New member and new fisherman and general hello

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Willp, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Willp New Member

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    Hello,
    I just got into fly fishing last year and love it. I am 38 with a wife and kids in north Kirkland so limited time as everyone does.

    First off, thank you: this forum is amazing and have been researching and reading it.
    I have my grandfather's old rod: the avid angler thinks it is a 6 or 7 weight. they put a sinking line on it. I have an old tube I float to practice.

    I have heard the Cedar River is terrific and curious what is the best place I should try where I would not get in anyone's way? I don't want to be splashing and hacking around experienced people. I am reading a lot of Mr Jim Speaker's very helpful posts.

    Also,
    what are the first few places in Wasshgtinon I should go as a newbey? Lakes and rivers? I am saving for a five weight.

    I apologise if posted to wrong forum or subforum.

    Thanks again.
  2. gabe0430 Banned or Parked

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    Hard to beat the Yakima River!
  3. golfman44 Coho Queen

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    I'm in North Kirkland too. I'll take ya fishing. Send me a PM
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  4. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Welcome to the fray. The Cedar can be good, and at times can be real good. My posts might be an alright starting point but pay very close attention to the sage words of those who comment on them. While I'm a die-hard deep nympher of the Cedar, others do well in certain flows with dries as well as streamers.

    Well done on the introduction, welcome to WFF. Cheers!
  5. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Why drive all the way over to the Yakima. Your just learning. Stick with the forks of the Snoqualmie. When you learn enough, go over to the Yakima and let it humble you.
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  6. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Welcome to WFF. As mentioned, the Snoqualmie would be a great place to get started.
  7. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Welcome. Don't overlook the local beaches. That 6/7 should do just fine. An intermediate line could have you into coho or pinks...hold on tight!
  8. flyfool Active Member

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    You oughta get a set of pom-poms; you're a natural cheerleader.
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  9. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    I'm mildly surprised they set you up with a sinking setup as your only rig. A floating is much more versatile, lakes or rivers.
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  10. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    As far as your main question about locations on the Cedar. Honestly, the best thing for you to do is to go research the water's yourself. To be honest, I think that it comes down to what kind of water you like fishing vs the reputation of the water itself. I have a few spots that click for me on the Cedar. Therefore, there is not a bad spot on the Cedar. Also, I would take up Golfman's invitation. He is a good guy, who knows quite a bit.
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  11. Skyler Evans Active Member

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    I have been up to the cedar a few times this year and i agree with Jim, for me the way to fish the cedar is nymphing but i have seen guys catch fish on the swing with a sculpin under the trees. By far my favorite spot on the cedar is fishing the stretch from cedar dog park up to the end of the park.
  12. Thom Collins Active Member

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    I'm right next to Bastyr University and my favorite river is 90 minutes away. Plenty of willing and forgiving 6"-8" fish with a Dolly every few outings. I'm self emplyed with a super odd-ball schedule but you're welcome to shoot me a PM to see if we can work something out. I also have a extra rod loaded with a floating line if you're interested.
  13. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    welcome aboard mate
  14. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    Hello and welcome. I hope you enjoy the forum and learn. Lots of great tips and advice here.
  15. Jslo Active Member

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    LOL! And welcome! Tight Lines.
  16. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Why spend lots of money on gas and junk when you can learn in your own back yard. It's only common sense.
  17. flyfool Active Member

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    Good point. And he did mention "limited time".
  18. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I would actually echo OMJs comments re keeping it close to home. Being in N Kirkland it's just as easy for you to get to the upper SF of the Snoqualmie where you'll not only learn a lot with willing fish, you'll also find cool picnic spots for wife and kids right on top of fishy water.
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  19. Willp New Member

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    Thank you. Any particular place you recommend to go first as a beginner? Any tips appreciated. Happy to make a trek: part of the fun.
  20. Willp New Member

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    Thank you