Northwest Fly Anglers 


A Family Oriented Fly Fishing Club


Upcoming events

    • June 02, 2017
    • June 04, 2017
    • Coffee Pot Lake
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    Outing Leaders: David Williams and Eric Olson 

    Coffee Pot Lake is best known for its prodigious chironomid hatches that feed rainbow trout reaching nearly 24 inches long. In addition to those big trout, swimming under the fly fishers radar are plenty of largemouth bass that go up to 5 pounds. It has black crappie and some yellow perch as well. Coffeepot is located in a deep coulee a few miles northeast of Odessa, so a floating device is necessary. We’ll stay at a primitive BLM campground at the lake, complete with vault toilet.  

    You’ll want chironomids–some with weight and some without. If the water is still cool, then the fish will be working deep. Last June, the fish were cruising the surface. TDC’s, Ice Cream Cones, and your favorite chironomid patterns in size 14-18 work. Dragonfly nymphs such as Chickabou Dragon or Draper Dragon (Flies Of The Northwest pattern book) on a sinking line will take fish. Of course the ubiquitous black or olive rabbit bugger will catch most anything.

    All you need to have the most topwater fun with the largemouth is The Hamster (Flyfishing for Western Smallmouth) and expect a nasty strike from a big rainbow as well. Add a white baitfish pattern (ask Eric Olson for his pattern) and you’ll be set.

    A $25 outings fee covers all food for the weekend. 

    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. 
    • 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

    • I-90 east to Exit 206
    • Take WA-21 north towards Odessa 
    • Get ice and other last minutes supplies in Odessa, continue north on WA-21
    • Turn right (east) on Coffeepot Road
    • Turn right at Coffeepot Lake. We will be staying at the campground at Coffeepot Lake.
    • June 26, 2017
    • July 02, 2017
    • John Day River
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    Outing Leaders: Peter Maunsell and Bill Gibson

    Peter Maunsell and Bill Gibson will be co-hosting this multi-day float on Oregon’s John Day River for bass fishing. Expect to catch dozens of fish a day. This is one of Oregon’s most spectacular rivers. You must have a river boat or a spot in one to register. The $250 fee will cover shuttles and food. 

    Put-in & Take-out Logistics

    The group will meed in Condon, OR on 6/25 at 5:00 at the Condon Motel parking lot to discuss the shuttle and put-in logistics.  Lodging on 6/25 is available at the Condon Motel or the Condon Hotel.  You need to make your own reservations.  Camping is also available in the area.

    Take out will be at the Cottonwood Campground.  All of the equipment and boats, including the gear boats, will need to be cleaned and packed before anyone departs. Plan on being on the road ~4:30 pm and getting back to Seattle ~10:00 pm.

    Here are pictures from a previous outing.

     



    • July 07, 2017
    • July 09, 2017
    • 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.
    • July 16, 2017
    • July 22, 2017
    • Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
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    Outing Leaders: Peter Maunsell and Peter Rubenstein

    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 15, 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 04, 2017
    • August 06, 2017
    • Lightning Pines Campground, Methow, WA
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    Outing Leaders: Russ Shropshire and Jim Watson

    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 $10/ tent/night. 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 19, 2017
    • Specific location tbd

    Outing Leader: Dana Bottcher

    If you would like to improve your stream fly fishing skills or would like to share your skills and knowledge about fishing streams, then this outing is for you. The idea is to put together a core of NFA mentors who love to fish moving water with some eager “students” in a one-on-one day of teaching and fishing on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, about 35 miles east of Seattle. We will all meet at EJ Roberts Park in North Bend and, as a group, go over some fundamentals then pair up and head for the river. Each pair will have several hours of mentoring and fishing on their own stretch of the river. We will all meet back at the park at 3 PM for a potluck picnic. There is no outing fee so people bring a picnic food item to share. If you would like to be a mentor or a student, you need to register as soon as possible so the outings host can make sure there are enough mentors. 

    To view pictures from previous outings, click here.

    What to Bring: 

    • Washington fishing license. 
    • Fishing equipment: four or five weight rods, floating lines, 3-X and 4- X leaders. 
    • Wading staff. 
    • Water bottle. 
    • Hat and dark glasses. 
    • Camera (in Ziplock bag). 
    • Flies include: Prince and hare’s ear nymphs (12-14s), and elk hair caddis in yellow and gray (12-16s).
    • Picnic food item to share

    Getting There: 

    • Meet at 9 AM on Saturday, August 19th.
    • EJ Roberts Park on 6 St. NE in North Bend. 
    • Get off I-90 at Exit 31 and go 3/4 around the round-about and exit so you go under I-90. 
    • Turn right at the light after crossing the railroad tracks. 
    • Take your third left onto Ballarat Ave. N. 
    • Turn right on 6th St. NE. 
    • Drive five or six blocks to Roberts Park.
    • Rendezvous at the parking area halfway down the park on 6th Street
    • September 09, 2017
    • Camano Island

    Trip Leaders:  Matt Moore and David Williams

    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.
    Matt
    • September 15, 2017
    • September 17, 2017
    • TBD
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    Outing Leader: Ron Romeis and Stephen Willams 

    Specific River(s) tbd as the event gets closer

    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 pictures from previous outing, click here.

    What to Bring: 
    • Oregon fishing license.
    • Fishing equipment: four or five weight rods, floating lines, 3-X and 4-X leaders, and strike indicators (for nymph fishing). 
    • Camping gear: tents, sleeping bags and pads, and flashlights. Folding camp chair. 
    • Suitable floating devices include: pram, float tubes, and pontoon boat (no motors).
    • River flies: beadhead nymphs (12-18s) and elk hair dries (12-16s). 
    • Lake flies: green, brown, and black woolly bugger and mayfly dries (14-20s). 
    • Water bottle. 
    • Camera (in Ziplock bag). 
    Getting There: Specific campground location and directions TBD as we get closer to the date.
    • September 29, 2017
    • October 01, 2017
    • Stinson Flats, Goldendale, WA

    Outing Leader: Mark Conner

    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. 

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

    To see pictures from previous outings, click here.

    Directions and map to Stinson Flats.

    WHAT TO BRING: 

    • Washington steelhead fishing license with Columbia River Salmon and 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)
    • Camera in waterproof container
    • Water bottle
    • Snacks in Ziplock bag in your vest
    • 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 Glenwood Highway (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.
    • October 07, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Whidbey Island, WA

    Outing Leader: Scott McCracken

    The Pass Lake outing is a great chance to land large brown trout as well as feisty rainbows. Everyone is bringing a floating device (float tube, pontoon boat, canoe, pram, etc.) since casting from shore is really not much of an option. It is well known that the lake’s browns are susceptible to large streamers and that a sink line may be the difference between catching one or not. If possible, we should plan to meet no later than 9:00 AM.  There is no fee for this one-day outing, but please register for the outing so the club will know how many people to expect.

    Pictures from previous outings
     Pass Lake Outing_002.jpg 
      Pass Lake Outing_001.jpg
      Pass Lake Outing_002.jpg


    Map to Pass Lake
     

    Photos of Pass Lake 

     



Past events

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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