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
Currently blown out based on direct releases…. should be back in shape by Sunday.
River has been in good condition and fishing avg. to good depending on the day. the river has turned into a Caddis, Stonefly, Baitfish, Terrestrial and Salmon Spawn River. In other words, our general mayfly population is significantly less then ‘Back in the Day’. My take on this is the Salmon. While our clinging Mayflies are still abundant, our Swimming and Crawling Mayflies are significantly less. With the abundant Salmon Smolt in our river now, and the type of water the smolt like to ‘hang out’ in, it is no wonder the Swimmer and Crawler mayfly population is less prolific as they are easy prey for the smolts. Conversely, the clinging Mayflies are still reasonably prolific because the smolt cannot target a clinging Mayfly nymph.
BWO – Swimmer
PMD – Crawler
March Brown – Clinger
As we all know the Mayfly is the classic fly for trout to eat on the surface. The insect has an incomplete metamorphisis and becomes a sitting duck for trout in its emergence stage. We just don’t see the Mayfly hatches as we use to on the Yakima.
Looking at the positive side… The Salmon add a dimension of biomass to the river that was missing for quite awhile. The ‘Little Alaska’ effect from approximately Sept 10 – Oct 10 can be very fun.
Bugs Include – Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Caddis, Carpenter Ants
Big Water everywhere this year. When you are on the Columbia that is all relative…It is the biggest trout fishery in the world.
Bugs include…. Caddis, Baetis, Carpenter Ants, PMD’s
Water Clarity ranging from 4-6 feet depending on the day
As with all fishing, it isn’t always catching. We have had some avg. to goooood topwater action on the Smally’s or aka ‘Washington Snook’
Currently on the rise and at 3560. Prior to this bump in the water level, the river was on steady drop….and was down to 2850 +/-. Tough conditions overall with not a lot of fish passage over Bonneville. Watch for those number to increase once the Columbia system levels out.
Best bugs lately include a variety of nymphs – #12-16 PT’s, Lightning Bugs, Caddis Pupa and #8-12 Catchall’s
Currently a great bet as we have seen both male and females on beds and have had some goooood fishing recently with topwater action.
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