By Dave Graybill
As many of you know, one of my favorite things to take my light weight fly rod and wade the upper Icicle outside of Leavenworth. The fish are small, but the water is cool on a hot summer day, and the solitude and scenery is something special.
I made quick trip to one of the stretches I often fish and found the river still high and running hard. I was able to fish the edges along the bank, but scrambling from boulder to boulder is hard work. When the river is down I am able to wade and hit the pockets below the large rocks and catch amazing numbers of little rainbow and few cutthroat in an afternoon. I did catch some fish, and did pretty good in a large pool below a falls. I was drifting my fly over rocks that I am usually wading past in this spot, though. I am going to give the Icicle another week or two before I go back. Then the wading will be easy and I will be able to get to all the water I like to fish. I talked to a friend that was going to fish the Entiat River, but he turned back at Silver Falls, well below the open to fishing water above Entiat Falls.