Northwest Fly Anglers 


A Family Oriented Fly Fishing Club

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    • April 06, 2019
    • Thurston County
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    Outing Host:  James Schmidt

     Registration Fee:  Day Trip: No Fee   

     Munn Lake has a surface area of approximately 30 acres and reaches a depth of about 19 feet.  It is open year-round.  The lake offers excellent fishing for rainbow trout 10-20" and the occasional brown trout.  The lake also supports naturally reproducing largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill sunfish, and black crappie.  The use of bait and internal combustion motors is prohibited on Munn Lake.

    Proven methods for targeting rainbow troup include fishing multiple chironomid imitations suspended from a float or trolling artificial flies/spinners.  Brown trout can be found on the margins of the lake in shaded areas.  Shore fishing acess is limited to the area around the boat launch.

    There is a WDFW access with boat launch and one toilet.

    Food & Beverages:  Bring your own

    What to Bring:

    • Washington State fishing license
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats
    • Folding chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat & sunglasses
    • Camera

    Driving Instructions:

    • From Old Hwy. 99 (by Olympia airport)
    • Turn north on Henderson Blvd. 1.2 mi.  
    • East on 65th Ave. SE .3 mi. to Munn Lake
    • Access on right
    • There is limited parking.  Carpooling is very much recommended

     Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the outing host no later than April 4th.

     

     

     

     

    • April 12, 2019
    • April 14, 2019
    • Coffee Pot Lake
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    Outing Leaders: David Williams and Eric Olson 

    Registration Fee:  $25.00 (does not include hosts) 

    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.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

    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.

    This lake is in a remote location but there is a small BLM campground and boat launch available there.  The campground has approximately 10 campsites with picnic tables and campfire rings, a large covered pavilion, plenty of parking for RVs, and a vault toilet.  There is no potable water on site so each of us will need to bring drinking water, approximately 1 gallon per person per day.  

    What to Bring for Fishing

    • Washington state fishing license.
    • Raft, canoe, pontoon boat, kayak, or float tube.
    • PDF is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • 4-6 weight rods and both floating and sink lines. 
    • Net
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use.

    What to Bring for Camping

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad 
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights.
    • Rain gear
    • Sun screen, a hat, and dark glasses.
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Camera  
    • Water bottle with liquid. 

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee covers all 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.

    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.

    Cancellation Deadline:  Deadline for cancellation is midnight April 7th. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.

     

    • May 11, 2019
    • Camano Island
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    Outing Host:  Matt Moore

    Registration Fee:  Day Trip, No Fee

    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 pur first saltwater day outing. Utsalady Bay will be the place where we will fish for feisty sea-run cutthroat. Our host has a house and boat on the beach so he can take small groups to nearby 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:

    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • 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.
    •  Vest, hat and glasses (with strap)     
    • Stripping basket (if you have one).
    • Camera
    •  Sun Screen and Rain Gear
    • Pad and pencil for note taking     

    Food & Beverages:

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

    Directions: 

    • Directions will be provided to registered attendees prior to the outing. Matt would like to talk with everyone a week before we go to find out what folks would like to do, time, fishing and food.
    Cancellation Deadline: If you need to cancel, please notify the outings host by May 9th.
    • May 17, 2019
    • May 19, 2019
    • Central Oregon
    • 2
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    Outing Host:  Ron Romeis 

    Registration Fee: $25/person (does not include hosts)

    The Crooked River is a wonderful tailwater fishery about 45 minutes east of Bend, Oregon.  As a tributary to the Deschutes River, it has native Redband rainbow trout and mountain whitefish, and lots of 'em!  The Crooked River is best fished in the tailwater section from Bowman Dam downstream towards Prineville to Mile Marker 12 on State Highway 27.  This eight mile stretch of river is the best section of water to fly fish.  While there has been a population decline caused by extremely high-water events the last couple of winters, the Crooked still has a staggering number of fish per mile.

    Nymph fishing with small zebra midges and micro mayfly nymphs can be the best way to take trout and some really nice whitefish on the Crooked.  Around the middle of May to the middle of June you should encounter some monster caddis hatches.  This is also an excellent river to Euro-nymph and Tenkara if you are so inclined.  The Crooked is definitely one of those rivers that can cause consternation with people who don't approach it with the proper flies, rigs, and techniques.  Make sure to check in with one of the local fly shops in Redmond or Bend before you get to the Crooked.

    Nine small BLM campgrounds line the Crooked River from 12 to 18 miles south of Prineville.  Our host will identify which campground we will use as our base and will let attendees know a week or so before the outing.  The campgrounds have vault toilets but do not have potable water.  So, each of us will need to bring drinking water, approximately 1 gallon per person per day.

