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WINTER STEELHEAD – 12/19/16

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Reasonable fishing over the past few days for hatchery winter steelhead. Hooked a handful of some BRIGHT ones that we weren’t able to land. Certainly are a decent number of upstreamers and downstreamers around…..

The fish pictured below had sea lice on it but was not  bright….kinda interesting.

The top photo is one of our favorite boat launches;  yeah right!

 

 

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 12/3/16

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The last month on the Yakima was pretty darn good nymph fishing especially with the Whitefish spawn. That is slowing down dramatically and the key food sources right now would include midges, stonefly nymphs and sculpins.

Fishing today was worthy; not great, not bad….but average, anyways. Pictured below is Jeremy holding a nice Yakima bow for Cory.

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Water is low and clear and water temps are ranging between 40-44 degrees.

Flies used today included #16-20 Brassies and #8-12 Pat’s Stones.

YAKIMA RIVER WINTER FISHING – 11/17/16

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Aside from the actual fishing, which can be fabulous, winter brings a new perspective to rivers. The landscape is ‘pared to the bone’. The birds of prey are on the hunt. The big horn sheep are wintering in the Lower Canyon after a long and arduous rutting season. The most patient fisher of all, the Blue heron, is present daily. Small herds of elk find refuge near the river bottom, especially from Ellensburg upstream. Rarely is the river crowded, in fact, never.

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