Outing Leaders: Jim Morrison, Scott Keenholts and Ron Bailey
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.
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What to Bring for Camping
To see previous outing pictures, click here.
Local Lake Day Outing 1 - Matt Moore
Specific location TBD based on fishing conditions as we get close to 4/28; To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.
Registration Fee: No Charge
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Teal Lake Day Outing -Marty Behnke
Registration Fee: No Charge
Teal Lake is a small lake located 2.3 miles from Port Ludlow. It is stocked each spring with Rainbow trout and Coastal Cutthroat trout. In the fall it receives a plant of one-pound Rainbow trout. Teal Lake is surrounded by forest. Fishing access is strictly via carry-in personal watercraft from a brushy shoreline or fishing from a small dock
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Teal Lake - WDFW Information, Photo1, Photo2, Video
Outing Leaders: Tim & Renee Shindele and Carleigh and Seth Felker
We will be camping, as usual, at the Beavertail Campground 10 miles belowSherar’s Falls. The campground is halfway between Lone Pine Put-in and Mack’s Canyon Campground. On Saturday, folks can float from Lone Pine down to Beavertail or from Beavertail down to Mack’s. And vice versa on Sunday.
There are tons of places to bank-fish along the road. Go online to purchase an Oregon fishing license and a Deschutes River Floaters Pass (if you are going to float the river); there will be a campground fee as well.
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 outings, click here and to see a video of the 2015 Deschutes outing click here.
WHAT TO BRING
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(video). 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.
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).
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.
Outing Leaders: Susan Lahti and Maura and Carl Johnson
Chain Lake: WDFW Information, Photo1, Photo2, Photo3
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Outing Leaders: Peter Maunsell and Mark Conner
This is a classic multi-day trip in northeastern Oregon popular in late spring/early summer and it makes a great trip to fish and share time with friends and family on the river. The Grande Ronde harbors rainbow trout and recently NFA members have caught fish in the 20-24” range. Since this is one of the best autumn and winter steelhead rivers in the Pacific Northwest, catching steelhead smolts in the summer is quite common. As we float downstream the river transitions to smallmouth bass. Indeed, there are sections where you won’t know whether you have caught a rainbow or a bass until it jumps. The trout habitat is continuous, there are innumerable good fishing holes and riffles for high sticking.
There are other sections on the Grande Ronde but this one is special because it flows through a road less and remote Ponderosa Pine forested wilderness canyon designated as a Wild and Scenic River. The scenery on this run is characterized by basalt terraces and open forests, which provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Elk and deer are seen often. Campsites are available in forested groves along the river.
Our 39-mile multi-day float trip starts out on the Wallowa River just below its confluence with the Minam River. The put-in is located at Highway 82 mile 33.5, on either side and just downstream of the bridge across the Wallowa River.
A local excursion railroad train runs along river right for the first 10 miles until you reach the Grande Ronde confluence. This first segment down the Wallowa contains good continuous Class II (all of the rapids are Class II) along with 3 of the 5 named rapids on the run. The first rapid is the Minam Roller just a couple of miles downstream from the put in. The next significant drop is House Rock Rapids where a large boulder sits midstream with an easy route down the left hand side. A short distance downstream you will come upon Blind Falls Rapid. There is a good route down the center that avoids the blind ledge to river right. More fun Class II takes you down to the confluence with the Grand Ronde. Use caution as you navigate through the bridge pilings at the confluence.
The 22 feet per mile gradient tapers off slightly below the confluence but at medium flows the river continues to move along at a good pace. Sheep Creek Rapid is located a little over a mile downstream of the confluence and is a relatively straightforward boulder garden. It's just under 10 miles to the final named rapid on this run; another boulder garden known as Martin's Misery.
After 39 miles and one week on the river, we will see a road in the distance as we approach the takeout at Powwatka Bridge. There is access immediately downstream of the bridge, on river right. In 2015 several club members continued all the way down to the Snake River, a 91-mile float in total!
Logistics, short version:
We plan to hire a boat driver to row a designated gear boat and transport our kitchen gear, food, and water. In addition the gear boat will be able to carry participants’ folding chairs plus tents, sleeping bags and pads, and clothes, all of which should be packed in dry bags. Hiring a boat driver will allow each of the club members to optimize their fishing and rafting experience.
Saturday, June 23: We will rendezvous Saturday evening at 5:00 pm at the Minam State Recreation Area campground to discuss put-in and shuttle logistics. The campground has designated campsites with fire pits, water, picnic tables, and an outhouse. The campground is located 1.6 miles downstream from the OR Highway 82 bridge crossing the Wallowa. The bridge crossing is also the location of our put-in.
Sunday, June 24: We will move to the put-in. All of the boats need to be ready to go before anyone takes off down the river. All of the motor vehicles will be parked and readied to be driven to the take-out by a shuttle service.
Saturday, June 30: After a week on the river we will reach our take-out and begin to unload, clean, and deflate all of the boats. No one should plan on leaving until all of the boats have been cleaned and the boats and gear have been loaded on the vehicles. Some participants may choose to drive all of the way home tired and dirty. Many will choose to either camp Saturday evening or stay in an inexpensive motel in Clarkson, WA.
Sunday, July 1: Finish the drive home.
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Outing Leader: Tom Beaulaurier
Outing Leader: TBD
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.
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 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. 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.
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HOW & WHEN TO GET THERE
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.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Outing Leaders: Dave Campbell and Jim Watson
Outing Leader: James Schmidt
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.
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.
Outing Leaders: Phil Friend and Scott Keenholts
Outing Leaders: Scott McCracken
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.
Outing Leader: Helsa Petersen