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Guiding fly fishers in Washington since 1988. The Yakima, Klickitat Upper Columbia, Olympic Peninsula, Desert Creeks – We provide our guests with what they want most…exciting, educational and fun Washington fly fishing adventure. For those who would rather enjoy the scenery, we also offer Scenic River Floats! In addition to our Washington programs we also have a world class  Fall program in Alaska on the Kvichak River!

Guides on the Yakima year round
Guides & lodging pkgs for…
1-Klickitat June-Nov 

2-Upper Columbia Mar-Oct
3-Olympic Peninsula Feb-April
4-Alaska    June,  Sept-Oct

The Evening Hatch offers blue ribbon catch and release fly fishing for Rainbow and Cutthroat trout on ‘Our Home Waters’ of Central Washington’s spectacular Yakima River and on the Upper Columbia featuring Black Bear Lodge in northeastern Washington. Our summer run steelhead adventures include the Klickitat river featuring ‘The Steelhead Ranch’ . We target wild native winter run steelhead and hatchery steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula and The Bogey House is our base when doing so. We feature our own conveniently located Yakima River Fly Shop on Yakima River Canyon road, just off exit #109 in Ellensburg as well as three post and beam lodges. To schedule an adventure, contact us today! We guarantee our service and we were the first to do so! The only guide service covering the Yakima from Easton to Roza Since 1988. The Best of Washington Steelhead and Trout – The Yakima, Klickitat, Upper Columbia, Olympic Peninsula and more!

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Just 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.   Guides CJ and Rial; Rial….. know’s how to make you relax and enjoy the float, coaches very well and was a delight to be around.  He makes the extra effort to make things happen, not afraid to change fly’s when it’s slow.   I have been fly fishing with guides since the early 70’s…I gage him to be one of the best.  We like guides that are not lazy and have great idea’s on how to catch fish.  I brought my son and son in law for their first fly fishing experience with a guide. They can’t wait to go back.  Looking forward to next year, Thanks to your staff…. You told me that these fish were strong and big like in the photo’s you sent to me… so true, Some of the best looking trout that I have ever caught for sure.  Thanks again, see you next year. Best,

-- George Puthoff

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It can’t be any better.  The sun was out, some big Yakima trout were willing to play, and Keith worked hard to find them. Another great day with Evening Hatch Guide Service and their fine personnel.
Evening Hatch Fan.

-- Mel Eaton

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Best steelhead trip ever!  Thank you Jack for all the monster steelhead you put us on!

Dr. Jason Schroeder D.C.
NCW Spinal Relief Center
Schroeder Chiropractic Clinic

-- Jason Shroeder

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“Jack Mitchell – The Evening Hatch 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, the superb guides are on site 24/7. And they find steelhead; angler success is astonishingly high. Accommodations can be brochure boilerplate, but here fly fishermen live large with new friends. I don’t know of another steelhead river served so well. See you there!”

-- Trey Combs

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Jack,  Your Olympic Peninsula fishing adventure was some of the best steelheading Jim Jr. and I have had the pleasure of engaging. Thank you for a great guide ‘Russ’, a great cook ‘James’ and being a wonderful helpful supportive host.  Your operation is first class and I hope to return to a great ‘steelheady’ world class destination. All the best – Senior

-- Jim Holland Sr.

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“The “Meriwether Lewis” of Washington State. Nobody has put in more time searching and developing opportunities for fly-fishermen in Washington than Jack. From the steelhead of the Klickitat and the Olympic Peninsula, to the trout of the Yakima and Upper Columbia, Jack knows about it. His operation is top-notch and remember “Trust your Guide”

-- Greg Heister / Seasons on the Fly

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Thanks, Jack.  We greatly enjoyed this year’s trip to the Steelhead Ranch.  Your guides were uniformly terrific!  The fish were participating. The food was great, and the Ranch is always a comfortable place to rest up and unwind after a full day on the river. It was great to see you once again,  I wish that we could do it more frequently. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity for the guides to join us for dinner.  They are a great group, and we enjoyed swapping stories and jokes with them and picking their brains for tips on how to improve our performance on the water. A great time was had by all.

-- Mel Sorenson

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“I just returned home from our trip and wanted to say thanks again for the hospitality. It doesn’t take long to see you have created an incredible operation for yourself. You can count on me attending The Two Hander Day in future years.”

-- Joe Obrien/North 40 Fly Shop Manager

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“Just wanted to say thanks again for both your tremendous hospitality and help in doing this thing with Trey in support of Swing the Fly. I really liked your operation in the South OP and enjoyed the few days there. It was tough to have to leave and head to Forks.”

-- Zack Williams / Swing the Fly

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