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Methow River - June 25th, 2014
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Great
Methow River is definately fishing. The hopper bite is starting up and looking forward to an awesome summer of fishing big foam dries. I still wouldn't overlook throwing a nymph off your dry fly. With the river running 3,050 CFS at Winthrop wade fishing certain areas is definately an option now. Stop by the shop for the latest!

Methow River - June 10th, 2014
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Good
Nymphing is the name of the game right now.  Yellow Sallies are hatching and stone fly nymphs in yellow or gold colors are working well. These sallies are in the 14 to 16 range in size. Rubberlegs, Tungsten Yellow Sally, and the original Copper John all work well for a Yellow Sally imitation. Also most attractor nymphs has been producing as well, Lighting Bugs have been a good option. In low light streamers have produced some chases on the Coffee Sparkle Minow, but in bright light they have been a little reluctant to take the streamer.


Methow River - May 19th, 2014
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop
RECORDED:    0 °   FISHING: Poor

Getting pretty excited here in Omak, Wa. for the season opener on majority of the rivers in the area. The Methow River is running 6,730 cfs. and dropping! Should be in fishable shape on Saturday. You'll see me out there nymphing the slack water. Stop by the shop for the latest.

Methow River - November 28th, 2012
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop
RECORDED:    37 °   FISHING: Good
 The news from the Marvelous Methow is both good ....and bad...

First the good: Although still not the easiest wading, the Methow River has been dropping into fine shape the last week and is back down to 650 CFS. Fish are being found throughout the system and (finally) Winthrop area anglers are reporting better fishing for Steelhead. Actually, one somewhat modest Methow guide called the fishing 'good' but another fly tier who hiked into his hidey-hole Monday lassoed four steelies, mostly unclipped.

Now, the bad news: the river is closing to steelhead fishing on Friday November 30!!! So get it while the 'catching' is hot! Drop by the Omak shop and gear up on our huge selection steelhead flies, leaders, bobbers, and lines…including the super-hot Double Bead Peacock Stone-a proven Methow assassin. 

Methow River - November 15th, 2012
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop
RECORDED:    34 °   FISHING: Poor
My two fishing partners headed down to the Methow and fished from Miller’s Crossing to Gold Creek.  Fishing was very slow and the water was up.  They met with four other fly fishermen on the river and they all had the same report…no fish.  Fishing should pick up as the water begins to drop. However, with the incoming storm fronts expected to hit the Cascades all weekend, we may not see the water drop anytime soon. 

Methow River - November 3rd, 2012
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop
RECORDED:    50 °   FISHING: Good
Email From Greg in our Omak Fly Shop....

.....well the rains came in on tues. and so did the hi waters the Methow spiked from 450cfs to 975 in just 30 hours and if you were in the right spots early Wens. Am nad had on a bright big swingin fly you were bound to have your line tugged but by mid day the dirt was flowin and the clearity was lost with the fish. the water temp. droped and the color is clearin up now and the metalheads are on the move today with good reports of more fish being caught up river.

As for the Okanogan the water is still running like a coco ribbon dark brown high and wild. flow is up to 2690 cfs from just under 900 on Tues. you will get a first hand report on the methow on Tues am for i will be there all day Monday guiding.

Later boys 


Methow River - March 18th, 2012
supplied by: Somers Outdoors
RECORDED:    20 °   FISHING: Excellent
The Methow River re-opened up Friday the 16th with a BANG!!! Fishing has been incredible the last couple days, stay on the upper part of the river, from Danzel Road up to Twisp, one of our favorite spots is Beaver creek area and downstream, that area produced double digit hook ups both days so far along with the area below Carlton and Danzel road...

For the fly guy try Nymphs with a Red Copper John dropper, trout bead set ups, and Blue Leaches...

For the jig guy THIS IS YOUR TIME OF THE YEAR!!! try White head Red body, Chartreuse head Blue body, or one of our favorites Peach head and Salmon/Peach body, use the smaller size 1/16, 1/32 oz jigs fished 7-9 feet below your float and have some fun!!!

Give us a call or visit our web site for the latest info...


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Fishing for hatchery steelhead to reopen
on the Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow rivers


OLYMPIA – Starting Friday (March 16), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will reopen selective fisheries for hatchery-reared steelhead on the Wenatchee, Icicle, and Methow rivers on a short-term basis.

Anglers will be allowed to catch whitefish in the Wenatchee and Methow rivers so long as those rivers are open to steelhead fishing.

Steelhead fisheries in all three rivers are tentatively scheduled to run through March 31, but could end sooner if fishing impacts on wild steelhead reach annual federal limits, said Jeff Korth, regional WDFW fish manager.

“These limited openings are designed to support wild-steelhead recovery by reducing the number of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds,” Korth said. “Anglers can play an important role in that effort by removing hatchery fish not needed to meet spawning goals.”

Because the fisheries could close on short notice, Korth recommends that anglers check the department’s Fishing Hotline at (360-902-2500) or Fishing Rule website ( for updates.

The Similkameen and Okanogan rivers will remain open for steelhead fishing, although sections of the Okanogan River around the mouth of Omak and Tonasket creeks will close to all fishing March 16 to protect wild steelhead staging for spawning.

