YAKIMA & UPPER COLUMBIA TROUT – APRIL 21, 2019

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YAKIMA

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

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

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

 

WINTER STEELHEAD

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 REPORT 4/14/19

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YAKIMA RIVER   is fishing good.

Bugs include…..

Blue Wing Olives #16
March Browns #12
Amyletus #14
Skwala #10

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,

 

YAKIMA RIVER REPORT 4/12/19

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Yakima river status
First graph is the predicted flows on the Yakima for the next 10 days. The second on shows the prediction for the Yakima over the next 120 days. The extended predictions shows a favorable transition through run-off into stabilization

 

 

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA & OLYMPIC PENINSULA REPORT – 4/7/19

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YAKIMA

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

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

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.

 

 

OLYMPIC PENINSULA

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’….

YAKIMA, UPPER COLUMBIA & OLYMPIC PENINSULA

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YAKIMA

The only zone currently with clarity is above the Teanaway confluence where it has been a little crowded lately with anglers

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

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.

 

OLYMPIC PENINSULA

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:
->Queets leech
->Trey’s Bunny Leech
->Dark Mole Leech

8130 SAGE X REVIEW

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SAGE X REVIEW
Two words come to mind with the 8130 Sage X  –   Lifting Power  – remarkable lifting power.

As with any rod series, There are always a couple gems in the line up.  I cant tell you which of the Sage X’s meet that designation, as I have not cast them all.   What I can tell you is that the 8130 Two hander has remarkable power and soul all in one.
One thing I noticed was the lifting power.  Meaning, when lifting dual density lines with heavy tips and flies, the 8130 does it effortlessly with no shutter/shake, hesitation or loss of power;  almost as if it is ExCaliber.
Often times a power rod has no soul.  This is not the case with the X.  Light but not too light, with touch but not oversensitive, the 8130 feels good in hand and when casting.
My goto on the Olympic Peninsula.

YAKIMA & WINTER STEELHEAD REPORT – 3/17/19

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YAKIMA

Great fishing…. See last reports for specifics.  Not much dry fly action yet but should happen any day soon.  Weather looks favorable.  It  appears that the warmer weather forecasted wont blow the river out as the highs will be mid 50s with night time lows near 30. — We would call that perfect.
 
WINTER STEELHEAD
Some days better than others and some rivers better than others based on conditions.  The Queets river has seen close to all time lows for this time of year. Clear waters require some tactic / strategy modifications.  Sometimes downsizing, not so bright etc….But then again,  big and bright can still get them when everything is low and clear. Be ready for it all and fish the water.
 
Best two hander line  for us on the Hoh and Queets lately….  Rio Game Changer and T-8 sink tip
Standard Skagit and 10 feet of T-14
 
Best Flies –
Trey Combs SteelFlash
Trey Combs Steelhead Bunny
Queets Leech
 
#Treycombs #Sageflyfish #SageX #appreciation #arteriesoftheearth

 

 

 

 

YAKIMA REPORT – 3/8/19

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YAKIMA – UPDATE !!!!

The weather has been a bit ‘Wintery’ ….
Like a broken record, watch for the days that are at least 28 in the morning and 38 in the afternoon. The days that start out at 14 degrees and end at 30 degrees are worthy but can be tough.
Starting Tuesday the weather looks favorable and the race is on for the 2019 Skwala season…..
Recent nymphs of choice:
San Juan Worms
Stones
Midges
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