Double Haul Fly Fishing – The Kenai River – Soldotna, Alaska

1.5 hours from Anchorage lies one of the world’s greatest fisheries!

Located in Soldotna, Alaska,  Double Haul Fly Fishing specializes in the best fly fishing that the Kenai River has to offer.
This glacial fed river hosts a number of different fish species and is one of the most friendly rivers for anglers to fish in the entire world.  Located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, fly anglers have the opportunity to chase trophy rainbows, hard fighting salmon, and even steelhead later in the season.  Because of the river’s strong forage base, fish are available in large numbers, extremely healthy, and are eager to take a fly.  Double Haul Fly Fishing tends to focus their Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide activities on the middle and lower sections of the river.  They also operate on all the river sections including those found in the Cooper Landing, Sterling, Soldotna, and Kenai areas.

The Season:  
June marks the beginning of the season on the Kenai.  The first 2 weeks of the season can be phenomenal with hungry and aggressive rainbows chasing streamers.  This time of year also kicks off the King Salmon runs and fishing from a drift boat is your best option.  As July rolls around the second wave of Kings come in and towards the middle of the month Sockeye Salmon arrive in large numbers and hold strong till the end of the month.  August brings the end of the Sockeye season, but the dinner bell rings for the rainbows as they feed on the flesh and eggs of the Sockeye.  If you looking to targer big Rainbows then the end of August is ideal!  Last and certainly not least, the Silver Salmon arrive from September – November.  These heart pounding fish start pushing into the Kenai and make an awesome quarry.  With the abundance of food in the system the final two months of the season can be some of the best for trout.


 

 Pricing:

Day Trip (8 – 10 hours) $550 per boat – 1-2 Anglers
Packages – Lodging can be arranged through various lodges.  Please contact us to arrange,

Recommended Gear List:

Rods:
Red Truck Diesel 690-4 (Rainbow Trout, Char, and Grayling)
Red Truck Diesel 5110-4 Trout Spey (Rainbow Trout)
Red Truck Diesel 7100-4 (Trout, Sockeye, Silvers, and Steelhead)
Red Truck Diesel 7110-4  Switch (Sockeye, Silvers, and Steelhead)
  
Reels:

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For more information regarding this amazing fishery please contact us by either phone or email to answer any questions or discuss the various package options available.
Phone: (208) 351-9037
email: info@redtruckflyfishing.com

  

The Upper Columbia River.

Fly Fishing the Upper Columbia.  The best kept secret in the lower 48!

For over the past 18 years, Jack Mitchell’s The Evening Hatch has been investigating (that means fishing) the northeast corner of Washington.  They have dialed in guiding the Upper Columbia which hosts an abundance of wild Redband Rainbow trout. The average rainbow trout is approximately 18-19 inches/ 2.5 to 3 pounds!  Cutthroats are also residents of this system and can be caught as well.  With incredible seasonal hatches and water temps that remain between 40-65 degrees for the majority of the year this is without a doubt one of the best fisheries around.  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 action with dry flies. 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 Evening Hatch offers day trips along with overnight trips featuring their very own, Black Bear Lodge where you can’t get any closer to the river. The lodge provides convenience and comfort and is a great place to kick back and tell stories.  This is also a fantastic destination if you have a non-angling partner as they can arrange a scenic river float, birding, day hikes, winery tours, etc.

Getting There:  

Located in Washington’s north eastern corner the lodge and fishery are about a 6.5 hour drive from Seattle and about a 2 hour drive from Spokane.  The Lodge is literally riverside off a county rod located in the small and quaint town of Northport.



 

 Pricing:

Day Trip –  $525 per boat – 2 Anglers
Packages – 1 day & night,  all inclusive, double occupancy  $495 per person / per day(1-5 days)

Recommended Gear List:

Rods:
  
Reels:

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For more information regarding this amazing fishery please contact us by either phone or email to answer any questions or discuss the various package options available.
Phone: (208) 351-9037
email: info@redtruckflyfishing.com

  

Catch & Capture Guide Service – Hayward, WI

Come and explore the Musky Capital of America!

Prepare to immerse yourself into the north woods of Wisconsin. With a variety of lakes throughout the area you’ll have the opportunity to fish for Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Trout and the baddest of them all, MUSKY!  This is after all folks the “Musky Capital of the United States!”  Catch and Capture specializes in chasing huge Musky on a variety of lakes on the fly and is yet is open to chase a variety of other species as well.

