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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

YAKIMA AND KLICKITAT REPORT – 8/3/17

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YAKIMA REPORT

Been awhile since the last report…The Yakima is like any other Western stream in the blazing heat…. A little tough.  Ironically the smoke from the fires add a bit of ‘cover’ and block  the amount of direct light which is an artificial cloud cover.  Hat’s off to all the firefighters out there and hope they get the blazes under control.  Regardless, the mornings and evenings remain the time to be on the water.  Sometimes, the earlier or later, the better.

Bugs of the month – Summer Stones, Caddis,  Cahills, Terrestrials

Rick and Cathy on the Yakima
Rick and Cathy on the Yakima
Rick and Cathy on the Yakima

KLICKITAT REPORT

Current clarity is poor.  However, the overall clarity has been reasonable considering the heat.  Hook ups have been reasonable; landing the fish haS been a challenge:)

Current clarity in Town @ 9AM  – 18 inches
Clarity in Town @ 4PM – 10 inches

Join us at The Two Hander Day Aug 12:)

Tip Tracking   Reasonable video on the importance of tip tracking in the delivery of a two hand cast.

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA, KLICKITAT REPORT – 7/16/17

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YAKIMA’s fishing has slowed a bit, due to the  hot weather.  Mornings and evenings, have been the best time to be on the water as a general rule. Current insects include… Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Hoppers

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UPPER COLUMBIA window of opportunity  has narrowed.   Insects include… Caddis, Baetis  and the latent memory of the Black Quill.

Wildlife sightings – Moose, Black Bear, Whitetail deer, mule deer, Turkey, Bud Light,

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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:)

Evening Light
Waterside Buck
Writer’s Impromptu Guild
BIG trout

 

YAKIMA RIVER & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT – 7/8/17

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Mae is hooked on Yakima Fishing!

YAKIMA
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.

UPPER COLUMBIA

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.

Bent rod in the Columbia Highlands

 

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT – 7/3/17

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YAKIMA
Fishing on the Yakima has slowed a bit recently due to the hot, hot weather. Evenings have been the best to be on the water as a general rule.

Current Yakima insects include
Caddis #14-18
PMD’s and PED’s #14-18
Summer Baetis #18-20
Coming Soon….The Short Wing Stone

The tributaries are great options for the wading anglers. Some of the top tribs to explore would include…
1-The Teanaway
2-The Tanuem
3-The Manastach
4-The Nanuem

Top patterns on the tribs lately would include….
#12-16 Yellow Humpies
#10-14 Royal Trudes
#12-16 Lightning Bugs and Red Copper Johns

UPPER COLUMBIA
The window of opportunity has narrowed  recently due to the heat.

Insects include
Baetis #18-22
PMD’s #16
Drakes #10-12

Wildlife sightings include-Moose, Black Bear, Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Turkey and Bud Light:)

KLICKITAT
There are fish in the system and a few being caught.  Currently the water is marginal at best.  We have not been on the river much.  We however will be on it quite a bit in the near future.

Young Yakima Angler
Klickitat clarity
Jake and Frank on the Upper Columbia

 

 

 

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – 6/28/17

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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

Hatches…

#15-16 PMD’s
#11 Drakes
#14-18 Caddis

Coming soon….. #6-8 Summer Stones.