Northwest Fly Anglers 


A Family Oriented Fly Fishing Club


Upcoming events

    • March 23, 2018
    • March 25, 2018
    • Yakima River

    Outing Leaders:  Wayne Balsiger and ????

    NFA Central will be at Big Pines Campground, right on the river. Take Exit 110 from I-90 to get to Canyon Road, and then drive south 18-1/2 miles.

    Most people will be floating from several launch sites downstream to the campground or from the campground down to the Roza impoundment. If you don’t have a boat, there is about 16 miles of fairly easy river access along the Canyon Road that runs through the Yakima Canyon south of Ellensburg. The reduced flows at this time of the year (and during the fall drawdown after Labor Day) make wading easier than during mid-summer.

    The outings fee is $25.  NFA will provide all the meals for the weekend from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Bring your own beer, wine, and hard stuff. 

    To see previous outing pictures, click here.

    WHAT TO BRING

    • Washington fishing license.
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and warmer clothes for chilly nights. Rain gear is also essential on the “dry side” of the mountains. Don’t forget your hat and dark glasses.
    • Plan on needing 4-6 weight rods. Everyone uses floating lines with 3X and 4X leaders. Bring 5X leader material if you have to put on really small flies. Fly patterns range from Elk Hair Caddis to bead headed Prince nymphs. Some folks fish a dry with a dropper nymph, others just a dry, and others fish just a nymph with a strike indicator.
    • Camera in a Ziplock bag. Tips on Taking a Group Photo video here.

    CAMPING

    • Bring your camping gear and a folding camp chair.
    • Remember a camera in a waterproof case (heavy duty Ziplock bag will do). 
    • Water bottle with liquid. 
    • Don’t leave camp without your lunch (provided). 



    • April 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    Local Lake Outing - Matt Moore

    What To Bring

    Directions

    • May 12, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    Teal Lake Day Outing - Marty Behnke

    Teal Lake - WDFW Information, Photo1, Photo2, Video

    What To Bring

    Directions

    • May 18, 2018
    • May 20, 2018
    • TBD

    Outing Leaders: Tim & Renee Shindele and Carleigh and Seth Felker

    What to Bring:

    Directions:

    • June 01, 2018
    • June 03, 2018
    • Chopaka Lake
    Outing Leaders: David Williams and Eric Olson

    The trip is designed to hit the peak of trout activity in this remote lake in Okanogan country. Chopaka Lake is where fly fishermen belong, and chironomid soakers put down roots. It just may be the hottest callibaetis mayfly lake in the state. Located on a distant walled-in funnel at just under 3,000 feet elevation above the Sinlahekin Valley, Chopaka Lake is 148.8 acres of trout water squeezed into a narrow 1½ mile-long ladle. Depths in the southern half, the handle end, average less than 10 feet and support fertile nests of bottom vegetations that grow incredible insect fodder, especially mayfly nymphs. The bowl of the ladle is on the north end where the lake bottom plunges to more than 70 feet. A floating device is necessary to fish for the really large rainbows that cruise the lake.

    Camping is available at Chopaka Lake Campground. More information available here.

    A $25 outings fee covers all food for the weekend. To view pictures from previous outings, click here.

    What to Bring 

    Washington fishing license. Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights. Don’t forget sun screen, a hat, and dark glasses. 

    Plan on needing 4-6 weight rods. Everyone uses floating lines with 3X and 4X leaders. Bring 5X leader material if you have to put on really small flies. Fly patterns that have worked in past years include Hares Ear and Lightening Bugs. Etc. 

    Camping gear and a folding camp chair. 

    Remember a camera in a waterproof case (heavy-duty Ziplock bag will do). 

    Water bottle with liquid. 

    Don’t leave camp without your lunch (provided). 

    Getting There 

    Drive to Wenatchee and head north on Rte. 97 to Tonasket. 

    Take Rte. 7 and then Loomis-Oroville Rd. Look for sign for Touts Coulee Rd. to Chopaka Lake. Total driving time is about 5.5 hours each way.

