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    • April 19, 2024
    • April 21, 2024
    • Whispering Pines RV Campground – Group Campsite (Cle Elum)
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Outing Hosts: Scott Keenholts and Peter Maunsell

    https://www.whisperingpinescleelum.com/

    Cost: $70.00 Total (2 nights camping, 2 deluxe breakfast meals)

    Whispering Pines Campground is located right on the Yakima River in the middle of the city of Cle Elum.

    Guests have access to over 1 mile of wadeable shoreline. Moving downstream from their property fisherman have public access to another 1 mile of shoreline that offers excellent wading. The river in this area is very diverse as it winds along, providing structure, seams, ripples, and even calm pools. Target fishery is Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat trout, Cut-bow trout, and Whitefish. Fishing opportunity for waders is excellent in this area.

    Camping will be in our reserved “Group Site” right on the river edge. This is an enormous flat space with plenty of room for RV’s, tents, vehicles, etc. This is “dry camping” only. The site includes several nice picnic tables, private outhouse, and fire pit. You will be able to walk and wade right out of your campsite! No need for any driving to fish. Perfect for being able to take breaks or change gear.

    Campground facilities offer a small mercantile store, bathrooms with showers, water, etc. We will have evening campfires after dark, so bring your chair, beverage, and campfire snacks. Meals for this trip will be breakfast rather than dinners. Reason being that the best fishing is between 2pm and sundown or dusk. This allows fishermen flexibility to stay out instead of having to break primetime hatch fishing to go back for dinner. The Yakima is NOT a morning river! Therefore, that is the time to relax, talk, drink your morning beverage and eat a provided deluxe breakfast. Most guides agree not starting before noon.

    There is plenty of room for two-hand spey casting soft hackles or small streamers. This area is very open for backcasts. If you want to float, our campsite has a very nice boat ramp. Drifting would be to either the East Cle Elum boat ramp (nicknamed “States”) or on to Thorp boat ramp (nicknamed “Greenbridge”).

    Getting There:

    Drive east on I-90 to Exit 84, Cle Elum. Drive east down into town passing a Safeway store, dropping down onto First Street. Proceed in to town and turn right on S. Oakes Street. Follow this street as it winds around and over the overpass of I-90. The road ends at Whispering Pine CG. Take a very sharp left turn onto an improved dirt road (Whispering Pines Drive) that proceeds east 1 mile to our campsite. It is easy to see and very well marked.

    What to Bring for Fishing:  

    Gear you need is a 4, 5 or even 6 weight rod. Early fishing you may want a sink-tip leader with 4x tippet using nymphs like a Rubber Legs Pat’s Stone, Pink Sqiggly Worm, or any Tungsten Beadhead of your choice. Popular dry flies are BWO, March Brown, Elk Hair Caddis, Light Cahil or Adams, all #14 - #16, on a 5x tippet. Use floatant! Skwala are not as popular as the Lower Canyon, but are still worth trying.

    And Don"t Forget:

    • Washington state fishing license.
    • Suitable floating devices including pontoon boat, raft, or drift boat if you want to float.
    • PFD
    • 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 Cascade, it rains here too.  Bring rain gear.
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Net
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff.

    What to Bring for Camping:

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

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outings fee covers the camp fee and Saturday and Sunday breakfasts.
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.

    Cancellation Deadline:  Cancellation deadline is 8:00 p.m. April 17th. If you need to cancel, contact the Outing Host(s).  No refunds will be issued after the cancellation deadline.

     

    • May 03, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • May 05, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Coffee Pot Lake (Washington)
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    Coffee Pot Lake Hosts - David Williams & 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.

    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. 

    Last years Coffee Pot Lake outing report may be found in the June 2023 Flypaper.

    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.
    • Check the local fly shops on what is working. You may want to bring Hares Ear and Lightening Bugs.

    What to Bring for Camping:

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

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee only covers Friday and Saturday night dinners and Saturday and Sunday coffee.
    • Bring your own food for breakfast and lunch.
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.

    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 8:00 p.m. the Sunday before the outing. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.

