In just a few words – Incredibly hard fish to land – Not a bad problem to have – As listed in the last report; multiple tactics have been used to fool the steelhead lately.
|Drew with a sweet buck|
I have heard complaints about the high flows on the Yakima river during the summer; Granted it is not ‘normal’ but it is a saving grace to the fish because the water temps would be ‘over the top’ if we did not have the injections of water from the reservoir during our hot months.
….Water levels are dropping and the big dry fly fishing yesterday was GOOOD. As the Flip Flop continues you will find fish throughout the river as opposed to hugging the banks as they have for the irrigation season. Tactics will change, as the temps and weather will as well.
Hopefully we will see some reasonable Baetis hatches this fall! We used to see great Cahills, Mahogany Duns and Baetis in the Fall. This was back in the day….when there were only 3 guides on the river, not 2200. Last fall there seemed to be a slight resurgence of a reasonable Baetis hatch; let’s cross our fingers.
VIB’s over the next 2 months
Summer Stones, Hoppers, Craneflies, October Caddis, Baetis, Hydropsyche Caddis
|John Fogliani’s Rainbow!|
Little tougher lately. Water temps have been 66-72 degrees lately depending on where you are in the system and time of the day. Based on the Bureau of Reclamation gauge, which is admittedly not completely accurate. Regardless, a little warm.