Newbie Q & A

#1
I've been a bait caster since I was a kid(not a long time granted I'm only 24, but long enough.) I've been thinking of starting fly fishing for a year or so and low and behold my grilfriend bought me a fly rod reel etc. for Christmas this year(9' 6 wt.) I've been practicing casting in the street since Christmas day and am going out this weekend. Unfortunately that isn't good enough. I work 8-5 mon.-fri. and need somewhere to fish after work. I live in the Twin Lakes/Federal Way area and work in Tukwila. If anyone knows of anywhere to fish in this area (lakes or rivers,good or bad I don't care) please let me know. Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Morgan :DUNNO
 
#2
Morgan,

Not to sound obtuse, but the Green River is just a stone's throw down SR-18 in Federal Way.

Greg
"Superior Equipment cannot compensate for Inferior Skills". - Ed Zaun
 
#3
I'm not familiar with your neck of the woods. But just as a heads up, practicing in the street can't be good for your fly line. Might want to try grass.
 
#4
If your looking for casting practice close to home try lake Fenwick, it has a decent dock to practice and is a year round lake. Five Mile lake is also close and has a dock to cast from. I did this when I was just starting out about 5-6 years ago. If you want to hit the Green river a good spot to try is hwy 18 bridge or Issac Evans park across from Auburn golf course. It has a nice beach area and is a nice drift if not to fast(high water) I hope this helps.
 

Scott Salzer

previously micro brew
#5
I would second Lake Fenwick as a close lake to try. It actually has more than just a dock. There is a dock / walkway that crosses part of the lake. This way you don't have to worry about a backcast into the trees. Try a green/black woolley bugger type - unweighted. Weighted flies are hard enough to cast, especially for a beginner.
My other suggestion would be to take a class before you develop bad habits that are hard to break. I took one the Highline Community College some years ago, don't know if they still offer it.
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