Chillbilly Sportfishing Charters offers many different types of outings, but the most popular trip is the 8-hour drift down the Columbia for rainbow trout from May to September. On a typical trip clients meet their guide at the old Robson ferry landing at 12:30pm to load their gear, ice, snacks and other necessities into the 16-foot Hyde drift boat. The boat can accommodate the guide and 3 spin-casters, or 2 fly fishers. At 1:00 pm you will cast off and immediately start fishing on productive waters.
Depending on the season, the journey often begins by pulling a streamer or nymph on the shallow, fast run. When the water slows you may switch to dry flies in the bays and big eddies. Along the way Graham will provide expert one-on-one instruction for both novice and experienced anglers as he explains the local hatches and what the rainbow are feeding on.
Along the way it is common to see an abundance of wildlife such as eagles, osprey, bear, heron and deer. The white sturgeon viewing is spectacular. These spiny aquatic dinosaurs date back to the Triassic period (245 million years ago) and are a protected species. Pull the paddles in to quietly drift over these river monsters and watch them feed 6 feet beneath the boat in the crystal clear water. Midway through the trip you may wish to do a shoreline BBQ, or just have a snack and keep fishing.
As you drift you will traverse 20 kilometers of the Columbia River. All waters are productive, so there is no traveling spot-to-spot to fish; although your guide will anchor you in the particularly good fishing holes. If your trip is in July or August as the sun sets you will experience the local caddis hatch when the big rainbows surface. As Graham put it: “The caddis hatch is amazing. It’s one of the largest hatches in North America. When the caddis drop their eggs on the water the river boils with feeding trout. It is an amazing spectacle, and a must-see for fly fishers.”
Around 9:00pm you will arrive in Genelle where you will land and be shuttled back to Robson where you may choose to end your day, or visit the smokehouse pub to discuss the days fishing or plan the next day’s fishing.
Chillbilly Charters offer personalized trips to match their customer’s needs, from experienced fly fishers to novice family outings. For a different experience they offer walk-in trips to shore-cast for Walleye and Bass, or even creek fishing excursions for brook trout. Graham relayed the story of a father and son excursion where the father was delighted, but the 8 year-old son felt confined in the drift boat. For the second day Graham suggested creek fishing for brook trout. Both father and son raved about the trip and each had their own story to tell. In fact it is not a rare sight to see Graham fishing the pools of Norms Creek with a couple of his favorite billy goats in tow. Chillbilly Charters is a customer focused charter company that accommodates all those who fish for sport and enjoyment.