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Skykomish River - Gold Bar - Washington

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 18-20 Zebra Midge
February Midges Afternoon 18-20 Griffith’s Gnat
March Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 14-16 Parachute Adams
April Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 14-16 Pheasant Tail Nymph
May Green Drakes, Caddisflies Morning to Late Afternoon 8-14 Elk Hair Caddis
June Salmonflies, Stoneflies Mid-Morning to Afternoon 2-6 Pat’s Rubberlegs
July Caddisflies, Yellow Stones Mid-Morning to Afternoon 6-14 Yellow Stimulator
August Hopper, Terrestrials Mid-Morning to Afternoon 6-12 Dave’s Hopper
September Mahogany Duns, Caddisflies Afternoon 12-16 Tungsten Hare’s Ear
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-22 RS2
November Midges, Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-20 Black Beauty Midge
December Midges Afternoon 18-24 Brassie

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 Skykomish River in Gold Bar offers some great spots for fly fishing, teeming with an abundant variety of fish species. Here are some top recommendations:

  • Big Eddy Park: Popular for its deep pools and eddies, perfect for fishing steelhead.
  • Proctor Bridge: A great place to catch summer steelhead, salmon, and trout due to the gentle current.
  • Stevens Pass Bridge: Often less crowded and offers a serene fishing environment with healthy populations of steelhead.
  • Reiter Ponds: Known for its high catch rates for steelhead, summer and winter, due to the nearby hatchery.
  • Wallace River Mouth: This spot holds Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead making it an anglers paradise.

Remember local fishing regulations and to promptly release wild steelhead.

Best Access Points

The Skykomish River in Gold Bar is a prime destination for fly fishing. Below are some of the top access points:

  • Big Eddy Access Point: Situated just off Highway 2, it grants direct access to the river with a public boat launch.
  • High Bridge: Located at the convergence of the North and South forks of Skykomish River, a public footpath offers access to high-grade fishing spots.
  • Ben Howard Road: A well-known access point located a few miles off the main highway on Ben Howard Road.
  • Lewis Street Bridge: This access point in the town of Monroe, located above the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie Rivers.
  • Sultan River: Accessible from the Sportsman Park, it offers excellent spots for catching Steelhead Trout.

Local Fish

  • Steelhead Trout: One of the most sought-after fish in the Skykomish River due to its size and fight.
  • Coastal Cutthroat Trout: This trout species is a common catch in the Skykomish River, noted for their beautiful markings.
  • Pacific Salmon: Different species such as Chinook, Coho and Pink Salmon run the river at various times throughout the year.
    1. Chinook Salmon (King Salmon): The largest species of the Pacific Salmon, it is a prime target for many anglers.
    2. Coho Salmon (Silver Salmon): Known for their acrobatic fight, these fish are a favorite among fly fishermen.
    3. Pink Salmon: Every other year, massive runs of Pink Salmon fill the Skykomish River, providing great fly fishing opportunities.
  • Bull Trout: These elusive fish can grow quite large and are a prize catch on the Skykomish River.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Although not as popular as salmon or trout species, these fish provide good sport on light tackle.

About The River

Nestled in the heart of Washington state, the Skykomish River is a picturesque paradise that carries timeless tales from the Gold Bar’s vibrant past. Its story begins with the native Skykomish tribe who first lived along its banks.

Gold Bar’s history is rich with gold rush lore. In the late 1800s, prospectors discovered gold in the river, launching a fevered Gold Rush that transformed the area forever.

  • 1880: Discovery of gold sparks the Skykomish Gold Rush.
  • 1900: The new Great Northern Railway transforms Gold Bar into a bustling mill town.

Today, the Skykomish River and Gold Bar offer a unique blend of historic charm and natural beauty, attracting adventurers seeking outdoor fun. From white-water rafting to salmon fishing, its crystal-clear waters promise endless adventure!

Embracing its past while looking to the future, the Skykomish River and Gold Bar remain a precious gem in Washington’s crown of wonders.


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