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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-24-2011, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Walk/Wade Cowlitz

A couple years ago, I hired a guide for the Cowlitz river. I was told at the time that it was one of those rivers best fished with a boat to get you around. I'd like to go fish it again, minus the guide and minus a boat.

Can anyone recommend an area to go with walk access to some good fly water? Is there such an place on this river?

A reply or PM would be much appreciated.

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Hi there,

Other than Blue Creek and Barrier Dam access points: it is nearly impossible to reach the river by foot, unless you gain permission from landowners. Many areas near the river are actually leased or rented, therefore simply walking to a likely access doesn't mean you'll find the right person who can grant permission. For such a big river, there really isn't too much fly-water on the Cowlitz (but you've seen this already) that can be reach by foot, and those few spots are better covered through use of water-craft. PM sent.
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some of the lower river is fishable it is a slow roller down there though walk access is just as the last guy quoted ,Go to onalaska and find Mike sturza he might be able to direct you to someone who can help you.
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Thanks guys for the posts/info. I appreciate it. I've avoided the Cowlitz to this point because I've heard that without a boat, it is almost pointless (unless you want to be shoulder to shoulder). Maybe I'll try it and see what happens.

Maybe I'll be surprised what I can find if I'm willing to be a little creative.

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