Skagit River

Skagit River

The Skagit River is one of the prettiest trout streams in all of North America, and definitely one of the best in all of BC. The river is managed as a catch and release only, barbless, baitless fishery. The river is closed from November 1st until June 30th, so in the four months that the river is open it offers some of the best dry fly-fishing in the province. The rainbows here average about 30cm but get up to 50cm and sometimes exceed that. The river also holds some large Dolly Vardens and Bull trout as well. The river is divided into two sections, the upper and lower Skagit. The upper section is only accessible by foot from the Sumallo Grove Day Use Area so this section sees a lot less action then the lower. The lower section is very well accessed from the Silver Skagit Road which runs parrallel to the river. There are also nine parking areas along this road with good river access. I wouldn't recommend gear fishing here as there is a bait ban so you would be limited to spoons and spinners. I would stick to fly-fishing. The biggest hatch on the river is the Western Green Drake but there are also good hatches of caddis and stone flies as well. Fishing terrestrials can also be successful. Nymph fishing can be very productive if it's hot out and the fish aren't rising. Some popular patterns to try are, Prince Nymph, Adams, Humpies, Tom Thumbs, Royal Wulff, and Elk Hair Caddis.

How to get there.

Skagit River is located near Hope. To get to the Upper section of the river take Highway 3 to Sumallo Grove Day Use Area 14km past Sunshine Valley, from here there is a trail that follows the river south. To get to the Lower section take Silver Skagit Road exit 168 off of Highway 1. Make a right and follow this road for a km or so then make a left onto a gravel road called Silver Skagit Road. Follow this gravel road up for 35kms the first access point to the river will be Silver Tip Provincal Park Campground on your left then after you cross the bridge the river will be on your right and there will be many access points from here.

July 16, 2013

Went up to the Upper Skagit River to try my luck on this river and started fishing around 11:00am. Scouted out 26 Mile Bridge, Shawatum, and then started fishing at Rhododendron Bar. Fished here for a couple hours with no success so I decided to head down the river to Strawberry Bar. Fished here for a while with little success until around 300pm when I had my first fish on. I was using a slow 1.5 IPS sinking tip with a #8 Prince Nymph on it. I lost the fish but countinued fishing with this until I started seeing a couple fish rising so I switched over to a #14 Bodiless Elk Hair Caddis. Shortly after this I landed a nice 34cm Rainbow Trout. I countinued to fish for a little longer but around 430pm I decided to call it a day.

Prince Nymph
#8 Prince Nymph barbless, had one on with this with a 9' 1.5 IPS sinking tip in a deep pool.
Bodiless Elk Hair Caddis
#14 Bodiless Elk Hair Caddis barbless, landed one with this fishing a side pool in the shade where there were lots of insects on the surface and where I saw one fish rise.

August 31st, 2014

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yee | Reply 01.09.2018 21.25

How about Sumallo river? Heard of some big dollies in there.

Paul | Reply 07.09.2017 22.21

Have you been back lately? Last year I did really well with Adams dry flies, but not until later in the afternoon.

Dave | Reply 31.07.2015 08.13

Going to try it today!

Joe | Reply 18.08.2013 23.33

awesome blog, i enjoy all your posts, they are very helpful

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22.09 | 10:54

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what time of year these lakes usually freeze up?

12.08 | 08:30

Thanks for this info. And idea if this Lake has swimmers itch? We’re going with the kids and want to be prepared!

07.06 | 08:31

Is the nickel open?

06.06 | 13:34

give it a shot, caught a 1.5 pounder last summer. i used a frog and attacked thick cover

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