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Hoh River

Thursday, September 21, 5:17 a.m. PST

Current River Levels

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Hoh / nr Forks

7 30 year

2.23 / 519

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What to Expect in September

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Carry Egg Sucking Leeches and other heavily-weighted flies for the summer steelhead. Black or purple are good colors when fishing deep. When the river is silty, look for steelhead to hold in somewhat slower water and along the margins of the river because there's less silt in those places. Large dark flies, such as black General Practitioners can work well under those conditions. If the river starts to run clear, opt for sparsely-dressed flies, such as the Fall Favorite or a brown Kaufmanns Stonefly nymph, with the latter fished via indicator tactics.

Expect sea-run cutthroat to enter in good numbers, especially after it starts raining. You can fish for steelhead, then change rods and fish cutthroat water as you float to the next steelhead run. That's not a bad way to spend a day in September.

Late in the month, the Hoh should see chinook salmon (the regs permit salmon fishing after September 1). Some fly anglers use Egg Sucking Leeches and steelhead traditional tactics with a sink-tip line to catch the salmon.

You should always check with a local source before fishing the Hoh. Glacial melting often renders the river too turbid for fishing. That melting can occur because of either heavy rain or warm temperatures.

For more on September tactics and flies, see the Rivers in General forecast

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