Where in Washington to find Browns?

#17
Is the west side an option for you? You have a very good shot in stillwater if you're willing to go out in the next week or so. Story short, we're having an exceptional fall and it's running late given the "warm" weather at the moment. They can be had year round over here short of any ice but certain times are much easier than others. Anyhow, that window will close before long and you're welcome to PM me if you get serious about doing it soon and would like a few hints.

Also have a file with all lakes & streams (nearly) in the state known to hold them and 14 yrs of stocking history. Close to 170 altogether, about 90% lakes, so there's lots of opportunity but you'd have your work cut out for you in moving water. Yell if you're wanting to search in a specific area and I can point you to some of the closer ones (short of anyone's secrets :eek:).

Tim
 
#18
I'll agree to disagree on this one, I've had really good luck in the cle elum river in the last couple years, sight fishing in the summer is cool up there, definately not yakima river quality, but a handful of rainbows every time I've been there. I met a guy working at creekside in issaquah who said he does well there also. Plus I love fishing in the snow when the fall comes to an end.
He might be talking about the Cooper River. I've got to agree that it's not very productive. I think It's the only small cascade river/stream that I haven't been able to catch anything in. I've seen a few pictures of 3 or 4 species slams, but haven't had any luck personally.
 

Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
#20
small browns in big numbers means a naturally reproducing population of wild fish. I dont know why I'm blowing up my favorite river, it was already featured in NW fly fisher. its inaccessable this time of year so hopefully most will forget about it by ice off. But it is a great little hike in to get to the good spots. for those who enjoy backpacking, maybe I'll see you there next summer when the stones and caddis are so thick in the air you cant speak without inhaling them
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Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
#22
Its a pretty technical river, hard to get good long drifts, and easy to spook fish. I still haven't landed a nice size brown there. But very fun to make a hike in camping trip out of, there's about 5 miles of trail running along the river that give good access. big dries and czech style nymphing are the best options. Next year I'll be doing some streamers as fall approaches to see if I can entice some meaty browns for a change.
Also it is very slick due to the algae, cleats are a must have since the river can be deceivingly powerful.
 
#23
Also it is very slick due to the algae, cleats are a must have since the river can be deceivingly powerful.
You can say that again. It's not quite as bad as the Yak below Roza, but almost.

If you're heading up there this season and want some company let me know. I would even give up the secrets to some other Kittitas county gems.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#25
The place I'm interested in seeing how browns do is Spanaway Lake. Unlike many lakes with browns, it has both inlet and outlet streams so there is a chance for some natural reproduction. The largest I've caught there so far has been 18", but I've heard of fish to 24". All of the larger fish have big guts, so they are eating well. They also like chironomids, which is a bonus in my book. There are some super nice bows in there as well.
Growing up in Tacoma and having fished it for years, I'm looking forward to what the future may hold in regards to the browns in Spanaway.
 
#26
Its a pretty technical river, hard to get good long drifts, and easy to spook fish. I still haven't landed a nice size brown there. But very fun to make a hike in camping trip out of, there's about 5 miles of trail running along the river that give good access. big dries and czech style nymphing are the best options. Next year I'll be doing some streamers as fall approaches to see if I can entice some meaty browns for a change.
Also it is very slick due to the algae, cleats are a must have since the river can be deceivingly powerful.
Do you fish it above or below the lake? I was up there last summer and didn't get around to fishing the river itself, but really wanted to. Seems like it would be fun, and also seemed like it had lots of options for bushwhacking.

Thanks.

Jason
 

Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
#27
Do you fish it above or below the lake? I was up there last summer and didn't get around to fishing the river itself, but really wanted to. Seems like it would be fun, and also seemed like it had lots of options for bushwhacking.

Thanks.

Jason
I fished it below the lake, but I think I will try above next summer. There is also pete lake above which I hear is great too. Then above pete lake there is more cooper river which also intersects with the pacific crest trail, which you can follow to get to more alpine lakes.
 
#28
I fished it below the lake, but I think I will try above next summer. There is also pete lake above which I hear is great too. Then above pete lake there is more cooper river which also intersects with the pacific crest trail, which you can follow to get to more alpine lakes.
Awesome. That area does seem really promising, and I think it would be really fun to get up there above cooper and explore some of those lakes.
One of these days...

J
 

Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
#30
I have also seen and heard cougars up there, definately not a place for the average joe businessman looking for a weekend getaway from the hussle and bussle of big city life. Those types should probably stick to the cedar river:)
Besides, last year I was up there a day before the big fires swept through and wiped out all the good scenery