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Methow report Dec 11, 2007

Floating Ice Chunks!

waterside,

The Hatch

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Methow report Dec 4, 2007

Water has bumbed up a bit; Remarkable watershed. Everything else in the state is on the rise and the Methow shows a slight increase! Fishing has been average this season. I guess we are jaded from some of the years passed when we would hook up on 10+/- every day. I remember a 33 hook up day a few years back. The 2007 season is actually more like normal steelheading. Anyhow, the slight increase in flows with the warmer water might push some fresh (relative term) fish up from the lower river/Columbia confluence.

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Dec 4, 2007

On the rise and closed until June 1!

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Nov 27, 2007

Decent nymphing. Great clarity. There are a few Coho's in the sytem as well!

waterside,

The Hatch

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Methow report Nov 27, 2007

Cold and tough fishing.

waterside,

The Hatch

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Methow report Nov 19, 2007

Tough fishing on this one currently?

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Nov 19, 2007

Dropping and clearing and should produce in the next 48 hours.

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Nov 18, 2007

Stay away from this one for a couple days now as she has almost doubled in size.

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Nov 16, 2007

Recently the fishing on the Klick has been good. Both the nymph and the swing have been producing for my favorite dryside steelies.

waterside,

The Hatch

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Methow report Nov 16, 2007

The fishing slowed a bit due to the drop in temps and a bit of a rise in water. We have guides over there currently and will report in full upon ther return.

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Nov 8, 2007

The 2007 season was a bit up a down for numbers yet we had some great fishing/catching at times. Currently the nymphing has been avg to good and the swinging has been less then avg.

The Klickitat is a great drainage that originates and travels through a wild and scenic wilderness. The Klick will be closing at the end of November...Come spend a day with us on the Klickitat and combine it with a night at the Steelhead Ranch if you would like

waterside,

The Hatch

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Methow report Nov 8, 2007

The nymphing and swinging on the Methow has been sporadic. Honestly, the swing fishing has been just as good as the nymphing for me. However, I heard tell of 10 fish being hooked on nymphs in one hole by one boat recently.

Yesterday we touched three steelies on the swing, hooked two, didn't land any... One fish ate a six inch black articulated leech behind a type six 15 footer, another ate a small stone fly behind a type three and the last one ate a 4 inch purple articulated leech behind a type three. The dry line fishing for me has been slow...?

Nymphs of choice would be beads, beads, beads and more beads. Traditional nymphs that have worked lately include...The Copper Swan and Pats Stone,

Give us a jingle and we will get you waterside for some steelhead action!

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Oct 24, 2007

The Klick kicked in over the last few days. Our hook-up numbers increased, the fall colors are in full glory...cross your fingers for more of the same.

waterside,

The Hatch

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Methow report Oct 17, 2007

The Methow has been fishing better lately now that the pressure has lightened. Although nymphing is a good technique on this river, swinging the fly is very productive and the fish are willing to chase the fly. From dry flies to subtle wets to long and skinny...it all works. Be willing to change up in the same run and have confidence in the swing...it will pay off.

Give us a jingle and we will get you waterside for some steelhead action!

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Oct 17, 2007

The last couple weeks the Klick has been less predictable. We have been catching fish but definitely with less consistency then our last report. In the last report our numbers were impressive; lately, the numbers have been more 'normal'! Regardless, the fish we have been catching have been beautifull!

waterside,

The Hatch

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Klickitat report Oct 1, 2007

The last few days equals rockin' fishing. If we quoted numbers you would call bull_ _ _ _!, so we won't. Water bumbed up about 70 CFS and the weather man was good to us as we needed a change-up.

Many fish on the nymph and a few on the swing.

waterside,

jack

'The Steelhead Ranch'

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Klickitat report Sept 26, 2007

Lowering and clearing water....not the 'bestest'. We continue to see the 3-5 fish per boat days. The recent full moon has certainly pushed some fish, which is a good thing. We also see rain in the forecast; another good thing.

waterside,

jack


Klickitat report Aug 29, 2007

Plain and simple...There are good numbers of fish in the Klickitat and the water is in great condition. Don't be afraid to swing the dry line.

