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Fly Fishing Lyre River Washington
The Lyre River flows out of Lake Crescent in the
Olympic National Park into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Four tributaries, June Creek, Boundary Creek, Susie
Creek and Nelson Creek, add to the flow. At River
Mile 2.7, the Lyre River blocks migrating fish at Lyre
River Falls. The entire river is only five miles long.

As mentioned above, the distance steelhead can
move up the river is only 2.7 miles. Never-the-less,
the Lyle River is a very good little steelhead river.
The winter run is the best. The summer run provides
only a few fish and they usually become tough to
catch due to low water.

In addition to the winter run of larger, wild fish, there's
a planted fish run of winter steelhead smolts. Fishing
is greatly dependant on rain but keep in mind the
stream clears very quickly after heavy rains. It is best
to fish it immediately after the water rises.

There is camping and access to the river at the Lyre
River Campground which is located about a mile
north of State Highway #112. You can fish your way  
upstream from the campground. Fishing is also
possible in some of the small tributary streams.

The Lyle River is open to steelhead fishing from the
mouth to the falls. It closes to fishing for steehead on
March 1.

Varies by species
Sea-run cuttroat can be taken in the late Summer  
months. There is limited summer run steelhead
Sea-run Cutthroat Trout last through the fall months.
Steelhead are in the river from December through
March with the best fishing taking place in December
and January.
Type of Stream

Steelhead (winter and summer run)
Sea-run Cutthroat

Medium width but very short

Central Coastal Washington

Nearest Towns
Port Angeles

Varies by species - Make sure you
see the current regulations


Non-Resident License
State of Washington

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Lyle River Fishing Report:
11/09/13 Customer ordered flies for the Lyle this
morning. According to him, steelhead can enter the
river as early as mid November, but we are sticking to
the first week of December.
12/16/13 There is some steelhead reported to be in
the Lyle River but low water conditions is preventing
good fly fishing opportunities.
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1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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