Fishing Season: June 1 - January 31

Skykomish River - WA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

41

Orvis Seattle's Tip of the Week

Late Coho and Chum Salmon are currently in the river. Try big streamer patterns like the Dolly Llama in pink and purple, Hare Leeches in Chartreuse or pink, and Starlight leeches. A spey rod with an intruder can be a great option for salmon while they are in the river. Trout fishing is a good option right now as well using nymphs and smaller streamers. Check stream flows after big weather events to make sure the river is fishable. ***Make sure to always look up emergency rules and regulations before heading out fishing. See the 2021/2022 Washington Sport Rules pamphlet, available at https://www.eregulations.com/washington/fishing.***

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Map of Skykomish River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

At the present time, there are no endorsed guides on the Skykomish River

5-Day Outlook as of 11/22/22

Today: Rain. High 48F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Wednesday: Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 52F. Winds light and variable. Thursday: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 56F. Winds light and variable. Friday: Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 48F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch. Saturday: Cloudy with occasional showers for the afternoon. High 47F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Sunday: Periods of rain. High 42F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch. Monday: Mostly cloudy. Rain and snow showers in the morning. A few rain showers in the afternoon. High 43F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=47.8557&lon=-121.6974#.YR2IBRRKi1s https://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv/?site_no=12134500&PARAmeter_cd=00060,00065

Techniques & Tips as of 11/22/22

***Make sure to always look up emergency rules and regulations before heading out fishing. See the 2021/2022 Washington Sport Rules pamphlet, available at https://www.eregulations.com/washington/fishing.*** For salmon, try an 8 or 9 weight rod with a sink tip line to get your streamers down. Letting the fly swing in the current with some twitches can entice a strike. a 13ft 7wt spey rod is a great option for swinging flies for salmon as well. A Skagit head with a medium to fast sinking tip will help get your flies down, and help you cast larger flies. Nymphing is your best option for trout at the moment.

Local Species Available June 1 - January 31

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    Winter Steelhead

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    Summer Steelhead

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    rainbow trout

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    bull trout

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    Cutthroat

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    Salmon

Orvis Seattle's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Hot Head Euro Pheasant Tail chartuse 12-16
Orvis CJ Nymph red 12-16
Cone Head Muddler Minnow Green/Red 4
Bead Head Stonefly coffee/Brown 6-12
Classic Intruder Bright 4-8
Classic Intruder Black 4-8
Tunghead Hot Spot Pheasant Tail Jig chartreuse 12-14

Hot Head Euro Pheasant Tail

These attention getting fluorescent bead head nymphs will turn tails in fast water.

Orvis Seattle's Recommended Gear

Description: About Skykomish River

The Skykomish River flows west out of the Cascades and into Puget Sound through Monroe. It joins the Snoqualmie to form the Snohomish River and flows through Everett into the Sound. The Skykomish holds both hatchery summer and winter Steelhead as well as a late wild winter steelhead run that is protected with closures. The Skykomish is a designated wild and scenic river. The river runs cold and clear throughout the winter unless the freezing level in the Cascades rises above 3000 feet. The mean flow is 4000 cfs.

Nearest Airport:

Seatac International

Hatches:

Caddis, mayfly, stimulators for trout

Best Time to Fish:

Closed as of 1/31/2022 - Check current regulations before fishing on the Skykomish river system.

Best Stretch:

Monroe to High Bridge

Best Access:

Any pullout