KLICKITAT RIVER, YAKIMA RIVER, UPPER COLUMBIA, DESERT SMALLMOUTH 5/23/17

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KLICKITAT RIVER

  • The Klickitat opens June 1st!  Definitely going to be big water.
  • Current clarity is 8 inches and flows are at 3900cfs!!!!
  • The weather is going to cool over the next few days which will improve clarity.
  • However, 3 days before the opener, the weather looks as though it will get WARM again, potentially marginalizing clarity.
    Town Run on the Klickitat today

YAKIMA RIVER

  • Blown out – Zero visibility –
  • Bugs include-> Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Caddis, Flying Carpenter Ants

UPPER COLUMBIA

  • Current flows are at 219K .  Clarity is at about 5 feet.
  • Bugs include ->     # 12 Flying Carpenter Ants, # 14-18 Caddis, #16 Yellow Mays
  • Fishing and catching is average to good
  • Best bugs lately include a variety of nymphs – #12-16 PT’s, Lightning Bugs, Caddis Pupa and #8-12 Catchall’s
    Upper Columbia bow for Kevin
    Redband
    Upper Columbia Trout Release


    DESERT SMALLMOUTH

    • Currently a great bet as we have seen both male and females on beds and have had some goooood fishing recently with topwater action.
      Recent Desert Smallmouth on topwater for Dillon

KLICKITAT – UPPER COLUMBIA -YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 5/17/17

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KLICKITAT

The river is at 3250.  Long time avg flows at this time of year are about 2500.  Fish counts seem to be a down a bit…….
Klickitat River – 5/18/17   Current clarity is 2.5 feet

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UPPER COLUMBIA

Lot’s of water on the UC, as with everywhere;  However the UC is just a BIGGER scale.  Not much dry fly fishing currently but some avg to good nymphing.  A variety of Mayfly’s out and about with a few Caddis A showing….

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Typical UC Bow

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YAKIMA

WATER CLARITY
Upper Proper  5-6 feet
Upper Flatlands 6-7 feet
Upper Canyon 6-5
Farmlands 5-3
Lower Canyon 3

Bugs

Quite a few of these  Salmon flies lately.  In addition, March Brown’s in isolated locations, Mother’s Day Caddis light and variable, Flying Ants. Water is in great condition but predicted to go out of shape with this upcoming weekend.

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 5/12/17

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The river spiked hard yesterday due to an inordinate amount of rain.  It is currently dropping and looks like it will do so for the next few days and then see a slight continual rise over the next week.  This continued rise will be gradual and the river should fish right through it.

BUGS include – Salmon Flies, Mothers Day Caddis, March Browns

CLARITY AT STATE BOAT LAUNCH – EAST CLE ELUM

YAKIMA & UPPER COLUMBIA TROUT, BASIN SMALLMOUTH 5/6/17

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YAKIMA RIVER –  The river is completely blown out currently.  However with this current weather pattern it should settle down a bit.  As stated earlier,  Between now and stabilization (somewhere around June 15)  the river will fish good and not so good….It all depends on how the water comes.

Current bugs include

Salmon Flies
March Browns
Flying Ants
Caddis

Current Water Clarity as of 5/6
Upper Proper  – 6 inches
Upper Flatlands – 8 Inches
Upper Canyon – 0
Farmlands – 0
Lower Canyon – 0

UPPER COLUMBIA RIVER

This is the one river that does not “Blow Out”  believe it or not….Current visibility is 6 feet.  Current bugs include Baetis, Caddis, March Browns.   Predominant tactic lately is nymphing with some swinging and dry flies. Here is a world class trout caught recently….Not all of them are this big:)

 

SMALLMOUTH

Smallmouth bass action is heating up.  Top water action just started on one of our favorite desert streams…..