YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA – Sept 8, 2018

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YAKIMA

This river is fishing GREAT….What is on the menu?
October Caddis
Crane flies
Summer Stones

Water is dropping fast as the yearly ‘flip flop‘ is taking place

 

KLICKITAT

The river has been on a cycle that has been average. Clarity is ranging from 10 inches to 2.5 feet depending on time and zone. Fishing has been average….

For one reason or another the swing fishing has definitely been better down low in the system as compared to up high.

Swing colors
Black and Chartuese
Little Pink and Orange

For nymphing…
Beads, Jigs, Stoneflies  and Yarn

Great people at The Ranch so far this season…..and some great food!

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

Over all fishing has been average.  Dry flies, swinging and nymphing have all produced.  Cooler weather coming for the entire state including the Columbia highlands…..

 

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA AND KLICKITAT REPORT – 9/2/18

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YAKIMA

Fishing has been Goooooood the last few days. The river is on the drop.  Big dry flies and droppers have been the overall approach.

Best Big Dry  — One that floats :)))  Ha!
#6 – 10 Chubby’s , Dave’s Hopper,  Gypsy Kings

Best Dropper — One that sinks :)))
# 14 – 16 YB’s,  Jig head PT’s,  etc etc etc

Great clarity throughout the system.  The entire river has been fishing good.

 

UPPER COLUMBIA
Just gearing up for Fall.  We have a few prime time openings  left:)

text jack @ 509.859.280

 

KLICKITAT

Nymphing has been good. The swing fishing for my boat has been a bit rough lately.   There are definitely fish in the system.  There are some very nice fish as well  tough to land.  Over the years we would call this ‘Big Buck Week’

YAKIMA AND KLICKITAT REPORT 8/25/18

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YAKIMA

Fishing has been reasonable and consistent for the most part.  Like a broken record,  all tactics are worthy.  Dry flies, nymphs and streamers.  Water temps have been marginal in the afternoon. Thank goodness for this cooler weather.

KLICKITAT

There are some fish around.  Water clarity is ranging fom 1.5 to 3 feet of visibility depending on time and zone.

This doe ate a Little Pocket Picker – The Blue Fox’

This doe ate a vertical presentation under an indicator.

YAKIMA & KLICKITAT REPORT – 8/19/18

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YAKIMA

PGF lately…. some days better than others.  The river is fishing  from top to bottom.  Recently we have had boats in almost all stretches.  Dry flies, nymphs and streamers depending on the day.  Sometimes a combination of all in the day has been the ticket

Bugs dejour….

#6-10 Chubbies, Gypsy Kinks, Dave’s hoppers
#4-8 Sculpzillas, Sparkle Minnows, JJ Buggers
#6-8 Summer stone nymphs
#14-16 YB Soft Hackles, PT Jig heads, PMD Jigheads
#10-14 Beetles and Ants

 

KLICKITAT

The heat cycle is good early down low and OK late, up high.  There are some fish around.  ‘Flashy’ on the swing has been worthy.

Clarity at Town pool at 10 AM is about 2 feet
Clarity at Town pool at 2 pm is about 1 foot.

KLICKITAT & YAKIMA REPORT – 8/6/2018

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KLICKITAT

Reasonable fishing when there has been clarity.

Vertical presentation fly choices…
Jigs in Purple or Black
Yarn -‘The Lifter’
Beads
Hot head Stoneflies

Under tension / Swung Fly choices
The Blue Fox
The Green Butt Marabou

The video below shows a tight spot on the Klickitat that all oarsmen should be aware of…..

Note the clarity in the video….. 10 miles down river 15 minutes later the clarity was significantly better as shown in the following photo >
So the Cycle of the river is worth playing for the fishing factor:)

And there are a few fish around:)  this fish was Renee’s first steelhead:)))

YAKIMA

Kinda like a broken record.  Bugs of the day and fly choices are listed below in the past report.

Water temps stabilized with the cooler weather we just received.  We are going to see another heat wave this week but it will be short lived, compared to the last one.  Wednesday – Friday is supposed to be HOT and then we are going to cool down to highs of 84 :))))

 

YAKIMA & KLICKITAT REPORT

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YAKIMA

Yellow Sally’s
PMD’s
Sumer Stoneflies
Hoppers

Kinda like a broken record.   The above table fare has been on the menu for quite awhile.  The recent cooler weather is much needed.  The past two weeks of 95-107 was a little rough.

Looks like we will be seeing some warm temperatures again starting the middle of net week.

Yesterday’s boat tossed dry fly’s all day:)  We however have been utilizing nymphs and streamers as well.

 

KLICKITAT

Klickitat river boca into the Columbia.

We should see the next 3-4  day window with some reasonable clarity because of the current cooling trend!

Report to follow:))

 

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA – 7/26/18

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YAKIMA

Strategy generally includes longer floats at this time of year looking for the opportunistic fish.  Anchoring down here and there can be productive but generally ‘on the move’ is the game plan.  Water temps have recently bumped up a bit and are ranging from 60-67 depending on the time and zone.

BUGS OF THE DAY
Summer Stones
Yellow Sallies
Yellow Mays
Caddis
Hoppers, Ants, Beatles

CADDIS have been strongest at the end of the day in various locations.
Nymphs/emergers -> YB Soft hackles in #14 -16, Classic soft hackles in a standard Hares Ear,   Hares Ear’s,
Adults -> Egg layers, Quill Tent Wings

YELLOW SALLY STONES have been the strongest mid day. A variety of dropper nymphs have been effective for the Sally.
Nymphs ->#14-16 Iron Sally, Gold Lightning Bug
Adults-> Yellow Elk hair,

SUMMER STONES have started for the 18 season.  They are not in full swing but certainly worthy.
Nymphs -> #4-8 Pat’s Stones in Brown, Tan
Adults-> #6-8 Chubby’s, Tarantulas,

PMD / YELLOW MAY 
Nymphs -> #14-16 Hot Spot Jig
Adults -> #14-16 Sparkle Dun

TECHNIQUES USED LATELY
Dry Flies
Dry Fly and dropper
Nymphing with Indicator
Streamers

FLY PATTERN SUGGESTIONS
Yellow Sally Stone Nymphs
Prince nymph Variations

 

KLICKITAT

Not so pretty…..12 noon  7/26/18 at Wahkiacus bridge

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

Certainly some fishing to be had on the Upper Columbia currently but with the extended heat wave and waning hatches (except for the last 30 minutes of the day)   we are taking a break from the river currently.

Bugs include Caddis, Baetis, Hoppers

Here is a video that Jason from The Portland Fly Shop put together after his hosted trip in early July!

KLICKITAT, YAKIMA & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT

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YAKIMA RIVER

The Upper Canyon is sporting some good action on dries, dry droppers and nymphing spots. Lots of little guys and a few ‘kickers’.  This past Saturday was tougher on the dry fly game until late. Fished a streamer hard both swinging and on the move and under a bobber. PMDs, Sallies, a few Drakes and Caddis.
CFO s chubby’s,  Hoppers,  Ants,  Beetles and little parachutes.

KLICKITAT RIVER

This image is compliments of The Canyon Market in Klickitat  |   This image is as good as the river has been when it comes to clarity.  There is a bit of a cycle happening and this is at town hole in the AM on the 13th.

Overall clarity is ranging from 14 inches to 6 inches depending on time and zone…..

No trips for us here.

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

This heat wave has slowed the fishing and pushed the activity towards the end – basically the last 2 hours.  The Drakes overall are on the decline. Caddis are STRONG in the last hour but difficult to match.