|Klickitat clarity on July 17
These images show the difference in clarity on the Klickitat over the past week. Photos are deceiving, but the first image depicts about 3-4 inches of visibility and the second image depicts about 1.5 feet of visibility.
My largest fish last year came with 18 inches of viz. We are a go, as I see it……I will be swinging a fly manana!
Based on weather reports, the river’s clarity should only get better.
|Klickitat clarity today, July 22
We have seen some good consistent fishing this year. Through the hot spell, the mornings and evening definitely proved to be the time for the dry.
Recently, with the cooler temps in comparison to the previous weeks, the mornings have been less predictable.
Hatches include, # 6-8 Summer Stones, #14-16 Caddis, #14 PED’s, #14-16 Yellow Sallies, #6-12 Hoppers and #12-18 Ants/Beetles. Above is a ‘guides choice’ for the past week.
The Upper Flatlands, Upper Canyon and Lower Canyon seem to be the place to be recently and….The fishing in the Farmlands and the Upper Proper have been OK…
We would suggest not fishing the Kettle until the water temps cool down. We pulled the plug on it yesterday. We have also never seen the river so low at this time of year….
The heat has finally caught up with the Northeast corner of Washington.
Catching over the past few days has slowed quite a bit on both watersheds….Pray for cooler weather.
This free gathering is for those who would like to learn not only how to cast the two hander better and further, but also how to fish it!
11AM – 12PM CHECK IN at Leidl Access on the Klickitat – Directions to Leidl – After crossing the bridge…Leidl campground is on both sides of the highway… Take a left to enter the west side campground and follow the sign down river…
Class topics to most likely include but not limited to…
-> Demystifying the variety of two hand lines
-> Beginner two hand casting
-> Intermediate/advanced two hand casting
-> Getting more distance
-> Fishing the fly, hooking and fighting fish
-> Single hand spey casting
-> Up against the trees
-> Combining casts to optimize efficiency
-> Long Belly Casting vs Underhand Casting
-> Overhead Casting with the Two Hander
Schedule of Events
-> 12-4:30 PM free classes and free riverside barbecue
-> 4:30 – 6:30 Open time
-> 6:30 – 8:30 Free Barbecue and Catch Mag viewing at The Steelhead Ranch
-> At Dark at The Steelhead Ranch – A Special Outside and Under the Stars Presentation of and by Catch Magazine.
Product lines represented by Echo, Redington, Sage, Rio, Airflo, Hardy/Greys, Vision and more to come.
Speakers; Brian Chou, Brian Styskal, Eric Neufeld, Ben Dow, Jack Mitchell, Steelie Mike. Jeff Cottrell.
|Robert and Nikolai with a great UC Trout
We are in the middle of the Upper Columbia Drake Hatch. Everyday is different. We have seen some great fish lately with some ‘nice ones’ eating the large Mayflies. Nymphing during the day continues to be a bit unpredictable….However, definitely has produced. A variety of of typical Caddis and Mayfly nymphs have been productive but
The Kettle river is dropping fast in volume and has fished avg to good based on the day…..Predominant bugs used lately fall into the terrestrial category with a #8 ‘Foam Bug’ winning the contest. Streamers have been ‘not so good’ lately with the bright sun and heat.
|Bailey with a classic Kettle Redside
Brendon with a Yakima smile
We definitely have our summer flows now on the Yakima. The fishing has been ‘pretty darn’ good considering the heat. The big flow doesn’t pose a problem as long as it is reasonably stable.
Bugs of the Week
Hopper Stone - Tan # 6 Super Chernobyl - Pink # 8
Chernobyl-CFO Ant - Flesh #8
Copper John - Black #12 FB Pheasant Tail # 12-14
Lightning Bug - Pearl # 12-14
CDC Pheasant Tail # 12-14
We recommend using nymphs one size bigger than usual because of
the high flows. One of our best dropper nymphs this week has been
a #12 black Copper John simulating a Green Drake or small
Hatching this week :
Hoppers , Ants
The Yakima has been good to great fishing recently. With the first full moon phase timed with the kick off of the Summer Stones the fishing has been CONSISTENT throughout. The morning and the evening game has been good with the dry fly while the day time best with the nymph.
Best nymphs lately include the Pat’s Stone and a variety of Caddis Pupa.
Upper Columbia fishing during the day has been unpredictable and definitely not much dry fly fishing. The evenings, while not always predictable, have been pretty darn good recently with the drake hatch….sometimes shorter then we would like, but nonetheless pretty cool. In addition to the drakes we have Caddis, Yellow Mays and Baetis.
Day time nymph choices can be reasonably eclectic but generally Caddis Pupa, PMD Bubble backs and the like have done the trick when they are in the mood.
Great image below of a Drake from the Upper Columbia recently…
Recent images from the UC
Recent Video from the UC
TOUGH CONDITIONS currently on the Klickitat with minimal visibility if any at all. Prior to the heat wave we manged to have some great fishing. There are definitely fish throughout the system, both Steelhead and Chinook. We will keep you posted here in our new blog report format as conditions change.
Some of our favorite fly choices recently are shown below here…
Here are some recent fish catching videos prior to the river going off color….