Stats from an hour and a half of fishing the other evening... 7pm -8:30pm

-Two fish chased the skated dry fly down but did not eat

-One fish gave us a slight pull sub-surface on a type three tip and a purple bugger

-One fish hooked up and almost landed on a purple peril behind the type three.

waterside,

jack


Klickitat report Aug 12, 2007

The clarity has been good over the last week-2 feet. The fishing has been good as well. According to Mr Weather, aside from a quick heat blast scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday, the clarity factor should stay on the up and up for the time being.

Summer steelies can be anywhere with glacial tint.....Shallow riffle water, boulder strewn pocket water, deeper holes etc. So when your fishing in the summertime with glacial tint don't limit your fishing to your 'traditional water'

waterside,

jack


Klickitat report Aug 4, 2007

The river has been in and out of clarity over the last month based on airtemps. There are definitely fish in the system. Watch for the clariy factor to start getting better as we get closer to the September mark. It looks as though the clarity should be around the 2.5 feet of visibility by Sunday afternoon/Monday. We will be fishing it Monday and Tuesday....report to follow!

waterside,

jack


Klickitat report July 13, 2007

The river is dark/cloudy/glacial as we speak. This mega heat blast will color up the Klick for awhile. Fish were being caught prior to the heat wave. We are looking forward to our first fall at 'The Steelhead Ranch'

waterside,

jack


Methow July 13, 2007

The river is in prime summertime fishing conditions......get'rdone.

waterside,

jack


 

Klickitat report June 14, 2007

The river is in great shape...as beautiful as it gets at this time of year...fishing report to follow.

waterside,

jack


 

2006 Reports...

Klickitat report 11.12.06

Well that river sure went sideways... All the way to 8,000cfs. No doubt there will be some new shelves and channels carved by that flow. Should be fun! Currently dropped into fishing levels but the clarity remains marginal at best. we hope to spend a few more days down there before she closes on the 31st of Nov. Will keep you updated...

waterside,

jack


Klickitat report 10.29.06

Heading to the Klick today for the next 14 days...

waterside,

jack


Klickitat report 10.24.06

The nymph fishing continues to be the producer for numbers as usual. Fishing the fly on the swing takes time and patience and is the most rewarding. Honestly my best swing fishing this year on the Klickitat has been with a dry line/wet fly in isolated zones!

jack


Methow report 10.24.06

Confirmed....there will be no opening of the Methow this season.


Klickitat report 10.03.06

The fishing on the Klick has been average to great depending on the day. Lots of nymphing with some on the swing. Can't complain/ 46 confirmed hookups in 8 days! It would be nice to see less netting going on in the lower river!

waterside,

jack


Methow report 10.03.06

Counts are increasing over the Wells dam. Cross your fingers for an opening.


Methow report 9.19.06

Heard tell that the Methow has been fishing good for trout. We have not been over there much. Steelhead counts over Wells dam are currently at a 50% mark of the 10 year average and therefore if the system opens for steelies, my guess is that it will be later than sooner.

jack


Klickitat report 9.19.06

A variable report. Avg to good catching on the swing and nymph. Great water conditions.

jack


Klickitat report 8.30.06

A good report from our wet lines continues! There have been some tough clarity days recently due to the warm weather glacial feed. Watch for the next week to be good according to MR Weather. Summer Runs....can be anywhere. To quote a good friend and great steelheader;

Fish the insides, fish the outsides, fish the wood, fish the tails, the heads...Fish it all!

jack


Methow report 8.30.06

Trout fishing on the Methow should be fairly strong over the next month with cooler temps coming our way. Steelhead? who knows. If NOAA says ok, this will be the 5th year in a row for a catch and keep season on hatchery brats. Steelhead counts are lighter over Wells Dam currently then the 10 year average. However, the numbers have been dramatically increasing over the last week. Cross our fingers for a Wenatchee opening as well.

jack


 

