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Epic Fishing Camp

August 27 – September 1, 2017 on the Salish Sea, Rivers & Lakes south of Seattle

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.

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, and Salish Sea. Target fish include trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, surf perch, flounder, sole, dogfish shark, lingcod, and crab.

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 in various ways to enjoy eating the fruits of your labor. This camp is always an exciting and educational experience!

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-13: Open/Available with no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Open/Available with no prerequisite.
Ages 18-26 with their own vehicle or sharing rides with another older participant may attend this week as part of the Subsitance Fishing & Honorable Harvesting  camp running simultaneously.

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.

Camp Schedule & Activities:

2017 Odd-Year Schedule:

  • Sunday – Dry-Land Training at Camp Curran.
  • Monday – Crab, Salmon, Flounder & Sea Perch Fishing the Fox Island Piers. Clamming on Kitsap Peninsula Beaches.
  • Tuesday – Tour of the Puyallup Fish Hatchery. Fly Fishing & Trout/Bass Casting at Deep Lake in Nolte State Park.
  • Wednesday – Salmon Fishing on the Puyallup River.
  • Thursday – Crab, Salmon, Flounder & Sea Perch Fishing the Tacoma Piers. Nighttime Shark & Squid Jigging at the Rodondo Pier.
  • Friday – Salmon Fishing on the Puyallup River. Gourmet Fish Fry at Camp Curran.

Hands-on practice while on fishing excursions in the early mornings and evenings:

  • Rod and reel fishing;
  • Fishing various freshly stocked local lakes for trout;
  • Hunting for rockfish, greenlings, surfperch, sanddabs, sole, and the occasional shark from coastal piers;
  • Primitive fishing demo/instruction;
  • Fly fishing the rivers;
  • Tips and tricks of a seasoned fisherman;
  • Pulling in salmon from the regional rivers;
  • Tackle strategies, bait vs. lures;
  • Location strategies, water and weather conditions;
  • Finer points of casting and casting practice.

Late morning and afternoon training on:

  • Ability to honor animals you harvest by putting their parts to good use;
  • Ability to store harvested goods throughout a turning of the sun;
  • Ability to cook primitively, smoke, jerky foods;
  • Introduction to fishing with purely traditional gear (wiering, netting, spearing, bow fishing, hand fishing, hook and line, gorges, bullfrogging);
  • Ability to make and set fish traps, fish spears, and other traditional harvesting technologies;
  • Cook together on open fires, and learn to make stone soup.

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmCamp Instructors:

Staff fishing specialist and wild chef Charlie Borrowman is leading this camp for the 9th year along with Kim & Chris Chisholm who are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors making up our hallmark 6-1 or better 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!

Camp Location plus Pick-up, Drop-off & Transportation Options:

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Grayland Beach State Park primitive tent sites located at the far end of the state campground 925 Cranberry Beach Road, Grayland, WA 98547. Or use our transportation – Olympia Downtown Bus Terminal at 2:30 or Lacey Amtrak at 2:00 for $60; Tacoma Amtrak/Bus at 1:30 or the Puyallup Wolf Campus at 1:00 for $75; SeaTac Airport 12:00 pm for $95.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive 3:30-4:00 PM Friday at Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E, 98446 in the south Puyallup area in advance of a gourmet fish fry lesson and epic stories from 4:00-5:00, then dinner from 5:00-5:30 with final departure from 5:30-6:00.  Or depart 6:15 Tacoma Bus/Amtrak Station $25, or 8-9 PM Puyallup Wolf Campus $35, or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115.


2017 Summer Overnight Camp Registration opens November 10th, 2016 and the cost is $665 per camp week if you register between November 10-15, or $675 if you register by December 25th, or $685 by February 10th, or $695 by March 20th, or $705 by April 30th, or $715 by June 5th, or $725 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.

The cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including 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 health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $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 once you’ve attended a program, $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the BBB and other sites forbid incentives for reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it!

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 Options:

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

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

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

Click to choose your deposit options if you would like to use PayPal:
Participant Name(s) & Age(s):
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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.

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Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Summer Camp Packing List

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

2018 Even-Year Schedule (See Above for 2017) Will Include:

  • Sunday – Dry-Land Training & Evening Surf Perch Fishing at our Pacific Ocean Campground.
  • Monday – Salmon Fishing & Crabbing on the Westport Fisherman’s Boardwalk & Westhaven Park South Jetty. Nighttime Shark Fishing & Squid Jigging.
  • Tuesday – Rock Fish & Ling Cod Fishing the Westhaven South Jetty. Salmon Fishing & More on the Washaway Beach Jetty.
  • Wednesday – Salmon & Flounder Fishing the Fox Island Pier and maybe Nisqually River before camping at Illahee State Park or Camp Curran.
  • Thursday – Flounder Fishing & Crabbing at Illahee Piers. Nighttime Shark & Squid Jigging.
  • Friday –  Fishing at Fox Island Pier and Puyallup River. Gourmet Fish Fry at Clark’s Creek Park.

2018 Even-Year Meeting Location (not 2017 – see above) will be the Grayland Beach State Park primitive tent sites located at the far end of the state campground 925 Cranberry Beach Road, Grayland, WA 98547. Or use our transportation – Olympia Downtown Bus Terminal at 2:30 or Lacey Amtrak at 2:00 for $60; Tacoma Amtrak/Bus at 1:30 or the Puyallup Wolf Campus at 1:00 for $75; SeaTac Airport 12:00 pm for $95.