Summer in WA – Dave McCoy

For PNW anglers, late spring/early summer elicits a mix of elation and dilemma…so much prime water, and so little time to fish it. MT, CO, WY and ID may win the “big trout” title fights, but Washington’s small streams and creeks are loaded with beautiful native trout! I’m talking about creeks that wouldn’t display in a Google search…


Looking to evade the technological trappings of modern society? Need a couple hours away from cell phones, co-workers, or “others” (e.g. family??). Yea, I said it. We all need solitude from time to time. The mountains of Washington are about the perfect place to de-compress. Many of these systems boast 3 species of native trout; rainbow, west slope, and coastal cutthroat.

ImageThe fish aren’t huge, and conditions are tight. The Echo Carbon 7′3″ 2wt is perfect for these situations. Ok, I’m fully aware that most anglers have a limited number of days per year to get out and fish…making the most of those days is critical. Those willing to throw some effort at these creeks wont depart disappointed. Prime time: June through Mid-October. New to the sport? Rejoice. Presenting dry fly patterns to happy, hungry, resident trout in gin clear water is nothing short of exhilarating!


I’ve guided in many states across the western US and fished around the world. Washington isn’t the only state with fisheries like this. Trust me! Explore your home waters. Get out there!!

Growing up in Oregon, Dave’s introduction to fly fishing began at an early age. His parents taught him the finer points and he soon sought out the area’s fabled steelhead waters. Since then, he’s traveled extensively, from India to the South Pacific. He’s the founder of Emerald Water Anglers, a fly fishing guide service and a stalwart advocate for regional and national fish conservation efforts.


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