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THE BEST OF WASHINGTON SINCE 1988
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Swinging a fly for Steelhead is a game of odds. The goal -> Swing a reasonable fly rendition in likely water for as much time as possible. Therefore, the more time your fly is in the water....the better chance of an encounter.  The process of changing your sink tip may seem elementary, but over the years I have seen an easy task turn into a 1/2 hour ordeal FOR MANY.  So this pointer is a simple one, but can help the angler change their sink tip seamlessly.

You are standing in a winter steelhead river and you want to change your sink tip from a medium sink rate to a faster sink rate...... 

 VIDEO

 
Yakima River

Jack,
I just wanted you to know that Keith did a sensational job with me and my friend Lynn onSaturday. Beautiful day on the river.  He was a terirific host.  Accolades!

Ray Spencer

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Hi Jack
I wanted to take a minute and tell you how much I enjoyed fishing with Jordan on the Yakima last week. He is a really good guide. He knows the river, knows how to fish, is very courteous , is very safety conscious, and fun to be around. I would recommend him to any of my fishing buddies. I had a blast and we caught a ton of fish . No it was not the Upper Columbia but it was still a ton of fun even if I had to fish with Steve Seville. unfortunately I only got to fish one of the two days as I was the key note speaker at a big fundraiser for a new fishing organization that we recently started over here . By the way we have six for the upper Columbia next year. Thanks again Jack for running such a first class company.
All the best,
Greg Shimek

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The “Meriwether Lewis” of Washington State. Nobody has put in more time searching and developing opportunities for fly-fishermen in Washington than Jack. From the steelhead of the Klickitat and the Methow to the trout of the Yakima and the Columbia, Jack knows about it. His operation is top-notch and remember “Trust your Guide”!
Greg Heister - Seasons on the fly

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Good Morning Jack,
One of the guys on the trip pretty much summed it up for all of us when he said it was the best fishing trip of his life. I agree. Big fish, lots of fish, great accommodations, wonderful food and most important a really great effort by Jeff and the guides to make sure the trip lived up to expectations.
As we speak, Frank is putting next years trip(s) together for the 4 of us. We should have it put to bed soon.
We look forward to seeing all of you again.
Bob Haan
 
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WINTER ON THE YAKIMA

  • Some of the BEST OF THE BEST - WINTER RATES APPLY

    SCHEDULE NOW
     
  • Winter Swing Tactics Clinic Jan 14th ...'Back in the day' we hosted many Winter swing clinics on the Yakima.  We are excited to do it again. Mark it on your calendar! Jan 14 - Micro Speys and more!   MORE INFO SOON.



WINTER STEELHEAD

  • Hatchery Steelhead season  Dec 15 - Feb 15     We offer 17 miles of private water on the Wynoochee River.
     
  • Wild Winter Steelhead season  Feb 1 - April 15  
    DAY TRIPS  Available the entire Wild Winter Steelhead season
    OVERNIGHT TRIPS  @ The Quinault Lake Cabin and our all inclusive packages will be available during March 18-April 15 - Prime Time.
GET YOUR DATES NOW!   Receive a 10 percent discount for booking 3 or more days in a row!
 




 
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YAKIMA RIVER BOAT RENTALS 


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Zach Williams the  editor and owner of 'Swing The Fly'  will be hosting a trip at our  Quinault Cabin/Olympic Peninsula this upcoming winter.....

MORE INFO TO FOLLOW!


 

Click the image and fill out the request form & we will CUSTOMIZE the gift certificate for you. 
Hardcore Troubador - Steve Earle - Article HERE

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When trout fishing with a streamer on the move in a drift boat I refer to it as 'the one shot deal'. Casting up and away (quartering back) while drifting the angler has a chance to present the streamer in a fashion that requires the trout to react in 'ambush mode' and is similar to that of a warm water fish (Smallmouth Bass and the like) response. When retrieving streamers from the boat the angler is required to sink the streamer into 'buckets' or deeper segments and conversly retrieve in the shallower zones. This technique requires the angler to decipher the water type and present accordingly.

