"Our company mission
decades ago was to construct Central Washington's most elite fly
fishing operation. To date our professional guiding
services are the manned by the most respected, well trained
staff working the waters of the Evergreen State. Our pro
shop in Ellensburg established in 1998 was the
first of its kind and continues to be our base of operations.
It also serves as a fortress of information and customer service
for those traveling to the Ellensburg area. Our website,
maintained by our staff relays honest and accurate information
to the global fly fisher on a daily basics. What my
staff established and built serves as a industry foundation and
Worley Bugger Fly Co. continues to set the standard for all
Central Washington outfitting operations".
Steve Worley is the
owner and operator of
Fly Co." The base of operations for this fly
fishing outfitter service is headquartered in Ellensburg,
Washington. Here, Steve has trained his staff of fly
fishing professionals to conduct guided fly fishing adventures
throughout Central Washington, with their primary focus on the
Yakima River since 1996.
Worley Bugger Fly Co. also operates the areas first and foremost
premier professional fly fishing shop. "Our staff of fly fishing
professionals has been meticulously assembled and selected around local,
highly knowledgeable fly fishermen."
Over the past several years, our staff has worked tirelessly to
assemble Central Washington's foremost pro and fly shop.
We are recognized and respected as the leading authority on
Central Washington's fly fishing. Our staff is prepared to
show each of our guests the beautiful Yakima river along with a
host of other exciting Washington fisheries."
Steve's interest in the outdoors, began at a very young age while growing up in the
of Butte, Montana. Steve recalls that "Outdoor recreation
was always a part of our family life. Fishing, hunting and camping in
the wilds of Southwest Montana was a influential portion of my life as
a young man. During the spring and summer months, weekends were divided
between camping in the Pioneer Mountains of the Wise River, a small
tributary of the Big Hole River, or in the Bernice area north of
Butte. Here, a family ranch has existed since the early 1900's.
Our days as youths were spent fishing the small creeks and beaver
ponds of Red Rock Creek. The fish were plentiful and we spent
much our carefree time, wading up and down the shores of the small
creek. In the summer of 2006, my daughter Jacqueline caught her
first Brook trout here on a fly. Another pastime during the
summer months was trail bike riding into the high mountain lakes of
Southwest Montana. Here big rainbows and cutthroats were the
primary target. During the months of Autumn and Winter, our interest turned to
archery and big game hunting for mule, whitetail deer and Rocky
Mountain Elk as well as skiing and snowmobiling the rocky slopes of
the Continental Divide.
While growing up in Butte, my father, Bob Worley owned and operated "Treasure
State's Sporting Goods", a fishing, hunting and sporting goods
specialty store in uptown Butte.
remained successful in the sporting goods business for many years before selling his interest in the store to pursue other ventures. My immediate family still resides in
the mineral rich city of Butte Montana. My wife, Robin and I along with our
two beautiful girls, travel back to the Big Sky Country to visit
them as much as our
work schedule allows."
Steve graduated from Butte High School. He took a job in the
Big Hole Valley working for Mr. Jack Hershey on the Hershey Ranch in
Wisdom, Montana. Here, he worked one on one with Jack
"Beaver Slide" on one of the largest cattle and hay ranches in the Big Hole
Basin. The Beaver Slide, a device invented to stack multiple
mountains of hay in a particular area of the field became prominent in the late 1900's. Today, farmers and
ranchers still employ this 20th century technology to erect their
summer hay in the fields of the beautiful, Big Hole Valley.
In the winter of 1984, the
economy in Butte was still in a stagnate state
due, largely in part to the closure of the
mineral rich Berkley Pit. Steve ventured south
to the hot, dry, dusty climate of Bakersfield,
California with long time friends. Here he
applied the knowledge that he had gained working
in the Big Hole taking employment as a swather
operator. He remained employed as a hay
cutter for two seasons before finally
discovering the steel trade. In 1986,
Steve began working in the iron working trade
and became an apprentice steel worker in a rebar
He remained employed,
operating steel shearing machines, overhead cranes and rebar
spent in California was uneasy. The miles away from the
Montana of his youth, the Rocky Mountains, the free flowing rivers
and the close family relationships all were missed. He filled
the void in his spare time on the Kern River fly fishing for small
trout and bass. "In 1987, I had gotten enough of the California
lifestyle and left the Golden State and have never looked back.
return to the mountains of Montana, Steve acquired employment at the
Ranchland Packing Company, a beef and pork and wild game butchering and packing facility.