 What can a fly angler expect from Catch and Capture Fly Fishing Guide Services? Catch and Capture strives to put fly anglers onto the hottest bite in all of Wisconsin.  Providing explosive action on a number of lakes.  If hooking into a Musky to get your heart pounding is on your buck list this is it. With plentiful options of subspecies to target, this can be broken up into a single trip of targeting all that the these beautiful lakes can offer.

No matter if it’s a full day or half day guided fly fishing trip Catch and Capture offers all the essential equipment. This would entitle fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, boat, flies, catch and release essential equipment, snacks and beverages. Lunch will be supplied by Catch and Capture with The Full Stack Package (full day/up to 8 hours) guided trips. Any ambitious angler that would like to fish their own tied flies, or bringing their own fly rod setups is always encouraged yet not necessary.

 

Recommended Gear List:

Musky/Pike:
Smallmouth Bass/Largemouth Bass:
Lines: 
Airflo Depth Finder Big Game 300, 400, 500 gr
Airflo Streamer Max Short 200gr, Streamer Max Short 280gr and Streamer Max 380gr
Airflo Cold Water Striper Intermediate
Airflo Sniper Intermediate
Airflo Musky/Bass
Leader Materials: 
Bass- Seagar Fluorocarbon 8lb-20lb
Pike: Seagar Fluorocarbon 30-40lb W/ tie-able coated 40lb wire (toothy critter, cortland, american fishing wire, rio bite wire). Plus Mustad Stay-Loc #2s/#3s
Musky: Seagar Fluorocarbon 40lb W/ tie-able coated wire 40lb. Plus Mustad Stay-Loc #2s/#3s

Book Today:

For more information regarding this amazing fishery please contact us by either phone or email to answer any questions or discuss the various package options available.
Phone: (208) 351-9037
email: info@redtruckflyfishing.com

Pyramid Lake, NV – The Pyramid Fly Co.


Pyramid Lake, Nevada is home to the World’s largest cutthroat trout!

Pyramid lake is a remnant of the once massive, Lake Lahontan, which used to cover a large portion of Nevada.  The native tribe of the reservation are the Paiute’s, who have lived off of Pyramid Lake and the near half a million acres of surrounding land for centuries. The native’s pridefully speak of the history of the lake and they have tales of fish weighing in over 80 pounds, but only a few photos have been documented to show the size that the fish used to grow to.  

 Just 35 minutes from Reno, Nevada, Pyramid is home of World’s largest Cutthroat trout.  This is also where the infamous Truckee River ends its journey and empties into the alkali-rich lake. Plentiful in numbers, the lake holds outstanding amounts of massive Pilot Peak and Pyramid (“Summit” strain) strain Cutthroat trout. Many of these fish weigh in over the 10 pound mark and it is not uncommon to see a fish over 20 pounds landed if the conditions are right.

Pyramid Lake offers anglers miles upon miles of easily accessible waters to fish. The Pyramid Fly Co. team has spent hundreds of hours in search of the best beaches and tactics that produce the biggest size and numbers of fish. The team has also spent countless hours creating new and innovative flies for fishing this specific watershed.

From personal pontoon boats to customized fishing ladders, you will fish in comfort all throughout your day. Not to mention, they will conveniently have their PFC 5th-wheel trailer available for resting and all of your restroom needs. These trips are all about the customer and that’s why PFC offers the highest end guiding services at Pyramid Lake.

Recommended Gear List:

-Rod: Red Truck Diesel 5110-4 Fly Rod
-Reel:  Red Truck Diesel Migration 6Nine Sealed Drag Reel – 6/9
-Line:  OPST 275 grain Commando Head
-Running Line:  Floating Running Line
-Leader and Tippet:  9-foot fluorocarbon 2X to 4X leader. At the end of the leader, attach an 18- to 24-inch fluorocarbon tippet one size smaller.
-Flies: Casey’s Midnight Midge, Casey’s UV Midnight Tiger Midge, Captain’s Olive Balanced Darter Baitfish, Captain’s Balanced Midnight Cowboy Leech, Zebra Midge, Blood Midge, Tadpole, Foam Beetles, Wooly Buggers.

