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Epic Fishing Camp

August 23-28, 2015 on the Salish Sea south of Seattle

Join us during the most exciting week of the year for fishermen and fisherwomen!  Trout start to bite as the weather cools; crabs are still legal to catch and are growing in size; salmon season opens in rivers; hunting season opens for small critters; and bow hunting season opens for deer!

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 and fly fishing with our seasoned instructors and try your luck at various sites. We will fish the Puyallup River watershed, North Cascades mountain lakes, and Salish Sea. Target fish include trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, surf perch, flounder, sole, dogfish shark, lingcod, and dungeness crab.

In the heat of the day, when the fishing slows, you will learn what it means to be an honorable harvester. You will also learn to clean and cook your fish in various ways and enjoy eating the fruits of your labor. This camp promises to be an exciting and educational experience!

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-13: Open/Available with no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Open/Available with no prerequisite.
Parents may participate in the Traditional Fishing Camp expedition running simultaneously at a similar rate but must help as gear organizers, fishing assistants, and sous chefs.

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, ocean piers, and boats;
  • Learn how to efficiently find and fish the best locations;
  • Understand the ethics of harvesting animals;
  • Utilize fish spears made in prior camps if available;
  • Wilderness Camping, and Swimming in Natural Water;
  • Fishing with Traditional Technologies;
  • Use of Fishing Knives, training in skills and safety for everyone.

Camp Schedule & Activities:

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;
  • Trout fishing in alpine lakes wilderness;
  • 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.

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Staff fishing specialist and wild chef Charlie Borrowman is leading this camp for the 4th year in a row along with Kim & Chris Chisholm.

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

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Dash Point State Park – Group Camp located at 5700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA. Or use our transportation – 3:15 SeaTac Airport $45; or 3:30 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $25; or 3:00 Puyallup Wolf Campus $25.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive between 4:00-4:30 Friday and join us at the Swan Creek Park Community Garden Amphitheater  located at the end of East 42nd St off Roosevelt Way in Tacoma for our closing ceremony from 4:30-5:30 including a fish dinner extravaganza. Final departure 5:30-6:00, or use our transportation to the Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station 6pm Friday $25, or depart Puyallup Wolf Campus 7-9 pm Friday $35; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Puyallup $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Weekend Stayover $195. To add transportation and weekend stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!


$600 and a few spots are still available. To reserve space, make a $175 minimum deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear, although we have plenty of extra just 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.

Click here for costs for attending multiple weeks: Recommended additions to the Epic Fishing Camp include the Wildlife Safari, Ancient Archers & ArtisansWilderness Nav & Orienteering Camp. If you complete all four of those, you can attend our Honorable Hunting Camp.

Registration Options:

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.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-604-4681 or 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. Click to Choose Your Deposit Options:
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Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.

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