Wading The Rivers In The Area

Red Arch

Active Member
#16
Keep your five weight Winston!!!

Just because you might not need it for rivers, does not mean you wont be using one should you get into Lakes!
I was slightly outgunned against a 27 inch rainbow in a lake. The 5 would open lakes up more then a 3.
 
#17
Never caught a cutthroat. I love using my 3wt. Guess I'll give my brother my 5wt. My rods for trout are Winston's. I've been told they're a little "slow" for the "West". But if you're using a glass rod, I should be fine. Thanks for the information.

I'd hang onto that 5wt for the Yak, Cedar and cutties on the main stem Snoqualmie.
 
#18
I appreciate everyone's input on this thread. I've never fished lakes for trout. Wasn't a popular pastime in Michigan. We mostly went after pike, musky, and smallies, on streamers. I'm very interested in trying the ocean run fishing. The picture I have on here is of a lake run brown, taken in north of Batavia, NY. So lake run/ocean run sounds enticing. We'd get onto the steelies coming in from Lake Michigan or Huron, for the winter steelhead runs in MI. I will look hard around this area. My brothers will be new to the sport. After teaching them to cast, mend and properly present a fly, I want them to experience the feeling of a rising trout taking a dry. I also want them to experience a hatch. The first time I saw a cloud of BWO's coming off the river on a cloudy day, my jaw just dropped. Thank you again everyone.
 

Kyle Smith

DBA BozoKlown406
#19
My best advice for the Middle Fork is to get away from the road. Wear pants to avoid the nettles, and fish a dry with a dropper. The bigger fish (10-12") hit nymphs and small streamers. And don't fish up there until July 5th, when summer begins in western WA.
 
#22
Once you've got fishing on the Yak dialed in on a drift boat, you will never go back to just wading it. Not needed for Snoqualmie forks. I live about 15 minutes from you. Let me know if you want to go out sometime. Welcome to the area and to the forum. PM me if you want to get out in the next few weeks.

As for time of year, on the MF, I have caught the biggest CTs I have seen--a couple of 15inchers--in the winter there on streamers. You can fish it all year but you have to watch the flows and change tactics.
 

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#23
I'm beginning to believe sunshine, for more than 10 minutes a day, is illegal in these parts. Looking forward to summer in a desperate way.
You do know that summer does not arrive over there until July and leaves in September?

I only lived west of the Cascades for 8 months and it was the worst eight months of my life. My wife has even a more severe reaction to cloudy skies!!! We managed to survive in Wenatchee by leaving for southern climes between Thanksgiving and President's day. While I was working I switched all our vacation times to winter and flew to Hawaii or Mexico for at least three weeks. Now we just head to Arizona with the 5th wheel. We did spend this winter in Wenatchee and thankfully we only had one extended stay of gray weather.

Living west of the Cascades is difficult for many people. Lewis and Clark even had an issue with it!!! Anyway, don't let it get you down....BUT....plan for dealing with it. Living in the gray and not enjoying LIFE it is a horrible way to live.

I think....you can survive living in western Washington. However, you need to be really proactive in housing, vacations, exercise, and deal with the gray.

While I was working I really lived in fear that I would be transferred over the hill. So I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could survive over there. I thought it might be possible, but thankfully I never had to put my plan into action.
 
#24
You do know that summer does not arrive over there until July and leaves in September?

I only lived west of the Cascades for 8 months and it was the worst eight months of my life. My wife has even a more severe reaction to cloudy skies!!! We managed to survive in Wenatchee by leaving for southern climes between Thanksgiving and President's day. While I was working I switched all our vacation times to winter and flew to Hawaii or Mexico for at least three weeks. Now we just head to Arizona with the 5th wheel. We did spend this winter in Wenatchee and thankfully we only had one extended stay of gray weather.

Living west of the Cascades is difficult for many people. Lewis and Clark even had an issue with it!!! Anyway, don't let it get you down....BUT....plan for dealing with it. Living in the gray and not enjoying LIFE it is a horrible way to live.

I think....you can survive living in western Washington. However, you need to be really proactive in housing, vacations, exercise, and deal with the gray.

While I was working I really lived in fear that I would be transferred over the hill. So I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could survive over there. I thought it might be possible, but thankfully I never had to put my plan into action.
you make it sound way worse than it is. rain jacket plus determination will get you through the grey skies and rain. try AK Nov-Jan.
 
#25
You do know that summer does not arrive over there until July and leaves in September?

I only lived west of the Cascades for 8 months and it was the worst eight months of my life. My wife has even a more severe reaction to cloudy skies!!! We managed to survive in Wenatchee by leaving for southern climes between Thanksgiving and President's day. While I was working I switched all our vacation times to winter and flew to Hawaii or Mexico for at least three weeks. Now we just head to Arizona with the 5th wheel. We did spend this winter in Wenatchee and thankfully we only had one extended stay of gray weather.

Living west of the Cascades is difficult for many people. Lewis and Clark even had an issue with it!!! Anyway, don't let it get you down....BUT....plan for dealing with it. Living in the gray and not enjoying LIFE it is a horrible way to live.

I think....you can survive living in western Washington. However, you need to be really proactive in housing, vacations, exercise, and deal with the gray.

