Copyright 2019 James Marsh
Fly Fishing On The Bogachiel River In
The Bogachiel River forms on the southwestern flank of
Bogachiel Peak in the Olympic National Park High
Divide. Most of its fifty mile length flows within the
National Park's boundary. It's locally referred to as the
Bogie or Bogey and is considered a prime steelhead
fishing and hiking destination. The Bogachiel River isn't
glacier-fed like many of the other rivers within the park. It
doesn't have a runoff period from melting snow in the
spring and summer. This results in a longer fishing
The river is best known for the large run of steelhead
in the upper reaches during December and January.
Although most of its large run of steelhead are hatchery
fish, some of the largest of all the Peninsula's steelhead
return to the upper headwaters of the Bogachiel River.
The steelhead often weight between twenty and thirty
pound. The river also has a fall run of Chinook Salmon.
The upper reaches of the river is on a steeper
declination than the lower part of the river and is the
preferred area by steelhead anglers. The river gets
wider and slows down prior to its confluence with the Sol
Duc. As with all the Peninsula's steehead rivers, the
migration of the fish is based on water levels and flows
more than anything else.
Huge numbers of winter steelhead smolts from the
Bogachiel Rearing Ponds are set free each year. When
these hatchery fish return to the river, so do the
fishermen. December and January can be a very busy
time on the Bogey. The four mile long section from the
ponds to the boat launch at Wilson can become
crowded with boats.
The winter steelhead fishing doesn't end in January. It
continues through March and April and with larger fish.
This is the best time for those anglers seeking the large
20 to 30 pound steelhead. These fish will be in the
upper section of the river where ideal conditions exist for
both the steelhead and the fly angler.
The season regulations is subject to seasonal changes.
Be sure and check the current year regulations and
dates for seasons.
Winter steelhead are still in the river until well into April.
Summer steelhead run from June through September.
Steelhead fishing can begin as early as late November.
December and January are the prime months for the
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
7, 8 , 9 or 10 weight for appropriate type
rod, sinking, sinking tip and floating
10#, 12# in 9 to 15 feet lengths
10# and 12#
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly 7, 8, 9 and 10 ft. single hand
For 7 to 10 weight lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
KISS Strike Indicators, Lanyards, etc.
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Bogachiel River Fishing Report:
11/23/13 Hatchery run producing a few fish
but no reports from the other areas.
Customer ordered more Black Stonefly
nymph steelhead flies.
12/11/13 Our local contact is reporting slow
fishing on the Bogachief during the last
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Fishing Report Updated 10/27/19
12/22/13 Flows headed up and that should
help the fishing. Low water has been a
problem. Steelhead are being caught but
the fishing is very slow.
12/30/13 Local contact reporting fishing
even slower. Not any good news or reports
01/11/14 Recent rains have brought the
stream levels up to the 34.46 ft level and
this should improve the fishing
opportunities in a short time. Rain is in
the forecast for the next several days.
01/18/14 The rain has improved the
fishing big time and steelhead are being
caught. We had fly orders this past week
for our Perfect Fly Spey patterns and
Comets and Buggers.
02/01/14 Low clear, water is making it very
tough to fool the steelhead and few are
02/08/14 Big changes on the way. Snowing
now through Sunday then raining for the
remainder of the week. Keep a close check
on the water levels.
02/15/14 Heavy rain is in the forecast
everyday for the next week. River will be
blown our for a few days.
02/22/14 The high water was short lived but
brought plenty of fish into the river. It has
fell back down much faster than we
03/08/14 We have received no fishing
reports for the past two weeks. Levels have
been back up but have fell back down
03/15/14 The water levels are subsiding
some and fishing should soon be fairly
03/22/14 Stream levels are in better shape
but we didn't receive any reports from
03/29/14 The river is at 28.42 ft and rising
with rain in the forecast everyday for the
04/05/14 The problem has been the water
levels. A few fish have been caught but only
04/26/14 Waiting on the early hatchery
summer run fish to show up.
05/24/14 Season Closed. It reopens the first
Saturday in June.
06/07/14 Season opens today. Be sure to
check the flows.
06/14/14 Water levels have been low and
no summer steelhead reports in this past
week but one customer reported catching
trout. Stoneflies are hatching.
06/21/14 Low water conditions has hurt the
steelhead fishing opportunities. Trout are
being caught and lots of aquatic insects are
on the water.
07/05/14 Low water and few steelhead.
The fish just are not showing up yet.
07/26//14 Low water has been a problem
both for drifting the river and for steehead
coming into the river. A few fish have been
caught but it is best described as tough
08/10/14 Low water levels are still hurting
the river. Floating is difficult to impossible
and the catching is still slow.
