The following questions & answers are filled with important information to help 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 and we would be happy to answer them.
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 and confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis: we will notify you by email to confirm. Receipt of payment in full confirms you reservation.
2. What's included in the fee?
The knowledge and expertise of a NWFFA professional 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): float tubes and/or fully-equipped professional fishing raft
2. What's not included in the fee?
Beverages & Snacks/Lunch
Personal clothing and other items of a personal nature (See What Should I Bring? below)
Applicable county taxes for guided tours, processing fees and gratuities for guides & instructors (see What about Tipping below)
Transportation to/from the meeting location
Wading gear (if needed – see question below)
Fishing license (a license is not required for lessons unless specifically noted)
Additionally for Guided Fishing:
Current WA fishing License – if you need one, click here to visit 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 definitely have the opportunity to cast to, hook, play, land and gently release one of these feisty fish.
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. We recommend casual outdoor clothes appropriate for the season with extra layers and a rain jacket, just in case there’s a change in the weather. A weather forecast for the Leavenworth and Plain areas can be found here.
Snacks & Beverages and Lunch: If you’re planning to make and bring your own lunch, it should be prepared and with you when you arrive. A cooler will be available.
If you’re coming from Leavenworth and would like to purchase a fresh-made deli sandwich, 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 are attending a lesson and would prefer to purchase your lunch on-site afterward, Mountain Springs Lodge offers a delicious menu of sandwiches and salads. Another option is the Old Mill Cafe in Plain or the 59er Diner at Coles Corner (Hwy 2).
Personal Items: Other personal items we would recommend include a camera (or smart phone), sun screen/lip balm, baseball cap and sun glasses (polarized if you have them), some cash for personal purchases and any personal medications you may need during the day.
Additionally for Guided Fishing:
WDFW Fishing Car Pass and/or WA Discover Pass parking tag (more info on that below)
Current WA Fishing license, if required (as noted above)
Wading Gear, if required, in a duffle bag: waders & safety belt, wading boots. For walk-n-wade trips, add a wading staff, fishing vest and landing net (more info about renting wading gear can be found below)
6. Will my cell phone work?
Many locations where we teach and fish have cell reception; some 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 activity, we need to know in advance. When you arrive, mention it in private to 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 a lesson or guided trip, no worries, just 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. For your convenience, the full text of our agreement and liability can be found at the bottom of the Reservations page.
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 - $30/person
Full Day Lesson – $50/person
Full Day Lesson + Guided Fishing – $50/person
Half-Day of Guided Fishing - $35/person
Full Day of Guided Fishing - $50/person
Overnight Packages – $100/person
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 we e-mail to you in advance. If you would prefer to handle the tip separately, no problem: tips should be given directly to the instructor or guide at the conclusion of the lesson or fishing trip, in cash. We often find that satisfied clients choose to tip additional the amounts for exceptional service. We 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 WA State vehicle pass is required (WDFW Fishing tag or Discovery Pass). A day or annual WA State Discover Pass can be purchased HERE 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 a guided fishing trip. Our wading package includes waders & safety belt, wading boots, a wading staff, a fishing vest and a landing net. The rental fee is $15 for half-day / $25 for full day. 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 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 a booked trip or lesson is cancelled.
12. What are NWFFA’s Terms & Conditions?
Rates: Current fees for scheduled classes, private instruction and guided fishing are listed on our website.
Confirmation: Your reservation is confirmed when payment is received in full.
Payment: Payment must be received within seven calendar days from the date of booking. If full payment is not received within this period, your reservation date will automatically lapse and become available for other bookings.
Cancellation Policy: All payments are final and non-refundable. If NWFFA cancels your booked 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.
Discounts & Specials: Special incentive offers and discounted rates (for groups, students and singles). Discounts and specials are not combinable.
Acceptance of Terms & Conditions and Liability Release: In submitting payment, client verifies that he/she has read, understands and agrees to all the information, terms and conditions contained in this document and to the terms and conditions contained in NWFFA’s Release . Upon arrival and prior to the commencement of any NWFFA activity, all participants will be required to sign and date NWFFA’s Liability Release.