Mitchell built THE STEELHEAD RANCH on a plateau above the valley of
Washington's Klickitat River. The beautiful home is both lodge and the
centerpiece in a complex of new buildings for clients and guides. Unique
among non-wilderness lodges, their superb guides are on site 24/7. And
they find steelhead; angler success is astonishingly high. Accommodations
are brochure standard, but here fly fishermen live large with new friends.
I don't know of another steelhead river served so well. See you there!"
Please excuse any typos, sent from my IPhone
Jason Schroeder D.C.
Klickitat Two Hander Day
for the great trip to the Klickitat. Unforgettable!
Rick and Anne Matsen
Hope to fish with you soon.
long and prosper,
Just a note to tell you we were very pleased with our fishing trip yesterday. Bo was a great driver and he worked his tail off to put us where the fish were...that we didn't land the big one isn't his fault.
We'd like to return again this fall when the colors change and do another day trip. I know you are busy and I hope you can find a spot for us when the fishing is good and the colors have changed.
Thanks for a great day,
Our three key guests all had their first trip on the Klickitat. The two guys who fished with Bo are experienced fly fishermen and both landed two fish each. Our third guy never fly fished before and he landed two, one was a big native buck!
A great success all around!
You and I spoke about bringing my sons coming up for a trip. I found that we are free the last weekend in September, the 26th, 27th Friday night stay and Saturday fishing.
I'm hoping you have room for us? There would be four all told and if there is more room I might try and wrangle another couple of people.
The four would be me, my 12 year old, my 16 year old and my wife.
Let me know and thanks to you, you're wife and the crew!
Hope this finds you doing well! My family, for my 60th birthday, arranged for a trip down the Yakima with a guide from the Evening Hatch. Kevin was our guide and he had to contend with me (a grizzled veteran fly fisherman) along with my daughter and son in law (total newbies). We all had an awesome time, and I credit Kevin with a lot of that. Wanted to take a moment to let you know you have a good one with that guy!
All the best,
Thanks again for the trip, we had a blast! Our clients had a great time too and caught their first steelhead ever. We look forward to coming back. Great time, wonderful ranch, great river, guides are awesome, people are awesome. We’ll be back!
Jensen | Gateway Construction
I must compliment you on another fine trip this past week. Your guides Bo and Chris did a great job and worked hard for us. It was my sons first trip for steelhead and salmon on the fly and we hooked plenty. We had a lot of fun. Jeff did a great job handling camp duties. I'm sending some photos out to my friends and hopefully it will help you with some bookings in the future. I'm sending The Sacia boys a special package since they didnt come this year??
a little report on our 2 day stay at Black Bear Lodge. The Lodge was just
great, clean and real homey with the great food by Laramie who can really
cook. I have been in the food business myself years ago and she did a
very professional job. She a neat person....a real plus for the stay.
CJ..... a real asset to your staff. I have been fly fishing with guides sense the early 1970's...I gage him to be one of the best I ever had. For being only 22 years of age, he's sure knows the water and coaches very very well to get the best out of you. We like guides that are not lazy and have great idea's on how to catch fish.
Jack, Thank you for the nice email on Monday thanking us for fishing with the EH this last weekend on the Upper Columbia.
I want to thank you and your guides for an incredible time fishing and exploring the area. The women all had one of the best, if not the best, guided fly fishing experiences of their fishing lives! CJ, Reil, and Justin were fantastic. They were very professional, helpful, caring, fun, and knowledgable. Plus, all three were great boatmen.
I was concerned after the first day of fishing that some of the women might be discouraged as the fishing had been slow, and it was hard work to fish a fly in the complex and totally unfamiliar water. But, the women were so excited about their day on the river. They gave glowing reports of their guides, the day fishing, and they shared photos of some incredible fish. I couldn't have been more pleased. The two days fishing for us were the kind of days that stand out in a fly fishers memory for a very long time. Your guys are good.
On Sunday, I had the chance to fish the Kettle with CJ. I threw streamers all day and had a blast. CJ is great, and as I'm sure you know, he has an unbridled enthusiasm when it comes to fishing. What a joy for me.
We were 5 women, as we could not fill the seat of our gal that dropped out. You had mentioned that you would give us a credit of a guided day. That was very generous of you, and if that offer stands, I would love to fish the Yakima this Feb or March with CJ. After such a great weekend, I would be willing to forgo the credit and pay for the day.
Thanks again Jack. We will return!
Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful experience at the Black Bear Lodge. John Kritsonis and I will remember the beauty and great fishing for many years to come. Your guys were awesome, especially to me that had not fly fished before. Oh and the food was great as well!!
I also want to thank you for the hat, I am getting interest in your services from people who see it.
I have been hooked on fly fishing and am getting geared up for my first solo days.
I am looking forward to going on one of your other trips one day when I can.
Keep up the great work!!!
S R Company, Inc.
17725 NE 65th St.
Suite A 135
Redmond, WA 98052
The trip to the UC was incredible! The water, the views, the lodge itself, and the fishing was just amazing!
I have fished with guides from here to the Texas coast and I want to commend CJ. He shows experience well beyond 21yrs, and is a great guy to boot.
I caught rainbows, cutts, bulls, and one brooktrout! The island is an amazing place!