    • June 09, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Outing Leaders: Susan Lahti and Maura and Carl Johnson

    Chain Lake: WDFW Information, Photo1, Photo2, Photo3

    What To Bring:

    Directions

    • June 23, 2018
    • July 01, 2018
    • Grand Ronde River
    • 16

    Outing Leaders: Peter Maunsell and Mark Conner

    What To Bring:

    Directions:

    • July 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Leader: Tom Beaulaurier

    What To Bring:

    Directions

    • July 29, 2018
    • August 04, 2018
    • Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
    • 12

    Outing Leader: TBD

    The Turner Lakes Chain consists of seven lakes. Hunlen Falls (Canada’s third highest falls at 1316 feet) effectively isolates the chain from the rest of the Atnarko watershed, a branch of the headwaters of the Bella Coola River. Because of that waterfall the lakes were originally “fishless”. History has it that coastal cutthroat native to the valley below were stocked by homesteader and pioneer, Ralph Edwards, “the Robinson Crusoe of Lonesome Lake,” in the 1950s.  Ralph somehow carried a breeding stock of the coastal cutthroat in a knapsack up from the Lonesome Lake over seventy years ago. Because of the isolation of the lake chain, the cutts have thrived throughout the system, undisturbed and provide great fishing for those who get to the lakes.  The coastal cutthroat are the only fish in the valley above Hunlen Falls.  Stewart’s Lodge and Camps on Nimpo Lake serve as the jumping off point for the adventure.  Video of 2015 trip. 

    The float plane takes off from Stewart Lodge on Nimpo Lake in British Columbia.  Everyone needs to be on the dock, packed, and ready to depart at 9:30 am.  It is recommended that you stay at the lodge the night  of July 28th, the night before flying to the lakes.  The contact info for Stewart Lodge is below. In addition, you will find more information on the web site discussion page.

    Costs Include 

    • Float plane ride to/from Turner Lake
    • Canoes
    • Cabins and tent sites
    • Food while at Turner Lake
    Costs do not Include
    • Transportation to and from Stewart Lodge
    • Lodging or food prior to departure from Nimpo Lake (assume 2 nights, 1 on the way and 1 at Nimpo Lake). 
    • Lodging after return to Nimpo Lake (assume 1 night, either at Nimpo Lake or on the way)
    • Fishing License
    NOTE:  General Registration for this outing will open on Monday, February 13 at 9:00.  Registration is limited to only 12 participants because of the limited # of cabin bunks and tent sites.

    Contact Information for Stewart Lodge
    Duncan Stewart
    Stewart Lodge & Camps
    21173 Chilcotin Hwy 20
    Nimpo Lake BC VOL 1R0
    (800) 668-4335
    • August 11, 2018
    • Camano Island

    Trip Leader:  Matt Moore

    Fishing the salt from the beach is one of the fastest growing facets of fly fishing because Puget Sound is blessed with so many miles of beach and so many willing fish. This year the NFA will meet on Camano Island for our annual saltwater outing. Utsalady Bay will be the place where we will fish for feisty resident coho salmon, sea-run cutthroat and maybe a late pink. There is no outing fee, do bring some snacks for while you're out. Depending on the size of the group we can grill after, burgers, brats and veggies or what ever.  We do have a house and boat on the beach so I can take small groups to near by beaches as
    sea-runs move a lot. 

    WHAT TO BRING: 

    • Washington saltwater fishing license and a catch card.
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • Six or seven-weight rod. 
    • Reel with at least 50 yards of backing. 
    • Weight-forward floating line with nine-foot two or three-X leader. 
    • Extra leaders or leader material (0 to 3-X sizes).
    • Pink flies include: cerise comet, size 4, pink woolly bugger, size 4, pink flashabou comet, size 4, Clousers and poppers too.
    • Vest, hat and glasses (with strap) 
    • Stripping basket (if you have one) .
    • Camera in waterproof container.
    • Water bottle, drinks, a cooler and fridge are available.
    • Snacks in Ziplock bag in your vest. 
    • Sun screen and Rain Gear, it is Western WA.
    • We have lots chairs for sitting around at lunch.
    • Pad and pencil for note taking.

    HOW & WHEN TO GET THERE 

    • High tides are at approximately 8:00 and 8:00.
    • Directions will be provided to registered attendees prior to the outing, I'd like to meet with everyone a week before we go to find out what folks would like to do, time, fishing and food.

