Payin' my dues on the sky... - Fly Fishing Forum
Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum No such thing as rainbow trout, only landlocked steelhead

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-20-2001, 11:33 PM
Philster's Avatar
Philster Philster is offline
Mr. Mom
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Snoqualmie, Skykomish
Posts: 473
Payin' my dues on the sky...

Howdy all. This is my first post on this board. I moved to the Puget Sound area in april (LOVED the closure... Not!) and since the opening of the rivers have fished the Sky at least 8 times since I live 30 minutes from sultan. My biggest problem is access to the river. I've found all 4 of the "public fishing" access points. Ben Howard is too scary (car with freshly broken window and two separate carloads of pot smoking teenage males who drive down the boat launch and park on the bar and skip rocks in the river), Tualco didn't look too promising and I was hesitant to hop the electrified cattle fence and this supposedly public access point. the bridge in sultan is pounded by the sled crowd, and I need to explore more in GoldBar where I raised a "trout" to a skated bomber at dusk last night :-) Not looking for super secret places or "theres a rock at the head of the run. 30 feet down from that there's a boil where a fish will hold" type info. Just want to find some fishable fly water where if there are fish present, and I do everything right, I may luck into a fish... Thanks for listening...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 06-21-2001, 01:04 AM
NrthFrk16's Avatar
NrthFrk16 NrthFrk16 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: NF Stilliguamish
Posts: 1,687
Send a message via AIM to NrthFrk16
Look upstream my freind, look upstream.
A little walking and alot of exploring will put you into some excellent water!!
Ryan S. Petzold
aka Sparkey and/or Special
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2001, 07:24 AM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,594
Hi Philster, and WELCOME

I'll toss in a couple of suggestions and anything more detailed will go to your private messages inbox.

Time of day...
> Ben Howard Bridge's access to the riffle at the top of the Sultan rip rap has produced summer fish for me but it happens between o'dark thirty and 7-8 am tops. The pot smokers aren't out at 4am unless maybe they are on their way home ;-)
> Head downstream from Reiter and poke around every good looking nameless pocket, pool and riffle with a muddler or a skatable caddis pattern a little later on in the season, again from dawn to 8am.
> Fish upstream from the High Bridge.

Floatin' it...
I purchased a bucks bag 'Bronco' pontoon boat and it opened up the rivers for me. Although you still need a ride back up to the rig, you can thumb because it's small enough to fit on anyones luggage rack or drop into a pickup truck. Better yet find a partner with a vehicle and a pontoon boat too.

Try other area rivers...
The Snoqualmie gets way less pressure and I have had years of great success there, like Brian (Doublespey) and others on this board. The Stilly gets a lot of pressure but go off the beaten path and there are great pools to fish. People ignore the Green but it was one of my home waters and I have had so much success there over the years with no one around. Once they get up into the geyser park (which they have long reached by now), the gorge and start to stack at Horseshoe (Palmer State Park) there are many ways to skin that cat. I loved fishing the Headworks area too, you'll see only one or two other cars and a dozen fish or more from the road as you walk.

I don't know if my advice is any good, but thanks for the opportunity to walk down memory lane.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2001, 01:56 PM
sinktip's Avatar
sinktip sinktip is offline
Chief of E.P.
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: All S-Rivers Above the Equator
Posts: 1,456

Welcome to the area. I don't mind sharing a few of the well known access points. I'm really not sharing much as all you need do is look for the cars and do a little exploring.

Most of these are on the lower river; great for the next few weeks but then you will want to go upriver.

1) Hansen's Farm-- At the end of the Reformatory road in Monroe. It now costs $2 to access but the riffle is often productive for early fish.

2) Reformatory -- Upstream from Hansen's. This can also be good water but requires some work getting into it.

3) Buck Island -- This is just upstream of the the old rail bridge as you are leaving Monroe. Also not one of my personal favorites to fish but I do believe that it holds fish more days than not. There is also a long bar that can be accessed below the bridge from the other side at lower flows.

4) IRS -- Halfway between Monroe and Sultan. Not my favorite water but a lot of guys love it. The nice thing here is it fishes well at high water. Park at the hole in the guardrail and follow the path through the field to the river.

5) There is also a nice bar 1/4 mile upstream from the put-in at Sultan which can fish well if the sled traffic is not too heavy. The bottom end of the Cracker Bar -- the long bar across river from the Sultan put-in -- also can fish well at the right river level.

These are the ones everyone knows about so I am not giving up anything. The important thing is just to get out and explore and see what you can find on your own. Juro gave you some good advice for summer-runs as well. Up around Reiter at first and last light.

Good luck!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-22-2001, 04:03 PM
Vic Vic is offline
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 38

do you mean the forks?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-22-2001, 10:19 PM
NrthFrk16's Avatar
NrthFrk16 NrthFrk16 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: NF Stilliguamish
Posts: 1,687
Send a message via AIM to NrthFrk16
Vic (06-22-2001 05:03 p.m.):

do you mean the forks?
Ryan S. Petzold
aka Sparkey and/or Special
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Home Waters
Your home waters
Current Favorite Fly
If you only had one... (change anytime)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I paid my dues on Saturday for a nice day on Sunday Colorado Cajun The Quintessential Trout 3 04-09-2007 11:57 AM
No steel on the sky 6-04-05 Philster Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 0 06-05-2005 03:49 PM
Sky Needs Your Help rich_simms Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 2 04-18-2005 10:09 AM
Sky vs. Skagit NrthFrk16 Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 17 03-23-2005 12:53 PM
Last two weeks on sky? OC Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 25 03-04-2005 08:07 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:49 AM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright (All Rights Reserved)