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For more information regarding this amazing fishery please contact us by either phone or email to answer any questions or discuss the various package options available.

Phone: (208) 351-9037
email: info@redtruckflyfishing.com

 

Washington’s Klickitat River – The Steelhead Ranch

The headwaters of the Klickitat River originate on the slopes of Mount Adams.  The drainage is quite steep and in fact some of the lower portions of the river are not navigable due to class 5+ falls. The river tumbles into the Columbia approximately 120 miles from the salt and this can equate to some rather ‘hot’ summer run steelhead. The Klickitat River’s wild strain of steelhead are strong and unpredictable. Typically in the 8-12 pound class with fish as large as 18-20 pounds caught occasionally. The wild summer steelhead runs enter the river anywhere from June until November. In addition to the wild steelhead, the hatchery steelhead that inhabit the Klickitat are of the Skamania strain.

Overnight packages:

Just under 2 hours from Portland and 4 hours from Seattle located on a plateau above Washington’s Klickitat River lies The Steelhead Ranch.  The Steelhead Ranch is at full operational level from August 15 until November 30, prior to that, it can be scheduled based on a trip by trip basis.

This 40 acre ranch is available for 2-4 night/day fishing packages. Enjoy fishing for summer run steelhead on the wild and scenic Klickitat River.  The Steelhead Ranch features a beautiful double mountain view and ‘Bonanza style’ ranch like comfort where the nearest neighbor is 1/4 plus mile.

Klickitat River Rod and Reels:
All-Purpose Double Hand Rod:  Diesel 7136-4
Summer Steelhead Double Hand Rod:  Diesel 6126-4
Double Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel Chrome Fly Reel
Double Hand Fly Line:  Scandi Fly Lines
Single Hand Rod:  Diesel 7100-4
Single Hand Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel

Flies: 
– Green Butt Skunks
– Silver Hiltons
– Blue Charms
– Purple Perils
– Polar Shrimp
– Buggers
– Intruder style flies
– Hoh Bo Spey

 

Winter Steelhead on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

STEELHEAD-SIDE-BANNER

Experience the beauty of the Pacific northwest and chase bright steelhead with the guides from Jack Mitchell’s, The Evening Hatch.

The Olympic Peninsula is some of the best fly fishing for these incredible sea going winter runs. There are a myriad of rivers on the Olympic Peninsula – The Hoh, Upper Queets, Upper Quinault, Clearwater, Humptulips, Wynoochee etc… These watersheds all originate from the foothills, glaciers and peaks of the Olympic Mountain range. The Evening Hatch is well versed in both single hand and double hand rod tactics for pursuing these hard fighting fish. They will cater to whatever technique suits you, and will work with you to create the perfect itinerary whether you want to fish a day or several in this amazing place.

Private Water:
The Upper Wynoochee River

The Upper Wynoochee flows through private timber land and some of it is accessible for the general public. However, they have secured a lease on the initial 17 miles of the river . This particular river offers a substantial population of big hatchery brood stock and SOME wild fish that will test your gear and your skills. The best of the best on the ‘Nooch’ is January – February so book early to experience this prime time!

Overnight packages:

Available March 1- April 15: Cost is $500 per person based on double occupancy – per day/night. This all inclusive package features lodging at our beautiful Quinault Lakeshore Cabin. Fishing can be a combination of private water and/or public water.
*We always recommend two days fishing if at all possible as conditions can change quickly.

We invite you to take a few moments and enjoy the video below by Todd Moen and learn more about the Olympic Peninsula and Jack Mitchell.

steelhead-ranch

BOTTOM

An OVERNIGHT ITINERARY  includes 1 night of lodging and  then 1 day of fishing.  You can combine as many days as you would like!

