Dream Streams

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by jmara6864, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. jmara6864

    jmara6864 Active Member

    A lot of people wouldn't put Washington on a list of top trout destinations but it deserves more credit than it gets. This report details my recent experiences on a few of my favorite streams. All are within 3hrs of Seattle but I won't tell you their names or general location. Not to be a jerk but only because no one told me about them. I had to study maps, drive for hours, and hike my ass off to find them. Not to mention it's small water that won't be helped by hoards of fisherman. It will be more rewarding when you find them yourself anyway. First the mountain streams.

    This is a pic of my buddy Mike casting to some huge bows, brookies and browns. We didn't manage to land any of the big guys on this outing but we saw some monsters and have caught them earlier this summer.
    A nice rainbow
    This bat was eager to take my fly as we fished until it was to dark to see.
    This is probably the most beautiful hole I've fished. Fishing was tough here due to gin clear water.
    Danny fishing some pretty water.
    A decent brookie any day.
    Stopped and did some creek fishing on the was home.
    Caught this lil guy in a small pool. Put up a good fight and was fat n healthy. Caught about 30 this size in 4hrs.
    Prettiest fish of the day.

    Now for what is my personal favorite stream in Washington.
    Most of the rainbows in this stream are around this size.
    A nice westslope cutty.
    This was the nicest cutt I caught. He had the most blood red throat slashes I've ever seen.
    I believe this is a westslope/rainbow hybrid. This is the first one I've seen on this stream.
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    Hole after hole like this. Saw a few steelhead and salmon in these holes.
    More pretty water.
    I love desert streams like this. I caught an uncountable number of rainbows mostly 8-10 and pulled the fly right out of a 16-20 cutt just downstream from here. Luckily the one in the above pic almost made up for it the next day. Hope you enjoyed the report and happy hunting!
  2. olypenjeeper

    olypenjeeper Active Member

    Awesome pics man! Thanks for sharing.
  3. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    I agree, Washington has rivers and streams teaming with small fish, and some not so small. It's just a matter of getting out there and exploring. I've fished a ton of streams and I still have a huge list of moving water that I haven't even seen, but I know holds trout.
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  4. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    Simply great post! I appreciate everything about it.
    I will say that your desert and my desert don't look anything alike......but I like them both.:D
  5. Nick Clayton

    Nick Clayton Active Member

    Stuff like this gives me hope for the future of my ten year old son. Its good to know that the world isn't as completely effed as it seems. Thank you very much for sharing.
  6. orangeradish

    orangeradish Bobo approved

    Everything about your report was super awesome. Thanks, man.
  7. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

  8. Steve Vaughn

    Steve Vaughn Member

    Thanks, those are beautiful pics of beautiful places. That is why we trout fish, right?
  9. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

    Beautiful water!
  10. surfnsully

    surfnsully Active Member

    Beautiful Picts and nice report. Thanx
  11. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

  12. Puget Sound Pimp

    Puget Sound Pimp Banned or Parked

    Wouldn't be the first time someone caught a bat. They sure love eating dry flies as much as the trout.
  13. rwbailey05

    rwbailey05 GO COUGS

    Awesome pictures and spots. You truly have found some gems close to Seattle!
  14. Thomas Sath

    Thomas Sath Member

    4th picture down, completely breath-taking. Frame worthy!
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  15. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

    I could not agree more......stunning!
  16. BoneCollector

    BoneCollector Lost my MARBLES!!!!!

    Great report and I love the pics! Those rainbows you are catching may just be steelhead smolt especially if you are seeing steelhead up in there! Nice Job!

  17. JackJester

    JackJester Member

    One of the best reports (photo show) I've ever read. Your research and exploration have resulted in some real gems. Next time someone comes looking for a hand out....posting - "where can I catch big fish in small streams in WA?"... we should simply link to this post and say "Do Your Homework." Time for me to whip out the maps and Goggle Earth and look for some new spots. Thanks for the motivation.
  18. Joe Goodfellow

    Joe Goodfellow Active Member

    Have you been to the head waters of the first pic? ImageUploadedByTapatalk1348208026.364896.jpg
  19. Bradley Miller

    Bradley Miller Dances with fish

    LOVE your first photo.
    You're at least as good a photographer as you are an angler.
    Nice, nice work, dude.
  20. Richard Torres

    Richard Torres Active Member

    I agree, and I like it that way.

    Nice job with some of your pics, thank you for sharing them with us.