The following questions & answers are filled with important information you need to know to arrive fully prepared for your lesson or guided fishing trip with Northwest Fly Fishing Academy (NWFFA). If you have any further questions, please give us a call.


  1. How do I request and confirm a reservation?

    Reservation requests must be made through NWFFA’s website using the form on the Reservations page. Once received, requests are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. We will contact you with any questions then email you an invoice. When payment is received, we will email you confirming your reservation.

2. What's included in the fee?

  • The knowledge and expertise of a professional NWFFA guide or instructor

  • All fly-fishing equipment (rods & reels, lines, leaders, tippet, flies)

  • A cooler to hold your lunch, beverage and snacks

  • A gear bag for storing you extra clothes, etc.

  • Fishing watercraft (if required) such as float tubes & fins and/or fully-equipped professional fishing raft

3. What's not included in the fee?

  • Lunch, Beverages & Snacks (see What Should I Bring – Question #5 below)

  • Personal clothing and other items of a personal nature (See #5 below)

  • Applicable county taxes for guided fishing, card processing fees and gratuities for guides & instructors (see What about Tipping – #8 below)

  • Transportation to/from the meeting location

  • Wading gear, if needed (if you don’t have wading gear, see Can I Rent Wading Gear from NWFFA – question #10 below)

  • Fishing license (a license is not required for lessons unless specifically noted)


  • A WA fishing License – If you need a current fishing license, click on the following link to WDFW ‘s website to purchase one online.

  • Parking charges and/or Shuttle fees (will vary by destination & season)

  • Fuel Reimbursement Fee for lessons or guided fishing activities which are more than 100 miles’ drive ($25 per person)

4. Will I catch any fish? How big?

Our teaching pond at Mountain Springs Lodge is full of big, eager rainbow trout – we like to call them our “teaching assistants.” As a lesson finale, you will cast to, hook, play, land and gently release one of these feisty rainbows.

Of course, when we head out on a guided trip to a river or lake in search of wild trout, no one can guarantee how many fish you’ll land or how big they will be.

5. What should I bring?

Fly Fishing is an outdoor activity, so come prepared for mountain weather conditions which can change without warning. We recommend casual outdoor clothes appropriate for the season with extra layers, hat and a rain jacket. A weather forecast for the Leavenworth and Plain areas can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Lunch, Beverages and Snacks: If you’re planning to make and bring your own lunch, it should be prepared and with you when you arrive.

If you’re coming from Leavenworth and would like to purchase a fresh-made deli sandwich to bring with you, we highly recommend the deli at Dan’s Market (1329 US Hwy 2 in Leavenworth; (509) 548-5611- ask for the deli). We think they have the best sandwiches for the best price in town!

If you’re signed up for a lesson and would prefer to purchase your lunch on-site afterward, Mountain Springs Lodge offers a delicious menu of sandwiches and salads. Other options are the Old Mill Café in Plain or the 59er Diner at Coles Corner (Hwy 2).

Personal Items: Other personal items we recommend include a camera (or smart phone), sun screen/lip balm, cash for personal purchases and any personal medications you may need during the day. Be sure to bring a billed hat (baseball cap) and sun glasses (polarized if you have them) which are important fishing safety gear.


  • WDFW Fishing Car Pass and/or WA Discover Pass parking tag (more info on that below)

  • Current WA State fishing license (must be with you when you’re fishing)

  • Wading gear, if required: waders & safety belt, wading boots. Plus, for walk-n-wade trips: a wading staff, fishing vest and landing net.


6. Will my cell phone work?

Many locations where we teach and fish have cell reception but many have no reception (which may be a good thing if you're looking to disconnect). Your actual reception quality will depend on which service provider you use and our specific location at any given time throughout the day.


7. What if I have a medical condition or need to take medication during a lesson or guided trip?

If you have a medical condition that in any way may impact – or be impacted by – the planned fly-fishing activity, we need to know in advance via email. We’ll contact you with any questions. When you arrive, remind NWFFA’s instructor or guide. All medical information will be kept in strict confidence and will only be released in the case of emergency to authorized medical personnel. If you need to take medication during the activity, be sure you have it with you and let us know if we can help.

