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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.

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