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A Family Oriented Fly Fishing Club

Upcoming events

    • July 26, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • July 28, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Big Twin Lake Campground
    • 14

    Outing Host: TBD

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    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 Twisp River and the Chewuck River; both best suited for wading.  For lake fishermen, there is Big Twin Lake, located at our campsite. Other nearby lakes include Pearrygin Lake and Patterson Lake. For the non-fishers, there is swimming, hiking, biking, shopping (Twisp's Saturday farmers market and cowboy town Winthrop), and sightseeing (Grand Coulee Dam).

    We are camping at Big Twin Lake Campground located at 210 Twin Lakes Road, Winthrop. Big Twin Lake Campground The camping fees are $30.00/night plus tax for 1 tent, up to 2 people, 1 vehicle. Children under 18 are free. Our group campsite is OF11 and OF12. When entering the campground, stop at the office and let them know you are with Northwest Fly Anglers group. Pay camping fees and proceed to the group site. If you want a trailer hook up, please contact Big Twin Lake Resort directly (tele. 509-996-2650) and reserve a site ahead of time. Hook up sites are $50.00/night plus tax. 

    What to Bring for Fishing:  

    • Washington state fishing license
    • 4-6 weight rods with floating lines and 3x and 4x leaders
    • Patterns would include bead-head Prince nymphs (8s and 10s) and large yellow stimulators (or other grasshopper patterns).
    • Net
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff.
    • Pontoon boat, rafts, or drift boat
    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.

    What to Bring for Camping:

    • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
    • Rain gear
    • Sun screen, hat, and sunglasses.
    • Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair
    • Water

    Directions: Directions to Big Twin Lake Campground

     

     

    • July 27, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

    Outing Hosts - Dave Campbell and Jim Watson

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    The Snoqualmie River is located approximately 1 hour from Seattle.  it has 3 forks, the South, Middle, and North Forks, which join to form the main stem river at Snoqualmie.  It flows over the Snoqualmie Falls and through the towns of Fall City, Carnation, and Duvall before joining the Skykomish to form the Snohomish River.  The Snoqualmie River is a freestone river without dams to control the flow of water.  Mother Nature is completely in charge of the stream flow.

    The falls present an upstream barrier to anadromous fish.  As a result, native Rainbow Trout and West Slope Cutthroat Trout are found in all three forks.  The average size is around 8" to 10", with some more than 12" in length.  Due to the size of the trout it is recommended you use lightweight gear on these streams.

    Food & Beverages

    • Bring your own          

    What to Bring: 

    • Washington state fishing license
    • WA Discovery Pass/Vehicle Access Pass and American the Beautiful Senior Pass. Either or both may be needed, depending on where we park.     
    • PFD is always recommended for wading 
    • 3-5 weight rods with floating line.      
    • Waders, wading boots, and wading staff      
    •  3x,4x, and maybe 5x tippet depending on which flies you use     
    • Net    
    • Folding Chair
    • Rain gear
    • Hat and sunglasse

    Directions:

    • Take I-90 to exit 34 to 468th Ave. SE to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road.  We will meet at the Middle Fork Parking Lot, Mile Post 12 on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road. 
    • Note: Mile posts are measured from the beginning of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road.                   
    • August 03, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Camano Island (Washington)

    Host - Matt Moore

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    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 in the early fall. Utsalady Bay will be the place where we will fish for feisty sea-run cutthroat.

    What to Bring for Fishing :

    • PFD is always recommended for wading and riding in boats.
    • Washington saltwater fishing license and a catch card.
    • 6 or 7 weight rod
    • Reel with at least 50 yards of backing
    • Weight-forward floating line with nine-foot 2x or 3x leader
    • Extra leaders or leader material (0 to 3x sizes)
    • Pink flies including Cerise Comet (size 4), Pink Woolly Bugger (size 4), Pink Flashabou Comet (size 4), Clousers, and Poppers.
    • Vest, hat and glasses (with strap)
    • Stripping basket (if you have one).
    • Camera in waterproof container
    • Sun Screen and Rain Gear
    • Pad and pencil for note taking

    Food & Beverages:

    • Bring your own snacks for when you're fishing
    • Matt Moore, our host, has lots of chairs for sitting around for lunch

    Directions:

    Directions will be provided to registered attendees prior to the outing. Matt would like to talk with everyone a week before the outing to find out what folks would like to do, time, fishing and food.


