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Old 01-11-2007, 01:09 PM
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Im thinking about doing a trip to the Sauk/Skagit this spring maybe in March. I have never been there and all I have to go on is what I read in the books and what I can see on the map or on Google earth.

Any body have a recommendation on a good spey fishing guide.

Also to me the Skagit between Marble mount and Newhalem looks like the kind of water I would rather fish than the big water around Concrete, Hamilton, Lyman etc. How is the access on the upper Skagit. Can I get around on foot from the highway or do I really need a guide and a boat.

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Old 01-11-2007, 02:38 PM
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You should fish with Ed Ward (riveraddict), Mike Kinney and John Farrar. Each have their own perspective and you will enjoy them all.

But don't try to fish with Ed while I am up there with him

seriously, let's try to hook up while you're there
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:49 PM
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Very few steelhead

above Marblemount, which is considered the practical upper limit when fishing for Spring steelhead. The Marblemount to Rockport stretch is smaller and faster moving than the lower river and usually runs very clear. If you want to fish the upper river, that would be where I'd suggest.

Ditto Juro's suggestion for guides- depending on how you like to fish, any of those three would be a good bet.

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Old 01-11-2007, 07:50 PM
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You can try Jack Cook at Don't know if he's a sponsor (sorry) but he's a good guy and knows the river. I will say you NEED a guide, at least on day 1. The fly water can look a little odd. Lots of pots and small runs to fish in between the classic bars and you need experienced eyes to point all that out. Access is a bit tough too.

I will say that one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, if not THE most, is the Sauk River valley below Darrington. The river is just 'brawling' which to me epitomizes the Steelhead river. Wade with a stick for sure.

The Sauk 'bar' on the Skagit is below the campground in Rockport and I hear there's a trail. I fished it on a float, nice BIG run.

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Old 01-11-2007, 09:19 PM
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I ditto Juro's post:

Ed Ward
Mike Kinney
John Farrar

Hands down three of the finest...
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Old 01-12-2007, 11:44 PM
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The Skagit above Marblemount is only open up to Bacon Creek in March/April and there is no boat launch at Bacon Creek along with very (I mean virtually none) limited foot access from Bacon Creek all the way to Marblemount. The Skagit is a big river along the size of the middle and lower Potomac; therefore, a guide is not a bad idea.

Mike Kinney, Ed Ward, and John Farrar are the best fly guides working the Skagit and Sauk. Jack Cook is another good one, and our own Northfork16, Ryan Petzold, aka "Sparky" is an up and coming one. Come out and enjoy the beautiful Sakgit Valley, which I call home.
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