Spey Fishing – Two Hand Fly Fishing

Spey Fishing entails you stepping out of the boat and getting comfortable on foot moving into the river. You are now on a fish level and have literally walked into their world. This is when you hope you have made the right choice in waders, boots and most of all good socks to keep those feet from feeling the chill. Dress appropriately and layer up! This is your introduction to Spey Fishing for Wild Winter Steelhead on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula!    

Spey Caught Sea Run Bull Trout

Before you get overjoyed at making a beautiful cast with a perfect D-Loop, choosing the right rod is the correct place to start. We have 4 rods available in three different lengths                        ( 12’,13’,14’ ) with varying line weights to match the fly you are throwing, water speed and size of fish you may encounter. Nautilus Fly Reels and G-Loomis NRX Fly Rods in a 6, 7/8, 8/9 and 9/10 wt are your choices and pairing you with the correct rod will make or break your day. Feeling your line load throughout the rod and also knowing when to apply more power will be your biggest challenge. When the two meet, great things can happen. 

Fighting 19lb Wild Spring Run Steelhead Buck






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       90% of Spey Fishing trips booked using this technique are penciled in for three days. Day 1: Morning to Lunch – Learning to throw a fly using any of the following casts – Single Spey, Double Spey, Snap C, Snap T, Snap Z or Perry Poke. Don’t get overwhelmed not knowing what each of these means. This is all demonstrated by your guide. You will attempt one of the mentioned to make your dreams come true. The remainder of Day 1, 2 & 3 is casting to steelhead holding water that produces fish. Now the fun begins!

You made the perfect cast, mended your line correctly as the fly slowly moves closer to the strike zone. Your line gradually sweeps from the far side of the river and begins to undulate in the hang down. You wait patiently….for a few seconds. Then a spongy slow pull instinctively. As a result, you lift the tip of your rod, higher and higher, BOOM! Massive head shakes from the fish you always wanted on the end of your line. He breaks the water’s surface as your heart races. All you can say in your mind is “please don’t spit it!!” As you fight this salty chrome brute thoughts race as you dream about his size, what the photo will look like, and who will be the lucky son of a gun that makes your replica resting above the fireplace? You are not dreaming; this is Spey Fishing. 

Spey Fishing on The Queets River in The Olympic National Park

Spey Fly, Lucky Simms Hat & Nautilus NV Spey 10/11 used for fishing Winter Steelhead on The Queets River in The Olympic National Park

Spey caught Winter Steelhead on The Queets River in The Olympic National Park

16 pound Spey caught Winter Run Steelhead using Nautilus NV Spey 10/11 on The Queets River in The Olympic National Park

Spey casting on The Queets River in The Olympic National Park

Spey Caught Wild Spring Run Steelhead Buck

At LPJ’s Guide Service you’ll receive the hands-on coaching needed to get you there. All you have to do is……FEEL THE GRAB!