Elite Pro Profile - Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell


Jack Mitchell

Home Town

Goldendale. WA 98620

Home Waters

Klickitat, Yakima, Upper Columbia, Olympic Peninsula,

Local Shops

The Evening Hatch, Portland Fly Shop, Creekside Angling

Target Species

Trout, Steelhead, Salmon

Perfect Setups

6139 X Spey with the 6/7 Shorthead for Spey dry line or light tip work

7126 Igniter with a 525 Skagit Max for under water work

9120 X and a Skagit 625 for Chinook work

689 Payload for Streamer work

490 Trout LL Dry fly


Jack started fishing at the early age of one. The first 16 summers of his life were spent fishing at Neah Bay, with his parents and grandparents as "Kelpers" - catching and selling salmon caught in the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. Prior the years at Neah Bay, Jacks grandfather hosted thoudands of anglers fishing the puget sound at a resort he owned on Camano island

After high school Jack went on to college at Washington State University and was on the 7 year plan for his BA in Sport and Recreation Management. While at college he fished, hunted and played a large amount of Rugby, hence the 7 year plan.

His fishing trails have led him to Alaska, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon and South America. In Chile, he explored many watersheds and guided in South America for a total of 7 winters . The Evening Hatch started as a small dream in 1988 and since the company has grown from a small red pick-up, an Achilles raft and doing a seasonal 30 trips a year, to a year round operation. Our services range from day trips to all inclusive programs featuring post and beam overnight programs in 4 different locations. Jack started the credited fly fishing class at CWU in 1994. The class is still ongoing and very popular. He has spoke on the topic of fly fishing at sport shows, clubs and seminars.

Career Highlights

Mostly the Guests (Friends)- some have been fishing with us for 33 years!

In addition, 34 years ago I sold a collection of baseball cards, bought myself a raft. I started guiding and have built it into a year round operation with 4 post and beam locations and a very diverse set of programs requiring Coast Gaurd Captains, Chefs, Managers, National Park Permits etc.... What a ride.

Conservation Work

While I have not directly worked on conservation programs, we donate a significant amount of lodge time to certain causes that do inturn use the donations in such a fashion.

Always catch and release

Philosophy On Fly Fishing

Enjoy the day, give back some way, learn something new and have fun.

One Tip To Improve One's Fishing

Keep your fly in the water.

Perfect Day

A mid belly or longer line, a skater and a fish that commits to chase it down.

A Good Fishing Story

3 dozen or so dry fly takes on a #8 Green Drake dry fly and only the first one landed. The remainder, lost or missed. Fishing was so incredibly fast, furious we did not bother to check the hook which had actually broke (Tip broke) . In essence, we were bumping and releasing. This scenario did inspire me personally to clip the hook on future frenzies. I am able to gain the gratification of fooling the trout without having to fight them. Have not been able to do this with steelhead... they can be just to far in between:)