We look forward to hearing from you and fish always! I worked on my game and I got good at it. These fish eat dries and fly selection is pretty simple: I love the Methow Valley and the North Cascades bordering it. That means fishing takes place at a time when temperatures may dip below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Fishing for steelhead, whitefish to close Dec. Those fisheries, plus steelhead and whitefish seasons on the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers, will remain open until further notice under previously published rules. Areas that remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead include:

They migrate from larger rivers upstream to small streams to spawn in the fall. Low and Clear film showing to benefit wild steelhead February 19, in Outdoors blog. Self-delusion just happens to be all that sustains a rookie winter steelhead fisherman. The extent of conservation and technology developed to provide safe passage of smolt down stream and adults upstream has been paying dividends. This is a trip not to be missed! Specific waters that will close to fishing for steelhead an hour after sunset Dec. I love the Methow Valley and the North Cascades bordering it.

Bob Allen, a friend of mine convinced me that I had to try this river. This is a private lake at the Freestone Inn where we often stay. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics. Still, I remained convinced as ever that my misery would be rewarded — that for the first time in my life I would land a Methow steelhead.

They are like a dream in color etched in my brain and they make me smile every time I think of them.

Now, with Federal supplemental brood stocking influence, the Methow River steelhead run has returned substantially, and most of these fish are of the 4 to 10 lb. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse.

July, Issue 4: This is a trip not to be missed!


I’ve only fished a few to date. Every season we are finding that more and more true wild steelhead are returning home to the Methow River. Our current winner is the photo below submitted by Brian Whitney. The average fish is about 16″ and I’ve caught a few up to 24″ in the lake. Along the shore line a strike indicator and Chronomids size 16 — 10 are working well. Add in some alpine and sub-alpine lakes with some big trout and you have a perfect place to trout fish in Washington state.

Try Wooly Buggers size 10 — 6leeches size 10 — 6 and damsel nymph fly patterns size 14 — 8 with a slow retrieve. Get your fishing license here. Steelhead harvest season opens Monday on Clearwater October 12, in Outdoors blog. Areas that remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead include: Rowe drives the river daily gathering catch data for surveys that help the state decide if there will be a season — and for how long.

The Pateros water gauge is broken. The Methow River is returning to the fishery I remember as a young boy and I am sure my grandfather is looking on with a huge smile. They migrate from larger rivers upstream to small streams to spawn in the fall.

Hopefully it will be a split season, opening back up in Feb or March. The water temp as been degs. I love this watershed. Buck Lake — Buck Lake had a large addition of fish that should make for some great fishing.

Methow Valley Fly Fishing

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed fishing at the Bogy house lodge two weeks ago. Snake steelhead run a shadow of past years September 17, in Outdoors blog.

A fun place for the family and easily fishable from a boat, Patterson can keep an angler busy for long time. The boat launch area is a good place to cast from shore. I even steelheda fishing with Badaliance and that’s good!

With the size of fish and flies I usually throw a 4-weight on the Chewuch and Twisp and go with either a 4 or 5-weight on the Methow which holds the larger fish. With one of Jeff’s guides Joe Willauer I was able to catch my first steelhead “on the swing” using my new spey casting skills! Jeff Brazda is one of the finest guides I have had the pleasure to fish with, he even had the patience to teach my ADD personality to spey cast.


November | | Methow Fishing Adventures

Time for another meethow report. Enjoy, and tight lines to all — Popamack! I can remember the details as if they happened yesterday. This high mountain lake has a small boat launch and great camping facilities. Tags Everything tagged Sort by: This creek goes right under the road and the area around the bridge can actually be good though the further you are willing to hike up the trail to fish the better. In the fall the fish will feed much of the day.

The icy joys of fall and winter steelheading on the Methow River | The Seattle Times

Jeff, I just wanted to thank you for a memorable steelhead trip. I fish it almost daily during the steelhead season. I learned a lot. All three of these are open in sections from the first Saturday in June until August 15 and then remain open in sections until Sept Biggest fish by Thanksgiving wins please include length.

Powered by Livefyre The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times. Also if it is a hot day, try Chronomid fishing with a strike indicator.

From the mouth to the Highway 2 bridge at Leavenworth.