Yakima River Washington  Fly Fishing Guides



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!

Joe Coakley



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. You’re the best!. Here is Marc Demott’s 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 I’ll 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 I’ve ever been the sole fisherman in a boat. I’m still recuperating. Give my regards to Al. See you in the fall. I’ll ask Mel to call and set up a date for the Klickitat.

Bob Chadwell



Thank you for the time off yesterday to fly fish the Yakima with my son

We discovered our guide, Keith, has six children, all under the age of
12. This may explain patience this man displayed de-tangling our lines.
We both gave Keith lots of practice in this occupation.

We tangled line because this was our first time fishing from a drift
boat - team fly fishing. And we were nymph fishing (Sam's bug with bead
head pheasant tail CDC nymph as a dropper, split shot lead to hold her
down, and a strike indicator (a set-up similar to bait chucking). This
set up does not cast like the traditional dry fly upstream approach I
prefer, but, alas, the fabled green drake hatch appears to have been
delayed on account of the high snow pack.

A good time was had by all.

Again, Thank you all,



We had a wonderful time.

Thanks for the pictures, and for the precious memories Matt and I now have
of the joy and privilege we had in sharing time together in a glorious place
pursuing trout with a guide we trusted and a gentleman we admire.

Gene Studer


we had a great time and keith was terrific. I would recommend to your future clients who bring their spouses (and who may not want to fish the entire time) staying at the Orchard Inn in Yakima. The inn keepers are fishermen and they allowed me to hang my weaders and boots to dry. I can send you their info if you are interested.

Take care and best wishes,


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.

Bob Chadwell


As this is the only address on your card I have taken the liberty of sending the pics here.
Thanks again for the memories!
Looking forward to getting together again Thursday!

Kip Keener
1140 Alki Ave. S.W., #204
Seattle, WA 98116
Tel 206-932-0203
Cell 206-715-7152
Fax 206-932-0203


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.

James M. Ganion, Esq.
4041 MacArthur Blvd, Suite 500
Newport Beach, California 92660
TEL (949) 250-9797
FAX (949) 250-9777



Thanks again for a great and memorable day in the desert. That was really a spectacular place, and as you would say "a s--t pile of fish"! I've attached some pretty good pictures here. They came out pretty good I think. Sorry for the large file size, even in zipped format. Let me know if you were able to open them or not.

Also please send any you have as well.

Kettle was beautiful, though we had only fair fishing (and no pictures). We fished the section off the gravel section of West Kettle Road way up near the border. We did find those bouldered section you suggested, and Aaron got a 16" bow in one of those spots. We both got a bunch of 8-12" fish too. No big browns in sight. I tried spotting fish and only saw about a 14" bow, that's it. Thy must have been belly to the bottom. We tried nymphs, big dries, dredging streamers. Most action was on big atractor dries like chernobyls, stimulators, and a big ugly royal wulff.

Thanks again, and see you sometime soon.

- Tom


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.


Ryan Anderson

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.)



I 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!
Though I have never before been on a guided trip, I cannot imagine finding a better guide than Keith. The very next time I have the time and money to afford a trip, I will be calling Keith. He is a great asset to your staff and a wonderful guide.

Thank you for the great experience.


Pieter Salverda
Windermere Real Estate


Jack, Your presentation at Tri-Cities Fly Casters, Tuesday night was wonderful.
Your enthusiasm for the sport is contagious.
seldom do we have such an interesting program
THANKS for coming downstream to see us.

Jack Moffett
2619 Thoroughbred Way
Richland, WA 99352-8802


Hi Jack,
My son and I fished with Al on 13 April 2006. By the way, we had a great time and as you well know, Al is one hell of a guide.


Just 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.
because of all his help. In addition, the young man you have working in your shop is a gem. (Jerrod?) He was very helpful in choosing flies and even showed me a couple of new knots to tie. Great kid. Once again great experience.

Les Meredith Lk. Stevens, Wa.



Hey Jack,
Just wanted to tell you that I had one of the best times ever on a guide trip with you on the UC. As a young guide myself, it was definately cool to be guided by you. I learned a few new techniques, caught on to some of your tricks and secrets, and also I was able to relax and just fish, which doesnt happen unless Im fishing with another guide. So in all, I had a damn god time. Also, I was checking out your site yesterday and I noticed that you put up alot of photos of my dad and myself. I instantly called and told him, needless to say, he was stoked. So many big fish were landed that it was maybe getting a little ridiculous. I fished the Upper Madison last sunday and slammed em on the red cooper-wired nymph that you gave me. I tried swingin' some spots that looked to have potential, but I was using a dry line. Anyways, If you even need a report on the Madison or yellowstone, give me a call, I should be fishing a bunch!
Talk to you later,
Chris Knott




Just wanted to say thank you for the booking; even with the snow and rain we had a great trip on the Yakima. Our guide Al was one of the best we have ever had; he was very helpful, patient and extremely knowledgeable about everything. We also liked the fact he tied his own flies. His humor and kindness made the weather easy to handle. When we come out to fish the Yakima again we would love for him to be our guide.

