Having cut my teeth trolling on the Swftsure bank when there was a lightship out there and hauling black oil
barges to Tofino, Ucluyet and logging camps up Nootka Inlet and the Brooks Peninsula area for 4-5 winters, my advice is to listen to the natives in either Neah Bay or The Barclay Sound area. The fancy new weather
apps are only good if west coast
weather behaves according to their book!
As you head
out from Neah, you will hit a confused sea for about 25-30 nm then get into the Pacific roll. That's when you hang a left and should broad reach all the way to the Potato patch off SF. Wind
and tides will exacerbate the rough ride depending on when you leave but for goodness sake do NOT try and sneak behind Tatoosh Island to avoid the sea. Pay your dues and head
until you feel the pacific roll. Have a great trip... Phil