Our main focus is the Yakima River, from Roza Dam upstream, targeting wild Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. We have almost 80 miles of great catch and release water to fish, from the high desert of the famous Yakima River Canyon all the way to the tree-lined banks of the Upper Yakima. We also offer a guided float trip on the Naches River for native Cutthroat Trout, as well as Fall Steelhead on the Klickitat and Methow rivers.
Winter weather can be very frigid, but starting in March we will begin to see warmer days, along with better fishing. Spring in the Kittitas Valley is very mild (we receive less than 10 inches of rainfall annually) and by May it is consistently warm and sunny. We will continue to see warm, stable weather thru the middle of October. Although we have a very mild climate, the weather can change suddenly, especially in the spring, so we recommend guests come prepared with wet-weather gear.
Ellensburg Angler operates year-round; please visit our website for more details on seasons for specific bodies of water.
The Yakima is open year-round for Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. We also fish the summer trout season on the Naches (June-October), as well as Steelhead on the Methow and Klickitat rivers September-November.
We provide all Orvis gear free of charge if necessary, including rods, reels, and waders. Please bring your own wet-weather gear. Additionally, know we have plenty of Orvis demo rods and reels for you to try anytime. Guides provide flies, leader, tippet and all other terminal tackle, as well as beverages, snacks, and lunch.
A typical Full Day (8 hour) trip on the Yakima will begin at 9 a.m. in Ellensburg, where your guide will meet you to discuss the game plan for the day. From there you will jump in the guide’s truck and head to the put-in (travel time to the river varies from 5-30 minutes, depending on what section you plan to fish).
Once on the water, your guide will instruct you on the techniques you will be using throughout the day (we will recommend what techniques will work best for that day, although we are happy to fish whatever method the guest prefers) as well as discussing boat safety, entomology, and fly selection.
After a few hours of fishing, you will be treated to a gourmet BBQ lunch, consisting of either steak or chicken. When lunch is over, you will jump back in the boat and continue fishing until you arrive at the take-out, where your guide’s truck will be waiting to take you back to your vehicle.
Fly Fishing Checklist
Rods and Reels
Leaders and Tippets
Waders and Wading Boots
Other Standard Gear
Our rates range from $325 for a Half Day on the Yakima to $495 for a Full Day Steelhead trip. All rates are for the boat (2 anglers, plus a guide). Please visit our website for more details.
What is the best time to fish the Yakima?
The fishing is good from March-November, although the most consistent fishing is generally from June to mid-October.
Do I need my own equipment?
Ellensburg Angler provides all the equipment needed (rods, reels, flies, tippet, waders, etc.), all that is required of the guest is a fishing license and a rain jacket.
Overall: 4.9 / 5 based on 55 reviews
55 of 55 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great time. -
Dustin was a great Guide. It was my first time fly fishing and he was very patient while I figured it out. We were able to catch fish and enjoy the outdoors. Thanks for the experience.
Phenomenal Trip -
By: eastcoastwestcoast from Seattle, WA, USA
A friend and I did the Walk and Wade with Stefan on Oct. 28 and couldn't have had a better experience! Stefan was an awesome guide and tailored the trip to our needs. As admitted beginners, Stefan gave us outstanding instruction for wade fishing while giving us a drift experience to cover more water and catch more fish. he also gave us great local knowledge for accessible wading spots. I can't say say enough about Ellensburg Anglers, first class service all the way.
Best Guide Service Ever! -
By: bambooangler from Puyallup, Wa
Hands down best guide service I have ever used, we fished with Stefan and Mike, on the Yakima river, the fishing was awesome and food was fabulous, the guides were very patient and great teachers, I will be back again for sure.
Great day on the river -
By: UncleMike from Ellensburg, WA, USA
We signed up for a "bank fishing" excursion, but the guide (and owner Mike Canady) made sure he asked what we wanted, and then delivered. Some good fishing and instruction and lessons on gear, but he made sure he showed us a dozen accessible spots on the Yakima near our cabin for us to fish on our own. And then after a great lunch, he even put his boat in the water to "get us some fish". Above and beyond...
Great day, great guide -
By: Pomaikai from Seattle, WA, USA
Started the day meeting our guide Mike Canady in Ellensburg. First thing he asked was what WE wanted. He is a young guide, but really has a worldly knowledge on fishing, guiding, hospitality, and more. He seemed to compensate for anything. Being a part time commercial fisherman and deckhand myself, I am used to fixing tackle, retying, and removing hooks, etc. Man, I was spoiled. Leader tied for me, fish removed, putting us on fish, gourmet meal, and a gorgeous day. Mike was amazing, a real people person who loves to share knowledge and technique. I learned so much and plan to return. Thanks so much. Orvis is lucky to have Mike and Ellensburg Angler.
Great day on the Yakima river -
By: Josh77 from Seattle, WA, USA
Our EA float trip on the Yakima was great. Our guide Stephan knew where the fish were and taught both of us so we fished at a more proficient level. I've never seen a guide row back up stream so we could fish both the outer and inner edges of several riffles. Greatly appreciated. We caught lots of rainbows and cuts. Reasonably priced. We'll float with EA again.
World Class -
By: Recycleman from Kirkland WA
My 86 year young father and I had a great fall trip with Mike on the Yakima River Canyon. Mike is very knowledgable and respectful of the environment and patient his clients and their tangled lines. Mike is energetic and works hard to get you fish on the line-- many times rowing or walking the boat back for an extra few runs at good spots. He also isn't afraid to change your flies or leader to get it to present properly. Steak lunch grilled on shore was another hightlight. I have toured and been guided in Africa twice and South and Central America --- based on this I think Ellensburg Anglers is World Class-- check them out and you will agree
Stefan rocks -
By: wwheeler48 from Fall City, WA 98024, USA
Two buddies and I did the Walk and Wade Class on the Yakima with Stefan. He's a great teacher. Learned several new tricks. He showed us several areas to walk and Wade. We are an older group and he found spots that suited our ambulatory abilities. I am sure he could find sites for those billy goats, too. Oh yeah, he does a mean steak on the grill!
Awesome time, georgous float -
By: sro311 from Seattle, WA, USA
Awesome trip with EA and a great guide in Stephan. We caught a ton of fish and also spotted some huge rams walking through the canyon as we floated by. Overall an awesome experience and we'll be back.
More Than We Could Ask For -
By: Davedryfly from Seattle, WA, USA
My brother, nephew and I met EA owner Mike Canady at the wonderful Jennika's coffee shop. Over scones, lemon bars and coffee, Mike was quickly able to assess what are desires for the day were (we thought a walking trip would be fine)and suggested floating the Yakima would also be fun. We agreed and he quickly was back with the fully equipped boat ready to go. What a good call, Mike! Within a short time we were drifting down the Yakima, getting pointers from Mike on what to look for and to how to bring 'em in (you gotta yank hard). By noon we each had hooked a number of good size trout. Mike pointed out a perfect landing area for lunch and proceeded to make an amazing feast of chicken or beef steaks (perfectly marinated), fruit, salad, chips and chocolate chip cookies. After lunch we landed a few more and ended the day on a nice stretch of the river, casting for the big ones that we might have missed. Mike and his crew took care of us from start to finish and we are excited to go back. Thanks for a great day!