For 20 years the Index-Galena Road that follows the North Fork Skykomish River above the town of Index has been closed due to a washout about six miles above Index. The Forest Service has finally received funds to repair the road, and it is now open for business again. This now makes access to the full length of the river much easier than it has been.
Perhaps better known as a whitewater river, the North Fork Skykomish is also quite friendly to fly fishers. In the fall, winter and spring, with their higher water levels, you may have to contend with rafters and kayakers, but in the summer, with it's low water, casting dries to hungry trout can make for a splendid afternoon. Keep it in mind.