We have SKWALA dry fly activity:))
We have SKWALA dry fly activity:))
The swing fishing has been pretty consistent
Line choices depend on the depth and flow of the run you are fishing. Recently we have caught fish on everything from 10′ of T-11 to a FIST line with T-17
Make sure you have a line that gets your fly in the zone.
Nymphing has actually been more sporadic recently…..Best choice-> Yarn.
We have Skwalas and Baetis. Above is a half dozen hot patterns for the Skwala. Stop by the shop and pick some up:)))
Fishing has been avg to great depending on the day and zone. It is fishing, not catching:)
Afternoon Skwalas have been ‘happy’
The last 24 hours we received an inch of much needed rain. It appears we will not see much more for awhile based on the forecast. Fishing has been awesome….the catching has been all over the board. Swingtastic as well as a nymphorama…
Best bug recently -> Peachy Cream
Best nymph -> Yarn
The 2018 Skwala action is game on…. Every day will be different but the next week should prove to be thumbs up based weather forecast. Nights at the freezing mark and days at 50…..PERFECT.
Skwala fishing tip…. You may not see a lot of Skwala’s, but the trout know they are there. At times, the dry will definitely out fish the nymph.
Trout will key on the adult Skwala in a variety of water types; however, error on the slow waters. Grassey banks that are slow – equals thumbs up.
Suggested Pattern Choices -> Images coming soon.
GOOD TO GREAT FISHING AS OF RECENT….
We are always talking about the Skwala hatch at this time of year…However, there are some other insects including the Blue Wing Olive. Here is one of our favorite patterns for the Blue Wing…. SPARKLE TAIL
In addition to the dry fly fishing sometimes the nymphing can be the mainstay at this time of year…Learn more about the ‘Drift’
Pretty darn good:) End of story:)
Doing my best to be more current with the reports page….As suggested by Mike and Larry.
WINTER STEELHEAD – Got to spend a day with one of our guests and guide staff yesterday – Ed Fischer took the picture of Chris Owens and me.
Difficult weather yesterday……… We swung hard and nymphed hard and ended up with this nice doe. No complaints. Just needed one more layer:))
Might catch more if Judge Boldt’s decision got reversed!
YAKIMA RIVER REPORT
Mark and Josh just spent a day on the Yakima with our veteran guide Keith and enjoyed some good trout fishing. 100 % nymph day with a variety of patterns used.
Best bug of the day – Modified Pat’s Stone Size #10
Fishing on the Yakima can be up and down at any time of year. if you look at the forecast, most people would say that the next week would not look good for fishing. However, the next weeks forecast is perfect…….
Not frigid cold, cloud cover, reasonably warmer winter afternoons….
Exactly what you want:)
Fishing has been wintery and reasonable. Both tactics have proven worthy – both the nymph and the swing.
We have caught fish with big integrated lines and heavy tips while the rivers were low and the fish were holding in the runs. We have also caught fish in transitions buckets when the water was changing and the fish were moving.
Just spent a few days with Mike and Larry from Michigan…. These boys could fish.
Best color of fly this past week….Pink
Best line……Intermediate Skagit with T-14
YAKIMA RIVER REPORT
Definitely a wintery mix of weather on the Yakima. Fishing as been average to good with the Winter Staples as noted in the last report. Some big trout have been caught lately. Tis the season for the big boys.
Sculpzilla is a great choice for some streamer action; Although there are a myriad of other patterns that prove effective.
The Pats stone pictured above is a take-off on the old Girdle Bug. When I first used this pattern on the Yakima in early 2003 it was AUTOMATIC. At that time, we kept them ‘behind the counter’. The pattern has become very popular and it still works. The difference between it and the Girdle bug are the legs…. The Pat’s stone has very lifelike legs: Not just round rubber legs like the Girdle bug has. Sometimes, taking a black marker pen to the legs and creating a variegated look can enhance the effectiveness. Great pattern…But the Yakima is due for a new ‘ Pats Stone ‘ What will be the next hot fly?
I was told we don’t update enough… Well it appears that is the case as the last report was quite awhile ago.
Winter Steelhead fishing has been all over the board, as per usual; 50 miles per hour gusts, sun, rain, snow! You know what they say, an inch of rain a day helps keep the swing away.
All tactics have caught fish. Yesterday’s fish came on a pale pink Squidro tied by Larry who came out from Michigan to catch some sea going Steelies.
Some good to great fishing recently and also some tough fishing based on weather. No adult Skwalas yet for us …..That doesn’t mean there haven’t been any.
Turd and the worm – # 10-12
Streamers – Sparkle Minnows and Sculpzilla #4-6
Blue Wing and Midge nymphs #16-20
Caddis larvae #14-16
Waters are dropping and clearing ….. looking forward to the next occurrence. Some nice fish around. Does not appear to be big numbers.
Tip of the day > Low and Clear Water -> Use olive and wine color
River is big but is dropping and clearing nicely. Fishing is good. Perfect conditions for the ‘ Turd and a worm’ combo… AKA Stonefly and San Juan Worm.
UPPER PROPER 4 feet
UPPERFLATLANDS 5 feet
UPPER CANYON 4 feet
FARMLANDS 4-2.5 feet
LOWER CANYON 2.5 feet