The Upper Columbia River’s 255,000 cubic feet per second of cold trout water sets the stage for a massive brown drake hatch every summer, typically in July, but only last for a few weeks. In a flow 160 times larger than Montana’s Madison River, the currents and incredible power remind an angler of the absolute authority of moving water. But, big rainbows thrive in this environment and when the brown drakes hatch it becomes an experience few have ever seen.
Featured anglers in this film are Jack and Jennifer Mitchell and they own Black Bear Lodge in the northeast corner of Washington. Each evening of this hatch, they set out with headlamps on, prepared to fish the brown drake hatch well into the dark of night.
Want to join them? Contact Jack Mitchell via The Evening Hatch.
Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and find new places to fish. He created DIY Fly Fishing to help you do the same.