Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by JayH, May 24, 2013.
The catch and keep portion of the season, which in my opinion is idiotic, runs from the first Saturday in June until October 31st. If you look at the regulations you will see that it states "For all game fish" November 1st through the Friday before the first Saturday in June is catch and release.
The regs remind me of the old adage: "A camel is a horse designed by a committee."
Yea certain portions of the state guide are written rather convoluted, certainly not plain english. The Sno and it forks could certainly be written a little better
It seems a 4wt would do fine on the Sno Forks for trout? I have an 486-4 for close tight casting. What rod does everyone use on the Sno Forks for trout?
7'6" 1 weight.
Hope this helps.
Yes, they are a bit confusing. I appreciate all the help. I haven't fished since H.S. about 15 years ago. Have a ton of close friends that go out weekly, and thought I would get after it again. Only was told the MF was good to go right now for C&R. Good to know the SF is too.
Thanks again for all the help.
Just a note re the catch-and-keep season: a 10"+ fish on the upper south fork is "trophy size" -- please don't consider keeping anything up there, despite the regulations. There aren't that many 12-13" fish up there above Twin Falls and it would be a real shame for there to be even less. Please protect this beautiful, wild trout fishery.
Ditto on any of the Snoqualmie forks. If you're dead set on having trout for dinner, do please stop at the market on the way home instead of killing what you catch. Plus, the fish you buy at the store will be ever so much more impressive to your admiring spouse than anything you're likely to catch. Heck, she might be so swept away by your fisherman-studliness that you could get even luckier at home than on the river . . . !
I personally use a 3 wt and have a friend who uses a zero wt. That being said, your 4 weight won't be that out of place.
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I don't really understand why the forks aren't selective gear, catch and release only
The simple reason is that WDFW views itself as having a mandate to provide put and take fisheries for the majority of fishers who prefer to 'harvest' their catch. The concept of catch and release, especially broadly applied, is generally opposed by a majority of folks in the department.
Cabelas glass 4wt 6'6" rod. So fun!
I find it so odd that after being up there, I just always assumed it was a selective gear C&R.
So peaceful up there
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I agree entirely with this sentiment, but I doubt folks on this forum are having much of an impact up there. For the S. Fork, especially, it is the hordes of campers, mostly families with kids that inhabit the several campgrounds along the river in the summer. Dunkin' bait and catching some fish for the pan is a family camping ritual that goes way back. And many of them have those funny rulers with measurements reduced by about 20%, so that an 8" fish measures 10".
The North Fork is the one that should be made C&R year round, in my estimation. There is much less family oriented recreation there, and the low summer flows can be hard enough on the fish in the accessible pools. But the access to the N. Fork is much more limited, both by the private property (Hancock Land Management tree farm), and the geography of the streamcourse that makes fishing difficult in other places, so, it is somewhat more protected to begin with.
Despite protection of the Middle Fork, through C&R year round, and of the North Fork, through difficult access, I've still caught my largest cutthroat and rainbow from any of the forks in the South Fork. Now, you want whitefish? Go to the Middle Fork!