"It's not if you fall in, it's when!" Slickest river bottoms.

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Dave Hartman, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    Spokane, WA
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    I concur on the spokane...that sob almost has killed me to

    My worst is the Crooked River in central oregon. The river spits snot and puts it directly on the rocks....and i broke my first rod on that river after hitting a slide rock...damn it
  2. Ryan Nathe Member

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    Seattle, WA
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    Lower Deschutes and the Ronde, haven't fished the Thompson, but I hear it is terrible.
  3. greyghost Member

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    Coastal Rivers, OR
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    Yep, you're gonna get wet!
  4. Rory McMahon Active Member

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    There was a section on the St. Joe that was pretty ridiculus
  5. Bruce Davidson formerly hatman

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    From my personal experience:
    1. Hands down, the Thompson. I was face down in the water before I knew I even fell.

    2. Rock Creek - greased bowling balls (but not as big as the Thompson's balls) comes to mind.

    From my own (limited) experience, nothing else even comes close.
  6. Curtis New Member

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    Green River around Flaming Geyser Park.
  7. Jim Reed member

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    edgewood wa
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    I agree the upper Green by Flaming Geezer, boots in the air, ass on the deck:eek:
  8. TrevorH Active Member

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    Bellingham, WA, US.
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    The slimy, bedrock bottomed rivers (umpqua, deschutes) are the ones I don't like. They're unpredictible. Next would be large slimy rocks, which I hear the Thompson is king of.
  9. cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    Olympia, WA
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    A second vote for the Elwha between the dams. The upper Elwha, with its mix of substrate sizes, is a piece of cake. But that section between the dams is mostly larger boulders because the dams block the renourishment of smaller sediments. Between rocking boulders and irregular shapes that aren't stabilized, I've barked my shins and dunked myself more on that section than anywhere else I've fished.

  10. Hyde New Member

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    Renton, Wa
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    I've waded much of the water listed here, the Thompson would be at the tip top of my list. The rocks are more like boulders, and its like they are covered in snot, slime and then grease. The Thompson is cold in November!
  11. Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    Somewhere you don't know about, WA
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    Wenatchee got me twice. I have heard the thompson is crazy.
  12. Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    Ellensburg, WA
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    The Quilcene right below the falls is pretty crazy.
  13. luv2fly2 Active Member

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    i have been in most of the places mentioned and the spokane river from the town of spokane down river is the slickest of all. you gotta be there to believe it. hands down. mike w
  14. Panhandle Active Member

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    Selkirk Mountains, Idaho Panhandle
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    1. N. Umpqua is rediculous
    2. Clearwater
    3. N. Santiam

    For trout: Spokane.

    Deschutes? I don't know if it belongs in this catagory.
  15. _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    Skagit River
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    Another vote for the Thompson...like walking across a roomful of greased basketballs.
  16. Tyler Sadowski Member

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    Kirkland, wa
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    Cayuse creek had me dancing all day trying to stay dry. :beer1:
  17. Jerry White Member

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    City, State
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    Been reduced to tears on the Lower Spokane before I figured out studs in felt... even now, trying to get around on that river I'm sure I look like a dead-head dancing to a space jam keeping psychedelic time whirling a 9 foot fly rod. Its slick.
  18. 1morecast Active Member

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    Port Angeles
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    Going with Rock Creek In Mt. and the Clearwater..
  19. Keith Hixson Active Member

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    College Place, Washington
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    South Fork Walla Walla River in N.E. Oregron. Now that River is super slick.

  20. Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    I haven't fished many of the waters mentioned but the San Juan was slick. The slickest spot I ever hit was an underwater section of clay on the Snoqualmie Middle Fork, made snot seem like glue.....