    • May 21, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Langlois Lake (Washington)
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    Langlois Lake Hosts: Susanne Staats and Brett Schormann

    Langlois Lake is one of only ten waters in King County managed with a seasonal fishing closure. The lake has stocked rainbow trout, kokanee and resident largemouth bass. Spring catch rates for trout are highest early in the season. Although the lake is stocked with trout there are carry over fish. Most trout are 10’-12” but 18” fish aren’t too unusual. This 39 acre lake has a maximum depth of 98 feet and a mean depth of 53 feet.

    Langlois has a WDFW access at its east end with parking and an outhouse. A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass should be displayed in any vehicle parked in the lot. There is no bank access for the public so fishing requires a vessel, i.e., float tube, personal pontoon boat, inflatable raft, canoe, etc. Two pole fishing is allowed. No gas engines are allowed.

    Driving Instructions, From Carnation, WA:

    • South on WA-203 for ~1.4 miles
    • Left on 24th St. for ~ 1.5 miles. Note: This becomes Langlois Lake Rd.
    • Left, to the lake

    What to Bring:

    • 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 with floating line and/or sinking line
    • 3x, 4x, and maybe 5x tippet, depending on which flies you use
    • Net
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses

    Flies

    • Olive willy is a fly recommended by Wayne Balsiger for still water fishing.
    • Black wooly buggers with a red bead head, trolled near the surface or at depth have been super successful, at times.
    • successful, at times.
    • White grubs have been super successful, at times
    • When there is a hatch, parachute adams have resulted in outstanding catch rates.
    • June 07, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • June 09, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Chopaka Lake (Washington)
    • 16

    Chopaka Lake Host - TBD

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    This trip is designed to hit the peak of trout activity in this remote lake in Okanogan country. Chopaka Lake is where fly fishermen belong, and chironomid soakers put down roots. It just may be the hottest Callibaetis mayfly lake in the state. Located on a distant walled-in funnel at just under 3,000 feet elevation above the Sinlahekin Valley, Chopaka Lake is 148.8 acres of trout water squeezed into a narrow 1½ mile-long ladle. Depths in the southern half, the handle end, average less than 10 feet and support fertile nests of bottom vegetation 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, questionable 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.

    The federal BLM has a no fee campground with 8 campsites with campfire rings and a vault toilet just past the DNR campground. There has been camping outside of the defined campsites in the BLM campground area.

    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.
    • Check the local fly shops on what is working. You may want to bring Hares Ear and Lightening Bugs.

    What to Bring for Camping:

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

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee only covers Friday and Saturday night dinners and Saturday and Sunday coffee.
    • Bring your own food for breakfast and lunch.
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.

    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.

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


    • June 11, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cedar River (Washington)
    • 8

    Cedar River Host - Scott Keenholts

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    The Cedar River flows from Chester Morse Lake on the western slopes of the Cascades and east of Rattlesnake Lake. Fall and winter glimpses of salmon and steelhead that used to return to this urban/mountain stream are needing a miracle for their migratory recovery. Luckily the whitefish and trout have managed to survive poaching and predation well enough to offer good fishing. The river shows you different characteristics, depending on your location. The upper Cedar provides stretches of sparkling, fast water over large boulders into short clear pools, the mid-section offers smaller boulders and more pools, and then getting closer to Lake Washington the flow is slower and your chances for finding larger trout improve.

    The Cedar River Regional Trail runs a little more than 17 miles parallel to the river from Renton to the Landsburg Road Bridge. It is situated atop an abandoned rail line built to haul coal from mines in the Cascade foothills to settlements in the lowlands. This scenic trail provides visual and physical access to the river in many locations and is adjacent to many public access sites. The trail is paved from Lake Washington to Maple Valley with compacted gravel the remainder of the distance. Getting into the river from the trail is sometimes a scramble down a well used trail or slope. Walking 1/2 to 1 mile, or more, from a parking area is encouraged. 

    Trout 9” to 12” are very common. Trout and whitefish 16” to 19” are available. The Cedar River is a catch and release, walk-and-wade fishery. The river is open from the mouth at Lake Washington upstream to the Landsburg Road Bridge. The season opens on the last Saturday in May and closes on August 31.

