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I'll go ahead and be the first to give you some advise that you're likely to hear a lot of. Get yourself some steelhead/salmon gear. Your in an area close to some very good fishing (the Kalama, Lewis, Elochoman, Klickitat, Toutle, and the Sandy, Salmonberry, Newhalem, and Deschutes in Oregon). The Cowlitz doesn't have much of a fly tradition, but it puts out a lot of fish, and I'm sure some local flyfishers must have figured out a thing or two about it. Get a fast-action 8wt with a matched reel and a weight forward line with interchangable tips, one floating and three or four sink-tips, from 10 to 20 ft.

As for trout, I don't know that corner of the state that well, but I can point you in a couple of directions. Merrill Lake (I think it's in the upper Kalama drainage) is excellent, big rainbows and browns, and even offers an impressive Hexagenia hatch in late summer (which should make you homesick). I'm sure there are some locally known small stream opportunities in the nearby Cascades (I believe I've heard the upper Klickitat has a trout fishery), but Washington is not a particularly great state for trout streams (at least by western standards). The Yakima River is our one "blue ribbon" stream, but it's not particularly close to you in Longview. The lakes of the Columbia Basin, like Lenice, Nunally, or Dry Falls (again a bit of a haul), do offer some of the best flyfishing in the country for rainbows and a few browns to 20". Sixteen inch fish are common.

The best news I can give you is that you are reasonably close (gonzo day trip or easy weekend) to the Deschutes River, absolutely one of the best trout streams in the world, and a still great if declining steelhead river. Ask around for particulars. Some of the northern Willamette Valley tributaries in Oregon (McKensie, Santiam, some others) also have quiet reputations as decent trout streams.
 
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