Fly Fishing the South Fork of the Snoqualmie August 16th

  • August 16, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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Hello Fly Anglers! We have some members anxious to get out and fish. I couldn't agree more. One of our newer members, Dave Skipton suggested an outing on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. This is a good area for fly fishing, especially those newer to the sport. This is a fairly short drive for those living in the greater Seattle area. Because of the easy access, there is a fair amount of fishing pressure and the fish tend to be small, but it will be a good opportunity to get out there and cast some flies. Dry flies work well, as I've had some success with smaller caddis size 16. We are planning on August 16th. It would probably be good to pick a place to meetup and then caravan together to our fishing destination. If someone has a suggestion as to where we can gather initially, that would be great, otherwise, I will find something like one of the park n' rides along I-90, and will provide an update.

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  • Tj

    It would be nice if the group would do some fishing up in this country or even Skagit county. Any suggestions for an outing? Would like to get in a little more fishing and camping before the season winds down.

    August 31

  • Wong

    Dave, what exit did we take to where we fish? Thanks

    1 · August 31

    • Dave S.

      Hi Connie, It was the Tinkham Road Exit.

      August 31

    • Wong

      Thanks

      August 31

  • Marty

    I'm confused.. is there an outing tomorrow? Where will it be and how will I know who you are?

    August 15

    • Marty

      woops, missed this.. I'm not exactly sure how to keep current with these posts.

      1 · August 26

    • Dave I.

      Hi Marty - check under your profile. There is a link in the upper right of the page called "My Profile." Click on it, and you should see "Email and Notifications." Under Email and Notifications, there are a series of check boxes you can select that will manage whether you receive email notifications when updates are made to our meetup pages.

      August 26

  • Marty

    What's the next outing? without logging into meetup.com is there a way for me to get notices thru my hotmail or facebook?

    August 26

  • Basil P.

    I think I ought to change my name to Dave, it seems a lot more popular than Basil. BTW, the secret's out, my real name is Richard.

    2 · August 18

  • Dave S.

    I enjoyed this very much. It was a fun group of people and I made some new friends that share my passion for the sport.

    1 · August 17

    • Tammie T.

      I second that!!! Thank you for having and sharing your extra reel and fly as well as helping with my cast. I very much enjoyed meeting and fishing with you, Skip! :D

      August 17

  • Tammie T.

    Thank you Triple Ds (D is for Dave), Doug, Maryann and Connie for a wonderful outing! I have not been fishing other than clinic/retreat and so appreciate the help and tips with casting. By the afternoon, my casting was much better and started hitting my target more than missing and getting my line tied up. :) I found my reel last night and fly box :) and look forward to fishing again with you!! Fish-On until our next adventure :)

    1 · August 17

  • Wong

    While I am so poor in memorizing names, it was great that all three guys are named Dave, yeah. I will have my gears next time and would like to cross the river and walk in the water. Doug is considering to change his first name to Dave, Doug is his middle name :-) You can then call him double D.

    2 · August 17

  • Wong

    It was a wonderful morning fly fished at the South Fork. Dave was exceptionally patient showing and teaching me how to cast. Enjoyed this outdoor activity very much and I shall definitely join other activities by the same group again in the future.

    2 · August 17

  • Dave S.

    The meetup today was a blast! Personally it was great to meet everyone that came and look forward to the next time we can do so. Fish didn't really start to cooperate till several people had to leave but still I think everyone had a good time. I did not get a chance to hang around and speak with Connie, Doug and Maryann as much as I would have liked but I had a great time with Tammie and the two other Daves.

    2 · August 16

  • Dave I.

    I personally had a wonderful time on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie. It was fun group and we had folks of all different skill levels of fly fishing. It was kind of crazy too as there were a total of seven in our group, and three were named Dave on the trip. So...besides meeting the other two Dave's, I got a chance to meet Connie and her son Doug, got reacquainted with Maryann, and also got a chance to fish a bit with my Pilates buddy, Tammie! We all got in some casting practice, and the trio of Dave's managed to hook a few trout as well! Just a note: in the future, Doug will have to change his name to Dave, because it was too confusing otherwise! ;-)

    3 · August 16

  • Tammie T.

    I am lost - and gearless. If I don't find the park jn ride I will meet you at the fishing spot. (2nd time posting, hoping this one posts)

    August 16

  • Pamela K

    Wish I could join you, but I have that big festival I promised to attend. I can't fit the fishing in. Please keep me in mind for the next trip. It sounds great. Thanks for planning this.

    August 16

  • Jewelee U.

    Have to beg off after all. Totaled my fishing truck earlier this month on the gravel roads near the South Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho so have to share the remaining vehicle. Hubby's needs for the car won.

    August 15

  • Basil P.

    Sorry to say I haven't been able to prepare in time and will have to miss this outing. Thanks for your help Dave and I look forward to the class you're planning.

    August 15

  • Ron O.