    The River is a prime location for fishing in King County. It also attracts less fortunate people who want what you leave unprotected. Your first precaution has to be don't leave anything visible to searching eyes in your parked car.

    Finally, by registering for the outing you create/occupy a reservation. If you want to cancel, navigate through the NFA event registration tool you used to sign up, or get assistance from Brett the website admin. If you register and don't show you are not being as considerate to your club friends as you surely want to be.

    What to Bring:

    • Washington state fishing license
    • 3-5 weight rods with floating line
    • 3x, 4x, and maybe 5x tippet
    • Net
    • Wading staff
    • Hat and polarized sunglasses
    • Water & Snack

    Flies:

    • Pat's rubberlegs, #8-#10
    • Hare’s ear, #12-#16
    • Pheasant tail, #14-#18
    • Stimulator, #10-#14
    • Parachute Adam's, #14-#18



    • June 14, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • June 16, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Metolius River

    Outing Hosts - Ron Lee and Scott Keenholts

    This outing has been postponed until May of next year (2025).

    • July 26, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • July 28, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Big Twin Lake Campground
    • 14

    Outing Host: TBD

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    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 lake fishermen, there is Big Twin Lake, located at our campsite. Other nearby lakes include Pearrygin Lake and Patterson Lake. For the non-fishers, there is swimming, hiking, biking, shopping (Twisp's Saturday farmers market and cowboy town Winthrop), and sightseeing (Grand Coulee Dam).

    We are camping at Big Twin Lake Campground located at 210 Twin Lakes Road, Winthrop. Big Twin Lake Campground The camping fees are $30.00/night plus tax for 1 tent, up to 2 people, 1 vehicle. Children under 18 are free. Our group campsite is OF11 and OF12. When entering the campground, stop at the office and let them know you are with Northwest Fly Anglers group. Pay camping fees and proceed to the group site. If you want a trailer hook up, please contact Big Twin Lake Resort directly (tele. 509-996-2650) and reserve a site ahead of time. Hook up sites are $50.00/night plus tax. 

    What to Bring for Fishing:  

    • Washington state fishing license
    • 4-6 weight rods with floating lines and 3x and 4x leaders
    • Patterns would include bead-head Prince nymphs (8s and 10s) and large yellow stimulators (or other grasshopper patterns).
    • Net
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff.
    • 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
    • Rain gear
    • Sun screen, hat, and sunglasses.
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Water

    Directions: Directions to Big Twin Lake Campground

     

     

    • July 27, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

    Outing Hosts - Dave Campbell and Jim Watson

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    The Snoqualmie River is located approximately 1 hour from Seattle.  it has 3 forks, the South, Middle, and North Forks, which join to form the main stem river at Snoqualmie.  It 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 recommended you use lightweight gear on these streams.

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

    • Washington state fishing license
    • WA Discovery Pass/Vehicle Access Pass and American the Beautiful Senior Pass. Either or both may be needed, depending on where we park.     
    • PFD is always recommended for wading 
    • 3-5 weight rods with floating line.      
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff      
    •  3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use     
    • Net    
    • Folding Chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasse

    Directions:

    • Take I-90 to exit 34 to 468th Ave. SE to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road.  We will meet at the Middle Fork Parking Lot, Mile Post 12 on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road. 
    • Note: Mile posts are measured from the beginning of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road.                   
    • August 03, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Camano Island (Washington)

    Host - Matt Moore

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    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 in the early fall. Utsalady Bay will be the place where we will fish for feisty sea-run cutthroat.

    What to Bring for Fishing :

    • 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 in waterproof container
    • Sun Screen and Rain Gear
    • Pad and pencil for note taking

    Food & Beverages:

    • Bring your own snacks for when you're fishing
    • Matt Moore, our host, has lots of chairs for sitting around for lunch

    Directions:

    Directions will be provided to registered attendees prior to the outing. Matt would like to talk with everyone a week before the outing to find out what folks would like to do, time, fishing and food.


