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The Yakima has been a bit quirky and in the same breath, good.  There are a myriad of choices for the trout to eat currently, unlike a normal February.  Generally at this time of year the predominant active stonefly nymph would be the Skwala; and they are active.   In addition to the Skwala, we have noticed active Salmonfly nymphs…a little early for this.

We have been utilizing all tactics to catch trout….Nymphs, dry flies  and streamers

Predominant bugs hatching are….
#16-18 Blue Wings
#22 Midges
#10 Skwala (A few)

Honorable mentions;
Phil’s first
The Streamer game
59 degrees
Blue wing sippers
Bobber eating trout

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Salmofly Nymphs

Phil with one of his first trout ever.


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Been running a little behind lately.  Apologize for the delay in responding.  The last big water occurrence brought in some fish and the ensuing 9 days after has been some good fishing on both the swing and the bobbercator.   We are however in need of some more water as everything is getting ‘kinda bony’.

Honorable mentions include:
Dave B’s personal best
The 20 plus that got away
15 miles of ClearWater
Jerry’s comentary
Best Bugs – The Purple Snot Rocket and the Yarn Bug
Best Tip – 10 feet of T-10
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There have been a few of these around….on both the nymph and the swing.   Water has dropped and cleared on most watersheds; in fact we need some more rain.  Hopefully not as much as the last deluge.

Best swing bug recently – the Bucket Bouncer in orange and pink
Best Nymph – The Bead 10mm in guide pink


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Yakima river clarity chart

Upper Proper – 3.5 feet
Upper Flatlands – 4.5 feet
Upper Canyon – 3.5 feet
Farmlands – 3.5
Lower Canyon – 2.5

Fishing continues to be steady – Some days have been real good lately! Best bugs include various Skwala nymphs and searching nymphs – The below bug image demonstrates one of our guides preparation for the dry fly action – Coming real soon to the Yakima!  The other images are of beautiful Yakima trout.


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The last water occurrence was a BIG ONE. We are excited to be back on the water :))).  If your fishing using a  boat there will undoubtedly be some new ‘ISSUES’,  So be careful as big water occurences can change rivers dramatically.

Excited to fish the Ultra Spey and Salar Finder this next week.  These multi density lines can and will get the fly down better in the  typical 3-5 foot deep glides. They will also SLOW the fly down which can be very helpful.  These lines are best suited to fish the traditional ‘swing glides’

These lines however, are not the best in the ‘slotty fast’ waters where the Skagit head with a heavier tip and heavier bug would be more appropriate, like you might find on the OP’s  Duc or Clearwater.

So the moral of the story is….’One cannot have enough lines’  for the two hander,


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Upper Proper – 2.5 foot
Upper Flatlands – 4 feet
Upper Canyon – 2.5 feet
Farmlands – 2 feet
Lower Canyon – 1foot

Fishing above the Teanaway has been good.  Below a bit spotty based on clarity as an overall rule….River is settling and should be rockin’ throughout the system sooner then later.

Here is a beautiful sea going rainbow that bit the fly the other day on the Yakima…..


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With all this rain…..The river below the Teanaway is By By momentarily.  Should be back in soon based on weather forecast.  Between the Teanaway and the Cle Elum confluence is your best bet today.

Water clarity chart… as of 10 AM – Saturday

Upper Proper – 1 foot
Upper Flatlands – 2.5 feet
Upper Canyon – 1.5 feet
Farmlands – 1 foot
Lower Canyon – 6 inches


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Unfortunately, most of the rivers are going to go out with this deluge.  It appears to be short lived. Perfect for next week!
This past week was fabulous…
Both the nymph and the swing have produced well recently.  Swing fishing lately has been worthy. Used some cool lines recently; The Ultra Spey and the Nextcast Solar.  Both of these lines offer an intermediate density sinking portion integrated into the body prior to the separate addition of the final sink tip.  The outcome is a line that has a longer portion that sinks and at different rates.  Ultimately these designs allow you to get deeper if needed and definitely slower.  Two thumbs up!  Flies that have produced include Cottrell’s Bucket Bouncer in red, a medium size Intruder in yellow, pink, orange and Mike’s Snot Rocket.
Some of the nymph days on the South OP have been crazy goood.  In fact, a lot of them.  Side drifting the indicator with various terminal choices including beads, yarn, jigs and the like, have all proved effective.
Photo by Brian Chou