Fishing the Methow River

The Methow River is one of the true gems of Eastern Washington. Flowing down from the headwaters in the North Cascades all the way down to draining into the Columbia River at Pateros, the Methow River holds some of the largest Cutthroat and Rainbow trout in the state. This river also has a returning run of Upper Columbia River summer steelhead for some fun fighting.

The best dry fly fishing is mid-July after the flows drop and stabilizes through the closing in late September.

October, November, mid to late February into March are the best steelhead fishing.

Fishing Season Calendar

Trout Fishing – June 1 through September 30th

Steelhead Fishing – Mid October through February or March depending on the ratio of hatchery to wild fish is correct

Fishing Resources

Methow Flow @ Winthrop (click for stats)

Methow Flow @ Pateros (click for stats)