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Olympic Peninsula Winter Steelhead are large, hard fighting fish, fresh from the ocean. They average 10-15 pounds, and the guides and guests at Brazda's lodge see a good number of 20+ pound fish every season. If you are undergunned, you'll find out fairly quickly... often in the form of a broken rod or spooled reel. The guides at Brazda's usually have a good number of rods set up and ready to go, so if you don't want to bring gear, that's just fine. If you want to get yourself set up with a good outfit for Steelhead, here's a basic idea of what you should look for.

Olympic Peninsula Steelhead

  • 9-10 foot, 8 or 9 wt. medium fast action single hand rod loaded with a good weight forward dry line to match preferably a Rio Indicator Taper
  • 11 -13 foot, 7-10 wt. double hand rod with a matched Skagit line and sink tips in t8 - t17.

 
You are welcome to bring any flies you have confidence in. Brazda and his guides will always have a good assortment of custom flies and sink tips available on the river.


In addition to fishing gear, you'll want to pack plenty of layers and good rain gear. The weather in January on the Peninsula is very unpredictable - it could be 30 degrees and snowing, 45 and raining, or 60 and sunny. So keep an eye on the weather leading up to the trip, but be prepared with extra gear just in case. Here's a list of items you'll definitely want to pack with you.


January on the Olympic Peninsula

Two very different January days on the Olympic Peninsula.

  • Chest waders and boots with studs or felt soles.
  • Wade staff
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Fingerless gloves (for fishing… and a full pair of gloves to warm up with)
  • Medium weight jacket that can fit inside chest waders, preferably "wind stopper" material.
  • Waterproof rain jacket (or two)
  • Layered under clothing to suit conditions - fleece and wool are nice in the rain
  • Thick wool socks
  • Billed hat
  • Beanie and/or hooded shirt


 


If you have any questions about gear, feel free to contact me:

email - alyssa.halls@gmail.com
call- (503) 915-6615
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