Northwest Fly Anglers 


A Family Oriented Fly Fishing Club

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    • July 19, 2019
    • July 28, 2019
    • British Columbia
    • 3
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    Outing Hosts:  No Hosts 

    Registration Fee: $650.00 U.S.  

    Approximately 15 roadless miles southwest of Nimpo Lake and just east of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is a set of lakes in the West Chilcotin area of British Columbia with large rainbow trout and very few anglers.  Access is by float plane. The larger lakes are Crazy Bear (Ginny) Lake and Stewart Lake.  There is a fly-in base camp on Stewart Lake.  There are reputed to be smaller walk-in lakes, creeks, and ponds nearby.  You can either get there on your own or you make arrangements with an outfitter.  If you make arrangements with an outfitter you can take advantage of the small motor boats cached there for clients.  That is our plan for this outing.  For our outfitter we will use Stewart Lodge and Camps, the same people we so successfully worked with on our Turner Chain of Lakes outings in 2015 and 2018.  

    We will be camping.  

    There are no cabins at these lakes.  We will be camping.  There will be weight and bulk restrictions for our food and gear because we have to fly in.  A month or so prior to the outing there will be a meeting to discuss trip logistics, transporting club gear, food shopping, carpooling, menu planning, and cook teams.  

    Time Frame

    Nimpo Lake is a very long drive from Seattle.  It is recommended you stay at the lodge the night before flying to the lakes.  

    On past trips we have left Seattle on Friday and stayed in Williams Lake on Friday night.  Saturday, we drove to Nimpo Lake and stayed at Stewart's Lodge.  The float plane takes off from Stewart Lodge on Nimpo Lake.  Everyone needs to be on the dock, packed, and ready to depart at 9:30 a.m.

    The contact info for Stewart Lodge is below.  

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • British Columbia fishing license
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • Bring 2, 4-6 weight rods, one with a floating line and one with a sink tip or sinking line.
    • Bring 3X, 4X, and 5X leader material.
    • Bring an assortment of dry and wet lake flies.

    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
    • Water Bottle with liquid

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee covers all the meals while on Stewart Lake 
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.  However, there will be no ice for your drinks.
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.

     Costs Include:

    • Float plane ride to/from Stewart Lake 
    • Motor Boats
    • Tent sites
    • Food while camping

    Costs do not Include:

    • Transportation to and from Nimpo Lake 
    • Lodging or food prior to departure from Nimpo Lake (assume 2 nights, 1 on the way and 1 at Nimpo Lake).
    • Lodging after return to Nimpo Lake (assume 1 night, either at Nimpo Lake or on the way home)
    • Fishing License

    Cancellation Policy:

    This is a weeklong outing requiring coordination with the BC outfitter at Nimpo Lake and extra logistical efforts on the part of all attendees.  In order to get a full refund, cancellations need to be submitted to the NFA Outings Chairperson by June 15. You will also need to cancel your personal lodging reservations.   

    Contact Information for Stewart Lodge:

    Duncan Stewart

    Stewart Lodge & Camps

    21173 Chilcotin Hwy 20

     Nimpo Lake, BC V0L 1R0

    (800) 668-4335 

     

     

     

    • August 22, 2019
    • Skagit River
    • 2
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    Lower Skagit River Day Trip (Float)

    Hosts: Dave Campbell and Jim Watson

    The Skagit River is 150 miles long and drains approximately 1.7 million acres.  It originates in Southwest British Columbia, Canada, and flows through Manning and Skagit Valley Provincial Parks before entering Ross Lake and Washington State.  Ross Dam is the largest and most upstream dam of three making up the "Skagit River Hydroelectrical Project", Diablo and Gorge being the others.  Below Gorge Dam the river is often dry as the water bypasses the river and runs through a tunnel to emerge at Newhalem.  The river flows S.W. picking up the Cascade River and the Sauk River where it turns west.  The Baker River, which has 2 dams, Shannon and Baker, comes into the Skagit at Concrete, WA.  The river heads west past Hamilton, Lyman, Sedro Woolley, Burlington and Mount Vernon until it splits around Fir Island and enters Skagit Bay in Puget Sound.

