Jack and Jennifer Mitchell
Who introduced you to fly fishing?
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
My company and the incredible crew I have developed fish the following waters extensively throughout the year, featuring our conveniently located facilites on or near the watersheds: Yakima - Year Round; Our 'Home Water' from the get go - Since 1988 - Trout fishing year round on Washington's Blue Ribbon river. Our Fly Shop is conveniently located just off the freeway. Klickitat - Steelhead Ranch lodge, June 1 - Nov 30; The river Klickitat tumbles into the Columbia approximately 120 miles from the salt and this can equate to some rather 'hot' summer run steelhead, where the wild strain of steelhead are strong and unpredictable. Typically in the 8-10 pound class with fish as large as 18-20 pounds caught occasionally. The wild summer steelhead runs enter the river anywhere from June 1 until November 30. Upper Columbia - Black Bear Lodge, March 15 - Oct 30; The Upper Columbia is one of the better kept secrets in the lower 48. The Upper Columbia sports incredible insect hatches seasonally. The target fish on the Upper Columbia river are Rainbow and Cutthroat trout. The average rainbow trout is approximately 18-19 inches/ 2.5 to 3 pounds, with fish often in the 5-8 pound class. The Olympic Peninsula - Lake Quinault Cabin - Winter Steelhead season, Jan 1 - April 15; Fishing a myriad of rivers on the Olympic Peninsula during prime time for hatchery and wild stock.
What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
Feb-April for big pre-spawn rainbows and winter steelhead
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
Rio Pico,Chile for Trout, The Skeena for Steelies, Baja for Roosters Bucket list - Kamchatka Russia
What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
Performance and Soul. DNA XF 1267, NS II 967, SSS 968, DNA 1107, DNA 1105
What's your current go-to fly?
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
A hat and glasses. I have no idea how anyone could fish without either.
My favorite thing about guiding is:
Tough question. There are so many things I like. Here are couple; 1-Being on the river which I consider the Arteries of the Earth 2-The people 3-Adapting to the variable situations that arise.
From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?
INSIGHT from a professional who is on the water daily.
What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...
Insight on the techniques to swing a fly
What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
Bruce Gore Salmon ( The finest salmon in the world) and a healthy salad of some sort in the warmer months and conversely a piping hot soup in the winter.
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
Hanging out with family / friends, tying a fly, at a concert with my wife, watching a movie or Ultimate Fighting