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.
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.
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.
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.
We will be back on the water for our fall season shortly….
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
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
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:)
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.
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.
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
This river has been a bit challenging lately. Some good days and some tough days. Most of the issues have been weather related. Regardless, we have seen some cool stuff and spent time with some great people.
Bugs de Jour
#15 Undentified May
#16 PMD and PED
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
#6-8 Golden Stones
#12 Green Drakes
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