Epic Fishing Camp

August 25-30, 2019 along the Salish Sea, Cascade Rivers and Pacific Coast Beaches

 

This is a very high-demand camp, so we have to give priority to Wolf Camp alumni before opening registration generally. Scroll down for availability/registration opening dates.

Join us during the most exciting week of the year for fishermen and fisherwomen!  Salmon season revs up in the rivers, crabs are still legal to catch and are growing in size; piers are hot with bottomfish and other exciting creatures caught day and night. Target fish include trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, surf perch, flounder, sole, dogfish shark, lingcod, and crab.

Regardless of whether you are an experienced angler or new to fishing, come join us for an exciting week of fishing at the very best spots in Western Washington! Learn the basics of rod/reel with our seasoned instructors and try your luck at various sites. We will fish the Puyallup River watershed, foothill lakes, Salish Sea piers, and Pacific Coast beaches!

You will learn 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 with Master Fisherman, Lead Instructor & International Culinary Chef Charlie Borrowman to enjoy eating the fruits of your labor. This camp is always an exciting and educational experience!

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to help you become a proficient fisher and to introduce you to some traditional fishing techniques. Skills include:

  • Become adept at rod and reel fishing (casting, tackle/set up, troubleshooting, hooking/landing fish, bait/lures);
  • Begin to learn fly fishing;
  • Get comfortable fishing from river banks, lake shores, and ocean piers;
  • Learn how to efficiently find and fish the best locations;
  • Understand the ethics of harvesting animals;
  • Wild Camping and Swimming;
  • Fishing with Traditional Technologies;
  • Use of Fishing Knives, training in skills and safety for everyone.

Epic Fishing Camp Sample Itinerary

Camp Availability:

This is a high-demand camp, so we only accept alumni ages 9-17 who have attended a day or overnight Wolf Camp in the past, but if space remains available, we also allow new participants who first register for one of our other day or overnight camps this summer, and/or our spring fishing workshop. Please note that we already have a wait list for these “new camper” spots, so email us to join that list right away. Again, to ensure a great Epic Fishing Camp, we only accept participants who we have spent spent time with beforehand at a prior summer camp or spring fishing workshop.

Camp Instructors:

Staff fishing specialist and wild chef Charlie Borrowman is leading this camp for the 10th year along with Kim & Chris Chisholm who are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors making up our hallmark 6-1 average student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our overnight camp testimonials and dating all the way back to 1997!

Drop-off, Friday Pickup, & Transportation Options:

Sunday 4:30 Starting Point: Lake Sammamish – Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA with additional transportation options from the Seattle Ferry/Bus/Train, SeaTac Airport, and Puyallup Wolf Campus.

Friday End Points: Special family fishing session is available at the Westport Fishing Pier at noon, or pick up by 4 p.m. at the Harbor Resort, , or for an additional fee in Olympia, Puyallup & SeaTac.

Click here for full arrival and departure details and directions.

Tuition:

2019 Overnight Youth Camps are $785 if you register by March 20th, or $790 by May 5th, $795 by June 10th, and $800 thereafter if space remains available. Optional Fee: $100 fee at the end of camp may be paid to take home the set of fishing gear used over the course of the week, including a salmon/pier fishing rod and reel, fly fishing rod/reel/flies, and tackle box with bait and tackle.

To reserve your spot, make a minimum $200 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival. The cost includes organic camp t-shirt at your first camp, or survival knife, firesteel or field guide at subsequent camp weeks, depending on topic. The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need to show you have health insurance, or check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.

Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 off every camp for all alumni returning from prior years.

Scholarships: This camp week involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout, so click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and the underprivileged. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships and add answers to its 8 financial aid scholarship questions to your camp registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

Registration:

As noted above, this is a high-demand camp, so we only accept alumni ages 9-17 who have attended a day or overnight Wolf Camp in the past, but if space remains available, we also allow new participants who first register for one of our other day or overnight camps this summer, and/or our spring fishing workshop. Please note that we already have a wait list for these “new camper” spots, so email us to join that list right away. Again, to ensure a great Epic Fishing Camp, we only accept participants who we have spent spent time with beforehand at a prior summer camp or spring fishing workshop.

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

Or Use PayPal to register online securely 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) but scroll up to check availability/registration opening dates.


Register securely via PayPal: (for Wolf Camp alumni, and new campers on the wait list who are also registering for a camp or workshop beforehand)
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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, 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 without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Summer Camp Packing List

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions