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!
LOCATION: Olympic Peninsula, Washington
SEASON: December through April
CAPACITY: 8 Anglers
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
TARGET SPECIES: Winter steelhead
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Washington state fishing license
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
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 moderate 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 pricate 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.
Typical Length of Stay
Please contact Yellow Dog for available dates and options.
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, WA area.
Brazda's guides fish a variety of local, epic 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.
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.
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 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.
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 are of the "free rising" strain of the upper Columbia, a term that applies to steelhead that are 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. 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.
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. During the shoulder seasons (January 15 - 30 and April 15 – 30) guests can arrive on any day.
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.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance
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 or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and based on double occupancy.
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,950.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,850.00
3 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,650.00
Trips must follow the below itineraries...
6 nights / 5 days of guided fishing
Arrive - Sunday
Fish - Monday through Friday
Depart - Saturday
4 nights / 3 days of guided fishing
Arrive - Wednesday
Fish - Thursday through Saturday
Depart - Sunday
3 nights / 3 days of guided fishing
Arrive - Sunday
Fish - Monday through Wednesday
Depart - After fishing on Wednesday
- Number of nights of accommodations as specified in your package
- Number of days of guided fishing
- All meals
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the lodge
- Lunch and non-alcoholic beverages on guided trips
- Transfers to and from the river
- River shuttle fees for guide's vehicle
- Use of rods/reels, flies, and tackle
What's Not Included
- Transportation to and from the lodge (need to rent a vehicle)
- Fishing licenses
- Raingear, waders, wading boots, etc
- Gratuities for guides
- Gratuities for lodge staff
- Taxes (will be added to invoice upon booking)
The state of Washington has no shortage of wild and scenic rivers, but finding a truly professional guide operation dedicated to showing their guests a great day on these amazing rivers is harder to find. The crew of guides at Brazda’s Fly Fishing knows the Olympic Peninsula better than any of the other guide operations on the OP, and they’re well versed in all the styles for pursuing these area steelhead. Brazada’s team of nomadic guides gravitate back to these holy steelhead waters each year from around the Pacific Northwest, and these guys always go the extra mile.
“Jerry and I had a great time fishing Brazda and Co. last week and the Bogy house is a special find. What a great place to stay for a few days. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable and you have lots of space for just relaxing after a hard days fishing. And the view from the living room was great and the large fireplace added that special warmth and aesthetics. Watching that herd of Elk in the field was a treat. Everything was just perfect and of course the fishing was world class just like the guides. We can hardly wait for our return trip.”
- Doug Salyer (Sedro Woolley, WA)