The river has dropped to its median flow or non-irrigation levels. From here on out the whole river will be accesible by foot for the most part. October caddis, craneflies, smaller caddis, beatis and smaller terrestrials will be the ticket from here until the snow flies. Bring your streamers as the yak is a great fishery in the fall and colder months for those larger meat eating rainbows and cutts. Nymph wise anything small mixed with a larger point fly will find fish. Stone/worm combo or stone/small BH nymph hung below an indicator or fished euro style will find those pickier fish that are unwilling to move to a swung streamer or dry.
Dries (Summer/Fall): #12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #12-16 Rio's Double body Caddis, #12-18 Purple haze, #8-12 Gypsy kings, #8-10 Chubbys, #16-18 BWO Sparkle Flag, #16-18 BWO Sparkle Dun, #18-22 midges in various colors from black to tan, terrestrials, bees, beetles, ants, etc
Streamers: String Leeches, Sculpzillas and Dolly Llamas, Buggers. Anything 2"-3" long with lots of movement will illicit a strike. White and red are good colors to play with as well.
Nymphs : #4-12 T.J hooker, #16-18 Psycho May, #6-10 Pat's Stone, #6-10 San Juan Worms, #16-20 Flashback Pheasant Tail, #16-18 Hares Ear, #14-18 Lightning bug, #14-16 Wybie Hares Ear, #16-18 Oilve Purdy John. Any of the afore mentioned in tungsten jig head are very effective in addition to standard versions. #18-22 Zebra Midges will be key during the colder months.
Remember not to crowd as we dont want to have our waters closed again! Call the shop for more fly suggestions and places to wade the river!
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Reported Sunday, September 27, 2020, 12:23 pm
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CLOSED FOR SEASON!
Poaching is a problem on the Cedar and if you encounter it call WDFW poaching hotline 1-877-933-9847.
Cedar river access map https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/watersheds/cedar-river-lake-wa/cedar-river-public-access.aspx
Stay up to date on boating hazzards in our King Co waters here; https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/boating/rivers.aspx
Reported Friday, September 18, 2020, 4:26 pm
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Flows have bumped to average fall flows so bring the waders and streamers! These fish aren't sophisticated so have fun with patterns. Go high or low as fish are spread out but migrating down river at the moment. Just about any technique you prefer will produce on the forks when it's fall but subsurface presentations will be the main game. Small streamers will turn heads and you might find a larger specimen. Try dead drifting and slow swinging a baby Sculpzilla or bugger but make sure to bring those sink tips this time of year. The dinner bell is ringing so bring the streamer rod and start swinging.
Dries (Summer)/Fall): Purple Haze # 14-18, Rubberlegged Stimulator #10-14, Royal Humpies #12-16, Royal Wulff #12-16, Parachute Adams #12-18, Elk Hair Caddis #14-18. Keep it simple here as our dry fly game isn't too sophsticated in western wa.
Streamers: String leeches, sculpzillas and Dolly Llamas, Buggers. Anything 1.5"-2" long with lots of movement will illicit a strike. Chuck it across or slightly upstream with a sink tip and let it ride.
Nymphs: YB Hares Ear #12-16, Pheasant Tails #16-20, Copper John varying colors #16-20, Zebra Midge #18-22, Pschyo May #18-20.
Reported Sunday, September 27, 2020, 11:59 am
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Need help planning a trip? Fall is prime time be out west and enjoy some of the best hatches of the season. We are well versed in fishing Montana so we can always help. Time to get out and explore as the rivers are in shape. The mighty MO (Missouri river) has been fishing well. It always produces early and late with consistent hatches. Great time to get out for some midge and BWO dry fly action. The Bitteroot and the whole Clark fork valley are great to explore as are the Yellowstone and Missouri tribs. PMD's, trico's, hoppers, salmon flies, small stones, caddis, and streamers are the usual suspects. The MO is a great place to swing soft hackles and leeches/streamers with the two hander. Grab the spey rod and go!
South West Montana Fishing Reports:http://www.sunriseflyshop.com/montana-fishing-reports/
Reported Friday, September 18, 2020, 4:27 pm
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West and Eastside Lowland Lakes
Eastside lakes: Wait for night time temps to be consistently in the 50's to start chasing trout again on basin lakes. Wait a few weeks and they should be cool enough to be productive.
