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Name: Petspeed Date: August 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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Went out to float the Hoh on thursday and target Steelhead on the fly. Fished for an hour or two with nothing biting, then wham! Out of a nondescript hole a chromer hits. Lifted the rod to set the hook and the reel falls off the rod! Grabbed the line and keep pulling him in while the guide gets the reel back on the rod. Played for a short time and landed a beautiful 9 lb. fish.
About an hour later, fishing some rocky areas and a hog hits the line. This time when I lift to set the hook, the rod breaks in half! No joke. I grabbed that line too but lost him with the next jump. Strange day but I still got my first Steelhead.
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Name: chwong Date: October 22, 2013 Rating:
 
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I went in search of catching my first coho on my own over on the Olympic Penninsula. I was very concerned due to the lack of rain. The Hoh was the only real fishable river so it made for an easy decision of which river to choose. Unfortunately, it was also the choice of everyone else in the area too. Started at first light and bank fished at a great hole before the drift boats had a chance to hit it. I was shaking because I knew there had to be some fish laying in this deep pool since it was the only place the fish could pass through. After half a dozen casts, I get a take down and it was very first salmon caught on my own. This may sound strange, but it was the highlight of my trip even though it was not the biggest salmon as you can see from the picture. I also managed to hook a beast of a King also! Weather was sunny and warm (mid 60's). However, without any rain the fishing is just going to get tougher because the native Indian nets are out on the Hoh..
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Name: CptJM Date: September 20, 2013 Rating:
 
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Great day fishing the Hoh. CnR a couple of kings and landed one nice Steelhead and a bright Coho. Perfect way to celebrate a mid century birthday for my buddy and I.
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Name: fishenfreak Date: April 14, 2013 Rating:
 
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Well, just finished up the 2013 spring steelhead season in Washington. I was lucky enough to make one more trip to forks to fish for big wild fish, and was happily greeted with lots of chrome fresh April natives. It's amazing how much better the hoh fishes after the tribal nets were pulled at the end of March.

I decided to launch up in the Olympic national Park, higher than I had ever fished the hoh before. The water was definitely a lot skinnier than I am used to on the hoh. I was a little nervous about not knowing the river thar high up, but everything worked out. There was one sweeper across the entire river we had to make it over to the side pretty quickly and a few sets of rapids that were pretty fast but other than that it wasn't too bad. We made the drift from Park-line to the launch above Oxbow.

We did not touch a fish for the first 45 minutes or so, there really wasn't much water up that high to fish. Finally, about an hour in we found a deep deep hole and anchored. My buddy hooked a beautiful 10 pound chrome buck on his third cast, landed it, released and quickly got back out to catch a small spawned out hen before leaving the hole. 2/2 so far.

About a half a mile of water we drifted through, and I anchored above a nice seam on the right side of the river. I let my Float go way down which wasn't smart because I was so far away from my gear, but at the very end of my drift got picked up by a big fish. Unfortunately, there was a log pile in the river between me and the fish. I tried to have my buddy pull anchor and get down to the fish, but it was too late. By the time we got to the fish it was in the sticks. I got him off the pile once just to find that he had ran into another part of the pile. He broke off and we never saw it.

We then drifted through the hoh's upper Canyon. At the head of the canyon, a large sweeper had blown across the entire river. I had to quickly navigate a Rockgarden and get to the left to make it through a tiny slot. The canyon itself is pretty tough, lots of big swirls boulders and stuff to hit. I had to walk my boat around the head of one rapid set because of so many rocks in the river.

With that behind us we came to a split in the river. I almost went right but I decided to go left. At the end of the left split there is a nice little seam on the left, where my buddy Casted and hooked a nice six or seven Pound buck that we caught and released. 3/4 at this point.

We then came to Barlow's launch, the middle launch on the upper hoh. Just below the launch, there is one of my favorite holes on the hoh. My buddy casted and missed a great take on the first cast, so I followed with my cast and hooked a beautiful midteens chrome hen. After a good fight we got her in the net, took a few pictures and released her. 4/5 now!

Next we came to the hoh's logjam, where you must get out of your boat and push it down a tiny tiny side Creek about 100 yards around an impassable logjam.

About a quarter-mile below the logjam, my buddy cast into a small pocket on the right side, that didn't look like it would hold a fish. The bobber immediately goes down but since it's so shallow we think it's a snag so my buddy pulled up twice to release the snag. It doesn't come loose. He holds the rod tight for a second to feel a fish chewing on the yarnball. Finally knowing it's a fish, he sets the hook to see a colored but large steelhead jump out of the water. This fish is 20+. Everything is chaotic, we know we have a giant fish there's rapids below and the fish is taking off. We chased the fish down the rapids and get out on shore only to have it come very close twice, avoid the net and make another huge run forcing us to get back in the boat and chase it more. We get out on the next gravel bar and fight the fish some more. Finally, getting tired, the large buck comes up on shore. My buddy quickly gets the tape out and measures the fishes length. It is just shy of 40 inches. At this point, the fish starts to go crazy. The choices were, Push the fish up on shore and potentially hurt it badly while it flops on the rocks, or keep it in the water and risk losing it. Well, we didnt want to hurt him so he got back in the river as i just could not hold on to a very angry fish with a tail so large that it was virtually un-holdable. So... We came out of the situation with no picture of the steelhead, but we got a tape on it. Being 40 inches, thats a benchmark for 20 lbs. however it was pretty colored and had lost some body mass. So being a little skinny due to this fact, i would say at this point the fish is probably about 19 pounds. However he was well over 20 as a fresh fish. We are now 5/6!

