Best Washington Fly Fishing Rivers

Washington has 12 fly fish spots.

Located in the US, the fly fishing in Washington offers over ten good fly fishing spots. The best Washington fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Snoqualmie River, Stillaguamish River, Yakima River, North Fork Nooksack River, and Sauk River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Washington fly fishing river or stream below.


Stillaguamish River

Near Arlington, the Stillaguamish River (aka The Stilly) is becoming more popular for its sea-run cutthroat trout. Try the section west of Arlington after the confluence with the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River (near the SR9 bridge).  MORE INFO

Skykomish River

East of Seattle, the Skykomish River is popular for fly fishing the summer steelhead. The Skykomish River starts in the Cascades and flows west to the Snoqualmie River confluence to form the Snohomish River.  MORE INFO

Wenatchee River

East of Seattle and northwest of Wenatchee, the Wenatchee River is popular for fly fishing the steelhead. When fly fishing on the Wenatchee River, you can expect to find steelhead from 5 to 8 pounds in size.  MORE INFO

Methow River

East of Bellingham and north of Winthrop, the Methow River offers exceptional steelhead fly fishing. In particular, the lower 20 miles of the Methow River are excellent.  MORE INFO

Spokane River

The Spokane River is known as an urban fly fishing river not particularly known for large trout populations. There are some native rainbow trout, brown trout and some cutthroat trout. Upstream of the town of Spokane, the river passes through a series of lakes. The best fishing is from Spokane downstream.  MORE INFO

Grande Ronde River

South of Spokane and Clarkston, the Grande Ronde River is known for its prolific hatches and rainbow trout fly fishing. This freestone river has cut a deep canyon through the basalt flows. It is known for excellent stonefly and caddis hatches. While summer is good for rainbow trout, the real attraction on the Grande Ronde River is the steelhead which run from October to mid-April.  MORE INFO