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: OP or Skagit?

11-29-2004, 06:40 PM
Hi folks,
I've been a long time lurker, so this is my first post...be gentle. :)

I'm planning on heading to Washington this spring, either late Feb or sometime in March
. I've been a few times, mostly on the OP fishing the Hoh and Sol Duc, but was thinking of trying the Skagit. I guess what I'm asking is are the returns on the Skagit looking better these days than on the Hoh or other rivers on the O.P.?

I'm bringing my pontoon (learned a few years ago that it may take more to get in out there, but it is well worth it on the river) and will hopefully have my new stick by then, so I'm up for anything. Just trying to figure out if I need to spend more time on the O.P. or head north to Skagit country for a chance at a chromer. (I do love the Hoh, so at least few days will have to be spent over there).

Hope you all had a great holiday,


11-29-2004, 10:35 PM
I loved fishing several OP rivers when I lived in Port Angeles, and I also love the Skagit. Since I live in the Skagit Valley now, I fish the Skagit or Sauk almost exclusively during March/April. Be aware that the Skagit it a much larger river than the Hoh, a good 3x larger at least. This means the fish are more spread out, but it is still a wonderful river for the fly. The bottom line is that a trip to the Skagit would not be wasted whether there are a lot of fish or not.

11-29-2004, 10:50 PM
If you have enough time do them both!

12-03-2004, 09:49 AM
I'd love to fish both, but don't know if I'll have time. Do you think the OP would be fishing better than the Skagit in early to mid March? Last year I was out in late Feb and the Hoh was fishing well but I heard it went out of shape just after I left. I've never made it to the Bogy or Queets so the OP may offer a few more options.

12-03-2004, 11:13 AM
I would say from what I have heard that there is a real possiblity that the Skagit will be closed this year in March and April.

More successful management.


12-03-2004, 12:17 PM
Where did you hear the Skagit may be closed?

They closed it this year at the beginning of the chum season. When they seen the chum return was large enough they opened it.

More successful management or prudent management?

The same may apply to the steelhead season.

Brian Simonseth
12-03-2004, 12:59 PM

I've heard the same thing as JJ, not just this year but maybe next year to.

12-03-2004, 01:19 PM
Kerry the department has told me numerous times that they don't do in season estimates on steelhead at least. I am not sure how they would do it on the Skagit\Sauk. So my understanding is that it is either open or closed based on preseason estimates and the estimates aren't good.

BUT here is my 2 cents right now. One method to keep anglers off the departments back is to open fisheries up so anglers are distracted so I won't be surprised if things stay open. They find it easier that way. Heck what lead to the formation of the WSC was closures.


12-04-2004, 11:35 AM
well if they do close it they had better damn well have enforcement officers up there thick because it will be a poachers heyday without c&r fishermen watching.