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YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT

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YAKIMA

Like a broken record this river rocks on but you have to get’r done.  Just because you are floating down the river casting doesn’t mean it is going to be great catching.

Every day has been a bit different but getting good drifts and utilizing the right bugs will make a difference.

Water flows are typical for summer time…Reasonably big.  Marathon floats can be the ticket.   Looking for the opportunistic spot and fish.  Definitely a fast game.

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
Yellow Sallies
Caddis
Salmon Smolt
Summer Stone
Evening Baetis
Terrestrials…. Beetles, Ants, Hoppers

FLIES  DE JOUR

Under the surface

  1. #14 PT Jig head CDC

  2. #6 Pats Stone –  Tan, Coffee and Black, Brown

  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

  9. #14-16 YB Jig heads

Dry Flies

  1. #14-16 Caddis

  2. #8-10 Chubbies

  3. #14 Purple haze

  4. #14-16 Quigley PMD

  5. #14-16 Yellow Humpy

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UPPER COLUMBIA

The hatch season has officially wound down for the 2020 season.  There are still some bugs but the consistency for a full day trip is a little light.  We will be opening the doors of Black Bear Lodge again towards the end of August:))

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

If you are looking for an adventure less traveled….Holler, we got you covered:))

 

KLICKITAT

The river has been in rough condition based on the heat wave……Will keep you updated as things change.  We are looking forward to the Fall on the Klickitat – An amazing watershed.

YAKIMA REPORT 7/10/20

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YAKIMA

This river continues to rock on ‘Amidst the Rona’ (Corona) that is. Apparently, the trout are not susceptible:))

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
Yellow Sallies
Caddis
Worms
Salmon Smolt
Summer Stone nymphs
Evening Baetis

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

  9. #14-16 YB

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

 

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT & UPPER COLUMBIA

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YAKIMA RIVER

See below … Bristol launch will be closed the 3rd and 4th.

The fishing has been good. The wind has been relentless. We have been covering the entire river.  We are looking forward to less winds. Regardless, We have been busy having fun.

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
Yellow Sallies
Caddis
Worms
Salmon Smolt
Golden Stones

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

  9. #14-16 YB

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

 

KLICKITAT

Water clarity has been worthy overall other than a few days when the weather was HOT.  Fish numbers are lower than normal over Bonneville except for the Shad! Wow!  Actually the number of Sockeye aren’t to bad either. Of course, the shad and Sockeye are not coming up the Klickitat itself.

Multiple tactics are worthy on the Klickitat …..From the swing to the nymph.  Dry line fishing is probably not the best idea as water clarity is at about 2 feet max.  Stick to tips currently for the swung fly.

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

Big spring across the northwest.  Everything is a little late.  The pattern on the Upper Columbia has been the same.  Overall fishing has been good. Water levels are bigger than normal and we have a mix of insects including, Caddis, Baetis, PMD’s and Drakes