The last 24 hours we received an inch of much needed rain. It appears we will not see much more for awhile based on the forecast. Fishing has been awesome….the catching has been all over the board. Swingtastic as well as a nymphorama…
Best bug recently -> Peachy Cream
Best nymph -> Yarn
The 2018 Skwala action is game on…. Every day will be different but the next week should prove to be thumbs up based weather forecast. Nights at the freezing mark and days at 50…..PERFECT.
Skwala fishing tip…. You may not see a lot of Skwala’s, but the trout know they are there. At times, the dry will definitely out fish the nymph.
Trout will key on the adult Skwala in a variety of water types; however, error on the slow waters. Grassey banks that are slow – equals thumbs up.
We are always talking about the Skwala hatch at this time of year…However, there are some other insects including the Blue Wing Olive. Here is one of our favorite patterns for the Blue Wing…. SPARKLE TAIL
In addition to the dry fly fishing sometimes the nymphing can be the mainstay at this time of year…Learn more about the ‘Drift’
Fishing on the Yakima can be up and down at any time of year. if you look at the forecast, most people would say that the next week would not look good for fishing. However, the next weeks forecast is perfect…….
Not frigid cold, cloud cover, reasonably warmer winter afternoons….
Fishing has been wintery and reasonable. Both tactics have proven worthy – both the nymph and the swing.
We have caught fish with big integrated lines and heavy tips while the rivers were low and the fish were holding in the runs. We have also caught fish in transitions buckets when the water was changing and the fish were moving.
Just spent a few days with Mike and Larry from Michigan…. These boys could fish.
Best color of fly this past week….Pink
Best line……Intermediate Skagit with T-14
YAKIMA RIVER REPORT
Definitely a wintery mix of weather on the Yakima. Fishing as been average to good with the Winter Staples as noted in the last report. Some big trout have been caught lately. Tis the season for the big boys.
Sculpzilla is a great choice for some streamer action; Although there are a myriad of other patterns that prove effective.
The Pats stone pictured above is a take-off on the old Girdle Bug. When I first used this pattern on the Yakima in early 2003 it was AUTOMATIC. At that time, we kept them ‘behind the counter’. The pattern has become very popular and it still works. The difference between it and the Girdle bug are the legs…. The Pat’s stone has very lifelike legs: Not just round rubber legs like the Girdle bug has. Sometimes, taking a black marker pen to the legs and creating a variegated look can enhance the effectiveness. Great pattern…But the Yakima is due for a new ‘ Pats Stone ‘ What will be the next hot fly?
Fishing was PDG this past week. However the ‘way above normal’ temperatures combined with the wind definitely compromised the Yakima from the headwaters down….
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