Northwest Fly Anglers 


A Family Oriented Fly Fishing Club

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    • July 29, 2018
    • August 04, 2018
    • Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
    • 2
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    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.

    Cancellation Policy:

    This is a weeklong outing requiring coordination with the BC outfitter at Nimpo Lake and extra logistical efforts on the part of all attendees.  In order to get a full refund cancellations need to be submitted by July 1.

    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
    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
    • 0
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    Outing Host:  Matt Moore

    Registration Fee:  No charge

    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 the first of our three saltwater outings. Utsalady Bay will be the place where we will fish for feisty resident coho salmon, sea-run cutthroat and maybe a late pink. 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. 
    Food & Beverages:

    • Bring your own snacks for when you're fishing
    • Depending on the size of the group we might be able to grill burgers, brats, veggies or whatever.

    What to Bring:

    • Washington saltwater fishing license and a catch card.
    • 6 or 7 weight rod
    • Reel with at least 50 yards of backing
    • Weight-forward floating line with nine foot 2x or 3x leader
    • Extra leaders or leader material (0 to 3x sizes)
    • Pink flies including Cerise Comet (size 4), Pink Woolly Bugger (size 4), Pink Flashabou Comet (size 4), Clousers, and Poppers.
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • Vest, hat and glasses (with strap)
    • Stripping basket (if you have one).
    • Camera in waterproof container
    •  Sun Screen and Rain Gear
    • Pad and pencil for note taking
    • Snacks in Ziplock bag in your vest
    • We have lots of chairs for sitting around for lunch

    Directions:  

    • 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
    • 3
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    Outing Hosts: Vance Thompson and Wytold Lebing

    Registration Fee: $25.00

    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. 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. Camping and RV site fees will apply so please check with Lightning Pines Campground for fee information.

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outings fee covers all of the meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.

    What to Bring for Fishing

    • Washington fishing license. 
    • 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. 

    What to Bring for Camping

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Change of clothes (You may get wet)
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Camera (in a Ziplock bag)
    • Water bottle

    Directions:

    • 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.

    To view pictures from previous outings, click here.

    Cancellation Deadline:  Deadline for cancellation is midnight on Sunday before the event. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.   

    • August 25, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Outing Hosts: Dave Campbell and Jim Watson

    Specific meeting point tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 8/25; To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing

    Registration Fee: No charge

    The Snoqualmie River is located approximately 1hour from Seattle.  It has 3 forks, the South, Middle, and North Forks, which join to form the main stem river at Snoqualmie.  It then flows over the Snoqualmie Falls and through the towns of Fall City, Carnation, and Duvall before joining the Skykomish to form the Snohomish River.  The Snoqualmie River is a freestone river without dams to control the flow of water.  Mother Nature is completely in charge of the stream flow.   

    The falls present an upstream barrier to anadromous fish.  As a result, native Rainbow Trout and West slope Cutthroat Trout are found in all three forks.  The average size is around 8” to 10”, with some more than 12” in length.  Due to the size of the trout it is recommend that you use lightweight gear on these streams.

    Food & Beverages:  Bring your own.

    What to Bring:

    • Washington state fishing license
    • 3-5 weight rods with floating line
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff
    • Folding chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera (in a zip lock bag)

    Directions:

    Our hosts will provide specific information as to where we will meet approximately two weeks prior to the outing.  Please register for the outing to make sure you receive these instructions.

    NOTE: Bring a WA Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass.  It may be needed depending on where we park. 

     

    • September 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Outing Host: James Schmidt

    Specific meeting point tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 9/8; To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: No charge

    This is our second scheduled saltwater outing of the year.  As noted in the write up for NFA's August Camano Island outing, fishing the saltwater from the beach is one of the fastest growing facets of fly fishing.

    Food & Beverages:

    • Bring your own

    What To Bring:

    • Washington state saltwater fishing license and catch card
    • 6-8 weight rods with float line and sink line
    • 9', 2x and 3x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Waders and wading boots
    • Stripping basket if you have one
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera (in a zip lock bag)

    Directions:

    It is too soon in the season to identify where in Puget Sound we should fish.  Our host will provide specific information as to where we will meet approximately two weeks prior to the outing.  Please register for the outing to make sure you receive these instructions.

