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July 22, 2014

River Reports

Submitted by Todd Daniels
Tall Tails Guide Service
Cell 206-437-8766 or Email


Coastal & SW Washington Report

July 22, 2014

Not only has the weather been HOT but the Summer Steelhead fishing has been hot as well. Good numbers of Steelhead seem to be just about everywhere and they are biting pretty good most days. Skykomish, although the water is low the Skykomish river is kicking out good numbers of summer fish with some really nice fish. Side drifting has been tops but don't rule out tossing hardware here. Cowlitz is doing well around Blue Creek where most of the fish seem to be hanging out for a minute before heading up to Barrier dam. Side drifting this year has been out fishing anything else here for some reason. Small pieces of shrimp on a single size 2 hook with a size 12 Corky has been very good. Fish are being caught by back trolling small plugs, shrimp or small clusters of eggs teamed with a small shrimp tail. Some good fishing around the Barrrier dam as well. Lewis has been putting out some nice big fish for the side drifters and plug pullers. The Columbia is also doing well if you like to anchor, relax and wait for the fish to come to you. Anchor in shallow water and fish small plugs such as the Mag Lip 3.5. Colors of the plugs seem to be pretty important most days here if you don't have a favorite plug a good start would be anything with orange on it. All these river will continue to put out big chrome summer fish for weeks to come.

Salmon fishing will start very soon on our rivers. We are looking at some very good numbers of both Chinook and Coho coming back this year. If you are thinking of booking a trip for either or both species please get a hold of me soon.

A quick look at some nice fish from the last couple days.


For more info call Phil Stephens, Mystical Legends Guide Service Call (206) 940-0052 or E-mail

Summer run Steelhead fishing remains extremely good. There seems to be fish scattered throughout the system. Side drifting eggs or back trolling bait and or plugs are equally effective. Best bet is to keep moving until you find a little pod of fish then stay on them.


Rob Sweem, R&K Guide Service
(360) 481-0612 or Email


No report this week


(253) 208-7433 
Bruce Warren
Fishing For Fun Guide Service

Well Summer keeps on pushing on And one thing is for certain there are lots of fish in many places the ocean is chock-full Of Chinook and coho Columbia River is kicking butt for steelhead and the Cowlitz River at times Is lights out for summer steelhead Other days you have to work a bit for them! The Wenatchee is open for sockeye As well as Baker Lake Of which all is good decisions to get after what the great Northwest has to offer! There's only one problem!!! What direction to point your truck in the morning! That's a good problem to have catching salmon and steelhead in flip-flops and shorts!! On our Jetsled We will continue to target summer run steelhead Right through mid August before the chinook takeover! A very fun time to be on the water with family and friends! Date still available

Todd Daniels
Tall Tails Guide Service
Cell 206-437-8766 or Email

No report this week


Bonner's FishON! Guide Service 
Website bonnerfishon.com
Cell 425-281-8772
Email Bonnerfishon@gmail.com

No report this week

Bill "Swanny" Swann: 206-755-1204
Swanny's Guided Fishing: www.swannysfishing.com

Summer run Steelhead on the Cowlitz have been treating us very well. Both back-trolling and side drifting have been producing.

The water has been low but the river has remained in good shape. I still have some openings in August for this fantastic fishery. I am also starting to book for fall kings. Give me a call and lets get out on the river.

Marc Bush
Twisted Waters Guide Service
253-468-0610 : 360-894-7636


See Salmon University for Mark's Saltwater Report


Mark Coleman - Guide/Owner, All Rivers & Saltwater Charters
www.allwashingtonfishing.com, 425-736-8920

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Olympic Pennisula Report  

July 22, 2014


No report this week


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Submitted by Mike Zavadlov
Mike Z's Guide Service
(360) 640 8109
Email: mike@mikezsguideservice.com

Washougal River

July 22, 2014

Skagit River

July 22, 2014

No report this week


North Rivers
July 22, 2014

No report this week


Snohomish River System

July 22, 2014

Not going to lie, it's been rough on the upper Skykomish, with many anglers leaving empty handed as we encroach on the lower and clearer water conditions of the Summer Run. We've been successfully hooking up Steelhead during certain hours when they hold and when they move in the afternoon as the sun comes out and the oxygen content in the deeper pools begins to lower. Most of the fish have been holding in areas that most anglers pass up.

