"With a combined 40 years of experience in the valley and on the Methow River, we're more than qualified to show you where the fish are hiding."

Kevin, Bret, Mike, Chad and Blaze are part of the most experienced guide service for the Methow Valley.  Together, we have over 40 years of guiding fly fishing here on Methow waters and a combined 65 years of fly fishing Okanogan County waters.  We love this valley, this system of rivers and lakes and the community that surrounds these waters.  Thank you for letting us share our passion for this special place and the sport of fly fishing.

All of our guides are proficient instructors for any level.  We have all been certified in Washington for whitewater safety and rescue. 

Guides

Kevin van Bueren  

Kevin van Bueren

I grew up in Portland, Oregon and have lived in the Methow Valley for 20 years. I have guided fly fishing on Methow waters for over 15 years and have owned and operated North Cascades Fly Fishing since the end of the 1990's. I was fortunate enough to spend two winters in the Southern Patagonia region of Chile guiding fly fisherman for resident rainbow and brown trout. When I am not guiding on the Methow River or Moccasin Lake, I also work in the Recreation Dept. of Sun Mountain Lodge. I spend some of my time in the coldest months teaching cross-country skiing for the Methow Valley Ski School. I love the change of seasons here in the Methow Valley and with that comes the variety of fishing. Whether I am helping clients stalk big trout sipping dries, teaching the finer points of nymphing or sharing the secret spots for the elusive steelhead, I just love being out on the water with others who share the same passion. My son Jackson and I love to sit on the banks of the Methow River, eat watermelon, cast a fly or just enjoy the water flow by. The Methow river system is a very special place because many people are great stewards of the land and river.I am proud to have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Methow Conservancy and am still actively involved. Also, I sit on the Upper Columbia River Fishery Committee, and was one of the founding members of the Methow Fly Fishers. I feel very lucky to work with such a great group of guides who share the same love for the valley, its river systems and fish, as well as the community. North Cascades Fly Fishing is very proud to be a donating member to many local non-profits concerned with habitat, local educational opportunities and community outreach. Thank you all who come and share this with us.

Bret

 

Bret Alumbaugh

Bret grew up in Okanogan County and has spent his life fishing the local waters. He started fly fishing at age 15 and has been passionate about the sport ever since. Whether it's fishing on Moccasin Lake or the Methow River, he will show you where to find some of the biggest trout you've ever seen. Bret and his wife Kelly have two sons, Derek and Damon, who with any luck will follow in their father's footsteps. When not guiding, Bret is the Recreation Director at Sun Mountain Lodge, teaches skiing for the Methow Valley Ski School, coaches baseball and alpine ski racing.

 

mike

 

Mike Wilson

Mike spent the early part of his youth moving around the world, son of a surgeon in the military. Aside from occasional summer fishing trips into the mountains of Colorado with his grandfather, fishing, and specifically, fly fishing, did not enter his life until he moved to Wenatchee in junior high. with a non-fishing father, he had to teach himself and gleen what he could from the folks he met on the rivers and high mountain lakes of the Central Cascades.  Mike's true love affair with fly fishing was consummated when, after college, he moved to Sun Valley, ID, and fished all over central Idaho.  After a couple of seasons ski-bumming, he moved to Telluride, CO, and taught skiing in the winter and volunteered for the USFS in the summer, conducting fish surveys and stream restoration for Colorado River Cutthroats, in the high mountain streams of the Lizardhead Wilderness. Deciding it was time to come "home" to the Upper Left Corner, Mike moved to the Methow in 1995, and has been fishing the watershed since.  It is not uncommon to see Mike fishing the upper stretches of the Methow, but more likely than not, he'll spend his free time fishing the smaller tributaries, and the high mountain creeks with lightweight gear, and his dog Huckleberry in tow. Mike has been guiding with North Cascades Fly Fishing since 2014.

Chad Rosenstine

 

Chad Rosenstine

Chad grew up in Seattle, Washington and developed his love of fishing at an early age from his Grandfather. He moved to the Methow Valley in 1986 and started fly-fishing the high alpine lakes on hiking/backpacking adventures. That soon evolved into fishing Washington, Idaho and Montana rivers. Chad is a long time member of the Methow Valley Fly Fishers Club and past Board member. He is a member of Pacific NW Ski Instructors Assoc. and a certified ski instructor who has taught for 40+ years. He was the ski school director at Loup Loup Ski Bowl in Okanogan County for 3 years and currently spends winter teaching with the Sun Valley Ski School. Chad has been a guide with North Cascades Fly Fishing since 2014, and has a passion for teaching and sharing this sport with others, especially those new to the sport.

Blaze Ruud  

Blaze Ruud

Blaze is no longer a full-time guide for North Cascades Fly Fishing but we will always consider him a part of our guide family at NCFF. We hope his hiatus will end soon and be guiding again with us in the Methow.