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

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – JAN 2, 2020

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Water clarity at Ringer road this morning -10AM was 2 feet of visibility and clearing fast as well as dropping. Should be good to great
‘Turd and Worm’ – AKA  Stonefly and San Juan Worm  fishing  with some streamer action mixed in.
Fly image selection below in photo gallery.    We are 60 days away from Adult Skwala stonefly action.  Skwala nymphing  is right now:)
Pats Stone nymphs  #8-12 in Olive, Brown and Black, Brown
20 Incher #8-12
San Juan Worms #8-12 in Red, Red and Pink, Pink
Streamers #4-10 Sculpzilla, Dali LLama, Sheila, Sparkle Minnows
Midge Pupa #18
Caddis larva # 14-16
Attractor Nymphs #14-16
Swing by the shop – Regular hours 8-4PM   – GREAT selection of bugs:))

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 12/9/19

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SHADOW  – THE HAPPIEST DOG EVER

That was an amazing Blue Wing Olive season from the headwaters to Roza.  Pretty much over now with a sputter here and there. Prior and during the Craneflies were PDG as well. Overall a great season on the Yakima.

Here is the size of it now….

White Fish Spawn  #6-8MM Dirty Yellow

Skwala Stone Fly Nymphs #10-12 Pats Stone in Olive, Black and Olive, Black and Brown

Midge Larvae #18-22 Brassies, WD’s

Bait Fish patterns #4-10  Sparkle minnows, Wolly Buggers, Sculpzilla, Sheila Sculpin,  Bow River Buggers…

 

YAKIMA REPORT – 11/16/19

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YAKIMA

The fishing and catching on the Yakima this fall was reminisce of the good ol’ days. The Blue Wing Olives were PDG.  The bulk of the hatch is waning.  There is still some activity but it has pretty much run its course.

What’s on the menu for the trout now?

Whitefish spawn
Stoneflies
Bait fish and forage fish – Streamers
Midges

Yakima river trout
Fritz and a Yakima river trout

 

Yakima river trout
Joe and a sweet Yakima Bow

YAKIMA & KLICKITAT REPORT 10/20/2019

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YAKIMA

Chaz and Rich
Chaz and Rich

Pretty dang good fishing   …  Blue Wings are pretty much the ticket.  Both on top and under the surface.

Hot bugs include

Nymphs
#16-20 Lightning Bugs, RS2, WD40, PT’s

Dry Flies
#16-18 Royal Parachutes, Para Adams, Purple Haze, Iron Dun Soft Hackles
#18 – 20 Comparadun Sparkle Tails,  Parachute Sparkle Tail, Dark Quill,

Streamers
#4-8 Scilpzilla, Dali LLama

 

KLICKITAT…

Continues to produce based on numbers. While we aren’t catching a lot of fish, we have generally been rewarded daily +/- few times by some memorable fish:))

Swing tactics have been everything from in the surface to deep.   The near surface activity is most likely to slow down as temperatures cool.

A few Coho starting to show in the system.

Kaia with a nice Klickitat steelhead
Kaia with a nice Klickitat steelhead

 

 

YAKIMA RIVER 10/5/2019

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YAKIMA RIVER has been GOOD to GREAT fishing. YES to dry flies, nymphs, soft hackles and streamers.
 
Hot bugs include
 
Nymphs – #16-20 Lightning Bugs, WD-40, RS-2
 
Dry Flies – #16-18 Purple Haze #16-18 Sparkle Duns’, #8-12 Chubby’s, Stimulators, Para Madam X, # 10 Crane flies,
 
Soft hackles – #16-18 Blue Dun, Partridge and Olive, Starling and Pheasant.
 
The river is in great condition…..The weather pattern is favorable for some continued great fishing.
 
Tip of the day…. Soft hackle fishing as an overall rule is somewhat of a lost art. Searching with a soft hackle typically is not a great idea. However, the next time you get on a pod of fish rising to Blue wing olives this fall and you want to fish a softie, position yourself quartered above the fish. Tie on a #18 Soft hackle on a 10 plus foot leader terminating in 5x. Cast quartered down to a specific fish, leading them by 4-5 feet making sure you do not have a big belly in your line. If there is a belly, ‘strip out the belly’ or utilize a slight mend to rid the belly. When the fish eats your fly, don’t lift or you will lose. If the take is confident the fish will hook themselves assuming you don’t lift.
 
Fun stuff!

YAKIMA RIVER – 10/2/19

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GREAT FISHING THIS PAST MONTH…  and just continues.  The entire river is low…

HATCHES
#18 Baetis
# 16 Mahogany Duns
#10 Crane Flies
#8-10 October Caddis
#16 Tan Caddis

HOT PATTERNS
#14-18 Purple Haze
#8-10  Crane Fly
#16-18 PT’s, CDC PT , Lightning Bug, RS2’s,
#4-8 Sculpzilla, Dali LLama, Sheila Sculpin, Sparkle Minnows
#8-12 Chubby, Parachute Madam X, Stimulator in Orange, Purple

Upper Columbia, Yakima & Klickitat report – 9/21/10

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YAKIMA

Fishing has been good right through the ‘Flip Flop’  We have low and clear water.  The entire river is fishing.  Some parts of the river are very low and slightly challenging with the drift boat….The easiest solution on those spots is simply to get out and walk the boat through.

Bugs include;
#10 Craneflies
#18 Baetis
#16 Mahogany Duns
#16 Tan Caddis

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

The river is as low as I have ever seen it at this time of year.  Bugs include, October Caddis, #16 Red Quills,  # 16 Tan Caddis, #16 Fall Cahill

Swing, dry and nymph tactics have all worked:))

 

KLICKITAT

Finally the Klickitat is seeing a steady  cycle and fishing is reasonable considering the counts over Bonneville. The entire river has fish in it – Both Steelhead and Chinook.  Last year we saw minimal fish up river at this time.  On the contrary, we have fish dispersed throughout the system this year.

 

Yakima, Klickitat and Upper Columbia report – 9/9/19

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YAKIMA

The Yakima River is on it’s nearly dropped… The flip flop. Fishing has been good to great depending on the day. There has been some great dry fly fishing With terrestrials and crane flies. Streamers and nymphs have also been very productive. The entire river has been fishing.  

 

KLICKITAT

Plain and simple this one has been tough so far. The river has not been in shape enough to fish much and currently it is Willy Wonka gone wild.

Fish counts are  light and variable Over Bonneville dam. However, Klickitat usually gets a pretty good percentage of fish in comparison to other upper Columbia tributaries!

Looking forward to stable water conditions coming our way.

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

The fishing on the UC has been sporadic but reasonable. Swing tactics have probably been the best technique.

October Caddis are starting to show.  Tough hopper season so far.

 

 

 

Trout fishing in Washington

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TROUT FISHING
Currently the Hopper and other terrestrial fishing for trout in Washington is spot on. Below are some images from recent fishing excursions.
 
There are some aquatic insect hatches here and there currently but really some of the best dry fly fishing is with the terrestrial – Hoppers, Ants and Beetles.
 
Upcoming hatches include
 
Craneflies
October Caddis
Baetis
Cahill’s
 
Nymphing can also be productive right now and fishing the typical Stonefly nymph with a dropper has been reasonable.
 
Streamers have also produced.
 
Recently spent a day walking the banks of one of my favorite rivers looking for trout. Spotting fish was almost better then catching them. Image shown above.
 
Have fun out there!