ceder river questin

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by rainbow, May 30, 2013.

  1. rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    Hay there, got a question about a stretch of water. I was checking out some blue lines and came across this spot. Does any one got any inside info, please pm me.
    Well shit, I can't upload a pic from the phone. Over poored, cement embankment across from school.

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  2. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I'm confused by the above - what is the question?
  3. rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    I'm looking for info on what runs in there, flys, spots, etc. When I found this one it was lit up like a Christmas tree. Also there is property around there, is this spot game to fish with out pissing them off.
  4. Darryl Pahl Active Member

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    Are you asking about fishing the Cedar river in general, of some specific spot that you can't upload? The Cedar river has about 22 river miles of fish-able water, from the Landsburg Dam down to the mouth at Lake Washington.

    There are many public (some very public) access points, Highway 169 runs along most of it, and there is a bike trail that provides up close access as well to get to spots less accessible by car. Biking is likely the best way to explore it. Just be sure to lock your bike.

    Mostly Rainbow and Cutthroat, with other fish at various times like SMB down by the lake, and various other fish like suckers and peamouth at various times. Likely the largest Sockeye salmon run in the lower 48 during the fall after it closes. Coho? as well I think mixed in with the Sockeye. Again, all well after its short season closes.

    I'm sure people have their own favorite and "secret" runs, but given the number of well worn trails, I doubt much is really secret unless you have access to private land. It's mostly wade-able the entire length at the right time of year (summer).

    I don't think that there are any magic flys or techniques, just typical small water stuff. Your best tool would be a time machine to go back to when it first opened after many years of closure. Failing that, common opinion is that it fishes best really early or really late in the day, although you can catch fish at noon on a sunny day.

    This is likely one of the easiest and best urban rivers to just get out an explore. Anyplace that looks like you can park your car (or has lots of broken glass) likely will have trails that lead to the river with good spots.

    While I'm at it, here's a plug for a great non-profit that I support,The Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. For example they leverage public donations to partner with other groups that buy up flood-prone properties and rehabilitate the land back to a natural fish-friendly state. Net result is more public access, and better habitat for fish . In my interactions with them it's clear that they understand fly fishing.

    Check out:

    http://www.cedarriver.org/

    They also have an event coming up that might be of interest:
    Cast & Dig: 4th Annual Fly Fishing & Habitat Restoration Event

    Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area, Renton

    Saturday, July 13 ~ 9:00am-2:00pm
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  5. Evan Virnoche Outerspeyz Fly-style

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  6. Evan Virnoche Outerspeyz Fly-style

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    anyone know the opening dates?
  7. Darryl Pahl Active Member

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    Hmm, well after looking at the photos I'm still at a loss. I can't say I recognize that specific stretch of water based on those shots or your description. Come Saturday swing a streamer through there and report back.
  8. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Also please let us know if your vehicle still has windows after you chuck some streamers. :confused:

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  9. Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Rainbow ... do a search on the site here, there will be a ton of Cedar info.

    Mr. Turds, things open the first Saturday in June (this Saturday) and ends last day of August.

    The break-ins are over-rated, I've never been hit in the years I have fished it.
  10. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Anil told me just to leave your car unlocked.
  11. Darryl Pahl Active Member

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    I've never been broken into in three summers, but I did pull up as another family was sweeping glass of their seats. They were floaters, not anglers. And this was right on 169, not off in an out of the way place. Like a lot of crime, I believe it is episodic, not evenly distributed.
  12. rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    Ya, that's what I thought. I have never fished it, every time I hear about it. I hear about break in's. And I don't want them messing with my car. It's and audi a4, and this spot looked safe. thanks for the reply's.
  13. Broderick Smith SeaToTree

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    You'll get broken into sooner than later and also witness poaching. Drives me nuts there. Save yourself and go fish the sno forks or Yak.
  14. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    There are fish in that river. They will take flies.
  15. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    There are no fish in that river. And if there are any left they only feed at night. :)
  16. Cedar Active Member

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    You forgot to mention that it is closed at night
  17. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Correct.

    Not to mention night time is when the tweakers prowl the river looking for cars to break into and fishermen to jack. And the scourge of mountain lions are most active then. And the mosquitoes are just terrible on the river anyways...

    Worst river EVER.
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  18. rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    So does it open tomorrow, Im still looking around.
  19. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Yep. Nymph deep. Flows are pretty good for the opener time frame, a few hundred CFS lower than what I've considered scary on certain crossings - but still enough that you need to be careful. The Cedar kills annually as it's underestimated.

    Did I say nymph deep? If you're not losing flies to structure once in awhile you're not getting down in there where the good fish are, if there are any fish, and if they don't feed solely at night...
  20. Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    For the place(s) I haunt on the Cedar, the flows are borderline scary (at least according to my logs). I will most likely wet a line and keep the wading to a minimum.

    Stew