I have not been out to the Sky yet for winter fishing this year, so take this with a major grain of salt. (I have tried fishing the Snoqualmie a couple of times recently and, to borrow Wish4fish's term, it was a "zoo" - composed almost exclusively of gear guys. In fact, it was so crowded that I tried fishing the Tolt, which isn't great fishing but in my experience usually is pretty devoid of anglers, but it was swarming with gear guys too. Whatever you do, stay away from Tokul Creek -- shees, what a sordid scene.) Anyway, regarding the Sky, sometimes you get lucky and Buck Island on the back side of Monroe is not crowded. I have been there a number of times by myself or with maybe one or two other anglers. The park you park at to get there is often swarming with gear guys, but you have to wade to get to Buck Island (unless you bushwack in from the opposite end by droping down from Highway 2) and lots of gear guys aren't equipped for wading. Also, if the river is low enough, there is a lot of available water at the 2-Bit hole (you get there by driving down the driveway of a farm right on Ben Howard Road - think that's the road it's on - and through a gate between a couple of sheds; 8 bits to get in now, but still a great deal). There's usually plenty of anglers there but again, my experience is that if you walk up river you often can find some elbow room. Wish4fish is right though about boats. Be prepared for wakes from jet sleds, etc. It isn't exactly peaceful. The public fishing spot on the other side of the bridge just outside Goldbar is usually swarming, but on occasion I've gotten lucky by walking upstream from the bridge and found some solitude.