Looking for a trout stream...

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  1. Scott

    Scott New Member

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    that is relatively close to Seattle that might provide good action for my fiance. I took her to the Sauk last weekend thinking that she might be able to catch a dolly or two... No such luck for either of us. I am new to the area and would definately appreciate some help. The size of the fish really is not much of a concern, but I would like to find a place that will provide fairly quick results. She has been a trooper with me lately on my Steelheading ventures, but she is now sick of not catching anything. Does anyone have any suggestions? :DUNNO

    Thanks!!!

    Scott
     
  2. guest

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    You could try the forks of the Snoqualmie. They are all open. Good access out of North Bend. But with all this rain I would think that the rivers will be going back up.
    This site had/has some maps of access to the Forks around the town of Snoqualmie. I don't know if they are still there but you can look.
    Jim S. :WINK
     
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    I just married my fiance a couple months ago, and like you am working on teaching her to flyfish. My plan is in a month and a half or so when the bluegills are spawning to go out and introduce her then. Its not a trout stream, but it's much easier to catch fish, especialy for a beginer. They take flies very well and even on top. Even with her poor casting, she'll be able to catch fish without my help. I do a fair amount of winter steelheading myself, but I still am looking forward to a sunny evening on the lake with my wife catching more fish than I did all winter.

    Just my 2 pennies
    Derek :COOK
     
  4. Duck

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    Scott,
    The Middle Fork of the Snolqualmie would be a good bet. Take the exit out by the truck stops. lots of easy access, although water levels are probably up.
     
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    Is there really good fishing out there?
    I was there 3 or 4 times and didn't catch even single trout
    just broke tip of my rod when bushwacking
    and things like disassembled (and probably stolen) car in the forest scared me away from this river
     
  6. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    The fishing can be very good. I have had 30+ fish days with some going up to 16". I don't fish the river until late summer when the level drops, so I don't know about spring fishing. The area has been cleaned up a little but there is still a lot of dumping. The worst areas are the sand bars whcih are used for parties.
     
  7. Scott

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    Thanks everyone...

    for all the good ideas. She is turning into quite the trout bum on me (oh darn). Someone suggested a lake called Cutthroat Lake... I guess it used to be good some years back but he was unsure about it now.. Has anyone heard of this lake? The other suggestions I had were the Yakima and Rocky Ford, although both sounded like they would be a little too technical for her at this stage. She is not a bad flyfisher, but like most people, she needs some instant gratification once in a while.
     
  8. guest

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    Who you funnen now,I don't think that I've ever seen 30 fish in that whole river. I've only fished those rivers several times and I've been told that the best time to fish them is in the late afternoon or in the evening. Since I live a little ways from there the best fishing is when I am leaving to go home. Jim S. :COOK
     
  9. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Thanks everyone...

    Jim S. - I pay attention to when you leave, then I know it will be hot! They are there. One of the biggest I hit was a cutthroat at one of the heavily used, and heavily fished, sand bar camping areas. Hit an olive elk haired caddis, size 14 - after a perfect cast, of course.
     
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    Thanks everyone...

    Rocky Ford can be technical at times, but not too bad. I would wait until after opening day, though, otherwise it's to crowded. I have found that one of easiest way to fish it is by using a white or black wooley bugger about size 10, or a white flesh fly. Usualy casting them out and them stripping them back will work or dead drifting them. I would start at the parking lot and fish all the way up to the lake on the North (I think) end of the stream (about 2 miles). You should pick up a few that way. Also, site fishing with dries and scuds can work. In the case of scuds you need to get the fly right in front of their noses before they will move usually. Good luck.
    -Steve
     
  11. guest

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    Thanks everyone...

    Micro Brew the reason I said that is I hooked up with a guy last year on here and that is what he told me when I told him that these forks suck. I don't doubt that there are fish there. I'd just like to catch a few of them. I guess that I should just plan for staying longer than I usually do. Jim S.
     
  12. closed_loop

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    hmmmm. got it dial'd
    I was on the middle 2 days ago and it was totally washed out. Very silty and will be so for a while. best bet is the N. fork, bit more clear even with all the rain. South fork above twin falls might be good too although it might still be a bit cold for anything. If you try around Olallie state park with some stonefly nymphs(brown, tan) you might get lucky. :THUMBSUP
     
  13. Rob Blomquist

    Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

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    The MF is silty below about the Pratt River coming in. I was up that way on Sunday, and found crystal clear water about 10 miles up the MF Road.

    Rob
     
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    Thanks everyone...

    I live in North Bend and in the summer fish the forks of the Snoq. often. There are lots of fish in the river(small ones for the most part)but sometimes you would swear there were none and other times even in downtown the river is alive with rising fish.

    However, the forks do get considerable fishing pressure just because they are about the only decent accessible mountain streams around. If you are willing to bushwack and hike a little you can find some stretches that are actually pretty good an unbelievable wild and scenic.

    However, if you are in search of fish with some consistent size keep driving east another 30 miles till you get to the Yakima and leave the forks to the "locals" :THUMBSUP

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    Hey scott- I am also new to Seattle and have gotten some good tips from this webiste forum thng. I've been up to the Snoq- to the South Fork, and had some luck, caught some nice little 'bows. Not big fish, but a beautiful river and a nice time. I got my wife hooked on flyfishing a couple of years ago as well.
    The Snoq is pretty easily fished, the fish are eager and will hit just about anything that looks buggy. There is also lots of access points.
    I haven't been able to get up there for awhile, so don't know how its been. Good luck! SVH