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Old 09-29-2004, 04:12 PM
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Old 09-29-2004, 05:15 PM
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As of today, it has not been opened for steelhead, and it closes to all fishing Oct. 1st. Also there is a bad slide on the Chewuch River caused from last years forest fire that has been muddying up the Methow from Winthrop downstream; but I don't know how far below Twisp it is too muddy for fishing.
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Old 09-29-2004, 07:00 PM
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Flytyer is this a recent slide.I was over there two weeks ago and the river was clear below Winthrop. The Chewuch was clear also.
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Old 09-29-2004, 07:08 PM
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Old 09-29-2004, 11:18 PM
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The Methow is open as of this posting from WDFW...

http://wdfw.wa.gov/do/newreal/sep2904b.htm

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Old 09-29-2004, 11:44 PM
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Kevin,

The Chewuch slide has been active on and off all summer long. Anytime there is some rain it becomes very active and effects the Methow to at least Twisp and probably dowstream of Twisp. Sometimes the river has been fine and other times it is very badly muddied. It is sort of a crap shoot (at least that is what quite a few folks have told me).

I like the Methow; however, anyone heading over needs to be aware that it may be unfishable because of the slide. The good news is that if you go over and the Methow is out, you can drive the extra 20 miles and fish the Okanogan.
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Old 09-30-2004, 12:57 AM
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Old 09-30-2004, 09:14 AM
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Thanks all,
I was watching the news last night when they mentioned it would open. I have a job over there next week so I guess I'm being forced into going fishing again.

God I hate this time of year of heavy sinktips, spey rods!
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Old 09-30-2004, 10:30 AM
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Hey OC...

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God I hate this time of year of heavy sinktips, spey rods!
Are you saying Mr. Tip is putting on a few pounds. When we have our little meeting we'll have to make sure he gets only salad.

No one is forcing you to use those "evil" spey rods. I know you to be a man of "strong will". Just stick with that little Winston. Last report I had on your Fall fishing you were doing "very well against the BIG sticks.
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Hey MJC,

You are getting pretty good at cracking the code. There has got to be a job for you at Langley.

The Winstons are put away till the trip your way latter. Only on an organic diet this time of year.

It's so easy to out fish the spey in low clear water.
1) Cane always go first through a run but I've proven time and time again it don't matter.
2) You know how those spey guys turn and froth the river into a muddy mess this time of year. I think they do so on purpose so they can fish a heavy tip.
3) I think they all want to fish a single handed cane rod this time of year but have spent so much money on spey rods and e-bay auction reels that they can't afford to fish cane for both money reasons and pride reasons.
4) They can't remember how to fish a single handed rod and their last rememberence of a single handed rod was of some fast action, weight forward gimmick.

Now in fairness to you MJC you fish a big river and it is ok to fish spey. But just you because I know you don't eat just salads.
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You know how those spey guys turn and froth the river into a muddy mess
I didn't know you'd seen me spey cast. I will admit it. I can fish down through a nice piece of "froggy" water and when I get done it looks like a riffle.


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Yes, in my minds eye I can taste the New York cut of "primo" beef.

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Old 09-30-2004, 11:43 AM
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Was scouting the river last week and it was running clear at flows >400 cfs. The Chewuch was not presenting any problems as well. Can't hurt to call the local fly shops for the latest if you are worried about the clarity.
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Ouch, and I thought OC was my friend. I guess I will have to hold out info on this mornings screaming of the e-bay reel and the bending of the expensive spey rod that is only good for frothing the river. Next thing I know, he will be out fishing with Karl Rowe and Dick Cheney. And to think that he told me that big W on his window was for Winston.
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Next thing I know, he will be out fishing with Karl Rowe and Dick Cheney. And to think that he told me that big W on his window was for Winston.

OUCH!, OUCH!, OUCH! Tip, You are cutting him DEEP.
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Old 09-30-2004, 07:09 PM
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Great runs in the Methow but no steelhead in the Wenatchee.

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