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Monday, September 16, 2019
By Dave Graybill
There are a couple of very different fisheries that really come into bloom by mid-September. One is the fall fishing for cutthroat on the Methow River. I had the opportunity to fly fish for cutthroat on the Methow a couple of years ago. Kevin van Bueren runs a guide service out of Winthrop and Rollie Schmitten and I floated the Methow right about this time in the season. Not only is the fishing spectacular, the scenery on the float is memorable. The Methow has the reputation for producing some of the biggest cutthroat in the state, with fish to 28 inches being landed by fly fishers. The popularity of fly fishing on the Methow pales in comparison the fall fishing for salmon on the Hanford Reach. Thousands of anglers will be fishing the Reach for big fall kings, and this is about the time the fishing really gets going. Paul Hoffarth, with the Region 1 office of the WDFW reported that the fishing has really Improved lately, as more of these king make their way up to the hatchery below Priest Rapids Dam. Check out the Fish Counts on the Home Page of my web site at to track their progress.