    What to Bring for Fishing: 

    • Oregon state fishing license
    • PFD is always recommended for wading
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff
    • Plan on needing 3-5 weight rods. Everyone uses floating lines with 4X and 5X leaders.  Bring 6X leader material if you have to put on really small flies.

    What to Bring for Camping:

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights
    • Rain gear
    • Sun screen, hat, and dark glasses
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Camera
    • Water Bottle with liquid 

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee covers all 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.  

    Getting There:

    • There are many ways to do this from the Puget Sound area, especially since some will go directly to the campground on the Crooked while others will dawdle in the Bend area or on the Deschutes River on the way, SO ...
    • Pay attention to your email. Ron Romeis will be sending out an email a week or so before the outing notifying all who have registered where we will be camping and how to get there.  

    Cancellation Deadline: Deadline for cancellation is midnight May 12th.  If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s).  There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.

    • May 31, 2019
    • June 02, 2019
    • Chopaka Lake
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    Outing Leaders: Wytold Lebing and Vance Thompson

    Registration Fee:  $25.00 (does not include hosts) 

    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.
    WA DNR has a no fee campground with 2 vault toilets, somewhat potable water, and a number of campsites with picnic tables. A few of the picnic tables have wooden canopies.  You should have  your WA Discovery Pass or WA DNR Pass with you for this campground.

    NFA usually establishes itself in the DNR campground.

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • Washington state fishing license
    • Raft, canoe, pontoon boat, kayak, or float tube.
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.    
    • 4-6 weight rods and floating lines.
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use. 
    • Net    
    • Check the local fly shops on what is working. May want to bring Hares Ear and Lightening Bugs.

    What to Bring for Camping:

    • WA Discovery Pass 
    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights.
    • Rain gear
    • Sun screen, hat, and dark glasses
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Camera     
    • Water Bottle with liquid
    • Bring drinking water, approximately 1 gallon per person per day    

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee covers all 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

    Directions:

    • Drive to Wenatchee and head north on Rte. 97 to Tonasket
    • From Highway 97 at Tonasket, take the Loomis-Oroville Highway west through Loomis. 
    • Two miles past Loomis, turn left onto the Chopaka Mountain Road. Keep to the right and drive the steep grade up the mountain. 
    • After 3.5 miles, take the road to the right for two more miles to reach Chopaka Lake. 

    To view pictures from previous outings, click here.

    Cancellation Deadline:  Deadline for cancellation is midnight May 26th.  If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.   

    • June 08, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-Larry Belmont

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 6/8. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

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

    Directions:

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

    Cancellation Deadline: If you need to cancel, please notify your outing host no later than June 6th.

    • June 15, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-Marty Behnke

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 6/158. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

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

    Directions:

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

    Cancellation Deadline:  If you need to cancel, please inform the outing host no later than June 13th.

    • June 22, 2019
    • June 29, 2019
    • John Day River
    • 5
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    Outing Leaders: Peter Maunsell and Bill Gibson

    Registration Fee:  $300.00 

    Peter Maunsell and Bill Gibson will be co-hosting this multi-day float on Oregon’s John Day River for small mouth bass fishing. Expect to catch dozens of fish a day. This is one of Oregon’s most spectacular rivers.

    The John Day River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 284 miles long, in northeastern Oregon in the United States.  Undammed along its entire length, the river is the third longest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States and the longest undammed river in Oregon.  The river flows through a number of colorful canyons, broad valleys, and breathtaking terrain.  This segment offers warm-water bass fishing with 30-40 fish days the norm.  Calm water boating is punctuated with relatively easy rapids.

    You will want bass flies and lots of them: poppers, pretty ones, ugly ones, and even uglier ones.  You will be casting into the foam lines and against the cliff faces.  Forty fish days are going to tear those flies apart. 

    The plan is to leave Seattle on Saturday, June 22 and drive to Condon, OR. and stay there that night.  On Sunday, June 23 the group will shuttle to the put-in spot, set up all of the boats and gear and push off once all are ready.  After spending 6 nights on the river the group will take out on Saturday, June 29th.

    • You MUST have an acceptable river boat or a spot saved on one to register (check with the hosts to determine if you boat is acceptable).
    • You must have an acceptable PFD (check with the hosts to determine if your PFD is acceptable).

