Fishing Season: Closed as of 1/31/2022 (Season June 1- Jan 31)

Sauk River - WA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Orvis Seattle's Tip of the Week

Try streamers either on a single hand rod, or a spey rod for bull trout.

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Map of Sauk River

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5-Day Outlook as of 8/28/23

Keep a stream thermometer with you and monitor water temps as you are fishing. The hotter weather is pushing water temps into potentially dangerous ranges for the fish. Try streamers on a sink tip line for single hand rods or spey rods. You can also try dries or dry dropper.

Techniques & Tips as of 8/28/23

Swing large streamers and intruder-type flies on sink tip lines for salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. You can also fish regular trout set ups for trout and bull trout as well.

Local Species Available Closed as of 1/31/2022 (Season June 1- Jan 31)

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    Rainbow trout

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    Bull trout

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    Dolly Varden's

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Orvis Seattle's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Steelhead Selection white 4
Conehead Bunny Muddler olive 4
Freshwater Clouser olive 4
Zonker white 4

Steelhead Selection

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Orvis Seattle's Recommended Gear

Description: About Sauk River

The Sauk is a the major tributary of the Skagit and joins the Skagit below Rockport. It is a wild and scenic river and, as such, is undammed. Fluctuations from rain, snow and glacier melt are common with a mean flow between 3500-4000 cfs. It is a wide river with ample gravel bars and road access. The Sauk is a prime wild winter steelhead stream from March through April. The fish are chrome bright and can weigh up to 20 pounds or more. Hatchery steelhead can be found in the river from January. Some bull trout are caught in the summer on classic streamer patterns.

Nearest Airport:

Arlington Regional Airport



Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Above confluence with Skagit

Best Access:

Pull outs along Hwy 530