Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Wesley laws, Jul 22, 2013.
It went left on the 2nd post. Never seen it happen that fast.
Some of these guys seem just too determined to change the subject, which leads me to believe that the fishing there is off the Richter Scale. Now i am going to make a point to get over there and explore! I've never fished the Stehiken, but now its moving up toward the top of my list.
its about as good as the cedar and just to far in my opinion to have any fishing value
My group of friends does a lot of hiking out there and we make a point to stop there for 3 days or so and its hard to standby and not fish that river. Just needed some pointers on what flys to use. I haven't fly fished in a while and would love to try it on that river. Thanks for some of the pointers everyone.
what would you use on the methow or Yakima?
it will be the same stuff in general maybe just different timing of the year. I suggest getting one of the orvis insect books or equivalent and learning what caddis, stones, and all the other freshwater bugs generally look like. it will pay dividends if you fish as far as east as maine all the way to Washington.
in fact I just realized I haave this book on my shitter stack at work.
it has full explanations of lifecycle of bugs, freshwater crustaceans, leeches and baitfish
personally I am a two hander whore and love swinging ugly ass leech patterns
You might want to bring some green drake flies (nymphs, emergers, adults). It may be a little early for that hatch but if it is cloudy, you never know. I've caught some really nice cutbows and rainbows in that stream during the drake hatch. Other than that, the typical stream fly selection also work (i.e. adams, black ant, caddis, pt nymphs, stone fly nymphs, egg patterns, sculpin etc.).
And believe me, it ain't too far. The scenery is amazing, there are no tweakers breaking in to your camp, very few fisherman (if any) and the fish can be quite large. Apparently Bass Turds hasn't been to Alaska, Montana, Patagonia or New Zealand to fish because none of them are too far either, even though they are much further than the Stehekin. I recommend the hydrofoil boat to get there!
I'd stop in at the fly shop and ask them.
You didnt catch my sarcasim about the cedar. I always tell people these rivers dont have fish and suck.
Im well aware of stehekin and what it holds. One day i will do the trek over. Until then i will be grease lining powerbait
Just watch out for this guy!!!
Couple things I would do. Not sure where you are staying but get ahold of Cliff Courtney up at the ranch, easy enough to email them. Find out if he is running his rafting trips and if he is take one. Lots of fun and you can find the holes as you take a beautiful float down the river from the ranch. Come back and fish them later, (take the bus up the valley and get off and fish your way back down). Also as mentioned earlier check with the fly shop, should call and make an appointment if necessary, or use them as a guide early in your trip to point out spots you can hit later. You may not be into it, but a BHP drifted into deep pools can be deadly. But no matter what the scenery is fantastic, and the food at the ranch beats most restaurants I've eaten at.
Fish don't eat flies up there, better off to stay in Chelan and catch the cutties down there for sure.
There's a fly shop in Stehekin??? I've been through there a few times and never noticed. I guess I was too distracted from the bakery smell.
I checked the fly shop's web pages. Looks like I'll have to get over there, one of these years before I get old. Not in the middle of Summer, though. Probably after it begins to cool off in the late Summer or early Fall.
I'll have to talk one of my fishing buddies into going.
Looks cheaper than New Zealand, Patagonia, or even Alaska.
These days how far up the road can you ride a bicycle??
Does the Park Service allow dispersed camping along the road or do you have to stay with the unwashed masses in a campground??
how long is the hike into the river ?
Alright, here is the skinny on fishing the Stehekin. Forget the bears - they are around, but unlikely to attack. A road parallels the river for about 10 miles. There is access everywhere. You can catch fish, mostly cutties, all day long if the flows are not too high. Rent a bike or catch the bus shuttle that makes 4 daily round trips from the Lady of Lake pier up to the top of fishable Stehekin. I recommend flying there from Chelan instead of taking the ferry. There is a fly fishing guide in Stehekin - call him for a half day of fishing and you will learn a lot. The river was running high when I was there, but still caught fish. In terms of wilderness and beauty, this is a world class destination. When I was there, the cook's son at ferry landing had just caught a big trout (rainbow if I recall) straight from the dock. Have a great trip. Stehekin is a magical place.
Guide is John Wilsey: http://stehekinfishingadventures.com/
Chelan Seaplanes: http://www.chelanseaplanes.com/ ($180 round-trip / 30 minutes each way vs. several hours with ferry)
Who do you contact for air charter?
I really will have to do this before the season is over. Lucky for me I have a plane to use
45 minutes from PAE to Stehekin!