    • August 15, 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • August 21, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1-1/2 hours north of Kamloops, British Columbia
    • 8
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    This outing has been arranged with the Rock Island Fish Camp. All food and lodging is included in the price. We have told them that we will have a maximum of 15 people. The cost is ~$1000 (US). The exact RIFC cost depends on the exchange rate and will be determined in the early summer. A $200 deposit is required at the time of registration. Balance is due no later than 45 days before the start of the trip (July 1, 2024). July 1 is also the cancellation date. Beyond that point there is no refund unless you can get somebody to take your place.  Much of the information on their website is reproduced below. Members who have been there before including Wytold Lebing, Peter Maunsell, Walt Shields, and Peter Rubenstein.

    Although this is technically a no host outing, Wytold Lebing will act as coordinator and contact point with the RIFC staff. Generally, people have carpooled with other members. The drive can be done in one day.

    The Lakes:
    Rock Island Lake is located on B.C.'s famed Nehalliston Plateau. Elevation - 4,200 ft. Some of our walk-in lakes are 5,000 ft. - 5,500 ft. The lakes vary in depth from deep volcanic holes to shallow beaver dams. They differ in water, from clear to marl bottoms, to dark tea colored lily pad ponds.

    Most of the lakes have boats on them, but there are some remote walk-in lakes that are only float-tube fishable. Take your tube and enjoy the day. There are also four lakes that are easily accessed from camp, within a fifteen minute walk or short row. Most of our outer lakes are road accessible, some with a drive and walk.

    The Fish:
    All the lakes have only one species "The Famous Wild Kamloops Trout". You have to hook one to know why they are called Wild. They will dance for you! 
    There are no coarse fish in the lakes. The trout range from pan size to 5 lbs, Fish up to 7 lbs have been caught. There is a good selection of flies that work on the Rock Island Lake at the lodge 

    Accommodations:

    There are six cozy log cabins at Rock Island Lake Fishing Camp. All are fully equipped for housekeeping with propane cook tops, wood stoves, towels, cooking & eating utensils and cold running water. Firewood and kindling are at your door. There is an ample supply of ice for your portable coolers. Showers, flush toilets and hot water are all centrally located.

    Home Cooked Meals:

    Jeannie provides hearty home cooked meals in the cozy lodge. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, please let them know at the time of reservation. They will do their best to accommodate you.

    You will need to bring:

    • Pillows, bedding/blankets (sleeping bag).
    • Bath towels.
    • Your own toiletries.

    To make your trip more enjoyable you should bring:

    • Fishing gear.
    • Comfortable life jacket.
    • Flash light and a battery operated light for your cabin if you would like.
    • Warm clothes and rain gear (you are in Canada at 4200' and can get chilly).
    • Comfortable foot wear (generally waders are unnecessary) but water prof or water friendly footwear is helpful.
    • Snacks, alcoholic beverages, soda & bottled beverages. ) RILFC provides 3 hearty meals but not things such as snacks, canned soda, alcohol).


    • September 06, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 08, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Clark Fork (Superior, Montana)
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    Clark Fork Hosts - Carl & Maura Johnson

    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 arrive in Superior, MT (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 a drift boat 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 outing report for last years outing may be found in the October 2023 Flypaper.

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • Montana state 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, size 14-16.

    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 (in Ziplock bag)
    • Water Bottle with liquid

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing 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.

    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 8:00 p.m. the Sunday before the outing. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.

    • September 12, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 15, 3034
    • 12:00 PM
    • Kelly Creek, Idaho

    Outing Hosts - Dave Campbell/Russ Shropshire

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.


    • September 27, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 29, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Yakima River - location TBD
    • 8
    Register

    Outing Hosts - Peter Maunsell and TBD

    The Lower Yakima Canyon, from Wilson Creek to Roza Dam, offers more than 20 miles of relatively easily floating.  NFA will set up camp at either the Big Pines Campground or newly protected river front property, both 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.

    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.  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 (You may get wet)
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee only covers Friday and Saturday night dinners and Saturday and Sunday coffee.
    • Bring your own food for breakfast and lunch. 
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff. 
    Getting There:
    • East on I-90 to Ellensburg. 
    • Take exit 109 to Canyon RoadDrive south ~20 miles.
    • Your host will give more precise instructions as the date gets closer, depending on which campsite NFA will use. 

