Where to Go and When to Go There

Flyfishing is like dating, you have to be at the right place at the right time to be successful. I spent the a lot of time over the last few years beating the water and taking notes. One of the keys to a successful day on the water is knowing where to go and when to go there. I put together a table, based on time of year, that should point you in the right direction. Note: I live (and fish primarily) in Northwest Washington. When I mention local lakes, I am referring to lakes in Northwest Washington. When you see a reference to Eastside Lakes, I am talking about lakes in Eastern Washington.

Winter (January, February)

Month Where to Go What to Fish For Food Source Flies
January Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Leaches, Baitfish Chironomids, Wooley Buggers, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers Steelhead, Dolley Varden Shrimp, Whitefish, Leaches General Practioners, Marabou Streamers, Egg Sucking Leaches
Eastside Spring Creeks Rainbows Scuds, Leaches Olive Skuds, Wooley Buggers, Leaches
February Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Leaches, Baitfish Chironomids, Wooley Buggers, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers Steelhead, Dolley Varden Shrimp, Whitefish, Leaches General Practioners, Marabou Streamers, Egg Sucking Leaches
Eastside Spring Creeks Rainbows Scuds, Leaches Olive Skuds, Wooley Buggers, Leaches

Spring (March, April, May)

Month Where to Go What to Fish For Food Source Flies
March Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Damsel Nymphs, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Damsel Nymphs, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers Steelhead Shrimp, Whitefish General Practioners, Marabou Streamers
Eastside Rivers Rainbows Mayfly, Caddis, Stonefly Numphs Hare's Ear, Stonefly Nymphs
April Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Damsel Nymphs, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Damsel Nymphs, Callibaetis Mayflies, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Cripple Callibaetis, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers Steelhead Shrimp, Whitefish General Practioners, Marabou Streamers
Eastside Rivers Rainbows Caddis, March Browns Elk Hair Caddis, March Browns
May Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Damsel Nymphs, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Damsel Nymphs, Callibaetis Mayflies, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Cripple Callibaetis, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Rivers Rainbows Caddis, March Browns Elk Hair Caddis, March Browns

Summer (June, July, August)

Month Where to Go What to Fish For Food Source Flies
June Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomid Pupa, Scuds, Damsel Nymphs, Leaches, Baitfish Blood Worms, Olive Scuds, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Leach Patterns, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Damsel Nymphs, Callibaetis Nymphs & Mayflies, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Skip Nymph, Cripple Callibaetis, Adams, Poly Wing Spinners, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers Steelhead Shrimp, Baitfish General Practioners, Marabou Streamers
Eastside Rivers Rainbows Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies Elk Hair Caddis, Hare's Ear Nymphs, Parachute Adams, Adams, Stonefly Nymphs, Stoneflies
July Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomid Pupa, Damsel Nymphs, Dragonfly Nymphs, Leaches Baitfish Blood Worms, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Dragonfly Nymphs, Leach Pattens, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Damsel Nymphs, Dragonfly Nymphs, Callibaetis Nymphs & Mayflies, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin Chironomids, Olive Willie's/Carey's, Dragonfly Nymphs, Skip Nymph, Cripple Callibaetis, Adams, Poly Wing Spinners, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers Steelhead Shrimp, Baitfish General Practioners, Marabou Streamers
Eastside Rivers Rainbows Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies Elk Hair Caddis, Hare's Ear Nymphs, Parachute Adams, Adams, Stonefly Nymphs, Stoneflies
August Local Lakes Rainbows Chironomid Pupa, Dragonfly Nymphs, Leaches Blood Worms, Dragonfly Nymphs, Leach Pattens
Eastside Lakes Rainbows Chironomids, Dragonfly Nymphs, Leaches Chironomids, Dragonfly Nymphs, Leach Patterns
Local Rivers SRC, Steelhead Baitfish, Caddis, October Caddis Spiders & Reverse Spiders, Elk Hair Caddis, Skated Polar Shrimp, Orange Stimulator, Flutterning Caddis, Wakers, Bombers
Local Rivers Dolly Varden, Chinook Whitefish, Egg Sucking Whitfish #2 white marabou streamers, #2 egg sucking white marabou streamers
Eastside Rivers Rainbows, Steelhead Caddis, October Caddis, Stoneflies Elk Hair Caddis, Skated Polar Shrimp, Stimulators, Flutterning Caddis, Wakers, Bombers
Puget Sound Silvers Baitfish Mickey Fin, Clousers, Bucktail Streamers

Fall (September, October, November, December)

Month Where to Go What to Fish For Food Source Flies
September Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Leaches, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Black, Olive, or Brown Wooley buggers, Leaches, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Leaches, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Black, Olive, or Brown Wooley buggers, Leaches, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers SRC, Steelhead, Pink and Silver Salmon Caddis, October Caddis, Baitfish, Squid Polar Shrimp (Skated), Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Bucktail Streamers, Weighted Marabou Streamers (Jig Style),
Eastside Rivers Rainbows, Steelhead Caddis, October Caddis, Stoneflies Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators
October Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Leaches, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Black, Olive, or Brown Wooley buggers, Leaches, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Scuds, Leaches, Baitfish Chironomids, Olive Scuds, Black, Olive, or Brown Wooley buggers, Leaches, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers SRC, Steelhead, Chum Salmon, Pink and Silver Salmon Caddis, October Caddis, Baitfish, Plankton, Leaches, Squid Polar Shrimp (Skated), Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Bucktail Streamers, Small Marabou/Bunny streamers in Black, Pink, Green, Chartruse, Green or Orange Egg Sucking Leaches, Weighted Marabou Streamers (Jig Style)
Eastside Rivers Rainbows, Steelhead Caddis, October Caddis, Stoneflies Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators
November Local Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Leaches, Baitfish Chironomids, Black, Olive, or Brown Wooley buggers, Bunny Leaches, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Eastside Lakes Rainbows, Browns Chironomids, Leaches, Baitfish Chironomids, Black, Olive, or Brown Wooley buggers, Bunny Leaches, Muddler Minnows, Grey Ghost, Mickey Fin
Local Rivers Steelhead, Chum and Silver Salmon Caddis, October Caddis, Baitfish, Plankton, Leaches Polar Shrimp (Skated), Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Bucktail Streamers, Small Marabou/Bunny streamers in Black, Pink, Green, Chartruse, Egg Sucking Leaches with Green or Orange Eggs
December Local Rivers Steelhead, Chum Salmon Baitfish, Leaches, Plankton, Leaches Marabou Streamers, Egg Sucking Leaches, Small Marabou/Bunny streamers in Black, Pink, Green, Chartruse, Egg Sucking Leaches with Green or Orange Eggs

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