Subsistence Fishing Workshop

WAIT LISTED for Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10:30-5:30 near Tacoma WA – Tying & Casting for Salmon, Flounder, 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 spot 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 when in season.

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:

10:30 – Review of fishing regulations and overview of fishing gear.
11:00 – Rod & Reel Primer
11:30 – Fly Fishing Demo & Practice
12:00 – Lunchtime set-up on the pier.
12:30 – Fishing perch and feeder fish including herring.
1:15 – Fishing bottom-fish species like sole or flounder.
2:00 – Fishing for salmon.
2:45 – Catching crab – demo only due to later season.
3:30 – Squid jigging – demo only due to better success later in the year and at night.
4:15 – Catching Dogfish Shark and other nighttime wonders like rays;
5:00 –  Cooking what we caught and were able to keep today.

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:

$95 general includes use of our gear and tackle.
$90 per additional friend/family member.

Fishing license also required which you can purchase at


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 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: 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.

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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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