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Sauk River Steelhead
« on: January 30, 2024, 02:03:00 PM »
I am planning on floating the Sauk with the pontoon one of these weekends and I know nothing about the river. Do any of you have any info on this river as far as hazard areas that I should be looking for? Is the river difficult to navigate? I have floated the Sky, Sol Duc, Hoh, Bogachiel and the Wilson rivers in my pontoon so I have some experience on the oars. Bad idea or plenty doable? Thanks.

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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2024, 02:08:57 PM »
Its been awhile, but seems like there would be alot of sweeps and wood hazards especially above  Suiattle.   I dont know where you intend to drift.    Maybe things have changed. 

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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2024, 03:10:47 PM »
Floating the Sauk can be anywhere from a pleasant drift to a death wish this time of year - depending on how high the water is.  I have floated it a few times by canoe, but only in the summer.  The logjams and sweepers seem to change every year, and can be uncertain hazards.  The entire river has a lot of gradient with long drifts connected by rapids.  Most winter steelhead fishermen float the Sauk during extended cold weather periods, when the water level is low and the channel is better defined.  I have seen pontoon boats drifting during low water.   :twocents:

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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2024, 03:17:51 PM »
Iím on the Skagit down stream of the Sauk. The water is high here now with an atmospheric river coming in tonight thru Thursday. This weekend wonít be good, unless you have a death wish.🤣
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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2024, 03:21:14 PM »
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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2024, 03:28:12 PM »
Wear a life preserver and have an additional floatation device near by.  Make sure you have your Will filled out just incase the float doesn't go in your favor.
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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2024, 04:14:15 PM »
I have floated it a couple times this year already. Feel free to PM me, I'll fill you in. In general though, Darrington to the Suiattle is small, channelized in some areas, no blockages but tight with plenty of obstacles. Suiattle to the Government Bridge is wide open, with one channel split that has some waves on either channel, but is very navigable. From Government Bridge down into the Skagit the river is quite braided in some areas, lots of wood, but no blockages. Pay attention and you'll be fine.
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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2024, 04:18:41 PM »
I seem to remember targeting it at 1200 cf, and I looked and itís running over 3000 at the moment.  Again, itís been awhile but I think thatís what I watched for.

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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2024, 05:46:06 PM »
The river should be in shape by this weekend and being a free flowing stream each high water changes the river at least a little bit. Floats should be pretty straight forward under 3500 at the gage below the Suiattle.

Last year swinging flies I was 0 for 30+ daysÖ watched a bunch of other guys be successful. Previously 2100-3200 cfs was my sweet spot with water between 37-42 degrees.

Every day you will have a bunch of people on the river if itís not blown outÖ last year I counted 22 boats between hippie hole and the skagit while I was wading between 10 am and dark.
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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2024, 09:33:19 AM »
Thanks for the responseís.

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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2024, 08:19:37 AM »
Well how did it go? Did you survive the mighty Sauk?
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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2024, 06:49:52 PM »
I have not make it up there yet but Iím hoping to float it next weekend if itís in decent shape. Do any of you have any reports from this season?

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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2024, 08:30:12 PM »
We did a couple trips this weekÖ swinging flys, no steelhead yet.
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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2024, 06:18:46 AM »
We are heading up to float from Darrington to the highway 530 bridge. 5 of us will be floating in our pontoons. Any reports on the river?

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Re: Sauk River Steelhead
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2024, 03:17:31 PM »
Tell us how it went. Sounds sporty

 


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