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Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes

Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10:30-5:30 Workshop near Tacoma WA – Tying & Casting for Trout, Salmon, Flounder, Crab, Perch, Dogfish Sharks & More

Overnight Fishing Camp Pier Ratfish

Wolf Camp summer instructor removing poisonous rat fish a participant caught at the pier.

Whether you are an experienced angler or new to fishing, join us for a great day of fishing at our favorite local spots to learn the basics of the rod and reel with our seasoned instructors. We’ll show you how to follow laws and tradition to fish local rivers, foothill lakes, and the Salish Sea. Target fish include trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, surf perch, flounder, sole, dogfish shark, lingcod, and crab.

We’ll also discuss what it means to be an honorable harvester, learning to avoid polluting the waters, reducing pain on fish, utilizing everything we can legally catch, and then cleaning and cooking your fish in various ways to enjoy eating the fruits of your labor.

Workshop Itinerary:

9:30 – Optional early arrival to help set up fishing rigs.
10:30 – Review of fishing regulations and overview of fishing gear.
11:00 – Fly fishing demo and practice on lake trout.
11:30 – Rod and reel fishing for invasive bass.
12:00 – Lunchtime natural history and conservation of trout and salmon.
12:30 – Travel to local river and learn tricks of the trade for catching salmon in regional rivers.
1:30 – Travel to productive saltwater pier and set up rods for perch and flounder.
2:30 – Add crab catching tricks while continuing our quest for surf and bottom fish.
3:30 – Set up rods to catch daytime dogfish sharks on outgoing tide.
4:30 – Wild Fish Cleaning & Cooking
5:30 – Dinner & Clean-Up

Please note that this workshop is just an introduction to subsistence fishing, and if you would like to spend more time fishing with us, please enroll in our 5 Day Summer Course: Epic Fishing Camp

Location & Costs:

We will let you know in advance where to meet in the Puyallup area for morning training, and where we plan to move in Tacoma – Kitsap area for the best afternoon fishing opportunities based on the most recent fishing reports. This workshop is normally $95 per person, but in celebration of our 20th Anniversary Year we are offering it at the discounted price of:

$85 general.
$75 per additional friend/family member.
• $65 to take home demo fishing rod/reel set up to catch salmon or bottomfish (or purchase on site plus tax)
• $45 to take home ready-to-go cutthroat trout fly fishing kit (or purchase on site plus tax)

Fishing license and Discover Pass also required (if you drive, not the same as Fish & Wildlife lands pass) which you can purchase at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/

Registration: Who & How

Our weekend workshops are designed for adults, but youth are also welcome to register with an enrolled parent or guardian. Directions to meeting location and carpooling information will be provided upon registration.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail Registration Option: Send with a check donation payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant name(s), phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about.

Or Use PayPal to register via secure online donation with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)


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Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.

Preparatory Information

Please prepare as you normally would for a hike, including lunch, water bottle, 10 essentials, etc. and dress for cold weather. Join us today and at any of our Weekend Workshops on themes of survival, wildlife and ethnobotany, and please contact us for carpooling information.

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