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Hoh River - Forks - Washington

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Winter Steelhead Throughout the day #4 - #6 Green Butt Skunk, Silver Hilton
February Winter Steelhead Throughout the day #4 - #6 Green Butt Skunk, Silver Hilton
March Winter Steelhead Throughout the day #4 - #6 Green Butt Skunk, Silver Hilton
April Winter Steelhead Throughout the day #4 - #6 Steelhead Caddis, Green Butt Skunk
May No Significant Hatch N/A N/A N/A
June No Significant Hatch N/A N/A N/A
July No Significant Hatch N/A N/A N/A
August No Significant Hatch N/A N/A N/A
September Salmon eggs Throughout the day #6 - #8 Egg Patterns, Flesh Patterns
October Salmon eggs Throughout the day #6 - #8 Egg Patterns, Flesh Patterns
Winter Steelhead Throughout the day #4 - #6 Green Butt Skunk, Silver Hilton
November Winter Steelhead Throughout the day #4 - #6 Green Butt Skunk, Silver Hilton
December Winter Steelhead Throughout the day #4 - #6 Green Butt Skunk, Silver Hilton

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

If you’re keen on fly fishing, the Hoh River – Forks is a prime location to visit. Here are some of the best spots to go fly fishing on this river:

  • Near the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center: This area is perfect for fly fishing as it is less crowded and the water here is rich with steelhead, coho and chinook salmon.
  • Five Mile Island: This spot is known for the diverse variety of fish species. Make sure to carry gear suitable for catching cutthroat trout and pacific salmon.
  • Mineral Creek Confluence: At the junction where Mineral Creek and Hoh River meet, fly fishermen have an excellent chance of catching large sea-run cutthroats.
  • Oxbow Campground: Regarded as a splendid fishing spot especially during fall and winter, this site also offers stunning views and is a good place for camping.
  • Mount Tom Creek: This location is off Highway 101 and offers a quiet secluded fishing spot where you can fish for steelhead and salmon.

Best Access Points

The Hoh River in Forks, Washington, attracts many fly fishing enthusiasts. Some of the prime points are:

  • Oxbow Campground: Accessible from Upper Hoh Road, it offers ample space for fishing and camping.
  • Willoughby Creek: Located close to a campground, offering easy fishing accessibility.
  • Mineral Creek: Known for its tranquil setting and high fish population.

However, fly fishing in the Hoh River can be challenging due to its:

  1. Fast-flowing Waters: The Hoh River is a glacial river, making some areas difficult to wade through.
  2. Frequent Rainfall: The area is located in a temperate rainforest, leading to unpredictable weather conditions.
  3. Dense Vegetation: The lush vegetation while beautiful, can make access tricky in some places.

Though challenges exist, the rewards of catching Salmon and Steelhead in this stunning location are certainly worth it.

Local Fish

  • Steelhead: The most popular fish in the Hoh River targeted by fly fishers. It is greatly prized for its strength and acrobatics on the line.
  • Chinook Salmon: Nicknamed “king salmon,” it is one of the most challenging species for fly fishing due to its sheer size and strength.
  • Coho Salmon: Also known as “silver salmon,” Coho are aggressive and can be caught fly fishing in the river during their fall run.
  • Chum Salmon: The Chum, or “dog” salmon are an abundant species in the Hoh river that provide good fighting sport for the angler.
  • Pink Salmon: This species is a biennial fish, which means they only run every other year. 2019, 2021 etc. are considered ‘Pink Years’. They are smaller but still provide good sport for fly fishers.
  • Sockeye Salmon: Also known as red salmon, sockeye are not common in Forks but can be targeted by fly anglers during certain times of the year.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Both coastal cutthroat trout and sea-run cutthroat trout provide excellent sport for fly fishers. These species are known for their aggressive strikes and interesting fight.
  • Bull Trout: Not as common on the Hoh, bull trout are nonetheless interesting and challenging to catch on a fly in the river.

About The River

Embark on a journey to explore the vibrant Hoh River, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Forks, Washington. Birthed from the glaciers of Mount Olympus, this stunning river winds its way over 50 miles, pouring out into the Pacific Ocean.

The Hoh River has a rich history spanning several centuries. Home to the Hoh Native American tribe – lending its name to the river – it was treasured for its plentiful resources.

  • The tribe depended on the river’s bounty, like salmon and trout, for sustenance.
  • Over time, the area became a hub for logging industries.
  • The Hoh River’s undeniable beauty eventually drew in nature enthusiasts and became a popular place for outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking and hiking.

Today, the spectacular Hoh River stands as a treasured jewel of Forks, a testament of history blending seamlessly with the wilderness.

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