Where in Washington to find Browns?

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  1. jwg

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    For browns in moving water, if you are willing to go farther afield, try the Owyhee in northeast oregon, in the tailwater stretch below the dam

    Jay
     
  2. Pat Lat

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    I've recently tied a snake fly that I'm itching to try out and owyhee was one of the places on my list. IMG_4568.JPG
     
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    Great looking flies. Those have giant trout written all over them.
     
  4. Steve Kokita

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    Hmmmm...looks like some short strikes too? Stinger hook?
     
  5. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Yeah, what he said.
     
  6. Pat Lat

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    I tied one with a stinger halfway down, but they're kinda small, I have a feeling they'd get inhaled by a sizable fish
     
  7. Mark Mercer

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    I fished Taklakh lake by Mt Adams a few years ago and it had some nice browns in it. At that time they had just planted it so there were lots of little ones too, but I found a few larger ones. There are lots of other lakes in the area, but don't know if they also receive browns. I had a great time fishing the Lewis River in that area as well.
     
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    Self-sustaining populations do exist in wa, though they are pretty rare. Almost every pic of a brown I've posted on this website is from a wild, self-sustaining population planted back in the late eighties but not since.
     
  9. gator1954

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    Medical Lake has a good population of brown trout. If you don't really know the lake well, I would try to fish it right after ice out, or as late in the fall as it's open. If you work at it you'll catch browns there.
    That said, there are at least four rivers/streams that have a decent population of brown trout in eastern Washington that I have fished in the past. The only one I would say on the internet would be the Spokane River. Most of the browns I've caught on the Spokane have been on the lower river. The other three are way too small to handle much pressure, but they are there for someone who really wants to make the effort. Good luck.
     
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    the kettle river in ferry county has browns and bigs ones I have never caught any but I heard over the summer that people go to the deep pools and throw sculpzillas and buggers
     
  12. Top in my class

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    spanaway lake! :)
     
  13. IveofIone

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    Yes Virginia, there are some big browns in Washington. In fact the state record of 22# came out of a lake that is a scant 10 miles from where I am typing this. That drainage continues to produce browns but very few people target them. I think they are safe and are in little danger of exploitation.

    Ive
     
  14. skyrise

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    do you guys think winter is a good time to try for the bigger browns ?
    my thinking is less people, lower light levels and not as much food in abundance ?
    i have 3 lakes in mind. one is small but gets planted with browns.
     
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