    • August 15, 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • August 21, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1-1/2 hours north of Kamloops, British Columbia
    • 5
    Register

    This outing has been arranged with the Rock Island Fish Camp. All food and lodging is included in the price. We have told them that we will have a maximum of 15 people. The cost is ~$1000 (US). The exact RIFC cost depends on the exchange rate and will be determined in the early summer. A $200 deposit is required at the time of registration. Balance is due no later than 45 days before the start of the trip (July 1, 2024). July 1 is also the cancellation date. Beyond that point there is no refund unless you can get somebody to take your place.  Much of the information on their website is reproduced below. Members who have been there before including Wytold Lebing, Peter Maunsell, Walt Shields, and Peter Rubenstein.

    Although this is technically a no host outing, Wytold Lebing will act as coordinator and contact point with the RIFC staff. Generally, people have carpooled with other members. The drive can be done in one day.

    The Lakes:
    Rock Island Lake is located on B.C.'s famed Nehalliston Plateau. Elevation - 4,200 ft. Some of our walk-in lakes are 5,000 ft. - 5,500 ft. The lakes vary in depth from deep volcanic holes to shallow beaver dams. They differ in water, from clear to marl bottoms, to dark tea colored lily pad ponds.

    Most of the lakes have boats on them, but there are some remote walk-in lakes that are only float-tube fishable. Take your tube and enjoy the day. There are also four lakes that are easily accessed from camp, within a fifteen minute walk or short row. Most of our outer lakes are road accessible, some with a drive and walk.

    The Fish:
    All the lakes have only one species "The Famous Wild Kamloops Trout". You have to hook one to know why they are called Wild. They will dance for you! 
    There are no coarse fish in the lakes. The trout range from pan size to 5 lbs, Fish up to 7 lbs have been caught. There is a good selection of flies that work on the Rock Island Lake at the lodge 

    Accommodations:

    There are six cozy log cabins at Rock Island Lake Fishing Camp. All are fully equipped for housekeeping with propane cook tops, wood stoves, towels, cooking & eating utensils and cold running water. Firewood and kindling are at your door. There is an ample supply of ice for your portable coolers. Showers, flush toilets and hot water are all centrally located.

    Home Cooked Meals:

    Jeannie provides hearty home cooked meals in the cozy lodge. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, please let them know at the time of reservation. They will do their best to accommodate you.

    You will need to bring:

    • Pillows, bedding/blankets (sleeping bag).
    • Bath towels.
    • Your own toiletries.

    To make your trip more enjoyable you should bring:

    • Fishing gear.
    • Comfortable life jacket.
    • Flash light and a battery operated light for your cabin if you would like.
    • Warm clothes and rain gear (you are in Canada at 4200' and can get chilly).
    • Comfortable foot wear (generally waders are unnecessary) but water prof or water friendly footwear is helpful.
    • Snacks, alcoholic beverages, soda & bottled beverages. ) RILFC provides 3 hearty meals but not things such as snacks, canned soda, alcohol).


    • September 06, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 08, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Clark Fork (Superior, Montana)
    Register

    Clark Fork Hosts - Carl & Maura Johnson

    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 arrive in Superior, MT (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 a drift boat 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 outing report for last years outing may be found in the October 2023 Flypaper.

    What to Bring for Fishing:

    • Montana state 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, size 14-16.

    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 (in Ziplock bag)
    • Water Bottle with liquid

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing 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.

    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 8:00 p.m. the Sunday before the outing. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.

    • September 08, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 11, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Kelly Creek, Idaho

    Outing Hosts - Mark Conner/Russ Shropshire

    Hop over Hoodoo Pass directly from the NFA's Clark Fork, Montana outing and descend - and fish the North Fork of the Clearwater River down to the river's confluence with Kelly Creek. Wade fish Kelly Creek and all the nearby world-class flyfishing streams, including Moose and Cayuse Creeks.  All have excellent stream access - from some campgrounds, you can go right out to wade the river.  Enjoy 50 miles of catch and release only stream from which to choose, with innummerable deep holes holding the largest fish.  Or fish above or below and in the inviting stream riffles.  Do not miss this exceptional fishery offering arguably the very best Westslope Cutthroat trout fly fishing in the PNW, if not the earth.  Find your Shangri-La and catch up to 24-inch trout that rise to a Caddis dry fly.  Or nymph in mid-day bright sunshine with weighted flies that the host will reveal to those who attend.  Explicate details to come.


    • September 27, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 29, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Yakima River - location TBD
    • 8
    Register

    Outing Hosts - Peter Maunsell and TBD

    The Lower Yakima Canyon, from Wilson Creek to Roza Dam, offers more than 20 miles of relatively easily floating.  NFA will set up camp at either the Big Pines Campground or newly protected river front property, both 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.

