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The Hoko

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I have read very little about this little river. Never seen a picture of it. But from what I have read, it has created a burning desire to fish this river.

Juro has to have fished it, it seems that he has fished every puddle that has a riffle-pool structure in the state of Washington.

Anyone else out there fished it?? I am just dying to fish it and want to know more about this little gem.

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Well, I had the sense that my dear wife would yank be out of steelhead nirvana the whole time I lived there so I made hay.

Yes, I have taken 112 to sample the Pyscht, Sekiu, and Hoko Rivers but I do not have an extensive knowledge of any of them. I usually get lulled by the Elwha and the next stop is the Sol Duc for me, on the way to the Hoh.

I camped at the mouth of the Pyscht and fished for steelhead coming in with the high tide. It was exciting, and one even rested in the pocket I was standing in. With a fly rod swinging a fly, it's a tough river. With a bobber and jig you'd clean up. It's tiny, but there's a certain magic to it. You can only fish it every other day, or something like that. The camp ground keeper is a great guy he was surfing the web in the little trailer home when I met him. I'd like to investigate it more but it's not the best fly river unless you are a good pocket water angler.

I fished the Sekiu a few times. Up from the mouth, there is a dirt road where you park at a gate. You walk up from the gate and there is a sweet holding pool. It's best fished from the far bank, and the river is usually easy to cross below the pool. If there are fish in the river you won't be alone, but there is typically plenty of room and I landed a nice fish in the tailout while the corky drifters worked the top of the hole. They were landing a few nice ones too. The fish I landed appeared to be an unclipped hatchery hen (Indian hatchery?), or else it had fin problems when it was a smolt. I released it. You can poke around and might find a few nice pools, but this pool was by far the hot spot. It reminds me of the Skookumchuck in size in spring flows. Most of it doesn't hold enough water to provide long term holding lies for steelhead so you need to find the hold water between runs and riffles. I suppose you could fish the tides when they are entering with success. That would be a game for locals.

The Hoko requires a lot of work and research to learn correctly. There are a few great holes that are accessible in the lower stretch but you can cover them quickly and I understand the premium water is upriver. It is a river that hides a lot of good water behind obscure roads and wooded accesses, which makes me desire to fish it more as well. To answer yor question, I can't say I am a Hoko experienced angler. There was a guide who specialized in 4x4 access to the upper Hoko... can't recall his name.

Ever tried the upper Skookumchuck?
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I have never tried the Upper Skook but I have heard the it produces fish very late and when it is on, IT IS ON.

Thanks for the info on the Hoko. I would love to get to know a river that isnt accesible and with your description it sounds like that kind of river. I want to fish it ever more now!!!!!

Thanks!!! :)
Ryan -

I'm going to check my journals to see if I have any specifics on the roads to access the spots I have tried on the Hoko now that I am home.

Talk soon,

Thanks Juro, you rock!! :)
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