August 25-30, 2019 along Salish Sound Rivers, Mountain Lakes and Pacific Coast Beaches
Only offered on the odd-numbered years to take advantage of the big every-other-year pink salmon runs, so this camp will next be offered in 2019. In the meantime, join us for our June 23, 2018 Workshop Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes near Tacoma WA.
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!
2017 Camp Availability:
Ages 9-13: Registration opens at the end of this year but in the meantime, youth can enroll with an participating adult at our June 23, 2018 Workshop Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes near Tacoma WA for $95.
Ages 13-17: Registration opens at the end of this year but in the meantime, youth can enroll with an participating adult at our June 23, 2018 Workshop Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes near Tacoma WA for $95.
Ages 18-28 with their own vehicle or sharing rides with another older participant may attend this week as part of the Subsistence Fishing & Honorable Harvesting camp running simultaneously. Please note that this camp is only offered on the odd-numbered years to take advantage of the big every-other-year pink salmon runs. Next offered in 2019.
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:
- Sunday – Dry-Land Training at Camp Curran.
- Monday – Tour of the Puyallup Fish Hatchery. Fly Fishing & Trout/Bass/Panfish/Catfish Casting at Woughop Lake (catch and release).
- Tuesday – Salmon Fishing on the Puyallup River.
- Wednesday – Crab, Salmon, Flounder & Sea Perch Fishing on local piers, as well as clamming if area beaches are open. Return to Puyallup River if time.
- Thursday – Crab, Rock Fish, Ling Cod & Surf Perch Fishing the Westport Beach & Jetty. Nighttime Shark & Squid Jigging at the Westport Pier.
- Friday – Daytime fishing and gourmet fish fry at the Westport Pier.
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 and pulling in salmon from the regional rivers;
- Tips and tricks of a seasoned fisherman;
- 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
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 average, 8-1 maximum 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:
5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E, 98446 in the south Puyallup area. Or use our transportation – 2:30 SeaTac Airport $65; or 3:30 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $25.
Pick up anytime between 12:30-4:30 pm on Friday at the Harbor Resort – Westport Fishing Pier, 871 Neddie Rose Dr, Westport, WA 98595 and enjoy the afternoon fishing with us, hearing epic stories from the week, and cooking up our catch into a gourmet creation. Campers may leave with their families anytime between 12:30-4:30, or use our transportation and get picked up at the Olympia Downtown Bus Terminal at 6:30 pm for $50; or the Puyallup Wolf Campus at 7:30 for $75; or stayover and we’ll bring campers to SeaTac Airport in time for late morning or early afternoon flights for $150.
$795. If we contact you with space available, you can reserve your spot with a $200 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. The cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including 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 health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and stayover choices.
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.
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.
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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel 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.