Methow River Fly Fishing – Steelhead
Pricing: Full Day $525 – $100 Additional 3rd Angler – All equipment included, WA sales tax not included
Season: September – December
EWA Cancellation Policy
The Methow River is one of the least known steelhead rivers in the state, except for the people who have fished it. Those who have fished it know that it can be one of the most prolific steelhead streams in the PNW. Located in the north central portion of Washington, this river can be a bit touch to reach during the fall and winter, depending on weather but no matter, it is worth it.
Considered an east side stream, these steelhead are considered a summer steelhead. They would normally arrive mid summer and some still do but due to the extensive dam system on the Columbia River that they must navigate and the distance they travel, we really begin to see good numbers of fish arrive in the later summer and early fall time frame.
Much of the water here is small and intimate with some technical aspects to it. Swinging flies through the many smaller runs and along the ledges will make you a better angler in the long run and despite common belief, these fish readily take a swung fly and at the right time of year, skating dry flies is even plausible.
Our Methow River fly fishing guide trips are enjoyable and educational as our experienced 2 handed rod instructors help you become a proficient spey caster and swung fly angler. So grab your spey rod or use one of ours and come learn to master the art of two handed casting as applied to this technical and steelhead rich water of the Methow Valley.
See also Wenatchee River
Flies: Intruders, General Practitioner, Metal Detector, Mega Moal, Skagit Minnows, Morrish’s Trailer Trash, River Rats, Fergus Rock Star, Skunks, Purple Perils, Skykomish Sunrises
Ideal Flows: See recommended river flows here
Clothing/Equipment Lists: Summer season, Winter season
Rods and Lines: 11 1/2 – 13 1/3 foot, 5-8wt spey rods, Rage, Skagit, Scandi, Scout and OPST heads with various tips from floating T-10, T-14 and T-18
Duration: Full day trip 8-9 hours fishing time
Distance from Seattle: 3 1/2 hours (summer) – 5 hours (winter)