08/16/14 A few summer steelhead are
being caught but low water conditions isn't
helping. Sea-run cutts are expected to
start showing up.
08/30/14 Still low water conditions but some
resident trout are being caught. The
forecast is for cooler weather and that will
help. Very few steelhead have been fooled.
09/13/14 A few sea-run cutts, steelhead and
Coho but very slow fishing condtions. More
rain is needed.
09/27/14 Same story, same song as above.
10/11/14 The stream levels are still very low
but rain is expected the first of next week.
There have been a few sea-run cutts
caught. Summer steelhead, Coho and
Chinook should start moving it as it is
currently raining and should continue.
10/18/14 Sea runs are being caught in good
numbers. There are some Coho and summers
being caught. Lots of rain in the forecast.
10/25/14 Stream flows are high and more
rain is in the forecast.
11/08/14 Some summer steelhead and
plenty of sea-run cutts are in the river. No
12/14/14 More good reports from one of our
customers catching the hatchery steelhead.
12/20/14 Customers catching several hatchery
steelhead. Watch the water levels.
12/27/14 A few more hatchery steelhead.
Water levels have been falling.
01/10/15 Anglers have been catching lots
of hatchery steelhead. Stream levels are
still in good shape.
01/17/15 Two good reports of winter steelhead.
No reports of hatchery this past week.
01/24/15 Very slow, not good conditions
with no reports again this week.
02/07/15 The stream has been very high but
still falling; however, rain is forecast through
02/14/15 The river has dropped and fishable
but we didn't receive any reports from
anglers fishing this past week.
02/21/15 One customer reported catching
two steelhead this past week on our Black
03/07/15 The catching slowed down this past
week due to much lower water levels. Use
small, light color steelhead nymphs.
03/21/15 Hatchery fishing is finished for the
year. Some wild steelhead are being caught
but the odds are not that good.
03/28/15 Some wild steelhead were caught this
04/11/15 The Quillayute streams are open
until the end of the month
04/25/15 It is over for the season.
05/23/15 Season Closed except for salmon.
06/13/15 Season opened 1st. Summer
steelhead are entering the river. Native Cutts
are also available. Golden stones hatching.
06/27/15 Customers catching lots of trout and
lots of hatches are taking place. Summer
steelhead and sea-run cutts are also available.
07/04/15 A few steelhead are being caught.
Resident trout fishing has been very good and
so has the sea-run cutts. The stream could use
some more water.
07/11/15 Resident trout continues to be the
thing but we expect more sea-run cutts soon.
07/18/15 One report of trout caught this past
week and that is it.
07/25/15 No reports from the past week but
cooler weather should help the opportunity.
08/08/15 Sea run cutthroat will move in when
it rains but that's not happening and not very
likely. Right now, closed to all fishing.
08/29/15 It is still closed but hopefully, this will
change soon with some rain and cooler air
09/05/15 The restrictions have been removed
for the lower Bogachiel. The rain and higher
water levels have moved a lot of fish into the
09/12/15 Some steelhead and coho being
caught. The cooler weather and rain expected
next week will bring more in.
09/26/15 Still a few steelhead, hatchery ones
and maybe a coho or two, not much action.
10/10/15 There are still a few summer run
streelhead near the hatchery but it is slow.
10/24/15 Not much change. Low and clear
water makes it tough to catch the few fish in the
river. There is a chance everyday this coming
week and this should change.
10/31/15 The stream is up and more fish have
moved into the river but still high now. It
should be much better very soon.
11/14/15 There are still a few summer fish in
the river along with plenty of sea-run cutts. The
stream levels have been high but back down.
11/28/15 The river has been high but back
down. There is a chance of rain every day from
next Monday through Friday. That may bring
some hatchery fish in the river. Stay in touch.
12/05/15 Hatchery steelhead are being caught
in good numbers. It should get better with all the
rain in the forecast. Swinging is producing good.
12/26/15 Sorry for the missed reports but you
haven't missed anything. The rain has just
continued to fall day after day. The levels are
just now getting back down near normal. The
hatchery steelhead fishing should be good now
but many are already back at the hatchery.
01/23/16 A few hatchery steelehead have been
caught the last two weeks but the stream is
high now and will probably going much higher.
Lots of rain is in the forecast.
02/13/16 The fishing was picking up a three or
four days ago but the river is back high again.
You will have to watch the levels.
02/27/16 The river is in very good shape. It is
best below the Calawah confluence - flowing at
27.79 ft. The upper river is very clear.
03/12/16 The river was falling fast and getting
into decent shape but there's more heavy rain
through next Wednesday.
03/26/16 The river is clear in the upper part
and below the Calawah confluence. Below
hwy. 101 is badly stained and very high.