Westside lakes: Cooler nights are nearing but still a little warm for trout in the lowland lakes. A good time to fish some higher elevation water. Rattlesnake lake is always worth a shot at any time in the season. Same rules apply here leeches, baitfish, and midges will be on the menu. Get your floating and sinking line out to start covering some water. Stocking of lowland lakes usually occur in late Feb-Mar for both sides of the state. Keep up to date on the weekly stocking report from WDFW. https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?orderby=StockDate
Reported Sunday, September 27, 2020, 12:01 pm
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Time to start focusing on these fish moving into deeper water and drop-offs. Smallies will be more active with cooler water temps. Bull frogs, baitfish of any kind and crayfish are big meals this time of the year. Sammamish will stay warmer longer than Lake Washington as a general rule. Look for bass to be in shallower water/warmer temp contours with heavy structure but access to feeding shoals and drop offs etc. Smallies like to suspended on underwater humps, ledges, and rock piles. Don't be afraid to fish in 10-30' of water either. These fish can and do go deep at times.
Cover those lily pads, docks, submerged timber and anywhere with heavy structure. Think smaller natural stuff on the pressured areas but jiggy and leggy are the name of the game. Bullfrog tadpoles, salamanders, crayfish, and juvenille salmonids are common and can be a big food item. Perch or stickleback colored patterns in Lake Washington are eaten by just about anything including big trout.
When targeting smallies look for rip rap structure, wood, or underwater humps to hold fish as their favorite food crayfish likes big rocky areas to hide. Smallies tend to do better early and later on with colder temps as largemouth prefer warmer water and a hard bottom to spawn on. Look for sunning carp and target them with a carp candy or something small and natural with rubber legs.
Reported Sunday, September 27, 2020, 12:14 pm
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Migratory coho will continue through late fall and cutthroat fishing will pick up on the south sound. Lots of fish migrating into its fertile waters bringing with them extra biomass and life. This means lots of concentrated food in places. Resident coho should be out with cutts and be a litlle bigger after feeding all summer. South sound is a good area to explore for them. Lots of baitfish around (herring, surf smelt, and sandlance) with salmon fry to add to the mix come late winter. North sound cutthroat will mostly head for the large rivers to stay through winter- june, but the south sound fish will stay out to party and then head into their natal streams Feb-Mar to spawn.
Cutthroat tend to concentrate on oyster beds and eel grass flats, cobblestone and rocky bottoms but avoid mud mostly. Look for water with lots of structure and a depth of no more than 20'. Most of the fishing takes place in under 10' of water. Saltwater sculpin species are popular food in colors ranging from olive to gray. Sculpins are spiny so cutts may tend to hit/stun them, then come back around to finish them. If you notice lots of short strikes pause and let that fly sit to see if they come back. Marine worms (polychaete) are a pattern to always keep in your box and when they spawn it can be good fishing. A floating line or full intermediate and a small baitfish pattern is all you need. Remember to watch your tides, two hours before or after the tide changes are a good rule of thumb.
Salmon tend to follow consistent migratory patterns and utilize the shoreline for navigation. These areas can be well known or secret but all are seasonal. Points, large drops, and areas with access to deep water will all be areas they like to call home and or travel through. Earlier fish tend to head for the south sound and later fish tend to be northern sound fish. with their natal streams being north of Seattle.
Streamers: RIO's just keep swimming #4, Seth's sand eel #4 (dark or light), Clouser minnows in chartreuse, blue, pink, and white (#4-8), Baitfish poppers are also worth a shot to see what's around and feeding. Sea habits and deceivers in smaller sizes will imitate the herring and sandlance. Colder months we tend to use smaller patterns summer. Shock N' Awes #6 in olive/white, chartreuse/white, and pink/white are another good one to never leave home without. Keep it simple on the sound and cover as much water as possible. In late winter never leave home without chum/pink fry in your box.
Reported Sunday, October 11, 2020, 12:31 pm
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Pass and Lone Lakes
Lots of chrinomids and with cooler temps they will come out in force. Damsels, leeches and streamers will continue to fish well until it gets too chilly. Fishing two flies or three of varying size and color is always a good way to figure out what they are keying in on. You might see a few callibeatis and october caddis with cooler nights. We also at times see a flying ant hatch but it varies. A balance leeches/streamers suspended under an indicator and stripped slowly along weedbeds/structure is another option and gets better as the beds grow. Keep moving if your not hooking anything in one particular area. Take a deep 6 sinking line and hug the bottom with a crayfish pattern or leech. Keep that floating line handy though as you will need it for streamers and chironomids. Get those streamers out now!
Pass lake has introduced fathead minnows and the fish take every advantage of them. They enter the shallows during mating time and become vulnerable to browns and big mean rainbows. Spawning season for the fathead minnow starts in late May to early June when water temperature exceeds 60° F. It goes into mid-August when the water temperatures begin to cool.
Chironomids: Ice cream cones #14-18 in assorted colers, Doubled bead chrinomids #10-16, Halo midge #18, Double didget midge #14-18, Zebra midges #16-20, Kent Witlits #10-16, Chans chromie #12-18.
