Upper Columbia River Flyfishing

Fly Fishing on the Upper Columbia River

Upper Columbia River Fly Fishing

Kettle River Fly Fishing Guides
Our Upper Columbia Guided Fly Fishing Trips for wild rainbow trout and cutthroat is a great adventure
AKA 'The Jurassic' - Nickname coined by The Evening Hatch

For the past 18 years we have been investigating (that means fishing) the northeast corner of Washington, and we pioneered the guiding on the Upper Columbia in Washington. The Upper Columbia is one of the better kept secrets in the lower 48.   The Upper Columbia sports incredible insect hatches seasonally.  Water temps on the river range from 40-65 degrees year round,  providing great habitat throughout the season for insect propagation. While the hatches are not guaranteed day in and day out, the trout are at times incredibly tuned into the surface which makes for great fun.

Tactics vary from the late winter/ early spring fishing using single hand and spey swing tactics to the June /July hatch season featuring blizzard Caddis, strong Green/Brown Drakes and Yellow Mays, to the late summer/fall hatches of October Caddis, Baetis, Yellow Mayflies and terrestrials. The predominant target fish on the Columbia is the Rainbow trout. The average rainbow trout is approximately 18-19 inches/ 2.5 to 3 pounds.  There are Cutthroat in the system and we catch them often. We also fish various watersheds in conjunction with the Upper Columbia including the Kettle river

The Upper Columbia is not a 'Gimme Fishery' - We have described it by saying ' On the Columbia, you are one fish away from nada and five fish away from a great day' - Sure we catch more fish often, however the quality of the fish is incredible!

The 'Best of the Best' Seasons on the Upper Columbia;
Feb 28 - April 20
May 25 - July 30
Sept 1 - Oct 15

We offer day trips at $450 per day and we offer overnight trips featuring 'Black Bear Lodge'  - Photo Sampler of lodge, scenery, fish and fun -  We cannot get any closer to the river,   The lodge provides us with convenience and comfort, a GREAT place to stay and tell stories about the one that "got away".   Lodging is based on two people per room.

2 Days/2 Nights $745
2 Days/3 Nights $775
4 Days/5 Nights $1550

How to get there

Photo Sampler

The Finest Fishing Lodge on the River
Photo Sampler of Lodge, Scenery, Fish and Fun

In the News on the Upper Columbia River

->Here is a recent article from Dick Olson about his visit to Black Bear Lodge on the UC
->Here is another from Pat Burdick and his visit to Black Bear Lodge on the UC ,



Rich & Bob recently (Fall 2011) shot an episode with us on the Upper Columbia. Trout TV is a very popular fishing show on Fox NW! Video Clip Coming Soon!




The Evening Hatch hosted Cabelas Outdoor Adventures and USA Fly Fishing Team member Lance Eagan in 2010 on the Columbia for a fishing trip... great time; Video coming soon.




See the recent article in Northwest Sportsman June 2011








This is Fly - An online magazine that features a new approach. Volume 2 Issue # 3-Sept. 2010 - 'This Is Fly' A story by Coach Duff titled...

'No Guide Story'





Good friend Greg Heister shot a show with us on the Upper Columbia. His show 'Seasons on the Fly' is on NBCSports! V
ideo Clip coming soon





'The best rainbow trout water you've never heard of'' American Angler April 08


Posterity and a gung ho guide rekindle the fire for lunker trout..Evening Hatch in the Seattle PI April 08'



Multi Day Reservations and Deposit Policy
Upon making your reservation, we require a deposit of 15 % of the package price per person to hold your dates. The balance of your trip is due 30 days before the scheduled trip. Cancellations prior to 30 days of the trip will be refunded the deposit less a $150 administrative fee.. If you cancel your trip within 30 days of the date of your trip you will be responsible and charged for the full amount of your reservation. In the event of an emergency we will do all we can to help you out. Thank you and we look forward to spending time with you waterside.
All trips are based on double occupancy.


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