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Fly Fishing The Chehalis River
The Chehalis River, pronounced, sha-hay-lis, is
formed by the confluence of the West Fork Chehalis
River and East Fork Chehalis River. Several tributary
streams add to its flow.
Near the city of Chehalis, the South Fork Chehalis
River joins the main stream. It is also joined by the
Newaukum River at Chehalis. The first large stream to
enter the Chehalis is the Newaukum River and next is
the Skookumchuck River. The Black River, Satsop
River and Wynoochee River also joins the Chehalis
near Montesano in the tidal area of Grays Harbor. It
also receives the water of the Wishkah River at Grays
The Chehalis River is most noted for its spring and fall
chinook salmon, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout.
All wild steelhead must be released.
Highway #8 west from Olympia follows along the
Chehalis. Boat ramps are available at Cosmopolis,
underneath the Highway #107 bridge, upstream from
the Satsop River, and at Porter and Cedarville.
The Chehalis River is a prime salmon fishing stream.
When salmon are in the river, anglers are there in
large numbers. This occurs mostly in September and
October. They fish from boats and the banks. The
Chinook Salmon reach up to 50 pounds and Coho
Salmon as large as 20 pounds. Most of the Chum
Salmon are on their way to the Satsop River.
Both bank and boat anglers take winter steelhead from
the Chehalis, with the best fishing usually occuring
from January to March. Many of the steelhead caught
here are headed for the Satsop and the Wynoochie
The Chehalis has been heavily stocked with Sea-run
Cutthroat smolts during the past few years but thel wild
Cutthroat must be released. Keep in mind, single,
barbless hooks are required for all species in the river
upstream to Porter from September 1 through
November 15 and above Porter from October 16
through November 15.
Varies by species
Sea-run cuttroat can be taken in the late Summer
months. There is limited summer run steelhead fishing.
Sea-run Cutthroat Trout last through the fall months.
September and October are the prime Salmon fishing
Steelhead are in the river from December through
March with the best fishing taking place in December
|Type of Stream
Steelhead (winter and summer run)
Chinook Salmon (spring and fall run)
Medium to Large
Varies by species - Make sure you
see the current regulations
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
7, 8 , 9 or 10 weight for appropriate type
rod, sinking, sinking tip and floating; 5 or 6
10#, 12# in 9 to 15 feet lengths
10# and 12#
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly 7, 8, 9 and 10 ft. single hand
rods; 5 or 6 for cutts
For 7 to 10 weight lines; 5 or 6 for cutts
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
KISS Strike Indicators, Lanyards, etc.
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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Fishing Report 07/16/20
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07/16/20 Sorry for the lack of reports. There are some summer steelhead in the river and a
few sea-run cutts are entering the river. The sea-runs should get going good very soon.