    • August 17, 2018
    • August 19, 2018
    • Lightning Pines Campground, Methow, WA
    Outing Leaders: Vance Thompson and Wytold Lebing

    Big bushy dry flies are of special interest to the large (up to 20 inches) cutthroat that live in the Methow River. Nymphs will also tempt these cutthroat and the healthy rainbow population. The Methow is a great river to float; fishing is allowed from the boat. Other flowing water venues are the Twist River and the Chewuck River; both best suited for wading. For the non-fishers, there is swimming, hiking, biking, shopping (Twisp’s Saturday farmers market and cowboy town Winthrop), and sightseeing (Grand Coolee Dam). We are camping at Lightning Pines Campground, on the river and across from the town of Methow. The camping fee is $8/ person/night. If you require only a tent site, you do NOT need to call Lightening Pines for a reservation. Reservations are required ONLY if you need an RV site/hookups/electricity.

    The Outings Fee is $25 and covers all the food from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. 

    To view pictures from previous outings, click here.

    WHAT TO BRING

    • Washington fishing license. 
    • Dress according to the weather and bring rain gear just in case. 
    • 4-6 weight rods with floating lines and 3X and 4X leaders. Patterns would include bead-headed Prince nymphs (8s and 10s) and large yellow stimulators (or other grasshopper patterns). 
    • Pontoon boat, rafts, or drift boat. 
    • Bring a camera and your lunch in a heavy-duty Ziplock bag.
    • Water bottle. 

    HOW TO GET THERE:

    • From Wenatchee, follow Rtes. 2 and 97 north to Pateros. 
    • Turn left on Rte. 153. 
    • Pass through the town of Methow and turn right on Burma Rd. at the bridge. 
    • Follow the signs to Lightning Pines Campground.
    • August 25, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Leaders: Dave Campbell and Jim Watson

    What To Bring:

    Directions

    • September 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Leader: TBD

    What To Bring:

    Directions

    • September 14, 2018
    • September 16, 2018
    • Yakima River

    Outing Leaders:  Jim Morrison and ????

    NFA Central will be at Big Pines Campground, right on the river. Take Exit 110 from I-90 to get to Canyon Road, and then drive south 18-1/2 miles.

    Most people will be floating from several launch sites downstream to the campground or from the campground down to the Roza impoundment. If you don’t have a boat, there is about 16 miles of fairly easy river access along the Canyon Road that runs through the Yakima Canyon south of Ellensburg. The reduced flows at this time of the year (and during the fall drawdown after Labor Day) make wading easier than during mid-summer.

    The outings fee is $25.  NFA will provide all the meals for the weekend from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Bring your own beer, wine, and hard stuff. 

    To see previous outing pictures, click here.

    WHAT TO BRING

    • Washington fishing license.
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and warmer clothes for chilly nights. Rain gear is also essential on the “dry side” of the mountains. Don’t forget your hat and dark glasses.
    • Plan on needing 4-6 weight rods. Everyone uses floating lines with 3X and 4X leaders. Bring 5X leader material if you have to put on really small flies. Fly patterns range from Elk Hair Caddis to bead headed Prince nymphs. Some folks fish a dry with a dropper nymph, others just a dry, and others fish just a nymph with a strike indicator.
    • Camera in a Ziplock bag. Tips on Taking a Group Photo video here.

    CAMPING

    • Bring your camping gear and a folding camp chair.
    • Remember a camera in a waterproof case (heavy duty Ziplock bag will do). 
    • Water bottle with liquid. 
    • Don’t leave camp without your lunch (provided). 



    • September 21, 2018
    • September 23, 2018
    • Superior, MT

    HOSTS:  Maura & Carl Johnson

    Carl and Maura Johnson host this Montana weekend at their cabin in Superior, Montana. 

    Is 430 miles one way a long way to go for a weekend of fishing? It depends on where you are going and whom you are going to be with when you arrive.  Many people come from all over the world to fish in Montana.  We only have to cross eastern Washington and the panhandle of Idaho to get there.  Once you get to Superior (a 6-1/2 hour drive), you will be fishing with fellow NFA members and will be the guests of Carl and Maura Johnson.  Carl has two drift boats plus a big outdoor gas grill and he knows how to use it.  Maura is a great cook. Tenting is on the Johnson's large lawn which has the softest green grass in the neighborhood. There is a big porch with chairs and lots of shade trees.  The list of amenities goes on and on.  Most of us will float the river but there are places to bank fish.  The $25 fee covers meals for Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