Thanks Again,
Rick & Jami Henegan


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:

Turle Knot

Palomar Knot

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.

Thank you,

Michael Webb
LightStream Communications LLC
509 290 2648



Hey Jack, Thanks for hooking us up with Jason and Dave yesterday for our trip, we did Big Horn to Red’s 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.





Just wanted the say thank you for the great trip yesterday. Lee and I were thoroughly fished out as we realized on the way back to Benton City. We're both moving kind of slow today. We definitely want to plan another trip. I too agree with you, and would like to get in some serious dry fly fishing. Could you take a moment to list some of the times you would suggest harassing trout, white fish, and sticks?

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.

Jerry Smith
Sr. QA Engineer
Ph 509-547-7724
Fx 509-547-7371
Email jerry.smith@parsons.com




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.

Peter Maunsell


Hi Jack,

Wanted to thank you for an exceptionally fun day fishing. The fishing was good, the instruction was even better. I had a blast, and learned a ton!

I noticed when I got home that I left my wading boots in your shop (Simms, size 10). Is it OK if I pick those up next time I come down, which hopefully will be soon.

I also had an idea to run by you that might help make winter fishing more comfortable. Seems like mostly hands and feet get cold. The feet I can help with ski socks, but the problem with the hands is unhooking fish. I don't know how you stand it, but getting your hands all wet when it is 34 degrees out is a problem. However, it is also really hard unhooking them if you can't hold them, (unless I could master your technique of having the fish spit out the hook as soon as it is netted). So I think a good solution would be those neophrene gloves I see at Fred Meyer now and again for steelhead fishermen. Seems like with those you could hold the fish, but not freeze your hands. Have you ever tried those things? Do they work?

I've got a call into your divorce lawyer to get his OK on the corporation, as soon as I hear back, I will draft the documents.


Gregory J. Lawless
6018 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-9535



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.


Dusty Deen


November 26, 2005

Over the past year my outlook on fishing has changed immensely. Starting with last years winter clinic, continuing with a float trip with my Dad, with Al as our guide, and supplemented by the information on the website and the help I receive when I stop by the shop, I have come to really enjoy river fishing.
Yesterday is just one example. The advice you gave me was rock solid. I fished with the nymph combo you suggested. The result was that I caught two large rainbows in the first area and then moved up about a mile and a half and caught three more large rainbows and two whitefish.
I have always enjoyed fishing, but have never been much good with the catching. I just wanted to send a brief message thanking you and your staff for all the success I have had this past year. In one year I have caught more fish than I have caught in all the years prior, and I am not a young man. I will certainly be recommending you and your staff to all of my friends.
Thanks for all the great guidance.
Lee Funkhouser


Nov 12, 2005
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.
Mike Stark


Oct 30, 2005


Thanks for the awesome fishing on the Klickitat Tuesday!  I look forward to future trips – Joyce will love the experience.

Please forward the pics you took when you get a chance.

See you soon.



Oct 15, 2005

What a great day on the Yak.  Al was fantastic.  Hope to see you soon.
Dan Nehls
"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.
2201 Dupont Drive, Suite 210
Irvine, California 92612
TEL (949) 250-9797
FAX (949) 250-9777



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. 
Gary Ganion 


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

Hi Jack
Here are a couple of pictures from our fishing trip, our thanks to Greg for making it a great trip.

From an Old Fisherman
Len Garrett

Feb 20, 2005

Hi, Jack:

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.

Thanks again,

Dick Simmons, Edmonds


Jan 17, 2004

Jack, 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.

Jeff Christenat

Dec. 28, 2004

Hello Jack,

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


November 18, 2004

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.


James Hyde

5602 NW Rydan Court  Bremerton, Wa 98312



Nov 17, 2004





Nov 16, 2004

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.

Thanks again!
- Glenn

Glenn Moriyama
Consumer Credit Group
Strategic Risk Management
925-603-2151 [Office]
925-381-0994 [Cell]
MAC A0303-034


November 6, 2004

Hi Jack-

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.

206-374-0500 Work 206-321-2892 Cell



Oct. 28th, 2004

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,



Oct 26th, 2004

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.

Bob Chadwell


Oct 15, 2004


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,



Oct 5, 2004


I 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.

Claude O'Clair


Sept 20, 2004


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.

Ben Dow


Sept 15, 2004

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!

Thanks again


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

Email daveflum@u.washington.edu


Sept 8, 2004

Evening Hatch,

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.


Tom Steves


Sept 2

Hi Jack,
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.



Aug 25, 2004

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!!

Paul Blomgren


Aug 15, 2004

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.
Ron Rathnow


July 28th, 2004

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.




July 6th,  2004

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!
Tim Zilinsky

June 18th,  2004

Hi Jack,
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.

Liz Walters
Operation Altitude
P.O. Box 2666
Vail, CO  81658


June 11th, 2004


The trip today was amazing!  Chris was great.

