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.