Outing Leaders: Wayne Balsiger and ????
NFA Central will be at Big Pines Campground, right on the river. Take Exit 110 from I-90 to get to Canyon Road, and then drive south 18-1/2 miles.
Most people will be floating from several launch sites downstream to the campground or from the campground down to the Roza impoundment. If you don’t have a boat, there is about 16 miles of fairly easy river access along the Canyon Road that runs through the Yakima Canyon south of Ellensburg. The reduced flows at this time of the year (and during the fall drawdown after Labor Day) make wading easier than during mid-summer.
The outings fee is $25. NFA will provide all the meals for the weekend from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Bring your own beer, wine, and hard stuff.
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Local Lake Outing - Matt Moore
What To Bring
Teal Lake Day Outing - Marty Behnke
Teal Lake - WDFW Information, Photo1, Photo2, Video
Outing Leaders: Tim & Renee Shindele and Carleigh and Seth Felker
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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. 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.
A $25 outings fee covers all food for the weekend. To view pictures from previous outings, click here.
What to Bring
Washington fishing license. Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights. Don’t forget sun screen, a hat, and dark glasses.
Plan on needing 4-6 weight rods. Everyone uses floating lines with 3X and 4X leaders. Bring 5X leader material if you have to put on really small flies. Fly patterns that have worked in past years include Hares Ear and Lightening Bugs. Etc.
Camping gear and a folding camp chair.
Remember a camera in a waterproof case (heavy-duty Ziplock bag will do).
Water bottle with liquid.
Don’t leave camp without your lunch (provided).
Drive to Wenatchee and head north on Rte. 97 to Tonasket.
Take Rte. 7 and then Loomis-Oroville Rd. Look for sign for Touts Coulee Rd. to Chopaka Lake. Total driving time is about 5.5 hours each way.
Outing Leaders: Susan Lahti and Maura and Carl Johnson
Chain Lake: WDFW Information, Photo1, Photo2, Photo3
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Outing Leaders: Peter Maunsell and Mark Conner
Outing Leader: Tom Beaulaurier
Outing Leader: TBD
The float plane takes off from Stewart Lodge on Nimpo Lake in British Columbia. Everyone needs to be on the dock, packed, and ready to depart at 9:30 am. It is recommended that you stay at the lodge the night of July 28th, the night before flying to the lakes. The contact info for Stewart Lodge is below. In addition, you will find more information on the web site discussion page.
Trip Leader: Matt Moore
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 our annual saltwater outing. Utsalady Bay will be the place where we will fish for feisty resident coho salmon, sea-run cutthroat and maybe a late pink. There is no outing fee, do bring some snacks for while you're out. Depending on the size of the group we can grill after, burgers, brats and veggies or what ever. We do have a house and boat on the beach so I can take small groups to near by beaches as
sea-runs move a lot.
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HOW & WHEN TO GET THERE
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 Twist 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. The camping fee is $8/ person/night. 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.
The Outings Fee is $25 and covers all the food from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
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Outing Leaders: Dave Campbell and Jim Watson
Outing Leaders: Jim Morrison and ????
HOSTS: Maura & Carl Johnson
Carl and Maura Johnson host this Montana weekend at their cabin in Superior, Montana.
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 (a 6-1/2 hour drive), 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. The $25 fee covers meals for Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.
Outing Leaders: Phil Friend and Scott Keenholts
Outing Leaders: Scott McCracken
Outing Leaders: Bill Gibson and Brett Schormann
At over 100 miles, the Klickitat River, located in Southeastern Washington, is one of the state’s longest free flowing rivers from its glacial source to its confluence with the Columbia River. The river originates in the snow capped peaks of Mount Adams, a 12, 276-ft. active volcano. This renowned Pacific Northwest steelhead and salmon stream gains momentum quickly, dropping approximately 5,000 feet in elevation over its course. 100 year old “character” Oregon White Oak trees ornament the hillsides of the river gorge. The Klickitat provides passage and spawning grounds for a variety of native anadromous fish, predominantly spring and fall runs of Chinook Salmon but also Coho (Silver) Salmon.
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Directions and map to Stinson Flats.
Outing Leader: Helsa Petersen