GREAT FISHING THIS PAST MONTH… and just continues. The entire river is low…
# 16 Mahogany Duns
#10 Crane Flies
#8-10 October Caddis
#16 Tan Caddis
#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
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.
#16 Mahogany Duns
#16 Tan Caddis
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:))
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fishing and catching has been average to good depending on the day. We have seen some nice fish throughout the system. Dry flies, nymphs and streamers have all produced
Summer Stones #4-6
Yellow Sallies #14-16
PED’s # 16
Controlled twitches with the summer Stonefly or Hopper can be enticing for the trout.
Water temps have been a bit marginal in the afternoon, especially down low in the system. Handle with care.
Tip of the day – The Upper Canyon from State boat launch to the Diversion Dam is almost like another river, especially at this time of year. Small terrestrials can be key…..For example – #16 Green Leaf Hoppers #16 Red and Black Ants #14-16 Black Beetles Don’t be afraid to drown the pattern as well.
Nice trout for Westy
Recently there has been minimal cycle due to the big heat and the river has been Willie Wonka like. However, the weather pattern looks favorable over the net week for a way better cycle. Although the numbers are not great, there are definitely fish….. In fact reasonable:))
Clarity at MM 6 @ 9AM this morning.
The word is inconsistent for catching and clarity. Sounds about right:))) Some days have been great for catching, others not so much. The clarity has been a bit unpredictable as well. The cycle has been a bit all over the board. Some days the clarity has been poor with cool weather? Regardless, over the net 5 days our guess the best place to be is down low early….As we do have some heat and wind; both culprits for the glacier.
Guide Report Condensed from Saturday the 20th;
‘Big dries and Yellow Sally droppers as well as Pats under a bobber. Lots of littles. Water is getting warm. If we stay in a warm trend we may have to start earlier’
Good nymphing in the Lower Canyon for numbers but not much size. Fishing in the upper river has seen some good dry fly fishing.
PMDS, YELLOW SALLY’S, CADDIS & TERESTRIALS are on the menu:))
Summer Stone nymphs with a trailer is certainly a good combo for fishing under the bobber. Summer Stoneflies will soon be prevalent.
Major delay on reporting. Good fishing on all three rivers……
A little slow on the Klickitat as the numbers aren’t so great. Considering the lower counts, catching has been good
The Yakima’s main trout food consists of PMD’s, Caddis, Salmon Smolt, Summer Stone nymphs. Catching has been decent to good depending on the day. All stretches have fished reasonable over the past week.
The Upper Columbia has fished consistent as well. Baetis, PMD’s, Drakes, Caddis. We have seen more fishing pressure than we usually do.
The Yakima has been coming up 200 cfs a day for about a week now. Up to about 3000. Fishing still good. Lots of PMDs , still some March Browns around in the Upp. Golden Stones are waning now. Pmds, Baetis, and drakes hatching in the lower canyon. Decent nymphIng and streamer action too.
Clarity is good
Level is lower then avarage
Clarity is currently good – 3-4 feet
Numbers of Steelhead over the dam -Below average
There are a few fish around…. See the classic photo below
Wild fish on the run
Nice trout on the little two hander
Fishing and catching has slowed quite a bit over the past 4 days….Was rocking before.
Bugs include – Baetis, Dark Quills, PMD’s, Caddis
Level is low for this time of year
Clarity is 6 feet
Angler hook up