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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-15-2009, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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a trip down south (Washington)

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i aint never fished south of the boarder ( i live in Vancouver bc) me and a buddy are thinking of going into Washington.

we are looking to hit one good river each week for the next 5 maybe 6 weeks. looking for a little direction ,what patterns ,as well as what rivers are within a 4 - 6 hour drive from Vancouver that have lots of good water. we plan on leaving the boat at home for now (to much hassle)

even a link would be a great help, or the name of a shop i could call would be cool to.

we are looking forward to swinging some flies in some of your rivers.

thanks in advance for your help

ps we plan on dirt bagging it, sleeping in a tent so if you know a good camp ground that would be great to!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2009, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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that's awesome thanks for the help.
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Oh, we all thought that by "fishing" with your buddy, tenting it, dirt bagging it, that you were doing it Brokeback Mountain style ... KIDDING. So you actually are going to fish? Well, in that case, hit up Kaufmann's Streamborn in downtown Seattle. They are a sponsor here. If you look up at the left hand corner of this website, you'll see, under the Spey Clave fish graphic, that there's a sponsors option. Click on that and there's a list of other reputable fly shops in Washington to choose from. Big picture, you have the Olympic Peninsula, Columbia River Basin and the Skagit River Basin. Fish are scarce.
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... Fish are scarce.
There are no doubt a huge number of folks down here who are in a state of disbelief that anyone would actually leave BC to fish here.

We have many rivers that have "lots of good water", but the numbers of fish in most are frightfully low.

All About the Fly is a WFF site sponsor (located within blocks of the Skykomish). They would be happy to help you with info on rivers in the Seattle area.

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we are under the impression that you guys get more fish that come back then we do.i have heard that some of your rivers have a daily limit of 6!? the fishing up here is very slow right now so we are looking at other options.

some of our rivers get maybe 100 winter runs back so , the numbers aint really there. keep in mind i m only talking about Vancouver here.

and yeah if the fishing is slow down there when we show up maybe some ruff man sex would make it interesting?
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Hey brood dude

I am a BC'er who spends some time chasing winter runs down in Wa. The license fees are very reasonable for us and the selection of good microbrews down in Wa. is quite nice as well.

I would suggest for your first weekend trip that you head down to Marblemont. You will be in striking distance of the main stem Skagit, Cascade and Sauk Rivers there. All are very nice and have healthy bull trout pops to hold you through those long spells between steely grabs.

Second weekend you could go hit the 3 "S" rivers that are all kind of bunched up just north of sea town. The Skykomish, Stillguamish and Snohomish. i have enjoyed my time on all of those systems.

After that you can check out the Oly Penn lots of great flows there that I have not fished in the winter, usually my OP trips are summer beach combing and hiking type deals.

Here are some resources for you to check out:

very helpfull website that posts bi-weekly statewide fishing and hunting reports

http://wdfw.wa.gov/do/weekendr/weekendr.htm

River levels

http://wa.water.usgs.gov/realtime/rt_latest_map.html

Regs and On-Line Licensing

https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/erules/index.jsp

and last but not least my washington fishing bible (available at RFT)

http://www.amatobooks.com/mm5/mercha...gory_Code=Maps

Shoot me a PM if you want more info.
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There are no doubt a huge number of folks down here who are in a state of disbelief that anyone would actually leave BC to fish here.

Thats funny, I hear that alot when I am down visiting your beautiful state. I wish it were true. Do you guys know that there is only 1 river within 3 hours of Vancouver that gets over 1000 steelhead back to it the infamous Vedder.

There is 1 other river that gets maybe around 1000 fish but it is all canyon and good fly water is limited. The next good sized return is a 2 hour ferry ride and a 2 hour drive away.

As for all our other rivers like brood dude says 1-3 hundred fish is all there is........sad but very true.

I know when you think BC you probably think Skeena country and see an idealized picture of it all, but that is 12 hours from here. Not much going on as far as steelheading in the south west corner.......
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