The North Fork has the most history of the two forks and it is the first river in Washington State to be designated fly fishing only for a portion of the year. The Stilly hosts runs of summer and winter steelhead, four species of pacific salmon and sea-run cutthroat and dolly varden char. The most well known run of fish are the native summer run steelhead which utilize Deer Creek as the major spawning tributary in the system.

The river opens on June 1 st and the potential for an early summer steelhead exists. The best fishing right now on the North Fork is for sea-run cutthroat starting in August and lasting until the fall rains blow the river below Deer Creek out for the winter. Hatchery winter steelhead return to the Stilly in fair numbers.

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