Essay-Knee-Deep On The Olympic Peninsula

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Knee-Deep on the Olympic Peninsula Dan casts his line to see what the Northwest’s Olympic National Park has to offer. By Dan Park Knee-Deep on the Olympic Peninsula Dan casts his line to see what the Northwest’s Olympic National Park has to offer. By Dan Park There I was, up to my knees in the Hoh River. It was November 2009. I had just jumped into the icy-cold river and was hunched down, ready to spring. I lifted my rod tip up slowly, let my line set in the water, sped up my forward stroke, and then quickly stopped my rod tip. Then I let my fly line roll out in front of me. With baited breath, I watched as my fly gently hit the water. And then…nothing. “I found out later that the place to be was about a thousand yards upriver…show more content…
I’d also been there two hours too late. The best time to be there, Rick told me, was about two hours earlier than when I had arrived. Despite these uneventful beginnings, the Olympic National Park has proved to be one of the best – and most underrated – destinations I’ve ever had the honour of fishing in. Map of the Olympic National Park Olympic National Park — An Introduction Fast Facts * 12 major watersheds and more than 4,000 miles of rivers and streams. * 600 high lakes, two large lakes and more than 70 miles of intertidal habitats along the Pacific Coast. * Lake Ozette – the third largest natural lake in Washington State. * 31 native freshwater species from 11 different families of fish. * At least 70 unique populations of Pacific salmon, trout and char. * 5 non-native fish species: brook trout, yellow perch, largemouth bass, yellow bullhead and American shad. * As of 2008, 5 fish species on the federally threatened species list: bull trout, Puget Sound steelhead, Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Hood Canal summer chum salmon and Ozette Lake sockeye…show more content…
It’s home to a variety of fish species, including sockeye salmon and steelhead, and it offers the best fly fishing for coastal cutthroat, which enter the lake from the Ozette River that flows into the Pacific at Cape Alava. Note that because the lake is broad, shallow and near the ocean, it can get a bit wild once the wind kicks in. Be careful! Quinault Lake If Dolly Varden are what you’re after, Quinault Lake might be the place to be, because it’s one of the few lakes in the state where it's legal to keep one. Like Lake Crescent, Quinault Lake features a resort and boat ramp if you’re looking for a comfortable destination to base your outings from. Fishing is regulated there and requires a permit, so do your homework and get your paperwork in order before you arrive. Lake Crescent Lake Crescent is 5,000 acres of beauty and stillness. Some people compare its sheer mountain peaks, which jut straight out of its crystal-clear water, to Norway’s fjords. It’s the most famous lake in the park, not just for its beauty but also for its fishing. Common species of trout found there include the Lake Crescent cutthroat and the Beardslee rainbow. Keep your eyes peeled for the small but delicious Kokanee salmon as

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