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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

YAKIMA & UPPER COLUMBIA TROUT, BASIN SMALLMOUTH 5/6/17

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YAKIMA RIVER –  The river is completely blown out currently.  However with this current weather pattern it should settle down a bit.  As stated earlier,  Between now and stabilization (somewhere around June 15)  the river will fish good and not so good….It all depends on how the water comes.

Current bugs include

Salmon Flies
March Browns
Flying Ants
Caddis

Current Water Clarity as of 5/6
Upper Proper  – 6 inches
Upper Flatlands – 8 Inches
Upper Canyon – 0
Farmlands – 0
Lower Canyon – 0

UPPER COLUMBIA RIVER

This is the one river that does not “Blow Out”  believe it or not….Current visibility is 6 feet.  Current bugs include Baetis, Caddis, March Browns.   Predominant tactic lately is nymphing with some swinging and dry flies. Here is a world class trout caught recently….Not all of them are this big:)

 

SMALLMOUTH

Smallmouth bass action is heating up.  Top water action just started on one of our favorite desert streams…..

 

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – 4/23/17

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Clarity Chart….

Upper Proper 4.5 feet
Upper Flatlands 5.5 feet
Upper Canyon 5.5 – 4.5 feet
Farmlands  4.5 – 2.5
Lower Canyon  2 feet

The Yakima has some big water right now.   The Lower and Upper Canyons are bank to bank.  Our best fishing as of recently is to stop and fish likely water in the Farmlands or Upper Proper.  Both the listed stretches afford foot access in high water because of the islands and channels.

#1 Fly yesterday…  # 4 Black Stone fly

Current hatching bugs…
#12 March Browns
#18 Baetis
#10 Skwala

Upcoming bugs…
#4-6 Salmon Flies
#14 American Grannom – Caddis

There are still a few of these around…

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – 4/17/17

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The Yakima has been fishing reasonable over the last few days  with a dropping river ….

Clarity Chart
Upper Proper  4.5 feet
Upper Flatlands 5 feet
Upper canyon 4 Feet
Farmlands 4-2.5 feet
Lower Canyon 2 feet

Bugs include…Midges, March Browns,  Skwalas and Blue Wings

 March Brown

DECENT dry fly fishing to be had…Zone specific.

Hot nymphs…. Pink and Red San Juans, Tungsten Head PT’s

 

YAKIMA, WINTER STEELHEAD and UPPER COLUMBIA – 4/7/17

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YAKIMA TROUT

…The Yakima will be all over the board until stabilization- Somewhere mid June.  There is going to be some great fishing from now till then.  There is also going to be some tough fishing.

Current bugs include – Skwalas, March Browns, Blue Wings
Upcoming bugs include – Caddis, Salmon Flies, PMD’s, Golden Stones

Although we have some hatches occurring,  The dry fly fishing remains less than “the old days” …Nymphing continues to be the producer. Believe it or not, The San Jaun Worm in various sizes, color has been the MVP.

WINTER STEELHEAD

…Our season is close to the end.  Although the water was not very predictable, ‘ hardly ever is’, Overall fishing was reasonable.  We have utilized both swing and nymph tactics to target the winter fish.

Nymph choices include – The bead, Yarn, and Pink Worms

Swing bugs include – The AI, Intruders, Grabflies, Bucket Bouncers

UPPER COLUMBIA TROUT

…The early season low water window of opportunity has come and gone.   April is typically the lowest lake level,  and the flows at the border are low as well.  However, this season we have a significant larger flow at the border. The lake level is typical.  Fishing recently has been average at best when it comes to numbers. Recent tactics include …swinging the fly!