My friend and I had plans to fish Montana this fall, but have reconsidered. We now plan to come back to the UC and hit it again. We plan to fish for three days, two on the UC and one as a walk in on the Kettle. We discussed this with CJ, and will follow through as soon as possible for a trip in Sept.
Thanks Jack, Brad Cheek
Oct 2012 - Klickitat
Sept 2012 - Klickitat
Cheers, Pierce Scranton,
August 2012 - Upper Columbia
July 2012 - Upper Columbia
May 2012 - Upper Columbia River
Thanks so much for the follow up email. My dad and I had an absolute great time. We both felt like this was one of the best trips we had ever taken. The fishing was great, the lodge was very comfortable and our guide CJ was the best. On that note, I would like to confirm our new dates to fish on the UC in September. I will drive up on the 4th fish on the 5th and 6th and depart on the 7th
June 2012 - Kettle River
John Hatheway MD
Yakima river March 2012
Jack. We had a great time on the water and were very impressed with Derek's
knowledge and ability to put us on the fish. We will request him the next
time we go, and look forward to more outings in the future.
Yakima river March 2012
didn't find a place for customer feedback on your website so let me just
say CJ is awesome. It certainly didn't hurt him any that the fish were
on yesterday, but regardless yesterday's float was by far one of my best
guided experiences. I would imagine that CJ gets his fair share of accolades
but I wanted to be sure that everyone at the Evening Hatch knows that
we more than appreciated his knowledge, demeanor, and skill with both
rod and boat.
Upper Columbia river March 2012
foward to fishing the Klickitat in October as well.
Upper Columbia river March 2012
I had a wonderful trip. I appreciate your great skill as a guide, you
can really read the river and the lodge is by far the best on the UC.
Olympic Peninsula March 2012
I was going to send the photos, but I see you've already got them. True fish porn. CJ lived up to expectations. Great people skills and predatory in finding fish. If you don't hook up, its not because he didn't get you in the right spot.
and my first shot at winter Steelheading. In two days a total of 19 hook
ups with 16 brought to net. Garth's first was so big CJ tried three times
to get it into the net, at which point it finally broke off. The second
fish was a big wild buck of mine that was even bigger than Garth's, so
in spite of all the flopping around and another three tries, CJ finally
netted the slab. As you know, holding their head down in the water makes
for better survival, but not as great a photo shot. However, the next
day a smaller slab hatchery buck of about 15#s obliged me and this one
I elevated for a beauty shot before letting it go. If fishing is what
you like, these are the things dreams are made of.
Fly Fishing the September Heat Wave
It was mid-September on the Upper Columbia and the sun was blazing, raising the mercury into the high nineties. That combined with a full moon was not a recipe for fly fishing success. With the odds stacked against us ( me and my partner, Pat Burdick of the renowned Lenore Tally Ho Club), Evening Hatch guides, CJ Emerson and Rory Oconnor adapted and came up with a winning formula. We would get on the river at dawn, fish until noon, take a four-hour lunch break and hit the river again until dark.
It was dry flies in the skinny water close to the bank at dawn and again at dusk. The rest of the time we fished size 16 brassies under indicators, and swung wet flies in the seams and riffles. The winning dry flies were Chernobyl ants and big beetle patterns. Picture 20-22-inch rainbows detonating your dry fly. The explosion can be so startling you can’t help but jerk the fly away.
The Upper Columbia, as you can imagine, is big water. The fish density is not high. You have to hunt for the fish, and you have to know where to look. Our guide, CJ Emerson knew how to read the river, and he rowed his tail off for hours keeping the 18-foot jet sled in position to work the seams and foam pockets. The first afternoon he saw something that riveted his attention like a bird dog on point, something our untutored eyes totally missed. The water had come up a notch from the mid-day heat, pushing some of the extra water into a back bay. Normally that bay would be dead water, but now seams and vortexes and foam pockets were forming at its leading edge. We rigged up with brassies and began fishing along this complex interface, with CJ rowing and calling instructions: “Cast into that foam pocket right there.” “Drop one right into that little eddy.”
We worked that water for an hour or so, taking a half-dozen amazing fish, a 6-pound rainbow, a 4-pound cutthroat, etc., very good fishing for a hot, bright summer day after a full moon. That’s the Upper Columbia for you. The fish are so amazing one or two can make your day. A half-dozen adds up to an experience you’ll never forget, and never match anywhere else in the lower 48.
If you haven’t gone, you should. The new Evening Hatch lodge is first rate with bunks that look right down on the river. This is not a cramped cabin, rather a spacious lodge with high ceilings all trimmed in gorgeous knotty juniper. And you won’t find better guides anywhere. They are tireless. And they know fly fishing and they know the river. It’s a winning combination, even during a September heat wave and a full moon.
AMAZING time at 'THE STEELHEAD RANCH' with Jack and Jen, of the Evening Hatch! Thanks for generosity and a wonderful time this Labor Day weekend ~ Special thanks go out to Travis, our guide...your patience, good humor and expertise got us 'Big Steel' and we loved every minute of it.
