Poor eastside steelhead rivers.

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Panhandle, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Numbers are half what they were last year, and 1/4 what they were in 2009. I don't think most people have too high of expectactions. Nor should they.
  2. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Dear Penthouse...I once went Steelheading and instead spent all my time with forest nymphs...

    .. or did you mean something else? :)
  3. Blake Harmon

    Blake Harmon Active Member

    where do you get those numbers?
    the counts I have seen just don't corroborate that bad of numbers.
  4. nick42

    nick42 basket weaver

    skunkings are the norm for sure. the Methow and Wenatchee are better suited for rafting than fishing.
  5. Oldtoy

    Oldtoy Member

    Didn't see the date...funny though, got you to respond. ;)

  6. nick42

    nick42 basket weaver

  7. Brazda

    Brazda Fly Fishing guide "The Bogy House" Lodge

    It has been sucking,,,I am picking up shop and moving elseware,,,,were you all catching them I will go there and start over...poor river my Grandfather would hate the internet.
  8. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Yours and my grandparents both. My grandparents grew up there and graduated from Twisp High School in 1942. They are still around, and tell me about how things used to be up there. Makes me wish I could've seen it.
  9. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon



    I stand corrected about this year's vs last year's numbers. Last I looked at it, it apparently wasn't up to date. Still though, been talking to my buddy who's a fish biologist up there, and their counts in the river have been much lower than average. Unless you know the exact rocks those fish always go to, it's slim pickins at best. That's if they make it past the shit show at the Miller Hole, which is pretty damn bad when I saw it last week.
  10. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

    If it only takes 6 hours per hatchery fish then compared to most puget sound rivers thats fantatic steelhead fishing. Just where is this famous bead banging hole , called millers hole located on the methow ?
  11. Methow

    Methow Active Member

    Way to many people. I drove around for 2 hours before I could find a place to fish. Only hooked some damn ole chinook that was like fighting a water soaked log. Thinking about heading down to the GR. Read one guiding outfits report. Said it was on fire and their guides were doing good in the canyon. Think I'll take a weeks vaction and get a way from the crowds.
  12. Brazda

    Brazda Fly Fishing guide "The Bogy House" Lodge

    Yea if Kieth is not catching everyone might as well stay home,,,thats the truth!
    Beers and Brauts at the Pine,,,,,the skunking party to begin!
  13. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    Since I didn't fish the Methow the last two years of well above average returns, I thought it was about average the last few days. As a westsider who's beginning to get used to catching the skunk, I found the catch rate satisfying. A lot of fishing pressure though. Funny thing is, I had my best results in an area that gets absolutely pounded all day long. I had to wait for two other anglers to work through it before I could fish and hook four. I believe in odds and percentages, but sometimes there's no logic to steelheading.

  14. nick42

    nick42 basket weaver

    naw i meant 1 fish for 18hours of fishin.
  15. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

    Thats still better odds than on most puget sound rivers, I'll be over this weekend with my box of beads!!!!
  16. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Just look for the line of cars near the mouth. That should give you an idea where to find fish. With the way it's been down there, fishing above that is like fishing above a gill net.
  17. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

    As a former gillnetter I can assure you that you don't catch them all , So I will gladly fish above the crowds with my special hand painted beads & pink worm flies. The good thing about all them people is 1. they keep the brush on the tails beat down, 2, there are to many people comeing & going for the car prowls to work thier magic. 3, With all them people waiting for thier turn to fish , A guy can make a little CASH tossing dice!!!!
  18. Kevin J. Burnham

    Kevin J. Burnham Active Member

    Ahhh ! I think it's time to catch Brown trout now. Have fun !!!
  19. Jim Darden

    Jim Darden Active Member

    Don't worry, after they start "managing" your steelhead on the east side all the people from Seattle will go home because you won't have any fish either. We have habitat over here too, but choose to kill all the fish before they get to the river.
  20. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

    Or you can abstain from fishing for them, as I have.

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