While I was working I really lived in fear that I would be transferred over the hill. So I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could survive over there. I thought it might be possible, but thankfully I never had to put my plan into action.
I came here from Austin, TX. I look forward to the milder summers, and the lack of drought, but I'm used to 250-300 days of sunshine a year. This is going to be a bit of a challenge. I'll say this however, this is some of the prettiest country I've ever had the pleasure to see. Guess I'll have to buy a "sun lamp", and spend a couple hours a day, under it.
 

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#26
you make it sound way worse than it is. rain jacket plus determination will get you through the grey skies and rain. try AK Nov-Jan.

No...it is all mental. Every once in awhile we get a west-side day in Wenatchee. We get out of bed around 10:00am!!!

Some people can live with gray skies.....I can't.

Alaska was off my list for that reason!!! However, I did have a lot of friends that lived in Alaska and most hated it. I got a lot of good advice on how to cope.

But there are things you can do to make it better. That was the mistake I made while living west of the Cascades. I just kept waiting for the weather to change and it never did. I should have changed!!
 
#27
No...it is all mental. Every once in awhile we get a west-side day in Wenatchee. We get out of bed around 10:00am!!!

Some people can live with gray skies.....I can't.

Alaska was off my list for that reason!!! However, I did have a lot of friends that lived in Alaska and most hated it. I got a lot of good advice on how to cope.

But there are things you can do to make it better. That was the mistake I made while living west of the Cascades. I just kept waiting for the weather to change and it never did. I should have changed!!
well put, i grew up in cashmere and it was easy. rain when ya wanted it and sun rest of the time. wind has been lame lately though
 

Greg Price

Love da little fishies
#28
I just moved to North Bend, WA, and have a couple of questions. Are the rivers in this area, wading rivers, or do you need a drift boat. I have fished most of the rivers in Michigan, for trout - steelhead - and salmon. And most of them, compared to what I see around here, are more like streams or brooks, in comparison. Most of my trout experience is in Michigan and the eastern U.S. and Canada. The gradients seem much higher here, and the water much faster flowing.

Any insight would be appreciated. I'm a catch and release fisherman, and will be trying to teach a couple of my brothers the joys of fly fishing. HELP! PLEASE!
Hi Les,

Welcome to the area, welcome to the forum.

You are fortunate to live in N Bend. I love the South Fork Snoquamlie. I fished it 14 times in July and August of last year. Hotter the better. Summer sunsets when the high is at least 80 degrees seems to bring out surface feeding. I have never dunked a wet fly or streamer here. Sometimes this lasts thru the middle of September. Wading in May - June can be life threatening due to swift water. Middle of July generally brings levels down so you can wet wade miles of river. Cutties, Rainbows and Brook trout are in abundance on small elk hair caddis or similar flies. Very aggressive, but smallish. The upper reaches hold a majority of fish are in the 4-6 inch range. I use a 2 wt and have never felt outgunned, even by the "monster" 9 inchers I hook on occasion.

Yak river has beautiful, hard fighting native trout. You need a drift boat to fish it in the summer months, but the river goes down in the fall and can be wade fished after labor day weekend. Some of my favorite times to fish it is Middle Sept through October. You will need waders, but not a drift boat. I used to fish the Yak a lot in the summer, but my love of small aggrisive trout and wet wadinghe South Fork Snoqualmie has eclipsed my love of fishing in 90 degree heat in an aluminum drift boat. I prefer the more tranquil fall flows on "The Yak" and use my boat to access areas to wade fish. 5 or 6 weight rod will do you good on this river. Large trout, high wind and large flies are par for the course.


Rattlesnake lake is a good local option in April/May when the river is running too high and you do not feel like the drive to the yak or stillwaters on the dry side of the state. You need a small boat or tube to fish this effectively. 5wt rod is perfect for this lake.

Again, welcome. I think you picked a great town for fly fishing small trout in your back yard.
 
#30
Hi Les,

Welcome to the area, welcome to the forum.

You are fortunate to live in N Bend. I love the South Fork Snoquamlie. I fished it 14 times in July and August of last year. Hotter the better. Summer sunsets when the high is at least 80 degrees seems to bring out surface feeding. I have never dunked a wet fly or streamer here. Sometimes this lasts thru the middle of September. Wading in May - June can be life threatening due to swift water. Middle of July generally brings levels down so you can wet wade miles of river. Cutties, Rainbows and Brook trout are in abundance on small elk hair caddis or similar flies. Very aggressive, but smallish. The upper reaches hold a majority of fish are in the 4-6 inch range. I use a 2 wt and have never felt outgunned, even by the "monster" 9 inchers I hook on occasion.

Yak river has beautiful, hard fighting native trout. You need a drift boat to fish it in the summer months, but the river goes down in the fall and can be wade fished after labor day weekend. Some of my favorite times to fish it is Middle Sept through October. You will need waders, but not a drift boat. I used to fish the Yak a lot in the summer, but my love of small aggrisive trout and wet wadinghe South Fork Snoqualmie has eclipsed my love of fishing in 90 degree heat in an aluminum drift boat. I prefer the more tranquil fall flows on "The Yak" and use my boat to access areas to wade fish. 5 or 6 weight rod will do you good on this river. Large trout, high wind and large flies are par for the course.


Rattlesnake lake is a good local option in April/May when the river is running too high and you do not feel like the drive to the yak or stillwaters on the dry side of the state. You need a small boat or tube to fish this effectively. 5wt rod is perfect for this lake.

Again, welcome. I think you picked a great town for fly fishing small trout in your back yard.