Julie Brie and John Coulon
Just sent some photos of a great day that Neal S and I had on the upper Yak with Keith-as usual a fantastic day with evening hatch guides! I had tied the day into a business trip in Yakima-made the trip worth totally it. Keith was awesome and got us on hogs that made my week/month. We're already planning days in august and September for another urgent "business meeting" east of the mountains! Please forward my thanks and the pics to Keith-I don't have his email. See you then Dave
2011 - Jack & Jennifer,
2011 - Hey Jack,
April 2011 - Hey Jack,
I had a great time yesterday! Thanks so much for teaching me some nymphing tricks, and for getting us on some great fish. I am having a bit of a hard time back in the office today. Would much rather be on the water!
I will most definitely let you know if we decide to come up for a steelhead trip with you guys, or if I plan on being up that way to just check out the Klickitat. I had to go and revisit the photo page on your website, and my steelhead fever rose up a few notches! Beautiful fish, and gorgeous water. Can't wait to get back out.
2011 - Jack,
April 2011 - Jack,
Yesterday was one of the those experiences that my Mother called "precious
moments! She would say-In your life, there are a small number of these
moments so when they happen-celebrate and remember them because these
are the experiences you carry for along time. Jack you were a "perfect
guide" yesterday, you have a "magical personality", and
you are one of the best fly fishing guides on the planet. You have such
a wonderful way with people and nature-thanks!
-Gordy PS: Thanks for naming a river bank for me! It feels great!
March 2011 - Jack,
Just wanted to pass on our thanks for our trip yesterday. The three of us had a great time, despite the lovely weather haha ! Keith was great, appreciated his patience and lighthearted attitude, kept the day relaxing even when fishing was slow or the winds picked up. Keith also mentioned you’d share the photos he took with his camera – wasn’t sure how but if email is the way feel free to email them to this address.
2011 - Hi Jack.
2011 - Jack,
2011 - Jack,
Rory and Jack,
We had a great time on the Upper Columbia as always. See you in September on the “Klick” Can’t wait to see your new set up and remodel.
I didn't meet you, but I am Chris, Mike's wife. You probably know that our son Josh is currently visiting us from San Jose, CA. They had a fantastic time with you on the Methow river
They both really appreciate the photos that you attached to this email, and now I would like to ask . . . did you take more photos? If so, could you please sendsome more? We all love seeing your great pictures of their day of adventure "in your OFFICE"!
be hearing from Mike & Josh, too. Thank you SO much for sending pictures
that remind them of their day with you. They both thought you both were
fantastic. They both spoke very highly of you two.
Jack, we had a very good day with Kevin. He's obviously a very good guide and a good angler. He has a nice personality as well. It's a pleasure to fish with him. We got some good fish. The big brown was the second biggest brown I've ever caught except for seatrout. BTW, may I have a copy of the photos of the brown and the redband that Kevin took. For personal use of course.
You're running a class operation Jack; I'm sorry it has taken so long for us to reconnect. We'll do more in the future from now on. Looking forward to the Klickitat.
Jack, we had a great trip on the Yakima. Kevin was a super guide. He was patient with my son who had never fished before and he worked his a_ _ off. I will certainly use your service in the future and strongly recommend it to anyone who asks.
We all had a great time out in the desert! Kevin was top notch! He was like one of us which made it great experience. Plus, having someone tie on rigs all day is definitely a luxury! We pushed all the way back to Portland that night as there wasn’t any vacancy to hit the Klickitat in the morning. We will have to save it for another day.
is a picture of the biggest fish I’ve ever caught on dry fly……damn
Thanks Jack. Keven was top notch. He was a real pleasure to be with and we just loved the Naches. Hope to make it a yearly outing. Keep me posted. I enjoy the newsletter. Best regards, Jerrold Martisak
Watching you guide on the Methow episode of 'Seasons on the Fly' brought back memories of a great day on that river fishing with you. One and only "8 steelhead day" I've had in my steelheading experience.
I just wanted to pass on to you what a fantastic time we had with Al and Keith, and the value that they added to our corporate retreat. They were excellent guides, came fully prepared and provided us with some excellent casting instruction. We actually had some novice folks catch fish in the Yakima which was a highlight for them. The professionalism with which your guides treated our group was greatly appreciated, and we hope to work with you again in the future.
Thank-you for facilitating and coordinating this event; it was truly memorable.
Simone Hrycenko | McKinstry | ph 206.832.8308
FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR BUILDING
Hey! Just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much my Dad and I enjoyed our trip down the Yakima with Derek on July 29th! What a great morning with LOTS of bites and big fish. Definitely something we will consider doing again next year. Looking forward to seeing the photos Derek took. I need some proof for the fellas at work!!!
and Bill Lee
Could you have Keven email me the pic he took yesterday on the boat? We had a great time with him. He's a great guide. We'll send more people his way.
Dear Evening Hatch,
I added myself to the newsletter prior. Good to have guide service from EBurg. I have fished the river several times prior but always with friends running the boats or wading. Having guide service just opens up access and frequency. It is a superb river conveniently adjacent to the 206 area but of course I am preaching to the saved here. Will see you soon. Thanks again,
Murphy - Working Spaces Project
Furniture, Interior Finishes, Technology Services sales and installation,
Based on our results the last day on the Big Hole, I clearly understand why you are considered The Best in your business. That was an amazing day of fishing in some pretty sketchy conditions. Your years on the water proved that the fish are eating even if the river is blown out .. You have successfully hooked me on the sport of fly fishing and I will be a life time supporter of The Hatch.