    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.  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 (You may get wet)
    • Rain gear
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Folding Chair

    Food & Beverages:

    • The outing fee only covers Friday and Saturday night dinners and Saturday and Sunday coffee.
    • Bring your own food for breakfast and lunch. 
    • Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff. 
    Getting There:
    • East on I-90 to Ellensburg. 
    • Take exit 109 to Canyon RoadDrive south ~20 miles.
    • Your host will give more precise instructions as the date gets closer, depending on which campsite NFA will use. 

     

     

    • October 06, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • October 10, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Host - Scott Keenholts

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

    • October 11, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • October 14, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Outing Host - Peter Maunsell

    Date is tentative and registration will be enabled when date becomes available.

Past events

June 11, 2024 Cedar River
May 21, 2024 Langlois Lake
May 03, 2024 Coffee Pot Lake
April 19, 2024 Yakima River, Upper Canyon
April 13, 2024 Lone Lake
April 06, 2024 Munn Lake
March 19, 2024 Skagit/Sauk Rivers Steelhead
September 30, 2023 Lenice Lake
September 30, 2023 Saltwater Fishing, Camano Island
September 22, 2023 Lower Skagit River Float - Marblemount to Rockport
September 08, 2023 Clark Fork
August 31, 2023 Saltwater Beach Fishing
July 23, 2023 Rock Island Fish Camp
July 14, 2023 Methow River
July 08, 2023 Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
June 24, 2023 Cedar River
June 20, 2023 John Day River Super Float
June 16, 2023 Deschutes River
June 02, 2023 Chopaka Lake
May 19, 2023 Coffee Pot Lake
April 22, 2023 Lone Lake
March 24, 2023 Yakima River - Lower Canyon
March 11, 2023 Munn Lake
October 22, 2022 Lone Lake (Postponed)
October 01, 2022 Saltwater Fishing, Camano Island
September 09, 2022 Clark Fork
July 23, 2022 Cedar River
June 20, 2022 Cedar River
June 18, 2022 Rattlesnake Lake
June 07, 2022 Langlois Lake
June 03, 2022 Chopaka Lake
May 20, 2022 Coffee Pot Lake
April 29, 2022 Lone Lake
December 11, 2021 Green River - Day Outing
December 04, 2021 Green River - Day Outing
November 20, 2021 Green River - Day Outing
November 06, 2021 Cowlitz River - Day Outing
October 23, 2021 Green River - Day Outing
October 16, 2021 Spey Casting Instruction
October 03, 2021 Northern Idaho Rivers
September 25, 2021 South Saltwater Beach
September 17, 2021 Yakima River Outing
August 28, 2021 Cedar River - Day Outing
August 14, 2021 Lake Wilderness
July 24, 2021 Lake Kapowsin - Day Outing
July 09, 2021 Methow River - Cancelled
June 26, 2021 Langlois Lake - Day Outing
June 04, 2021 Coffee Pot Lake
October 18, 2020 Southend Lake - Day Outing
October 03, 2020 CANCELED---Yakima River, Lower Canyon
September 26, 2020 Saltwater - Day Outing
September 15, 2020 Canceled-Northern Idaho Rivers
August 15, 2020 Cedar River - Day Outing
July 26, 2020 Local Lake - Day Outing
July 11, 2020 Methow River - Canceled
June 13, 2020 Local Lake - Day Outing - Canceled
June 09, 2020 John Day River Summer Super Float - Canceled
June 05, 2020 Chopaka Lake - Canceled
May 15, 2020 Coffee Pot Lake - Canceled
May 01, 2020 Yakima River, Upper Canyon - Canceled
April 26, 2020 Saltwater Fishing, Camano Island - Canceled
April 04, 2020 Munn Lake - Day Outing - Canceled
October 26, 2019 Local Lake or River Day Outing, October 26
October 12, 2019 Canceled-Local Lake or River Day Outing, October 12
October 04, 2019 Yakima River Canyon Outing - Lower Canyon
September 28, 2019 Local Lake or River Day Outing, September 28
September 14, 2019 Cancelled - Salt Water Day Outing, September 14th.
September 09, 2019 Western Montana Streams
September 06, 2019 Clark Fork Outing
August 24, 2019 Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Outing, August 24
August 22, 2019 Cancelled-Lower Skagit River Day Trip (Float)
July 19, 2019 Crazy Horse (Ginny) Lake & Stewart Lake Base Camp
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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