In March of 2002 Jim Gallagher opened Yakima River Fly Shop and Guide Service in Cle Elum, Washington. As the shop and guide service grew so did the surrounding area, including Suncadia and Tumble Creek Resorts. Jim realized he had a problem. It was a good problem, he was too busy and needed help. In 2009 at the old Caboose Bar and Grill, over a few beers and tequila, Johnny Boitano, Ted Truglio and Jim Gallagher came together to form Troutwater. We officially opened Troutwater in June 2009 in Cle Elum and Ellensburg. After the 2018 season and 10 successful years in Ellensburg and Cle Elum, upper Kittitas County had boomed. Suncadia had grown into the largest resort in Washington. We decided to close the Ellensburg fly shop and consolidate everything up to Cle Elum, Roslyn and Suncadia. 2023 will be our 14th year as Troutwater Fly Shop, Guide Service and Outfitter.
Johnny, Jim and Ted have decades of experience guiding and running fly shops. Our shop staff and guides also share the same passion for fly fishing and guiding. We are lucky to have one of the most experienced guide staffs in the state of Washington.
Troutwater Guide Service specializes in guiding the Yakima River, Cle Elum River, Klickitat River and Grande Ronde River. The Yakima and Cle Elum for wild rainbow and cutthroat trout. The Klickitat and Grande Ronde for summer run steelhead. 2023 will also mark our 16th year hosting trips to Ascension Bay Mexico.