Looking forward to the Jurassic and the Kettle
morning- just wanted to drop a note to The Evening Hatch on how much we
enjoyed our day on the river last Sunday our guide Jeremys Knowledge
Just wanted to report back that I had a great time on Saturday with Derek. Going against popular advise, we fished Dereks Skwala pattern all day and had great results (for the conditions). 15 ups, 8 in the boat, and 3 LDRs. Not a bad day considering that it got up to about 48 degrees in the first hour, then got cold in the afternoon and we got a couple of snow squalls. After the snow passed, we seemed to get the most activity of the day. All in all, a great trip. I think that Derek should get the bragging rights for Saturday in us sticking with dry files. It seemed that the nymphomaniacs we passed didnt seem really happy about what was going on.
Please pass this note to Derek:
Can you write down the recipe for the Skwala pattern and send it to me
at email@example.com (or just send me a close up picture of the fly).
Id like to try it out for early summer up here on the Au Sable and
Manistee rivers here in Michigan. And
heres some pics for
the shop/website and for Dereks mom. See you soon.
Jason and Kevin,
Thanks for the great day trip. Eric and I had a great time. I thought you might like to see these. We will see you soon.
I just returned from the Upper Columbia, AKA The Jurassic, and I have to say this is THE PLACE I have been looking for since I moved to Washington nine years ago (in search of great fishing). The fish are big native rainbow and huge cutthroat trout that average 20 inches plus, with several going over five pounds. My first fish came on my second cast and after seven or more jumps and five minutes later I landed a five pound giant, the first of many. This is no BS! I had several that took me right into backing with my disc drag reel set on the verge of breaking my 2X tippet. Three days of gourmet food, great fishing, and spectacular scenery, offered by one of the truly great guides out there today. Thank you Jack for a great trip. I'll be back!
Wanted to say a big thanks for the great experience on the Upper Columbi. It exceeded by expectations all the way around fish, food and hospitality. Youre the best!. Here is Marc Demotts contact email for the fish sculptures. Troutcarvings@comcast.net. His pictures do not do justice to the finished product. See you on the river.
Thanks again for another wonderful trip. Arne and Dick both raved about the experience. As you probably picked up, Arne is starting late but really has developed a passion for the sport. I expect you will see him on plenty of occasions in future. On the drive back, Dick keep repeating what an amazing experience it was and how much he had learned from you and Al. Both are looking forward to framing a photo of one of those big rainbows. I told them you would be sending me a DVD of all of the photos and Ill forward copies to them.
My only regret was not getting to fish with you but I enjoyed spending time with Al. That was the first time Ive ever been the sole fisherman in a boat. Im still recuperating. Give my regards to Al. See you in the fall. Ill ask Mel to call and set up a date for the Klickitat.
you for the time off yesterday to fly fish the Yakima with my son
discovered our guide, Keith, has six children, all under the age of
tangled line because this was our first time fishing from a drift
A good time was had by all.
Thank you all,
We had a wonderful time.
for the pictures, and for the precious memories Matt and I now have
Thanks again for a wonderful day. Ed had a grand time so i evened the balance sheet between us. I suggest you call that drift the Voyage through Sherwood Forest. See you in Montana on May 14.
Jack: My Dad and I recently spent 2 ½ days fishing with Joe W. on the Yakima. We had a great time and once again, caught some terrific rainbow trout. Joe is a true gentleman and an awesome guide. I wonder, however, just how many days we have to log with you guys before we get invited to that damn secret desert creek? See you next year.
Good morning, Jack. I'm an angler with average fishing skills who's spent more than his fair share of time drifting down various western United States rivers with capable fishing guides, but I've never fished with a guide as capable and pleasant as Keith Wersland. Not only is he a wonderful guide, but he is also damn funny. He kept me in stitches all day. He'd be missing his life's calling if he didn't do amateur standup comedy. The guy is a hoot.
We had a great fishing day as well. The wind howled, but we were still able to throw some dries and picked up a couple nice fish. I think we netted 20 or so fish in 8 hours * a good day by anyone's standards. I'll recommend your guide service and Keith to all my friends who fish in the northwest. (I think that'll be all of two anglers.)
Keith took a couple of digital pictures of me with fish. How can I get a hold of those digital picture files?
Thank you for your help. You have a great shop and Wersland's a top notch guide. I'll be back.
ps A good Christmas gift for Keith would be a large box of matches:-) (It's an inside joke. Ask him about it the next time you're with him.)
am just writing to tell you about the great, fantastic, wonderful, trip
I had yesterday with Keith Wersland. We floated about 20 miles of the
river from near Thorp down to Ringer. My friend Lance and I were continually
impressed with the efforts of Keith. Not only is he extremely funny and
entertaining, but his knowledge of the river is really unbelievable. On
several occassions he told one of us what was about to happen, and it
happened..."about 50yds down river this is what you will see, this
is what you need to do, and there will be a fish right there." Every
single time there was a fish right where he said one would be. He was
patient with our snags and tangles as the temperature rose into the 90s
and he continued to row us around effortlessly and PUT US ON FISH!
Thank you for the great experience.
