WA retirement location w/fly fishing nearby...

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  1. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    True native westside northwesterns rust. It is a fact of life. After 50+ years here, I still enjoy living on the westside.
    I plan on saying adios to Seattle in about 10 years for either the northern part of Kitsap Co or Whidbey Island. I can't image living a long ways away from saltwater.
     
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  2. Nick Clayton

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    Not that I'm really anxious for more neighbors, but IMO Hansville is tough to beat. Surrounded by some of the best beach salmon fishing our state has to offer, with some great lakes within an hour or so. No moving water, which is probably its biggest downfall, but a 2-4 hour drive puts you on plenty of steelhead water.

    Quiet, lots of space, thirty minutes or so from the Seattle ferries. Hop skip and a jump from the OP. I suppose I'm biased but there are very few things I would trade for my ability to walk out the door and be casting to silvers in five minutes
     
  3. BaldBob

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    Though they are on the very edge of the desert ( timbered Mts. within 10 miles) Asotin or Clarkston would meet all your criteria.
     
  4. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    When I retired, I moved away from Washington. I moved to Montana where there is 9 months of winter and 4 months of summer. But I can fish all year long. No waiting for rivers to open up. Except for the ones that get a good covering of ice in the winter time.

    But you have to be half nuts to live in this climate, and I fit that bill.
     
  5. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Well, it's pretty clear from the responses so far there is no one perfect place, but many good places.

    We should all be happy about that... can you imagine this same discussion on where in Iraq or Afghanistan one should consider living in retirement :eek:
     
  6. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    I don't know, freestoneangler, I understand that the upper Tigris fishes pretty good and the climate in northern Iraq can't be beat!
    D
     
  7. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Sounds like you've done a good job adjusting to those 13 month-long Montana years!

    K
     
  8. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    I would agree with Triploidjunkie on the Kettle Falls/Colville area. The weather is moderated by it's proximity to Lake Roosevelt, the hospital has just been sharply upgraded, and the traffic is probably about 1% of what you are used to in Los Altos. The fishing opportunities are just staggering-particularly for a guy that has had to to drive 5 or 6 hours to get to good fishing in the past. A 5/6 hour drive from there would put you on some fabled trout water in either Idaho or Montana. There are at least 100 lakes within a two hour drive and some very good C&R flyfishing only lakes within about 45 min. And no traffic to get to them. Most of us that lust for stream fishing find ourselves going to Idaho or Montana as there is little of that in Washington apart from the Yakima. Kettle Falls is relatively close to the Kettle river and there is some decent fishing there once you learn the river.

    Spokane is less than two hours away if you need to do some big city shopping or just crave a mall fix. There they have all of the big box stores of course and some of the very best medical facilities in the state.

    There is no perfect place to live as you are well aware. Some have property tax that is just off the charts, some west side sites have traffic congestion even worse than what you are used to, some places it rains or is gloomy what seems like 75% of the time and some places are so far from decent fishing that you would be little better off than you are now. Come on up and check out some of the suggestions you have heard. Look at Ellensburg for instance. You might also want to start a thread on where not to go. There are plenty of those places as well but I would assume you would recognize them up front.

    It's an exciting time for you, wondering where you are going to retire and trying to get all the details just right. I went through this process about 15 years ago and retired 13 years ago. Easily the best 13 years of my life. Good luck with your search-and if you need a free guide for those 100's of lakes..........

    Ive
     
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  9. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Yeah, well when we hear from all those who have chosen to retire there, I'll revise my statement.
     
  10. Patrick Gould

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    Seriously Take a look at the Ellensburg or Cle Elum area. The Teanaway valley just northeast of Cle Elum would be perfect. You could live right on a beautiful trout stream that's just miles from the Yakima river. Ellensburg is small, but it's a college town so there are some advantages from that.
     
  11. Kelly Michelsen

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    My vote would be the Methow, but real estate is pretty steep and winters are long. Reareation abounds, great lakes and great stream fishging
    Kelly Michelsen
     
  12. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Walla Walla.. Mild winters, warm summer, lots of wine, lots of fishing within a couple hours.
     
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  13. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    Long, long time ago I did an analysis of heating days in Washington state. We got sued by the Sierra Club for selling firewood so I had to gather quite a bit of data.

    Anyway, western and eastern Washington have almost the exact same number of heating days. And that includes the ice-box that Ivie lives in.

    The weather in most of eastern Washington is nicer from about late-Febuary until Thanksgiving. From Thanksgiving to Presidents Day the weather is just as crappy in eastern Washington as in western. And it is colder during that time period. However, once past Presidents Day the weather is warmer and much sunnier on this side of the mountains.

    I lived in northeastern Washington for four years. Lots of great fishing....and as you have notice Ivie has still not figured out there a whole country a few miles north of him with great fishing!! However, my wife has refused to even go back for a visit almost 30 years later!!

    Coming up from California I would recommend western Washington for that guy.

    As my nephew, from Cupertino said..."Wow, you guys have a lot of dirt up here." I guess for him paved is normal. For Californians dirt can be a problem.

    Weather is relative. We are outside Tucson and 55 degrees and sunny and this is awful weather. I'm walking around in t-shirts and shorts and everybody else is staying indoors because of the horrible weather.

    Even their snowstorm was a wimp. From first flake to last melt was about 8 hours.
     
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  14. Jeff Dodd

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    Washington is full. I recommend Weed.... California

    :D
     
  15. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Looks like we've gone full circle back to Sequim and the surrounding Olympic Rain Shadow.
    There's enough pavement there in Sequim now to satisfy any Californian. Once I'm there, I can hardly wait to leave. IN fact, I've taken to calling the town "Squirm.":confused:

    Disclaimer: My bad 'tude is a result of having tromped the area in the late 50's and early/mid 60's as a kid with a fishing pole, before the sprawling and extensive development got under way.