I/We would definitely would like to thank all that came out in 2023 to fish with us! It was our 35th year of taking anglers fishing.
Again thanks and holiday wishes to you all!
The river definitely requires you to work for your fish. Whether you are swinging or nymphing, putting your time in is needed. This weekend was pretty tough with low air temps at 20 degrees. Encounter rates were definitely tougher this weekend.
We have some warmer weather coming:))
The river is low and clear. The Blue Wings were prettydang good prior to this cold snap. Technique requires long leaders, ligh tippet and small flies. Fish were picky but worthy. The cold snap probably slowed that hatch down a bit. We do have some warmer weather coming; more to follow.
Also, the winter rate special starts the 1st of December.
We shut the lodge down for the season on the 18th of October. The fall was worthy but a little picky. The Fall Caddis were light and variable this year. The water was VERY low . The Upper Columbia is different every day, month and year based on flows, entomology etc. Truly an anomoly, but we love it.
Fishing with dries and droppers is dirty good right now! Stones, Hoppers, October Caddis, Cranefies and Blue Wings are all on the menu:))
Water is low as the flip flop is over and there are good water temps throughout.
I do have a Sept 28-Oct 2 Black Bear Lodge for 2 people Cancellation special if interested
Fishing is goooooood. Water is real low. Watch your prop. This river is really an anomally. Ever year, month and day is different. Keeps you on your toes:)) Good dry fly fishing as well as some decent swinging.
October Caddis, Hoppers, Baetis, Fall Cahill.
The river has been in various conditions based on temperatures and wind. We are starting our overall lodging packages from the end of Sept until Nov 18.
Water clarity is ranging between 1.5 to 2.5 depending on where you are in the system and at what time. There are definitely fish around…both Steelhead and Kings
The water is dropping and with the lower night temps, water temps are lowering. Dry and dry dropper fishing is automatic at times with summer stones and hoppers. There are still a few sallies lingering and bees, ants and beetles are on the menu. Stripping or swinging a streamer can be deadly for bigger fish. In the next two weeks we will see crane flies and October Caddis. A wonderful time to be on the Yakima!
Luke Guadnola with a big Yakima smile…. Senior Guide Keith Wersland with the hold.
The river definitely has plenty of fish. We just need some consistent clarity of 18 inches or more. Both the swing and nymph has produced recently. The hard part is actually landing them. This cooler weather should help alot!
The southwest rivers are doing well. Not crowded and fairly predictable. There are dry line and deeper opportunities. Hatchery fish tend to want it in their face more than the wild version…. so dry lines can be less predictable on them.
We are getting ready for a busy fall on the Upper Columbia. We typically do not run trips in August because the river can be very unpredictable. There are fish to be had but we would rather provide a bit more consistency for the guest base. We are opening in the first week of Sept and are full till the end of our season up there for multi day programs except for 2 spots for 2 people. Holler if interested.
Tip of the Day
This is a good demonstration of a proper hook set….Down river side, low and to the bank.
YAKIMAFrankie and Frank Salmick
Water temps are ranging from 62-68 depending on time a zone. Early in the day can be very productive. Hoppers, Summer Stones and Streamers seem to be the ticket. We haven’t done much nymphing lately.
#6-12 Dave’s Hopper, Gypsy King, The Catch All, Water Walkers
#14-18 YB’s, Prince’s
#4-8 Streamers – Sculpzillas, Sparkle Minnows, Sheila Sculpin
34 year anniversary, to the day , of fishing with these boys!
UPPER COLUMBIAThis time of year can be tricky. Well for that matter, the Columbia can be tricky. We do not operate our lodge during this time frame but there is definitely some fishing to be had. Hopper/dropper combos, nymphing and swinging can all produce. Fish on the Upper Columbia are quite amazing. They are built strong and healthy. We have a few dates left this fall.
Numbers over Bonneville are reasonable. This particular month is when we typically see good numbers of movement over the dam. Water clarity on the Klickitat has been tough overall. Looking forward to some cooler weather this Fall.
Water temps are ranging from 62-69 on the Yakima depending on zone and time. We are running our trips from early Am to 1 PM and then getting of. The fishing is still quite good.
The dry fly or streamer is the ticket
Dry fly fishing has been pretty dang good in the upper river with Hoppers. Pretty much been our focus. Water temps in the Upper river are way better than the lower river. In fact, the lower canyon temps are reaching 70 degrees in the afternoon. Not so good. We are going to implement our own hoot owl in the lower canyon when we fish it….