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Hey there,

I'm new to the eastside of seattle. I have been bumbling around the rivers out hear for a few months now without much success. Chasing after trout in the various forks of the Snoqualmie and occasionally fishing for Salmon/steelhead on the Skykomish and Lower Sno.

Does anyone have suggestions on local guides? Ideally, I'm hoping to learn to better read and fish the waters out here. I have done a ton of research online but it's not translating to catching fish.

I have fished and lived in many other states and never had this much difficulty!!

Thanks,
John
 

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1. you cannot casually fish for salmon and steelhead and expect to have success. in this day and age the guys who are successful are out fishing all the time and have the mood of the river dialed. that's just the way it is with so few fish and so much competition for those fish.

2. trout fishing on the west side ain't so great. there is some once you get above migration barriers for salmon and steelhead but just the nature of western Washington rivers doesn't lend itself to great trout fishing. a handful or trout 9-12 inches and you have had a great day.
 

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2. trout fishing on the west side ain't so great. there is some once you get above migration barriers for salmon and steelhead but just the nature of western Washington rivers doesn't lend itself to great trout fishing. a handful or trout 9-12 inches and you have had a great day.
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Not true there can be amazing trout fishing in the upper tribs of PS rivers with fish reaching 20-24"
 

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Love the upper tribs..

Then on the way back afterwards, stop at some hike-in hot springs and cringe to find a bunch of nudists (4/5 are old dudes with man bewbs), and hike out to go home instead of jumping in...

Happened more than once.
 

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1. you cannot casually fish for salmon and steelhead and expect to have success. in this day and age the guys who are successful are out fishing all the time and have the mood of the river dialed. that's just the way it is with so few fish and so much competition for those fish.

2. trout fishing on the west side ain't so great. there is some once you get above migration barriers for salmon and steelhead but just the nature of western Washington rivers doesn't lend itself to great trout fishing. a handful or trout 9-12 inches and you have had a great day.
Thanks Rob, There is definitely a different set of skills required to catch fish out here. The trout population is not as robust as other places in the U.S. , but there are larger trout in the rivers. I have gone to several bridges in the snoqualmie area and watched schools of 18" trout schooling. The big questions is: how do i get them to bite?? They are out there but are super leary or just not feeding. I have tried nymphing, dries, morning, and evening. No success yet!
 

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1. you cannot casually fish for salmon and steelhead and expect to have success. in this day and age the guys who are successful are out fishing all the time and have the mood of the river dialed. that's just the way it is with so few fish and so much competition for those fish.

2. trout fishing on the west side ain't so great. there is some once you get above migration barriers for salmon and steelhead but just the nature of western Washington rivers doesn't lend itself to great trout fishing. a handful or trout 9-12 inches and you have had a great day.
Geez, I feel sorry for you guys on the west side. However, that does explain why I'm seeing more of you guys over here on Eastside waters.
 

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Geez, I feel sorry for you guys on the west side. However, that does explain why I'm seeing more of you guys over here on

Most are closed or have been most of the season, and most people are not willing to put forth the effort to walk more than 1/16 mile from the road to find willing and eager fish.
 
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