Cedar, almost over for 2013... what's your biggest?

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  1. SaltyCutt

    SaltyCutt Beach Bum

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    My buddy and I put a decent amount of time in on the cedar this year and couldn't break it's code....but neither of us are really nymphers, so I'm sure we were doing everything wrong. We picked up a couple 8" fish, but nothing bigger than that. Pretty frustrating. As I say every year, we'll figure it out next year.

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  2. Pat Lat

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    Still time Steve...
    Heres my best from last year, I had quite a few that were similar this year, but they were all before the water dropped. Hairy wading = good fishing 578737_427918740584229_1476168683_n.jpg
     
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    24- Olive Stim Dry 23- on pink san Juan Worm
     

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  4. tinman207

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    My biggest was a little over 21" a couple years ago, and I got him on a golden stone. Biggest this year was a hog I lost that was definitely over the 21". Biggest to hand this year was this guy right at 18" on a pink beaded SJW. WP_20130812_021.jpg
    Alas...I still chase the elusive 22"....but they are still around, and I think more of them than people realize. This time of year, the bigger fellas really hunker down in those fast deep pools and you just have to drop in on them really fast with really heavy nymphs. You can't neglect little "fishy" pocket water and overhangs though....that is where the Cedar will surprise and reward you, and they get skipped a lot I think.

    I think the coolest one though has been one 15" bow that I have caught three different times on three different days, in the exact same little hole......with the exact same fly! The first time I put on a yellow stimey to fish to some risers in a little cut bank with a stump for cover and he opened up a hole in the water when he took the fly. About a week later I was in the same spot and pulled my nymphs off because I saw a little guy jumping at the head of the little pocket. I put on a the same stimey and a para-adams dropper and got the little guy on the para dropper. The next cast in the exact spot of the pocket, a hole opened up again and I got the same fish. He had a messed up fin, so I was positive it was him.....totally amazed me. I walked through there about 8 days later with a guy I had just met on the river and was telling him about that fish, and then two minutes later I had the same fish in hand and we were both laughing. I have never seen anything like that.
    That's encouraging to me to see with all the pressure and poachers on the Cedar, that he was staying healthy and alive......surprising that he didn't move over about a 4 week period though.

    I think it is as good as it has been in the past 5-6 years. It will never be quite like the first couple years after it opened, but I consider the stretches I fish to be consistently outstanding.
     
  5. Kram

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    20" on a CJ
    19" on a Yellow Stimi
     
  6. Pat Lat

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    Here's the first fish I caught this year on the see-dur, had to find my camera. I stopped taking pics of them cause they rarely hold still for a water shot and I usually fish alone so no third person shots, I landed quite a few that were just as fat. I think the waters too slow to effectively strip streamers by now, I took a break from salmon to try a few days ago with no success, but I did have a lot of fish on crawdad patterns earlier in the summer DSCN2719.JPG DSCN2720.JPG .
     
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    Beautiful fish and beautiful fly!
     
  8. McNasty

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    SWEET fly pat! i plan on getting into fishing some crawdad patterns for trout this year during the molting period.
     
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    Is that a DH II?
     
  10. Pat Lat

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    I'll have to send some of my best yer way buuuudy
     
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    no just the SR 4wt switch, great for mending
     
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  12. i have the same rod, 275 skagit short goes zing
     
  13. Lugan

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    The question of whether some of the larger fish in that system are ocean or lake run is interesting. My guess is that many of them do move around a bit in search of more food. Jim's and Seattletee's fish pictured look a bit like steelhead simply because the heads are smallish relative to the bodies when compared to most rainbows that spend their whole lives in moving water.
     
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    The Cedar River residents share genetics with the summer run steelhead, WDFW has confirmed this. Most agree that residents have a small percentage that go anadromous, and anadromous have a small percentage that stay resident. It all makes sense from a proliferation and survival standpoint. No way of really knowing if these big guys are anadromous or resident, could be either one.

    WDFW opened the Cedar because the speculation was the resident rainbow population had caused the steelhead returns to curve back down - a curve that went up when it was closed for over a decade. During this time studies showed the resident rainbow population had rebounded. So, via poaching and fish handling they hoped the C&R fishery would "trim down". That's my understanding, anyway... it seems to have worked with re to the resident population. I have not seen recent numbers on returns and how this fishery affected the curve for steelhead.
     
  15. Josh Stroud

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    I caught this fish my first time ever fishing the Cedar - just after the opening, sad thing is I haven't got a chance to fish there since...[​IMG]