south fork snoqualmie "report"

golfman44

5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
#1
oh man, what a day.

spent the first hour scouting/casting but then found what looked like the best water yet about 3/4mi down stream from where i parked (mind you im new to this so what i think may be great water could be the worst water out there). was seeing some surface action on the far bank so i slowly waded out and it literally felt like every cast i was getting a bite. i have never before discovered my own fishing hole so please understand why i am so excited.

within an hour or so in the same 30yd stretch of stream (was right below some rapids in what looked like deeper water with some sizable boulders submerged but visible) i got 11 fish to hand, all on dry flies. i honestly felt like i was cheating out there. the first 7 or so were on a #14 black EHC but after failling to set the hook a few times in a row i checked my fly to realize that the end of the hook had actually broken off (i must have pinched it too hard/bent it when removing the barb). i then threw out a #18 grey EHC and it seemed to work just as well. most fish were in the 8-10" range I'd assume (no means of measuring for me) but there were two that were clearly larger (probably around 12", but I could be very wrong on that). by the way, besides EHC and I've heard orange stimulators, what other flies would you suggest i try swinging out there?
 
#3
Awesome. I've had some of my best days fishing up there. Good for you.

As for flies--most standard dries will work about now. Adams, EHC, Wulff patterns: you name it and you'll probably catch some fish on it. No cheating involved--you figured it out and had a good day fishing.
 
#7
I'm not to far ahead of you experience wise. My first trip was with a guide and I caught a few big ones but had no idea how it happened. Then for the next six months or so I fished for trout in moving water quite a bit but didn't get anything. Then last summer I hit a nearby creek and figured it out like you did. The first fish I caught up there came as a shock because I couldn't belive that I actually had one. I think I just sat and looked at it for awhile before releasing it. That day I caught about 30 fish and learned more about reading water than I had in the 10 skunkings that the Yak had handed me.
 

Greg Price

Love da little fishies
#14
Great going.

That was my river of first success, also back in the mid 90's.

I went on to chase bigger fish, but have returened to that river for the past 5 years. It is now my favorite fly fishing spot.

Enjoy. Not all fly fishing has to be for trophy trout in super pressured waters.