YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA, KLICKITAT REPORT – OCTOBER 8, 2018

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YAKIMA

Good fishing on the Yakima…..

Tactics include… Dry flies, Streamers, Swinging, Bobber nymphing and Euro nymphing…

Best flies lately….

Purple Haze #16
PMX  October Caddis # 12
The Big Daddy Cranely #10


Resolute Commercial Group


Joe and Rich

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

Multiple techniques used to target the trout.  Not one thing being the ticket.  Weather has been a bit abrupt.  Bugs include Baetis and October Caddis.

Both images from the deck @ Black Bear

Amadon Crew!

 

KLICKITAT

Sporadic but reasonable fishing……Both the Swung fly and nymph have produced.

Jodie Davis with a hatchery buck:))

This above image is a bit of an oxymoron:))

Dinner Bonanza by Stan our Chef!

Alan and Rusty with a wild one

 

Oct 4 2018 Report

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Short and sweet…. Good fishing throughout…a few highlights below:)) Sorry for the brevity.

KLICKITAT

The above fish was caught on Thompson River Caddis Skated.  Fly line was a Nexcast Fall Favorite 45.

The above fish was caught on the Blue Fox fly …. Skagit intermediate with T-11 as a tip.

The above fish was caught on a Klickinator (Really a Silvinator)- Black with a Chartruese Cone …. Skagit intermediate with T-11 as a tip.

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA & KLICKITAT REPORT 9/27/18

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YAKIMA

PDG  (Pretty Dang Good)  in specific zones.

Bugs of the day

October Caddis # 10
Crane flies #10
Baetis here and there #18
Tan #16 Caddis

The Lower Canyon has some isolated dry fly fishing but the nymphing continues to be the mainstay.

The Farmlands have supported action on the dry fly, nymph and streamer.

The Upper Canyon is a mystery to us as we have not been in this part of the river much lately.

The Upper Flatlands has been similar to the Farmlands in approach —   Mix in a few spawning Salmon for food source as well.  There are significantly fewer numbers of Salmon this year and therefore the egg game will be less productive but most likely worthy in a few ones.

The Upper Proper  – Certainly worthy with similar approach as the Farmlands and Flatlands.

KLICKITAT

Sporadic but worthy….  Great river conditions.  Water clarity is 4-5 feet.  Water temps have dropped recently.  Will post the actual temp here shortly.

For Swinging our approach has been deep or on the surface.

Some days have been TOUGH with the swung fly and the nymph.

More to follow.

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

Every day is different at 90K CFS but overall the river has fished good  this fall.  Predominant and standard trout tactics apply here  Dry Flies, Nymphs and Streamers

 

 

 

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

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YAKIMA
Key bugs… Crane flies, October Caddis and Fall Mayfly’s (A few Baetis an Yellow Mayflies)
Where….The entire river is fishing  good
How…Dry flies and droppers, streamers

KLICKITAT
Sporadic fishing for both tactics.  Have found  fish on the swing and nymph.   Some good days and some tough ones.  Beautiful weather.

Both the Dry Line and Tips have produced. Picked up a fish on a dry line and the classic Skykomish Sunrise recently….Also picked up a fish on 10 feet of T-18 and a Klickinater. Two different ends of the spectrum.

The Fish below for Desiree was caught on 7.5 feet of T-14 and a Weighted Black/Purple/Blue Intruder.

UPPER COLUMBIA
Typical fall fishing on the UC.  A little of this and a little of that.
Bugs include – October Caddis, October Caddis and October Caddis and some Terrestrials

 

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 :))))