    NOTE: Bring a WA Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass.  It may be needed, depending on where we park.

     

     

     

    • September 14, 2018
    • September 16, 2018
    • Superior, MT
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    Outing Hosts:  Maura & Carl Johnson

    Registration Fee:  $25.00
    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.  

    Food & Beverages:

    • The $25 fee covers meals for Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • Montana fishing license
    • Suitable floating devices including pontoon boat, raft, or drift boat
    • 4 or 5 weight rods
    • floating lines
    • 3x and 4x leaders, and strike indicators (for nymph fishing)
    • Wet flies: Pat's stonefly nymphs, size 8s and 10s
    • Dry flies: Yellow Stimulator, size 8s and 10s; Brown Elk Hair Caddis, 14s.

    What to Bring for Camping:  

    • Tents, sleeping bags and pads
    • Folding Chair
    • Water bottle
    • Camera (in Ziplock bag)
    • Flashlight(s)

    Directions: 

    • 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.

    Cancellation Deadline:  Deadline for cancellation is midnight on Sunday before the event. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.   

     

    • September 21, 2018
    • September 23, 2018
    • Big Pines Campground
    • 16
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    Outing Leaders:  Jim Morrison and ????
    Registration Fee:  $25.00

    The Lower Yakima Canyon, from Wilson Creek to Roza Dam, offers more than 20 miles of relatively easy floating. NFA will set up camp at the Big Pines Campground, right on the river.  This is sagebrush country, a basalt and desert landscape home to Bighorn sheep, deer, and plentiful hatches of insects.

    Your primary catch will be trout and whitefish.  Almost all of the trout are rainbows.  Many of our group will be floating from any of the several launch sites downstream to the Big Pines campground or from the Big Pines campground down to the Roza impoundment.  If you don't have a boat there is easy access via numerous pullouts on Canyon Road running alongside the river, state route WA-821.  In the spring and at the end of the summer through the fall, wading is not difficult.  When the river runs high during the summer due to upstream releases for irrigation, wading is more difficult.

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outings fee covers all of the meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • Washington state fishing license
    • It is very likely to be quite cool during the day and significantly colder at night.  Bring clothes that will keep you warm.  although we are on the "dry" side of the Cascades it rains here too, especially in the early spring.  Bring rain gear.
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera (in a zip lock bag)
    • 4-6 weight rods and floating lines
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Check the local fly shops on what is working but bring a variety of nymphs including Stone, Copper Johns, and Bead head prince Nymphs; streamers including buggers; and Caddis.
    • Water bottle and drinking water for when you are on the river
    • Waders, wading boots and wading staff

    What to Bring for Camping:

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Change of clothes (You may get wet)
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair

    Directions:

    • East on I-90 to Ellensburg
    • Take exit 109 to Canyon Road
    • Drive south- 20 miles
    • Campground is located near milepost 8

    To see previous outing pictures, click here. 

    Cancellation Deadline:  Deadline for cancellation is midnight on Sunday before the event. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.   

    • September 29, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Outing Hosts: Phil Friend and Scott Keenholts

    Specific location tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 9/29; To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee:  No charge 

     This is our third scheduled saltwater outing of the year.  As noted in the write up for NFA's August Camano Island outing, fishing the saltwater from the beach is one of the fastest growing facets of fly fishing.   

    Food & Beverages:

    • Bring your own

    What to Bring:

    • Washington state saltwater fishing license and catch card
    • 6-8 weight rods with float line and sink line
    • 9', 2x and 3x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Waders and wading boots
    • Stripping basket if you have one
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera (in a zip lock bag)

    Directions:

    It is too soon in the season to identify where in Puget Sound we should fish.  Our host will provide specific information as to where we will meet approximately one week prior to the outing. Please register for the outing to make sure you receive these instructions.

    NOTE: Bring a WA Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass.  it may be needed, depending on where we park.

