I fished the Green for a couple of years for 40+ weekends a year before I caught my first steelhead on a fly. I caught 2 on flies the first day I spend on the Methow. I had 3 takes on one swing at Speelyai flats on the Deschuttes. I caught 10 in one day on the Stamp in BC. I caught one tarpon in 3 days on the flats at Homosassa, and landed 4 bones the first day out in Belize. I fished the Skokomish from dawn to dusk one day with no takedowns while my buddy beached 6.
The river you are looking for is the one you are in with a fly rod in your hand. If you are a fly fisherman, river or pond or stream don't make no difference. It doesn't matter how many fish are in the river, it only takes one with your name on it, or the hope that there is, and that it will take on this swing.
That's my opinion.
As for the rivers close to Seattle...I haven't fished them all yet, but I'm gonna.
I think we have just reached a new high in communicating "secret" fishing information on the internet. Binary code. Of course, in the form in which it has been presented, it is significantly out of date. However, due to the advances in computer technology, it is entirely possible for this entire website to go to encrypted messages due to the simultaneous needs of privacy and PM's; the Department of Homeland Security, and this site's Moderator of Fishing Security will decide!
As for sharing fishing wisdom, a tradition which has existed for thousands of years, apparently the prevailing trend is to screw the other guy or girl and get yours first at all costs.
Radical idea. Teach an interested friend, or young person how to fish, and where to fish. The where to fish part is interesting. This will clue your people in to the environmental "chain of custody". Whether we like it or not, we - all of us - bear ultimate responsibility for the destruction or the health of planet Earth. We need as many "river speakers" as we can get. The only way you're gonna get rid of the present f-ck you greedhead fishing culture is to replace it with a better one. Which is a long hard road indeed.
Ultimate point? Secrecy about good fishing is all about "me first" and directly against shared stewardship of the resource. I'll be the first to admit that what I want is a river to myself, and fish aplenty. But this dodges the hard question of how we can stop beating the rivers to death.
The me first, get there before the other guy, limit out first attitude has defined the structure of our fish and game laws, and the way we fish, to an amazing extent. We need to change that. Gearchuckers and flyfishers alike need to put stewardship first and limits second.
So I argue for transparent communication, not secrecy.
So yeah, its counterintuitive to spread the word about a beat to shit fishery as long as you want to be first in line. As long as you are locked into getting yours first.
But what about the plain and simple idea of sharing. And respect. For the environment, and other fishers.
The prevailing fisheries management gummint thinking is not getting us anywhere. So it has to start with us.
I realize I'm pissing in upwind here. But what the hell.
As the old saying goes,
"Gentlemen (and gentlewomen- my addition) we either hang together or we hang alone."
I stick by the (sarcastic) intent of my first post - it ain't rocket science. If you enjoy it, you will do it, and if you do it, eventually you will find your "desert island" steelhead stream, most likely in (or within __ hours of!) your own back yard.
"The only way you're gonna get rid of the present f-ck you greedhead fishing culture is to replace it with a better one. Which is a long hard road indeed."
I look at it differently. The only way we are going to get out of this instant gratification fishing culture in which success is defined by numbers and goes to the person willing to fork over the most dough, is by helping newb's to help themselves. Dont give them cheep shortcuts. Instead help them aquire the skills they need to enjoy fishing on their own.