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Cedar River - Cedar Falls - Washington

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Hatch Afternoon #18 - #22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
February Midge Hatch Afternoon #18 - #22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Blue Winged Olive Afternoon #16 - #20 Adams, Parachute BWO
April Caddis, Mayflies Morning and Afternoon #14 - #18 Elk Hair Caddis, Pheasant Tail Nymph
May Caddis, Mayflies Morning and Afternoon #14 - #18 Elk Hair Caddis, Pheasant Tail Nymph
June Stoneflies, Caddis Morning and Afternoon #10 - #16 Stimulator, Hares Ear Nymph
July Terrestrial, Caddis Morning and Evening #10 - #16 Ants, Hoppers, Elk Hair Caddis
August Terrestrial, Caddis Morning and Evening #10 - #16 Ants, Hoppers, Elk Hair Caddis
September Blue Winged Olive Morning and Afternoon #16 - #20 Adams, Parachute BWO
October Blue Winged Olive Morning and Afternoon #16 - #20 Adams, Parachute BWO
November Midge Hatch Afternoon #18 - #22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
December Midge Hatch Afternoon #18 - #22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Cedar River in Cedar Falls is teeming with fly fishing spots ideal for both the novice and seasoned angler. Below are the top spots:

  • Black Hawk Park: It offers quiet sections of the river laden with smallmouth bass and catfish.
  • Island Park: Situated in the city center, this park is known for walleyes, especially near the dam.
  • George Wyth State Park: It is famed for its shallow areas known to house pike and panfish.
  • Anderson Canoe Access: This secluded spot is ideal for catching bass and pike.

In addition to these spots, there are several lesser-known locations along the riverbanks. Always ensure to check local regulations for fishing and remember to practice catch and release to maintain the fish population locally.

Best Access Points

The Cedar River in Cedar Falls presents a range of satisfying fishing access points. Check out these locations:
  • George Wyth State Park: Located on the Cedar River, this park provides a plethora of opportunities for fly fishing while enjoying beautiful scenery.
  • Island Park: A popular spot located downtown Cedar Rapids. This spot is known for its fishing deck where you can catch multiple species of fish.
  • Palmer’s Landing: Near Waterloo, the river here offers great opportunities to catch rainbow trout.
Access to the river is easy from various points. Please remember to verify any fishing regulations in place at these spots. Various species of fish such as bass, walleye, northern pike, and various types of catfish can be found here. The Cedar River in Cedar Falls is a great place to start your fly fishing adventure.

Local Fish

  • Brook Trout: Known for their stunning coloration, these fish are loved by both fly fishers and photographers.
  • Rainbow Trout: They are renowned for their fighting spirit and aerial acrobatics when hooked.
  • Brown Trout: Notoriously wily, these fish are a challenge for any fly fisher to catch.
  • Smallmouth Bass: They reside in the more rocky area of the river, presenting a thrilling fishing experience.
  • Largemouth Bass: These are strong fighters that can make for an exciting catch.
  • Northern Pike: Giant, aggressive, and difficult to catch — these fish are a bucket-list item for many fly fishers.
  • Walleye: They are spooky and challenging but rewarding to catch.
  • Muskellunge: Often called “the fish of ten thousand casts,” these are one of the most difficult fish for fly anglers to catch, making them a coveted prize.

About The River

The Cedar River holds a unique position in the heart of Cedar Falls. Originating in Dodge County, Minnesota, the river flows 338 miles before merging with the Iowa River. Cedar Falls owes its development to the river’s power used to run the sawmills and gristmills in the 1840s.

Throughout the years, the Cedar River has been both a lifeline and a challenge for locals. It has powered industries, provided leisure opportunities, and at times, caused significant flooding. A few key highlights include:

  • In 1845, William Sturgis and family built the first dam for industrial use.
  • The 1890s saw the use of the river’s power for electricity generation.
  • In 1932, the Ice House Museum, an iconic structure powered by the river, was constructed.
  • Significant flooding in 2008 prompted the construction of innovative flood control measures.

Today, the Cedar River continues to be a vibrant part of Cedar Falls, offering a home for wildlife, recreational opportunities, and a reminder of the town’s historical beginnings.

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