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Going up to Sea,,, next week first time in the area,be there for five days,willing to travel afew hours in any direction, suggestions where to wet a Spey line? Thanks All.:
 

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Thompson is about 5 hours as is the Deschutes two most famous rivers you could fish from Seattle. Probably some better bets though that are closer to you.

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There are rivers all around the area you'll be in...salmon are starting to trickle into some of them...The OP is a ferry and car ride away...
I would suggest once your in, you look up a local fly shop and go have a chat with them...
You'll be right near some great beaches for SRC and salmon as well...
 

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Hi,

As mentioned Skykomish, Snoqualmie that merge into the Snohomish river are not to far from the Seattle area. The Stillaguamish might also be within range. Fly shops to hit would be Patrick's, Avid Angler and Pacific Fly Fishers.
 

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Greendrake,

There are summer steelhead in the Skykomish, but it is a difficult river for a newcomer to find success on. It is also low and clear, but if the weather changes as I hear it will, it may have a lot of water by the weekend.

If your 5 days doesn't extend beyond Friday, I would suggest a trip to the Cowlitz at Blue Creek. Yes, it is the combat fishery public access, but it is often uncrowded on week days in the fall, as many people have switched over to salmon fishing. It is just over a 2-hour drive from Seattle and in my estimation is statistically your best bet for a hookup this week.

Feel free to PM if you wish to discuss.

Sg
 

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Thanks, RJ, Xman, Salmo,& biere, excellent ideas just what I would expect from Spey casters on these pages, very cool,,,,,
 

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This would also be my 'best guess.'

Greendrake,

There are summer steelhead in the Skykomish, but it is a difficult river for a newcomer to find success on. It is also low and clear, but if the weather changes as I hear it will, it may have a lot of water by the weekend.

If your 5 days doesn't extend beyond Friday, I would suggest a trip to the Cowlitz at Blue Creek. Yes, it is the combat fishery public access, but it is often uncrowded on week days in the fall, as many people have switched over to salmon fishing. It is just over a 2-hour drive from Seattle and in my estimation is statistically your best bet for a hookup this week.

Feel free to PM if you wish to discuss.

Sg
Hatchery/Dam is right there so when fish get there ... they're home.
 

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Skykomish

Yes there are theoretically summer runs in the Sky right now but if my summer has been any indication, they are few and very far between.
 

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Sad to hear.

The few and far between applies to the NF Stilly as well this year.
Old enough to remember when you were surprised when you didn't hook at least one fish. Landing was another matter.:saeek: Even the Sammish 'Slough' had a good run of winter Steelhead and Salmon. Salmon were headed for the hatchery on the south end of Lake Sam. Always thought that was a very odd place to put a hatchery; very odd.
 

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Fred,

12-13 years ago I expected to hook at least one fish each time I fished the NF Stilly for summer runs. Alas, it hasn't been like that for the last 9 or so years. I now you can fish it for weeks without a pull. And yes, it is sad.
 
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