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North Fork Snoqualmie River - Snoqualmie 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 Midges All Day 16-20 Black Beauty, Mercury Midge
February Midges All Day 16-20 Black Beauty, Mercury Midge
March Blue Winged Olive Morning/Early Afternoon 16-20 BWO Parachute, Sparkle Dun
April Blue Winged Olive Morning/Early Afternoon 16-20 BWO Parachute, Sparkle Dun
Green Caddis Afternoon/Evening 14-18 Dark Elk Hair Caddis
May Green Caddis Afternoon/Evening 14-18 Dark Elk Hair Caddis
March Browns Afternoon 12-14 March Brown Wet Fly
June Stoneflies Afternoon 6-12 Yellow Sally
July Terrestrials All Day 12-18 Chernobyl Ant, Hopper Patterns
August Terrestrials All Day 12-18 Chernobyl Ant, Hopper Patterns
September Terrestrials All Day 12-18 Chernobyl Ant, Hopper Patterns
October Streamers All Day 6-10 Wooly Bugger, Leech Patterns
November Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 BWO Parachute, Sparkle Dun
December Midges All Day 16-20 Black Beauty, Mercury 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 North Fork Snoqualmie River is a renowned fly fishing destination in Washington State, with Snoqualmie Falls as its crown jewel. Below are some of the best spots:
  • Snoqualmie Falls: These majestic falls not only serve as a stunning backdrop but also house an abundant amount of trout.
  • The Pool Below the Falls: This area is particularly effective to fish during the summer months when water levels are low.
  • Ernie’s Grove: This spot is a favorite amongst locals due to the deep, slow-moving pools that harbor large Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout.
  • Three Forks Natural Area: Located upstream of the Falls, this area offers ample fishing opportunities in its placid channels and pooling waters.
Take note, however, that regulations dictate strict ‘catch and release’ practice in these areas, and only artificial tackle may be used.

Best Access Points

The North Fork Snoqualmie River offers a rewarding fly fishing experience. A few choice access points ensure the best opportunity to catch native trout:

  • Three Forks Natural Area: Located near North Bend, this 240-acre site is at the confluence of the river’s three forks, offering a variety of fishing spots.
  • Snoqualmie Falls: Fish beneath this iconic waterfall, accessible by a short trail from the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater & Park.
  • Ernie’s Grove: This area near the Mt. Si Golf Course offers quiet access to the river for anglers seeking less crowded fishing.
  • Mt. Si Bridge: Near the town of Snoqualmie, the bridge provides easy river access, especially for those with limited mobility.

Adhere to local regulations and always practice catch and release to help preserve the river’s native trout populations.

Local Fish

  • Steelhead Trout: These fish are commonly targeted by anglers because they are renowned for their sporty fighting characteristics.
  • Rainbow Trout: Freshwater fish prized for their angling appeal and colourful appearance.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Indigenous to the river, these trout have distinctive red slash under the jaw hence their name.
  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as King Salmon, they are the largest species in the Pacific salmon genus Oncorhynchus.
  • Coho Salmon: Also known as Silver Salmon, they are prized for their aggressive behavior and acrobatics.
  • Pacific Lamprey: Although not a fish targeted for sport, they are an important species to the ecosystem.
  • Bull Trout: Bull trout are listed as a threatened species and require special handling, however, they are often incidentally encountered by fishermen.
  • Mountain Whitefish: These are resilient and adaptable species, which provide a good angling challenge.

About The River

The North Fork Snoqualmie River, a tributary of the Snoqualmie River, is truly a nature’s treasure tucked in the beautiful state of Washington. It’s best known for its breathtaking waterfall, the Snoqualmie Falls, a 282-foot spectacle, dramatically falling into a deep canyon.

The North Fork Snoqualmie River meticulously carves through forests and mountains, creating a haven for wildlife and offering a tranquil escape into nature.

  • History: The area around the North Fork Snoqualmie River and Snoqualmie Falls has significant cultural importance. It is a sacred place for the Native American Snoqualmie Tribe, believed to be the site of creation by the tribe.
  • Snoqualmie Falls: The Falls became popular in the late 19th century as a destination for tourism. Its popularity surged in the 1990s as the setting of the cult TV series Twin Peaks. Today, it draws more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
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