05/28/16 The season opens next
Wednesday, June 1st. Send us an email and
let us help you plan that next trip.
06/11/16 The Bogie is producing some trout
with lots of hatches taking place. So far, no
reports of Summer runs being caught.
07/02/16 There are some resident trout being
caught in the upper river. The water levels are
low, and we are not getting any reports of
summer runs being caught. Sea run cutts
should start coming in the first of this month.
07/23/16 Trout are still being caught in the
upper river. There are lots of little Yellow
stoneflies, Pale Morning duns and caddis.
08/06/16 Summer steelhead are finally
coming in and being caught in decent
numbers. Trout fishing also continues to be
08/20/16 Summer runs and sea-run cuts are
in the river but it is low and clear and few are
08/27/16 Little change this past week but the
good news is it will be cooler. There is still no
rain in the forecast.
10/08/16 Closed until November 16.There
are some summer coho showing up in the
lower river but it is still low.
11/26/16 Currently open for confluence at
Lyendecker up to Mill Creek Hatchery. The
remainder of the river will open up Dec 1.
The stream is currently high and stained.
12/24/16 The river is in fair condition and
decent numbers of hatchery fish are being
caught along with a few wild ones.
01/14/17 There have been a very few wild
fish caught and a few hatchery fish. Lots of
anglers, but little results.
01/28/17 The river is just recently getting
back into decent shape. No reports on wild
fish caught yet, but it should start soon.
02/04/17 The stream level is up with snow
and rain forecast everyday. There are a
good number of wild fish being caught.
02/11/17 The lower river is muddy. Check
the conditions of the landside on Undi
Road. Fish the upper river. It is a little high
but back down low enough to fish.
02/18/17 The river is down again but
headed back up with a chance to rain
everyday this coming week. Watch the level.
02/25/17 The levels are in good shape at
this time, with good clarity. Steelhead are
03/04/17 Some Steelhead are still being
caught, so we hear. The stream levels are
03/18/17 The "catching" isn't good mostly
due to lousy conditions. We are not
04/01//17 Only a few fish. Mud slide has hurt
the from the 101 Bridge downstream.
04/15/17 The river closes within the
National Park as of today. It is open to the
Quillayute until the 30th of April. A few fish
are being caught but it is slow.
05/27/17 The river reopens June 1st. We
will resume the reports then, so check back
07/01/17 Trout fishing is very good right
07/22/17 Sea run cutts are coming in and
being caught. Resident trout are also being
09/09/17 There are steelhead, coho and
sea-run cutts in the river but the only good
reports we are getting is sea-runs.
09/23/17 There are good numbers of
coho, steelhead and sea-run cutts in the
river and some are being caught by our
customers. Send an email for a fly list.
10/07/17 Fish from the hatchery to Wilsons.
There are good numbers of fall coho.
10/21/17 There are still a few Coho being
caught. Stream levels are in better shape.
11/13/17 Stream re-opened after closing
due to low levels. It is very high now. Fish
when it drops and it should be good.
12/11/17 The stream levels are down and
hatchery steelhead are being caught.
12/18/17 Stream levels are on the way back
up some. Good numbers of hatchery
steelhead are still being caught.
01/15/18 Stream levels are normal and
hatchery steelhead are being caught.
06/04/18 There are a few trout being
caught. Summer steelhead have not
showed up yet.
07/24/18 There are hatchery steelhead
showing up and being caught. Shoot us an
email for a fly list.
08/07/18 More good reports are coming in.
Steelhead are being caught in good
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10/15/18 Stream levels are low. Some
summer steelhead are still being caught.
Sea-run cutts are being caught. No reports
of Coho showing up yet but any time now.
Send us an email for a list of flies.
12/29/18 There are some hatchery
steelhead being caught in the lower river.
Stream levels are back up.
01/13/19 Steelhead fishing (hatchery) is still
good in the lower river. Swinging, steelhead
nymphs and egg flies are working.
01/27/19 The river has been high and few
reports come in but it is back down in good
shape and should have plenty steelhead.
02/10/19 Stream levels are down and a few
steelhead are being caught. Snow
preventing some from fishing.
02/17/19 Use steelhead nymphs like our
Giant Black stoneflies and fish from the
hatchery to Wilsons.
04/07/19 The river is still turning out a few
wild steelhead caught and released. The
action has slowed down some.
04/30/19 Action is slow. The season
closes at the end of this month.
10/01/19 Coho and some sea-run cutts
are in the river. We received one report
recently. Let us hear from you.
10/20/19 The river levels have dropped
slighty, but are still above normal. There
still Coho and sea-run cutts in the river.
10/27/19 The river levels have dropped to
near normal levels and we are getting good
reports. The great weather should make
this a good week. Trout are picking up .
Midges rigged in tandem are working.