Klickitat report 8.19.06

Good report from our wet lines. Water clarity has been ranging from 1.5-3.5 feet of vis. The nymphing has been good, while fishing on the swing has been tougher.

jack


Methow Report 2.16.06

Good report from a die hard nymphing angler who caught quite a few fish the other day. Would stay away from the river these next few days as the temperatures are supposed to be incredibly cold. Watch for the next warming trend if this one is on your radar.

jack


Methow Report 1.28.06

Should be good....but no reports as of lately.

jack


Methow Report 1.14.06

Currently no ice flow and the river is at a great wading level. Should see some decent fishing on the Met especially from MM 5-20. Will give you a more specific report com mid-week!

jack


Methow Report 12.09.05

Things have slowwweeed down over on the Met due to low and cold waters....in fact currently there is quite a bit of ice flow. The next warming trend should spark up some good activity...

Happy Holidays,

jack

 


Klickitat Report 11.26.05

A couple of the guides went down and fished the Klick yesterday....Saw two fish to the fly and landed both of them! They floated from Stinson to the Slide---there were 7 other boats in there as well.

Respectfully, fish-on and  waterside 365,

jack

 


Methow Report 11.23.05

Spent one day up on the Methow and swung the fly the entire day  with the Beaumont boys  -   Their first steelhead experience!    What a great time...we dry lined one up and sink tipped four more,  all on a down and a across presentation.  One of Nathan's fish went to the backing 4 times and tail walked three times, quite impressive.  Water temps were at the 40 degree mark.  Gotta'  love the swing;

Happy Holidays,

jack

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Klickitat Report 11.20.05

Spent probably my last day on the Klickitat for the 2005 season with Coby and Andrew.   They were great company and we managed to hook 5 and land three steelies.  Coby landed his first metal...all in all a successful day.  Water temps started out at 39 and ended at 41.6.  Water clarity was awesome and I am looking forward to next season!

Respectfully, fish-on and  waterside 365,

jack

 


Klickitat Report 11.14.05

The Klickitat Chinook salmon are in full spawn.  5 and 6 days ago the air-temp in the AM was a bone chilling 22 degrees.   The water temps were ranging from  38 to 40 degrees.  Yesterday the warmest water temp I took  was 42.8 degrees.   Recently, overall night time temps stayed warmer due to the weather fronts and cloud cover  The fishing over the last few days has been good.  The mode of operandi the last week was the nymph game.... steak and eggs, over easy and in the zone.
This weeks highlights include
  • Shane and Brendan doubling up!
  • Brendan - three casts, two fish
  • Roger - two casts, two fish
  • Gary says, "that's a trout", yeah right!
  • Mike and Dan fishing their brains out!

Respectfully, fish-on, waterside 365,

jack


Methow Report 11.14.05

The Methow continues to be low and clear with cold water temps.  Fishing has been OK.  The pressure this last weekend was up again,  more on the Methow after I return from my upcoming trip the 20-22nd. 

jack



Methow Report 11.07.05

Nice weather we had over the last few day, Whew!   Anyhow...The Methow is seeing less pressure these days.  The egg game is over as the Salmon are done doing their deed.  Swingin' the fly with a variety of line types is most certainly a great game-plan.  Water temps are ranging from 38.5-41 degrees as of lately.  You got to love a river where you can grease line with a damp fly at 39 degrees.  Pick your method as they will all work; Swing the dry line or a tip as well as use the nymph.  When nymphing,  remember to attach an  ASID*   to quote Don Dale. Spent a nice day with Don and Bill on the Met.  Let me rephrase that, the company was nice, the weather was "kinda wet"   Don managed to land his first steelie!
 
Be willing to change up when fishing them there steelies; and remember don't get Mendenitis*!
 
Getting a bit Steelhead Rummy* but loving every minute of it! 
 
Steelhead Rummy: Referring to the disposition of a guide and or anglers mindset after days on end in search of the mighty steelhead.  Some of the symptoms include an unshaven face, (and if you’re a women, we won't go there), very bad breath, a dazed and confused look, a dialogue consisting of very few words, i.e.... "eat my fly"!

