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YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – 3/26/17

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Although nymphing remains the staple for numbers…..a well placed dry especially towards the end of the day has produced.

Check out our new selection of flies at the newly remodeled shop in Eburg….Plus enjoy  a GREAT cup of coffee.

CLARITY CHART
Upper Proper 4 feet
Upper Flatlands 4.5
Upper Canyon 3.5
Farmlands 2.5-3.5
Lower Canyon 2.5

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – 3/25/17

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Bugs include… A few Skwala and Blue Wings.  Nymphing remains the better technique for action.

Fly choices include … San Juan Worms, Stonefly’s,  PT Flashbacks

CLARITY CHART
Upper Proper  3 feet
Upper Flatlands 3.5+ feet
Upper Canyon 3-2.5 feet
Farmlands  2.5-2 feet
Lower Canyon 1-1.5 feet

WINTER STEELHEAD – 3/24/17

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Everyday is different based on water, weather and ability.  Covering likely water with the chosen technique is a key factor.  The technique best suited for the day based on water clarity and temp,  distance of float and fish behavior could be to slow down or could be to cover mega water.

Covering mega water is generally better when the fish have settled down. Slowing down is generally better when the fish are moving, especially when swinging the fly.

 

YAKIMA REPORT – 3/20/17

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Fishing is back on track….not much dry fly action, but there is definitely fishing to be had!

Water temps  39-44 depending on time and zone

CLARITY CHART
Upper Proper  4-3 feet
Upper Flatlands 3-4 feet
Upper Canyon 2.5-3 feet
Farmlands  2 feet
Lower Canyon 1 foot

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – 3/11/17

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It HAS BEEN MOSTLY a nymph game recently. Unfortunately this past weather pattern has created quite a bit of the low lying snow to melt, consequently increasing the flows and  decreasing clarity, specifically from the Teanaway down.  Above the Teanaway in the Upper Flatlands and Upper Proper the clarity remains good.  Skwala, midges, worms, and small streamer under an indicator/bobber has been a worthy approach.  In addition, a dry fly here and there.  Wilson is puking mud.  Access to the upper river is still minimal due to snow on the ground.  Currently no blockages from Irene down but you have to push the boat through at low volume.  Three blockages from Bullfrog down …In the Upper Proper.

WINTER STEELHEAD – 3/11/17

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The fishing has been all over the board, kinda like the weather. Everything from good catching to real tough catching.   Regardless, we have seen some black-and-white locomotives just too hot to handle. It seems that there is a correlation between a big fly and a buck. Although a doe will eat a big fly, statistics show the frequency to be the bucks.

An Old timer once told me, steelhead bite flies for one of three reasons…

  • aggression
  • curiosity
  • recall

Generally, aggression is equated to bucks, curiosity is equated to the doe’s  and recall is equated to instinctively biting because as smolts  in the river, they had to actively feed. An interesting analogy.