Our first Fly Fishing trip

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  1. alreeves9

    alreeves9 New Member

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    At the end of May, I'd like to take my boyfriend fly fishing for his birthday. He's a novice fly fisherman and I know nothing about fly fishing so I was hoping to get some advice on what places would be good to go towards that part of the year. It's a surprise so I'd like to avoid asking him where we should go. If there are any spots that have camping, yurts, or cabin rentals, that would be best because we plan on going all weekend long. Thanks,

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  2. Greg Armstrong

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    Freestone Inn and cabins in Mazama might be right up your alley.
    It's a nice time of year in the valley and there are lakes and guides available.
     
  3. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    There is always the Yakima. Guides available in Ellensburg, Red's, Cle Elum.

    Greg is right, the Mazama / Winthrop / Twisp area is very nice in the spring.
     
  4. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    True, but there are no rivers or creeks open yet so it will be a lakes-only trip. You might want to subtlety question him about his interests and see if he prefers lakes or rivers. Most of the lakes are best fished from a boat or pontoon, although the Freestone Inn has a stocked lake that may be great for a beginner.

    Also, the weekend of May 3-4 is the FFF Fly Fishing Fair in Ellensburg. This would be a great event to attend as there are classes and demonstrations galore. There will be some shops and guides with booths there and you could secretly pick their brains about where to go on your trip. You could attend the Fair for either a day or the weekend and there is camping right at the fairgrounds.

    http://www.washingtoncouncilfff.org/test/Welcome.php
     
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  5. Teenage Entomologist

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    Cabins here in Northern California are nice. There are plenty of Cabins in Quincy, Chester, McCloud, Trinity River, and there are tons of places you can stay at. Fly Fishing is stellar here in NorCal during late May. An easy place to catch fish is the Lower Sacramento River. If you have waders, you'll catch fish, especially below the town of Anderson. Plenty of Bass Ponds too! I'm a younger generation, but I'm the most outdoorsy person I know besides some fly fishing guides I'm friends with. You won't have a problem finding what you want in Northern California. Good luck:)
     
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    Why are rivers and creeks not open at the end of May? Is that for all of Washington or is it just for the Winthrop area. I tried looking online to see what streams/rivers would be open at the end of May but I couldn't find anything.
     
  7. Matt Baerwalde

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    Google WDFW fishing regulations and download the pdf
     
  8. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    It might help if you tell people where you are located and how far you are willing to travel for a weekend of fishing and camping.
     
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    I live in Seattle and I'm willing to travel as far as Mazama/Winthrop. It'll be for a 3 day weekend and we'll be driving.
     
  10. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    The standard season for rivers and streams in WA is the first Saturday in June until October 31st. (this is primarily to protect spawning fish.) There are some exceptions and they are listed river by river in the WDFW Regulation pamphlet. (paper version or you can download the pdf found online ) The Yakima River is open year-round so that may be a good choice. However, the flows are very high that time of year so wading, while possible in spots, can be difficult. Keep in mind that many rivers and streams are flooded/swollen from snow melt run-off that time of year so even if they are open for fishing, the conditions may not be suitable. With lakes, that is not a problem so it is generally way easier to plan a 'sure bet ' lake trip than it is to plan a trip to a river.
     
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    Thank you! That helps a LOT!
     
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    Alreeves9,

    If you live in Seattle, in addition to Freestone's suggestion above, go to one of Seattle's fly shops and find someone who treats you well. That person should be in the first shop you visit, but there's a chance you'll have to try another. Tell that person what you want to do. That 4-star fly shop staffer will help you plan it all and fill you in on everything you'll need that you don't already have to pull it off.

    Sg
     
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    I second the Freestone Inn. There are also local guides who are more than capable of taking you out on your first fly fishing trip. I would first look into taking a casting class or two before you attempt this. Derek Young, a member of this site is also THE Orvis endorsed flyfishing guide and a great dude as well.

    Good luck and have fun. Just remember that it is fishing...not always catching.
     
  14. Scott Salzer

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    Freestone - I was thinking stillwater but you were good to point out that moving water is not open. Sorry I wasn't more clear on that.
     
  15. Stonefish

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    You mentioned late doing this in late May. If you are planning on Memorial Day weekend, just be aware that many of the campgrounds fill up quickly.
    Another option since everyone has suggested heading east. Head west and fish the salt with a guide for searun cutthroat. Bob Triggs can help you to do so.
    SF