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YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 6/22/17

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GOOD  fishing recently on the Yakima.  Dry flies and nymphs

CLARITY CHART
Upper Proper   5 feet
Upper Flatlands   6 feetUpper Canyon   5 feet
Farmlands   5-3 feet
Lower Canyon   3 feet

TOP FLY PICKS
#8 Golden Chubby
#14-16 Tung head YB Soft hackle
# 10 Catch All
# 12-16 Yellow Humpies and Purple Haze

BUGS DE JOUR
#16 PMD’s and PED’s
#16-18 Caddis
#6-8 Golden Stones
#12 Green Drakes

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 6-19-17

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Pretty GOOD fishing recently on the Yakima.  Dry flies, nymphs and the swung fly have all produced.

Clarity Chart

Upper Proper   5 feet
Upper Flatlands   6 feet
Upper Canyon   5 feet
Farmlands   5-3 feet
Lower Canyon   3 feet

Top fly picks …
#8 Golden Chubby
#14-16 Tung head YB Soft hackle
# 10 Catch All

Bugs de Jour
#16 PMD’s and PED’s
#16-18 Caddis
#6-8 Golden Stones
#12 Green Drakes

JP gettin’er done on the Yakima
Kaia and one of many Yakima Bows

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA, KLICKITAT, SMALLMOUTH BASS

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YAKIMA

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

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UPPER COLUMBIA

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

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SMALLMOUTH BASS

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’

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KLICKITAT

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.

Andy and an awesome topwater Smally
Brian and a classic Yakima Bow
Columbia highlands Redband
Upper Columbia Caddis hatch

 

KLICKITAT RIVER, YAKIMA RIVER, UPPER COLUMBIA, DESERT SMALLMOUTH 5/23/17

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KLICKITAT RIVER

  • The Klickitat opens June 1st!  Definitely going to be big water.
  • Current clarity is 8 inches and flows are at 3900cfs!!!!
  • The weather is going to cool over the next few days which will improve clarity.
  • However, 3 days before the opener, the weather looks as though it will get WARM again, potentially marginalizing clarity.
    Town Run on the Klickitat today

YAKIMA RIVER

  • Blown out – Zero visibility –
  • Bugs include-> Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Caddis, Flying Carpenter Ants

UPPER COLUMBIA

  • Current flows are at 219K .  Clarity is at about 5 feet.
  • Bugs include ->     # 12 Flying Carpenter Ants, # 14-18 Caddis, #16 Yellow Mays
  • Fishing and catching is average to good
  • Best bugs lately include a variety of nymphs – #12-16 PT’s, Lightning Bugs, Caddis Pupa and #8-12 Catchall’s
    Upper Columbia bow for Kevin
    Redband
    Upper Columbia Trout Release


    DESERT SMALLMOUTH

    • Currently a great bet as we have seen both male and females on beds and have had some goooood fishing recently with topwater action.
      Recent Desert Smallmouth on topwater for Dillon

KLICKITAT – UPPER COLUMBIA -YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 5/17/17

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KLICKITAT

The river is at 3250.  Long time avg flows at this time of year are about 2500.  Fish counts seem to be a down a bit…….
Klickitat River – 5/18/17   Current clarity is 2.5 feet

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UPPER COLUMBIA

Lot’s of water on the UC, as with everywhere;  However the UC is just a BIGGER scale.  Not much dry fly fishing currently but some avg to good nymphing.  A variety of Mayfly’s out and about with a few Caddis A showing….

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Typical UC Bow

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YAKIMA

WATER CLARITY
Upper Proper  5-6 feet
Upper Flatlands 6-7 feet
Upper Canyon 6-5
Farmlands 5-3
Lower Canyon 3

Bugs

Quite a few of these  Salmon flies lately.  In addition, March Brown’s in isolated locations, Mother’s Day Caddis light and variable, Flying Ants. Water is in great condition but predicted to go out of shape with this upcoming weekend.

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 5/12/17

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The river spiked hard yesterday due to an inordinate amount of rain.  It is currently dropping and looks like it will do so for the next few days and then see a slight continual rise over the next week.  This continued rise will be gradual and the river should fish right through it.

BUGS include – Salmon Flies, Mothers Day Caddis, March Browns

CLARITY AT STATE BOAT LAUNCH – EAST CLE ELUM