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Methow River - Pateros - Washington

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Midges, Winter Stoneflies Afternoon #18-22, #14-18 Zebra Midge, Winter Stone
March Blue Winged Olives, Midges Noon-Afternoon #16-20, #18-22 BWO Emerger, Zebra Midge
April Blue Winged Olives, March Browns Mid-Morning, Afternoon #14-18, #10-14 BWO Adult, March Brown Nymph
May Caddisflies, March Browns Morning, Evening #12-16, #10-14 Elk Hair Caddis, March Brown Dun
June Yellow Sally Stoneflies, Caddisflies Mid-Morning, Late Afternoon #14-16, #12-16 Yellow Sally nymph, Elk Hair Caddis
July Yellow Sally Stoneflies, Pale Morning Duns Mid-Morning, Evening #14-16, #16-20 Yellow Sally Adult, PMD emerger
August Pale Morning Duns, Terrestrials Afternoon, Evening #16-20, #10-14 PMD Adult, Hopper pattern
September Treestrials, Blue Winged Olives Morning, Afternoon #10-14, #16-20 Ant pattern, BWO Nymph
October Blue Winged Olives, Midges Mid-Morning, Afternoon #16-20, #18-22 BWO Adult, Zebra Midge
November Midges, Winter Stoneflies Afternoon, Evening #18-22, #14-18 Zebra Midge, Winter Stone
December Midges Mid-Morning #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Methow River in Pateros provides some of the finest fly fishing opportunities. Highly recommended spots include:
  • Carlton: Accessible with a boat only, it promises an abundance of rainbow and cutthroat trout.
  • Twisp: Famous for the largest wild trout in the river, a favorite of avid fly fishers.
  • Winthrop: Provides a great variety of species in a scenic mountain setting.
For the best fishing experience in these areas:
  1. Early morning or late evening are the best times to ensure a good catch.
  2. July through October is the best season for fly fishing on the Methow.
  3. Using a dry fly or nymph can yield the best results.
Note: Always follow fishing regulations to maintain the health of the fish population.

Best Access Points

The Methow River, Pateros, is renowned for its amazing fly fishing opportunities. Here are some of the best access points:
  • Carlton General Store: It’s open year-round and offers direct access to the river. Remember to check fishing regulations before you begin.
  • Pateros Mall: Situated at the confluence of the Methow and Columbia rivers. Great spot for casting a wide range of flies.
  • Twin Lakes: This location is perfect for fly fishing in a peaceful, serene setting.
  • Blackpine Lake Campground: Offers access to Blackpine Lake which is well-stocked with Rainbow trout.
  • Bear Creek Golf Course: Just upstream of the golf course, you’ll find excellent fly fishing spots.
Always remember to check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website for updated regulations and catch limits before fishing.

Local Fish

  • Rainbow Trout: As one of the most popular fish, Rainbow Trout are often targeted by fly fishers in the Methow River.
  • Brown Trout: Named for their coloring, Brown Trout are present in the river and are a challenging catch for those fly fishing.
  • Westslope Cutthroat Trout: This native species is often targeted by anglers. Their mouth’s “cut” distinguishes them.
  • Steelhead: These fish are aggressive and make for an exciting catch in the Methow River. Their large size and strength makes them a challenging catch.
  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as King Salmon, these hefty fish are sought after in the Methow River during their spawning season.
  • Coho Salmon: Characterized by their silvery sides and dark back, Coho Salmon are a thrilling catch due to their tendency to leap when hooked.
  • Mountain Whitefish: These native fish are a common sight in the Methow River and pose a fun challenge for fly fishers.
  • Bull Trout: Considered a threatened species, Bull Trout are not often targeted but are respected and admired by local anglers due to their beautiful markings.

About The River

The Methow River is a scenic marvel tucked within the verdant wilderness of Washington State, that flows magnificently to meet Columbia River at Pateros. Named after the Methow Native American tribe, the river has been a prominent lifeline, rich with salmon, for centuries.

The modern history of the Methow Valley region truly began around the late 1800s, when settlers, miners, and fur traders descended upon the region, attracted by its lush greenery and ample wildlife.

  • 1892: The town of Pateros was established by Lee Ives.
  • 1893: An influx of miners seeking gold raced to the Methow Valley.
  • 1940: The iconic Columbia River Bridge was constructed.

Today, boasting a tapestry of vibrant communities, peaceful landscapes, and engaging recreational options, like rafting and fishing, the Methow River – Pateros region shines as an outdoor lover’s paradise.


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