Mendenitis;     A term referring to the affliction of manipulating your line voluntarily or involuntarily causing your fly to waggle about unnecessarily.

ASID (Acute Strike Indicator Detector) This is a technical term for a float/bobber used on the leader while fly fishing.

 
fish-on

jack


Klickitat Report 11.07.05

Been watching the graph on the Klick and the river seems to have semi stabilized out for the time being.  The clarity is great and very little pressure.  I for one will be down there all week!  More details after I return...

jack

 

Methow Report 10.31.05

The Methow continues to be low and clear.  The river experienced a slight increase in flows but almost insignificant.  I received a letter from Bob Jateff (District 6 biologist) in reference to the rules and regs  for the sysytem.  This following is the content of that letter...

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Upper Columbia River Steelhead Fishery Reminder

Anglers fishing for steelhead in the mainstem Columbia River above Rocky Reach Dam, and the Methow and Okanogan rivers are reminded to keep adipose-clipped steelhead (up to the limit of two fish). The main objectives of this fishery are to remove hatchery origin fish from the upper Columbia and increase the relative proportion of wild origin (unclipped) spawners on the spawning grounds.  Releasing hatchery origin steelhead prevents WDFW from achieving these objectives, and therefore meeting our responsibilities to steelhead recovery in the Upper Columbia. If WDFW is unable to meet recovery responsibilities, managers will be forced to reduce the length of the season and consider the efficacy of future openers.   So, please keep adipose clipped fish and help us ensure a strong fishery this season and in future years. 

 


Klickitat Report 10.31.05port 10.30.05

The Klickitat river clarity is diminishing and water temps are ranging from 46-49 degrees. Currently the flows are at 560 and increasing with as we speak. There are large amounts of salmon spawning currently and the trout, whitefish and the steelhead have  been  tuned into that activity. The nymph game has been the bread and butter lately. Look for the swinging fly to be more productive just around the corner.  looks as though the Klick will not fish so good over the next few days as the increase in flows will make it tough.  We will keep you posted.

This weeks highlights include

Zach and Dan hooking up with nine of "them there steelhead"

Mike hooking about a 40 pound pissed of Chinook buck that jumped 5 times!

Mr. Yeah/No  on point!

Bill Herron Get'ner done!

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 10.21.05

The Methow has been good and fickle in the same breath.  Recently spent 5 days up on the system and utilized all fishing techniques to catch em'.  Water temps are ranging from 47-51 throughout the system depending on the time of day.  Water is low and clear and flowing at about 340cfs.   As of recently, the catch rate in the lower river has been better due to the higher fish counts down low in the system.   This statistic equals mega angling pressure in the lower river.  One of the state biologists counted 109 wet lines on the river the other day!   The fish have actually been in all types of water.  There are large numbers of fish in the lower system below mile marker 4 waiting to venture up the river---  Note: From mile marker 4 down to the mouth is closed waters.   The day I left was very cloudy and the valley received approximately1/4 inch of rain.  This combined with a full moon might have moved some of those lower fish up the system.  The Fall colors are glorious.
 
Techniques used this last week include...Greased line skating and damp flies as well as nymphing
 
Highlights include
  • Bill Heron hooking 14 fish in one day!
  • 7 takes on a dry fly for Jim Brandt
  • Naming Jim's Hole
  • Actually catching and hooking fish when a Camera for ESPN was present.

waterside,

jack


 

 Klickitat Report 10.21.05
 
The Klickitat flows are stable at the 510cfs mark and the water has slowly been clearing.  Water clarity is at about 4.5 to 5 feet and the fishing is good.  There are good numbers of Spawning Chinook in the system.  There are also decent numbers of Steelhead.  The sub-surface swing with various heads depending on the water type has proven to be effective along with nymphing.  Dry line or greased line techniques are a great option as well, especially at the right time of day (low light) and in select water types;  Slower and tailout oriented.
 