    What to Bring for Fishing & Rafting

    • Oregon state fishing license 
    • Plan on needing 4-5 weight rods. Everyone uses floating lines with 3X and 4X leaders.
    • Lots of Bass Flies, especially poppers
    • Water bottle with liquid
    • An Acceptable PFD
    • An Acceptable boat

    What to Bring for Camping:

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights.
    • Rain gear
    • Sun screen, hat, and dark glasses
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Camera

    Food & Beverages

    • The outing fee covers all of the meals on the river
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.   

    Put-in & Take-out Logistics & Fees

    Put in: The group will meed in Condon, OR on 6/22 at 5:00 at the Condon Motel parking lot to discuss the shuttle and put-in logistics.  Lodging on 6/22 is available at the Condon Motel or the Hotel Condon.  You need to make your own reservations.  Camping is also available in the area.

    Take out: The take-out on June 30 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.

    FEES: The fee will cover shuttles and food while on the river.  it will not cover meals while driving to and from Oregon nor dinner while in Condon.  

    Getting There 

    • I-90 east to Ellensberg
    • US-97 South, I-82 E to Yakima
    • US-97 South to Goldendale, WA. & Bend, OR.
    • US-97 to Biggs, OR. & Bend, OR.
    • A few miles south of Biggs, near Wasco go E on OR-206 to Condon

     Cancellation Deadline:  Deadline for cancellation is 8:00 p.m. June 8; 2 weeks before the outing.  If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.

    Here are pictures from a previous outing.

     

     

     

    • July 06, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-TBD Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 7/6. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

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

    Directions:

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

    Cancellation Deadline: If you need to cancel, please notify the outing host no later than July 4th.

    • July 19, 2019
    • July 28, 2019
    • British Columbia
    • 3
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    Outing Hosts:  No Hosts 

    Registration Fee: $650.00 U.S.  

    Approximately 15 roadless miles southwest of Nimpo Lake and just east of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is a set of lakes in the West Chilcotin area of British Columbia with large rainbow trout and very few anglers.  Access is by float plane. The larger lakes are Crazy Bear (Ginny) Lake and Stewart Lake.  There is a fly-in base camp on Stewart Lake.  There are reputed to be smaller walk-in lakes, creeks, and ponds nearby.  You can either get there on your own or you make arrangements with an outfitter.  If you make arrangements with an outfitter you can take advantage of the small motor boats cached there for clients.  That is our plan for this outing.  For our outfitter we will use Stewart Lodge and Camps, the same people we so successfully worked with on our Turner Chain of Lakes outings in 2015 and 2018.  

    We will be camping.  

    There are no cabins at these lakes.  We will be camping.  There will be weight and bulk restrictions for our food and gear because we have to fly in.  A month or so prior to the outing there will be a meeting to discuss trip logistics, transporting club gear, food shopping, carpooling, menu planning, and cook teams.  

    Time Frame

    Nimpo Lake is a very long drive from Seattle.  It is recommended you stay at the lodge the night before flying to the lakes.  

    On past trips we have left Seattle on Friday and stayed in Williams Lake on Friday night.  Saturday, we drove to Nimpo Lake and stayed at Stewart's Lodge.  The float plane takes off from Stewart Lodge on Nimpo Lake.  Everyone needs to be on the dock, packed, and ready to depart at 9:30 a.m.

    The contact info for Stewart Lodge is below.  

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • British Columbia fishing license
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • Bring 2, 4-6 weight rods, one with a floating line and one with a sink tip or sinking line.
    • Bring 3X, 4X, and 5X leader material.
    • Bring an assortment of dry and wet lake flies.

    What to Bring for Camping: 

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad 
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights.
    • Rain gear
    • Sun screen, hat, and dark glasses
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Camera
    • Water Bottle with liquid

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee covers all the meals while on Stewart Lake 
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.  However, there will be no ice for your drinks.
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.

     Costs Include:

    • Float plane ride to/from Stewart Lake 
    • Motor Boats
    • Tent sites
    • Food while camping

    Costs do not Include:

    • Transportation to and from Nimpo Lake 
    • 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 home)
    • Fishing License

    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 to the NFA Outings Chairperson by June 15. You will also need to cancel your personal lodging reservations.   

    Contact Information for Stewart Lodge:

    Duncan Stewart

    Stewart Lodge & Camps

    21173 Chilcotin Hwy 20

     Nimpo Lake, BC V0L 1R0

    (800) 668-4335 

     

     

     

    • August 16, 2019
    • August 18, 2019
    • Lightning Pines Campground, Methow, WA
    • 9
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    Outing Hosts: TBD   

    Registration Fee: $25.00 (does not include hosts)

    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 Twisp 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).
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff.
    • Net 
    • Pontoon boat, rafts, or drift boat. 
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.

