Road Trip: Steelhead Part II

Oct 24, 2012

Author: Tucker Ladd

This is part two of a three part introduction to travel in the Pacific Northwest that we covered here at the shop in early October.  The Klickitat River is located in Southern Washington and runs from near the base of Mount Adams to the Columbia River. It is also a great river to begin your steelhead journey if you are new to this hard fighting species.

The Klickitat River

The Klickitat River is located in Southern Washington and runs from near the base of Mount Adams to the Columbia River. 

Hub City: Portland Oregon (117 miles to Goldendale, WA – hotel/motel options; the town of Klickitat – 90 miles)

Summer Run Steelhead Season: August-November

Peak Season: September 15-November 15

Average Steelhead Size: 8-12 lbs (18-20 lb fish caught occasionally)

Steelhead: wild and hatchery

Primary Technique: nymph fishing with an indicator (although you can certainly swing flies)

Guide Service: The Evening Hatch - 509.773.3460 - Keven Samuelson - $450 (float, 2 person)

Do it yourself options do exist on the Klickitat

The Lowdown: again, the proximity of the Klickitat to Portland Oregon makes this a fairly easy to reach destination.  The Klick also gives you a fairly high probability of hooking into a 10+ lb wild steelhead.  If you have never casted a spey rod or prefer to fish from a boat, the Klickitat might be a good option to think about if you are just beginning to fish for steelhead. 

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