Columbia River Flyfishing specializes in guided fly fishing and spey casting tours for hard fighting rainbow trout. A typical trip is 6-8 hours and usually begins around 9:00 or 10:00 am depending on the season. River and current fishing conditions will dictate the launch site.
The main vessels are 18-foot center console jet-boat with a quiet 80 horse outboard jet. Each boat can accommodate two fly fishers and the guide. The great fishing spots are nearly everywhere, and all equipment is on-board so you will be fishing in minutes; all you need is your sunglasses and favorite fishing hat. Once you’ve fished an area the jet boat will zip you to the next hot spot.
There is a special spot on a big back eddy with a sandy bottom we like to call “the aquarium”. It’s a special place with crystal clear water that offers excellent fish viewing. At the start of the aquarium your guide will turn off the motor and begin to drift. As you drift through the 100 yard long aquarium you will see walleye, rainbow trout and spectacular white sturgeon in water that is usually only 2-6 feet deep.
Columbia River white sturgeon are a protected species that dates back to the Triassic period some 245 million years ago. They are the largest freshwater fish in North America and may exceed 19 feet in length and 1,700 pounds. They can live for over 100 years, but most sturgeon you will see in the aquarium are young teenagers about 6 feet long. In the aquarium it is difficult not to try casting for a trout or walleye as they are “right there”, but it is pointless as the water is so clear the fish see you and will just scoot off as soon as the water is disturbed.
Of course there are also ospreys, eagles, and other birds and wildlife to see, but the most abundant wildlife is the fish by a long shot. You see the trout on the surface rising all year long, and you see them in the shallows all the time. Columbia River fishing is an amazing thing to experience.
Columbia River Flyfishing has tens of thousands of hours of guiding experience and a long history of customer service in the sport fishing industry. They have been the featured guide for nearly 20 sport fishing television shows and have hosted trips for many authors as well as fly fishing equipment engineers and manufacturers.