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08-07-2002 12:43 AM
flytyer Old Man,

I fish above the forks a lot in the September to November period. Below the forks is some nice water as well, especially around the high bridge and railroad trestle above the ponds if you are willing to walk a little. The North Fork has both wild and hatchery fish in it and very few people bother to fish it, especially with the fly, as you already know. The South Fork is a favorite all the way to the Tyee, and above the falls it is single barbless hook, artifical lure or fly.
08-06-2002 10:50 PM
old man Flytyer. How far up the upper Sky do you fish. Do you go above the forks or do you stay below them.

I used to fish the N/Fork all the time until they closed off all of the sweet water. Now it seems that I just can't seem to make it up there anymore. I must be to old.
08-06-2002 08:57 PM
flytyer Doublespey,

Yes, I fish a 16 foot T&T from November through April. I love the bigger, heavier rods and wish T&T, Scott, or G. Loomis would make a 17 or 18 footer for an 11 line. My next 2-hander is going to be a 1509 T&T (15 foot for an 8/9 line) for use on the Sky below the forks, Hoh, Bogey, Wenatchee (if we ever get to fish it again) and perhaps the Thompson (although I do like the 16 footer on the Thompson).

And we probably did meet on the Mixer since it is one of my favorite runs.
08-06-2002 01:09 PM


Have had the pleasure before and hope I can continue to enjoy those waters up high. I think i'm becoming more and more willing to "go the extra mile" (hiking or driving) to find the fishing conditions I enjoy. Think we may have met some years back on the Mixer - do you fish a 16' T&T??

Sean - mine's August 25. We'll definitely have to give it a go before then.

To the rest of you . . . Effusive??? You want effusive, just wait till I head north later in the year!
08-05-2002 09:15 PM
sean The date is september 7th unless I throw myself over snoqualmie falls from too much stress. Isn't that pretty close to yours?

We should get together for one last bachelor steelhead. Let me know when you get some free time

08-05-2002 09:06 PM
I hear ya, Sean!

Boy, do I hear ya. I'm down to a fraction of my normal fishing time, and have yet to get a round of golf in this year.

The sooner that date gets here and gone, the better!!

We'll have to have a "Doomed Bachelors" afternoon up there just to gather our sanity.

When's the date??

08-05-2002 08:33 PM
flytyer Doublespey,

The upper Sky, shhhhh...... or it will be overun with fly flingers and feather throwers.

Actually I'm glad to hear you discovered its secret, wild summer runs. The fishing gets better as you get into September and October. It is a gem of a river to fish. Although the last few years I've noticed there are more gear and spin fishers present, I've had the same experience as you with very cordial and courteous fishers regardless of the types of equipment being used.
08-05-2002 07:25 PM
pmflyfisher Sean,

FYI, I did not tell my new bride about my fly fishing addictions until AFTER we were married 25 years ago. Then took her with me the first summer we were married up to the hallowed holy waters of the NY Catskills Beaverkill & Willowemuc, etc.

She went and sat on the rocks sun bathing in the bikini until the water snake went swimming buy her sunning rock. As I remember I had a good day with the browns and the wife only went with me a few times after that. Knowing that when I was was going fishing, I was really going fishing and their was nothing to worry about me pursuing other prurient interests. Everything has been fine for the last 25 years.

08-05-2002 07:01 PM
sean Good to hear Brian. I still have yet to fish that far up on the sky. Now if the upcoming wedding was not so time comsuming I could check it out...
08-05-2002 09:13 AM
juro :hehe:
08-05-2002 08:54 AM
Leland Miyawaki I would say that the excitement and joy of catching a wild fish in the Sky was almost matched by Brian's reaction. He was even more effusive than he is normally. Then, when he caught his fish, well there was no shutting him up. I'm sure it was his craziness that caused the two gear guys to leave the lower river mumbling to themselves.

What a hoot!

08-05-2002 07:35 AM
juro I'll be right there
08-05-2002 06:38 AM
pmflyfisher DS

Good story, now thats my type of steelhead fly fishing !

08-04-2002 11:12 PM
watersprite DS,

Well written; I felt I was with you. Thanks for the inspiration, my skunk is more tolerable now.

08-04-2002 11:08 PM
NrthFrk16 Woohoo!!! Excellent to hear!!! Any pictures????

Makes me want to leave the Stilly and her crowds for 'up there.'
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