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Rattlesnake Lake July 11, 2009

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Tough going in a pontoon kick-boat on Rattlesnake.  The wind often blows down through the valley and once down a the far end of the lake it was hard work pushing back against the breeze.

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    We walked up to Rattlesnake Ledge and then did the Rattlesnake Lake trail.  Fantastic warm spring day with snow patches remaining in the forest.  Quick pinic overlooking the lake. We covered about 8 miles in total.
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      Typical Lake Alice rainbow trout caught, in this case, on an orange streamer. The right hand photo shows the view from the boat launch. A quiet spot that happened to be the first place I caught a fish in Washington.  Typically I've used simple streamers pulled slowly through the…
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    Mirror Lake is an hour or so hike from the the nearest road.  The water is crystal clear and, even in July, was surrounded by snow.  Given its relatively remote location few people venture there to fish.  The scenery is breathtaking.
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Geocaching in Mercer Slough Nature Park March 29, 2009

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The weather was better than expected so after swimming we went out to Mercer Slough Nature Park and found three geocaches…

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    Didn't manage to solve this on the test - but did do shortly after. Posted from UpdateMyFeed for Windows Phone
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    Trying for the elusive steelhead but instead catching this little thing.  Taken on a self-tied variant of a Purple Peril directly under the bridge at Fall City.
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    The boys playing in one of the parks in Bellevue.  Lovely day, 6 geocaches found (all discovered by Jack).
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Snoqualmie River October 27, 2008

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Early morning on the Snoqualmie.  East of Fall City.  No fish caught but a fantastic morning to be on the river.  3-4 others fly fishing and all with spey rods.

I was trying for steelhead on a 7wt floating line with various self-tied Skykomish Sunrise style flies.  I’ve switched to a floating line to stop getting snagged on the river bottom or losing flies on the backcast when the fly hits a rock. This seems to happen when I’m wading into a river and am effectively getting lower and lower relative to the banks and the backcast loop is at roughly the same height as the shoreline.  Also, it appears to happen more frequently when I’m on a heavier sinking line where the loop of the backcast is that little bit lower and therefore closer to the ground.

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    Ok, I was lucky, only my third time trying for steelhead.  Early morning just downstream of the bridge at Fall City I managed to land a decent-sized female hatchery steelhead.  Although, I must say, it was touch and go whether I was going to hang on with the fish taking…
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    Daniele in the mist.  Another magic morning on the river.
    Tags: morning, river, fall, city, snoqualmie, washington
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    Nothing taking the fly yet but still a lovely morning out on the river up stream from Fall City.  The river is fairly low at the moment so it is strictly floating lines if you want to avoid snagging the bottom.
    Tags: fly, river, bottom, floating, morning, snoqualmie, fishing, fall, city
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Snoqualmie (Fall City) October 12, 2008

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Trying for the elusive steelhead but instead catching this little thing.  Taken on a self-tied variant of a Purple Peril directly under the bridge at Fall City.

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    Daniele in the mist.  Another magic morning on the river.
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    Ok, I was lucky, only my third time trying for steelhead.  Early morning just downstream of the bridge at Fall City I managed to land a decent-sized female hatchery steelhead.  Although, I must say, it was touch and go whether I was going to hang on with the fish taking…
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    Early morning on the Snoqualmie.  East of Fall City.  No fish caught but a fantastic morning to be on the river.  3-4 others fly fishing and all with spey rods. I was trying for steelhead on a 7wt floating line with various self-tied Skykomish Sunrise style flies.  I've switched to…
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Yakima (canyon section) September 16, 2008

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Floating down the Yakima canyon section with Daniele.  Cold first thing but blisteringly hot during the day particularly sitting in under the bare sun in rubber waders.  Several small rainbow and cutthroat trout but nothing of any great size although we did see some of the other people fishing catch some reasonable sized fish.

We used the canoe and floatation outriggers/stabilizers to make sure we weren’t flipped over by the current (or by our general ineptitude). Great river and fantastic scenery.

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    My Dad caught this large-mouth Bass (he’s at the other end of the canoe taking the photo).
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    The weather was better than expected so after swimming we went out to Mercer Slough Nature Park and found three geocaches...
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    Trying for the elusive steelhead but instead catching this little thing.  Taken on a self-tied variant of a Purple Peril directly under the bridge at Fall City.
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My first steelhead September 14, 2008

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Ok, I was lucky, only my third time trying for steelhead.  Early morning just downstream of the bridge at Fall City I managed to land a decent-sized female hatchery steelhead.  Although, I must say, it was touch and go whether I was going to hang on with the fish taking off so fast downstream I was left with about 2yards of backing line and scrambling along trying to keep up.  I was doubly lucky that on hand was an Orvis fishing guide from the Bellevue shop – he tailed the fish for me after helping me wade across the river to get into slower running water.  The whole thing was just amazing…shortly after the photo we released her back into the water.  She was caught using a 7wt sinking tip and a self-tied Skykomish sunrise.

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    Early morning on the Snoqualmie.  East of Fall City.  No fish caught but a fantastic morning to be on the river.  3-4 others fly fishing and all with spey rods. I was trying for steelhead on a 7wt floating line with various self-tied Skykomish Sunrise style flies.  I've switched to…
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    Daniele in the mist.  Another magic morning on the river.
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Snoqualmie (Fall City) September 9, 2008

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Daniele in the mist.  Another magic morning on the river.

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    Trying for the elusive steelhead but instead catching this little thing.  Taken on a self-tied variant of a Purple Peril directly under the bridge at Fall City.
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    Ok, I was lucky, only my third time trying for steelhead.  Early morning just downstream of the bridge at Fall City I managed to land a decent-sized female hatchery steelhead.  Although, I must say, it was touch and go whether I was going to hang on with the fish taking…
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    7.30am Snoqualmie river between Fall City and the Snoqualmie Falls.  Someone else fishing in the far distance. Foul-hooked a salmon which took some time to realize it had been snagged and then eventually took off down-stream. Stripped all the line off the reel and then broke the tippet.
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Mirror Lake July 20, 2008

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Mirror Lake is an hour or so hike from the the nearest road.  The water is crystal clear and, even in July, was surrounded by snow.  Given its relatively remote location few people venture there to fish. 

The scenery is breathtaking.

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    Didn’t quite make it all the way to Lake Serene – the snow was a little too treacherous for the last half mile.       
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    We’d made it over but the furniture shipment was still coming over.  So we spent most of the time sitting on the floor.  Some time in January a container arrived and the feeling that we were camping in a big house started to go away.  Oh yeah, the –20 deg…
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Lake Alice May 24, 2008

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Typical Lake Alice rainbow trout caught, in this case, on an orange streamer.

The right hand photo shows the view from the boat launch. A quiet spot that happened to be the first place I caught a fish in Washington.  Typically I’ve used simple streamers pulled slowly through the water; slow or near stationary nymphs or small dry flies seem to work fine too.

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I’ve had perhaps the most enjoyable take of a nymph on Lake Alice when I saw a trout feeding about 25 yards away working along in a line about a foot below the surface and causing the surface water to churn. I casted 5-6 yards ahead of the fish with a bite indicator that suspended the nymph about 18″ below the surface.  I then watched as the trout made successive takes under the surface moving directly toward my fly – each time I counted down 3, 2, 1 – bang.  The indicator shot down and the fish was hooked.  It turned out to be a rainbow trout about 15″ long.

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    Cathia, David and Lila treated us to a lovely boat trip on lake Washington and Puget Sound. We had a delicious meal overlooking Winslow’s marina followed by a gigantic ice cream at Mora.
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