YAKIMA RIVER is fishing good.
Blue Wing Olives #16
March Browns #12
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,
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
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.
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’….
The only zone currently with clarity is above the Teanaway confluence where it has been a little crowded lately with anglers
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.
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:
->Trey’s Bunny Leech
->Dark Mole Leech
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 – 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
Take advantage of the 10th annual SKWALA SPECIAL LINK BELOW..
Currently fishing good depending on the day Look for the days that are 28 at night and 38 during the day…or there about:)
LowerCanyon is blocked out with ice.
Streamers, Stoneflies, Caddis larvae and Midge Pupae
Guides choices include Mini Sex Dungeon, Pats Stone #10 in olive brown, Formerly Known as Prince # 14, Green Caddis Larve # 14, Hot head Larve #18-20, San Juan Worms #12
Some thoughts on winter steelhead….
Winter steelhead fishing requires
1- Arduous patience
2-Systematic approach of likely water based on water conditions
Heads and tails in high water
Guts of the run in low and clear
3-Proper lines choice for the run based on depth and flow
I like 4 rods rigged-
7.5 feet of T-14 on a Standard Skagit
10 feet of T-8 on a Rage
10 feet of T-11 to 14 on a Gamechanger or FIST
15 feet 0f T-11 on a Standard Skagit
4-Reasonable fly rendition based on clarity / weighted vs unweighted