Originating in the south slopes of the Olympic mountain range, the Wynoochee river (aka the ‘nooch’) winds its way south some forty or so miles down through the Wynoochee valley until it meets up with the mighty Chehalis river. The main attraction of this river would obviously be its run of above average size late-winter run hatchery steelhead, although the summer steelhead run has gained in popularity recently - and for good reason. There is something for everyone on the Wynoochee whether you prefer to drift the river by raft and swing flies through pocket water or you run a jet boat and like to free drift bait, this is a very dynamic river in that regard. Fall salmon are present and some years there's a season dedicated to them, but I’d say the ‘Nooch’ is mostly known as a steelheader’s river.

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