Often times during the down slope of 'run-off' the streamer opportunity is heightened as the Rainbow is hungry after a long winter and coming off the spawn as typically run-off occurs after the spawn on many western streams. In addition, during run-off the water is bigger and generally less clear and the trout can capitalize more eagerly on the "big meal deal'. Regardless, a well presented streamer can be good year 'round. A great streamer 'take or bite' can be electrifying.

Choosing a streamer pattern for the watershed you are fishing requires a bit of knowledge and at the same time a bit of luck. A few key factors when choosing a pattern might include... 1) Knowledge of bait fish types that are prevalent in the river. 2) The color of the river and 3) The type of fish you are targeting... Rainbows, Browns or Cutthroat.

Depending on the depth of the river and behavior of the resident trout, streamers can be fished on dry lines, sink tips and full sinking lines. Probably one my favorite lines for a river that averages 3-6ft in depth is simply a dry line with a weighted streamer.

Have fun fishing the streamer; it can be a lot of work....but the rewards can be awesome.
 


 
We are currently remodeling the Fly Shop in Ellensburg.  It will be open through the winter on a limited schedule.....Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 AM-12 Noon

We are going to focus solely on a KILLER FLY SELECTION. In addition,  the shop will have tippet, leaders and the like.  The shop will not carry hard goods anymore. In 2017 we will also add another dimension to the location to be disclosed at a later date!!

 


Green Butt Marabou Tying Instructions

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In next issue....See the tying video for the 'Double Wing October Caddis'

Get ready for next years October Caddis hatch on your favorite trout stream...
'QUOTES OF THE MONTH'
  • 'I am just ROWING Ms. Daisy'
  • 'I don't always wake up in the morning,   but when I do, I go steelheading'
  • 'They eat what you are throwing at them except when you are not throwing the right thing'

The Upper Columbia is one of the most remarkable trout fisheries on earth.  I say this not because I own a lodge on it, but because it really is a unique experience.  We invite you to join us in 2017. Prime time dates will fill fast. If it is in your wheel house, I would suggest getting it on the Calendar ASAP.
  • March 15 - April 15 Swing tactics at its best
  • May 1 - July 20 Hatch season
  • August 20 - Oct 15 The best of Fall
Image gallery HERE

Ask me about our hosting program 509.859.2280   jack@theeveninghatch.com 

In addition to the fishing, Black Bear Lodge is a great hangout.

Other fishing that can be included;
  • At certain times of year we can include some great top water Smallmouth fishing
  • Quality wild trout in nearby lakes and other rivers.

 

 


A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.  

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Golden Globe and Emmy award winning, Homeland can be classified in the crime, drama, mystery thriller genres  

 
Upper Columbia Trout Release


Jack Does Steelhead


Klickitat Chinook release


 
COMING SOON - WE ARE CLOSE TO BEING DONE

 
 
JACK MITCHELL
JENN MITCHELL
JEFF COTTRELL
JAN COTTRELL
JAMES SAUNDERS

KEITH WERSLAND 
RUSSELL VOGT
JEREMY MILLER
RICKY DAVIDSON
KYNSLEE SCOTT
CJ EMERSON

GARTH LUKE
MARK STRAND
TREY COMBS



 




 
Thanks for reading!  We have been guiding in Washington for almost 30 years now, which positions us as the longest lasting fly fishing guide service in the state. It has been a fun adventure and an evolution.  
     When we started, there were about 5 other guides in Washington consistently guiding with the fly, of which only one of them are guiding now, the worldwide web was 'almost' available and flip phones weren't even a dream yet.  WE THANKYOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

Sweet Upper Columbia Bow for Jason


Panoramic of the Klickitat Canyon


Beautiful Klickitat Doe for Orin on his birthday

   Contact -   Office / Shop 509.962.5959    
     Jack - 509.859.2280 Email - jack@theeveninghatch.com
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