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
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 Fly and dropper
Nymphing with Indicator
FLY PATTERN SUGGESTIONS
Yellow Sally Stone Nymphs
Prince nymph Variations
Not so pretty…..12 noon 7/26/18 at Wahkiacus bridge
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!
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.
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.
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.
Average to good fishing with Drakes being the highlight. Colder weather than normal. Some days have been good….some not so much. The river is at about normal flows for this time of year — Up from a couple weeks ago where it was as low as we had seen it at this time of year.
Suggestion – Down low on the river in the morning | Up high in the evening. Water clarity at its worst yesterday was 6 inches of visibility. In the AM down low you might have 20 inches.
The extended forecast looks favorable with highs in the 70’s and lows in the upper 40’s:)
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