Date: 2/11/13 late pm
Anglers: Joe R, Doug P, Connor C, and some anglers.
Time: 2/8 – 2/10
Results: A Couple of Fish Per Day – Probably 1-2 per day this week for our guided guests (just a realistic prediction but maybe more!)
Hunger Level: 8/10 on Friday, 2/10 Yesterday Stretch of River: The river is open from Leavenworth to the mouth and we have had guides fishing all of it with similar results throughout the system.
Well we got our chance. The Wenatchee opened and it was good fishing on Friday to the fish that hadn’t seen a fly in months. Congrats to the Spey guru accross the river from me on Friday morning that landed a fish on his first cast on the spey. That doesn’t happen very often.. er.. ever! It was good fishing on Friday but the easy fish got picked off fast and it slowed down. Yesterday we scraped two out of there and worked very hard with nymphs. On Friday we landed 3 fish all on the swing! These can be really aggressive fish and the Wenatchee is one of the few rivers where a long bomb spey cast actually fishes as well or better than a bug under a bobber most of the time. The wide runs and clear water lend itself to long casts and longish leaders. I personally like 5′ of 0X Fluoroflex Plus on the Wenatchee behind a 10′ MOW tip of T-11 but if you are snagging bottom a lot on the hangdown then lighten up to the T-8. It was awesome watching a good friend and guest, Kevin D owner of the “Steelhead Diner” in Seattle hook a vicious 15 pound buck on the swing on Friday. What a cool fish and these fish ate the swinging fly HARD! The creek census by WDFW was pretty dismal yesterday but look for a bump in the water flow and cloudy weather to pump the Wenatchee up. The nice thing is that the crowds were GONE by Sunday and this week shouldn’t have hardly any anglers. The low clear water is perfect and consistent as far as clarity and access goes. At the current volume you can actually wade pretty big and get out in the runs versus when it is just a touch higher. The bars are flat and long with wide runs. Even a long spey cast has a tough time getting to the middle. Best Spey Rod for the Wenatchee 7136-4 or bigger. The 7133-4 Sage VXP plays bigger than it is and is a darn good rod on this river. These fish require long casts with heavy tips right now! Don’t be afraid to bring the big stick. Switch rods are pretty tough to swing flies with using this fast of a sink tip and fairly well dressed flies. a 7130-4 is fine too but you might want to leave the 6 weights at home.