You can't beat Minter Crick during the chum run! Actually a joke, but I too am just fine fishing my home waters. Too much $$$ for me and my addiction. However, my five favorite home waters are :
3. North Fork Lewis
4. Merril Lake (not spey casting perse, however some really nice cutthroats on dries)
5. Purdy Spit for some nice saltwater spey action...kings, silvers, chums and cutthroat.
I need to stay close to home due to family obligations, so for me the list would be:
Umpqua when I KNEW the fishing was hot and I could drop everything and bomb on down. So much beauty and variety of water. Sleek fish.
Skagit in the spring when I KNEW the fishing was hot and I could drop everything and spend a week. Just need to figure out a safe and reliable shuttle for my car.
Trinity in CA when I KNEW the fishing was hot and I could drop everything. I grew up on this river, and the fish there are some of the most aggressive you will find anywhere. A six weight 12.5ft spey and you are in heaven.
Not exotic, but when the fish are in, there's nowhere in the world where the fishing is better.
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