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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Help w/ Seattle March 7-14

Dear Friends,

I'm coming down from Anchorage for a family visit to Seattle in mid-March. Of course I'm bringing rods. Albeit a family trip, I wish to fish. Can anyone direct me to short range trips so I can throw a line. It's family, so I don't want to be stuck in a car with these people for hours of driving and FFF (forced family fun). Nearby rivers? I understand the farther away from urban areas the better, but I would rather fish than drive with my limited time. Also, what should I be tying now?

Thanks so much to you all!
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It is still up in the air if we will have a spring season on the Skagit and Sauk (1 1/2 hours north). If they are open, they are your closest bet and will have fish at that time. As for patterns, they run the spectrum but you can't go wrong with string leeches, big marabous, intruders or mid to large sized traditional spey patterns. Colors to cover would be black, purple, and orange or any combination that gives you confidence. Reds, yellow, pinks, blues and olive also work.

If WDFW closes these rivers, your only choice is to go to the OP and this is a bit more of a trip.

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The Skagit sounds like fun. I'll throw a Skagit line. How befitting. That should be closer to Bellingham I assume. That is one town I want to check out. I've heard about the area and the schools. When not on the water, I'm a HS teacher.Thanks so much.
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Bellingham is north of the Skagit but yes, probably closer to it than Seattle proper. As it gets closer PM me and if it is going to be open, I can point you to a few places.

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If your stuck in Seattle and need a quick fix, beach fishing on the Sound is a reasonable and sometimes rewarding option. It's not necessarily spey casting, though it could be...

You'll want a rod in the 5/6 wt range w/ floating or intermediate line. The fish are 8-18" sea run cuttthroat trout, resident Coho and young chinook (blackmouth). Any shoreline park can be good (points with streams are best). Flies (barbless by law) are small (1-3") baitfish patterns and/or smaller shrimp/krill patterns.

Cover as much water as you can, from 2' off the beach to as far as you can cast- the fish move around a lot with the tide, etc.

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Wow, thanks so much. So generous, so genuine. Fly fishers are such a great crew. I can't wait to throw a line. The temp hasn't been above single digits for about a week and half. Alaskan out.
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