North Fork Stilly Condition

#31
Was out there yesterday below boulder. Weather was great, few bald eagles around. Clarity was still pretty bad. Couldn't see my boots at all while wading in 8-10" of water. I took some pics I'll try to upload from my phone. Sorry in advance about the quality
I'd fish that confidently. Only fish known holding water, work it slow with modified off color water winter tactics and enjoy the peace of having the river to yourself. You will be surprised...the fish you encounter will be fresh/unpressured and even grabby. I've caught steelhead in water I couldn't see my shoes more times than I can recall.

If I only fished when rivers were in text book condition I suppose I'd have more time to spend on here to beef up my post count and Internet credibility.

James
 

Andy D

Active Member
#33
I went out yesterday and there was 10 in to a foot of visibility. However I feel that fish can still be coaxed into moving in conditions like this. First this is different than the turgidity that we get in the fall and winter from rain and we all still fish through that. The fish have a easier time seeing up through this type of murk than during the fall, especially with the sun to help back light our flies. The fish are also more active right now than in the fall and more willing to move through colored water to investigate flies. Yesterday, while I did not catch anything, I did see a fish rise at a drifting leaf on the surface. Now a fish tjat will rise 3 to 4 feet through this water to nose a leaf will be willing to move half that for a fly. I am not suggesting anyone skate flies in water like this. just pu on something big and wiggly and fish it like it was the winter.
 

golfman44

5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
#38
For the record I was fishing way downstream of C-Post Rd (where the pic of my boots was taken) -- near deer creek. I didn't make it up that far to see a gate, but if that is the case then that is unfortunate.

I'm gone the rest of this week but I'll probably hit the stilly a few times the week after the 4th and keep this thread updated.

Have a nice and safe 4th everyone.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#39
Who put the gate at C-post? That's a USFS road, at least the bridge is USFS, so should be accessible to the public taxpayers who paid for it.

Sg
 
#40
I heard about it and just saw it from the hwy as I drove by yesterday.
From the Forest Service road conditions page...
"SL0-5500 Mt. Higgins INACCESSIBLE
NO PUBLIC ACCESS. This is road runs through private property with no public easement. There is a closed gate just before the bridge over the Stillaguamish River. Limited parking."
 

Andy D

Active Member
#41
I heard about it and just saw it from the hwy as I drove by yesterday.
From the Forest Service road conditions page...
"SL0-5500 Mt. Higgins INACCESSIBLE
NO PUBLIC ACCESS. This is road runs through private property with no public easement. There is a closed gate just before the bridge over the Stillaguamish River. Limited parking."
If the gate is right before the bridge there are a couple places to park. the above message makes it seem that way. Even if there is no parking there are other ways of getting to that water and it may be less pressured this way.
 

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