The Cedar River is another great fly fishing stream in the northwest located about 20 miles Southeast of Seattle. There are about 20 miles of fly fishing available from the Landsburg Dam to Renton at the mouth of the river. This is a great Washington fly fishing river that has plenty of trophy size fish in it. You may not cacth 15 fish in one day, but what you do catch will be memorable.
This river was once closed to fishing for many years to protect the Steelhead and Salmon runs, has now re-opened to fishing in 2004. Be sure to check the local regulations about this stream in order to continue to protect the great fishing on this river. The river is catch and release only from Landsburg Dam to the mouth of the river at Renton. You can only use one barbless hook and the river is only open June through August which is when the flows are very fishable.
Because it is catch and release and the short season the fish in the Cedar are considerably large for trout. You will find Cutthroat and Rainbow trout along this stretch of river and they can be great size. It is common to see fish that are 16” to 19”, but don't be surprised if you find some that are 25” or better because they are in there also.
This river is very easy to wade and it has great access. To find the large fish and some of the best fly fishing you should venture out and away from the easy access spots that everyone else uses. Wade up or down stream from these access points and you will have a nice section of the river to call your own. This will also put you into places that the fish don't see so many anglers so they are not spooked as easily.
On this river you should have some success with Streamers, Nymphs and many other types of flies. The fish are not numerous, but they aren’t picky either. There are many good riffles, runs and pools on this stretch of river making this a great choice for fly-fishing.
If you are going to be fly fishing Washington, and your looking for some good river trout fishing, then this is your river!
Cedar River fishing report
Cedar area map.
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