Well appropriately the Mother’s Day Caddis went full bloom this weekend. Seems like at least a birdie wouldn’t you say:))
BUGS and appropriate patterns
Salmon Flies #4-6
Pat’s Stones in Orange and Black and Black
March Browns #12-14
Parachute March Brown
Thorax March Brown
Hares Ear Soft Hackle
CDC Pheasant Tail
Mother’s Day Caddis – American Grannom – #12 to 14
Hot Butt Caddis – Egg Layers
Bloom’s Parachute Caddis
Green Rock Worms
While every day is different, recently the Yakima has been fishing GOOD and the river is in great shape. Dry fly fishing is ZONE specific on the March Browns – 1-2PM is prime time. Not all zones are going to have pods of fish up on the bugs. Nymphing and Streamers have also been good. Some of the bigger fish lately have been taken on Smolt patterns.
Hot bugs include
#12 Para March Brown
#10-12 Hares Ear Soft hackle
# 4-8 Clousers
# 4-6 Stonefly Nymphs
# 14 Green Rock worm
We are just days away from the Mother Day Caddis Activity shortly to be followed up by Salmon Flies and PMD’s
Yakima clarity for today
Image is from Ringer road @10AM
Pretty good fishing when the water is worthy….Current clarity chart
The best dry fly fishing is in isolated pockets of fish on March Browns as well as a few fish here and there on blind casts during off hatch times
Streamers and nymphs have been reasonably productive….
San Juan worms, Sculpzillas, CDC PTs, Clousers, Salmon Fly Stone Patterns
Lots of these lately on the UC. Obviously it is fishing and every day is different. Water was the lowest we had ever seen at this time of year. Currently at normal flows +/- 75K
Considering the low waters our season turned out good… Fun times with great people; and some goooood fish. We are 1/4 full for big groups already in 2020:))
YAKIMA RIVER is fishing good.
Blue Wing Olives #16
March Browns #12
Streamers, nymphs and dry flies have all produced. The dry fly game is pocket specific.
Flies de jour –
#12 – 16 Flashback Pheasant Tails, CDC Pheasant Tails, Rockworms, Lightning bugs, YB’s
#10 San Juan worms
#8-12 Stone fly nymphs
#4-8 Sculpillas, Clousers, Dali LLamas,
Fishing has been worthy when the river is in shape. Currently the only viable water is above the Teanaway confluence. Northwest river predictions shows the river going out over the net couple days.
Hatches include… Skwala, Blue Wing Olives, March Browns
The river is at an incredibly low volume. Most the fishing lately has been under tension…Either a swung fly or retrieved. Recently been a bit slow.
The Olympic Peninsula just received an insurgence of much needed precipitation. Some amazing fish have been hooked lately. Tough to land some fo the giants.
Both the swing and nymph have proved worthy.
Line choices lately have varied from a Fall Favorite to a double density Skagit and T-14….Quite the range. Fly choices from bright to dark and medium to LARGE in size. I know that is not too specific, but it is the truth and sometimes it is just a matter of how it feels’….
The only zone currently with clarity is above the Teanaway confluence where it has been a little crowded lately with anglers
Fishing is good. Water temps are 38-40 degrees with the flows ranging between 40-60K and 8 feet of visibiity. Nymphing and swinging/retrieving have been the game.
Utilizing a variety of sink heads based on depth and flow is important with any fishing and that is key here as well.
Receiving much needed rain in the last 24 hours – Although we could use a lot more. Fishing remains steady for some opportunity and some big fish around.
Sink tip rates used lately with success include:
->5 inches per second poly leader on a mid belly
->10 feet of T-14 on a standard floating Skagit
->10 feet of T-8 on a Rio Game Changer
Flies that have met with success include:
->Trey’s Bunny Leech
->Dark Mole Leech