The current weather pattern is appreciated as this winter has seen a lack of precipitation. The swing fishing has been consistent on certain watersheds as an overall rule. However recently for my boat my lucky steak was interrupted with a couple blanks. Regardless, just makes you appreciate every one.
On one occasion recently we had a fish attack the fly abruptly enough to push it to the surface and basically away from her and there was no connection….amazing.
Lines used lately include —
Tips used recently include everything from T-8 to T-17
The bobber fishing has been worthy as well…..Yarn is the terminal ‘bug of choice:)
Upper Columbia is in amazing shape and fishing good when the weather pattern is stable. Levels are low on the dam/lake and average at the border make for some great structure.
Best bugs….. #6 Catch All #4-8 Streamers in yellow/brown, brown, black and natural.
No much for hatches recently.
The Yakima saw a recent bump in flows due to mega precipitation. It is currently on the drop. This last weather pattern ‘kinda’ put a gliche on the Skwala activity.
Recently the best technique has been fishing the San Jaun worm:)
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.
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’
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
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