Day 1
Arrive at the cabin @ 7PM
Dinner on your own previous to arrival
Lodging

Day 2
Breakfast
Fishing/ Lunch provided

For more information please contact us at (208) 351-9037 or
email: info@redtruckflyfishing.com

Our recommended gear list for the Olympic Peninsula:

All-Purpose Double Hand Rod:  Diesel 7136-4
Summer Steelhead Double Hand Rod:  Diesel 6126-4
Double Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel Chrome Fly Reel
Double Hand Fly Line:  Skagit Fly Lines
Single Hand Rod:  Diesel 7100-4
Single Hand Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel

Flies: 
– Green Butt Skunks
– Silver Hiltons
– Blue Charms
– Purple Perils
– Polar Shrimp
– Buggers
– Intruder style flies
– Hoh Bo Spey

 

The South Fork of the Snake River

The South Fork of the Snake River is in southeastern Idaho close to the Wyoming border. The South Fork begins as it flows out of 20 mile long Palisades Reservoir in the community of Swan Valley, forming a 64-mile stretch of legendary tail-water fly-fishing. The South Fork is also a beautiful river for flat water rafting, canoeing and kayaking. If you float this river in a canoe know what you are doing as it is big water and its flat-water appearance can fool you to its dangers.

Bald eagles and Ospreys are prevalent and many nest high above on treetops along the riverbanks, it is always a treat to see one swoop down and catch an unsuspecting fish. The South Fork Snake River has been called Idaho’s most unique riparian ecosystem containing the largest continuous cottonwood ecosystem in the state. The South Fork provides habitat for nine nesting bald eagle pairs and up to 100 wintering eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers this river section to be the most important fish and wildlife habitat in the state of Idaho. Moose are seen regularly in the river bottom.

The South Fork of the Snake boasts 4,000 fish per mile, which makes it one of the most productive rivers in the country. The quality of fishing on the South Fork has improved dramatically since a slot limit was introduced. All fish between 8 and 16 inches (the prime breeders) must be released and you are only allowed to keep two fish that aren’t rainbows. The South Fork also is an all-wild trout fishery as they quit planting it years ago. It is said that it is the best wild-trout fishery in the lower 48 states. Wild native cutthroat trout are a mixture of both fine-spotted and Yellowstone races. Fine-spotted cutthroat are stocked as sub-catchables and catchables into Palisades Reservoir and some are flushed into the South Fork with reservoir drawdowns.

Although exotic wild rainbow, hybrid, and brown trout provide a significant component of the catch throughout the South Fork drainage, they pose a potential threat to the genetic integrity and long-term viability of wild cutthroat populations. Stocking in the mainstem and tributaries was discontinued in the early 1980s.

The majority of anglers practice the catch-and-release ethic, because of this and the slot limit the river has maintained a healthy population of breeding fish. The river is primarily a cutthroat fishery; however, it is also possible to get into a fair number of browns and rainbows. In recent years we have seen a dramatic increase of the rainbow population and the Idaho Game and Fish is encouraging fisherman to kill all rainbow caught. As much as I prefer to catch a brown or rainbow because of their better fighting ability I would also like to maintain a healthy Cutthroat population because they are more likely to be caught on a dry fly than Rainbows and Browns.

The key to fishing the banks of this river while floating is getting your fly as tight to the bank as possible and allowing it to drift just inches form the bank in most spots. When fishing from a gravel bar its possible to hook and land a dozen or more. This is one reason why the South Fork has gained a reputation as one of the country’s greatest trout fisheries.

After spring runoff and the start of potato irrigation there is very limited access for wade fishing due to high river flows so a float trip is recommended from June till September. A drift boat allows access to many of the productive gravel bars and side channels that are inaccessible on foot. There are also many miles of the South Fork inaccessible from roads.

The first 12 miles (section one) begins at the Palisades Dam and ends at the Connant boat ramp. This is the most accessible and as a result, the most crowded. Despite the crowds, some of the larger fish tend to be caught and released on this upper section of the river. This section of river provides outstanding views of the rugged mountains on either side of the river and hosts one of the most picturesque small waterfalls anywhere. The downside is some are calling this section “the parade of homes” for the growing number of trophy homes springing up along it’s banks.

The 24-mile stretch below Connant boat ramp is considered the “Canyon,” the Canyon is divided into two sections called the middle and lower (or section two and section three). Section two ends at Cottonwood Boat Ramp. There are many National Forest campgrounds along the riverbanks. Camping is a great way to enjoy the river and break up the long canyon section. Both section one and two make for exceptional one-day fishing trips. The canyon is spectacular, with walls towering hundreds of feet straight up from the river and dotted with pine trees. The canyon gives the impression of a wilderness trip although you are floating right below cultivated barley and wheat fields you can’t see. It is common for an experienced angler to boat 30 fish a day with the average fish ranging from 16 to 18 inches.

