About Nate Rowley
Nate “Tamarack” Rowley is a simple fly angler. For 10 years he has called the Yakima River and her tributaries his homewater. Trained by one of the Yak’s first guides Tim Irish and some of the best guides on the river, Nate has put his time into the Yakima River and her trout. With long hours of study with Tim and through the past 10 years he has developed quite an arsenal of “dirty” patterns he uses to trick trout. If you find him riverside he will probably hand you a few of his hand tied patterns to try, especially if you are having a rough day with the persnickety Yakima trout.
As a full time guide, he spends his time taking clients on the Yakima River from top to bottom. You know it’s Nate as he’s the only guide in WA that rows a Hog Island Drift Boat. In between trips he works with his Local Yakima River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited as the secretary and is a TU Endorsed Guide. When he isn’t guiding the river he is working to conserve the wild trout and their habitat. The off season is spent tying flies, learning knew techniques, spending time with his wife, 3 children, and wicked awesome dog. He lives the “fly angler life” as he calls it.
He lives in the heart of the Headwaters in downtown Cle Elum a few blocks from his beloved river. Most days you’ll find him riverside or frequenting the local fly shops. He’s one of the few local independent guides on the river. His blog at Tamarack’s Guide Service.com
, which chronicles the life of a fly fishing guide and the experiences and stories that come from enjoying the river and trout as a profession.
He’s a passionate angler that devotes his life to the trout he lives to share moments with. He guides because he wants others to share moments with these wild fish so that they understand the importance of our wild fish and their rivers. “It’s not always about catching fish. Fly fishing a unique activity in that we interact with these fish in their natural environment because it is fun.” He refers to his guiding as “Chasing Trouts” as the Yakima is home to both native and wild rainbow and westlope cutthroat trout.
With experience as a local hiking, backpacking, and snow sports guide, his knowledge of the area and the river is vast and he can talk and discuss the area, fly fishing, and the conservation efforts of the local anglers, for river mile after river mile. He describes his style of guiding as laid back with spurts of technical intensity. Known to nymph fast water for big rainbow trout, and the ability to whisper both cutthroat and whitefish to the net, he has devoted 10 years of his life to becoming one of the most knowledgable guides in the area. If you drift by his boat you will usually hear music playing, a rather excited bearded individual introducing anglers to wild trout, and good times all around.