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YAKIMA RIVER REPORT – Father’s Day

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Fishing is spot on!  Big water but spot on.  Short leash nymphing has been the key.

#4-8Pats Stones
#4-6 Salmon smolt patterns
#10-12 Prince nymphs
#14-16 CDC PT’s, Perdigons, Duracells & YB’s
#10-12 San Juans in variations

Appears we might get a bump in flows this week.  It will be dam released clean water. If it happens, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Cover lots of water – Target likely spots – Enjoy the day.

 

6/12/22

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Quick update–Klickitat and Yakima are BLOWN out.
Smallmouth fishing in the basin is good/lots of topwater action.  The Upper Columbia is fishing as well!

Recent Images – Contact Jack @ 509.859.2280

 

YAKIMA AND UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT 6/5/2022

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Video taken at Irene Rinehart 4PM June 5

When the river comes back into shape The predominant bugs will include….

Caddis
PMD’s
Flying Ants
Golden Stones
Green Drakes

In the mean time the Smallmouth fishing has been good! This coming week looks great for Smally’s!

UPPER COLUMBIA

Lake Roosevelt Reservoir is way lower than normal, therefore the flows near the border are FAST.  Caddis have been really strong making our fishing a little tough honestly;   Much rather have Mayflies.  Actually, everyday has been different and we have had some good fishing. Some days better than others!

 

YAKIMA RIVER 5/27/22

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The fishing has been good even with the BIG water.  However, the river just increased in size quite a bit more over the past 24 hours and although the fish still have to eat the catching was pretty darn tough yesterday! Recently the PMD’s have shown up.

Current Bugs include:
->Caddis  #14-18 Heavy hatches
->PMD’s #16
->Salmon Flies #4-8
->Salmon Smolt # 2-6

Bugs of the Week
->#14-16 YB, PMD Trigger Nymph
->#4-6 Sparkle Minnow
->#6 McSalmon
->#4-8 Pats Stone

Coming Soon 
->#12 Flying Carpenter Ants
->#10-12 Green Drakes

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT and UPPER COLUMBIA 5/23/22

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Fritz with a good one!

Water is in great condition…..it will most likely stay big as the reservoirs are full and the current snopack is roughly 140%.  Water temps are varying between 42 and 50 degrees depending on time and zone.

RECENT VIDEO HERE

We should see some great fishing throughout the season.

Bugs of the week
1)Caddis
2)Salmon flies
3)March Browns
4)Blue Wings

Best patterns of the week
#4-6 Black or Orange and Black Pats Stone
#14-16 CDC PT,  Perdigon, YB, Red Halo Prince
#4-8 Sparkle Minnow

Water Clarity
Upper Proper           4 feet
Upper Flatlands      5 feet
Upper Canyon          4 feet
Farmlands                 4-3 feet
Lower Canyon          2.5 feet

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UPPER COLUMBIA

Water clarity is at about 6-7 feet and green. Nymphing and  Soft Hackles have been the ticket lately with some healthy fish.  Catching has been good on average.  We have a busy schedule coming up !

We do have a cancellation special June 6-9  ….   30% Discount available.  Call Jack @ 509.859.2280

KLICKITAT

We are looking forward to the opener just around the corner!

 

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA AND SMALL MOUTH 5/10/22

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SMALLMOUTH

This is the time of year that we find some Smallmouth to play with.  Although it is a little early for top water based on our cold weather patterns, it should turn on soon on some of the waters we fish…not on all of them. If you are looking to schedule….. call Jack @  509.859.2280

 

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YAKIMA RIVER

Water has been all over the board lately.  Things are stabilized for now!

Predomonant bugs are Blue Wings, March Browns and Caddis.  Food source also includes Salmon Smolt patterns.   Short leash More here nymphing has been the mainstay recently.  Shortleash = 7.5 foot leaders with 2-5 feet below the Indicator…. ..

The Indicator aka…

Bobbercator Indi-Bob(Indicator/Bobber
hybrid)
Float(Old school name)
Indicator
Strike Indicator
Bobber
Strike Detector
ASID (Acute Strike Indicator Detector)

Bobbers are used to detect strikes while drifting a fly suspended below the bobbercator in a static free fashion. This technique is
the complete opposite of fishing a fly under tension or commonly referred to as the ‘swing’

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UPPER COLUMBIA.

I should never say this river doesn’t blow out, because it does, but rarely.  Bugs include Caddis, Blue Wings and March Browns.   Nymphing has been the GOTO recently with a little streamer, soft hackle and dry fly action.

Fish are healthy and the river is in great shape .  We have some availability in May!

YAKIMA REPORT MAY 1, 2022

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This past week was a little rough on the Yakima.  Last Sunday they flushed the river and the flows almost doubled. In addition the water temps dropped 6 degrees.  Pretty much SLOWED  the March Brown Hatch down.

The warmer weather coming should be welcomed.

YAKIMA CLARITY 
Upper Proper 5 feet
Upper Flatlands 6 feet
Upper Canyon 5 feet
Farmlands 5-3 feet
Lower Canyon 2.5 -3 feet

HATCHES
Skwala
March Browns
Blue Wing Olives
Salmon Flies
Midges
Caddis

YAKIMA AND UPPER COLUMBIA REPORT

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The Yakima just keeps on keeping on.

Skwala stoneflies are still present and will be for awhile but their overall importance will decrease on a daily basis.  

The March Brown will however take first place and this hatch can be like clock work.. Taking into consideration that all conditions are the same, the Hatch will typically transpire exactly as the day before.

Often times post and pre  hatch  at this time of year the fishing can be rather slow as this is time frame where the spawn cycle really kicks onto gear

Water temps have been hovering in the 45 -49 degree depending on where you are, time of day etc. However, this last 48 hour weather pattern has dropped the temp down to 40!

CLARITY 
Upper Proper 5 feet
Upper Flatlands 6 feet
Upper Canyon 5 feet
Farmlands 5-3 feet
Lower Canyon 2.5 -3 feet

HATCHES
Skwala
March Browns
Blue Wing Olives
Ameleytus
Midges

SUGGESTED FLY PATTERNS


Top Left  – TJ Hooker, Pats Stone, San Juans
Top Right –  Pheasant Tails and Worms
Bottom Left – Para Adams, Std Quill March Brown, Split Wing Adams
Bottm Right – Skwala Adults

COMING SOON
American grannom Caddis
Salmon flies
Salmon smolt

UPPER COLUMBIA

Overall condition of the river is great. Clarity is ranging from 8 to 10′ feet. Bugs include Skwala, Midges & Blue Wings.

Tactics have included nymphing, retrieving and swinging.

Water temperatures are cooler than average. 40° as of lately. Typically we would be at 42.