Here is this weeks Methow Fishing Report with Deputy Don and Leaf, Fish On Ya’ll!
Fall fishing…what can be said other than I love it, because you never know what you might see in a day on the Met in the fall. In the last week I have hooked my first couple Steelhead, on the dry no less which pretty much almost ruins me each season, there is always a fear nothing else will compare but who am I kidding, I’ll be fishing until there’s no place to fish.
There have been multiple Bulltrout attacking our trout, one I even managed to make cough up the 13 inch cutthroat I had on, then out of pure chance the dry fly set in the nose of the bull which produced a vicious fight. Seeing the cutthroat all the way into the adipose (head first) in that bulls mouth I thought it would never see daylight again, but when all looked lost for that little cut the bull gave a jump and barfed it out in mid-air unharmed!
The rotation has been pretty simple as of late, just focusing on the main bugs of the early fall which here are Golden Stones, Green Drakes and of course October Caddis. I am encouraged to see fish moving up the Methow regardless of its state in the lower sections as a result of flash-flooding.
Backcountry is still snow free and now is the time for catching amazing ant falls at many of the best high-country lakes in the state. For any interested in booking a trip in the high or low lands of the Methow just drop us a line, we’ll get you out on the water having fun!
Here is this weeks KROOT Fishing Report with Deputy Don and Leaf, Fish On Ya’ll!
The end of summer is evident in the cool overnight temps and changing hatches in the Methow right now. In the high-country larches are beginning to turn golden colors and ants are priming up for the fall hatch which will drive many fish to strap on the feed-bags.
In the low-country the still water is cooling which brings life back to the Methow’s low-land lakes. Right now the way to go in the low-land lakes is a combo of small nymph action as well as the opportunity to chuck some dry dragons and damsels which can produce bold grabs from fish also looking to put on more weight before the winter.
The Methow River right now is fishing relatively well considering more than half of its length has been detrimentally affected by flash flooding from its tributaries due to fire damage. Effects of fire and floods will be evident in the lower portion of the Methow for the foresee-able future. Undoubtedly the changes in the Methow will affect fishing and fishing seasons in the years to come, always bear in mind the Methow has many other fishing opportunities beyond the river.
Undoubtedly the Methow River and its surrounding tributaries will recover from the effects of the Carlton Complex fire, the length of time this recovery might take may be long in the scope of our human lives but it is as assured as spring is to winter. Take care of each-other and Fish On Ya’ll!