crab creek

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by troutcatcher6, May 10, 2009.

  1. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I have spent a lot of money looking for all the places that I have put my feet in the water in Western Washington. I did it all by going over many maps when I lived there. Lets see, driving to and fishing skinny water................................I seem to have forgotten where everything is at in Washington. And I only moved away three years ago.

    It must be my age. The first thing that goes is your memory but I forgot what the second thing is.. If I was still there I could still drive to over 50 spots and all would be close to Everett.. I even have some stashed away in Eastern Washington.

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  2. luv2fly2

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    i have said this before, so here it goes, there are to many people in this world. in the 50's in idaho the trout limit was 20 now in some of the same places it is catch and release. soon we will only be to fish every other day or it will be by permit like hunting is. mike w
     
  3. Fast Action Freddie

    Fast Action Freddie Having a drink in The Buff

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    yeah there are too many people in the world -- not much we can do about that. but my point was that we should think before we post -- if you broadcast to these ever increasing masses of the world (and I'm one of them - my mass is increasing as well) about your not-so-well-known favorite fishing place that offers incredible fishing, some solitude, etc., well don't be surprised if the masses take you up on that info ... and you can take another favorite fishing place off the incredible fishing, some solitude list ... at least off the some solitude list.

    i know the counter comment to this is always "these aren't YOUR waters" ... true, but it is YOUR choice whether you want to encourage lots of the masses to show up and join you ... and impact the fishing as well.

    I'm all for sharing info -- both public and in private -- there is a lot of info that is great to be public(and that's mostly what's shared here on WFF and that's great for all), but there is some that is best to be kept private. just think about the impact you could be having.

    apologies if i'm off on a tangent ... i actually haven't been keeping up with this thread and am probably reacting to something in my coffee or something
     
  4. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    Only a handful of them are open at this time of year. Nice looking creek! I hope I stumble across it sometime.
     
  5. Brian Magee

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    I'm all for zipper lips. I spent A LOT of money on fuel in Western Washington scouting rivers from border to border fly fishing and gear tossing salmon and steelhead. I have a few on the peninsula I will never share maybe take someone if they are close and up for the hike. Then again I know of quite a few very tiny creeks in Eastern Oregon that house some very large brown trout that well if they got out would die quickly. Before this last year and a half I was never afraid of burning fuel to go explore but my family went from 3 to 6 in the last year so my expenses got diced to hell. Throw in moving to a new side of the state with no job limited funds and most lakes needing boats my fishing came to a halt compared to the west side. Now to find an inflatable raft that would house 6 for lakes so I wont rip their heads off then the lakes will be game. I know my fix will be filled next month when the Spokane opens granted there are bait chuckers everywhere in closed waters on it but I pray that people keep the smaller fisheries quite and meet up to show people instead of posting online about them. I'm always looking for fishing buddies to go explore with.
     
  6. FishyBusiness

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    Eastern Washington sucks. You have to buy bigger nets and these pesky Brown trout jump on you flies when you're trying to catch a carp. What a waste of gas. Stay home and tie flies.
     
  7. troutcatcher6

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    Im cool with not sharin spots... im tryin' to find out if the creek in general is a decent spot.
     
  8. G.L. Britton

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    For all flyfishermen and women who fish the public and private water of the upper reaches of Crab Creek; we have bigger fish to fry than to worry about which catch and release flyfisherman may have fished ahead of us that day. Rather than ragging about what you cannot control why not give the rancher who lets you fish $50.00 so he places some value on the creek....or why not call WDFW and let them know that these wild redbands deserve protection and to please make at least the Lincoln county portion catch and release. It is the gear guys keeping limits of fish all spring and summer that are really hurting the fishery. I am a guide with a lease of almost five miles of upper Crab Creek which I have had for a decade. We have practiced catch and release for 10 years and it is amazing the impact it has had on our fish numbers and size. As far as the green view which blames the ranchers and farmers for the damage to the riparian corridor....get a grip on reality. If blame is going to be part of the discussion than please reflect on the fact that cows are not pets. It is our demand for beef and wheat that has been the undoing of countless ecosystems. The ranchers and farmers are simply reacting to the marketplace. So the problem is all of us and if a solution is to be found, it will need to involve all of us and not put all of the financial costs of change on the backs of the ag interests. Collective voices can have incredible power but not if those voices see only their own self interests.
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  9. Jason Decker

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    watch out for this fella if you fish crab, he's not very nice :mad: if he sees you!

    JD:eek:
     
  10. troutcatcher6

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    How are the river flows doing? is it fishable near tokio bridge???
     
  11. gearhead

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    flow is ok, won't last. a couple nice holding spots if you go east, watch for snakes though. had one maybe 18plus, that kept rising, but it just didn't like me. must have seen a few flies already. lots of fish to 14. good luck.
     
  12. tankiewiczj@kroybp.com

    tankiewiczj@kroybp.com HPIC

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    Crab Creek - isn't it kind of a Rocky Ford thing. Slow, murky water with some big fish and not much to look at.
    I am a boulder hopper and I like to park my bicycle three miles up river and work my way upstream for 6 or 8 hours with varied views of 200 foot trees and mountains. Fishing water with fast riffles, deep pools, glassy tailouts, Ed - Edd and Eddies, seams and cut banks, dead stumps with flying ants taking off like flights out of Chicago Ohara - If I want to tell someone about my many secret ( yeah right) spots I will share it privately with an oath of secrecy! Crab Creek is no secret - you may just think it is because nobody else wants to fish it. That place is lame, but "to each his own" said the lady as she kissed the cow.
     
  13. G.L. Britton

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    There are some sections of private ground on Crab which have more drop to the topography and do indeed have a riffle/pool look. As far as shallow and murky, one pool on the Lincoln Co. section has a depth of over 10 feet! The early season mud is only an issue when you are downstream of where Rock Creek enters Crab. As far as 200' trees and mountains, I too would love to fish only those streams, but when I'm hiking a CDA
    River tributary right now I am still runnning into other anglers. While Crab may not provide quite the scenery, it can provide some sections with a few native Redbands and very few if any other people. If you fish the Tokio section try nymphing with #18 brassies under a small indicator with 4X flouro. Other option if you want fewer fish but the chance at a big fish, try a weighted dark colored big (3" plus) string leech. Brown Eyed Susans and the Blue Western Flax are in full bloom in the scabrock providing a little color to the landscape.
    Good Fishing.....Double Spey Outfitters
     
  14. G.L. Britton

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    If you want to see some Redband pics, go to FLICKR and type in Redband Rainbows for the search. Do not expect any huge fish pics! Our biggest Redband for the season tops out around 20 inches on upper Crab.
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