Doug Pendleton


Owner  |  Instructor  |  Guide

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At age three, Doug got his first lesson in fly fishing from his dad on the Pend Oreille River near his hometown of Newport, WA.  It was but a ripple of things to come.

After completing his graduate degree in marine biology and experiential education from the University of Hawaii, he spent more than a decade as an eco-adventure tour operator in the islands.  Doug returned to Washington in 1987, where for the next 20 years he pursued his love for the natural world by creating natural history itineraries worldwide for several exploration-style cruise companies.  Home again in his native Washington, Doug was re-introduced to fly fishing by some of the fly fishing legends of the northwest, including Brian Chan, Ed Ward and Simon Gawesworth.

In 2006, Doug left his “day job” in Seattle to pursue his love of fly fishing full-time as a professional guide and instructor. Doug is founder of Northwest Fly Fishing Academy and is committed to the recovery of endangered wild salmon and steelhead. He is an active member of the Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited which is dedicated to the preservation and recovery these cold-water fish in the Pacific Northwest (see below).

When he’s not teaching, guiding or volunteering with Trout Unlimited, you might find Doug and his wife, Lois, cross-country skiing, river rafting or hiking one of the mountain trails near their home on the Wenatchee River near Leavenworth, WA.


Giving Back


As fly fishers, we recognize just how much we benefit from spending time in the outdoors: the relaxation and sense of freedom we feel in venturing into pristine waters in pursuit of the stunningly beautiful species that inhabit the waterways of North Central Washington. We value these opportunities and appreciate the balance they bring to our busy lives. Yet we know that these natural areas won’t remain healthy and pristine without our help. We see it as our privilege and responsibility to get involved and give something back, and that means contributing some of our time and resources as environmental stewards to help ensure that the thrill we experience fly fishing today will continue to be there, not only for us, but for our families and for future generations.

NWFFA walks its talk: NWFFA donates 10% of its annual income from fly fishing lessons to support the conservation and educational projects of the Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

NWFFA also partners with Trout Unlimited to give each first-time graduate of our Introduction to Fly Fishing lesson a complementary 1-year membership to Trout Unlimited. As a member of TU, you’ll receive quarterly issues of Trout Magazine which is packed with informative articles about fly fishing and community-based conservation projects all over the country.

Our hope is that the joy you experience with NWFFA will grow into a life-long love of fly fishing and commitment to environmental stewardship.