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Monday, June 22, 2015
By Dave Graybill
If you are itching to dust off your fly rod and fish a small stream here in Central Washington, the Icicle River, above the Snow Creek Trailhead is a good one. The river has just reached the wadable stage and the small trout that inhabit the stream are hungry. If you are looking for a trophy rainbow you won’t find one here. The stream is loaded with rainbow that range in size from six inches to “wall hangers” that may go 12 inches. If you want a lot of action the Icicle is a great place to spend an evening. I really enjoy taking people up there that have never fly fished. I can guarantee that they will be catching fish on their first few minutes on this small stream. I use a very light fly rod, a 3 weight in fly fishing lingo, and you don’t need a huge selection of flies. I like Parachute Caddis, Parachute Adams and Renegades. Sure I catch fish on other flies, but I can count on these patterns to produce strikes year after year. I would guess that the Icicle will offer good fishing for another month, but once again, I wouldn’t wait too long to get your small stream fly fishing fix this year.