YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT – 10/10/17

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YAKIMA    The fishing on the Yakima has been spot on recently with Baetis, October Caddis, Crane flies as the ‘bugs dejour’.   Isolated zones of fish on Baetis have been a highlight.  Searching with October Caddis, Craneflies and the Streamer have been thumbs up as well.

KLICKITAT Overall tough numbers but makes you appreciate every fish encountered.   The swing fishing has been worthy with multiple techniques including skating, just subsurface and heavier tips.  Water temps have dropped quite a bit this past couple days which will have an effect on surface activity.

UPPER COLUMBIA Not the consistent fall expected but the river has had some highlights the past two months…..Tactics have varied utilizing the dry fly, nymph and the retrieve or swung fly.  Hatches have been light this fall.

Yakima Bow
Yakima Bow
Bruce with a Klickitat Steelhead
Bruce with a Klickitat Steelhead
Kaia with a UC bow
Kaia with a UC bow

 

Klickitat, Yakima & Upper Columbia – 9/30/17

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KLICKITAT – Pressure has been less due to the lack of numbers over the dam.   The swing fishing has been worthy.  Depending on time and zone, we have used everything from dry lines to heavier tips.  October look alike patterns just subsurface and on the top have attracted a few.  Also, big like the AI (Artificial Intelligence) or Intruders  have produced as well.

In addition to the steelhead under tension we have had a rally, here and there, with the Chinook as well on the swing.

Good push of fish recently:))

UPPER COLUMBIA – Different then last fall….Overall fishing has been average.

YAKIMA – Fishing gooood throughout the system – From top to bottom.   Salmon Spawn up top.  Octobers, Crane flies, Baetis, Small Caddis  in the Farmlands and Lower Canyon

Dinner at The Steelhead Ranch
Rainbow

 

Yakima, Upper Columbia and Klickitat Report

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Fishing has improved on all fronts with the weather change.  Hopefully that will be helpful for the fires as well.

YAKIMA
Low, clear and fishing good.   Dry flies, droppers, nymph rigs and streamers have all worked lately.

Best bugs for us lately…
Royal Wulf #12-14
Adams #12-16
Purple Chubby #8-12
Cranefly adult #8-12
YB Soft Hackle #14-18
Sculpzilla #6-8

KLICKITAT
River is Steelhead Green and the fish have been caught by both tactics….Nymph and Swing.

Swing lines lately include – Dry lines with skaters and damp flies, Light tips and heavy tip.  Fish the water with the technique and line most appropriate for the situ.  Fish have wanted to chase….not a bad thing.

UPPER COLUMBIA
Dry flies, nymphs and swingtastic….:)

Yakima Bow for Kevin
Yakima Bow for Kevin
Rick and Jack with a Klick Doe
Rick and Jack with a Klick Doe
Cordell and a Two Hand Bow from the UC
Cordell and a Two Hand Bow from the UC

 

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA, KLICKITAT REPORT 9/7/17

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Chubby and YB

Fly combo for the Yakima

YAKIMA 

This river has been consistent lately…  River has been dropping and is close to Fall levels now with the flip flop almost complete.  Irrigation needs for the lower valley will be drawn predominantly from the Tieton system, as the flow on that one has been increased.  Great whitewater on that river  right now!

Dry – Droppers have been our best technique lately with the #10 Purple Chubby and a # 16 YB Tungsten Soft Hackle being one of our best combo’s  In addition a well placed streamer has also been a

UPPER COLUMBIA

Little rough lately on this one with minimal bugs and extended warm temperatures.   This cooling trend is welcome

KLICKITAT

Water clarity has been POOR for the past week.  We should see some clearing with the cooling trend.

Yakima Rainbow for Larry
Yakima Rainbow for Larry
Upper Columbia Bow
Upper Columbia Bow
Evening Light
Evening Light
Klickitat Steelies
Klickitat Steelies

 

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT AND UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT – AUG 24, 2017

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Sorry for the delay…..

YAKIMA
The river is definitely on the drop.  This report is very similar to the last:) We have been fishing Dry / Droppers and the Streamers as an overall rule. As the water drops make sure not to just focus on the banks. Predominant seam lines and prevalent drop-offs will be key, some of which will be mid river.

Up coming bugs include – Craneflies, continued Terrestrials, Salmon spawn, Fall Baetis, October Caddis

Tip of the day – The October Caddis have been and will be migrating in toward shore….They will then seal themselves up in their ‘cocoon’ and hatch in late September.  As they migrate in the can get knocked loose and be available to the trout:))

KLICKITAT
The river is currently in great condition and we have been hooking fish daily….   Water clarity is ranging from 2-3.5 feet depending on time and zone.   Predominant techniques include the bobber and a swung fly:))

NOTE –
1-There is a blockage between Leidl and Stinson
2-One lane boat launch is closed

UPPER COLUMBIA
Fishing kicked off a bit slower than anticipated on the UC for our Fall season.  Regardless, we have seen some nice fish and had some fun.  Nymphs and Dry flies have been the mainstay so far.  Water clarity is at 12 feet…. whoa.

Yakima Fishing
Dave and a UC BOW
Beautiful Bow
Dennis on the Klick with a King
Chase and a Klick buck

 

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