Access to section three is through Ririe ID; you drive up a dirt road on the north side of the river to Cottonwood boat ramp and start you float there. There are several places to fish along the road if you don’t have a boat.

Section four starts at Byington Boat Ramp in Ririe and goes to where it joins up with the Henry’s Fork of the Snake by Manan ID. The river here changes character as it is no longer in the mountains, it is flatter, more braided and winds through private farmland but is an awesome fishery none the less, many big browns can be found here. Most boaters take out at the Lorenzo river access off of highway 20 between Idaho falls and Rexburg ID but the lightly fished section below Lorenzo can be very productive and there is a takeout right below where the South Fork merges with the Henry’s Fork.  For the best dry fly action the river is best fished from July through mid August. The first half of July is the height of the prolific stone fly hatches, which brings just about all of the fish to the surface to gorge themselves on one of the largest dry flies, the largest of the Stone Flies the Salmon Fly is sometimes 3 inches in length.

By the first week of August the fish are a bit more reluctant to bite as most have been caught and released several times by then. When the fish continue to refuse dry flies, emerger and cripple patterns are highly effective, especially “when the fish are feeding in the riffles and back channels.

The warm summer days of August bring out one of the trouts favorite foods, the grasshopper. When the fish are keying in on hoppers and are becoming weary of hopper patterns, try twitching a rubber legged hopper pattern. The twitching motion of those rubber legs can entice a wary fish into a strike.

Educated trout can sometimes be fooled with a dropper fly. A dropper is a nymph, emerger or attached to a buoyant and visible fly attached with an 18 inches of 4X or 5X tippet to bend of the hook. Hoppers, Turck’s Tarantula and the Double Humpys are excellent flies to set up with a dropper. The large high floating dry works well to spot the takes on the small drys, nymphs and emergers.

October brings in a season of extremes, the fishing can be the best but the weather can be the worst. For those willing to take the gamble and come in October the rewards can be tremendous. The cooler weather of fall bring on the Blue Wing Olive hatches and many of the fishermen have left for the year and gone hunting and the trout lose their weariness of flies that they acquire during the heavy fishing pressure of summer. These hatches last well into the winter. This time of year the browns are moving to their spawning beds and there are increased chances of catching big browns. The Idaho State record brown was set at 26.6 pounds and was taken on the South Fork. Monster browns in the 15-pound class are taken every year.

Fall is also a better time of the year for the wade fisherman as the lower water flows of fall open up many places to wade that are inaccessible during higher water.

 

South Fork Rods and Reels:
All-Purpose Rod:  Diesel 590-4 All-Purpose Trout
Streamer Rod:  Diesel 690-4 Streamer Rod
Trout Spey:  Diesel 5110-4 Trout Spey/Switch
Single Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel 5/6 Fly Reel
Trout Spey Fly Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel
Leaders/Tippet:  0-5x

Flies: 
Nymphs:
– Various All-Purpose Nymph patterns
– BH Pheasant Tails
– Midges
– BH Hare’s Ears

Streamers:
– Buggers
– Leeches
– Zonkers
– Small Intruder style flies

Dry Flies:
– Elk Hair Caddis
– Parachute Adams
– Wulffs
– Humpies
– Hoppers

The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River

The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, located in eastern Idaho, is one of the most famous trout streams in all of the United States. It’s legendary hatches and abundant large wild rainbow trout make the Henry’s Fork one of America’s top fly-fishing destinations. The river flows for approximately 150 miles and within its journey passes some of the more classic dry fly water in the United States. Gentle flowing meadowland, pocket water, and spring creek like sections make up much of this legendary fishery made popular by Avril Harriman the railroad man. The Henry’s Fork of the Snake is a spectacular river and fishery. Anglers come from all over the world to this river to fish its diverse and productive waters.

Henry’s Lake is the source of the Henry’s Fork River. The lake is fed by seven creeks, and by springs in the lake bottom. It is very rich water for trout, loaded with weeds and insects. Henry’s lake is an awesome fishery in its own right and has produced many state records.

