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I am looking to book a trip in February if possible. I want a talkative guide that uses a drift boat and side drifts, possibly a sled. Also stops and gets out to drift fish. I am looking to gain some much needed experience in reading the river, learning the touch of drift fishing and catching some steelhead. I need a guide that does not mind sharing techniques and secrets with beginners. I will go to the Olympic Pennisula or fish the Northern rivers like Skykomish of Skagit. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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I think Eli Rico is just the guy for you Tup: he is a great guy and very friendly. I always see him while fishing on the sky and always gives great info. I have a trip with him in march on the sol duc in his drift boat. And he garantees a fish on

http://www.hotshotguide.com

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If you want to go in February... I'd definitely choose the OP over the Sky or Skagit. Mid March through April though... it's a tossup.

Most of the good OP guides will probably be booked already... but you might be able to get a cancellation.

Google Olympic Peninsula guides association and you should be able to get a complete list.

If you wanted to fish the Cowlitz, Wynoochee etc... Dr. Hook's suggestions are tough to beat.
 

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If your looking to go south or the OP go with one already listed. If you want to hit the Skagit, look at John of Johns-guide-service. He is knowledgeable and help teach you alot.
 

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I here alot of good things about Phil, and Eli, but have not fished with them. I have fished with Jim Stahle of J & J Guide Service and he is a great guide. He has givin me alot of tips while fishing with him and is also kind enough to give me words of advice when I see him while fishing in my dads sled.
 

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Go with Phil, full time guide, full time service. Get a fish. Tup: Tup: Tup: Tup:
 

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Thanks for all the response. I sent out some e-mails to check on dates. Looking forward to hitting the rivers with a great guide, thanks.
 

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Since I wont be guiding on the Skagit and Sky and moved to SW WA to guide on those rivers I can't recomend myself butttt...IF I were looking to fish either of those places I would call, Rob Endsley http://www.pacific-northwest-sportfishing.com on the Skagit, or Bob Kratzer on the Oly Pen http://www.anglersguideservice.com you would be hard pressed to find two fishyer guides in this state and to boot they are awesome dudes! good luck with whoever you go with

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