    Rats, this is a favorite river and I know a lot of "secret" spots. See if you can find a 15" cut? Alas, it is the birthday of my wife of 34 years, and try as I might, she doesn't see a fly rod in the entertainment package. Enjoy all, the river is a gem.
    Ronbow

    2 · August 14

    • Dave S.

      My lovely wife does not share my enthusiasm for the sport either so I understand. You are making the difficult but correct choice.

      1 · August 15

    • Dave I.

      Sorry to hear that you won't be able to make it, but definitely the right decision, Ron!

      August 15

  • Marty

    Is this where the Tolt comes into the Snoqualmie?

    August 10

    • Dave S.

      The fish above the falls are usually resident rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout. They are usually small but willing to take a dry fly. Although not brutes, they are a great way to hone one's skills as a fly fisher and I have caught a very occasional fish over 12 inches.

      August 11

    • Tj

      land locked :)

      August 15

  • david f.

    Thanks for setting this up. I am familiar with the South Fork near the firefighters training station at exit 38. Looking forward to seeing another location. I can drive a few folks in my car. See you at the Issaquah P&R.

    August 11

  • Dave I.

    Hello Anglers. For our fishing excursion next Saturday, here is a checklist of items to consider bringing along. Must have:
    Fishing license, fly rod, fly reel, floating fly line, leader, tippet, flies.

    Should have:
    Floatant, strike indicator (if fishing nymphs), net, hook remover, nippers, hat, sunglasses, favorite fishing clothes, wading boots, waders (waders are optional as it will be warm. I plan to wet wade) sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, water/beverages, and snacks/lunch.

    With respect to flies, leader and tippet. Smaller flies in sizes 14, 16, 18, are appropriate for the South Fork. Match your flies with 7.5 - 9 foot leaders of 4x, 5x or even 6x. Make sure to have tippet in the same sizes.

    If you are new to the sport, let me know, and I can help get you rigged up, and provide casting tips.

    August 11

  • Dave Skipton changed the location for this Meetup

    August 10

  • Basil P.

    My only fly fishing equipment is a rod I recently bought on Ebay. I have no idea what size reel would be appropriate and I'll need to buy one soon. Can anyone advise? Then there's the line, leader, flies, goofy hat and beer holder. Again, if anyone would be willing to meet at Outdoor Emporium or other gear shop it would be much appreciated.

    August 8

    • Basil P.

      Thanks Dave. Yes, I'm interested but you wouldn't be going at 8 am, would you? (see comments below). Send a message to shinsaiboxman at that dot com that rhymes with a certain prize game fish. (8-)}

      August 8

    • Dave I.

      Sent you an email. Thanks for the tip on Wahoo!

      August 10

  • Basil P.

    Now have rod & reel, some flies. I'm going to camp at the Tinkham Campground (very handy) on Friday, assuming I get there early enough to snag a non-reservable site. If anyone is not driving and willing to camp out, I have room for one. What direction is the fishing spot from the campground? I look forward to seeing you all on Sat.

    1 · August 10

    • Dave S.

      I was thinking of the first exit to Tinkham Road driving East on I-90. Great to have you coming.

      August 10

  • Cory G.

    I'm a definite maybe.

    August 9

  • Jewelee U.

    Great. Tinkham Road exit works but don't wait around if I'm late because 8am is the middle of the nite for me.

    August 7

    • Basil P.

      Me too; actually it's more like bedtime. Can't understand these sun people and why they get up and about at such ungodly hours. And the fish, do they not eat at other, more reasonable times? The only way I can be somewhere at 8 am is by falling asleep there. I'm going to search for a campsite in the neighborhood of our final destination. Any campers care to join?

      August 8

  • Dave I.

    Hi Everyone! Looks like we've got a great group for the South Fork of the Snoqualmie trip. Let's meet at the Issaquah Park and Ride at 8:00 am, and then we can caravan to our fishing destination. I drive a silver/taupe colored Toyota Landcruiser SUV. I can take a 3 passengers comfortably, if anyone wishes to ride along. We'll head up I-90 over to North Bend, take the Tinkham Road Exit, find parking and get to some fishing. If you are newer to the sport, I'll be there to help with getting you rigged up, casting tips, etc. I'll also send out a notification with a checklist to help you ensure you have everything you need.

    August 8

  • Pamela K

    I can't go because I have to go out and pick up tickets to a concert that night. It eats up most of my day. Is it near the Snoqualmie Casino? Where is the river located? If close, then i could be there early & have to leave by 10:30 to pick up tickets. Yikes.

    August 8

  • Peter M.

    Sorry. I will be floating the lower Salmon River and at that time. Wish I could make it.

    August 7

  • Dave S.

    Hi Dave, This a great idea. 8:00 AM should work well. I use to meet people at North Bend but for those coming from Seattle, it might be better if we meet in Issaquah. I was thinking of fishing the area off the first Tinkham Rd exit. There is usually good parking by the bridge. Access to the river is easy and there is plenty of space. It's been awhile since I've fished it but the fish were usually very willing to take a small dry and it's a great place for newcomers to the sport to work on their casting.

    July 31

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