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Summer Run Steelhead Fishing on the Klickitat River

The Steelhead Ranch is located on a beautiful 40-acre piece of property with an amazing double mountain view. The Ranch has direct access to the Klickitat River – certainly one of the finest summer steelhead fisheries in the entire Pacific Northwest! The Klickitat has a strong summer run of both wild and hatchery steelhead with a solid fall run of chinook salmon. The guides are very experienced and know the river incredibly well. The Steelhead Ranch staff can accommodate the spey-only angler, as well as take care of anglers just getting into the spey game. This is truly a great option for domestic Pacific Northwest steelhead fishing!

Accommodation Details

Lodging Details
The Steelhead Ranch provides ‘Bonanza Style’ ranch comfort with a gorgeous three-bedroom ranch home that serves as the main lodge and centerpiece of the operation. Perfectly laid out to accommodate groups with a large living room and wide-screen television with plenty of seating to enjoy the evening ball game. The house has a large dining room that is more like a steelhead fly fishing museum with every model of two-handed rod ever made adorning the ceiling. In addition, an amazing fly tying station with literally all of the tying materials needed to kick out any form of steelhead candy!

There are three additional lodging units right out back with two bedrooms and a full bath in two of the three. All of the units are fully air-conditioned, clean, and comfortable with daily maid service. There is also a fire pit for storytelling and reliving the past day’s events!

Food and Beverages

You will not go hungry when staying at the Steelhead Ranch. Jan and the rest of the staff do an amazing job with the meals – the food is fantastic! All meals are home-cooked, western cuisine, and served family-style. Breakfast and dinner are served in the main house and lunch is on the water with your guide. There is a serve-yourself bar and you are welcome to bring your own liquor. Beer and dinner wine is included with your package.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
There are quite a few things to do in the area for the non-angler. Interpretive scenic river floats, birding tours, day hikes, and winery tours can all be arranged.

Internet / Communications
Wireless internet is available free of charge, and there is spotty cell coverage at the ranch. Please check with your service provider about specific coverage in the area.

Travel Details

How To Get There
The Steelhead Ranch is located about 15 minutes from the town of Klickitat, Washington. Guests should book their flights into Portland, Oregon (PDX), and rent a car for the 2-hour drive to the Steelhead Ranch.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times 
Trips can be booked and scheduled any day of the week and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week at any time.

Documents Required
A Washington fishing license can be purchased at A Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead endorsement are also required for all anglers of age 15 years and older fishing for salmon or steelhead on the Columbia River or its tributaries.

Travel Arrangements
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General Information
The headwaters of the Klickitat River originate on the glacial slopes of Mount Adams. The drainage is quite steep and with impassible class-5 rapids on the lower river. The Klickitat enters the Columbia River only 120 miles from the saltwater making for some incredibly hot, fresh fish!

This glacial waterway is home to a strong run of both summer steelhead and fall Chinook salmon. The fishery is a mix of wild and hatchery fish. The wild steelhead are strong and unpredictable! They are typically caught in the 8-12 pound class with fish in the 20-pound class occasionally landed. The wild summer steelhead run into the river anytime from June until the end of November. However, the latter part of season typically gives anglers the best opportunity to find fish in the river. The hatchery steelhead that inhabits the Klickitat are of the Skamania strain and are known to be incredibly hard fighting fish.

The guides of the Steelhead Ranch are very accomplished in both swing and nymph tactics with the ability to accommodate anglers of all skill levels. The Klickitat is a smaller stream, but two-handed rods are certainly useful and there are great swing runs up and down the river! The guides are all skillful spey casters and instructors with a vast knowledge of the fishery. If swinging flies is your game, then you have come to the right spot! The staff works hard to customize the experience of each angler based on their skill level and preferred technique.

Boats and Equipment Required
The guides at the Steelhead Ranch are typically using western-style drift boats, and also do use rafts in some situations. All of your fishing equipment and flies are included in the price of your package.

Rates and Terms

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge.

2023 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
3 nights / 2 days = $1,540.00 per person

4 nights / 3 days = $2,185.00 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $2,830.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $3,475.00 per person

What’s Included:

  • Lodging
  • Guided fishing
  • All meals (cooler lunch while fishing)
  • House beer and dinner wine
  • Rods/reels, flies, and tackle provided by the guide
  • Guide pick up & drop off on each day of fishing
  • River shuttle fees for guide’s vehicle

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation (rent a car)
  • Alcoholic beverages on guide trips (BYO)
  • Fishing licenses & steelhead permits
  • Waders and wading boots (BYO)
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Lodging taxes (will be added to invoice upon booking)

Steelhead Ranch (Goldendale, Washington)
A deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For all cancellations outside of 45 days of scheduled trip date, a trip credit (minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee) will be issued. For cancellations inside of 45 days from start of trip date, no refunds or trip credits will be issued. If a cancelled package is resold by either the outfitter or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. In the case of cancellation by the client, both deposit and final payment may be transferred to another guest or angler for those same (original) dates if facilitated and arranged by the client. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip.


Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment at the time of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.

Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment

  • ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
  • Traditional checks (sent via mail)
  • Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)

*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.

**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.


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