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Upper Columbia Fly Fishing & Black Bear Lodge
Guided Fly Fishing – Lodging on the River

Upper Columbia  Fly Fishing Trips for Wild Redband Rainbow and Cutthroat

  • Aug 20 – Oct 20 openings
    -Arrive Aug 31 at noon – Fish 31, Sept 1, 2, 3, 4 – Ck out the 5th 4 spots
    -Arrive Sept 19 at noon – Fish 19, 20, 21 –  Ck out the 22nd   2 spots
    -Arrive Sept 26 at noon – Fish the 26th, 27th, 28th – Ck out the 29th  6 spots
    -Arrive Oct 2 at noon – Fish 3rd, 4th – Ck out the 5th   2 spots
    -Arrive Oct 8 at noon – Fish the 8th, 9th, 10th – Ck out the 11th 4 spots
    -Arrive Oct 15 at noon – Fish the 15th, 16th, 17th – Ck out the 18th 4 spots


To speak with someone & schedule a trip please call 509.962.5959
To schedule online use the interface at the bottom of the page

Day Trip – $525 per boat – 2 Anglers
Packages – 1 Day&Night, all inclusive, $495 per person/per day

Upper Columbia Fly Fishing – For the past 18 years we have been investigating (that means fishing) the northeast corner of Washington, and we pioneered the guiding on the Upper Columbia in Washington. The Upper Columbia is one of the better kept secrets in the lower 48.   The Upper Columbia sports incredible insect hatches seasonally.  Water temps on the river range from 40-65 degrees year round,  providing great habitat throughout the season for insect propagation. While the hatches are not guaranteed day in and day out, the trout are at times incredibly tuned into the surface which makes for great fun. Tactics vary from the late winter/ early spring fishing using single hand and spey swing tactics to the June /July hatch season featuring blizzard Caddis, strong Green/Brown Drakes and Yellow Mays, to the late summer/fall hatches of October Caddis, Baetis, Yellow Mayflies and terrestrials. The predominant target fish on the Upper Columbia is the Rainbow trout. The average rainbow trout is approximately 18-19 inches/ 2.5 to 3 pounds.  There are Cutthroat in the system and we catch them often. We also fish various watersheds in conjunction with the Upper Columbia including the Kettle river!

Feb 15 – April 30 SWING tactics
May 1 – July 25 HATCH tactics
Aug 20 – Oct 20 FALL Terrestrial and hatches and swing tactics

We offer day trips and we offer overnight trips featuring our very own ‘Black Bear Lodge’ – We cannot get any closer to the river. The lodge provides us with convenience and comfort, a great plae to stay and tell stories about the ones landed and the ones that ‘got away’. Lodging is base on two people per room. In addition to the fishing we have a myriad of non angling activities for those that would rather do other things….Interpretive scenic river floats, birding, day hikes, winery tours, etc.

All fish on the Upper Columbia River are wild residents and not steelhead. -How to get there