Bikefishing the Snoqualmie River 8/12/2018
An immersive experience hosted by
Swift Industries and Emerald Water Anglers
Fly fishing and bicycles have something mesmerizing in common: both require us to deepen our experiences in nature, inviting a sensory immersion that fills the soul and brings us closer to the natural world. Come with us as we fuse our passions for a day of pedaling and casting on the outskirts of Seattle. We’re eager to share a full day of exploring winding roads and meandering rivers, honing our fishy senses, and relishing the peaceful retreat of a day in the Cascades with you.
Welcome to our wilderness classroom. Our day will begin at the John Wayne Pioneer Trailhead located at Rattlesnake Lake, where we’ll snake above the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, pausing to orient to the essential gear for the bike-fishing fanatic, to nerd out on the art of hauling your travel fishing kit, and soak in the summer beauty of the Cascade Mountain Range. On the river, we’ll guide you through the fundamentals of fly fishing, and introduce you to the art of reading the river, and get you acquainted with the cadence of casting.
The day’s lunch menu will be provided by Peloton Cafe.
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When: Sunday August 12, 8am-4pm
Meet/End: Rattlesnake Lake/John Wayne Trail-head (Discover Pass required)
Group Size: 8
Swift Industries’ Cancellation policy:
1. Cancellation 2 weeks out — No Penalty
2. Cancellation 7-13 days out — Forfeiture of 50% of payment
3. Cancellation within 7 days — Loss of 100% of trip cost.
4. Day of cancellation by Swift Industries due to weather or other circumstances — No penalty
What to bring:
- Safe, working bicycle in good condition. Tires at least 35mm wide are strongly recommended. Expect to ride 15-20 miles round trip
- Helmet (required)
- Washington State fishing License
- Comfortable clothing for the day’s weather (dress for the weather)
- Shoes or sandals for wading in the water (you might wanna get wet for that primo spot)
- Flat tire repair kit and pump (required)
- Drinking water
- Personal snacks
- Brimmed cap and sunglasses (these are helpful fishing tools, as well as good safety for your eyes)
It may be cool when we start and get quite hot as the day goes on. As such, plan your attire for a full day outside.
We will be “wet wading”, this means no fishing waders. We recommend sneakers or sandals such as Chacos or Teva, (NOT flip flops, you’re going to want your heels “locked down”).
We will be biking on “soft” paths. We recommend 35mm tire or wider. The John Wayne trail is mostly a hard-packed dirt railroad grade with some gravel. We will have some hills that may have loose terrain. Please plan to ride 15-20 miles. Bring your helmet.
Wear eyewear and a cap to protect from unruly casting. We will be flinging hooks dressed up to look like bugs past our heads, and a cap and eyewear go a long way to prevent injury.
We are meeting at Rattlesnake Lake. The Discover Pass is required to park at Rattlesnake Lake. You can buy a day pass for $10 at Rattlesnake Lake, payment is cash only.
If you are car-free, check out the new Trailhead Direct project by King County, Metro, and SDOT for a multi-model experience.