Join us on this 3-day Femme, Trans, Women & Non-binary centered* intermediate level bike(fly)fishing Journey of the Salish Sea Watershed
Fly fishing and bicycles have something mesmerizing in common: both deepen our experiences in the great outdoors, challenging us to listen, look and intuit our surroundings in a way that brings us closer to the natural world. In this 3-day pedaling and casting adventure we will take out fly fishing experience to the next level, learning: advanced casting techniques, nymphing and streamer tactics and much more. We’re eager to share days of exploring winding roads and meandering rivers, honing our fishy senses, and escaping city life with you.
Official Trip Info
You’ll start your adventure by meeting your Swift Adventure Co. (SACo) and Emerald Water Anglers (EWA) guides at Swift Adventure Co. in Seattle, WA. From there we’ll pile in the SACo. adventure wagon and point toward the finest roads and water the Salish Sea Region has to offer. Once we establish camp, our expert flyfishing guide and womens program director at EWA, Kristen Bufe, will freshen up our casting and then we will start exploring and taking your time on the water to the next level.
Skills you will gain:
- New casting technique
- Roll Cast
- Reach Cast
- Reading Water and approach
- Casting to targets
- Fly selection
- Streamer and Nymphing tactics
Friday 16th, Meet you guides in downtown Seattle and get swept away to fishy water and winding gravel roads. Once settled at camp, we freshen up our casting, eat some lunch and hit the road by bike to find water to explore.
Saturday 17th, After a hearty breakfast, we will load up our bikes with snacks and fishing gear ready to spend the day out advancing our skills, exploring the forest, and hopefully catching a fish or two.
Sunday 18th, After breakfast and packing up camp we will talk bug and how to identify them and how to select to right one for the water. Late morning we will hit to water for a couple more hours before making our way back into town.
Over the next couple days we will set out by bicycle, using van support when needed, to explore the fishy water of the PNW.
Each evening will find us at a camp where we’ll relax together with delicious open-air meals and good times around a roaring fire to wrap up the day.
Some experience required, participants should be able to
- know the fundamentals of casting & mending
- tie basic knots for attaching flies and tippet
- assemble and disassemble their fly rod (equipment provided)
- and be comfortable wading in small streams
Coming from out-of-town? Don’t hesitate to contact us about lodging recommendations and travel logistics, we’re happy to help! Travel without the hassle of bike cases and heavy gear. We have premium gear and bicycles for rent, and all Field Experience guests receive special rental rates.
We’re proud to bring you the very best fly fishing guides Seattle has to offer through our partnership with Emerald Water Anglers.
Feeling giddy about your upcoming adventure? We are! Here are a few of our favorite books, podcasts and resources ’bout fly fishing and the magic of the Northwest.
The River Why, by James Duncan
The Fly Tapes, Episode 14 with Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate
Salmon Dreams, Dylan Tomine
Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding, logistics, schedule, trip details etc. Howdy@swiftadventure.co
*Celebrating FTW-NB (Femme, Trans, Women & Non-Binary) focused spaces: At Swift Adventure Co. we’re committed to creating spaces that center female & Non-binary participants and guides to adventure spaces where you can thrive, learn and grow together. Please note that while this is a FTW-NB specific trip, the experience will be supported by a CIS-male person.
- Escape to a beautiful place
- Expert fly fishing instruction and education
- Fly fishing supplies-tackle, rods, wader, etc.
- Bicycle logistic and support
- Support and gear vehicle
- Transportation to and from the great outdoors
- All camp meal, snack, & refreshments (some restaurant and store food not included)
Gear/Supplies You Should Bring
- Fishing license- https://wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/fishing
- Polarized sunglasses
- Sun hat
- Bicycle & Helmet (rentals available)
- Bicycle water bottles (available for purchase)
- Personal camp gear & clothing (pack list included upon registration)