The river flowing from the outlet dam is just as rich as the lake. It winds across the grassy, often wildflower-covered meadows of Henry’s Lake Flat. This is a section of quiet runs and deep pools with often marshy or boggy banks and many spring-fed tributary creeks. The fish do not have many holding spots due to an almost featureless bottom, and tend to gather in the deeper holes. This is a six-mile meandering meadow section flanked on three sides by mountain ranges in excess of 10,000 feet. The fish run large, seldom less than two pounds. One must seek concealment or kneel while casting and keep low until the fish are hooked. The first half of this section from Henry’s Lake to where Big Springs flows into the river is a good stretch of water that is less visited than much of the water below Island Park Reservoir. Above the confluence of Big Springs and on to the lake outlet is an all-wild trout fishery and receives no hatchery fish. This section is the least fished of any part of the river. For the angler who hates crowds Henry’s Lake Flat is the place. Below the Flats you can expect about two miles of dense willow swamp before the river meets the 480 million-gallon daily flow of 52-degree water from Big Springs.

From Big Springs down to the U.S. Highway 191 bridge at Mack’s Inn the Henry’ s Fork is a deep swamp-marsh stream of very large pools with a mostly silt-covered bottom. There is gravel underneath the silt, and it shows in some places, but in others the silt is deep enough to be problematic. This is however a cold and productive stretch of the Henry’s Fork.

Below Island Park Reservoir begins the one of the most popular stretches of Henry’s Fork River. A mile below the tail-water outflow of the reservoir the Buffalo River flows into the Henry’s Fork. The junction of these two rivers is the start of Box Canyon, which is famous for its large rainbows that inhabit this section of tumbling water. The fishing here is especially good for anglers looking for an “easier” place to fish. This section is roughly 3 miles long and can be entered most easily by the road turning into Island Park Reservoir just north of Pond’s Lodge, then turning off just short of the dam down to the boat launching spot about a half-mile downstream from the dam.

Below Box Canyon the Henry’s Fork slows down and widens once it emerges from its narrows on its way through the community of Last Chance. Here the Henry’s Fork looks more like a giant spring creek than a river. This seven-mile stretch through Last Chance and Harriman State Park is not only home to an abundance of large wild rainbows but also acclaimed for its prolific hatches.

The flat meadow water of the Harriman State Park encompasses some of the best dry fly fishing anywhere. These college-educated rainbows can be very selective and unpredictable and have humbled many of the world’s finest anglers. This meandering meadow water extends for about 9 miles, starting at Last Chance below the mouth of Box Canyon and extending downstream to the summer home community of Pinehaven.

The Henry’s Fork below Osborne Bridge lies about three miles of water; there are some nice glides, a few riffles then the smooth water stretch approaching Pinehaven. The half or three-quarters of a mile of water just above and below Pinehaven is a truly great stretch of water with almost as many hatches as the Harriman State Park but respect the private property.

Below the park the Henry’s Fork flows for a few more miles before reaching Riverside Campground. After passing Riverside Campground the river enters Cardiac Canyon. This canyon provides tremendous pocket water fishing for nearly 8 miles before reaching Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. If you float this section know what you are doing.

From the Riverside Campground downstream to the confluence of Warm River, the Henry’s Fork drops about 1000 feet in elevation. This includes about 15 miles of water. Most of this area is inaccessible and requires some hiking into a steep canyon. The water is very similar to the Box Canyon and you fish it much the same way.

After the Henry’s Fork cascades over Mesa Falls it slows down its pace The river flows for several miles before reaching the confluence of the Warm River. Brown trout and a small population of Yellowstone Cutthroats join the population of rainbows below Mesa Falls. Much of this stretch is accessible from a road that runs along the north bank of the river.

Below Warm River the Henry’s Fork takes on a different look with more defined pools, runs and riffles. After joining the Warm River the Henry’s Fork flows for several more miles before reaching Ashton Reservoir. The access is very good and most of the water is wadable. This section of Henry’s Fork has a large population of trout, but since it isn’t under the protection of special regulations many of the fish run small, there are some big ones however so always be ready. This section is also an easy float.

Below Ashton Reservoir is another tail-water section worth fishing. The seven-mile area from Ashton Dam to Chester Reservoir is an excellent tail-water fishery. The hatches here are very dependable and receive lighter pressure than the upper parts of the river.

The section of the Henry’s Fork below Chester Reservoir is a good section of river but has more limited access. Some quality fish are found throughout this stretch of river.

Access to Henry’s Fork River can be found along Route 20, Route 47, and other side roads along the river. There are several areas to fish along the river that are clearly marked.

