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YAKIMA & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT 6/19/20

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The trout fishing in Washington is fired up!!!

YAKIMA

THERE IS A PARTIAL BLOCKAGE in the Farmlands …Please refer to the last report for images

CLARITY REPORT

UPPER PROPER  – 6 Feet
UPPER FLATLANDS – 7 FEET
UPPER CANYON – 7 to 5 FEET
FARMLANDS – 5 to 3 FEET
LOWER CANYON – 2 FEET

INSECTS AND FOOD SOURCES

PMD’s
Baetis
Caddis
Worms
Salmon Smolt
Salmon Fly Nymphs
Carpenter Ants
Golden Stones
Green Drakes

FLIES  DE JOUR

Under the surface

  1. #14 PT Jig head CDC

  2. #4-6 Pats Stone –  Orange and Black

  3. #14 Hares Ear Soft Hackle

  4. #8 Dali Llama

  5. # 4-8 Sparkle Minnow

  6. #10-12 San Juan

  7. #12-16  Prince

  8. #16 PMD Hot Spot nymph

Dry Flies

  1. #12 Black Carpenter ant

  2. #14 Egg laying Caddis

  3. #8 Golden Stone

  4. #14 Purple haze

  5. #14-16 Quigley PMD

  6. #14-16 Yellow Humpy

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UPPER COLUMBIA

Fishing has been all over the board but certainly worthy.  Not much dry fly action lately .  PMD’s, Baetis and Caddis are the predominant bugs.  Water clarity is at about 6 feet and the river is in great condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

YAKIMA UPDATE – JUNE 8

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**UPDATE -The river flows have increased by 1000cfs as a direct release out of the Cle Elum .reservoir.  Clarity has remained good throughout the system. Water temps have dropped slightly.

There is a ‘Partial Blockage’ in the Farmlands

CLARITY REPORT

UPPER PROPER  – 6 Feet
UPPER FLATLANDS – 7 FEET
UPPER CANYON – 7 to 5 FEET
FARMLANDS – 5 to 3 FEET
LOWER CANYON – 2 FEET

INSECTS AND FOOD SOURCES

PMD’s
Baetis
Caddis
Worms
Salmon Smolt
Salmon Fly Nymphs
Carpenter Ants
Golden Stones
Green Drakes

FLIES  DE JOUR

Under the surface

  1. #14 PT Jig head CDC

  2. #4-6 Pats Stone –  Orange and Black

  3. #14 Hares Ear Soft Hackle

  4. #8 Dali Llama

  5. # 4-8 Sparkle Minnow

  6. #10-12 San Juan

  7. #12-16  Prince

  8. #16 PMD Hot Spot nymph

Dry Flies

  1. #12 Black Carpenter ant

  2. #14 Egg laying Caddis

  3. #8 Golden Stone

  4. #14 Purple haze

  5. #14-16 Quigley PMD

  6. #14-16 Yellow Humpy

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SMALLMOUTH –  THE LOWER YAKIMA

‘Enfuego’

Both subsurface and topwater tactics have been effective.  Mostly dry line  for subsurface tactics utilizing a variety of patterns

 

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA and KLICKITAT

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YAKIMA
The fishing has been good on the river. The river seems to be lower than normal…..Maybe this is the new normal?  No reference to politics.  Clear water above the Lower Canyon and ‘Less than clear’ down low.

CLARITY REPORT

UPPER PROPER  – 6 Feet
UPPER FLATLANDS – 7 FEET
UPPER CANYON – 7 to 5 FEET
FARMLANDS – 5 to 3 FEET
LOWER CANYON – 2 FEET

INSECTS AND FOOD SOURCES

PMD’s
Baetis
Caddis
Worms
Salmon Smolt
Salmon Fly Nymphs
Carpenter Ants
Golden Stones
Green Drakes

FLIES  DE JOUR

Under the surface

  1. #14 PT Jig head CDC

  2. #4-6 Pats Stone –  Orange and Black

  3. #14 Hares Ear Soft Hackle

  4. #8 Dali Llama

  5. # 4-8 Sparkle Minnow

  6. #10-12 San Juan

  7. #12-16  Prince

  8. #16 PMD Hot Spot nymph

Dry Flies

  1. #12 Black Carpenter ant

  2. #14 Egg laying Caddis

  3. #8 Golden Stone

  4. #14 Purple haze

  5. #14-16 Quigley PMD

  6. #14-16 Yellow Humpy

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UPPER COLUMBIA

Little rough lately…. minimal bug activity plus we had a major blowout.  River is back in good condition.

BUGS
Baetis
Caddis
PMD’s
Carpenter Ants

 

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Klickitat

Is in GREAT shape…not many steelies yet over Bonneville.  Regardless fish have been caught .  We have not been on the

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OTHER  –

Some good Smallmouth lately….Mainly a topwater approach for us; Why not!