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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.



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

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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