    The Skagit River is a big river that's wide with long shallow runs and plenty of deep places for the fish to hold.  It's full of large rocks and boulders.  The Upper Skagit is a tailwater river and is gin clear most of the time.  The Cascade River, a major tributary that enters at Marblemount, will be turbid at times during the Winter but other than that, the upper Skagit will stay clear.  Below the Cascade River confluence, the Skagit River becomes wider, and continues on a shallower slope with slower riffles and runs.  Downstream of the confluence with glacier fed Sauk River, water levels and turbidity are frequently very different from the upper Skagit. This is especially true after heavy winter rains.  

    A small run of summer steelhead starts in June.  In the summer there are a few Chinook Salmon but the Pink Salmon that enter every other year, and the Silver Salmon, are the main salmon attraction.  Fishing for them is best during the late Summer.  Right behind the salmon are runs of Dolly Varden and sea-run cutthroats that feed on the salmon eggs.  The Coho Salmon enter the river in the Fall.  The winter steelhead, the Skagit's main attraction, enter the river around the first of the new year.

    The Fishing

    Pink Salmon only show up in odd-numbered years.  But when they do move in, they provide fast action for about 5 weeks, from the middle of August to late September depending on the rain.  In recent years the Skagit has seen record and near record runs of Pink Salmon.  Our outing this August will be focused on Pink Salmon.  We will float and fish the Skagit River at the height of the Pink Salmon run.  Also, on the menu, resident bull trout and early Coho.

    The Rafting

    Although the Skagit River from Marblemount to Rockport State Park is not a serious whitewater river, it flows from 4 to 5,000 cubic feet per second in August and can be cold and fast with moderate wave train in places.  This is not a river for rafting novices and newbies.  The put-in and take-out will accommodate trailered rafts/boats.

    Note: There is a launch fee at the take-out at Rockport State Park.  Each participant is responsible for their own launch fee.

    What to Bring for Fishing 

    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • Washington state fishing license with salmon tag
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff.
    • Net
    • Suitable water craft which can include personal pontoon boat, raft, or drift boat.
    • 5, 6, or 7 weight rod with a sink tip line, 3X leaders, and strike indicators
    • Just about any type of streamer fly or nymph
    • Black woolly buggers
    • Pink streamers
    • Vest, hat, and glasses (with strap)
    • Sun Screen
    • Rain Gear

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own food and drink
    • Bring your own chair

    Directions

    • Directions will be provided to registered attendees prior to the outing
    • Shuttles will be organized as the outing date gets closer

    Cancellation Deadline: August 20th. To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.   

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • August 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Outing Host-TBD

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 8/24. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

    • Washington state fishing license
    • Raft, canoe, pontoon boat, kayak, or float tube (if it is a lake) 
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats    
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff (if it is a river)
    • 4-6 weight rods with floating line and sinking line
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Net    
    • Folding Chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera     

    Directions:

    •  To be provided when the venue has been selected.  Please be sure to register to make sure you receive the information.              

     Cancellation Deadline: August 22nd. To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.  

    • September 06, 2019
    • September 08, 2019
    • Superior, MT
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    Outing Hosts:  Maura & Carl Johnson

    Registration Fee:  $25.00 (does not include hosts)
    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 (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 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.  

    Food & Beverages:

    • The $25 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.     

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • Montana 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 in 14 and 16.
    What to Bring for Camping:     
    • Tents, sleeping bags and pads
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights  
    • Rain gear  
    • Sun screen, hat, and dark glasses
    • Folding chair
    • Water bottle with liquid 
    • Camera      
    • Flashlight(s)

    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 by midnight September 1st. There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.   To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.   

     

    • September 09, 2019
    • September 12, 2019
    • TBD
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    Outing Hosts: Alan Pilkington, Phil Friend, & Scott Keenholts 

    Registration Fee:  $35.00 (does not include hosts) 

    After listening to Molly Semenik's inspriring presentation on Western Montana Fly Fishing in 2018, many members asked the outing chair if NFA would do a Western Montana streams outing.  Molly had showed us so many fishable places to go, how could we not pass up an opportunity like this?

    Well, it is tough to get a campground with enough campsites for 16 in Western Montana any time between memorial Day and Labor Day, especially on weekends.  But there is a solution. DUH...Schedule a mid-week outing for mid-September.  Three of our members stepped right up and said they would host and find a campground which would serve as the base camp.  Done deal.

    Schedule wise this outing will follow immediately after the Clark Fork outing.  You do not have to register for one to attend the other, but if you are driving that distance why not stay and do both?  However, we don't want to make the driving too onerous once you have made it to Montana.  We are going to make every effort to locate the base camp for this outing somewhere within a 2-3 hour drive of Superior, MT.