It seems as if this year has been producing more Natives and Misclipped Steelhead. Many oversized Dolly Varden have entered the system as well! Most have been cooperative on drifted eggs with small black and orange Corkies, floated jigs, sand shrimp tails and cured prawns. A few have been persuaded on 50/50, 1/2 ounce Rvrfsher Spoons (Thank you, Todd) and BnR Tackle, Holey Worms.

As the low and clear conditions come in, most fishermen will retreat and the crowds will thin out due to their lack of knowledge and fear of the conditions. We'll be hitting Summer Run Steelhead consistently during these conditions, so if you're interested in bolstering your Summer Run Angling Skillset, come book a trip with Reel Priorities. Smiles and memories, guaranteed.
Stay updated with the latest reports and conditions on the Facebook of Reel Priorities! www.Facebook.com/RealPriorities.com

Ryan James Hung
Owner, Reel Priorities
Licensed Pacific Northwest Fishing Guide


Klickitat River
July 22, 2014

No report this week

Call or email Tracy Zoller .... phone (509) 369-2366


Upper Columbia
July 22, 2014


No report this week


Hells Canyon / Clearwater River, Idaho

July 22, 2014


No report this week


Submitted by Ryan Rosenbaum



No report this week

Submitted by Ryan Pitcher
1 866 846-4240 or Email ryan@wcafish.com

North Coast Oregon

July 22, 2014


No report this week


Andy Martin
Wild Rivers Fishing Oregon and Alaska Salmon, Steelhead and Halibut Fishing www.wildriversfishing.com

Portland Area Rivers:

Willamette Valley

July 22, 2014

No report this week

Kyle Bushelman (541) 517-7536

Sandy River

July 22, 2014



Clackamas River

July 22, 2014

No report this week

Fraser River, British Columbia

July 22, 2014


Great weekend to be out on the water, we had some beautiful sunshine, warm temperature and no wind. Fishing was fair to excellent depending on what you were fishing for. The Fraser River is dropping and shaping up real nice, Upper Pitt was fishing well all week and Saturday was no exception, Gulf Islands continue to produce results although it has slowed a bit. See below for detailed report.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing has been fair to good, Gulf Islands have slowed a bit but there are still some nice fish out there. STS Guide Thomas Rutschmann was over in the Gulf on Sunday and managed to put one nice 20lb Chinook in the boat, they had a few more chances.  Anchovi has worked well using the Rhys Davis Teaser head in a full metal jacket trolled behind the Gibbs/Delta Guide Series Lemon Lime Flasher. Most of the hits were between 120 & 160 feet at a 1.9 to 2.3 troll speed.

Fraser Sturgeon fishing has improved over the past week, water levels have stabilized so not too much debris coming down. STS Guide Braeden Szlabon has been mostly fishing off to the side of the river, back channels and anywhere the river is moving slower than main current. Lamprey eel has been working well but also getting some fish on Salmon eggs and Eulichons.

Pitt River Trout fishing has been excellent, lots of fish in the 1 to 3lb range and the occasional larger fish up to 5lbs. Fly fishing with larger streamers, egg suck'n leech and minnow patterns have all worked well, for spin fishing the Gibbs Ultra Lure is working best.

The Pitt River is one of those special places that remains deer to your heart once you have experienced it. June and July are the best two months for fly fishing this river , we also offer light tackle spin fishing if you  prefer this method. We are still fairly open for Pitt trip so please call or e-mail us if you would like to give it a try.

Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours start up on August 2 and run through until October 15, we offer two trips, the 4 hour Hope to Hells Gate and the 2 hour Hope to Sailor Bar. Dates are limited but we will do our best to get you out.

Hope you all have a great week.


To Book Your next guided adventure, call us Toll Free 1-866-771-3474

Remember to conserve your catch

Tight Lines and we will see you on the water

Vic Carrao
STS Guiding Service
604 671-FISH (3474)

Skeena Region, BC Canada
July 22, 2014



We're frozen over! Reports after the thaw.


Gill McKean, Westcoast Fishing Adventures www.westcoastfishing.ca
1-866-578-8552 toll free 1-250-615-3477 cell
Fishing is our addiction ­ Guiding is our passion
Adventure is in our blood


No report this week

Tracey John Hittel
Kitimat BC Canada
250 632-9880 hm.
250 639-4277 cell.



July 22, 2014

No report this week


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