Methow

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  1. Willie Bodger

    Willie Bodger Still, nothing clever to say...

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    Reading the scales, you mean like teh fish scales? What is that like the Fisherman's tea leaves... ;0

    Sorry, couldn't help myself...

    Willie
     
  2. rede2go

    rede2go Ron

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    not to change the subject but a page ago someone asked how this is all working/not working on the Wenatchee which i would love to know as its been too many years already and i really miss it and the tribs.
     
  3. Danger Spey

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    This may be a silly question but can anyone tell me if it would be worthwhile heading over to the Methow this weekend? I'm mostly concerned with how busy it might be. Should I expect to see people in every part of the river? Would hiking into some of the nasty spots pay off? I live close to the Thompson in B.C. but for some reason I really want to try the Methow again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  4. alaskahole

    alaskahole dancing engineering flyfisherman

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    Yes, expect to see people in every single hole and more than one person at that.
     
  5. salt dog

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    Ever since that article was published in NW Fly Fisherman this summer on fishing the Methow River there's been a crush of people on it. Not that most of them know what the hell they're doing, but enough to trample the reds and put the fish down from one end to the other. :beathead:
     
  6. headstrong1

    headstrong1 youngish old guy

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    Not to mention the fact that we're always talking about it on here.

    Very worthwhile discussion though. There's a lot of hype going on. Its a good river, but I can't believe how many people drive 5 or 6 hours to fish it, passing the Skagit, Sky, Stilly etc. Westsiders dying for sunshine?? :confused:
     
  7. CaddisMadness

    CaddisMadness Fly Fishing in Patagonia: A Trout Bum's Guide

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    Yeah, the Methow sucks now....be advised to stay away
     
  8. flyfis4fun

    flyfis4fun New Member

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    In all seriousness, if you are thinking of heading over this weekend I might postpone that trip. I fished it yesterday and it was a stinkin zoo on a Tuesday! Imagine what Sat. will look like.

    The water is really low and I honestly don't think there are very many fish in the river yet. My brother and I fished hard for 7 hours without a bump. Other fisherman we talked with were have no to minimal success. Not to sound full of myself but my brother and I have never been skunked together on this river in October so I have to say things are pretty darn slow.
     
  9. Lostinwater

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    Yeah like caddis m said, octobers really not a good time to fish this river wait untilly feb or march.
     
  10. Danger Spey

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    Thanks all. I think I'll wait a little while, the colder weather seems to keep alot of the weenies at home. I'll be heading to the Thompson instead.
     
  11. Piscivorous

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    Thompson V. Methow? Hmmm... I know what I would choose. (The grass is always greener on the other side;) )
     
  12. Big Tuna

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    Fished the Methow Thursday thru Sunday. It was BUSY. It's a small river and it's getting lots of pressure. I talked to the creel counter and he said there is more pressure than there has ever been...and it's only going to get worse. He also told me that there were two film crews up there during the week, so it's probably not going to be just a Washington thing in the future. I also heard from a less reliable source that Jack Mitchell was filming with the intent of selling the footage. Who knows, rumors run wild. I do wish, however, that folks would quit pimping the rivers.:mad:
     
  13. Porter

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    quit pimping the rivers.........you are dead on. It is amazing the draw of a river (Methow) after a write up. ....and it will last more than one fishing season.
     
  14. Sageman

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    I caught my very first steelhead out of the Miller Hole on the Methow. When I first started fishing the river (gosh I sound like a geezer...), we would watch which holes had other rigs in them, and stay away. We figured we wouldn't have to fish a hole that had been hit already until about noon, and by then we were ready to take a break and wait for the evening anyway. Nobody ever came into your water while you were fishing it.

    Now you need to be in your water before first light to reserve your portion of a hole. A lot of times if you are fishing the head of the hole, somebody else is down at the tailout. How times have changed.
     
  15. Brent Comer

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    Heck, you could get away with doing this last year.... :(