Streamers: Red nosed dace #4-8, Black nosed dace #4-8, Mickey finn #4-8, White wooly buggers #4-8, Balance leech (varying colors) #6-12.
Reported Sunday, October 11, 2020, 12:32 pm
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Time for fall cutthroat and salmon on the coast! Watch your flows and weather and plan accordingly. Historically the west end peninsula rivers had very small runs of summer steelhead so its moslty a winter fish show in Jan-April. Focus on salmon and cutthroat if you are planning a summer/fall trip, Check your regulations as the ONP regulations may differ. Be sure to be around after a good rain as flows drop. Sea run cutts and bull trout are great species to target with 3wt-5wt rods. These fish will move with big tidal pushes and bumps in flows. Feed them some small streamers or waking flies. Lots of fishing to be done all year, from alpine lakes too little creeks and big glacial fed rivers the coast has it all. Bring your rain jacket, no expectations, bear spray, a good map and an attitude to explore.
With so few wild fish left we need to fish in manners which don't put constant pressure on them. Methods that allow the fish to move actively to the fly greatly reduce the pressure on non-biting or non active fish and hopefully allow more fish to spawn. Steelhead fishing is not a numbers game and trying to catch as many in a day is harmful to the resource. Limiting your impact and swinging flies is a great way to find fish. Get out of the boat stretch those legs and remind yourself why you are here. To see current info on run size and timing visit here: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/score/score/species/steelhead.jsp?species=Steelhead
Dries (Summer/Fall): Caddis #12-16, October caddis #6-10, Midges in varying colors/sizes #18-24, small terrestrials (ants, beetles, crane flies, bees, black flies) #12-18, and large terrestrials (hoppers, crickets, flying termites, spiders) #4-8.
Streamers: String leeches, sculpzillas, Dolly Llamas, Buggers, reverse spiders. Anything 1.5"-2" long with lots of movement will illicit a strike. Chuck it across or slightly upstream with a sink tip and let it ride.
Nymphs: October caddis #12-14, Bird of prey caddis #6, YB hares ear #12-16, Pat's Stone #6-10, San Juan Worms, Pheasant tails #16-20, Hares ears #16-20 in tungsten jig head or standard versions, Copper johns varying colors #16-20, Zebra midge #18-22, Kauffman's stone golden/tan #8-12, Pschyo mays #18-20.
Reported Sunday, September 27, 2020, 1:05 pm
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Skagit & Sauk
We are patiently waiting to see what 2020-21 brings us. Last winter there was no NO C&R season due to low forecasted steelhead returns https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/catch-and-release-steelhead-fishery-will-not-open-skagit-sauk-rivers-amid-projected-low. We are still in limbo as to a spring 2021 C&R season.
Be sure to also watch https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/erules/ for emergency closures and updates on the season. WDFW budget was not fully funded this fiscal year, putting this C&R season in jeopardy. Remember to voice your opinion to your local state representative and show them you care about our fish and rivers! We as recreational anglers pay the most but also stand to loose the most. With so few wild fish left we need to fish in manners which don't put constant pressure on them. Methods that allow the fish to move actively to the fly greatly reduce the pressue on non-biting or non active fish and hopfully allow more fish to spawn. Steelhead fishing is not a numbers game and trying to catch as many in a day is harmful to the resource. Limiting your impact and swinging flies is a great way to find fish. Get out of the boat stretch those legs and remind yourself why you are here.
Reported Sunday, September 27, 2020, 12:17 pm
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Snow has started to fly up high so time to call it a day. Hatches for next summer/fall; october caddis, spruce moths, crane flies, traveling sedge, midges, beatles, bees, carpenter ant, termites, mixed mayfly species and callibaetis are all possible depending on the lake. Skate a Goddard caddis in the evening if you see large sedges. Get those buggers and beetles ready for gin clear water and hungry cutthroat or goldens. A short 3wt or 4wt is a great tool for these waters. A box of balance leeches, foam beattles/ants, scuds, callabeatis nymphs (gray soft hackle), hoppers and sedges of varying sizes will be all you need. Remember the old saying "Pack out what you pack in" and check out WDFW alpine lake fishing planner for locations to explore: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/locations/high-lakes/overabundant
Dries: Caddis #12-16, October caddis #6-10, Midges in varying colors/sizes #18-24, small terrestrials (ants, beetles, crane flies, bees, black flies, spruce moths) #12-18, and large terrestrials #4-8.
Streamers: Balance leeches #8-12 (varying colors), Wooly buggers #8-10 (varying colors). Keep it simple!
Nymphs: October caddis #12-14 ,YB hares ear #12-16, Midges #18-20, Soft hackles gray/natural #12-18, Carey special #8-12, Six pack #8-12.
Reported Sunday, October 11, 2020, 12:34 pm
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