Fly fishing on the Columbia River and Arrow Lake can be challenging, but an understanding of seasonal hatches and big water goes a long way to successfully landing wild rainbow trout that average three-to-five pounds and up to 10-pounds on secluded but accessible water.
Fly anglers use everything in their arsenal on the four-season fishery, from going deep with a full-sink line for walleye and winter rainbows, trolling bucktails for Gerrards and bull trout, nymphing stoneflies for spring trout, or casting dry flies in the heat of summer to rising rainbows.
The Columbia’s amazing hatches promise dry-fly purists and the most ardent nymph anglers one of the finest fishing experiences in North America. With about 1,000 trout per kilometre and low angler pressure, throwing string on the last free-flowing section of the Columbia is both satisfying and productive. Fly casters can expect a peaceful but exhilarating journey on this 56-km section of the Columbia River.
Whether you’re floating the river in a drift boat, powering up in a jet boat, or accessing the river by foot, you’ll find a variety of prime fly-fishing spots from large revolving eddies, massive feed lines and deep pools, oxygen-rich riffles, tailouts and long, trout-filled runs.
If fly fishing is your passion, don’t let this opportunity get away. Put it at the top of your bucket list and let us be your guide.