Lael Johnson

Fly Fisher, Guide, Instructor, Writer

Originally from Kansas and fishing from the age of 5, family trips for Bass, Crappie, and Catfish built a fishing fire into Lael that still burns today. After a location change from his time as a medical professional, he relocated out West. He now owns and operates Fly Gyde, a Seattle based Salmon & Steelhead guide service, fly shop, and destination travel outfitter. Trading in the Midwestern Lakes and Reservoirs for free-flowing rivers on the Olympic Peninsula is what brought a Spey Rod into Lael's hands, where he has never looked back!

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Olympic National Forest Steelhead

Lael, a professional guide in Washington, lives and breathes steelhead fishing in the Olympic National Forest. A steelhead catch is something that will change you as a person during and for sure after the fight, whether you win or lose the first battle. Join us to learn Lael’s secrets to success for steelhead!

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What makes the Olympic National Forest so special?
  • What differences are there between wild and hatchery steelhead?
  • What is the best time of year to fish for steelhead?
  • What are the differences between the types of rivers in the area?
  • What are the differences between fishing with a single-handed rod and spey rod?
  • What type of line do you use and what types of tips do you use?
  • What are the ideal types of flies and what makes them stand out to the fish?
  • What method works best for steelhead nymphing or swing flies?
  • How is the take different between nymphs and streamers that you swing?
  • What do you recommend for clothing when fishing in the winter?
  • Do the moon phases and weather affect the steelhead bite?
  • What is the health and status of Olympic National Forest steelhead?


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