So, I just got home from a week of fly fishing for steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. This was my first trip for steelhead and it was a lot of fun. I was guided by my friend Nate McDonough THENOMADICANGLER@GMAIL.com. I first met Nate out in Missoula, Montana a few years back on one of my annual pilgrimages out west to fly fish. Nate is a Washington native and has been fishing these rivers of the Pacific Northwest since he was a kid. He has been talking up this steelhead thing for years and finally, this year, he convinced me to go out there and see what all the fuss was about. Well, if you have never chased these big, beautiful, wild fish during their spawning runs, you need to do it once in your lifetime. The scenery is amazing, and the fishery is strong. We were fishing early season. Nate starts chasing the steel in late December and the fish run strong through April. We lost a couple of days to the rivers blowing out due to heavy rain. Yes, it rains sometimes in the Pacific Northwest.... Nevertheless, it's worth the time, the trouble, and enduring some challenging weather conditions for a chance to catch one of these big wild buck steelhead. The first fish below is my fist big buck of the trip. Full of color, he has been in the river a while... One of the bigger hens of our trip. She's still pretty chromed up. Another hen that is really chrome. Probably came into the river in the last day or so... Here's another big Sol Duc buck with lots of color. This buck was probably the most colored up fish of the trip. He was caught way up the river likely already spawned out. First big buck steelhead on the upper Bogachiel River. Overlooking the Sol Duc River. Beach view from the mouth of the Hoh River during the 5 minutes of sun that day. Another stunning view of the ominous Pacific coastline. The marina and fishing village of the Quinault Reservation at the mouth of the Hoh River.