Methow Steelhead

Josh Brower

AKA Salmon, Trout, Steelheader
#1
Anyone have any info on if there are fish being caught right now? i am planning on doing a trip for a few days to the methow, but dont want to go get kicked in the nuts with no fish. PM if you want, dont want spots, just looking to see if it is worth the drive.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#2
Josh,

It might be red hot today and totally dead the day you arrive. Or it might be dead today and red hot beginning the day you arrive. One thing consistent about steelheading is the near total lack of consistency. And if making a long drive and getting skunked is like a kick in the nuts to you, you ought not go steelhead fishing. Seriously. Getting skunked is as normal, and sometimes more so, than catching fish when it comes to steelheading. You need to come to terms with this if you intend to fish for steelhead.

Sg
 

Josh Brower

AKA Salmon, Trout, Steelheader
#3
getting skunked is not a kick in the nuts, spending $100 on gas to risk it and get skunked is more like a kick in the nuts. i worked 3 years to hook my first, i am used to the skunks of steelhead.
 

FT

Active Member
#4
Josh,

Salmo is right on regarding the very real possibility of getting skunked when steelheading. There are times that one can go fishing many times over weeks or even months and get skunked. Don't get me wrong, there are also times that you can go fishing for steelhead and land one in the first 15 minutes on the river or have the mythical 3+ fish day. However, it is also just as likely that you will go fishless. Remember, steelhead are not like resident trout. They don't behave like resident trout either. They can move into a run, stay a few minutes, a hours, or a few days, and then move on. They can also just keep moving through and not stop at all eventhough it looks like a perfect run to you.
 

Josh Brower

AKA Salmon, Trout, Steelheader
#5
i get the skunk of steelheading, back to the topic, are there enough fish generally being caught to justify driving over? i get it may be good one day and not so the next.
 

FT

Active Member
#6
Josh,

Those of us who chase steelhead either exclusively or nearly exclusively never really worry about how many fish have been getting hooked. If there is a reasonable chance that there are fish in the river, we are more than willing to drive 3 or 4 hours to fish for a day. Heck, most of us are more than willing to drive over the mountain, spend 3 hours driving, and fish for 3 hours, and then drive back over the mountain because we had something to do in the morning and have to work the next day.

In other words, to us it is always worth making the drive if there is a reasonable chance there are fish in the river. Since there are fish in the Methow, of course it is worth driving over. However, if you are expecting to catch fish every day you are there, you are going to most likely be disappointed, which is what Salmo and I were getting at.
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#7
I've reached my tolerance with this shit. DUDE! (people in general!) It's steelheading. Your signiture reads "steelheader." Have you ever seriously steelhead fished? Obviously not, or you wouldn't be asking such a ..... question. Yes, there are fish in the god damn river-- today, tomorrow, the next day, yesterday, etc..... Get your ass over there and find out like a "Steelheader."

getting skunked is not a kick in the nuts, spending $100 on gas to risk it and get skunked
On second thought, stay home. :beathead:
 
#8
I drove 4hrs (on a whim) to fish a river that I fished once before (from a drift boat 2yrs ago), had little idea how to even drive to it (didn't even bring a gazetteer) and my buddy Sean and I landed 4 steelhead. We also walked about 8-10mi between our two half days of fishing looking for fishy water

If you're not willing to do the work, stay home and not "risk it"
 

Josh Brower

AKA Salmon, Trout, Steelheader
#9
i guess i forgot to add that i am fresh out of high school, so spending that much on gas right now is difficult for me to do. i was just looking for a report or two, but i guess that is out of the question.
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#10
There are fish in the river. Fish are being caught in the river. I don't have much sympathy for your economic situation just because you're out of high school. Most people in this country right now are broke. Go fishing or think about it.
 
#11
i guess i forgot to add that i am fresh out of high school, so spending that much on gas right now is difficult for me to do. i was just looking for a report or two, but i guess that is out of the question.
I lost a good job 2 months ago due to layoffs and am now making about half what I was before. Find someone to split gas and make it happen. I promise you it's possible
 

miyawaki

Active Member
#13
Anyone have any info on if there are fish being caught right now? i am planning on doing a trip for a few days to the methow, but dont want to go get kicked in the nuts with no fish. PM if you want, dont want spots, just looking to see if it is worth the drive.
It's always worth it to go fly fish for steelhead. You have to love the process. And, in that respect, we never get "skunked."

Leland.