Seattle Area Fishing

mjkirshner

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We are going to be visiting the Microsoft campus/Bellevue area outside Seattle some time this summer, and I wanted to get some fishing recommendations. I am in south Florida, and have saltwater gear, but also have some lighter freshwater gear and even a switch rod (although not much skill at using it). We will probably only be there for a few days, so it would have to be something fairly close to town and just a part-day trip. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
 

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stilly

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The Snoqualmie Forks are a quick trip from Bellevue. Lots of public access on the South Fork around Tinkham campground. Small trout, ideal 3-4wt water, but doesn't turn on until mid July due to snowmelt.

If time/resources permit, the Yakima would be my first choice. Would require a full day and a boat but it is a wonderful fishery. If I am still out here (hoping to have moved back home by then) and you can allot a full day you would be welcome to float it with me. Otherwise I would recommend Red's Fly Shop.

No matter where you fish a few things to keep in mind: Traffic is terrible. Especially in Bellevue and I-90 on the weekends. Don't leave anything in your vehicle, break-ins are all too common.
 
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