them.
Upper Columbia River Region
Due to the distance these fish have to travel from the ocean and the number of dams on the Columbia River they must ascend, these are mostly summer fish arriving quite late into the summer season, even into fall and winter. Visit the links below to read more on each of them.
- Klickitat River
- Grande Ronde River
- Wenatchee River
- Methow River
Additional Information: Flies: Intruders, General Practitioner, Metal Detector, Mega Moal, Skagit Minnows, Morrish’s Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Skunks, Purple Perils, Skykomish Sunrises
Ideal Flows: See different recommended river flows here
Clothing/Equipment Lists: Summer season, Winter season
Rods and Lines: 11 1/2 – 13 1/3 foot, 5-8wt spey rods, Rage, Skagit, Scandi, Scout and OPST heads with various tips from floating T-10, T-14 and T-18
Duration: Half day trip 4-5 hours fishing time, full day trip 8-9 hours fishing time
Distance from Seattle: 1 hour to 3 1/2 hours (Olympic Peninsula)