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Fly Fishing The Queets River Washington
The Queets River is located on the Olympic Peninsula,
the greater part of which is within the Olympic National
Park. The river is over fifty miles long and empties into
the Pacific Ocean. There are many tributaries including
some that are good fisheries themselves. The
Clearwater River, Salmon River, Matheny Creek, Sams
River, Tshetshy Creek are some of the major tributaries.

The Queets River is one of Washington's last pristine
wild steelhead streams. It offers an angler a good
opportunity to hook up with a large, wild steehead. The
winter run steelhead found in Olympic National Park are
usually large. Twenty pound fish are common.

The Queets is a rain forest river with large gravel bars
and plenty of logjams. The southwestern part of the park
is knows as the Queets corridor and extends from the
Sams River downstream to the Quinault Indian
Reservation. The hatchery fish head to the Quinault
tribe hatchery on the Salmon River. When that takes
place the banks and water becomes very crowded with
anglers, or better put, chunkers. The upper Queets
River gets the wild steelhead and isn't usually crowded.

There are three boat ramps, all accessible from the
Queets River Road which runs parallel with the river.
Anglers can park along the pull off areas and turn outs
along the road and hike a short distance to the river.

Varies by species
Cutthoat, native and sea-run can be taken in the late
Summer months.
Chum Salmon run from late October into the winter.
Chinook Salmon enter the river from September through
November. Fishing peaks in the middle of October. Coho
Salmon follow them, entering the river near the end of
September. Of course, the amount of rain and resulting
water level is the controlling factor. October and
November is the best months for the sea-run cutthroat.
Steelhead are in the river from December through April
but the best fishing is usually in January and February.
Type of Stream
Freestone and Tailwater

Steelhead (winter and summer run)
Coho Salmon
Chinook Salmon
Sea-run Cutthroat
Bull Trout
Dolly Varden

Medium to large

Central Coastal Washington

Nearest Towns

Varies by species - Make sure you
see the current regulations


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State of Washington

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Queets River Fly Fishing Report:
02/05/14 Rain is on the way and wild steelhead may be
entering the river. The middle of February through
March is usually the best time to fish for them.
07/16/20 Updated Fishing Report
(bottom of page)
03/23/14 Sorry for the lack of reports. More rain has  
improved the conditions but still more needed. Fishing
is best just after the river begins to fall. We don't have
any reports of catches but should be getting some
soon. Customers are ordering flies in preparation of
some good fishing.
Options For Selecting Flies:
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.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via
Priority Mail.  
04/15/14 The fishing season closed today on the
Queets River. We will resume reports when the season
06/24/14 Customers ordering flies for the upcoming sea-
run cutthroats. Summer run steelhead are entering the
stream. Dolly Varden can also be taken.
10/18/14 Rain has started and the river is rising and
fish are entering it. Conditions should be getting better
very soon but water the river levels.
12/05/14 Steelhead (factory winter) should begin to move
through the river on the way to the Salmon. Keep checks
on the stream levels and weather. Both are currently fairly
good. Let us hear your reports
12/22/14 Customer reported catching a couple of
hatchery steelhead just below the Salmon River.
02/09/15 Customers reporting catching steelehead prior to
the high water levels but not since. It will take more time.
03/05/15 I know we have had high water but normall, the
Queets is the best river of the peninsula at this time of the
04/09/16 There is another week left in the Queets River
season. I hope you get the opportunity to go.
07/16/20 There's a good run of summer steelhead in the
river now. We are getting good reports from customers.