Henry’s Fork Rods and Reels:
All-Purpose Rod:  Diesel 590-4 All-Purpose Trout
Streamer Rod:  Diesel 690-4 Streamer Rod
Trout Spey:  Diesel 5110-4 Trout Spey/Switch
Single Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel 5/6 Fly Reel
Trout Spey Fly Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel
Leaders/Tippet:  0-5x

Flies: 
Nymphs:
– Various All-Purpose Nymph patterns
– BH Pheasant Tails
– Midges
– BH Hare’s Ears

Streamers:
-Buggers
– Leeches
– Zonkers
– Small Intruder style flies

Dry Flies:
– Elk Hair Caddis
– Parachute Adams
– Stimulators
– Hoppers

North Platte, Wyoming

Biggest Rainbows and Browns in the lower 48

Wyoming’s North Platte River is one of the best trout rivers in the United States, with an average of 5,000-plus fish per fishable mile of water. These waters provide a fly-fishing experience that is unique. It fishes well in April and November when most of the lodges in the Rockies are closed. The lodge we use, the North Platte Lodge, lies just above the banks of, and has access to, a 14-mile stretch of river that is almost entirely privately held. Trout from the North Platte are famous for being tremendous, acrobatic fighters. Many of the rainbows and browns are in the 5 to 6 pound class, testing not only your skill but your courage, as well. The fishing is both surface and subsurface. If the weather cooperates, there is superb top water action. The owners and guides for this trip are terrific. They’ll take care of you and put you onto plenty of fish. This is a great value – price includes five nights’ lodging, fishing license, flies, leaders, tippets, guided days on the North Platte and two private creeks, and transportation from Casper airport to the lodge. If you’ve ever dreamed about catching big fish, this is a spot to consider, especially if you have an itch to throw a line in the early or late season.

North Platte Rods and Reels:
All-Purpose Rod:  Diesel 590-4 All-Purpose Trout
Streamer Rod:  Diesel 690-4 Streamer Rod
Trout Spey:  Diesel 5110-4 Trout Spey/Switch
Single Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel 5/6 Fly Reel
Trout Spey Fly Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel
Leaders/Tippet:  0-5x

Flies: 
Nymphs:
– San Juans
– Scuds
– BH Pheasant Tails
– Midges
– BH Hare’s Ears

Streamers:
-Buggers
– Leeches
– Zonkers
– Small Intruder style flies

Dry Flies:
– Elk Hair Caddis
– Parachute Adams
– Stimulators

Smith River, Montana

Fluttering caddis & nervous riffles

The Smith River trip is a retreat into the interior of Montana, amidst hidden canyons, quiet waters and enchanted moments where angler and trout are joined in the stillness of river music. Lewis and Clark Expeditions will escort you through 60 miles of this Montana wilderness in the company of graceful raptors, arching rainbows and the stealth movement of elk and deer. Stoneflies and caddis flutter atop nervous riffles leading trout into temptation Mayflies float languidly down the canyon walls as large brown trout rise deliberately to sip them. The Smith unfolds her mysterious moods with each new bend in the river. On sturdy Avon rafts, we drift along and float past ancient pictographs from Native American Shaman, reminding us of our links to the past. You’ll be mesmerized by the effortless glide of the Bald Eagle. The trip through the Smith River Canyon is an opportunity to trace your footsteps in both the best of yesterday and today. By any measure, this trip is among the most profoundly exhilarating experiences to be had in the American West. You will float along the banks of this historic river for five days, camp among the stars and bond with your past.

Smith River Rods and Reels:
All-Purpose Rod:  Diesel 590-4 All-Purpose Trout
Streamer Rod:  Diesel 690-4 Streamer Rod
Trout Spey:  Diesel 5110-4 Trout Spey/Switch
Single Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel 5/6 Fly Reel
Trout Spey Fly Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel
Leaders/Tippet:  0-5x

Flies:  

Nymphs:
– San Juans
– Prince Nymphs
– BH Pheasant Tails
– BH Hare’s Ears

Streamers:
– Buggers
– Leeches

The Rogue River

While typically thought of as a “half pounder” fishery (these being hard fighting sexually immature steelhead that enter the lower river by the tens of thousands) our home river the Rogue is also a prolific producer of adult summer and winter steelhead as well as fall Chinook.

