Has been fishing great. The river is currently blown out as are most in the state. Based on the Northwest River Forecast she should come back in shap quick as shown in the graph below.
Current Snotel Stats for WA. Looking good for the 2021 season.
The Yakima River… The Skwala Hatch’s is not too far off. The Yuba river in Northern California has already seen some great Stonefly action. They are one of the first rivers on the West Coast to see the Skwala Stonefly. Typically we will see them on the Yakima toward the end of February.
Yakima’s current predominant food sources…
1) Skwala Stoneflies
2) Blue swing nymphs
3) Midge larvae
5) Caddis larvae
For Yakima Reservations
Some bright ones around and some once in a lifetime fish as well:))) Currently in a high precipitation pattern. The next couple days the rivers will be blown….Should be back on track soon.
All fishing by rule needs to be done by foot.
Best line recently… Standard Skagit
Best Sink Tip…..10 Feet of T-14
Best fly Colors….. Pink and Orange Black and Blue
WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY TIME WITH YOURS:)))
Probably one of the best times of year for congregated fish. If you find one, most likely there are quite a few fish near by.
Don’t want to sound like a broken record but the food sources are very simple at this time of year
Predominant food sources…..
-White fish spawn
Tough conditions out there so far but there are some fish around. There are some new rules and regulations for this season. No fishing from a floating device. Single barbless hook and no bait.
Nice wild doe swung up the other day:))
UPPER COLUMBIA RIVER
Always ‘playing the water’ up on this one. Current levels are quite a bit higher than normal. Fishing has been worthy. Never a numbers game here. Swing tactics with different heads based on depth and flow.
While it certainly is a different year, we have plenty to be thankful for. All of us here at The Evening Hatch wish all of you out there a safe and enjoyable holiday:))
The fishing on the Yakima is rockin on into the Fall. Nymphing little bugs and
Nymphs – #16-20 Lightning Bugs, WD-40, RS-2
Dry Flies – #16-18 Purple Haze #16-18 Sparkle Duns’, #8-12 Chubby’s, Stimulators, Para Madam X, # 10 Crane flies,
Soft hackles – #16-18 Blue Dun, Partridge and Olive, Starling and Pheasant.
The river is in great condition…..The weather pattern is favorable for some continued great fishing.
Tip of the day…. Soft hackle fishing as an overall rule is somewhat of a lost art. Searching with a soft hackle typically is not a great idea. However, the next time you get on a pod of fish rising to Blue wing olives this fall and you want to fish a softie, position yourself quartered above the fish. Tie on a #18 Soft hackle on a 10 plus foot leader terminating in 5x. Cast quartered down to a specific fish, leading them by 4-5 feet making sure you do not have a big belly in your line. If there is a belly, ‘strip out the belly’ or utilize a slight mend to rid the belly. When the fish eats your fly, don’t lift or you will lose. If the take is confident the fish will hook themselves assuming you don’t lift.
Saw the river spike the last few days based on all the rain. The river did not get to far out of shape due to the cold temperatures. Current water temps are 44 degrees. Clarity is at 2.5 feet. Watch for the clarity to increase all week.
Both swing and nymph tactics have produced. Tough to land ’em. Good size average this year.
Beads, yarn and jig flies for the nymphing
Mini Intruders and Bantams in Black and Blue or Red and Black for the clear water conditions.
String Leaches and Foxy Prawns in Purple and Pink & Black and Chartruese for the dirty water conditions
Tip of the day – Changing your Sink Tip mid stream
We just closed down the Upper Columbia / Black Bear Program. Fishing was an overall ‘Spotty’ this fall. Regardless a good year in general. Some big fish caught!
We are going into a major cold snap for the next 5 days and then we see it warming up again. Watch for the fishing to be a bit tough on the Yakima and Klickitat with the weather pattern. However it should bounce back starting next Tuesday:))