Cedar

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by montana_sam, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. shadowcast

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    Thanks BASS. I'll give it a go. Yeah I'm beginning to wonder where they are. I'm used to being able to see fish migrate around me but I can't even spook them out with rocks lol. My best guess is that they're in DEEP, which would make sense given the clip of the water and relative lack of big objects to hide behind/under. Can be dangerous wading though for sure.
     
  2. Jsly

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    I fished up off the landsburg trail today went out around 2:30-3 n came home bout 7:45 picked up 9/10 little guys on drys saw a lot of little guys rising n lots of grey bugs on top of the water...I started off throwing sculpins n small weighted bunny leeches got a bump or two but waters to fast to get the flys down to the big fish so after an hr or two of nothing I switched it up n started throwin drys like stims Adams Mosquitos n that did the trick those little guys were crushing the mosquito pattern I was using...hard to find good water right off the trail though I had caught like 5 5-10"ers on stims n was on my way out n decided to fish right after the bridge put on a mosquito n picked up another 4/5 in like 30mins all little guys though the water was a little slower coming out from under the bridge but was deep so lots off roll casting n flip casting side arm n up n down stream with a 90 degree swing to try n drop it across the river...good day but nothing to brag about gotta go deep for the big guys but u can go pick off little guys all day on drys...biggest was maybe 10" n smallest was like 4/5" n of course he had to be the one to crush the fly poor little guy damn near swallowed it...lucky it had no barb n I was able to get him free easily...fun day but I'd like to see some bigger fish I think once the water slows n u can get flys down the big guys will start hitting just to fast n deep to get to the spots where their holding right now at least way up stream where I was...
     
  3. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    J- if you want 20 law abiding internet-searching fly guys and a bunch of spin fishermen hitting your favorite spot for fish between 5-10 inches with what worked for you, keep posting details, locations, times and flies. If that sounds like hell to you, think about writing a report like this.


    Not really, The Cedar is barbless fishing only...

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  4. Broderick Smith

    Broderick Smith SeaToTree

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  5. Jsly

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    first I'm well aware of the barbless catch and release law, and second the landsburg bridge/trail is by no means my favorite spot....although it seemed to be other ppls as I walked out with a trash bag of beer cans and bottles I collected along the shore of the water as I was fishing there today...If someone wants to go fish where I fished today let them (plz pick up your trash though) but there was nothing special about what I posted...I live 5mins from landsburg and a few other spots I can fish the cedar at so I was just posting my experience for the day...It's a well known spot already no secret and I didn't see but one guy fishing and he was coming out as I was going in...a few cars but idk if they were fishing or not cuz I didn't see em but there have been day's I've had to weave around guys down there at landsburg....yeah it does sound like hell trying to weave in and out of 20 guys on a stretch of water and i've had to do it on many rivers/lakes and it's not fun, but if someone wants to go do what I did today let em, I'll be hitting my other spots, the reason for the specifics was to see if anyone else had had better luck than me doing something different was all....I have my spots I go where I know I'll catch fish and have a better chance at a decent sized fish then where I was today and those spots stay with me...I've never asked anyone for a specific spot and never would but it doesn't hurt to point someone trying to get out in the right direction and let them do their own exploring...all I said was I fished below the bridge off the trail and mention a cpl flys, I don't think anyone will be super stoked about a few 5-10" fish...Yeah it was fun to catch but I'd rather have a chance at something bigger, those little guy's are peppered all the way down the cedar and there's a 100 different spots someone could go and do just as I did today, I know cuz I've done it...I'm not on here to give out my secret honey holes and not on here to ask for someone else's, but if someone can point me to a general area on any body of water I'm considering fishing I don't see it as a bad thing...that's why people join a forum/website like this is to help learn the fisheries and get a general idea of what to do when they get there...and like I said it's a well known spot I've been down there when there were quite a few guys along the river and so I don't think my little report is going to surprise anyone are bring out anymore people to that spot then those that already go there....if it does I guess they'll be outta my way when I do go hit my different favorite spots on the cedar that I like better.. :)
     
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  6. wlai

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    Sigh, here we go again....
     
  7. jjaims

    jjaims Make fishin’ your mission

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    Agreed! Most of the jerks out there lurking to pounce on someone's honey hole aren't the types who like c&r rivers and definitely not 5-10" trout. I enjoyed your post.
     
  8. shadowcast

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    LOL

    Yeah...I would be shocked if there's such thing anymore as a 'secret' spot on the Cedar. And actually the only ones I've seen on it are fly fisherman, not spin/etc. Who wants to catch minnows on a spinning rod? Thanks for all the info Jsly et al because I'm struggling on this river. It's my 'home' destination until I can figure out other possibilities. I figure an 8"er is better than 0"er lol.
     
  9. ICHI

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    Went today about 7:30pm lost a nymph fly and tied on a dry and two or three casts had a small on. No skunk wheeew!
     
  10. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    When I lived in Washington state, the Cedar was one of those rivers that one avoided like the plague. I don't like crowds. I like to fish in solitude. Me, one with nature.
     
  11. Jsly

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    I think those little fish are peppered all the way down the river...which is a good sign actually cuz it means their spawning but the bigger fish are SCARCE...I was lucky to get a cpl 16-18"ers over the past two weeks and I've caught quite a few fish but there seems to be a gap I haven't caught but maybe one in the 12-16" range so there either below 10 maybe 11" or bigger than 15-16" and my buddies who are fishing it as well have noticed the same thing, hardly any fish have been caught in the 12-16" range a lot of those little fish and a few over 16" and all of us I personally know fishing the river grew up in Maple Valley so we know the river well and those buddies I've talked to have fished it this year from landsburg to renton as I have...
     
  12. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith DBA BozoKlown406

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    I wonder if a lot of the mid-sized fish spend all year in the lake.
     
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  13. Darryl Pahl

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    I believe that's the exact case. In the summer (i.e., only the short time that it's open), the flows are too low, there's not enough deep pools, and the water temps rise due to a lack of vegetative cover. The fact that the lower couple of miles are heavily channelized I'm sure doesn't improve things. Likely fish come up from the lake to spawn, or follow the large runs of Sockeye up in the fall. But otherwise choose to spend their time in the lake.

    Whenever I've caught a big fish, it's always been right after opening day. I always thought that the larger ones just get poached out by summer but now I think they just have better places to be and things to do.
     
  14. Greg Price

    Greg Price Love da little fishies

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    Jsly,
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge about the cedar. I enjoyed your posts. The cedar is not a secret, so no worries of getting too many folks on the river. I fished the slow section below the library a few times out of my drift boat 4 years ago. I encountered a few powerbait fishermen and called wdfw on them. I bet the lower section gets heavy poaching. Just a fact of life fishing in urban areas. Again, I enjoy your posts - armchair fishing.
     
  15. Jim Speaker

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    I've caught most of the 18 inch or larger fish in June as well, but it's no hard and fast rule. The largest I landed, 23-inches, and a real slab of a rainbow, was in late August in a deep pool where I also landed a 19-incher. Now, that said, the Sockeye were in early, so it could be speculated that the big bows were following the run up from the lake.