     

     

    • October 06, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • October 10, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Host - Scott Keenholts

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    • October 11, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • October 14, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Host - Peter Maunsell

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

Past events

April 13, 2024 Lone Lake
April 06, 2024 Munn Lake
March 19, 2024 Skagit/Sauk Rivers Steelhead
September 30, 2023 Lenice Lake
September 30, 2023 Saltwater Fishing, Camano Island
September 22, 2023 Lower Skagit River Float - Marblemount to Rockport
September 08, 2023 Clark Fork
August 31, 2023 Saltwater Beach Fishing
July 23, 2023 Rock Island Fish Camp
July 14, 2023 Methow River
July 08, 2023 Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
June 24, 2023 Cedar River
June 20, 2023 John Day River Super Float
June 16, 2023 Deschutes River
June 02, 2023 Chopaka Lake
May 19, 2023 Coffee Pot Lake
April 22, 2023 Lone Lake
March 24, 2023 Yakima River - Lower Canyon
March 11, 2023 Munn Lake
October 22, 2022 Lone Lake (Postponed)
October 01, 2022 Saltwater Fishing, Camano Island
September 09, 2022 Clark Fork
July 23, 2022 Cedar River
June 20, 2022 Cedar River
June 18, 2022 Rattlesnake Lake
June 07, 2022 Langlois Lake
June 03, 2022 Chopaka Lake
May 20, 2022 Coffee Pot Lake
April 29, 2022 Lone Lake
December 11, 2021 Green River - Day Outing
December 04, 2021 Green River - Day Outing
November 20, 2021 Green River - Day Outing
November 06, 2021 Cowlitz River - Day Outing
October 23, 2021 Green River - Day Outing
October 16, 2021 Spey Casting Instruction
October 03, 2021 Northern Idaho Rivers
September 25, 2021 South Saltwater Beach
September 17, 2021 Yakima River Outing
August 28, 2021 Cedar River - Day Outing
August 14, 2021 Lake Wilderness
July 24, 2021 Lake Kapowsin - Day Outing
July 09, 2021 Methow River - Cancelled
June 26, 2021 Langlois Lake - Day Outing
June 04, 2021 Coffee Pot Lake
October 18, 2020 Southend Lake - Day Outing
October 03, 2020 CANCELED---Yakima River, Lower Canyon
September 26, 2020 Saltwater - Day Outing
September 15, 2020 Canceled-Northern Idaho Rivers
August 15, 2020 Cedar River - Day Outing
July 26, 2020 Local Lake - Day Outing
July 11, 2020 Methow River - Canceled
June 13, 2020 Local Lake - Day Outing - Canceled
June 09, 2020 John Day River Summer Super Float - Canceled
June 05, 2020 Chopaka Lake - Canceled
May 15, 2020 Coffee Pot Lake - Canceled
May 01, 2020 Yakima River, Upper Canyon - Canceled
April 26, 2020 Saltwater Fishing, Camano Island - Canceled
April 04, 2020 Munn Lake - Day Outing - Canceled
October 26, 2019 Local Lake or River Day Outing, October 26
October 12, 2019 Canceled-Local Lake or River Day Outing, October 12
October 04, 2019 Yakima River Canyon Outing - Lower Canyon
September 28, 2019 Local Lake or River Day Outing, September 28
September 14, 2019 Cancelled - Salt Water Day Outing, September 14th.
September 09, 2019 Western Montana Streams
September 06, 2019 Clark Fork Outing
August 24, 2019 Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Outing, August 24
August 22, 2019 Cancelled-Lower Skagit River Day Trip (Float)
July 19, 2019 Crazy Horse (Ginny) Lake & Stewart Lake Base Camp
July 12, 2019 CHANGE OF DATE-Methow River Outing
July 06, 2019 Cancelled-Local Lake or River Day Outing, July 6
June 22, 2019 John Day Summer Superfloat
June 15, 2019 Lake Ballinger-June 15
June 08, 2019 Local Lake Day Outing-June 8
May 31, 2019 Chopaka Lake Outing
May 17, 2019 CANCELLED-Crooked River
May 11, 2019 Camano Island Salt Water Day Outing
April 12, 2019 Coffee Pot Lake
April 06, 2019 Munn Lake
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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