Upper Columbia River Fishing - Black Bear Lodge
Fly Fishing - Guided Fishing - Lodging on the River

Our Upper Columbia Guided Fly Fishing Trips for Wild Redband Rainbow and Cutthroat is a Great and Unique Adventure.
AKA 'The Jurassic' - Nickname coined by The Evening Hatch


In addtition to the fishing, Black Bear Lodge offers a myriad of non-angling activities for family and or corporate members who would rather do 'other things...' Some of the activities to include but not limited to;

Scenic River Floats, birding and wildlife viewing, day hikes, winery tours, snow skiing at certain times of year..etc...



To speak with someone to schedule a trip please
Call 509.962.5959 or 509.859.2280

To schedule online click here


Day Trip;$525 per boat - 2 Anglers per boat
PackagesMulti Day trip rates - 1 day & night all inclusive; $495 per person based on double occupancy - 1-5 day trips

The 'Best of the Best' Seasons on the Upper Columbia;

Feb 15 - April 30 SWING tactics

May 1 - July 25 HATCH tactics

Sept 1 - Oct 15 FALL Terrestrial and hatches


Photo Sampler Here

Black Bear Lodge on The Upper Columbia

For the past 18 years we have been investigating (that means fishing) the northeast corner of Washington, and we pioneered the guiding on the Upper Columbia in Washington. The Upper Columbia is one of the better kept secrets in the lower 48.   The Upper Columbia sports incredible insect hatches seasonally.  Water temps on the river range from 40-65 degrees year round,  providing great habitat throughout the season for insect propagation. While the hatches are not guaranteed day in and day out, the trout are at times incredibly tuned into the surface which makes for great fun. Tactics vary from the late winter/ early spring fishing using single hand and spey swing tactics to the June /July hatch season featuring blizzard Caddis, strong Green/Brown Drakes and Yellow Mays, to the late summer/fall hatches of October Caddis, Baetis, Yellow Mayflies and terrestrials. The predominant target fish on the Upper Columbia is the Rainbow trout. The average rainbow trout is approximately 18-19 inches/ 2.5 to 3 pounds.  There are Cutthroat in the system and we catch them often. We also fish various watersheds in conjunction with the Upper Columbia including the Kettle river!

We offer day trips and we offer overnight trips featuring 'Black Bear Lodge'  - We cannot get any closer to the river,   The lodge provides us with convenience and comfort, a GREAT place to stay and tell stories about the one that "got away".   Lodging is based on two people per room.


In addtition to the fishing we have a myriad of non-angling activities for family and or corporate members who would rather do 'other things...'

Some of the activities to include but not limited to;

Interpretive Scenic River Floats
Day hikes
Winery tours
Snow skiing at certain times of year
, etc....


All fish on the Upper Columbia River are wild residents and not steelhead.
-How to get there

-What to bring - A list will be emailed to you upon reserving a date-Meals and beverages are provided-The Lodge has WIFI

-AT&T, Verizon and US Cellular service works. The lodge has a phone to use if needed 509.250.6111


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In the News on the Upper Columbia

->Here is a recent article from Dick Olson about his visit to Black Bear Lodge on the UC





Catch Magazines 'Twilight Drakes'




Fishing with Ladin TV Show hosts are Steve and Ladin...Great guys, who just love to fish. We had a fun time with them on the Upper Columbia!




Rich & Bob recently (Fall 2011) shot an episode with us on the Upper Columbia. Trout TV is a very popular fishing show on Fox NW! Video Clip Coming Soon!







The Evening Hatch hosted Cabelas Outdoor Adventures and USA Fly Fishing Team member Lance Eagan in 2010 on the Columbia for a fishing trip... great time; Video coming soon.







See the recent article in Northwest Sportsman June 2011









'This is Fly' - An online magazine that features a new approach. Volume 2 Issue # 3-Sept. 2010 - 'This Is Fly' A story by Coach Duff titled...

'No Guide Story' - Article to be available soon






Good friend Greg Heister shot a show with us on the Upper Columbia. His show 'Seasons on the Fly' is on NBCSports! Video Clip coming soon




'The best rainbow trout water you've never heard of'' American Angler April 08



Posterity and a gung ho guide rekindle the fire for lunker trout..Evening Hatch in the Seattle PI April 08'



Multi Day Reservations and Deposit Policy
Upon making your reservation, we require a deposit of 30 % of the package price per person to hold your dates. The balance of your trip is due 45 days before the scheduled trip. Cancellations prior to 30 days of the trip will be refunded the deposit less a $150 administrative fee.. If you cancel your trip within 30 days of the date of your trip you will be responsible and charged for the full amount of your reservation. In the event of an emergency we will do all we can to help you out. Thank you and we look forward to sapending time with you waterside.
All trips are based on double occupancy.


509.962.5959 or 509.859.2280
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