    What to Bring for Camping

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights.
    • Sun screen, a hat, and dark glasses.      
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Camera     
    • Water bottle with liquid 

    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 August 11th. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.   

    • August 22, 2019
    • Skagit River
    • 5
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    Lower Skagit River Day Trip (Float)

    Hosts: Dave Campbell and Jim Watson

    The Skagit River is 150 miles long and drains approximately 1.7 million acres.  It originates in Southwest British Columbia, Canada, and flows through Manning and Skagit Valley Provincial Parks before entering Ross Lake and Washington State.  Ross Dam is the largest and most upstream dam of three making up the "Skagit River Hydroelectrical Project", Diablo and Gorge being the others.  Below Gorge Dam the river is often dry as the water bypasses the river and runs through a tunnel to emerge at Newhalem.  The river flows S.W. picking up the Cascade River and the Sauk River where it turns west.  The Baker River, which has 2 dams, Shannon and Baker, comes into the Skagit at Concrete, WA.  The river heads west past Hamilton, Lyman, Sedro Woolley, Burlington and Mount Vernon until it splits around Fir Island and enters Skagit Bay in Puget Sound.

    The Skagit River is a big river that's wide with long shallow runs and plenty of deep places for the fish to hold.  It's full of large rocks and boulders.  The Upper Skagit is a tailwater river and is gin clear most of the time.  The Cascade River, a major tributary that enters at Marblemount, will be turbid at times during the Winter but other than that, the upper Skagit will stay clear.  Below the Cascade River confluence, the Skagit River becomes wider, and continues on a shallower slope with slower riffles and runs.  Downstream of the confluence with glacier fed Sauk River, water levels and turbidity are frequently very different from the upper Skagit. This is especially true after heavy winter rains.  

    A small run of summer steelhead starts in June.  In the summer there are a few Chinook Salmon but the Pink Salmon that enter every other year, and the Silver Salmon, are the main salmon attraction.  Fishing for them is best during the late Summer.  Right behind the salmon are runs of Dolly Varden and sea-run cutthroats that feed on the salmon eggs.  The Coho Salmon enter the river in the Fall.  The winter steelhead, the Skagit's main attraction, enter the river around the first of the new year.

    The Fishing

    Pink Salmon only show up in odd-numbered years.  But when they do move in, they provide fast action for about 5 weeks, from the middle of August to late September depending on the rain.  In recent years the Skagit has seen record and near record runs of Pink Salmon.  Our outing this August will be focused on Pink Salmon.  We will float and fish the Skagit River at the height of the Pink Salmon run.  Also, on the menu, resident bull trout and early Coho.

    The Rafting

    Although the Skagit River from Marblemount to Rockport State Park is not a serious whitewater river, it flows from 4 to 5,000 cubic feet per second in August and can be cold and fast with moderate wave train in places.  This is not a river for rafting novices and newbies.  The put-in and take-out will accommodate trailered rafts/boats.

    Note: There is a launch fee at the take-out at Rockport State Park.  Each participant is responsible for their own launch fee.

    What to Bring for Fishing 

    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • Washington state fishing license with salmon tag
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff.
    • Net
    • Suitable water craft which can include personal pontoon boat, raft, or drift boat.
    • 5, 6, or 7 weight rod with a sink tip line, 3X leaders, and strike indicators
    • Just about any type of streamer fly or nymph
    • Black woolly buggers
    • Pink streamers
    • Vest, hat, and glasses (with strap)
    • Sun Screen
    • Rain Gear

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own food and drink
    • Bring your own chair

    Directions

    • Directions will be provided to registered attendees prior to the outing
    • Shuttles will be organized as the outing date gets closer

    Cancellation Deadline: If you need to cancel, notify the outing hosts no later than August 20th.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • August 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-TBD

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 8/24. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

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

    Directions:

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

     Cancellation Deadline: If you need to cancel, please notify the outing host no later than August 22nd.

    • September 06, 2019
    • September 08, 2019
    • Superior, MT
    Register

    Outing Hosts:  Maura & Carl Johnson

    Registration Fee:  $25.00 (does not include hosts)
    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 (approximately an 8 hour drive from Seattle), 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 all the meals from Friday dinner 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:

    • Montana fishing license.
    • Suitable floating devices including pontoon boat, raft, or drift boat.
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.     
    • 4 or 5 weight rods with floating lines.
    • Net    
    • 3X and 4x leaders, and strike indicators (for nymph fishing)     
    • Wet flies: Pat's stonefly nymphs, size 8s and 10s; Copper John, Pheasant Tail, Prince and Hares Ears in 12 to 14.
    • Dry flies: Yellow Stimulator, size 8s and 10s; Brown Elk Hair Caddis, 14s; Purple Haze, Adams and similar flies in 14 and 16.
    What to Bring for Camping:     
    • Tents, sleeping bags and pads
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights  
    • Rain gear  
    • Sun screen, hat, and dark glasses
    • Folding chair
    • Water bottle with liquid 
    • Camera      
    • 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 by midnight September 1st. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.   