Nearing the take out, we fished a nice hole on the left and hook what seems to be a pretty heavy fish, but lose it after only a few seconds of very large head shakes, 6/7.

We are literally one corner from the launch, and my buddy makes one last cast into a little swirly hole where the bobber slowly swirls under a tree. Immediately the float goes down and we are into our last fish right before the launch. A nice bright 8 pound wild hen comes to the net at the launch and our day is finished. 7/8 on the day.

We finished yarnballs Bobber dogged all day long. This was the day before last, so i will post a report for the last day we fished as well!

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Name: natetreat Date: April 10, 2013 Rating:
 
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After the success on the Westport Jetty, we were stoked to hit the Hoh and catch some winter fish before it closes on the 15th. We arrived at the river to camp and it was in perfect shape, having dropped dramatically from the big rain. We were banking it so the high water was a concern. The weather was nice until we woke up to a steady rain forest downpour on the roof. The extra rain throughout the night made the river a bit higher than we'd like, so our expectations had to be adjusted accordingly.

We set out tromping through the forest to our secret spot and arrived about an hour after daylight, and it was looking a little grim. We crackered our first fish on a delayed hook set, and that gave us a bit of hope. After a while of soggy rain, we had another quick grab and go sloshing our yarn ball through the back eddy of a boulder. Bummer.

The river was definitely pushing some whitewater at this particular area, and so that made finding likely holding water more difficult, and getting around was also a PIA so we found one slot that I've always fished, but never really had much luck in because in normal flows it's a bit too skinny. But it happened to be the only calm-ish spot in this section of river with a straight current, so I knew that there would be a fish in it. I had my guy get set up with a float and fresh yarn ball and I told him, you're going to hook a fish in this hole. My confidence paid off, because first cast, BAM! like a freight train. One! Two! Four jumps the fish immediately exploded, and then made several powerful runs and came in for a quick pic and safe release. Beautiful buck, and man, that called for a toast. We worked hard for it.

I have one day left open to fish the Hoh, Monday the 15th if you're interested. Bank or boat, let me know and we can get on some fish. The conditions should be better by then.

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Name: kevin14 Date: March 11, 2013 Rating:
 
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Awesome day fishing on the coast. We only hooked 3 steelhead but mine was a 20 pounder!
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Name: fishenfreak Date: February 17, 2013 Rating:
 
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Well, as ive been saying all year, it been TOUGH for steelhead. Real change from last year, fish seemed to be everywhere. Anyways, got my drift boat, and felt comfortable doing the lower Hoh, so made a few trips with some guys, and although fishing is still WAY slower than it should be, we found some nice native steelhead, and broke a fish off that was WELL into the 20lb class.

If you wanna get out and experience the coast steelhead, give me a call, i can make it out there if I have more than one day lined up with clients. Dont come with the super high expectations that you would expect for the coast, its not like that this year. Still some fish tho, and a few monsters to tangle with also! Good luck out there everyone!

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Name: MaxHedon Date: November 10, 2012 Rating:
 
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Slow fishing. Got two hits all day tossing a spinner, but hooked and landed both. Got a 15 pound king and a beautiful 8 pound steelhead. Great acrobatic fight with the steelie. Freezing tempuratures. Fishing with my best buddy. Great friends and a great time.
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Name: Rob G. Date: January 28, 2011 Rating:
 
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WOOOOOOO! Got my 1st steelhead! Went out to the Hoh last friday. Long drive, but not as long the drive to the Snake! I just started targeting Steel this season, so I didn't really know what I was doin'. All I know is a few weeks ago I went with a guide and I completly coppied his set up. I used the pre tied leader about 4 feet, two egg loop hooks and a corky. I went with a more experienced friend of mine, and the first hole we pulled up to, I was ready! He then suggested we do some more scouting before we commited! I'm like, what's wrong with this hole? He says trust me. So we doubled back to another spot on the river and he says this is the one! We gear up, him with his spey rod, me with gear. We walk out and he finds a nice run where he says they should be holdin.....I throw some eggs on, and my first cast I got a snag! I broke it off, but still had my weight and swivel. So I re-tie, and move down a bit. Next cast, just kind of feelin out the bottom of this run. One more cast....fish on! My homie comes runnin' down to see my prize, and it's a nice chrome hen! 1st steely ever....it was a native, so back she went. It was the only fish caught that day...thanks to my boy for showin me what's up....
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Name: Moe Date: February 21, 2009 Rating:
 
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Started a bit late in the morning about 6 am, such a beautiful clear blue sky day on the water, did not hook up until around 9 am on a slow rapid seam using Bloody Mary plug and back trolling. Was trying to fix the rod holder then WHAM wife's rod got pulled and WHAM ! hook up ! Took about 15 minutes to boat it. Nice native, real shiney and beautiful male, around 13 lbs. No one else we saw got anything for the rest of the drift. Took a bunch of nice pictures then release him back wishing to get more hook up later on ,but nothin after that great one. Was my wife's first steelhead, beginners luck I guess ? Anyways at the bottom of the river close to the ocean openings we found out there are some people blocking the entrance to the river for fish to go up stream and have been throwing rocks all day scaring and turning them fish around back towards the ocean. Shucks ! what a bunch of s---heads !
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