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 run 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 Rach 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!
LOCATION: Klickitat River, Washington
SEASON: August 15 – November 30
CAPACITY: Maximum of 12 anglers
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Portland, Oregon (PDX)
TARGET SPECIES: Summer run steelhead and fall chinook salmon
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Washington State Freshwater fishing license with Columbia River Endorsement
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
The Steelhead Ranch provides ‘Bonanza Style’ ranch comfort with a gorgeous three bedroom ranch-home that serves as the main lodge and center piece 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 and 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 story telling 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 are included with your package
Typical Length of Stay
We recommend a 4 to 5 night package. However, trips of any length can be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details.
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.
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 runs enter the river anywhere from June until the end of November. The hatchery steelhead that inhabit 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 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.
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.
A Washington fishing license can be purchased at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/. A Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead endorsement is also required for all anglers of age 15 years and older fishing for salmon or steelhead on the Columbia River or its tributaries.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or kimberly [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
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 or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details.
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,090.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,585.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,180.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,725.00
- All guided fishing as specified
- All accommodations while at the Ranch
- Breakfast and dinner in the main dining room
- Packed cooler lunch on the water each day
- Beer and dinner wine
- Use of rods, flies, and tackle
What's Not Included
- Transportation to the Steelhead Ranch
- Washington fishing license
- Waders and rain gear
- Gratuities for the ranch staff or fishing guides
- Liquor (BYOB)
- Washington sales tax (included on final invoice)
The Steelhead Ranch is owned and operated by Jack Mitchell with The Evening Hatch
“The reputation of The Evening Hatch is based directly on our developed and original programs, quality facilities and our staff that greets you at the Yakima river fly shop, at one of our lodges, or the guide that shows you the best of the fishery. These dedicated professionals are hard working, fleece wearing, sunglass bearing, weather tattered, sun lined, oar pulling, fish netting, fly tying, genuine fly fishing guides, bums, chefs, hosts, and more. At first glance they may appear to be aloof, out there, glaze eyed, robotic and/or just 'guide like.' A closer look reveals a group of people that will do whatever it takes to make your day the best it can be, period! Our programs have always been 'the first' on the east slope of the Cascades. We guarantee our service.”
- Jack Mitchell
"Jack Mitchell - The Evening Hatch built THE STEELHEAD RANCH on a plateau above the valley of Washington's Klickitat River. The beautiful home is both lodge and the centerpiece in a complex of new buildings for clients and guides. Unique among non-wilderness lodges, the superb guides are on site 24/7. And they find steelhead; angler success is astonishingly high. Accommodations can be brochure boilerplate, but here fly fishermen live large with new friends. I don't know of another steelhead river served so well. See you there!"
- Trey Combs
"I just stayed with you Friday night and had a great day fishing with Russ. First, I want to thank you for a great experience! Our three key guests all had their first trip on the Klickitat. The two guys who fished with Bo are experienced fly fishermen and both landed two fish each. Our third guy never fly fished before and he landed two, one was a big native buck! A great success all around!"
- John Herrmann