I have caught a few browns in the lakes around here but i am really wanting to find some browns in the rivers. Does anyone know about any places where i can get into some brown fishing? Im not asking for any secret spots but i am still pretty new to fly fishing rivers around western washington. Any help would be greatly appriciated.

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
+1 on Joe's post. Browns in Washington are found almost exclusively in lakes and creeks east of the Cascades. To my knowledge, none have ever been planted in west side streams (or if they have, it's been a LONG time ago and they didn't establish.)

If you look through the regs for the east side, you'll see mention of browns in various rivers and creeks. That can give you a clue as to where to look for them.

Thanks for the info guys. I was really hoping that we had some in the rivers on this side of the state but ill just have to make it out that way on a 4 day sometime next month.

Brad Niemeyer

Old School Member
I caught a few in the Touchet river (Near Dayton) many years back. Nothing especially large. I doubt they still stock it, but browns have a way of holding on years after stocking ends...


Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
Definately and eastside thing, although it can happen on his side of the state though it is very rare.
A buddy of mine caught a nice size brown below the barrier damn on the Cowlitz. I believe they at one time planted browns in either Mayfield or Riffe. I know for sure they planted them in Swofford Pond, since I've caught them there.
Best guess it was washed out of the lake and managed to survive. Not a bad place for a brown to live considering the amount of meals the hatchery releases.
Clear Fork of the Cowlitz has a few in it above Packwood, as well as several high lakes around here. The ones in the Clear Fork have migrated down from a couple lakes at it's headwaters.

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