Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: All S-Rivers Above the Equator
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.
"Loud reels save lives".