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Wednesday, December 08, 2010
 
By Dave Graybill
 
If you want to fish for steelhead on the Wenatchee and Methow rivers, better get at it. It is not unusual for conditions to work against anglers this time of year. There are fish in both of these rivers, but snow and ice are making things difficult on the Methow. Fishing for steelhead is being done on foot. Even the guides are leaving their boats on their trailers, until we get some warmer weather. The Wenatchee isn’t as cold and floating is still possible, but it won’t take too many days of sub-freezing temperatures to change things. If these rivers aren’t completely frozen over, drifting floes of ice will spoil anglers’ chances to present a fly or lure to lurking steelhead. The Okanogan River froze over a couple of weeks ago, and it probably won’t be fishable until sometime in February. If you want to get current conditions on the Methow River, you can call Kevin van Bueren, North Cascades Fly Fishing, at 509-846-4939. Steelhead fishing on upper Columbia continues to be very good, and the average size of the fish is up to 8 to 10 pounds this year, and I have seen steelhead of 14 pounds and larger taken this season.