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Winter Steelhead in Olympic National Park

If you have been looking for an Olympic National Park fishing trip with an outfitter who truly believes that fly fishing is not just a sport but a way of life, a trip to Washington with Brazda’s Fly Fishing should make the top of your list. Jeff Brazda has the most experienced guide staff in the area and in the fall and winter, they live and breathe steelhead. This operation continuously guides anglers into some of the largest steelhead in the Lower 48. Over the years, Brazda has built an incredibly diverse and productive program. The winter-run steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula has a history of strong returns on rivers that include the Sol Duc, Hoh, Bogachiel, Queets, and Calawah. Washington is fortunate to have a strong run of steelhead, and when fishing with Brazda’s crew, any day on the river could be the best steelhead day of your life!

Accommodation Details

Lodging Details
In 2017, Jeff purchased his new Wild Duc Lodge. It’s a 3,800-square-foot family-style home with wonderful entertaining qualities for the NW lifestyle. The Wild Duc Lodge is situated down a long private drive and overlooks the local landscape from a moderately elevated location giving it just enough tranquility and length of view to be special. A very quiet and serene landscape of local rainforest and meadows commonly grazed by Roosevelt elk herds. Morning local clouds and mist rise off the Sol Duc river giving a special touch. South Easterly view offers amazing sunrises and long shadows at sunset. Centrally located out on the NW Olympic Peninsula being close to the amenities of National Parks, Ocean Beaches, Olympic Mountains, and five local salmon and steelhead rivers provide outdoor tranquility for all.

Food and Beverages
Each night at the Wild Duc Lodge, guests will enjoy a hearty and delicious family-style dinner cooked up by the private chef. Lunches with your choice of beverage are packed in the morning and taken along for the day’s fishing adventure. Hot buffet-style breakfasts are also ready every morning before you head out fishing.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Olympic National Park – with its rugged terrain – can be enjoyed year-round. Highway 101 runs along the west of the Olympic Peninsula, providing amazing scenery along the Pacific Coast. Each road that spurs off of 101 can take travelers into the lush rainforest of the OP where wildlife abounds. From walking along sandy beaches during low tide to hiking into the forest of Olympic National Park to trekking the rugged mountains to view the massive glaciers on top of Mount Olympic, there are plenty of options for the non-angler.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi access is available at the Wild Duc Lodge. Most cell phones work in the Forks area.

Travel Details

How To Get There
The nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From there, you can rent a car and make the 4-hour drive to Forks, Washington.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Arrival and departure dates are on Sunday, Wednesday, or Saturday.

Documents Required
All anglers will need a Washington fishing license, available at area fly shops or by logging onto the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Travel Arrangements
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General Information
Jeff Brazda’s guides fish a variety of local waters.

Quillayute is six miles long with tributaries that include the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, and Calawah. These rivers drain the largest watershed on the northern Olympic Peninsula and collectively hold the healthiest stocks of wild winter steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. Because its headwater peaks are too low to support glaciers, the Quillayute tributaries run clean when other rainforest rivers are big and dirty.

Hoh River
The northernmost of the Olympic Peninsulas rivers, the Hoh commonly holds wild winter-run steelhead in the 15 to 20-pound range. The steelhead returns on the Hoh have continued to be strong, largely because of the many miles of protected spawning habitat in the upper Hoh drainages that originate in Olympic National Park.

Queets River
Fed by glaciers on Mount Olympus and the heaviest rainfall in the Pacific Northwest, The Queets water clarity goes out quicker and clears up slower than the other Olympic Peninsula river, but when the timing is right and the river is in shape, the fishing can be outstanding. Brazda’s outfitter licenses allow anglers to fish the stretch of the Queets in Olympic National Park as well.

Boats and Equipment 
Float trips are done with McKenzie-style drift boats and rafts. Jeff Brazda’s guides are well-versed in different styles of steelheading. Fishing from the boat is typically done while nymphing. The rest of the time, boats are used as transportation when floating between wade fishing runs, and whenever swinging with two-handed rods is applicable.

Rates and Terms

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge.

2023 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
3 nights / 3 days = $1,920.00 per person

4 nights / 3 days = $2,120.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $3,400.00 per person 

Trip Itineraries
3 nights / 3 days of guided fishing
Arrive – Sunday

Fish – Monday through Wednesday
Depart – After fishing on Wednesday

4 nights / 3 days of guided fishing
Arrive – Wednesday
Fish – Thursday through Saturday
Depart – Sunday

6 nights / 5 days of guided fishing
Arrive – Sunday
Fish – Monday through Friday
Depart – Saturday

What’s Included:

  • Lodging
  • Guided fishing
  • All meals
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the lodge
  • Lunch and non-alcoholic beverages on guided trips
  • Transportation to and from the river
  • River shuttle fees for guide’s vehicle
  • Use of rods/reels, flies, and tackle

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the lodge (rent a car)
  • Fishing license
  • Raingear, waders, wading boots, etc
  • Alcoholic beverages on guide trips (BYO)
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Taxes

Brazda’s Fly Fishing (Olympic Peninsula, Washington)
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For all cancellations outside of 45 days of scheduled arrival at the lodge, a full trip credit (minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee) will be issued by the operator. Guests will be able to reschedule trip dates within one year or original trip dates. For cancellations 45 to 30 days from start of trip, a 50% trip credit (minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee) will be issued by the operator. For cancellations inside of 30 days from start of trip date, deposits and final payments will be forfeited, and no refund or credit will be issued. If a cancelled package is resold by either the outfitter or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. In the case of cancellation by the client, both deposit and final payment may be transferred to another guest or angler for those same (original) dates if facilitated and arranged by the client. Your non-refundable deposit/final payment will be transferred to other open dates should the area rivers be unfishable upon the dates that you have booked. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip.


Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment at the time of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.

Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment

  • ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
  • Traditional checks (sent via mail)
  • Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)

*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.

**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.


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