Steelhead To Reopen On The Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow Rivers

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Matt Burke, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Well-Known Member

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    Even if the west side rivers are blown this weekend, I'll pass on the mid-C tribs. No way do I want to keep one of those fish this time of year, even if their fat content is just as high as a coastal winter run, which I wouldn't keep either.

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  2. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    That's right. You just stay over here and keep saying that to yourself.;)
     
  3. Ringlee

    Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    Even though the OP allows hatchery fish to be released, the sole purpose of OP hatchery steelhead is harvest. People should retain all hatchery fish, especially this time of year because wild fish are actively spawning and hatchery fish spawning with wild fish is the worst case scenario. Hatchery fish have no purpose in the wild on the OP.
     
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    all hatchery fish die theres plenty of starving people in Forks seeing how they can only kill one native steelhead.
     
  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Matt, great plan. Anything where you get to see some family is a bonus trip for sure.
     
  6. rwbailey05

    rwbailey05 GO COUGS

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    Might make my first trip to the methow... i dont care if the fish are fried out of their minds, ill still take a tug if i can get one!
     
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    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Basttige BOOYA

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    Funny story Freestone, sorry to hear they ruined your run!

    I'm heading over to the Methow tomorrow waaayyyyy too early so I'm fishing ASAP tomorrow morning. I've been fishing the Met for a few years now and I'm soooo excited that it opened up for this weekend. Had a trip planned to the Wynoochee but blew out, thought about the Yak but gotta take advantage of the Methow when its open!
     
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    o mykiss Active Member

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    It's weird how mores have changed in this community over the years. Five years ago and more you would not have been hearing so much excitement about fishing over dark fish about to spawn. Have fun, I guess, but just remember there's wild fish in their too. Treat 'em nice.

    P.S. I believe some OP fish are already spawning, judging from the redds that were in evidence last weekend.
     
  10. Patrick Gould

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    Is the Wenatchee/Icicle fishery pretty much a zoo, or are there places where you can fish in relative solitude?
     
  11. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    I have yet to catch a "sore head" this time of year on the Methow, steelhead != salmon for zombification.
     
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    Patrick,

    I can't speak for the Icicle but there is lots of room for solitude on the Wenatchee. Just a matter of getting away from the roads and access points.
     
  13. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    Patrick, I've never seen more than a couple of guys out flogging on the Wenatchee expect down in town there, just up from Confluence Park. They're in boats, pulling whatever gear is legal. It should be Winter steelheading at it's best right now-snowing! The Icicle's a problem during the salmon run, so much so that spots are claimed really early, and since it's all private property lining the stream, there's no access at all unless you launch a boat at the hatchery. Definitely NOT worth the drive here, to fish on the Icicle now!! If I could walk, I'd be on the Methow!
     
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  15. LBC

    LBC nymphing beads with a spey pole.

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    if youve never caught a steelhead before this is the perfect time to do it. the boots in Mid COlumbia tribs are super grabby and stupid after a few months off. go there... catch a bunch of fish and feel like a steelhead god.