Highlights include
  • The Ishi/Champion  party hooking up on a 15 pound plus hot one that was Columbia bound instantly. 
  • The Ishi/Champion party 5 for 7
  • Willo, one for one

waterside,

jack

 


Methow Report 10.13.05

The Methow river is low and clear.  Water temps are ranging from 47-49 degrees.  Fish are in all types of water.  The heads of the riffles, the pools and the tail outs.  There are fish throughout the system but currently the lower river densities are higher.  The river is open on an emergency harvest basis and the rules are that hatchery fish are to be taken.  The opening is not based on sport fishing but on a take fishery because...

Reason for action: The wild run returning to areas above Priest Rapids Dam is large enough to meet minimum spawning requirements. The recreational fishery will reduce the proportion of hatchery-origin steelhead on the spawning grounds, thereby minimizing impact to wild steelhead spawning in upper Columbia River tributaries. This will increase the proportion of wild steelhead on the spawning grounds and improve natural production.

To read more about the opening click here   https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=348

The word is...If we don't harvest the hatchery fish, they will close the fishery!


We have caught fish with all techniques;  Obviuosly the most fun has been the dry fly skating.  However, nymphing and the sub-surface swing has been effective as well
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Last weeks highlights include

  • Mark and Doug doubling-up
  • Matt and Rob doubling-up
  • John and Skip getting them on skating dries

On the water

jack


Klickitat Report 10.08.05

The water clarity currently is ranging from 2.5-3 feet in the morning to 3+ in the afternoon.  Water temps are in the 46-48 degree range.  Dry line swinging should be limited to very isolated zones.   Medium to big heads for the swing otherwise.  Honestly did way more nymphing over the last three days than prior.  Highlights included

  • Dennis landing his first fish on the Spey-Congrats- and by they way great job with the long rod. 
  • Tom  Craig hooking up with a monster Chinook, 30lbs+,  that cart wheeled his way out of the run and down toward the Columbia River at Mach 10
  • Stu hooking up on three steelhead in about 15 minutes!
  • Bryan and Tom Doubling-Up
  • Bryan's final hour double hook-ups
  • Gary's jumping steelhead

On the water

jack


Methow Report 10.08.05

The river opened today and we will be there manan for 4 days.....will give you an update upon the return!  Water is up to 350cfs now...that's better!


Klickitat Report 10.02.05

The river jumped from 450 to just over 900 and is now dropping fast.....I cannot wait to get back down there.  We will be waterside on the Klick from Tuesday through Sunday.  Should be great,  however our stats last week weren't to bad either!  Both nymphing and the swing are great techniques on the river.  Dry line swing fishing needs to be in isolated waters; Typically swinging with a variety of heads is the best angle for catchin' em the sweet way!

On the water

jack


Methow Report 10.02.05

Rumor has it the Methow will have a steelhead season this year...this is yet to be seen.  We will keep you posted.   Let's cross our fingers because there aren't to many rivers that dry dropper fishing works for steelhead.  It is a great dry line stream for Steelhead and it sports a variety of fish besides the Steelhead.  Although general fishing is closed after Sept 30th, many of the techniques we use will dupe the resident  and lake going trout along with the Bull trout. 

Last fall I personally witnessed 40 plus steelhead eat waking flies on the Methow........nnnnoooiiiccceeee.  The flows actually increases about 15 cfs lately, I guess that is better then dropping!  The river will be a great wade game and some of the stretches will "kinda be float able with small rafts"

On the water

jack

Good number of fish over Wells, and this last spurt of rain most likely pushed some fish up the system.


Methow Report 09.17.05

Good numbers of fish over Wells.  The Salmon and the Steelhead are still not moving up into the system in any numbers and therefore many of the large Lake run Cuttbows are not in with any numbers.  Combine that with lowwwww water and the fishing has been a bit mixed over the last month.  However the cooler temps as of lately as well as the light precipitation the valley received recently has helped a bit.  Floating the Methow with a boat is definitely not recommended.

