Icicle Wenachee

ken2cross

Active Member
#1
With the opening of the Icicle and Wenachee My buddy and I were thinking of giving it a shot. If memory serves me right there are tons of access spots. My question: am I correct about the easy access to the water? Is the referenced barrier dam the one we see from US 2 west of Leavenworth?

The rules change says:
>> Wenatchee River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam,
>> including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of
>> the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#2
Usually the Wenatchee is open only to the bridge in Leavenworth. The dam in Tumwater Canyon is quite a few miles further upstream. Access on the Wenatchee is fairly easy - - unless there is snow on the ground, which sticks to felts and makes getting around a bit of a pain.
 

The Duke

Been around
#4
With the opening of the Icicle and Wenachee My buddy and I were thinking of giving it a shot. If memory serves me right there are tons of access spots. My question: am I correct about the easy access to the water? Is the referenced barrier dam the one we see from US 2 west of Leavenworth?

The rules change says:
>> Wenatchee River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam,
>> including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of
>> the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
From the Google Earth photos, yes it does look like the Tumwater Dam is the one West of Leavenworth on US 2. I'm surprised that it is open up there. There is some nice looking water just as long as you don't hit a car with your back cast.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#5
From the Google Earth photos, yes it does look like the Tumwater Dam is the one West of Leavenworth on US 2. I'm surprised that it is open up there. There is some nice looking water just as long as you don't hit a car with your back cast.
Yes, that is the boundary dam. The road-side bank is steep in this area and the river is quite a distance below the road so you're more likely to hit riprap on your backcast than cars. There is still lots of snow on the upper river so as Sg said, if you wear felt, it will make things interesting if not downright dangerous in the steep areas.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#7
With the opening of the Icicle and Wenachee My buddy and I were thinking of giving it a shot. If memory serves me right there are tons of access spots. My question: am I correct about the easy access to the water?
Yes and no. Many traditional access points are really on private property. As more and more anglers have descended on the river since it started reopening a few years ago, local landowners are loosing their patience with trespassers. In recent years, guard rails have been installed on Hwy 2 cutting off many road-side access spots and you will get a ticket if you park in the breakdown lane. Unless you know for sure that you are on public land (and there is very little of it), you'd be best to stick to WDFW accesses, bridges, road-side pullouts where you can get your tires off the pavement, etc.
 
#8
Anyone gonna be out there on Saturday? My buddy can't make it and I need another for the raft. Rowing experience preferred but not necessary if u let me swing a couple runs first!
 
#11
I'm going to be in Leavenworth with my family week after next. Our rental condo is about 500ft from the water, so I might be able to sneak out early one morning. Think there is any hope fishing there?
 

AK

New Member
#14
Brief Trip Report---Made the treck over the pass and spent a coulple beautiful days chasing. Logged about 16 hours in various spots from Peshastin up to Icicle Creek area and got one good tug---not positive it was a fish but I would like to think so. Talked to about 15 other anlgers and only one pair in a raft had a hit which they LDRed. I have still yet to land my first winter metalhead but feel I was fishing well--they just didnt' seem to be in there in numbers. I was using small dark leach style patterns on the swing and tossed some small stones and prince nymphs under the bobby in the holding spots. Anyone else have any luck and prove my observation wrong?
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#15
Think slow water and slow presentations. With water this cold, I mean water so slow you can barely swing. I hit the Columbia for a bit yesterday afternoon and both of my takes were when my flies had basically stopped and I was essentially chironomiding.

As far as "winter metalheads", the reason you didn't find any is because there are none in Eastern WA. Zero. All of the steelhead over here are summer runs that you just happen to be fishing for in the winter. In all seriousness, if you were fishing for them like you fish for winter runs, that might explain some of the problem.