Here he remained employed for two years with the Western Montana
In 1989, Steve, frustrated
once again with the lack of opportunity in the mining city, departed
the Big Sky State and traveled west to the jet city of Seattle
seeking more prosperous employment prospects. Here, he worked in two
fabricating steel facilities as well as becoming a union iron
worker, eventually constructing several bridges and buildings around
the Emerald City and its surroundings suburbs.
In 1994, his construction
career was cut short after experiencing a work related accident
resulting in a broken back and several other broken bones.
After being laid up for almost a year, surgery was preformed to
correct the abnormalities that had occurred due to the fall.
After almost two and a half years of rehabilitation, concerns from
surgeons and other specialists resulted in the end of a promising
career in the construction field.
Steve was introduced to Robin Carr at the Gorge Amphitheater in
George, Washington during a local Bellevue based bands' rock
performance. They spent two years together living in
and around the Seattle area. In 1994 they relocated to
the Kittitas Valley.
In 1998, during the heat
of an August evening they were married on the grounds of her parents'
family orchard over looking the Kittitas Valley and have been
together ever since. They are blessed with two beautiful daughters,
Jacqueline Christina and Lauren Renee Worley.
Robin is a local Ellensburg girl growing up under the
watchful eye of Drs. John and Marilynn Carr. After high school, she
completed her Bachelor of Science degree in education at Central
Washington University. Furthermore, Robin continued her on
going education by completing her Master Degree in the spring of
2006. Along with this portion of her education she also has
obtained three other degrees in Bachelor Science from Yakima
Community College. She now works as a Special Education
Robin loves the
outdoors and spent many family days hiking and camping around
the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys fly fishing with Steve
and is an accomplished drift boat rower. She also loves to
travel to unique and interesting places. She is the family
activity and travel director.
1995, during the recuperation processes of an intensive
surgery, Steve investigated
the promise of future employment with another of the
local guiding contractors that were currently working an
area of the upper river. To his avail and qualifications
he was passed over. With little discouragement and
the lingering thought of self employment, the challenge
of putting together a new and exciting business career
was intriguing. Upon this, the Worley Bugger Fly
Co. was born.
Soon after the
careful considerations of forming a
new company were made. The creation of the Yakima
River's first web site for fly fishermen, (www.worleybuggerflyco.com)
was uploaded to the internet in 1995. Its contents
provided the viewer an accurate, honest account of the
weekly fishing and river conditions as well as current
insect hatches. The first stages of this new fly fishing
business was quickly building a strong foundation and
Anglers from around the world could connect to the website and
receive detailed reports and information as well as interact
with the shopping cart software, ordering everything
imaginable fly fishing. Professional
guiding services were also obtained through this new and
exciting channel of human communications.
The foundation and success of Worley Bugger Fly
Co. is due largely in part from the support of my
family. My father and mother, Bob & Chris Worley and my in-laws,
Drs. Jack & Marilynn Carr. Also my understanding
and patient wife, Robin. Without their help
and encouragement, Worley Bugger Fly Co. would not
be the success that it is today. For that I
thank you. I am forever grateful for the
your wisdom, guidance, friendship, love and support.
"In the spring of 1997,
I opened the doors to Ellensburg's first and foremost fly fishing
pro shop. The expansion of my business was under way and
soon the fly shop was flourishing with fly fishermen visiting
the Yakima and the Central Basin. Since that time, several
other fly shops and outfitters have opened in the area along with some of the
larger retail outlets jumping into the fly fishing game.
All of them at some point in time have visited our store.
However, we continue to set the standard and maintain
the area's largest, most trusted pro shop, staffed with the most
knowledgeable and friendly individuals in the Yakima River
Steve has well over 25 years of fly-fishing experience and has spent the last
20 of those years fishing the Yakima River. "My first experiences
with the Yakima River began in the upper portions of this blue
ribbon water. I started out exploring the upper
sections of the river learning all I could about the resident trout and
its insect populations.
Later, I branched out to the bigger water and acquainted myself with the lower section of the
Yakima around Thorp, Ellensburg and the Lower Canyon.
I am confident in my knowledge of the 70+ mile stretch of catch and release trout water as well as anyone.
I am intrigued by other areas of this fabulous river and continue
to learn as much as I can about its fish, foliage and wildlife that make this
magnificent river my home. Over the past five years I have
spent time learning the
Lower Yakima River and its resident and non resident
Smallmouth Bass. In 2005, confident in my knowledge of
this portion of river and fish, I began offering guiding fly
fishing tours on the Lower Yakima. This is some of the
most exciting fishing I do all year! From earlier spring
thru late summer a majority of my time is spent pursuing these
warm water gamefish."
"My fly fishing pursuits have
taken me to some of the most spectacular places around the world.
