Join Greg Thomas for a winter steelhead adventure on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, February 27-March 2, 2024.

If I had to pick one kind of fishing for the rest of my life I’d probably choose winter steelhead.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and, naturally, have a predisposition for those soggy, green forests and slate-colored skies. I am often most comfortable when crunching over a thin sheet of ice at the edge of a coastal river, stripping line off a spey reel, hoping this day produces a grab and brings a wild steelhead to hand.

One is enough, although some days produce more than that. These fish are miracles, each having survived freshwater as a smolt, then saltwater as an adult. Unlike salmon, steelhead can return to the sea numerous times and while doing so may grow to 15 pounds or more. Hook one of these sea-run rainbows in a coastal river, where rock gardens, mud walls and sweepers abound, and you’ve got a real fight on your hands.

This isn’t easy. Nobody said it would be. You can go days without getting a grab and that does nothing for a pretty mindset. You can get soaking wet, too, even in the best rain-gear. Your hands might not function at some points of the day, no matter how hard you blow on them. And let’s not even talk about that possibility of losing a fish.

But chasing winter steelhead says something about you: you’re not a guy or gal who gives up easy; you’re not a numbers person; you’re willing to roll the dice and shoot for big rewards rather than playing it safe and catching another 12-inch trout in the Rockies (not that there’s anything wrong with that); what you are is a steelheader and that offers entry into a club—anglers who can take on that coastal weather and those big, brawling rivers, searching for a pot of gold under towering evergreens.

When you find it, you’ll know exactly why you took the time and put in that effort. There are few fish found anywhere in the world that offer as much reward as a winter steelhead. But you’re not going to see one from the sidelines.

If winter steelhead sounds like a game you’d like to play, join me on Washington’s fabled Olympic Peninsula and let’s hunt native steel. I have room for five guests at “Bogey House”, which sits above the Bogachiel River in the vicinity of five additional classic rivers. We’ll fish the rivers that offer the best opportunity during our stay. Enjoy cocktails, talk wild coastal steel, and outdoors writing/photography by night.

Trip Dates

February 27 March 2
Total Days: 5





Group Size

5 Guests

Meet Your Host

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive: 7 p.m. Feb 27

Days 2-4

Fish: Feb 28, 29, March 1

Day 5

Depart: By 9 a.m. March 2


4 nights/3 days of fishing – $2,185 per person USD


  • Four nights lodging/three days guiding fishing (two anglers per boat)
  • Breakfast, lunch on the water, dinner
  • Water and soda in the boat
  • Flies and terminal tackle
  • Beer and wine with dinners


  • Transportation to Seattle and onward to/from Quinault Cabin
  • Waders, wading boots, rain-gear (some may be available; rods/reels may be available, too)
  • Washington State fishing license/steelhead endorsement
  • Alcohol

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