Washington State Steelhead & Big Trout Excursion
Join us for a hosted trip to beautiful Washington State for our Annual Steelhead & Big Trout Excursion
The Steel Head Ranch
Enjoy fishing for summer run steelhead on the wild and scenic Klickitat river daily and our conveniently located ranch nightly which features a beautiful double mountain view and ‘Bonanza style’ ranch like comfort – the nearest neighbor is 1/4 plus mile.
The headwaters of the Klickitat river originate on the slopes of Mount Adams. The topographic map shows an incredible myriad of small streams combining to form this glacial waterway and the river is home to a strong Fall Chinook and Summer Steelhead run. The landscape is unique and predominantly a combination of scrub oak, pine trees and cottonwood. The watershed is home to a large population of deer, turkey, cougar and elk.
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. We like to say…’What is the first clue that you know you are on the Klickitat river? Answer, ‘You just got your A_ _ handed to you!’
During the heat of summer the fishing can be a bit sketchy due to the lack of clarity in the river. However, once the weather patterns cool down a bit, the river’s clarity will typically be in the 2 to 5 foot range. We fish the river with both swing and nymph tactics. Two handed rods are a useful tool as are single handers. For those of you who would like to swing the fly exclusively on the Klickitat, then we are your crew. For those of you who would like to nymph the Klickitat, then we are your crew. For those of you who would like to mix it up, then we are your crew. We are well versed in all techniques from skating dries to slack line drifting egg patterns. We don’t presume to tell you how you should fish the fly for steelhead, we do however listen to your desires and build an adventure based on those requests.
The Upper Columbia River
‘Black Bear Lodge’ – We cannot get any closer to the river. The lodge provides us with convenience and comfort, a great plae to stay and tell stories about the ones landed and the ones that ‘got away’. Lodging is base on two people per room. In addition to the fishing we have a myriad of non angling activities for those that would rather do other things….Interpretive scenic river floats, birding, day hikes, winery tours, etc
The upper Columbia River sports incredible insect hatches seasonally. Water temps on the river range from 40-65 degrees year round, providing great habitat throughout the season for insect propagation. 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 fun. 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 predominant target fish on the Upper Columbia is the Rainbow trout. The average rainbow trout is approximately 18-19 inches/ 2.5 to 3 pounds. There are Cutthroat in the system and we catch them often. We also fish various watersheds in conjunction with the Upper Columbia including the Kettle river!
Arrive Day 1 at PDX
We will pick you up and transport to The Steelhead Ranch / Klickitat River - Summer Run Steelhead
Get settled in and Dinner served @ 7PM
Day 2 Fishing, Food, Lodging, Fun
Day 3 Fishing, Food, Lodging, Fun
Day 4 Fishing, Food, Lodging, Fun
Day 5 Transfer to Black Bear Lodge - Upper Columbia River Trout
Day 6 Fishing, Food, Lodging, Fun
Day 7 Fishing, Food, Lodging, Fun
Day 8 Fishing, Food, Lodging, Fun
Day 9 Breakfast and then Transfer and Fly out of Spokane, WA
lodging, food, alcohol, guiding, flies, equipment, transfers
Roundtrip airfare, Licenses Tips, alcoholic beverages