That is the beauty of our sport. We can fish anywhere we go for
anything that swims in fresh or saltwater. My interests first
began and are inspired by the wonders of trout fishing. However, over
the years I have diversified my curiosity with a variety of unique and
specialized game fish. By doing so I have expanded my fishing
horizons making me a much better fly fishermen and guide. Its
given me the chance to see fish in different environments and how these
unique species interact within their surroundings. "
"Fishing is fishing"
but "fishing with flies is a challenge and for me the thrill of
catching fish with artificial imitations is the excitement. Steelhead, salmon, bass and Northern Pike
are just a few of the species I also enjoy throughout the year.
Each spring, the Worley family travels to the far northern edges of
Canada and fly fishes for Northern Pike in the rivers and lakes of
Alberta and Saskatchewan. Its some of the funniest and most
exciting fishing I do all year. If you ever get the chance to
fly fish for this veracious game fish, I encourage you to take
advantage of it. You will get hooked just as I have. Saltwater fishing has always intrigued me and I
have had the pleasure of fishing in Mexico and California for several
varieties of salt species. At some point in my life I hope to do
more. Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit are definitely on my list to
Over the past
fifteen years I have
expanded our guiding operations to other areas of the Evergreen state.
River in Southeast Washington became in instant favorite of my mine
the first day I had the pleasure of fishing it back in June of 2000.
This beautiful, swift gradient river with its steep canyon walls layered
with thick Ponderosa Pine, hardened Oak and leafy Alder is a incredible
place to spend an afternoon. The "Klick" is known for its great
runs of King Salmon as well as the world's foremost game fish, the
Pacific Northwest Steelhead. Each season, I spend many days
showing our customers the beauty of this Pacific Northwest River.
I was first introduced to the
Methow River while my
wife Robin & I planned a short summer honeymoon to the beautiful Upper
Methow Valley in Mazama in August of 1998. We spent several days at the Mazama Lodge and explored the river extensively on foot and horseback.
In 2002, I made several returns to the river, especially in the Autumn
of the year when the Methow was reopened to Steelhead fishing. The
river had been closed for years due in part to the Upper Columbia River salmon and
steelhead being listed as endangered under the E.S.A. (Endangered
Species Act). Each October when it reopens for steelhead fishing,
we treat our guiding clientele to this beautiful piece of water as well.
It's a fun, intimate little river and the fish are extraordinary.
Each year we
explore and expand our guiding operations to new and exiting rivers,
lakes and streams around the central portion of our state. Our
professional team of expert fly fishermen take the time to
figure out each new and exciting piece of water before we utilize it in our operation. We take pride in our service,
work hard for each and every customer and guest of Worley Bugger.
We'll go the extra mile to ensure each of our guests fishing
experiences is a lasting memory. Our guests return each year to
fish with the team at Worley Bugger because of our hard work,
dedication and the friendships we have made with each of them.
For over a decade now, I
have enjoyed and had the pleasure of working within the field that I
love. The river affords us this life style and gives so much to
each and everyone of us. For that, we feel we must do something
in return. Each year, the staff of Worley Bugger Fly Co. along
with hundreds of our fly fishermen from around the state congregate
along the banks of the river to participate in the annual "Yakima
River Clean Up Day". Its a day we are particular proud of.
Its also a day when people with the same interests and values come
together to share and rejoice in a river they truly love. Come
out and join us for the day.
One thing that sets us apart
from the competition, is that the turn over of our staff is very low.
Very seldom does our personnel change from year to year. Each
guiding season when a new individual is introduced, I personally
institute and instruct a strict and rigorous training program.
The program is also over seen by the experienced members of the guiding staff.
New members of our guide team are never permitted to operate a tour
until they pass this rigorous course. They remain in training
until I am satisfied with the quality, service and knowledge each
individual has acquired over the length of the program. Your safety as well as
your time spent on the water should be a fun and valuable experience.
I insure that each member of our staff is prepared to meet each and
every obstacle and exceed your every expectation for the day.
Our fly shop in Ellensburg is
staffed with only the finest, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable
individuals in the industry today. Over 1,200 feet of space is dedicated
solely to our sport of fly fishing We have one of the largest, extensive fly
collections in the Northwest. Stop by and see what sets us apart from
the others. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
"In conclusion, I would like
to express my sincere gratitude to everyone that has patronized our
business at Worley Bugger over the past two decades. We take pride
in providing only the highest in customer service and satisfaction and
hope your visit has been a rewarding and learning experience. Feel
contact me anytime with questions or comments."
"We all have a chance to make a
lasting impression while we are here. It's what you do and say that
sets you apart from the ordinary. "