On the water

jack


Methow Report 08.28.05

We have not spent a large amount of time on the Methow this season since run-off....just a few days.  However that is about to change!  There are good numbers of Chinook in the system which in turn should point to some good to great lake run Cutthroat/Rainbow trout fishing as well as resident trout fishing.  Combine a few  Bull trout as well as steelhead by- catches and it makes for a great day.   Technically the steelhead season is not open.  It looks as though the counts are good enough to open....we  shall soon find out and keep you posted!

On the water

jack


Methow Report 03.19.05

The Methow Report

The river is officially closed for the 2004-05 season!

On the water

jack


Methow Report 02.16.05

The Methow Report

The river is currently flowing at 600cfs.   Should be many "downstreamers" or "kelts" available for the catching.  Reports have it, there is some decent fishing to be had on the Methow.    The season should be closing fairly soon.  Nymphing and swing techniques should both be worthy.  Remember the steelhead are trout like and summer run,  therefore swing the dry line first!

On the water

jack


Methow Report 01.22.05

The Methow Report

The river received an influx of water as did other systems.  It is currently on the drop and looks as though it is around 1000 cfs near Carlton.  My recommendation would be to swing the fly on a type 3 10-15 foot tip with long skinny and purple!

On the water

jack


Methow Report 01.16.05

The Methow Report

The river rcvd an influx of water and is dropping as we speak.  Graphs show the river around 1000 CFS near Carlton.  Swing the fly... long skinny and purple would be my recommendation.

On the water

jack


 

Methow Report 12.23.04

The Methow Report

Has been quite good lately and most likely is as we speak.  Swinging the fly is my favorite option.   Don't be afraid to swing more "trouty" stuff rather than coastal steelhead stuff.  Nymphing is always an option...Again think trout.

On the water

jack


 

Methow Report 12.9.04

The Methow Report

It's been a while since we reported on the Methow.  Overall things have been good.  Both the swing and the nymph have been productive.  The number of fish game that we were so complacent abut in October is most definitely over.  The fishing currently is more like typical dry side steelhead fishing in the winter.  If you focus you will catch fish, and sometimes more then expected. 

Small flies on the swing first, then double back with a change up.  Swing little black and purples, Skykomish Sunrises, Stone Nymphs, etc.   Nymph Stones, princes, eggs, CJ's, Chironimids etc.

On the water

jack


Methow Report 11.22.04

The Methow Report
 

The slow down we experienced a while back has improved a bit.  The overall game is average  currently.  The water flows have dropped a bit and the temps are hovering in the 36-40 degree range depending on the day and zone. 

Utilizing both nymph and swing techniques is a good idea  for the fish catching angle...

On the water

jack


Methow Report 11.15.04

The Methow Report
 
The fishing slowed quite a bit.  Mostly due to the changes in flows, clarity and water temp.    Changing variables  doesn't make good for the steelhead bite.  Conditions seem to be stable currently with a low pressure system heading to the valley.
 
Techniques used on the Methow over the last week include;
Dry line swing with damp flies- Smaller patterns seem to be better
Dry line skating
6-10 foot sink tip swing
Nymphing under bobbers
 
Flies used recently include
Brown Bombers
October Chernobles
Skykomish Sunrise
Freight Train
Skagit Minnow
Egg Sucking Leeches
Articulated leeches in Purple, Black
Stone Nymphs
Prince Nymphs
The Catch All
Various Egg Patterns

Waterside 365...Jack


Methow Report 10.20.04

The water is up just a bit and the temps have dropped a bit....Skating dry flies may have headed south for the winter...don't fret it...The dry line/damp fly  is most certainly still a great option.   I will personally be on the river for the next 9 days-Reports when I return

fish-on Jack


Methow Report 10.14.04

Fishing has been awesome;  multiple techniques including skating dries, damp flies, utilizing sink tips and nymphing...end of story!

jack


Methow Report 12/03/03

Just spent two days on the Methow and regardless of the cold water temps.....32-35 degrees......ended up with 18 grabs on the swing and 12 fish landed!  Granted the fish were a bit slow, but we did catch a couple hot ones!  Water is getting close to normal water levels for this time of year. 

