KLICKITAT RIVER REPORT – 11/16/17

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'Purdy' Klickitat fish
‘Purdy’ Klickitat fish

Sporadic year overall.  Every encounter was appreciated. Some weeks were TOUGH catching, others not as much.  The 2017 season closes at the end of the month. Although lots of fish make for a great day, 1 fish is awesome.  Finding one fish with a swung fly takes the cake…

Recent fishing has been decent.  The above pictured fish came on 2.75 inches of a chartruese dumbell eyed black leech fished behind a 550  I Flight  with 10 feet of T-8.   In fact two fish ate that combo in the same run within 5 casts.  One was landed.

Water clarity is at 4.5 feet with the water temp ranging from 41-44 degrees depending on time and zone.

John with a Klickitat doe
John with a Klickitat doe

 

 

KLICKITAT & YAKIMA REPORT

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KLICKITAT REPORT – Tough fishing, end of story.  The 10/24 – 31 was reasonable, however Nov 1 – 6 has been TOUGH.

YAKIMA REPORT – PDG fishing. Nymphs, Dry Flies and Streamers

Patterns Dejour
#16-20 BWO nymphs and emerger patterns
#18 – 20 BWO Adult patterns
#16-20 Soft Hackles
#8 Sculpilla in Natural

Dry fly fishing has been predominantly limited to Baetis activity in isolated zones.

Keith holding a healthy Yakima rainbow for Kayla

KLICKITAT & YAKIMA REPORT 10/28/17

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Big smiles for Tomonori Higashi  – All the way from Japan:)

KLICKITAT

The river has good clarity – 2.5 to 3 feet.  Our fish over the last few days have been on medium to heavy sink tips.  We have used some light tips/just under the surface,  to no avail.  Flows are at 1100…………perfect for the swing.

YAKIMA

In great shape currently.  Fishing is good. Predominantly nymphing and streamers with some isolated dry fly action on Blue Wings.

Over the next month some of the highlights will include
1)the whitefish spawn,
2)swinging /retrieving/drifting streamers
3)Isolated dry fly activity

CLARITY CHART
Upper proper  4.5 feet
Upper Flatlands 5.5 feet
Upper Canyon 5.5 feet
Farmlands 5.5 – 3.5 feet
Lower Canyon  2.5 feet

Fall colors
Fall colors
Fred with a Yakima bow

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA & KLICKITAT REPORT – 10/22/17

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YAKIMA   The recent Atmospheric river increased the flows on the Yakima as it did on all rivers here in the Northwest.  The Yakima should be back in great shape shortly.  Fishing has been worthy.  The swing fishing has been good with the dry fly fishing and nymphing reasonable as well.

Bugs include… Midges, Baetis and the remaing October Caddis.  The overall insect game will diminish now until the Spring of 2018.

KLICKITAT   Consideraing the low counts,  our catching has been ok. Like a broken record,  we were able to entice fish with multiple lines including dry, light tips and heavy tips.  The dry line fishing has diminished over the last week or so due to the colder weather.  Of course this river is currently blown out due to the recent weather pattern.  Should be about 4+ days for this one to be back in shape.

UPPER COLUMBIA  We are done on the UC for the 17′ season.  We want to thank all the guests that joined us  in the Columbia highlands and at Black Bear Lodge.   There was some good fishing this year but was a bit unpredictable compared to 16′. Of Course and as always we are looking forward to the upcoming year.

Bruce with a Klickitat Steelhead
Bruce with a Klickitat Steelhead
Yakima Cutthroat
Yakima Cutthroat
Klickitat clarity on Oct 22 after the Atmospheric river
Klickitat clarity on Oct 22 after the Atmospheric river
Fall Colors
Fall Colors

 

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT – 10/10/17

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YAKIMA    The fishing on the Yakima has been spot on recently with Baetis, October Caddis, Crane flies as the ‘bugs dejour’.   Isolated zones of fish on Baetis have been a highlight.  Searching with October Caddis, Craneflies and the Streamer have been thumbs up as well.

KLICKITAT Overall tough numbers but makes you appreciate every fish encountered.   The swing fishing has been worthy with multiple techniques including skating, just subsurface and heavier tips.  Water temps have dropped quite a bit this past couple days which will have an effect on surface activity.

UPPER COLUMBIA Not the consistent fall expected but the river has had some highlights the past two months…..Tactics have varied utilizing the dry fly, nymph and the retrieve or swung fly.  Hatches have been light this fall.

Yakima Bow
Yakima Bow
Bruce with a Klickitat Steelhead
Bruce with a Klickitat Steelhead
Kaia with a UC bow
Kaia with a UC bow