operate 'The Steelhead Ranch' at full operational level from August 15
until November 30. Prior to that, The Steelhead Ranch can be scheduled
based on a trip by trip basis.
Day and 2 Night - $845 per person
Day and 3 Night - $945 per person
and join us at our 40 acre ranch for a 2-4 night/day fishing pkg. 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.
Single Day Steelhead trips - $475
- June 1 until November 30
walk/wade, bike/wade. If you have a preference or would like to mix and
match your itinerary...Let us know!
- 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.
Come spend a day with us on the Klickitat. Our day and multiple day trips
are based on a full day or series of full days. Accessing the river can
be by boat, walk/wade, bike/wade. If you have a preference or would like
to mix and match your itinerary...Let us know!
Photo by Jeff Edvalds
Photo by Sims W.
Day Reservations and Deposit Policy
Upon making your reservation, we require a deposit of 15 % of the
package price per person to hold your dates. The balance of your
trip is due 30 days before the scheduled trip. Cancellations
prior to 30 days of the trip will be refunded the deposit less a
$150 administrative fee.. If you cancel your trip within 30 days
of the date of your trip you will be responsible and charged for
the full amount of your reservation. In the event of an emergency
we will do all we can to help you out. Thank you and we look forward
to spending time with you waterside.
All trips are based on double occupancy.
Klickitat river equipment suggestions
What to bring and directions
Buy licenses online
Remember, there is a new endorsement required for Columbia River
Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement. Required for all anglers 15 and
older fishing for salmon or steelhead on the Columbia River or its
-> Klickitat River Flows
-> Klickitat River Maps
&ten year avg flow chart
Klickitat River Reports