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    Need backcountry Bike n Fish "duathalon" suggestions

    Looking for some good new backcountry day trip (w/in 2-3 hrs of Seattle) options for a biking and fly fishing combo day as soon as fishing season opens up, and would appreciate any suggestions.

    Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail has been our std, and it's perfect for this. But looking to branch out and discover a few more options. Hwy 410 Skookum Flats tr. would be good, although fishing looks kind of mediocre: glacial silt/poor river vegetation in White River = dinky rainbows and not very clear water for them to see your fly. Was also thinking the Teanaway would be great.

    Any other suggestions appreciated. If you've never done this combo, it makes for a pretty fun day! Ride a bit, fish a fit, ride a bit, fish a bit, drink beers back at TH and tell stories about the big one you almost landed. Good times.

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    Mountain biking and fly fishing quandary....


    Talk about first world problems!

    Sorry, couldn't resist, but at least it bumped the post.

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    Coldwater Lake? Seems like I've heard there are some fairly large fish. The loop around the lake is a solid 9.5 miles (Plus a mile or so of pave road). If you need more mileage you could include some out and back miles on the Boundary Trail. This is probably at your 3 hour max from Seattle though, but it's a beautiful area.

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    It isn't backcountry but I quite like riding the Iron Horse Trail through the Upper Yakima River Canyon and fishing my way through the canyon. The Yak is open year-round but the river is flowing pretty good this time of year which makes wading tough. Later in the year after the flip-flop the upper canyon is quite wadeable. A bit of bushwacking is involved to get down to the river but the fishing is good. Don't forget to bring a light for the longer of the two tunnels on the trail.

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    Osborne mt trail by Mt Rainier goes by a couple decent fishing lakes.

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    Nice post. I know of the Snoq Middle, and using Iron Horse.
    So I am happy to get more ideas too, thanks & sub'd

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    Need backcountry Bike n Fish "duathalon" suggestions

    Thanks guys for the additional ideas. They look cool.

    Poking around, I also uncovered the following possibilities:
    Cooper River - out of Cle Elem
    Fish Hook Flats
    Green River Gorge Tr.
    Lewis River Trail
    Skokomish River Trail
    Humptulips River Trail

    I'd expand the concept to multiday bike packing/ fly fishing anywhere in PNW, if any ideas there for a longer trip, i.e. McKenzie River Trail, etc.

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    I've fished the N. Fork Snoqualmie before by bike. Fishing wasn't great, but its a cool place to boulder hop. Supposedly there is good fishing in some of the lakes and beaver ponds up in there. It's on Hancock land, so permit required

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    Need backcountry Bike n Fish "duathalon" suggestions

    Is the N. Fork Snoqualmie accessed via FS roads all the way up, or is there any singletrack? Never been up there.

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    No single track that I know of, just FS road

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    I should have added Cooper River to my list. I tried it once and river access is really difficult. Tough to cast as well, even if you have a good roll cast.

    There is access from various roads/trails to the Teanaway Forks. I've fished a bit on the North and West Forks. Small fish, but fun.

    The Deschutes River Trail outside of Bend provides ample fishing opportunities from a bike. The Deschutes is only open part of the year.

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    I didn't think the Teanaway would have anything big, but there's some beauties up in Thorp lake. Pete lake may have some too, but having to leave bikes @ the wilderness boundary + all the people in there... meh.
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    Aren't there some fish at Ancient Lakes as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sagebrush Slug View Post
    Aren't there some fish at Ancient Lakes as well?
    Yes. Keep in mind that's a lot of ag runoff though....


    Manastash lake also has some lunkers in it. Kinda out by itself though... we like camping up there.
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    The NW representative for Trout Unlimited is on the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Board (good guy, also a mountain biker) and we were talking about Ancient Lakes at the last advisory board meeting. He said if you want to take a newby fisherperson somplace where they will catch a lot of fish, Ancient Lakes is your place. He also recommended not keeping anything you catch... :-)

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    Something closer that a friend of mine has been doing for some time is Wallace Lake above Gold Bar. Nice sized trout and it's all down hill back to the parking lot. Worthy.

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