KIller Day on SF Snoqualmie

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Brookie_Hunter, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. A little bit of overcast really helped the fishing today. Tiny tan caddis were fairly abundant late morning and the fish were eating. Never caught so many larger fish that high up.


    I didn't notice him at all as I was reaching for my rod but that little bastard was getting ready to bite me.

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  2. Brookie,

    Nice pics. Thanks for sharing them. I love the upper reaches of the S Fork, but have not been there for a couple of years.

    Those are monster trout for the S Fork.

    Glad it is fishing as well as the last few years.
  3. Awesome! I've been wanting to get back up ther
  4. Now that looks like a fun time!
  5. good for you!
  6. Niiiice Dave! You're inspiring me to get out tomorrow...
    Did you fish an EC?
  7. Thanks Derald. You bet. But a graphite one, a 7ft, 3wt EC Granger XG.
  8. Yeah, but you wouldn't die from that bite.
  9. I am wondering if we are beginning to see some positive results from all of the C&R on the SF? I certainly have been seeing more larger fish throughout the system.

    Others? Thoughts?
  10. No doubt in my mind it's working. Hey when we going fishing? I'm open all next week. Shoot me a PM!
  11. True OMJ but I've never seen a snake on a SF before a couple days ago and I've encountered one each of the last two times out.
  12. What has changed on the SF regs?

    Can someone refresh my memory? I thought in years past that it was catch and keep for trout 8 inches or over.

    I see now that it is catch and keep for trout 10 inches and over. Wish they would just make it a catch and release for all fish, fly fishing only stream.

    This is the first year in over 10 years fishing the SF that I have caught trout over 8 inches.
  13. Most who fly fish and don't eat fish, catch and release all their fish. So sizes don't mean much to those who do.

    I was on the N/F one time and I cast into a hat sized hole. I caught a 3" fish, A cutthroat I believe it was. It's back was the blackest that I had ever seen on a fish of the trout family.
  14. Small water is spiritual healing. Thanks for the post
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  15. I don't think the regs have changed for the SF. It has always been catch & keep during the summer months and C&R the rest of the year. There are too many campgrounds up there with families who want to keep fish for the state to change that.

    As for garter snakes on the Snoqualmie forks, they are everywhere. Many garter snakes are semi-aquatic and you will see them swimming in the river frequently. Much of their prey is aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates. If you don't see them often, it is a testament to their camoflage markings and ability to still.

  16. Thanks for the report and pics, Dave. Nice job.

    I'm headed out there tomorrow, now I'm even more excited about it.
  17. On the subject of fish health in the forks... I did see a 15+ inch fish last night casually swim 10 ft from me, along with two other 12+ inchers, with one of these probably being bigger but I could only clearly see the chrome belly. I was stunned. I've caught thousands of little guys and a few dozen 10-12" up there, but these three fish all feeding together were the 3 biggest I've ever seen on the forks ... And they were all in the same pool.

    That being said, I saw some kids bonk a few 6-8 inch fish up by thinkham. Regs are nice but following them is the issue. On a fishery like the forks I think "getting off the beaten path" is quite important
  18. Last year was the first year in a long time that I did not catch a +12 inch fish on the SF. It was an off year for me. A friend who frequents the same section of the river slayed them and was into large fish every time out. Go figure. His theory last year was big dries with legs.

    I have only been out once to the SF so far and landed the largest fish I have every caught or so it seemed on the 2wt :) fish was in the 16 inch class.

  19. Are those westslope cutthroat abundant up there?
  20. My luck is continuing...caught two even bigger ones this morning.

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