Klickitat River Fly Fishing Trips

Kickitat River is great fly fishing for steelhead from June through November

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Klickitat River Fly Fishing Trips


Big Klickitat summer steelhead

The Klickitat River in Southern Washington heads on Mt. Adams and enters the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge from the north. Because of its glacial origin this river offers a split season.  A race of very early summer steelhead enter the river June/July.  As the weather warms in Mid-July the glaciers on Mt. Adams turn the river milky and it can stay that way off and on into September.  In mid-September the air and water once again begin to cool. Now the fish runs begin in earnest and the river is just the right size and condition to fish with a fly rod. A mixture of Klickitat River Native Steelhead, Skamania Steelhead and Columbia River Stray Steelhead turn this river into one of the best kept secrets in the region.  There are also giant Chinooks. Great fishing continues to the end of the season: November 30. 

Our head  Klickitat guide, Josh Linn.

Here we can offer guided trips that will appeal to the purist fly fisher, nature seeker and numbers seeker.  The Klickitat is similar in size to the Sandy River, but it is in a canyon that might be described as being more like the lower Deschutes.  Steeply terraced basalt walls are sparsely covered with conifer forest. Because of annual water flows and Washington State fishing regulations, trips are limited to the period from June 1 to November 30.  Small parties are best.  Spaces are limited.  Spey rods provide the best action.  Our guides are highly skilled with a spey rods and can provide plenty of (quiet) coaching.

Klickitat River Canyon

The "Klick" requires only moderate length casts, but  a #9 rod is most comfortable. Some fish are large and often large flies produce the most strikes. The fish run is a mixture of wild and hatchery stocks.  The Klickitat is easier to wade than either the Sandy or the Deschutes.  However, you will want to bring adequate chest high waders and wear spiked sole shoes.  Be prepared for temperatures on the cooler side.  A  water proof wading jacket is good to have with you.

Putting a bend in the rod...

Hot lunch is provided and did we mention that our guides are very experienced in all aspects of providing a great experience for our customers.. Expect to be well fed.  Our store at Welches is within a practical driving distance from the fishing water on the Klickitat.  Or we can arrange motel accommodations in the towns of Klickitat or Glenwood.  You will find that fly fishing the Klickitat for steelhead is a truly memorable experience.
Spaces are extremely limited - book early.

Klickitat River Equipment List.
Road Cams
The Fly Fishing Shop is closer to the Klickitat River than you may think.

We just duck down the back side of the Cascades and we are there.  
We know the river and we are best equipped to fish it.
Price: $450 - One day float trips (1 or 2 anglers per boat)
Float trip price includes hot lunch, munchies and soft drinks.
You must have a current Washington State Fishing License.
$100 non-refundable deposit is required.
You must provide your own fly fishing gear.

You and your vehicle may be required to help with the shuttle.
Please call for reservations.

 HOME. The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR

1(800) 266-3971

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