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 11/19/03

The graph shows the water up, but currently the clartiy is good.  Have not spent anytime on the river in the last few days....most likely a bit tougher with the rise!

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 11/14/03

The Met is back on track.....As Jim Traner found out!  By the way Jim, that was a fun day! Swing the fly and utilize dry lines and tips depending on water type.....Leave the bobber (indicator) home.  Use low light flies for low light days, take two steps after each cast and enjoy the schwiiinnnngggg!

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 11/9/03

Just back from three days on the Methow and the fishing is tough.  We were doing much better when the water was higher.  The last 6 day cold snap put a damper on things.  Watch for the fishing to improve with the warming trend.

fish-on

jack


Klickitat Report 11/6/03

The Klick is currently in. The river experienced an unusual glacial deposit of ash like substance into the river approximately 10 days ago and there was reportedly a fish kill in the upper reaches.  Since then it has turned for the better.  Although clarity has not been great, reports have varied from poor to great!

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 11/6/03

The Methow continues to drop.  Fishing has been average to good lately.  Prior to the big water we  considered the fishing great.  Water temps have lowered quite a bit, so slow the swing  down.  Nymphing is always an option.  Remember these steelies are trout like and the water is clear on the Methow!

fish-on

jack


 

Klickitat Report 10/27/03

The Klick is currently in.  According to the grapevine the river is fishing good.

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 10/27/03

The Methow is dropping steady and clear.  Wading is definitely limited as the river is still at 1500 cfs but the fish are there and the swing should produce....make sure to fish short at first!

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 10/20/03

The last report said OH MY, because the fishing had been exceptional......This report says OH MY because the Methow is currently blown out, big time!  

fish-on

jack


Klickitat Report 10/20/03

The fishing had been good to great over the last couple days but currently the Klickitat is out!

fish-on

jack


 

 

Methow Report 10/18/03

OH MY!  End of story!

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 10/14/03

Everything from skating to dead drift, to low and slow and fast and eratic has been working...just depends on the mood of the fish!

fish-on

jack


 

Methow Report 10/09/03

The river opened and fishing is gooooooood.....Dry lines and damp flies are sufficient.

fish-on

jack


Methow Report 10/07/03

Opens the 8th! we will give you a hands on report on the 9th!


Klickitat Report 10/7/03

The Klick is coming into shape as we speak.  Reports lately have been decent.  This should be great fishing until she closes Nov 31!


Klickitat Report 10/1/03

Fishing on the Klickitat has been tough over the last week as the waters have been quite glacial due to the warm days and mild nights.  Mr Weather is calling for some cooling...which should shape things up.


Klickitat Report 9/22/03

Fishing on the Klickitat has been decent...Water has been low and fairly clear.  Dry lines, tailouts and subtle flies!  We hooked to fish the other day that spanked us!


Methow Report 9/22/03

Don't know if this is going to open this season.....should find out soon.
 


Methow River Flow link http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv/?site_no=12449950&PARAmeter_cd=00060,00065

Methow Report April 2, 2003

The Methow is now closed......It was most definitely a great fishery this year and lets cross our fingers that we get to experience it again next year!


Methow Report March 24, 2003

What can we say.....desert steelhead.....trout like.....good to great numbers......getting a bit spawney.....closes in 6 days!


Methow Report Feb 27, 2003

The Methow continues to produce good numbers of steelhead.   Both the slow swing and nymph game is the ticket.  Remember these fish have been in the system a while and are definitely more tuned like a trout. Swing smaller and subtle patterns as well as nymph trout like patterns.  The glo bug is always worthy to nymph as well as various nymphs such as a Prince and the like.


Methow Report Feb 3, 2003

Think trout like. Swing the fly slow and low or High stick and/or indicator nymph. Fishing has been good here recently with a quite a few semi bright fish and a few dark ones! see photos


Klickitat Report;
Closed until June 1, 2003...Stay tuned as we will have a great crew on the river this next season and offer overnight trips as well!!!

 

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