KLICKITAT REPORT – 12/1/18

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The last day of the season on the Klickitat was ‘kinda magical’ especially for a year that dealt a tough hand.  Maybe the fish knew it was their last day to bit an artificial?  I don’t know why but they were happy:))

Best fly – The Blue Fox

Thanks to all who fished with us. Looking forward to next year.
Thanks to our great crews.
Thanks to Carl at the Canyon Market for all the help:)
 
After all the years on the water (rivers) The Klickitat remains one of my favorites.

 

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT – 11/19/18

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YAKIMA

The Yakima is low and clear throughout.  Not much dry fly fishing to be had from now until the end of February.  however it is possible to find a little pod of fish here and there on Midges or Blue Wings.

Predominant techniques include

1) Indicator fishing with double nymph rigs – combos to include:
Streamer and a #14-18 nymph behind it
Stonefly and #14-18 nymph behind it
#14-16 attractor nymph with a #18 nymph behind it

Favorite nymphs at this time of year
Green Rock Worm, Prince, Brassie, Pats Stone, San Juan Worms

2) Retrieving  streamers –  Sometimes a weighted streamer behind a 10 foot Flouro leader is perfect.  Remember the Yakima is on average 3 feet deep.

3) Swinging streamers
What line to use depends on depth and flow …. Suggestions – Standard short Skagit, Rage, Dual density lines

Favorite Streamers –
Sculpzilla, Sparkle minnows, Dali Llama, JJ Buggers, Wooley Bugger

 

KLICKITAT

Reasonable fishing over the past week for both Steelhead and Coh.  The pressure is LIGHT and the water is beautiful.

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

The dry fly fishing is limited to finding an isolated pod of fish on midges or the like.  Best technique would be to fish the fly on the swing…

Fly Choices include Sulpzilla, Zonkers, Catchalls, JJ buggers

YAKIMA AND KLICKITAT REPORT NOV 2

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YAKIMA

Fishing has been GREAT .  End of Story.  Nymphing has been goooood with some reasonable isolated dry fly pockets and streamer action.

Bugs
Blue Wings #18-20
Mohagany Duns #16-18
Fall Cahill # 16
October Caddis #10

KLICKITAT

Working for all the fish but there certainly are some dandies.  Both the swing and nymph have produced. In addition we have actually hooked a couple on retrieved flies.

The go to fly sub surface has been the  Blue Fox

Line types have varied depending on depth and flow. Everything from Standard Skagit and  T-8 to a FIST line with T-11…..  Some dry line fishing has been part of the picture as well.  Favorite fly besides a Steelhead Caddis on the dry line has been The Green Butt Marabou

 

 

YAKIMA AND KLICKITAT REPORT – 10/21/18

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YAKIMA

Good to great fishing lately….. End of Story.
Bugs of the day  — Blue Wing Olives, Blue Wing Olives & Blue Wing Olives:)
There are a few October Caddis left as well as Craneflies.  In addition the Whitefish spawn is happening.  Refer to the last report re: tactics for the spawn.

KLICKITAT

Well, sporadic would be the story.  We have touched fish with the nymph (Bead), the fly swung just under the surface (Steelhead Caddis) and swung deep (Blue Fox Fly) utilizing multi density lines.  However, no real pattern can be determined and consistency is certainly not part of the pattern.

 

 

 

 

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