Fishing the Methow next Weekend - Any Suggestions?

#1
I'm fishing the Methow river next weekend for Steelhead for the first time and I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to where to fish and what flies to use. Thanks for all your suggestions in advance!

I planning on using both my spey and 8wt setups.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#2
I think the water is now low, clear, and COLD. Therefore I recommend small flies, mostly dark. Size 8, 10, 12.

Where? If it's your first time, the easiest way to figure out where most of the good water is, just drive around and look for parked fishing rigs and check out where others are fishing. Shouldn't be hard on a weekend.

Sg
 

golfman44

5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
#3
Let me save you some time.

1) You're going to upset some hypocrites for heading to a non-local (to you) river because those that live around there feel like they own it, it is already over pressured, and that non-locals are the problem and shouldn't be allowed -- despite the fact that those same people head over to rivers local to you and pound them throughout the year.

2) You're going to get a few long posts about how special the Methow is and how you need to learn the history of it before being so rude as to fish it. Here you go: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Methow River History

3) You're going to get a lecture about how you need to kill all hatchery fish and retain them despite the fact that you already know this because it is clearly stated on the license page where you purchase your Columbia tag.

4) You're going to be told that the fishing sucks due to so many non-locals crowding the river and pressuring the fish too much -- but in 2009 it was really good and thats why people are mislead into thinking it is still good.


Now my response would be:
Have fun, enjoy it, make sure you have your $8 columbia trib tag, make sure the river is still open on the day you go, and if you really want to catch a fish follow what the guides do and throw some beads. That being said I've never caught a fish there so what do I know. If someone like salmo_g or evan burck responds I'd listen to them as they actually know what they are doing.

Have fun, it really is a gorgeous river.

edit: salmo responded while I was typing
 
#4
Wow! golfman44 - Thanks for your honesty and heads up! We will see what comes up from the thread!

salmo_g - Thanks for your insight as well!

I'll let you guys know how I far when I'm back assuming the river will still be open!
 
#9
Water is low, clear and COLD as stated above. Just drive up and hit most of the pulloffs. Theyre not hard to spot. All our fish came right off the bottom. Lots of kings still in the river as well. I'd go small and dark as stated above, it seemed to work for us. None of my bright patterns worked. We were bobber and jig fishing though.
 
#10
I think the water is now low, clear, and COLD. Therefore I recommend small flies, mostly dark. Size 8, 10, 12.

Where? If it's your first time, the easiest way to figure out where most of the good water is, just drive around and look for parked fishing rigs and check out where others are fishing. Shouldn't be hard on a weekend.

Sg
Salmo_g - Any particular small, dark flies you would recommend?
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#11
Spade is my number one go to fly, size 6, 8, and 10. A fly I found good this year was the good ole Muddler, size 10. Try a couple dark trout nymphs in size 10 and 12. I haven't actually caught steelhead on size 12, but I've been hearing of it.

Sg
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#12
Try a couple dark trout nymphs in size 10 and 12. I haven't actually caught steelhead on size 12, but I've been hearing of it. Sg
I've actually caught more on sz 14 & 16 nymphs than sz 10 or 12, lol. Seriously. Heck on Saturday, I fished a dead-drifted sz 14 Purple Haze when I ran across a bunch of fish sipping on the surface. No takers but it sure was fun!
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#13
And whatever you do, do NOT bypass the bakery in Twisp!! Get there early, too. Thanks to Freestone for that one; What a breakfast stop!!!!
 
#15
Thanks to everyone that posted responses! Unfortunately I don't have any pics to post of all the Steelhead I caught this weekend because I didn't actually catch any but hopefully I am one step closer to actually landing my first Steelhead!