    Checklist 

    • Montana fishing license.
    • Fishing equipment: 4 or 5 weight rods, floating lines, 3X and 4X leaders, and strike indicators (for nymph fishing). 
    • Camping gear: tents, sleeping bags and pads, and flashlights.
    • Folding camp chair. 
    • Suitable floating devices include: pontoon boat, raft, or drift boat. 
    • Wet flies: Pat’s stonefly nymphs, size 8s and 10s. 
    • Dry flies: yellow stimulator, size 8s and 10s; brown elk hair caddis, 14s. 
    • Water bottle. Camera (in Ziplock bag). 
    Getting There 
    • Drive east on I-90 420 miles to Exit 47 (Superior). 
    • Turn left at bottom of ramp. 
    • Drive north through Superior and turn left on Mullan Rd. 
    • Drive about two miles and look for Johnson’s cabin on left.
    • September 29, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Outing Leaders: Phil Friend and Scott Keenholts

    What To Bring:

    Directions

    • October 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Leaders: Scott McCracken

    What To Bring:

    Directions

    • October 12, 2018
    • October 14, 2018
    • TBD

    Outing Leaders: Bill Gibson and Brett Schormann

    At over 100 miles, the Klickitat River, located in Southeastern Washington, is one of the state’s longest free flowing rivers from its glacial source to its confluence with the Columbia River. The river originates in the snow capped peaks of Mount Adams, a 12, 276-ft. active volcano. This renowned Pacific Northwest steelhead and salmon stream gains momentum quickly, dropping approximately 5,000 feet in elevation over its course. 100 year old “character” Oregon White Oak trees ornament the hillsides of the river gorge. The Klickitat provides passage and spawning grounds for a variety of native anadromous fish, predominantly spring and fall runs of Chinook Salmon but also Coho (Silver) Salmon. 

    To see pictures from previous outings, click here.

    Directions and map to Stinson Flats.

    WHAT TO BRING: 

    • Washington steelhead fishing license with Columbia River Steelhead Endorsement
    • Camping gear 
    • Boat (pontoon boat would work)
    • Six or seven weight rod 
    • Reel with at least 100 yards of backing 
    • Floating line with nine-foot 1- or 2-X leader 
    • Stonefly nymphs, 4s and 6s; egg patterns 
    • Vest, hat and glasses (with strap)
    • Folding camp chair 

    HOW TO GET THERE:

    • Take I-90 east to Exit 108 to I-82 (just past Ellensburg) and head south towards Yakima.
    • Take Exit 50 onto Rte. 22 south 6 miles through Toppenish to Rte. 97 towards Goldendale.
    • After 48 miles on Rte. 97 take first Goldendale exit (Rte. 142).
    • Follow Rte. 142 for 11.7 miles and turn right onto GlenwoodHighway (no sign!!) 
    • In 10 miles turn left at the sign for Stinson Flats
    • Drive to the bottom of the valley and look for the NFA banner.
    • November 10, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Leader: Helsa Petersen

    What To Bring:

    Directions

Past events

October 07, 2017 Pass Lake - Day Outing
September 29, 2017 Klickitat River for Salmon and Steelhead
September 16, 2017 Salt Water day trip - Camano Island
September 15, 2017 Central Oregon for Trout
August 19, 2017 Middle Fork Snoqualamie River - Mentoring Day Trip
August 04, 2017 Methow Valley
July 16, 2017 Turner Chain of Lakes in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC
July 07, 2017 Clark Fork Outing
June 26, 2017 John Day Summer Superfloat
June 02, 2017 Coffee Pot Lake
May 13, 2017 Langlois Lake
May 05, 2017 Cancelled-Lower Deschutes River
April 07, 2017 Yakima River Canyon
March 25, 2017 Seattle's Green Lake
March 02, 2017 Sage Factory Tour
October 08, 2016 Pass Lake Outing
October 01, 2016 Klickitat River for Salmon and Steelhead
September 16, 2016 Central Oregon for Trout
September 10, 2016 Saltwater Outing
August 19, 2016 Naches River
July 30, 2016 Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Mentoring
July 08, 2016 Methow Valley
July 05, 2016 Rock Island Fishing Camp
June 18, 2016 Rattlesnake Lake
June 03, 2016 Chopaka Lake
May 21, 2016 Langlois Lake
May 06, 2016 Deschutes River
April 22, 2016 Yakima River Skwala Stonefly Hatch (Cancelled)
April 09, 2016 How to Host a Fishing Outing Workshop
March 04, 2016 Olympic Peninsula Rivers
February 28, 2016 Seattle's Green Lake
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