    This outing is a work in progress.  The hosts will be researching long distance and it takes time to do the research and get boots on the ground.  Our outing hosts will do their research, select their base camp and try to have it identified by mid to late June.  

    What to Bring for Fishing 

    • Montana state fishing license 
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff
    • PFD is always recommended for wading
    • 3-5 weight rods
    • Floating lines with 4X and 5X leaders.  Bring 6X leader material if you have to put on really small flies.

    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
    • Water Bottle with liquid 

    Food & Beverages

    • The outing fee covers all the meals from Monday dinner through Thursday lunch 
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.

    Getting There

    • We will let you know as we get closer to the actual outing date.
    • We may need to email directions the base camp to attendees.  Make sure your NFA registration includes an up-to-date email address and cellphone number.

    Cancellation Deadline:

    Because this outing will require more extensive logistical efforts, the deadline for cancellation is 8:00 p.m. August 25; 2 weeks prior to the outing. There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline. To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.    

     

    • September 14, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Outing Host: David Williams

    Specific venue and timing TBD and based on fishing conditions as we get close to 9/14 

    Registration Fee:  Day Outing: No Fee

    As noted in the write up for NFA's May Camano island outing, fishing the saltwater from the beach is one of the fastest growing facets of fly fishing.

    Food & Beverages:

    • Bring your own

    What to Bring:

    • Washington state saltwater fishing license and catch card
    • 6-8 weight rods with float line and sink line 
    • 9', 2X and 3X tippet, depending on which flies you use
    • Waders and wading boots    
    • Stripping basket if you have one  
    • Rain gear   
    • Hat and sunglasses 
    • Camera
                    

    Directions:

    It is too soon in the season to identify where in Puget Sound we should fish.  Our host will provide specific information as to where we will meet approximately one week prior to the outing.  Please register for the outing to make sure you receive these instructions.

    Note: bring a WA Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass.  It may be needed, depending on where we park.  

    Cancellation Deadline:  September 12th. To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.   

      

    • September 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Outing Host-TBD

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 9/28. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

    • Washington state fishing license
    • Raft, canoe, pontoon boat, kayak, or float tube (if it is a lake)
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff (if it is a river)      
    • 4-6 weight rods with floating line and sinking line
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Net    
    • Folding Chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera     

    Directions:

    •  To be provided when the venue has been selected.  Please be sure to register to make sure you receive the information.              

    Cancellation Deadline:  September 26th. To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.   

    • October 04, 2019
    • October 06, 2019
    • Big Pines Campground
    • 14
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    Outing Leaders:  TBD

    Registration Fee:  $25.00 (does not include hosts)

    The Lower Yakima Canyon, from Wilson Creek to Roza Dam, offers more than 20 miles of relatively easy floating. NFA will set up camp at the Big Pines Campground, 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.

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outings fee covers all of the meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff.
    • You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.

    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, especially in the early spring.  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     
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair

    Directions:

    • East on I-90 to Ellensburg
    • Take exit 109 to Canyon Road
    • Drive south- 20 miles
    • Campground is located near milepost 8

    To see previous outing pictures, click here. 

    Cancellation Deadline:  Deadline for cancellation is midnight on September 29th.  There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline. To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.     

    • October 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-TBD

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 10/12. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

    • Washington state fishing license
    • Raft, canoe, pontoon boat, kayak, or float tube (if it is a lake) 
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.  
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff (if it is a river)  
    • 4-6 weight rods with floating line and sinking line
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Net     
    • Folding Chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera     

    Directions:

    •  To be provided when the venue has been selected.  Please be sure to register to make sure you receive the information.              

    Cancellation Deadline:  October 10th. To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.     

    • October 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Outing Host-TBD

    Specific venue tbd based on fishing conditions as we get close to 10/26. To be announced-two weeks prior to the outing.

    Registration Fee: Day Outing; No Fee   

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

    • Washington state fishing license
    • Raft, canoe, pontoon boat, kayak, or float tube (if it is a lake) 
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats    
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff (if it is a river) 
    • 4-6 weight rods with floating line and sinking line
    • 3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use
    • Net    
    • Folding Chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Camera     

    Directions:

    •  To be provided when the venue has been selected.  Please be sure to register to make sure you receive the information.              

    Cancellation Deadline: October 24th. To cancel, log onto the NFA website with your email and password, go to the event, click on "Already Registered", and follow the prompts to cancel your registration.     

Past events

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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