Your presentation at Tri-Cities Fly Casters, Tuesday night was wonderful.
a quick note to tell you that I had one of the greatest times of my life
last Friday May 5th with "mean Al" the self proclaimed meanest
guide on the Yakima. Al put me on over 100 fish, probably only hooked
40 of them and brought about 20 to the net. UNREAL! The guy really knows
his stuff and was a great instructor as well. I have my own drift boat
but was reluctant to go down the river (KOA TO Ringers) having never been
down the Yakima. Al pointed out all the places to be careful and also
showed us some great fishing spots. We were very successful Sat. and Sun.
Les Meredith Lk. Stevens, Wa.
I just wanted to drop a line and let you know how great our trip was with Al last Saturday. I was on a trip with Malyn Malquist (who booked the trip), Patrick and myself. Al was our guide. We started a bit slow as predicted by Al and exactly at 1pm things started heating up and the rainbows were out. I think we boated 35 to 40 fish and for a winter or very early spring trip that was awesome. Thanks again for a great memory.
Al didn't waste any time before insulting my knot choices and recommended that I use three different knots, however I can't seem to remember there specific applications. The knots in question are:
I have found examples of how to tie these knots online but they don't seem to match what he was trying to teach us. Any advice (or diagrams!) would be much appreciated.
Hey Jack, Thanks for hooking us up with Jason and Dave yesterday for our trip, we did Big Horn to Reds and had a solid day, I would say over 20 fish between the 4 of us. I was in the boat with Jason and I have to say he was awesome, totally put us on the fish and was really laid back and patient with both of us. Good dude to keep around if you want my opinion.
So thanks again, if you get the photos off of the camera he had I would like to see them, or I can grab them once you post them to your site.
We talked about inflatable drift boats and you verbally listed off some manufactures and couple of them you sell. Would also, take another moment to list a few of boats you would recommend?
Anyway thanks again and tight lines.
Fun day of fishing last week! Hope that you enjoyed Christmas!
I would like to schedule both Thursday 1-5-06 and Thursday 1-12-06 with you for fishing. Craig will be with me for the first trip.
Hello, Keith took a couple of pictures of some nice rainbows that I caught on Saturday (Aug 20th) that I would really like to have a copy. Would you mind emailing me a copy? I really enjoyed the trip and the guide. Keith is a good guy and a great guide. Please email me more information on the Jurassic River trip. A friend and I are interested in planning a trip next year.
Jack - This is a response to a letter received today as a follow-up on a trip that my son and I took a few weeks ago with Al. I had been planning to contact you earlier, so I'm glad to have received the letter from your staff, which has prompted me to respond now.
Some background - I've been an avid fisherman for my entire life (56 yrs). My fly-fishing experiences have only spanned the past decade, however, after I became bored with catching salmon and steelhead with gear. In fact, I was a small boat salmon guide out of Port Angeles in my earlier years. At this point, I have evolved into purely a fly fisherman, with little interest in the fisheries that I used to participate in. Several years ago my son and I purchased a drift boat strictly for use on the Yakima River. My business here in Seattle keeps me so busy, however, that we haven't been able to spend enough time on the river to learn the techniques and patterns to be successful on a consistent basis. Furthermore, I don't anticipate having the time in the near future to "pay the dues" necessary to acquire the knowledge. Having been a fishing guide myself, I recognize that the client's money is very well spent. Not because fish will be hooked and landed, but because the knowledge gained will save years of frustration.
When I called to book our trip, I specifically asked to be guided by your best "teacher". Our guide, Al, far exceeded our expectations. You are extremely fortunate to have a guide of Al's character and knowledge serving your clients. As strange as it sounds, I could hardly absorb all of the information he provided regarding patterns, techniques, casting methods, river history, seasons, etc. Weeks later, I still have recollections of his tips that I had temporarily forgotten pop into my head.
Oh, by the way, I've fished the Yakima several times since our trip with Al and have been extremely successful, both in numbers and the size of fish ( at least one fish 17"+ each trip).
Thanks, and give Al our best regards.
Bob & Brandon Winters
Oct 31, 2005
Just wanted you to know I was impressed with your open house. You are a master teacher out there in the river, I see I could learn a lot from you!
Barb and I will look forward to meeting with you later this year to discuss the Greg Stark Foundation.
Oct 30, 2005
Oct 15, 2005
What a great day on the Yak. Al was fantastic. Hope to see you soon.
"Trust Your Guide"
Sept 25, 2005
Jack: I wanted to say thank you to you and your guides for providing a spectacular fly fishing experience last weekend. My father and I only fish together once a year, and it’s typically in Montana. Never thought much of the Yakima… until now. Unbelievable all the way around. On the last day, with the takeout in view, and as I was hauling in my fourth cut from the same bucket (all four were in the 19-20 (and 20+!!!!!!!) inch range) in the span of just 25 minutes, we all knew that what had just happened was truly extraordinary. The only way to describe it for me was “Montana has nothing on the Yakima.”
Joe was really fun to fish with, and to watch fish. I gave him my rod twice in order to get into areas that I could not- both times he cast the line only once, and nailed a photo worthy trout each time. I hope he sticks around after college, as he is a real asset to your shop. Thanks again for providing such a wonderful experience. We hope to back next September.
James M. Ganion
James M. Ganion, Esq.
Sept 25, 2005
Dear Jack at The Evening Hatch
My son James and I just completed two days on the Yakima last Saturday and Sunday. Our guide on Sat. was John and on Sun. it was Joe. We were fortunate to fish the lower portion on Sat. and the head waters on Sun. It was one of the most enjoyable two days of my 65 years thanks to your guides and Jamie who did the cooking while managing the tent camp. I just wanted to send you a note of thanks and let you know I would highly recommend your business to anyone who asked.
