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YAKIMA & KLICKITAT REPORT 8/17/17

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YAKIMA

The river is on a slow drop heading into the flip flop. Dry flies and droppers have been the ticket for us lately with a streamer  mixed in here and there.  Wish I could say there has been one particular nymph hotter than another… but that does not seem to be the case.

KLICKITAT

Working for our fish.   There are definitely some great fish in the system. We have found fish under the bobber and under tension with a swung fly…..Even a skater.  While the numbers are not like 2009,  we are catching steelhead and having fun.

Summer Stonefly
Yakima Bow
Klickitat Steelhead for Craig
Klickitat Steelhead for Craig

KLICKITAT, YAKIMA & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT 8/7/17

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KLICKITAT
Nice to be back on the Klickitat.  Great watershed. Bonneville numbers are not good….However, the fish trap on the Klickitat is showing slightly less than average numbers which is not a bad stat considering.  The Klickitat, usually gets fish:)

Clarity was 15-20inches this past weekend.  No fish on the swing and a handfull on the nymph.

 

YAKIMA
Clarity….
Upper Proper  5-6 feet
Upper Flatlands 6-7 feet
Upper Canyon 6-7 feet
Farmlands 6-4 feet
Lower Canyon 4 feet

Bugs de jour…
Summer Stones, Caddis, Yellow Mays, Terrestrials

Bugs of the week…
YB soft hackle, Pats Stones, Dave’s Hopper.

Upper Proper is low and a little warm.  From the Cle elum river confluence down the river is at typical big summer flows. Some good Caddis activity here and there.  However, finding nice fish on the Caddis is difficult amid the precocial salmon. Some reasonable fishing otherwise despite the heat.

UPPER COLUMBIA
We will be back on the water for our fall season shortly….

Klickitat – Shorts and Steelhead
Beautiful upstream Yakima Cutthroat
Evening Light

YAKIMA AND KLICKITAT REPORT – 8/3/17

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YAKIMA REPORT

Been awhile since the last report…The Yakima is like any other Western stream in the blazing heat…. A little tough.  Ironically the smoke from the fires add a bit of ‘cover’ and block  the amount of direct light which is an artificial cloud cover.  Hat’s off to all the firefighters out there and hope they get the blazes under control.  Regardless, the mornings and evenings remain the time to be on the water.  Sometimes, the earlier or later, the better.

Bugs of the month – Summer Stones, Caddis,  Cahills, Terrestrials

Rick and Cathy on the Yakima
Rick and Cathy on the Yakima
Rick and Cathy on the Yakima

KLICKITAT REPORT

Current clarity is poor.  However, the overall clarity has been reasonable considering the heat.  Hook ups have been reasonable; landing the fish haS been a challenge:)

Current clarity in Town @ 9AM  – 18 inches
Clarity in Town @ 4PM – 10 inches

Join us at The Two Hander Day Aug 12:)

Tip Tracking   Reasonable video on the importance of tip tracking in the delivery of a two hand cast.

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA, KLICKITAT REPORT – 7/16/17

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YAKIMA’s fishing has slowed a bit, due to the  hot weather.  Mornings and evenings, have been the best time to be on the water as a general rule. Current insects include… Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Hoppers

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UPPER COLUMBIA window of opportunity  has narrowed.   Insects include… Caddis, Baetis  and the latent memory of the Black Quill.

Wildlife sightings – Moose, Black Bear, Whitetail deer, mule deer, Turkey, Bud Light,

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KLICKITAT clarity has been poor overall which is not untypical.  However this past week has been pretty good clarity.  The Two Hander Day is coming up just around the corner – Aug 12.   We will be on the water daily just around the corner as well:)

Evening Light
Waterside Buck
Writer’s Impromptu Guild
BIG trout

 

YAKIMA RIVER & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT – 7/8/17

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Mae is hooked on Yakima Fishing!

YAKIMA
Water is  up to normal levels. Lower canyon-lots of caddis, pmds holding on. Summer stone nymphs moving. Sally’s showing and few little green drakes and size 20 Baetis. Small dry fishing tough because of all the precocial salmon. Worst we have seen.  They should be flushed out of the river by now?  Maybe they released late?  Fishing has been good with dry dropper and nymphing. Lots of 10-13 inchers with a few in the 15-18 range. Upper canyon pmds still strong 1-3p.  Water temps are great in great condition as is the river.

UPPER COLUMBIA

The Summer hatches are in full bloom.  The heat wave has condensed the opportunity time to a smaller window.  Spotted Sedge Caddis, Black Quill Drakes, Green Drakes, Baetis and PED’s make up the mix.

Bent rod in the Columbia Highlands

 

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT – 7/3/17

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YAKIMA
Fishing on the Yakima has slowed a bit recently due to the hot, hot weather. Evenings have been the best to be on the water as a general rule.

Current Yakima insects include
Caddis #14-18
PMD’s and PED’s #14-18
Summer Baetis #18-20
Coming Soon….The Short Wing Stone

The tributaries are great options for the wading anglers. Some of the top tribs to explore would include…
1-The Teanaway
2-The Tanuem
3-The Manastach
4-The Nanuem

Top patterns on the tribs lately would include….
#12-16 Yellow Humpies
#10-14 Royal Trudes
#12-16 Lightning Bugs and Red Copper Johns

UPPER COLUMBIA
The window of opportunity has narrowed  recently due to the heat.

Insects include
Baetis #18-22
PMD’s #16
Drakes #10-12

Wildlife sightings include-Moose, Black Bear, Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Turkey and Bud Light:)

KLICKITAT
There are fish in the system and a few being caught.  Currently the water is marginal at best.  We have not been on the river much.  We however will be on it quite a bit in the near future.

Young Yakima Angler
Klickitat clarity
Jake and Frank on the Upper Columbia

 

 

 

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – 6/28/17

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Average to great fishing daily depending on the hatches, weather etc…. One of the best techniques lately has been with the dry fly.  The entire river from top to bottom has been good.

VIF – Very Important Flies include
-> #14-16 PMD Cripples and Parachutes
-> #8-12 Chubbies in various colors
-> #12-14 Humpies in red or yellow
-> #14-16 Beadhead PMD Bubble Backs
-> #14-16 Beadhead YB’s
-> #6-8 Stone fly nymphs

Hatches…

#15-16 PMD’s
#11 Drakes
#14-18 Caddis

Coming soon….. #6-8 Summer Stones.

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 6/22/17

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GOOD  fishing recently on the Yakima.  Dry flies and nymphs

CLARITY CHART
Upper Proper   5 feet
Upper Flatlands   6 feetUpper Canyon   5 feet
Farmlands   5-3 feet
Lower Canyon   3 feet

TOP FLY PICKS
#8 Golden Chubby
#14-16 Tung head YB Soft hackle
# 10 Catch All
# 12-16 Yellow Humpies and Purple Haze

BUGS DE JOUR
#16 PMD’s and PED’s
#16-18 Caddis
#6-8 Golden Stones
#12 Green Drakes

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 6-19-17

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Pretty GOOD fishing recently on the Yakima.  Dry flies, nymphs and the swung fly have all produced.

Clarity Chart

Upper Proper   5 feet
Upper Flatlands   6 feet
Upper Canyon   5 feet
Farmlands   5-3 feet
Lower Canyon   3 feet

Top fly picks …
#8 Golden Chubby
#14-16 Tung head YB Soft hackle
# 10 Catch All

Bugs de Jour
#16 PMD’s and PED’s
#16-18 Caddis
#6-8 Golden Stones
#12 Green Drakes

JP gettin’er done on the Yakima
Kaia and one of many Yakima Bows