Queets River Steelhead


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The Guided fly fishing business is based on the PRE arrangement of guides, equipment, location requirements and lodging to coincide with the day or days you the client has chosen to fish. These types of businesses can only operate if those dates are POSITIVE.


There is the issue of water quality i.e., high flows, turbidity etc. that can change in a matter of hours. We can sometimes predict this happening and booked dates will be cancelled or moved to open days later in the season or next season. This is done upon the advice from your guide be it myself or one of the guides we use. During the winter months when this may happen I will call the clients prior to their dates and inform them of fishing conditions that may affect their trip. Your nonrefundable deposit will be transferred to another open date should the river be unfishable upon the booked date.

The dates booked are held with a $100 non refundable deposit per boat per day paid by check mailed to Brazda’s Fly Fishing, and a valid CC number supplied at time of booking to hold the days. The client may re-schedule up to 45 days prior to their date. If you cancel within 45-30 days of your scheduled date you will be charged 50% of the total trip costs. Cancellations within 30 days of scheduled date the client is responsible for the full price of their booking and will be charged on the Credit Card number supplied at booking. Remaining payment for your dates will be paid with a check, cash or credit card at the end of your fishing dates.

Also, you will never be charged a guide fee for rain outs. Thank you Jeff Brazda

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   FAMILY HISTORY in the Methow Valley: The Methow valley is one of ancestral value for me. Both grandparents on my fathers side, were born and raised in the valley, their grandparents were pioneers of the local region settling in Winthrop and Twisp around the turn of the century, thats 1890 in the yearbook. My great-great-grandmother came over on the Oregon trail as a little girl and lived in a log house, heated and cooked over a wood stove into her 90's, and lived until she was 104 years old. My father was born in Twisp in 1945. The seed of outdoor life was definitely planted on the Methow River.

My very first introduction to fishing rivers was upon the Methow. Needless to say, I am very pleased that steelhead fishing has been opened up once again there. The very first steelhead I caught on a dry fly came to a large caddis over two decades ago on the Met above Twisp.

The Klickitat holds great runs of Chinook and Coho, we often run into these hard fighting Kings when swinging for steelhead.

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Mike Sweeney of the Seattle Mariners  I have hit game winning home runs in front of thousands of fans and played in numerous All Star Games but the feeling I got while fly fishing for steelhead with the "Braz" fills my soul ten fold. Jeff is the size of a bear, has the heart of a lion but is a first class servant-leader. The days on the river flew by as all I had to do was throw the bug to the fish as the "Braz" took care of the rest! If you want an amazing experience - look no further...book a trip with Jeff Brazda and let it fill your soul the way it did mine!!" --Mike Sweeney, 5 Time MLB All Star

Klickitat river canyonBrother, I just wanted to say "Thank You" from the bottom of my heart for being my guide, and my mentor. BAR NONE, NO EXCEPTIONS, I have never met a guide/fisherman that worked harder, was more generous with the knowledge, or was more patient. I have fly fished all my life, and with plenty of guides and have only recently started to fish for Steelhead. I asked you to "t each me, and be patient " and you delivered with a capital D. I have never learned more about fishing than in the time I spent with you. My confidence level has improved, my casting has improved, most importantly my ability to to read the water has increased, all because of your gracious tutelage. I purposely didn't bring my wife because steelheading can be pretty "hardcore" and the guides can be pretty gruff. I'll bring her next time, and I know that you will get her into fish. WHO CAN SAY THAT????? As you know, I work for a HR department and the department motto is " looking for scary smart individuals who are also really cool ". You said you were just "really scary". Trust me brother, we take this motto very seriously, and you are the kind of guy we are looking for. Dedicated to your profession, high work ethic, no ego, and yes, scary smart and also really cool. " --Ringo Nishioka , Carnation WA


Sol-Duc River SteelheadHey Jeff,

Thank you for allowing me to get a chance to fish with you! I really enjoyed the float and our trip was my best yet, the fishing is terribly addicting. I am having with-drawls back here in Montana. You rowed your ass off for me and I really appreciate it. If you are ever interested or in Wyoming please get ahold of me and I would love to row you or take you to my private reservoir. Thanks agian, I attached some photos from our day.