--Tony Jopling

June 10th, 2004

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. 
Rich Rardin

June 3, 2004

Hey Jack,

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!

Warmest Regards,


Matt Fauske | NOETIX
Account Manager

2229 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Off (425)372-2708 Fax (425)372-2942 
www.noetix.com | matt.fauske@noetix.com


Dear Jack

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.

Tim Adams

May 29, 2004

Dear Jack,

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!

Brian C. Nate | GOLF Insurance Agency | PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company
509.323.8910 | 1.800.467.3626 ext. 8910 | Fax: 206.676.0281 |

May 25, 2004

Best fishing adventure ever!  I’m spoiled now…….that was an amazing day of fishing!

I look forward to the next one!


May 25,  2004

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,

May 12, 2004


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

May 11, 2004


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.

May 8, 2004


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.

May 3, 2004


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.  

Jason Schroeder

May 1, 2004


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.

Tony Umek


April 9, 2004

Hi Jack,

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)  

March 31, 2004

Thanks for great day Monday.
Can you send me the confirmation for May 5.  So far I have 7 committed.

Jim Passage
Passage and Associates
206 622 3330

March 30, 2004


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


March 23, 2004

Great day on the river today.  I really enjoyed it.  Look forward to the pics.  Thanks again.
If you are interested in pursuing the bamboo rod builder, his name is Bruce Herndon and his email address is splitcanerods@cs.com.
Have a great season.  I'll probably see you again in the fall.

March 20, 2004


  After 20 some odd years in the military, I like to think I can recognize a great outfit when I see one. You guys at The Evening Hatch and Riverside Adventures are just that, a great outfit! From your attention to detail in the small things i.e. thank you notes for shuttles to your friendly patience and advice to wantabe Trout Bums that occasionally hang out in your shop to the caliber of your guides, you guys set the standard. 


 Having just returned from my first Steelhead adventure on the coast and guided by Jeff Brazda, I am truly haunted by the experience.  Despite challenging weather, water conditions and an at least one over excited, non-casting angler (namely me) he was awesome. Jeff had a plan A, B, and C. He was the epitome of patience, professionalism and what a guide should be.


Great outfit!


See you on the water,


Joel B. Manning

Lieutenant Colonel

U.S. Army

Feb 15, 2004

Thanks Jack.
It was nice to meet you face to face as well. I had a great day today. It was slow until 1300 and then it heated up. The tree was great. Thanks. Biggest landed was 17 inches. Biggest hooked, 20+, he broke my leader, but what a blast. We also were able to smell the roses, bald eagle and deer.

Steve made it OK, but couldn't wade all the way down to the tree. I think he is getting to the point where it has to be boat or nothing. Thanks for trying to help us find a place for him to get in and fish. He loves to fish, and is as tough as nails. He never complains, but he is pretty limited.

We are both very excited about 12 March.


Feb 14, 2004

Good Morning Jack
I just wanted to let you know that I truly had a great day on the Yakima. I was fishing mile post 19 on the recommendation of your associate Al who was at the shop when I stopped by at 11 AM. He did you justice on his description of the water and the technique needed.  I was completely amazed by the weather as I drove into Ellensburg. 15 miles up I90 it was 37 degrees and sunny, then the frozen fog began.  I have lived all over the USA and never even heard the term, frozen fog, until today. It was beautiful to see the trees, the canyon, and the sun burn it's way through in the afternoon. The added bonus was lots of Eagles and Bighorns exposed by the white ice.
As far as the fishing went I had my best day ever on the Yakima.   After you passed me today  I finally hooked up with a true YAK BOW. The fish  hooked up at the apex of my swing after two little nibbles on  at previous cast on the slow strip. The fish  was about 18-19 inch's long and was just beautiful to admire in  the sunlight.
Prior to today I had only caught a few fish 10" or under on the Yakima. I guess why I'm telling you this that I want you to know how much I appreciate your advice and how much  I admire your dedication to what you do. Your dedicated support of the Yakima fishery is awesome!! And really the best thing about you is that you are nice.  Thank you for everything.

Feb 1, 2004

Jack, I know this is late in getting to you, but thanks so much for  taking the time to take Honnen and I down the Yak last weekend. To both Steve and I, it was a fantastic day on the river! Also, I'd like to purchase a sinking line like the one you had on your rod that I used when I hooked up 11 fish in one hole! Let me know and I'll purchase the same line from you.



Jan 20, 2004

Thanks for all the tips and suggestions today. I guess I goofed with the map that you drew, it made more sense as I looked at the river from the roadway. At any rate, we're safe and sound back in the busy part of the state but we are looking forward to driving east again soon.
I personally am interested in a guided float trip during the winter. I usually am able to make it up on weekdays, so I'll have to figure out my schedule and give you a ring. How many people can your boats accommodate and when is the best time to come in the next month and a half?
I do want to thank you for being so personable. I've experienced a bit of snobbery on this side of the mountains at certain fly shops, and can tell you how much I appreciate your friendliness and openness. Thanks again.
Mark Gray

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