Due to a computer gliche we lost a large portion of our testimonials from March 2005 to Sept 2005.....sorry for the void.
March 13, 2005
Feb 20, 2005
Dan Wilson and I had a great float with Al last Friday. It was Dan's first float trip and first time nymphing. Al put him on to some great fish including a 17" hog. Thanks for setting us up with "The Second Meanest Guide on the Yakima." Al also introduced us to some very cool strike indicators that clip on and clip off. He said they were available at your shop. Can I order some from you?
We're looking forward to fishing with TEH more times this year.
Dick Simmons, Edmonds
thanks for a great day on the river, glad we didn't let a little ice stop
us. Hope to fish with you again soon.
WOW!!! I just had to write and thank you for one of the best days of fly fishing ever. I have to admit, I had my doubts about fishing in the winter - but I am hooked forever now. Like you recomended, we wore several layers of clothes - good long underwear, a warm hat and fingerless gloves. We wore our waders, but fished from the boat the whole time, so the waders were just extra insulation and we were never cold - even though our rod guides were icing up.
The fishing was way better than many summer trips - we had doubles on maybe 10 times and there was a moment I had to take a break because my arm was getting tired playing all those fish. Often times - every cast was a fish. These were not little fish either - most were over 16 inches and many were "hot" - giving good runs and jumps.
We had a great time with you as our guide - you sure know how to treat your guests right. All-in-all it was an incredible day.
If anyone wants a recomendation or a first hand account - go ahead and give them my email address and I will be glad to spread the word about winter fishing... If you haven't experienced it - it is hard to believe!!!
Mike and Sandy
Jack, Thanks for the outstanding class and instruction last Saturday. I had a great time and I really appreciate the time and attention you gave. I can't wait to get back in the water and try the techniques you taught me. Keep up the good work.
5602 NW Rydan Court Bremerton, Wa 98312
WHAT A DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DRIFT AND STRIP!!!!!!! ! COULDN'T KEEP THOSE BOWS OFF MY LINE. WHAT A THRILL TO WATCH CHUCK PULL IN THAT 8LB STEELIE!!!! THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES WHICH WILL LAST A LIFE TIME.
Jack - First, "thank you" for "nnooiiccee" time on the water Friday. It was a good experience fishing new water. I'm definitely glad I made the trip.
Second, I was deleting some unneeded pictures off the digital camera on Saturday, and like a big idiot I accidentally deleted our pictures from the day before so unfortunately I won't be sending you pictures from our trip. The only proof of caught fish will hopefully come from you.
I'm definitely interested in making another trip next September so let me know what days you have available. Also, please send any information you may have about OP fishing. As I mentioned, I'm also interested in a multi-day trip on the OP in 2005.
Can you sign me up for the winter skills clinic on November 13? If you need a CC#, let me know. I am still looking into the Ascension Baytrip in January as a possibility but I need to see how my schedule plays out pre-holiday. Thanks again for an AMAZING day on the Methow for the Steelies. Bryan and I haven't stopped talking about it for weeks.
Let me know about the winter skills clinic when you can.
Thanks again, Tom Craig.
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Just wanted to say what a great time we had fishing with AL in August and Sept. It was one of the best trips we ever had in13 years. We look forward to next year,
ED and JUDY NELSON.
Hope you enjoyed the meal. We had a wonderful trip. Got back around 2 a.m. No sleep and dead tired today. People are skeptical of my stories. Send photos. Bets have been made. Hope the weather warmed up for you after we left.
Finally got some of the pictures back and scanned in. This is the large one that Jonathan caught. The picture of me is from the Yakima River in September.
Jack, thanks for an absolutely superb trip. Jonathan raved about the fishing and the trip all the way home. His first steelhead on a fly, hell 3 of them, in a beautiful setting on a wonderful river, with nice – four legged – bucks wading across the river is damn hard to beat. Good thing I caught three steelhead as well, or I would never hear the end of it, and may not anyway. Thanks again for the great time, being a great guide, and providing a truly wonderful experience. We’ll be fishing with you after the election some time. Cheers,
Want to express my satisfaction
for the greatest fly fishing experience. This was a wonderful gift
from my son-in-law and our first outdoor adventure together. Our
guide Al was absolutely perfect, extremely knowledgeable and very patient
teaching the tricks of Yakima rainbow fishing. Besides, what a great
surprise when he brought out steaks to BBQ with all the trimmings for
riverside lunch. Curtis and I enjoyed the thrill of hooking some mighty
scrappy fish. We have some great stories to share with our friends
and hope to make another trip with our guide sometime in the near future.
