We guide fly anglers year-round, all over the state of Washington for trout, steelhead, bass and more. We also guide for chinook salmon and steelhead in Southwest Alaska. Below are descriptions of our destinations. Feel free to contact us for more information or to book a trip.
When you're from Western Washington winter steelhead fishing runs deep in your soul. This isn't easy fishing. In fact, it's often cold, wet, dark and mentally and physically challenging. But, just the chance to find a chrome bright steelhead is enough to fuel the day.
We swing flies with single and two-handed rods for steelhead on the Skagit/Sauk and the Olympic Peninsula rivers from December through April. This is sink tips with big rods and big flies kind of fishing. During early season we ply the Skykomish for hatchery fish and as the season progresses it becomes a wild steelhead show. We keep the nymphing to a minimum, preferring to swing flies for these native fish.
Bull trout/spey casting tune up trips are offered on the Skagit/Sauk October--December too. This is a fun way to catch a few fish and work on your casting on a beautiful river.
Full day steelhead float trips are $500. 2 anglers max and all fishing gear and lunch are provided. Shuttle is provided when available. See bottom of the page for more info.
Puget Sound is our bread and butter, backyard fishery. We fish year-round for coastal sea-run cutthroat trout in this unique, protected saltwater environment.
Like steelhead, these native trout are born in a river, migrate out to spend their adult lives in saltwater and then return to their natal river to spawn--and eat salmon eggs and fry. Puget Sound is a unique and vast fishery and harbors a healthy population of these feisty trout. This is one of the most prolific and accessible trout fisheries in North America.
We pursue these critters from a boat, giving us the ability to target unpressured beaches with no foot access. This is trout fishing, so we throw five and six-weight rods armed with small baitfish imitations. Coastal cutthroat are aggressive, ambush predators and they are highly migratory, chasing baitfish and shrimp around the Sound. The fishing is often very visual as you watch fish attack your fly. Salmon often live and migrate along the shoreline too and depending on the season we may incidentally encounter them while fishing for cutthroat.
Full day saltwater trips are $500 and half day trips are $375. 2 anglers max and all fishing gear is provided. Lunch and is provided on full day trips. See bottom of the page for more info.
For a more typical Northwest trout fishing experience we float the Yakima River in Eastern WA, fishing for rainbows and westslope cutthroat.
An easy day trip from Seattle, the Yakima is fishable year-round, weather depending, with spring and fall offering some of the best fishing.
The Yak is an excellent nymph fishery and boasts some good dry fly fishing during hatches of skwala and summer stones, BWO's, PMD's, March browns, caddis and more throughout the year. Streamer fishing is good too and usually puts bigger fish in the net. We float the river and fish out of a drift boat, stopping to wade when possible. The river offers some good trout-spey opportunities as well.
Full day Yakima float trips are $500. 2 anglers max and all fishing gear in provided. Lunch and shuttle are provided too. See bottom of the page for more info.
Fall is steelhead time and the Grande Ronde offers some of the best fishing in the Northwest. This beautiful river is tucked into a canyon in the very southeast corner of WA.
We begin fishing it in late September. This is t-shirts and floating lines kind of steelheading and we often skate flies on the surface for these active and grabby fish. October brings more fish and cooler weather and we continue to fish floating lines most of the month. November can get cold, and we usually swap our floaters for sink tips, but the fishing remains excellent. Though the Ronde can be busy at times it receives plenty of fish and boasts miles of excellent water.
The river is tailor made for swinging flies with spey rods and that's our preferred method to fish. If you've never felt the electricity of a steelhead grabbing your fly on a tight line, you need to visit the Grande Ronde.
We offer overnight trips where we camp along the river. These trips are run with our buddies at the Grande Ronde Angler. You can find more info on overnight trips here. See bottom of the page for more info.
During the warmer months, hiking along Cascade mountain streams is a fun and scenic way to spend a day fishing. Just a short drive up hill from Seattle are numerous, clear running creeks and tributaries full of native cutthroat and wild rainbows.
This is hiking and boulder hopping, wild fish on light rods and dry flies kind of day. The fish are small and fun on light gear. This is an excellent way to brush up on your skills or just a spend a pleasant day in a pretty place.
Full day walk and wade trips are $450 and half day trips are $350. 2 anglers max and all fishing gear in provided. Lunch is provided on full day trips. See bottom of the page for more info.
In a remote corner of Southwest Alaska, far out on the Alaska Peninsula is some of the most incredible salmon and steelhead fly fishing on the planet. This rugged and special place is home to bears, wolves, volcanos and fish.
In early summer we guide for what may be the best king salmon fly fishing anywhere. The river is small, easily wadable and unpressured and consistently puts out ocean bright kings that average 20lbs.
Steelhead show up late September and run through October. Conditions can be mild or down-right nasty, but this is arguably the best steelhead fly fishing on the planet.
There are no towns nearby, no commercial or native fishing, no DIY anglers, just you and the river. We run jet boats on the river, to access the best water and all fishing is done wading, with two-handed rods.
Our camp is the only human civilization out there. It's not fancy, but it's comfortable with good food and perfect for serious anglers. It's a small operation with limited space and prime spots are booked far in advance. Contact us for more information.
All trips are for up to 2 anglers (however, we can often accomodate larger groups). Rods, reels, leaders, flies, lunch/beverages, boat and truck/trailer shuttle and launch fees are provided on full day trips. Full days are 8+ hours on the water. Half day trips are available on certain fisheries and gear is included however, lunch is not. Half days are 4-5 hours on the water.
All prices include 10% WA sales tax (yes, it's that high!).
What's Not Included:
Transportation and fishing license are not included. Fishing licenses can be purchased online here. If you're fishing for steelhead you need a Catch Record Card which must be mailed to your home in advance or obtained in-person at a license dealer.
You will need to provide your own waders, boots and appropriate attire. Always bring extra clothes/layers/sunscreen no matter what the weather. Polarized sunglasses are a must to see into the water and for eye protection. We do have limited, spare waders and boots, so if you are in need, contact us prior to your trip and we will see if we have your size.
Booking Your Trip:
Your trip can be booked over the phone or email. A $100/day deposit is required at the time of booking to secure fishing dates. Payment options include cash, check or Venmo. Deposits are non-refundable except in the event of unfishable water conditions. The balance of the payment is due the day of the trip. Guide gratuity is customary but up to client discretion.
Tailout Anglers LLC is US Coast Guard licensed, WDFW licensed and fully insured. We are first aid and CPR certified.
Head over to the Contact page if you want more information or would like to book a trip.