Adam Sarvey


steelhead Jeff,
 Just wanted to thank you for a memorable steelhead trip.  I really enjoyed myself.  Can't thank you enough for all the help and instruction you gave me.  I learned a lot.
 You have a great operation.  Enjoyed meeting your other guests.  Annie was great in the kitchen and your younger guides showed great enthusiasm and love of their sport.
 Would certainly do it again.
     Spey Pride,
               George Batten




I am the spey angler in the little grey raft you invited for dinner. Thank you for your hospitality and giving me a break from living in a van down by the river. I was very impressed by your lodge, and your guides. Guys like Nate and Aaron made me want to be a better guide. They clearly know both the nymph and spey game at a level that makes your outfit stand apart. I fell in love with the Hoh river, even though I went 3 for 8 in 2.5 weeks of fishing.

Thanks again,

Charlie Lockwood




Steelhead fly fishing guides, Washington, Olympic Peninsula, Methow River, Klickitat River fly fishing steelhead and Salmon 

Now Guiding:  Chinook Salmon and Steelhead on the Klickitat River. Now through November.

Next Run:  Fall Steelhead on the Methow River in October.

On The Horizon:  Waterfowl season

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  • Winter Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Guiding Service
  • Summer/Fall Steelhead Washington State
  • Washington Winter Waterfowl

Fortunately for those living in the state of Washington, the cold river waters in the region are perfect for wild Steelhead. Catching winter Steelhead on the fly is a goal set by many a fly fisher. Once accomplished it becomes an addiction. The hard won achievement can only be equaled with bigger and brighter fish. It is a continued set of accomplishments that has brought many a angler to the edge of humility. The key to consistent success in Steelhead fishing is learning how to fish the water that is holding the fish at that given time. By using swinging methods where applicable, along with nymphing techniques, I am confident of daily success. Most Steelhead fishing is done from a raft or drift boat, used as transportation and to fly fish from while on the move. Day trips from the boat are the best way to see & experience all that this beautiful area has to offer the angler. We strive to provide you with the very best fly fishing guide service for Steelhead and trout in Washington, Montana, Alaska and Saltwater abroad. I have fished, guided and traveled through out the west and have compiled the best opportunity for each season within my fly fishing guide service.


We start the yearly season fly fishing the Olympic Peninsula, Steelhead fly fishing from late January through April; here we target the largest Steelhead in the lower 48 states, Spey fishing and nymph fishing on the Sol-Duc River, Hoh River, Bogachiel River, Queets River and Calawah River.


        ~ January through April~

By mid June we are back on target with trout fishing the Yakima River and heading for the Klickitat River when conditions are optimal. There is ample opportunity  for the swing game during the summer months. Summer months on the Klickitat River can be good Steelhead fishing the conditions are volatile but rewards can be optimal.

September finds the Klickitat River  filling with Steelhead and the swing game turns on good by the 15th and will continue through the egg drop.

As soon as WDFW opens the upper Columbia River tributaries (Methow River, Wenatchee River) we begin our guide season there. Usually around the 1st of October they open up. The Steelhead fishing continues through November and sometimes into December depending on winter water temps.


Fly Fishing guides in Washington State are pretty easy to find. But finding one that is truly a professional fisherman dedicated to the lifestyle of angling is NOT. At Brazda's fly fishing you won't find a guide with an EGO to prove. You will find professionals of the industry highly versed in river etiquette with fly fishing degrees of excellence and a passion for guiding. You will find anglers that have sacrificed highly successful lives for the love of guide lifestyle. A day with such individuals is more than a fishing experience its a day into the culture of fly fishing addiction at it highest level.

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Olympic Peninsula steelhead Brazdas fly fishing

The Wild Steelhead Fly Fishing on the Olympic Peninsula is most often the best in the entire nation. With the addition of the "Bogy House"  many anglers say its now WORLD CLASS FLY FISHING and compares to anything in BC or abroad. Any date January through April can be the best day of Steelhead for the entire year. The Olympic Peninsula is world renown for its giant wild winter Steelhead. Catches over 20 lbs are common every season and the last few have brought the biggest fish I have seen in over twenty years of angling in the region. Join me on your next trip to find the always elusive and majestic Wild Steelhead.