You may remember my father and me, Greg and Ben Dow. Over the last 10 years I joined my father on 3 or 4 of his trips with The Evening Hatch. On the first trip I was probably about 13 and you were my guide, as well as on my last trip 2 years ago. Every trip was great, especially because they always seemed to find me at a time when I had laid down my rod for too long. After every trip my interest in fly fishing was renewed, and whether I was a 15-year-old preoccupied with getting a driver's license or a college student with a hang over on the weekends, I am sure that my time on the Yakima influenced me to keep fishing. Finally, after my last trip with you, I decided that fly fishing was a passion that I could not ignore. With the summer off and law school coming up soon, I started fishing 4 or 5 days a week and usually by myself. Sorry Jack, but I even started fishing the Yakima without you. As a result, my skills and my passion increased. This is where I need to thank you. In large part because of what a positive experience fishing with you was, I not only became a better fisherman, but was able to spend the last summer guiding in Alaska at Talaview Lodge. It was while guiding a father-son group that I realized that I needed to send you this email. The son was 11 and had never fly fished before. Fortunately, he was a natural and I immediately put him on a cut bank that held some monster bows. Just like you did for me once, I began explaining to him how the fish hold in the foam lines that run down the bank. In about 30 minutes he landed a 22 inch native rainbow. Not only did it remind me of the incredible times I was able to spend with my father on the Yakima with the The Evening Hatch, but that those fishing trips actually made me a better fisherman and guide. Again, thanks a lot Jack.
Just wanted to let you folks know that on Saturday I had the best day on any river I have ever been on! Your guide Al took my Dad (a total novice) and I out for what was simply a fantastic day of fishing. He was patient with my Dad's hornet nest of a line and incredibly informative to my level of fly fishing. He was easy to be with and made a kick ass lunch. Best of all he put me on a streamer rod just as the dry flies stopped working and I picked up a monster rainbow that while boating made my hand sore for a day after. He had all 3 "guns loaded" as we moved from nymphs to dries and back again and did everything he could to make it an awesome day for my Dad and I.
Those memories are priceless. I'll be out with Al again soon-next time with my 9 yr old boy-only too bad we can't get all 3 generations in the same boat!
David R. Flum MD MPH Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery Division of General Surgery
Adjunct, Assistant Professor Department of Health Services
University of Washington Box 356410 Seattle, WA 98195
Telephone (206) 616-5440 FAX (206) 543-8136
My name is Tom Steves, last Monday I went on a guided trip with my dad, and guide Al. Al was the best, and we had a fantastic time. Al had taken a few digital pictures of that day and I was hoping you could e-mail them to me.
The Lawless clan would like to thank you and Joe for a truly great time on the river. Great fishing, great company, great time.
Nice to get you out of the shop and rowing a boat for a change. We could hardly tell that it has been 28 years since you actually guided a trip. Oh, there were a few little clues, such as:
-taking the wrong turn to the launch site (it's the river, not the golf course where we go fishing)
-forgetting which part was the top part of the fish (it's the part with the that long skinny fin), creating an unfortunate method of releasing the first few fish
-forgetting which part was the front of the fish (it's the part with the eyes and the mouth, not that little opening on the underside of the fish), creating a unique way of trying to remove the hook "I know it's around here somewhere"
-and bringing a can of nightcrawlers as flies (but it's the thought that counts).
It was really good seeing you again, and I appreciate the excellent day.
Hi. I was just wondering if Willo had the pictures of our trip from August
Thanks I had a great trip and my client really enjoyed the outing!!
Just wanted to thank you guys for a great day even though it was Friday the 13th. Al Parks is an outstanding guide. He took us to the fish and showed us a great time. I've been fly fishing for a year and my buddy, Dave, was a first timer and Al had him on the fly rod catching fish in no time. We boated some nice fish (up to 18") and lost some too. We had more hookups then we could keep up with. Al had all the patience in the world with Dave and I both. We learned a ton and my buddy is now hooked. Al definitely made the day worthwhile. We'll be back again.
Thanks again for a wonderful time.
Here are a few pics from our trip today. It was truly a great trip - Mike Snyder and I had a fantastic time. This was my first time fishing with Joe - - but I sure hope it wasn't my last - Joe is a great guide and he did a GREAT job for us today (as you'll be able to tell from these pics)... We caught a boat load of fish - but not a lot of them were picture worthy - - the one 18 inch cut Mike Snyder caught we were unable to get a picture of because the fish was a little distressed and Joe wanted to get him back in the water - but it was a beautiful looking cut...
Anyway - had a simply wonderful trip and Thanks Joe for a great time.
Hey Jack and Chris, Can't wait to see the the (digital) pictures of the fantastic fish Rich (Whitehill, reserved the trip) and I, (Tim Zilinsky) caught on Tuesday, July 6th. Chris, you did an exceptional job as our guide. We have never caught so many large fish in one trip. Absolutely the best fishing trip I have had, and I think I speak for Rich as well. I told you I lived and fished Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but this out performed any float I ever did on the famed Snake River, and I know it's because of your talent and knowledge of the river, not to mention your patience! If you ever get back to the other side of the mountains, I would love to fish with you again! I know the holes and you have that special touch to entice the fish to hit! I believe I will be seeing you all again in the future. Thanks again for an unforgettable trip Chris! Sincerely, Tim Zilinsky \\\\
Yes, everyone did have a fabulous time! Our anglers were very happy.
Can't thank you enough....
Have a great trip and we'll hope to see you in the future.
The trip today was amazing! Chris was great.
Jack, Just to let you know how much I learned and benefited from my time with Greg Chang. He was excellent in helping me understand better mechanics and more importantly catching fish. This was my first guide trip and first float trio. And I caught 3 of the biggest fish I've ever caught. Plus a dozen or so that were respectable. Of course, I lost the really big ones, since I was just learning how to play a large fish. But Greg taught me how not to lose them. So thanks again for great trip. If you see Greg, he has some pictures I'd like to get. Can you pass on my email or send me his. Thanks, Rich Rardin Connecticut.
