April 15, 2017:

I was at my property in the Yakima River Canyon yesterday. Getting ready to start setting up my fishing camp there. The river is high and dirty. Not what I want to fish right now. Saw absolutely no one on the river. The flow is just under 5K.

 

The Methow looks a bit like chocolate milk right now. We have had a lot of road closures due to flash flooding all over Okanogan County.  It may be a long run-off season throughout Eastern WA this year.  Shoot, right now it is next to impossible to get to Omak Lake or Rufus Woods.

 

See ya on the river, Rod

March 22, 2017:

My friend Susan and I have spent the last two weekends fishing for Lahontan Cuttthroat at Omak Lake. It has not been red hot,  but we have landed a few nice fish.  The largest was 24" and several others in the 20" class.  We have tried several different patterns; however, olive sculpins have been best. We have talked with several anglers there who have been starting at daylight; they are telling us that from about 06:30 to 09:00 it has been excellent. A fish every cast - so they say. I can tell you this much:  it is a good cure for stagnation and cabin fever...

 

See ya on the river, Rod

March 10, 2017:

"SPEYAGEDDON": a little something to look forward to. Devoted double handed rod caster and angler, Tom McCoy, and I are planning to have a one day double handed rod casting clinic on the Methow River this summer. Tom is a Thomas & Thomas Pro-Staffer. We are currently working out the details, but we plan on having it on a Saturday mid-July. It will be a hands on clinic and there is no cost. Stay tuned - more coming. We just wanted to "whet your appetite." Oh by the way "SPEYAGEDDON" is Tom's choice for an event name.  You will have to ask him

 

Whitefish season closed on the Methow today.  The reason: WDFW had an incidental wild steelhead catch and release quote for the season and it was reached.  Beautiful day here today. Sunshine about 40 degrees and water running everywhere. Most of the secondary roads are a mess.  

 

See ya on the river, Rod

March 1, 2017:

Here we are at March 1, and we still have 2 feet of snow. The only good thing about it is:  it is hard enough on top to walk on. I am about to go stir crazy. I have only fished probably 2 or 3 times since getting home from the Grande Ronde the first part of November. Not being able to chase steelhead on the Methow, Okanogan and Similkameen has "SUCKED".  It has been a long winter. 

 

See ya on the river, Rod

January 23, 2017:

It has been a long winter here; seems like forever. With the steelhead fishing closed this year, the months have been dragging.  Right now the only thing in the valley is Rocky Mountain Whitefishing on the river and ice fishing the lakes. The best trout fishing half-way close to us is Rocky Ford. However, Omak Lake should be picking up SOON for the Lahontan Cutthroat.

 

I would like all of you to know that we will be doing trout trips on the Yakima River this spring; mid February through early June. Both Clint and I have spent a good deal of time guiding the Yakima in the past. The spring and fall is when the fishing is best in my opinion. Lots of naturals, skwala stoneflies, blue winged olives, pale morning duns, march browns, caddis etc., and the catching can be epic at times. I own property just upriver from Rosa and just up the hill from Mahre's. I will be setting up a camp there for the spring fishing. The biggest fish we have caught on the Yakima have been during the spring in the canyon from Bighorn to Rosa. By the way, the property is for sale and listed with ZipRealty, Inc.

 

Come late June we will be back on the Methow chasing cutthroat.

 

See ya on the river, Rod