Day Trips on the OP w/o lodging

$525 plus tax

Queets River ONP steelhead permit 271

 additional charges apply 

Sol-Duc, Bogachiel, Hoh and Calawah Rivers w/lodging at the     "Bogy House" 2 day one night, 3 day three night and 5 day six night packages, call for details. 

Starting @ $325 per person

  The "Bogy House" were we live. The house is a Vacation Rental that we rent for the season and offer clients to stay with us as we live, from fly tying to Tequila shots to steaks on the BBQ and everything in between, its a closer look at the nomadic guide lifestyle out on the Olympic Peninsula the "Steelhead Capitol of the World".                 view photo gallery

 Olympic Peninsula Wild Steelhead:                              view photo gallery

 View booking and cancellation policy.

 All trips will include, as a minimum, all flies, shuttle service and a box lunch.

Additional equipment can be provided with prior request.  IE: fly rods, reels, Spey rods, lines etc.

 "Queets River fly fishing in the Olympic National Park"

The Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is blessed with a strong run of both wild and hatchery winter run Steelhead. During the winter months is when the largest of these Wild Steelhead return to there native streams. We have many high quality rivers to choose from. I have recently added the QUEETS RIVER to my list of options, I now have an Olympic National Park permit allowing me to guide on this powerhouse of a Steelhead river. This river rarely is in good shape but for those timing it right the Steelhead fishing is second to none on the west coast of North America. 

Methow river steelhead

The fishing in the valley is but a hint of a time before dams. But whatever they are doing with the Columbia dam's now is working, (draw downs in the spring to flush the smolt is my thought). With huge Chinook runs spawning throughout the system, large native cutthroat on the prowl, steelhead holding in every likely spot, and huge bull trout lurking, the Methow River is returning to the fishery I remember as a young boy. I am sure my grandfather is looking on with a huge smile.

The steelhead of the main stem originally were of the 15lb average, with various smaller subspecies utilizing upper reaches and tributaries. Now with hatchery influence, most of these fish are of the 4-8lb range, the larger native fish are all but extinct.  Although we find a few over 15 pounds every season some are strays from the Snake river system.

Every season we are finding more and more true wild steelhead are returning home to the Methow. The new WILD/ hatchery system is working wonders and accounts for half of our caught steelhead with another %25 or more being hatchery fish w/o adipose fins that we are happy to keep.

Drift boat two anglers

$495 plus tax

With Private River Side Lodging

$350 per person

Price includes: lunch, all terminal gear, & shuttles where available. Tax not included

 Methow River Steelhead Photo Gallery



Klickitat river Chinook on the Spey

  Washington State's Klickitat River is well known for its great run of fall Steelhead, and recent years action has been very good. Considered by some to be the hardest fighting Steelhead of any Columbia River tributary and I find that to be true as well. With a possibility of 20 pound fish the Klickitat River is a favorite amongst die hard Steelheaders. I fish it the most in September when the big push of fresh fish meets the optimum water temps for the dry line swing. It also fishes well late in November and I find myself there when the Methow River starts to freeze. The best time to fish here is mid September when the fish are hot and the pressure is lowest. Book early for the LODGING special, this is a real deal time and hassle saver! Lodging special is availability specific.

Prices include, lunch, flies and terminal gear. Tax's NOT included. 

Drift boat two anglers

$495 plus tax

Drift boat one angler

$395 plus tax

Guide fishing with simple Riverside Lodging

$350 per person

 Hoh River Wild Steelhead

spey fishing Washinton  Jeff, Thanks for the great trip and all the tips and help with my first steelhead on the Spey rod, and then another one. Thanks to you and the NV leach, lets do it again next month. -- Jerry Bronson

 Greetings Jeff,
Jerry and I had a great time fishing with you and your crew last week and the Bogy house is a special find. What a great place to stay for a few days. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable and you have lots of space for just relaxing after a hard days fishing. And the view from the living room was great and the large fireplace added that special warmth and aesthetics. Watching that herd of Elk in the field was a treat.Everything was just perfect and of course the fishing was world class just like the guides. We can hardly wait for our return trip. Take care,  Doug Salyer Sedro Woolley, WA