The daily limit on all rivers open to fishing is two hatchery steelhead, marked with a clipped adipose fin and measuring at least 20 inches in length. Anglers must retain any legal hatchery steelhead they catch until they reach their daily limit of two fish. At that point, they must stop fishing for steelhead.

Any steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be released unharmed and must not be removed from the water.

Selective gear rules apply to all areas where steelhead seasons are open. All anglers are required to follow selective gear rules and restrictions described in WDFW’s Fishing in Washington pamphlet, available online at

Areas that will be open to fishing for hatchery steelhead on March 16 include:

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Icicle River Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to a point 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam. Night closure and selective gear rules apply. Motorized vessels are not allowed.  

Methow River: From the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing to the first Highway 153 Bridge. Night closure and selective gear rules apply.  

Okanogan River: From the mouth upstream to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville. Night closure and selective gear rules apply. All fishing is closed from the first powerline crossing downstream of the Highway 155 Bridge in Omak (Coulee Dam Credit Union Building) to the mouth of Omak Creek and from the Tonasket Bridge (Fourth Street) downstream to the Tonasket Lagoons Park boat launch.  

Similkameen River: From the mouth upstream to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.Areas that will open to fishing for whitefish on March 16 include:

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Highway 2 bridge at Leavenworth.  

Methow River: From Gold Creek to the falls above Brush Creek.To participate in these fisheries, anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries.

The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.

Methow River - January 10th, 2012
supplied by: Somers Outdoors
RECORDED:    27 °   FISHING: Poor
The Methow is CLOSED for fishing, the WDFW has closed it, here is the notice they posted on their website;

Hatchery steelhead, whitefish angling closes Jan. 2
on upper Columbia River and several tributaries

OLYMPIA - Most steelhead fisheries on the upper Columbia River will close Jan. 2 at 12:01 a.m. from Rock Island Dam to Chief Joseph Dam, as will steelhead fisheries on the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat and Methow rivers. Whitefish angling also will close Jan. 2 on the Wenatchee, Methow and Entiat rivers. However, steelhead and whitefish seasons will remain open until further notice on the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers, under previously published rules.Jeff Korth, the regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the closures are necessary to keep impacts on wild steelhead within limits established under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA)."This year’s run is smaller than in recent years and contains a relatively high proportion of wild steelhead," Korth said. "Those factors, combined with steady angler effort, increased the rate of encounters with natural-origin fish this year."The federal permit authorizing the steelhead fisheries sets a maximum allowable mortality of natural-origin steelhead to accommodate variation in run strength and angling effort on specific waters. WDFW closely monitors the fisheries and enforces fishing rules to protect wild steelhead.Although anglers must release any wild, unmarked steelhead they intercept in area fisheries, some of those fish do not survive and are counted toward ESA impact limits.The primary reason the upper Columbia steelhead fisheries are permitted is to remove excess hatchery fish from spawning grounds, Korth said. In addition, those fisheries provide recreational opportunities and economic benefits for rural communities throughout the region.A portion of the hatchery steelhead that have not been harvested will over-winter in the Columbia River and return to tributaries in the spring, when they may again be targeted for harvest.WDFW fisheries managers are analyzing fishery impacts to date, and will produce a steelhead run update next month, Korth said. Some areas could be reopened at a later date for additional fishing opportunities, and anglers should keep a close eye on the WDFW website for these possibilities.Details on waters that will close to fishing for steelhead Jan. 2 until further notice include:

Mainstem Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Entiat River: Upstream from the Alternate Highway 97 Bridge, near the mouth of the Entiat River to 800 feet downstream of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery.

Methow River: From the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.

Visit our website or give us a call for other opportunities for Steelhead fishing

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Methow River - January 3rd, 2012
supplied by: Griff's Fly Fishing Adventures
RECORDED:    30 °   FISHING: Poor
Well I am back in the Methow Valley for a few days.  I have to get some tax stuff done.  Just about my most favorite thing to do.  With this system being closed, I am going to head back to Southeast Washington and spend some more days on the Snake and the Grande Ronde.  The catching on the Snake has been decent.  The Ronde, however, has had a lot of ice.  When I left there on Saturday rain and warmer weather had caused it to raise and go off color.  It was even having a bit of an impact on the visibility in the Snake.   All my fishing on the Snake is swinging, both dry lines and tips.  Stay tuned for further reports and call or email if you think you might like to fish either one of these rivers.

Also, the Okanogan and Similkameen are both still open, and I am going to be spending more time on these two rivers when they are ice free.

See ya on the river, Rod

Methow River - December 22nd, 2011
supplied by: Somers Outdoors
RECORDED:    15 °   FISHING: Good
The river has ice in spots, mainly the lower part, but you can find a few spots to fish if you look hard, the upper river from Carlton up is producing fish on a regular basis, try the Beaver Creek area where you can expect multiple hook ups, try Nymphing it has worked good for us lately, the fish are sitting in the deeper part of the runs so fish a little slower than you would think and be sure to cover all of the run…

For you jig fisherman what can I say, it’s your time of the year, stick with small jigs in Black/Blue, Orange/White, Red/White and the go to jig this time of year Blue, all these colors have been producing fish on a regular basis when fished deep in the runs, we fish them 9-14 feet below our float on 4-6lb line…

Give us a call or visit our website for up to the minute info as we have several guides on the river daily fishing…

***Be careful of the ice, do not walk out on it***


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