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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’s has built an incredibly diverse and productive program. The winter run steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula have 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!

Accomodation Details

Lodging Details
In 2017, Jeff purchased his new Wild Duc Lodge. It’s a 3,800 sq ft 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 offer 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 beverages 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
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.


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.

Klickitat River
The Klickitat River starts to fill with summer steelhead as early as July. Swinging flies is typically the best by the middle of September, and the preferred method until the “egg drop” later in the season. The Klickitat is a semi-volatile river, but when the conditions are ideal, the fishing can be awesome. Many anglers would agree that the Klickitat boasts the hardest fighting steelhead in the state.

Methow and Wenatchee Rivers
Both rivers are Upper Columbia River tributaries. The steelhead of the Methow is of the “free rising” strain of the upper Columbia, a term that applies to steelhead that is willing to take dry flies. Steelhead fishing has been opened up once again on the Methow after many years of being closed due to federal wild steelhead protection. The fishing in the valley is not what it was before dams, but has rebounded in recent years due to changes in management by the WDFW and NOAA. There are currently healthy returns of Chinook salmon spawning throughout the system, as well as large native cutthroat, steelhead, and large bull trout.

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.


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.

2020 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
3 nights / 3 days = $1,880.00 per person

4 nights / 3 days = $2,098.00 per person
4 nights / 4 days = $2,507.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $3,133.00 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

4 nights / 4 days of guided fishing
Arrive – Wednesday
Fish – Thursday through Sunday
Depart – After fishing on Sunday

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

– 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
– Lodging taxes

– 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
– Gratuities for lodge staff


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