For medical emergency contact and insurance purposes, all NWFFA participants are required to agree to and sign our Service and Assumption of Risk Agreement prior to the commencement of the lesson or guided fishing trip.


8. What about tipping?

Gratuities are completely at your discretion based on the quality of your experience. As with other service-based industries, tips are standard in the fly-fishing industry and are sincerely appreciated by our instructors and guides who rely on tips as part of their compensation. For those unfamiliar with expectations for tipping in the fly-fishing world, here are some general guidelines:

  • Half day lesson - $25/person

  • Full day lesson – $50/person

  • Half day of guided fishing - $35/person

  • Full day COMBO (Lesson + Guided Fishing) – $50/person

  • Full day of guided fishing - $50/person

  • Multi-day Lessons & Fly-Fishing Packages – $50/person/day

Most of our clients prefer to take care of all money matters – including tips – ahead of time. For this reason, the suggested amounts above are included in the invoice. If you would prefer to handle the tip separately, no problem: tips should be given in cash directly to the instructor or guide at the conclusion of the lesson or fishing trip. We often find that satisfied clients choose to tip additional the amounts for exceptional service. We thank you and sincerely appreciate your generosity. 

9. Do I need to arrange transportation?

Transportation to and from lessons and guided fishing is not included. There is no charge for parking at Mountain Springs Lodge or other locations in Plain.

For guided fishing, your guide will arrange to meet you at a pre-arranged location. Clients may save costs by using their own vehicle for shuttles. Note that for some locations, a vehicle pass is required, e.g., WDFW Fishing tag or WA Discovery Pass. A day or annual WA State Discover Pass can be purchased online and printed out as late as the day of the lesson/trip.

10. If I need it, can I rent wading gear from NWFFA?

Yes. While no wading gear is needed for the Introduction to Fly Fishing Lesson, wading gear may be needed for advanced lessons or for guided fishing. If you don’t have wading gear, NWFFA has a limited rental inventory which will fit most anglers (S-XL). The wading package includes waders & safety belt, wading boots, plus a wading staff, a fishing vest and a landing net for walk-n-wade trips. The rental fee is $15 for half-day / $25 for full day. If you’d like to rent wading gear, we’ll need some measurements in advance. Give us a call for reservations and sizing.

11. Should I purchase trip insurance?

Fly fishing is an outdoor activity where environmental conditions (weather and water conditions) can be unpredictable and change without notice, causing some or all planned activities to be rescheduled or cancelled altogether. NWFFA is not able to refund payments for cancellation by the client due to unfavorable environmental conditions, unsatisfactory angling success, personal decisions, illness; natural or personal emergencies. Therefore, we strongly urge confirmed clients to consider purchasing trip insurance to protect their payments in the event they cancel a booked lesson or guided fishing trip sSee question #12 below).

12. What are NWFFA’s Terms & Conditions?

Rates: Current fees for scheduled classes, private instruction and guided fishing are listed on our website. Rates for custom requests are quoted in writing. Rates may change at any time without prior notice.

Confirmation: Your reservation will be confirmed via email when payment is received in full.

Payment: Payment must be received by the date noted on the invoice (usually seven days). If full payment is not received by this date, your reservation date will automatically lapse and become available for booking by other interested parties.

Cancellation Policy: All payments are final and non-refundable. However, if NWFFA cancels your confirmed lesson or guided fishing trip, all payments will be transferred to an alternate date or, at client’s written request, refunded in full, less the online payment processing fee. NWFFA reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason prior to or during the delivery of confirmed service. In this case payments received for any undelivered services will be refunded in full, less the card processing fee.

Discounts & Specials: Discounts for singles, groups and youth (under 18 years) are available for most products. Special discounts are also offered from time to time as booking incentives. Discounts and specials are not combinable. Call for information.

Acceptance of NWFFA’s Terms & Conditions and Liability Release: In submitting a reservation request (checking the box in the online registration process), Client verifies that he/she has read, understands and agrees to all the information, terms and conditions contained in this document and to those contained in NWFFA’s Liability Release. Upon arrival and prior to the commencement of any NWFFA activity, all participants are required to sign and date NWFFA’s Liability Release.