     

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

    Specific location tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 10/6: To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Outing Hosts:  Scott McCracken

    Registration Fee:  No charge

    Food & Beverage:

    • Bring your own

    What to Bring:

    • Washington state fishing license
    • Raft, canoe, pontoon boat, kayak, or float tube (if it is a lake)
    • Waders, wadinig boots, and wading staff (if it is a river)
    • 4-6 weight rods with floating line and/or sinking line
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Folding Chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera (in a zip lock bag)

    Directions:

    To be provided when the venue has been selected.  Please be sure to register to make sure you receive the information.

     

    • October 12, 2018
    • October 14, 2018
    • Stinson Flats
    • 13
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    Outing Hosts: Bill Gibson

    Registration Fee:  $25.00

     The Klickitat River, one of Washington State's longest free flowing rivers, rises in the high Cascades in a remote corner of the Yakima Indian Reservation.  It flows southeast then generally south, meandering through steep canyons and enters the Columbia at Lyle, approximately 10 miles NW of The Dalles, OR.   

    The Klickitat is known as a Summer Steelhead River.  There are steelhead in the river when it opens to fishing on June 1st and the fishing holds up through mid October.  In addition to Steelhead, the Klickitat produces Chinook and Coho Salmon.  There are also large resident Rainbow Trout throughout much of the river all season long.

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outings fee covers all of the meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • Washington steelhead fishing license and a Columbia River Steelhead Endorsement.
    • It is very likely to be quite cool during the day and significantly colder at night.  Bring clothes that will keep you warm.
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera (in a zip lock bag)
    • 4-6 weight rods and floating lines
    • 2x and maybe 3x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Stonefly nymphs and egg patterns
    • Water bottle and drinking water for when you are on the river
    • Waders, wading boots and wading staff

    What to Bring for Camping:

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Change of clothes (You may get wet)
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair

    Directions:

    • Drive east on I-90 to Exit 108 to I-82 (just past Ellensburg)
    • Drive south on I-82 to Exit 50 to WA-22
    • Drive south on WA-22 into Toppenish and turn south on WA-97 towards Goldendale
    • Drive 48 miles on WA-97 towards Goldendale
    • Take the 1st Goldendale exit onto WA-142
    • Follow WA-142 for 11.7 miles and turn right onto the Glenwood Highway (there is no signal)
    • Drive on the Glenwood Highway for 10 miles and turn left at the sign for Stinson Flats
    • Drive to the bottom of the valley and look for the NFA banner.

    To see pictures from previous outings, click here.

    Cancellation Deadline:  Deadline for cancellation is midnight on Sunday before the event. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.  

     

    • November 10, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Specific meeting point tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 11/10; To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing

    Outing Host: Helsa Petersen

    Registration Fee:  No charge

    The Sauk River, approximately 1 1/2 hours from Seattle, is a brawling river.  It is a free flowing/undammed major tributary to the Skagit River and is part of the Skagit Wild and Scenic River System.  Its headwaters are in the North Cascades near Glacier Peak.  Glaciers and snowmelt provide relatively clear cold water, but heavy runoff, caused by the clear cutting of timber, can turn the river into a muddy mess.  Catching the river just right can be a hit or miss proposition.

    The Sauk River produces winter and summer steelhead plus Coho and Chum salmon.  Dolly Varden also inhabit the river.

    WA-530 follows the Sauk River from its confluence near Rockport upstream to Darrington.

    Food & Beverages:

    • Bring your own

    What to Bring:

    • Washington state fishing license
    • 7-9 weight rods with floating line
    • 2x and 3x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff
    • Folding Chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera (in a zip lock bag)

    Directions:

    Our host will provide specific information as to where we will meet approximately two weeks prior to the outing.  Please register for the outing to make sure you receive these instructions.

    NOTE: Bring a WA Discover Pass or Vehicle Access pass.  It may be needed depending on where we park.  

     

     

Past events

June 30, 2018 Cedar River Day Outing
June 23, 2018 Grand Ronde Super Float Outing
June 20, 2018 Cedar River Day Outing
June 09, 2018 Lake Serene Day Outing
June 01, 2018 Chopaka Lake Outing
May 18, 2018 Lower Deschutes River Outing
May 12, 2018 Teal Lake Day Outing
May 05, 2018 Langlois Lake Day Outing
March 23, 2018 Yakima River Canyon Outing - Lower Canyon
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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