"It's not if you fall in, it's when!" Slickest river bottoms.

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  1. Ringlee

    Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    Wenatchee got me twice. I have heard the thompson is crazy.
     
  2. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    The Quilcene right below the falls is pretty crazy.
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  3. luv2fly2

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    i have been in most of the places mentioned and the spokane river from the town of spokane down river is the slickest of all. you gotta be there to believe it. hands down. mike w
     
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    1. N. Umpqua is rediculous
    2. Clearwater
    3. N. Santiam

    For trout: Spokane.

    Deschutes? I don't know if it belongs in this catagory.
     
  5. _WW_

    _WW_ Geriatric Skagit Swinger

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    Another vote for the Thompson...like walking across a roomful of greased basketballs.
     
  6. Tyler Sadowski

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    Cayuse creek had me dancing all day trying to stay dry. :beer1:
     
  7. Jerry White

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    Been reduced to tears on the Lower Spokane before I figured out studs in felt... even now, trying to get around on that river I'm sure I look like a dead-head dancing to a space jam keeping psychedelic time whirling a 9 foot fly rod. Its slick.
     
  8. 1morecast

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    Going with Rock Creek In Mt. and the Clearwater..
     
  9. Keith Hixson

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    South Fork Walla Walla River in N.E. Oregron. Now that River is super slick.

    Keith
     
  10. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    I haven't fished many of the waters mentioned but the San Juan was slick. The slickest spot I ever hit was an underwater section of clay on the Snoqualmie Middle Fork, made snot seem like glue.....

    MB
     
  11. Flyborg

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    Klamath below Iron Gate.
     
  12. wolverine

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    Over the years I've probably fished the Thompson 30 days. I've fell every damm day at least once up there. No deep wading up there. The N Umpqua in the summer is right up there. When you slip on one of the ledges there you end up swimming in deep water.
     
  13. Salmo_g

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    Thompson and Wenatchee are the slickest rivers I've ever had the pleasure of wading. Haven't taken a bath in either of them however. Probably cuz I wear my stream cleats when fishing there.

    Sg
     
  14. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    The Sol Duc in the summer near Sappho has some slick rocks. I did a spazzo tapdance and broke my rod tip while flailing for balance and got a wet arm, but I didn't completely lose my footing and go down.
     
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    ABSOLUTLY the fly only section of the North Umpqua. The running joke about the N U is 'when you first get there, throw yourself into the river and get the your first dunking of the day out of the way.'

    The river bottom is all flat highly polished lava rock. Studs/felt will not hold on the bottom .... period. Only place I either 'wet wade' (summer) or don't go near the water without Dan Bailey 'Stream c\Dleats' over boots (soft alum bars on the bottom).:ray1: