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The Best of Washington Steelhead and Trout Since 1988
The Best of Washington Steelhead and Trout Since 1988

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA & OLYMPIC PENINSULA

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YAKIMA

The only zone currently with clarity is above the Teanaway confluence where it has been a little crowded lately with anglers

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

Fishing is good.  Water  temps are 38-40 degrees with the flows ranging between 40-60K and  8 feet of visibiity.  Nymphing and swinging/retrieving have been the game.

Utilizing a variety of sink heads based on depth and flow is important with any fishing and that is key here as well.

 

OLYMPIC PENINSULA

Receiving much needed rain in the last 24 hours – Although we could use a lot more.  Fishing remains steady for some opportunity and some big fish around.

Sink tip rates used lately with success include:
->5 inches per second poly leader  on a mid belly
->10 feet of T-14 on a standard floating Skagit
->10 feet of T-8 on a Rio Game Changer

Flies that have met with success include:
->Queets leech
->Trey’s Bunny Leech
->Dark Mole Leech

8130 SAGE X REVIEW

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SAGE X REVIEW
Two words come to mind with the 8130 Sage X  –   Lifting Power  – remarkable lifting power.

As with any rod series, There are always a couple gems in the line up.  I cant tell you which of the Sage X’s meet that designation, as I have not cast them all.   What I can tell you is that the 8130 Two hander has remarkable power and soul all in one.
One thing I noticed was the lifting power.  Meaning, when lifting dual density lines with heavy tips and flies, the 8130 does it effortlessly with no shutter/shake, hesitation or loss of power;  almost as if it is ExCaliber.
Often times a power rod has no soul.  This is not the case with the X.  Light but not too light, with touch but not oversensitive, the 8130 feels good in hand and when casting.
My goto on the Olympic Peninsula.

YAKIMA & WINTER STEELHEAD REPORT – 3/17/19

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YAKIMA

Great fishing…. See last reports for specifics.  Not much dry fly action yet but should happen any day soon.  Weather looks favorable.  It  appears that the warmer weather forecasted wont blow the river out as the highs will be mid 50s with night time lows near 30. — We would call that perfect.
 
WINTER STEELHEAD
Some days better than others and some rivers better than others based on conditions.  The Queets river has seen close to all time lows for this time of year. Clear waters require some tactic / strategy modifications.  Sometimes downsizing, not so bright etc….But then again,  big and bright can still get them when everything is low and clear. Be ready for it all and fish the water.
 
Best two hander line  for us on the Hoh and Queets lately….  Rio Game Changer and T-8 sink tip
Standard Skagit and 10 feet of T-14
 
Best Flies –
Trey Combs SteelFlash
Trey Combs Steelhead Bunny
Queets Leech
 
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YAKIMA REPORT – 3/8/19

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YAKIMA – UPDATE !!!!

The weather has been a bit ‘Wintery’ ….
Like a broken record, watch for the days that are at least 28 in the morning and 38 in the afternoon. The days that start out at 14 degrees and end at 30 degrees are worthy but can be tough.
Starting Tuesday the weather looks favorable and the race is on for the 2019 Skwala season…..
Recent nymphs of choice:
San Juan Worms
Stones
Midges
Take advantage of the 10th annual SKWALA SPECIAL LINK BELOW..