We had a fabulous day fishing with your man Joe a couple weeks ago. We actually lost track of the number of trout we caught and most would average 15 inches…with a couple 18-19 inchers in there to boot. Needless to say we had a great time and Joe was fantastic as a guide. We will be recommending your shop and guide services to anyone that is inquiring abt floating the Yak! And we plan on doing another trip this Summer!
I’ve attached some photos of our day. Hopefully a couple will make the website!
Matt Fauske |
I just wanted to send a quick note, we had a great day of fishing Sunday and
Joe was one of the best guides I have ever floated with. He was
knowledgeable and accommodating and a pleasure to fish with, thanks again
for a fun day.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of floating the Yakima with my best friend looking to hook a few fish. I must say that the float we went on far exceeded any of my expectations.
My hat goes out to Joe our guide. Without Joe the trip would not have been what it was. Joe rocks because of his knowledge, vast amounts of patience, and his ability to teach without making you feel inadequate. I recommend Joe to anyone who wants to hook fish and have a great time doing it.
Thanks again to Joe and we will be floating in the near future!
C. Nate | GOLF Insurance Agency | PEMCO Mutual Insurance
Best fishing adventure ever! I’m spoiled now…….that was an amazing day of fishing!
I look forward to the next one!
Sorry to be getting this out so late, but wanted to thank you for one of the best days of flyfishing I've ever had! Good weather, great friends and awesome fishing (and fish beaching themselves)!!! It doesn't get any better than that. Thanks again,
I assume that you have rolled back into Ellensburg by now. On the flight home Gene and I both hoped that you got a chance to swing those streamers without a boat load of clients to distract you. We had a tremendous outing and look forward to the chance of making another similar trip in the future. I look forward to seeing the photos. Gene left for California this morning to visit his parents both of whom are in poor health. I would like to have a framed photo of one of his big browns ready for his return.
Robert G. Chadwell McKay Chadwell PLLC
600 University Street, Suite 1601 Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-233-2800 Fax: 206-233-2809
Junior and I had a fantastic time on "Operation Where'd Rooster Go". Hope you guys had a good day on Monday....the drive back was a b*tch. I will be sending a copy of my pictures to the shop.
Junior left his eye glasses in your center console he thinks. Leave them at the shop and we will pick them up Friday since he has to go see the judge in Ephrata about a speeding ticket.
i'm sure joe must have told you about our great trip last week. i don't think either roger nor i have ever had such a great day quantity wise. thanks
i have a group of 4...me, my daughter, my new daughter-in-law and her father who would like to take the tent trip on july 16 and 17. from the web site i understand the cost is $550 per person. we would meet in ellensburg friday morning, fish friday, stay the night at the tent camp and fish again on sat. could you please confirm the price by e-mail as soon as possible so i can forward that info and then confirm the other details as a follow up. also, if at all possible i would like to use joe as one of the guides and then whoever you or he might recommend.
awaiting your reply.
What a great time this weekend!!!! I cant wait to hit it again. Could you e-mail me the dates we are scheduled for the 4 people.
As usual, we are looking forward to fishing with the "Best Guide Service" in the Northwest. You can quote me on that. We'll talk more about the "Secret Fishing Spot"; I'd like to discuss possibilities for next year.
We had an absolutely fantastic time with you and the guys. We feel so fortunate to have the YAK and the best damn guys/guides all so close. Jules and I are already jones’in to get back on the YAK.
Many Thanks again and Wig on!
Shelley (Greg, Steve, Tim and Jules)
Thanks for great day Monday.
Can you send me the confirmation for May 5. So far I have 7 committed.
What a day we had on the Yakima yesterday with The Evening Hatch Guide Johnny Boitano! My wife caught her first rainbow (s) with a fly rod! As beginners, we were reluctant to book a day with a guide. I guess we were fearful of embarrassing ourselves with our lack of even the basic fly fishing skills. Johnny was terrific! He took inventory of our skills and put together a very successful day on the river for us. We caught fish! And we must have had a total of 40 or 50 rise to our flies throughout the day. Johnny's instruction was clear and simple and easy to respond to. He maneuvered the drift boat with expertise...placing us near enough to the best seams and drifts so that, even with our limited casting experience, we were able to get the flies over the fish. Most of all, Johnny was patient and professional! We weren't able to master the art of setting the hook...just ask Johnny! But it wasn't due to lack of opportunity. We missed some good ones, but were happy with our successes and even happier with our progress. The day was very educational and enjoyable. We felt safe and in good hands! We didn't want to stop for lunch because we were having so much fun. When we finally did, we were glad! We had worked up a bit of an appetite catching (and missing) all those fish. Johnny had a great lunch for us riverside! We were blessed with the added bonus of seeing Mountain Sheep, Mule Deer, Geese, Ducks and even a Bald Eagle. Amongst all the Rainbow Trout, I managed to boat a small Cutthroat Trout as well. I feel as though we saw much more action than others on the river yesterday. Please pass on our sincerest appreciation to Johnny and all the folks at The Evening Hatch. We'll be back.
Matt & Angela Prater