Fly Fishing The Columbia River, BC For Wild Rainbow Trout
When you think of the Columbia River, do you ever imagine rainbow trout? The upper Columbia River in BC, from the boarder to Castlegar contains the finest wild rainbow trout in the country in this free-flowing section. Though the Columbia is reduced in size, it still carries powerful flows with huge back eddies and deep holes to more than a 100 feet in some places. Needless to say, a floating vessel is highly essential to fish the best spots. The angling is year-round and has a plethora of hatches and terrestrial insect activity from March through November. Rainbows average from 16 to 20 inches, but brutes over 25 inches are not uncommon! In all my fly fishing travels, these are the hardest, toughest, meanest, rainbows ever! Forget 7x tippet, you have to think in terms of 2x if you want to land these trout!
Omak Lake is Washington’s premiere fishery for the largest size Lahontan cutthroat trout. Located in Eastern, Washington on the Colville Indian Reservation, Omak Lake is a terminal body of water (+3,000 acres and over 300 feet deep) that is highly alkaline. Introductions in the early 1970’s of the highly specialized Lahontan cutthroat trout along with conservative harvest regulations, has produced a trophy trout fishery worth venturing to. The current lake and state Lahontan cutthroat record is 18 pounds! Catch and release regulations in the Spring have become a popular venue for fly anglers that average catches ranging from 18 to 25 inches with trout in the double digits not uncommon! At Omak, fly fishing with streamer flies has never been better!
Cascade-Columbia River Gorge Fly Fishing For Bluegills And Beyond
A fly fishing destination program of the Cascade Mountains/Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area including local water within the Mt. Hood and Gifford Pinchot National Forests. Just to the east of Portland, OR, metro, there are many opportunties for fly fishing on a wide variety of fish ranging from bluegill to chinook salmon. The gorge and cascades harbor the Columbia River and tributaries, ponds, forest streams and lakes. With so much water you're bound to discover one all to yourself!
Rufus Woods Res., Columbia River Streamer fly fishing at its best!
Located in the rolling sagebrush hills of Eastern Washington, Rufus Woods Reservoir is in fact a portion of the Columbia River between Chief Joseph Dam and Grand Coulee Dam. For the most part, this portion of the Columbia is a sleeper. With very few access points, Rufus Woods is wide open to all sorts of fly fishing opportunities from a motor boat, though float tubes, kickboats and prams can suffice. There are both wild and hatchery stocks of rainbow and kamloops trout. Triploid rainbows are raised here too and have produced the Washington state rainbow record at just shy of 30 pounds! While fly fishing for trout with streamers, you'll never know what might attack your fly. You also have a good chance of catching a kokanee, smallmouth bass, walleye, or yellow perch (over 10-inches). In this program I will share my many years of experience and the best tactics to use, which, is using the streamer.
Anyone who has caught a smallmouth knows the thrill of how hard these fish can pull. If you haven't tried fly fishing for them, you're missing out. Smallmouth thrive in many waters in the Pacific NorthWest providing low pressure angling opportunities. This program covers how to catch smallmouth more successfully and larger bass! Living near the Columbia River has taught me the best of smallmouth fishing. This is the program to get your started on pursuing smallmouths and/or how to find the largest ones in the Columbia.
Presenting an overview of fly fishing on the Columbia River. Starting at the North jetty at Cape Disappointment for rockfish, the program takes you upstream to discover all the available fish to take on a fly until reaching the free-flowing section below Castlgar, BC. If you've ever wondered what you could catch in the mighty Columbia River with a fly, you will simply be amazed after this program. There more than a dozen species to choose from. There are no reasons to avoid fly fishing the Columbia. Like any other water, you just have to pick it apart until you find the bite.
Shad, Shad, & More Shad Fly Fishing Tips on The Columbia
The Columbia has the largest American shad run in the world at over 2 million per year! This may appear as a no brainer to catching them. However, with hundreds of anglers to compete with, knowing the habits of shad and better fly fishing techniques will open up more water for your best chances. The same goes for other rivers where shad migrate.