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YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA & OLYMPIC PENINSULA 1/28/21

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OLYMPIC PENINSULA

Pretty reasonable fishing on the Olympic Peninsula.  No complaints. This fish was caught on a 8136 Sage Brownie, Loop Classic reel, 10 ft of T-11 and the fly was unweighted.  This fish came UP for the fly.  No doubt about it.

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YAKIMA RIVER

We just had to do it…. Fish masks at the shop.  Everybondy get’s one on our Yakima fishing trips!

The river is in GREAT shape and the fishing is fantastic.  This sounds like a broken record (which it is) .  This next 2 months should be awesome.

Food-
Skwala nymphs
Blue Wing nymphs
Midge larvae and adults
Worms
Caddis Larvae
Bait Fish

Patterns-
#8-12 San Juans
#8-12 Skwala Stone patterns
#8-12 Pat’s
#14-16 Prince nymphs
#18-20 Brassies
#4-8 Various Streamers

UPPER COLUMBIA

The river is significantly higher than normal for this time of year. Lake levels are starting to drop. Reasonable midges on the ‘right’ day.  Right equals stable.

Swing tactics with various based on depth and flow. Patterns for swinging range from Sculpzillas to Buggers.

YAKIMA AND OLYMPIC PENINSULA REPORT – 1/4/21

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YAKIMA

The entire river is fishing good.  Our favorite sections at this time of year would be…
-Upper Flatlands
-Farmlands
-Lower Canyon

Predominant food sources…..
-Baitfish
-White fish spawn
-Stones
-Worms
-Caddis Larvae
-Midges

OLYMPIC PENINSULA

Tough conditions out there so far with water levels but there are some fish around.  There are some new rules and regulations for this season.  No fishing from a floating device.  Single barbless hook and no bait.

The fish below was caught on 3.5 inches of Cerise, Purple and Blue,  10 feet of T-ll on a standard floating skagit

No other grabs this day but no complaints