You can cover far more water during the course of a day in a boat than wading. So why don’t I guide from a drift boat or pontoon? Well, that’s just not the way I like to fish. I prefer the flexibility of moving between several rivers or beaches in one day. That lets me concentrate on water that is in shape and that can be fished effectively with the fly. A winter steelhead day may begin on the Hoh, move to the upper Bogachiel at mid-day, and finish on the Sol Duc. An autumn cutthroat trip may include a saltwater beach, a tidal creek, and the Hoko. I can recommend excellent fly fishing drift boat guides for anglers who wish to walk-and-wade and fish from a boat on different days.
Am I the right Guide for you?
I have taken many people fishing over the years and have learned that both the fly fisher and his guide will have a better day-and often catch more fish-if they are a good fit. The two words I think best describe my trips are relaxed and informative. I will work as hard as I can to get you into fish, but I also want you to have fun and learn something. In my experience, the people that enjoy my trips the most fall into two categories: 1) anglers new to these type of fish or to the Olympic Peninsula and want to learn how and where to catch them; and 2) fly fishers with considerable skill and experience who want to spend a day with a guide that is intimately connected to these rivers and beaches and their rich fly fishing heritage. We will fish many local fly dressings, including Syd Glasso-style Spey flies, and patterns by Dick Wentworth, James Garrett, Don Kaas and Jeffrey Delia. I also think it is important to feed you properly, and our shore lunches range seasonally from Tuscan bean soup and homemade bread to Hood Canal oysters and smoked salmon.
Fishing a Rain Shadow Beaver Pond
The Color of Winter—Steelhead Fly Fishing on the Olympic Peninsula (excerpt)
“I find myself concentrating more and more on a handful of locations for winter steelhead. This isn’t the case during summer, when I wander all over the place in search of cutthroat, but during winter I seem to have refined my angling down to a few choice spots on each river. There is a hole on the Hoh I fish as much as any. If I had to restrict myself to just one piece of water, I would pick it without hesitation. But the Hoh is blown out a lot, so it is a good thing that the Sol Duc isn’t really that “similar” to the Hoh. Otherwise I would miss a lot of fishing over the course of a year. I also have sweet spots on the Queets and South Fork Calawah, Pysht and Hoko and Bogachiel. I still like to explore new water, but these holes and drifts and slots are like the books and records I have carried around for decades. They are not only places of affection, they are the fabric of my life.” Calypso Orchids