Icicle river bugs

#1
I'm doing a trip out to some tributaries of the upper icicle river next week, and my fly boxes are far from prepared for it. I get out of school tomorrow, so I'll have plenty of time to tie some up before I leave. Does anyone know what species of bugs are the most common on the icicle this time of year? And are the fish there even picky enough for it to matter? I appreciate any and all input, even if it's just telling me to figure it out on my own.
Thanks
-Dashiell
 

Buzzy

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#3
I'm doing a trip out to some tributaries of the upper icicle river next week, and my fly boxes are far from prepared for it. I get out of school tomorrow, so I'll have plenty of time to tie some up before I leave. Does anyone know what species of bugs are the most common on the icicle this time of year? And are the fish there even picky enough for it to matter? I appreciate any and all input, even if it's just telling me to figure it out on my own.
Thanks
-Dashiell
I was going to suggest that @Freestone respond but she already did! :rolleyes: Goddard Caddis or a Royal Wulff should be in your box.
 
#5
I was going to suggest that @Freestone respond but she already did! :rolleyes: Goddard Caddis or a Royal Wulff should be in your box.
I'd never heard of a goddard caddis, but it looked like a fun tie. Here are my first three:
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@Freestone and @Buzzy, thank you both so much for the help. Hopefully I can put your advice to good use and avoid getting washed down the river at the same time.
 

Stream

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#7
Dashiell, those look great! I'd also tie up some CDC and Elk. I like to have some in different sizes and some with fairly light colored deer hair for the evening bite, which is when it works best.

Hans W's CDC and Elk:


And you can't go wrong with a Royal Wulff, one of my all-time favorites. Don't be afraid to let it get wet and sink a bit too. Same thing if you have any Humpies, Stimulators or Adams. Bring some soft hackles too and a few streamers.
When are you coming over? I could leave some flies for you hidden along the road if you need some.
 
#9
Dashiell, those look great! I'd also tie up some CDC and Elk. I like to have some in different sizes and some with fairly light colored deer hair for the evening bite, which is when it works best.

Hans W's CDC and Elk:


And you can't go wrong with a Royal Wulff, one of my all-time favorites. Don't be afraid to let it get wet and sink a bit too. Same thing if you have any Humpies, Stimulators or Adams. Bring some soft hackles too and a few streamers.
When are you coming over? I could leave some flies for you hidden along the road if you need some.
THIS is the best thing I've ever seen posted on here. What a GAL thanks for building a strong community.
 
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OH and dude- As a regular hiker I want to be sure you know that road serves the Lake Stuart and Lake Colchuck trail heads. Those of some of the more popular trails in the Central Cascades. I suggest not going on a Saturday, cars are parking far down the road and people are everywhere. Also, regardless of what day you go, I suggest avoiding leaving your car on the road past dark. That road is a hot spot for tweaker breakins,they know it's a popular road that serves trails that rich seattle people hike.
 

Stream

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#13
THIS is the best thing I've ever seen posted on here. What a GAL thanks for building a strong community.
Thanks for the kind words. Like young Dasiell, I started fly fishing in high school but many, many moons ago. Back then, if you asked a fellow angler (who was catching fish) on the lake or stream what they were using, they'd show/tell you and then they'd usually give you one, especially if you were young. Just trying to paying it forward.
 
#14
Thanks for the kind words. Like young Dasiell, I started fly fishing in high school but many, many moons ago. Back then, if you asked a fellow angler (who was catching fish) on the lake or stream what they were using, they'd show/tell you and then they'd usually give you one, especially if you were young. Just trying to paying it forward.
That's awesome. I hope we can get back to that place soon.
 
#15
Dashiell, those look great! I'd also tie up some CDC and Elk. I like to have some in different sizes and some with fairly light colored deer hair for the evening bite, which is when it works best.

Hans W's CDC and Elk:


And you can't go wrong with a Royal Wulff, one of my all-time favorites. Don't be afraid to let it get wet and sink a bit too. Same thing if you have any Humpies, Stimulators or Adams. Bring some soft hackles too and a few streamers.
When are you coming over? I could leave some flies for you hidden along the road if you need some.
Nice! That one looks like a fairly quick tie, even for a beginner like me. I'm leaving today, and will probably be there around 6 or 7. As for flies, I think I have enough of them for this trip. I've been tying quite a lot lately, and I'll be able to finish a few more before I leave. However, you should know that the simple fact that you would be willing to do such a thing for someone you've never met made my day.