Ashland and the Upper Rogue:
Located a mere 45 minutes from the prime summer steelhead waters of the upper Rogue, Ashland provides a charming, civilized hub for fishing the Rogue. Prime summer steelhead fishing extends from August through November and can be incredibly productive for anglers of all skill levels. With many fine restaurants, elegant accommodations, theater and shopping, this has become a popular fall destination for couples. Truly one of the only places in the world where you can put in a full
day on the river, enjoy a gourmet meal on the town and then catch a play all in one day. Rate: Day floats average $400 per day

Wild and Scenic Rouge Floats:
This is the classic 50-mile float trip through Oregon’s most famous section of “wild and scenic” river. This is the heart of the state’s best “half pounder” fishing where anglers of all skill levels can enjoy excellent fishing from September through mid-November. Rife with whitewater, stunning scenery wildlife, and great fishing, this is one of the west’s truly classic trips. Accommodations are at three distinct lodges along the way. Rate: $1,485 per person for a 3 night/4 day float trip

Winter Steelhead and Fall Chinook:
For anglers keen to fish for winter steelhead we recommend March and April for the upper river and February and March for the Rogue’s prime tributary the Applegate. If you are after the ultimate tug of fresh Chinook salmon on the lower river think about August and September. For all of the above we can get you set up with the region’s best guides and help you select accommodations that meet your criteria and budget. No one knows our backyard like we do so be sure to call us when planning your next trip to Southern Oregon.

Rogue River Rods and Reels: 

All-Purpose Double Hand Rod:  Diesel 7136-4
Summer Steelhead Double Hand Rod:  Diesel 6126-4
Double Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel Chrome Fly Reel
Double Hand Fly Line:  Scandi Fly Lines
Single Hand Rod:  Diesel 7100-4
Single Hand Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel

Flies: 
Classic Steelhead flies are a must! 
– Green Butt Skunks
– Silver Hiltons
– Blue Charms
– Purple Perils
– Polar Shrimp
– Buggers
– Intruder style flies
– Hoh Bo Spey

Nymphing Flies:
– Glo Bugs
– Prince Nymphs
– Rubber Legs
– Steelhead Lightning Bugs
– Stoneflies
– BH Hare’s Ears

The North Umpqua River

A wonderfully infectious river: glossy green tailouts, lichen covered cliffs, towering Douglas firs and a super-race of summer steelhead that rise to skated dries. Many consider the North Umpqua the graduate school of steelhead streams. More like a temptress, really, with beauty and mystique apparent to all, yet secrets understood by only a dedicated few. Appreciation for this river slips into your soul, and seduces you into becoming a better angler.

The North Umpqua’s 32 miles of “fly only” water are among the most radically regulated waters in the West and prohibit the use of weight throughout the prime summer months. For those who seek the challenge and rewards of catching a steelhead on a dry fly, this is the ultimate playing field. We have enlisted the river’s finest guides including Tony Wratney, Scott Howell, Mike Peters and Rich Zellman. Their knowledge and dedication to the North Umpqua are unsurpassed and days spent with them are intense, physical, and more often than not rewarding.

North Umpqua River Accommodations:
With accommodations at the historic and refined Steamboat Inn, this is a classic steelheading experience unlike any other. Due to the comfort and amenities provided by the Steamboat Inn, the many hiking trails, nearby wineries and proximity to Crater Lake National Park, this is also a great getaway for non-angling, nature-loving companions.

Additional accommodation options are available including the Steamboat rental houses, Illahee Inn, and the Dogwood Motel. Please call for details.

North Umpqua Season: June – October

North Umpqua Fish Species: Summer steelhead

North Umpqua Rods and Reels:
All-Purpose Double Hand Rod:  Diesel 7136-4
Summer Steelhead Double Hand Rod:  Diesel 6126-4
Double Hand Fly Reel:  Diesel Chrome Fly Reel
Double Hand Fly Line:  Scandi Fly Lines
Single Hand Rod:  Diesel 7100-4
Single Hand Reel:  Diesel 7/8 Fly Reel

Flies: 
– Green Butt Skunks
– Silver Hiltons
– Blue Charms
– Purple Perils
– Polar Shrimp
– Buggers
– Intruder style flies
– Hoh Bo Spey