     

    • September 09, 2019
    • September 12, 2019
    • TBD
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    Outing Hosts: Alan Pilkington, Phil Friend, & Scott Keenholts 

    Registration Fee:  $35.00 (does not include hosts) 

    After listening to Molly Semenik's inspriring presentation on Western Montana Fly Fishing in 2018, many members asked the outing chair if NFA would do a Western Montana streams outing.  Molly had showed us so many fishable places to go, how could we not pass up an opportunity like this?

    Well, it is tough to get a campground with enough campsites for 16 in Western Montana any time between memorial Day and Labor Day, especially on weekends.  But there is a solution. DUH...Schedule a mid-week outing for mid-September.  Three of our members stepped right up and said they would host and find a campground which would serve as the base camp.  Done deal.

    Schedule wise this outing will follow immediately after the Clark Fork outing.  You do not have to register for one to attend the other, but if you are driving that distance why not stay and do both?  However, we don't want to make the driving too onerous once you have made it to Montana.  We are going to make every effort to locate the base camp for this outing somewhere within a 2-3 hour drive of Superior, MT.

    This outing is a work in progress.  The hosts will be researching long distance and it takes time to do the research and get boots on the ground.  Our outing hosts will do their research, select their base camp and try to have it identified by mid to late June.  

    What to Bring for Fishing 

    • Montana state fishing license 
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff
    • PFD is always recommended for wading
    • 3-5 weight rods
    • Floating lines with 4X and 5X leaders.  Bring 6X leader material if you have to put on really small flies.

    What to Bring for Camping 

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights
    • Rain gear
    • Sun screen, hat, and dark glasses
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Camera
    • Water Bottle with liquid 

    Food & Beverages

    • The outing fee covers all the meals from Monday dinner through Thursday lunch 
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.

    Getting There

    • We will let you know as we get closer to the actual outing date.
    • We may need to email directions the base camp to attendees.  Make sure your NFA registration includes an up-to-date email address and cellphone number.

    Cancellation Deadline:

    Because this outing will require more extensive logistical efforts, the deadline for cancellation is 8:00 p.m. August 25; 2 weeks prior to the outing. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s).  There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.  

     

    • September 14, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host: David Williams

    Specific venue and timing TBD and based on fishing conditions as we get close to 9/14 

    Registration Fee:  Day Outing: No Fee

    As noted in the write up for NFA's May 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
                    

    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.  

    Cancellation Deadline:  If you need to cancel, please notify the outing host no later than September 12th.   

      

    • September 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-TBD

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 9/28. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

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

    Directions:

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

    Cancellation Deadline:  If you need to cancel, please notify the outing host no later than September 26th.

    • October 04, 2019
    • October 06, 2019
    • Big Pines Campground
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    Outing Leaders:  TBD

    Registration Fee:  $25.00 (does not include hosts)

    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
    • Suitable floating devices including pontoon boat, raft, or drift boat.    
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • 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     
    • 4-6 weight rods and floating lines
    • Net    
    • 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     
    • 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 September 29th.  If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.   

    • October 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-TBD

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 10/12. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

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

    Directions:

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

    Cancellation Deadline:  If you need to cancel, please notify the outing host no later than October 10th.  

    • October 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-TBD

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 10/26. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

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

    Directions:

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

    Cancellation Deadline: If you need to cancel, please notify the outing host no later than October 24th.  

Past events

November 10, 2018 Cancelled-Sauk River Day Outing
October 12, 2018 CANCELLED-Klickitat River Steelhead Outing Stinson Flats
October 06, 2018 Local Lake Day Outing
September 29, 2018 Salt Water Day Outing
September 21, 2018 Cancelled-Yakima River Canyon Outing - Lower Canyon
September 14, 2018 Clark Fork Outing
September 08, 2018 South Sound Salt Water Day Outing
August 25, 2018 Snoqualmie River Day Outing
August 17, 2018 Methow River Outing
August 11, 2018 Camano Island Salt Water Day Outing
July 29, 2018 Turner Chain of Lakes Outing in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC
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
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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