MF Snoqualmie last Thursday

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  1. JayH

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    Purchased a new Orvis 2wt this past February when I was in Chicago and finally landed my first fish on it. I've been pitching a line on the Middle Fork a half dozen times or so since then and last Thursday's low mark helped me out with an EHC and one other during what I am assuming was a brown drake hatch. Anyway, pic is representative of all four I had in hand over the course of an hour and a half or so.

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  2. rory

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    Nice one!
     
  3. Old Man

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    Why is it that the fish in the forks never seem to get any bigger than these. They must grow bigger as they do feed on bugs. Are the poachers getting the bigger ones with power bait??
     
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    The size of the resident trout is directly proportional to the food source. More high quality food, the larger the trout. That guy may be as large as it is going to grow.

    I fish a number of Cascade streams that hold resident cutts and they never grow much larger than 10-inches... and that's a lunker. I asked my fish biologist buddy about that and he said it's all about the food.
     
  5. Stew McLeod

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    Nice picture and thanks for the report.

    Old Man, my experience is the SF has the larger fish, especially closer to town. Probably due to the increase of food caused by people living near by.
     
  6. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Exactly right.

    The water that comes down out of the west slopes of the Cascades is among the cleanest in the world with very low levels of dissolved solids. Seattle is among the only cities in the nation that just uses ozone to treat the drinking water that comes out of the Chester Morse and Tolt reservoirs. The water is so pure that there's no need for heavy-duty chemicals or filtration. Ironically it's that very purity (and slightly acid pH) that causes it to produce so little of the biomass that trout eat in order to grow.

    It's quite possible that little fish could be a year or two old or more.

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    All creatures have a biological size range. It's much wider for most species of fish than for humans. For us, Tom Cruise and Shaq aren't all that different in size, percentage-wise. Brook trout have always been limited to being small fish in skinny waters that allow nothing more. But in pristine, fertile Canadian rivers and lakes, they can readily grow to be ten-pounders. (But never more than 14 1/2 pounds; that's the genetic ceiling.)
     
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    How far up the MF did you go? I do love how many of those little guys you can hook into in a day. Perfect for that new two wt
     
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    Did you get that Westslope on the MF?
     
  12. Stew McLeod

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    Great fish for any fork of the Sno!

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    Never hooked a westslope on the MF.. Nice fish
     
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  14. Joe Goodfellow

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    Sure did got it on the upper part. I think it floated down from one of the lakes.
     
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    That Westslope could have come down from a lake, but also could have come up from the SF. The far upper reach of the SF is dominated by Westslopes.
     
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    I doubt that it would have come the SF. The Westslopes on SF are only way up high on it with too many Falls in the way. As you and Joe suggest, I would imagine it likely came from one of the Lakes feeding the MF.
     
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    Have Westies been stocked in MF drainage lakes recently?
     
  18. Kent Lufkin

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    I don't believe that WSCTs have been planted anywhere west of the Cascade Crest in quite some time (ie. decades) but I can find out and will report back when I have definitive answers. SEPA prohibits stocking of any species now that wasn't already present so pretty much the only fish being planted are CCTs and RBs with a very few Goldens and Browns in very remote lakes.

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    Thought that was the case. Perhaps there is a small self sustaining population in the MF. Westslopes seem to show up in pretty unexpected places. I seem to recall a thread where someoned reported catching one in the Sauk.
     
  20. Richard Olmstead

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    It's good to see the fish are starting to look up in the MF. Although the runoff is soon going to push them back into hiding.

    I think the mayflies you saw were likely to be March Browns, rather than Brown Drakes. The MBs usually are abundant in mid/late April and probably are still showing up on these cold streams.

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