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West Coast Trip Summer 2005

By: Don Mathews

Grand Teton from Jackson Hole area

In July we took the proverbial "West Coast Trip". Growing up my family talked about making the trip but busy schedules never let us do it. Myself and my wife had seen the west thru a Boeing 747 window but somehow figured we were missing out on the big picture. We decided my we had better do it before our daughter got too old and didn't want to go with the folks.

Don and John doubles on Madison River Montana

So we set off in July on a family adventure. Fishing wasn't priority one. We visited 14 states and traveled just under 8,000 miles. We spent 25 days on the road and concentrated on the Rocky mountains with the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State as our final destination. We decided to travel light and stay in hotels to save on time setting up and tearing down campsites. I only took a minimum of fly fishing gear.  Traveling and sightseeing took up the bulk of our time but I did get to wet a line in quite a few streams along the way.  Usually we would pull over for a hour or two break from driving. Just enough time to get a license beg for some local advise and fish a bit. I did spend a day floating the Madison in Montana during the Salmon Fly hatch. I also went on a Sol Duc Washington steelhead float.

Madison River Float

I caught fish in most of the places I fished.  Usually just a fish or two.   I really never caught a real large fish.  I did catch a couple of 21" Dolly Varden and a couple of 18" browns but mostly I caught small native fish and I loved it.  I only fly fished with the exception of a day on the Cowlitz in Washington when I had my cousin Glenn from Olympia's spinning gear to use.

Montana Cutt

I had terrible fishing in Washington but it was because of time of year. I had hoped to catch a good run of Skamania somewhere but they just weren't running yet, everything was behind. I kept hearing you know last year at this time...... Oh well, that's fishin. Actually there were still a few Springer salmon in the river but I couldn't get any takers. I thank my cousin Glenn for working his butt off to get us into the few fish we did get.

Wyoming Bull Elk

 I was a little disappointed in the Madison and the Henrys fork.  I found both rivers to be very heavily fished. Heck, even the Gibbon and Fire hole in Yellowstone were crowded.  Crowds that equaled "steelhead Alley" in lots of places. I floated with Hyde Outfitters and we had a exciting day when we assisted another Driftboat that had the misfortune of hitting a rock and flipping. I enjoyed my time there.  I caught plenty of fish.  The scenery was great But the area just wasn't what I expected.  I suppose if you got to know your way around there are lots of places to get away.

Blue River Colorado Brown

I only wish I would have done the trip sooner. Just fishing in the mountain settings in glacier fed streams puts you in a spell. I fell in love with the Big Horn Mountains and Dillon Colorado both places seemed to have exceptional fishing. One thing for sure is. I'll be back..!!

Deadly combo #16 light Cahill dry and #16 mercers biot nymph

Breckenridge Colorado Brookie


SE Utah mountains

Don and Hyde Outfitters Guide, Luke

Getting Lucky at wall Drug South Dakota

Upper Sol Duc River Washington Air temp 101 / water temp 39.9

Salmon Fly Hatch Madison River- 6" fence post

Steelhead Shangri-La Quinault River Olympic Peninsula Washington

Hoe river Olympic Peninsula Washington

Cowlitz summer steelhead on Bubble Gum worm

Sol Duc River Olympic Peninsula 

Yellowstone River

Far upper Sol Duc near glaciers and the hot springs

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In addition to our guided Ohio and Pennsylvania trips we offer a select number of trips each Fall to Western, NY and the Cattaraugus Creek. Steel headers often refer to the Catt as the "Crown Jewel" of our Great Lakes tributaries. We fish the Catt during the month of October. It is a beautiful stream and the early fall fishing is great. Give me a call and we will discuss a trip to the Catt. Don Mathews NY License #4348

We also have a presentation "Finding Fish on Steelhead Alley" available to put on at your seminar, event, or club meeting. We have assembled a awesome slide show and have all of our own equipment. We offer this presentation at a very minimal cost, and your audience will learn from it. So Please contact us....

Many lodging options exist along "Steelhead Alley" and Interstate I-90.  Here are a few lodging options located near to the streams that we fish.

Comfort Inn Elyria Ohio;  440-324-7676
EconoLodge Elyria Ohio; 440-324-3911
Howard Johnson's Geneva Ohio Exit#218; 440-466-1168
State Park Lodge Geneva Ohio Exit #218; 866-806-8066
Hampton Inn Ashtabula Ohio Exit #223; Call   440-275-2000
Comfort Inn Ashtabula Ohio Exit #223; Call   440-275-2711
Days Inn Conneaut Ohio Exit #241440-593-1226
Best Western Erie Pa exit#18 814-838-7646

Clarion Inn Erie Pa Exit#18 814-833-1116

Comfort Inn Dunkirk NY Exit#59 716-672-4450

White Inn Fredonia NY Exit#59 716-672-2103

Best Western Dunkirk NY Exit#59 716-366-7100

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