Ellensburg Angler, WA

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Service in Ellensburg, Washington

Ellensburg Angler, WA


Ellensburg Angler, Orvis 2016 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter Of The Year, is the premiere fly-fishing outfitter for the Kittitas Valley and all of Central Washington, with most of our fishing focused on the Yakima River. Our patient, friendly guide staff is dedicated to giving you the fishing trip of a lifetime, regardless of age or skill level. We realize that a guided fly fishing trip is about a lot more than just fish in the net; we pride ourselves not just on our ability to catch fish, but also on our ability to teach, talk and help you enjoy your day on the river to the fullest.

Region/ Terrain Where you Fish

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 guided trips on the Naches River for native Cutthroat Trout and Rocky Ford Spring Creek for Rainbow Trout.

Typical Weather by Season

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.

Date Range

Ellensburg Angler operates year-round; please visit our website for more details on seasons for specific bodies of water.

Species you Fish for by Season

The Yakima is open year-round for Rainbow and Westslope Cutthroat Trout. We also fish the summer trout season on the Naches (June-October), as well as Rainbow Trout on Rocky Ford Spring Creek year-round.

What is provided to Customer

We provide all Orvis gear for use free of charge if necessary, including rods, reels, waders, and boots. 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.


Sample of Typical Trip

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.


What Should Customers Bring

  • Fly-fishing rod-and-reel outfit (4, 5 or 6 weight for trout)
  • Waders, wading boots, and other personal fishing gear
  • Rain jacket, fully waterproof
  • Hat, baseball style or wide-brimmed, for sun and eye protection
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Day pack
  • Sunscreen, SPF 20 or higher
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medical supplies and prescriptions
  • Spare corrective eyewear, glasses, or contacts
  • Camera
  • Buff or other protective sun clothing


  • Sandals for summer floats
  • Wading boots with felt or vibram soles

Fly Fishing Checklist
Rods and Reels

  • 8½- or 9-foot rod with 4, 5 or 6 weight line for trout
  • 3- or 4-weight rod for small streams or desert creeks

Leaders and Tippets

  • 9- to 12-foot tapered leaders from 3x to 5x
  • Spools of 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X tippet material
  • Guides will have all leader and tippet material as well

Waders and Wading Boots

  • Lightweight/breathable waders with layers underneath
  • Felt or vibram-soled wading boots

Other Standard Gear

  • Fishing vest, hip-chest pack, or other product to hold gear
  • Fly floatant, paste, or powder
  • Nippers
  • Forceps



Our rates range from $325 for a Half Day on the Yakima to $495 for a Full Day Naches/Rocky Ford trip. All rates are for the boat (2 anglers, plus a guide). Please visit our website for more details.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Ellensburg Angler
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services
Mike Canady
PO Box 1043
Ellensburg, WA 98926
2016 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year

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