Dang with all the social media now days , I forget to do the website report.
Water is low and clear. The whitefish are in full spawn and therefore a dirty yellow 6 mil egg nymphed is a great bet. The quintessential Stonefly with something behind it is a great idea.
#14-20 Nymphs to put behind the stonefly could include but are not limited to….Flashback PT’s, Lightning Bugs , Princes, Caddis Larvae , Midge Pupa etc….
When you find one fish at this time of year there are mlost likely other fish around. The fish tend to be in pods or pooled up.
Quite a few years back / 1996. I wrote an article on fishing the Yakima during the winter. 98 % of it it still holds true…. Winter Fishing
Getting close to the end of the 2022 season. Reasonable to good fishing through out the season. Both the nymph and the swing were productive.
Nice to see a reasonable number of fish. Thanks to all who joined us on the water and at The Steelhead Ranch. We look forward to 2023
Good to see the cooler weather. The river did it’s normal flip flop and has been dropping in flows as it always has at this time of year. The irrigation demand in the lower valley is being fed by The Tieton system now. The water temps with the river flows lowering were definitely going UP with that hot weather. The cooler weather is a blessing.
There is a very tight spot from Irene Rinehart to Ringer road since the water has dropped. The channel just after the pond dike splits and until recently going left was an easy option. Currently it is not recommended.
Bugs and food include….Craneflies, Hoppers, Summer stones( which are almost over) October Caddis, Fall Hydro Caddis, Fall Cahills, Baetis, Salmon spawn.
Cranefly dry flies in the morning have been good; After that the midday nymphing and targeting the oxygenated water with a variety of nymphs has been productive. The afternoon evening has been reasonable with a bigger bug…. October Caddis.
Remember the fish are not really on many of the banks anymore as the river has dropped significantly.
Reasonable fishing and should only get better. Swinging bugs and tossing dry flies. Water temps are at about 63 . Fish are in great condition.
Hoppers, October Caddis, Ants etc….
#10 Catchall, #8PMX, #
Good fishing and catching when the river is in shape:))
The river is dropping hard and warming with the hot weather. Fish are scattering and moving off the banks and to the oxygenated water. Crane flies and summer stones are effective on the surface. Stones, caddis pupa, and small streamers effective subsurface.
Recent image when the river came into shape.
That fish was hooked on this fly with 10 feet of T-11
Although one year of better returns isn’t Valhalla, it sure is nice to see some fish in our rivers. It would also be nice to see management that protects the wild fish in the cold water sanctuary river mouths that enter the Columbia, but what do I know, I am just a guide.
The Klickitat has been pretty darn dirty do to nearly 3 weeks of 95-100 degree temps on the south slopes of Adams. There have been a few days when the river cleared up with the cooler weather and the fish were happy:)
We will be running our program from about the 20th of Sept to the 20th of Nov this season. Cooler weather and better clarity will hopefully prevail.
Overall the fishing has been average at best over the last week. Water is in good condition. Fish are in great condition, they have just been hard to catch recently. A variety of tactics including the dry fly, a swung fly and nymphing have all produced.
Like a broken recored…..Fishing remains good. The dry fly fishing has been consistent. One of the key components to that equation “ meaning, good dry fly fishing’ is the ability to place the fly on the ‘feed me’ lane with a drag free float and then be able to impart a controlled twitch …not drag, but a slight movement and then afterward a drag free drift…
Therefore the equation is;
Drag free drift on the feedme line, slight twitch timed correctly and then back to a drag free drift.
This equation has been a formula on the river since 1990. The Yakima actually produces some good to great dry fly fishing at this time of year with this technique. Not always easy but fun and rewarding.
In addition to the dry fly fishing the nymphing has been worthy with both the indicator and a dropper style behind a big dry fly. Streamer fishing is decent as well.
Currently there are salmon in the river and typically the last week of Sept is the prime week to fish ‘Alaska style’. Some would call it dirty, I would call appropriate to the given food source….. EGGS. In fact utilizing an egg from here on out when nymphing can be very productive, especially in the areas below salmon spawning activity. Also swinging a fly such as an egg sucking sculpin or minnow can very productive.
We need to be aware of those areas where spawning occurs and give a wide berth to the spawning beds. Also targeting salmon is not allowed as there is no season for them in the upper river. In addition we need to let them do their thing:))
This type of salmon activity is really from the Teanaway confluence upstream……Although some of these techniques will work below this point, the best of the spawn activity will be upstream.
Since 1988 – The Evening Hatch
The Yakima is rocking on. This river continues to produce strongly. Dry flies are game on with summer stones and hoppers being the main fare. The Yakima is a great river with the big dry fly in the heat of summer.
Current hatches include…
Summer Stones, Hoppers, Yellow Sallies, PED’s, Caddis
Coming soon to a river bank near you…
Craneflies, Fall Cahills
Best big bugs lately;
#6 to #12 Gypsy Kings, Chubby’s, Dave’s hopper
Best droppers lately;
#14-16 YB’s, Yellow Sally perdigon,
Covering lots of water and tossing dry flies, dry droppers, streamers etc…..
No float distance is too long.
To dirty to fish…..There are lots of steelhead around! Can’t wait for the temperatures to cool and the river to come back into shape..
The river is in great shape and we are good to go for the remainder of the year. We will see some fluctuations on flow based on demand variation but overall we have stabilized for the 2022 season. Caddis, PMD’s, Golden stones, Drakes and Salmon smolt Would be the main fare.
Upper Proper 5 feet
Upper Flatlands 6 feet
Upper Canyon 5 feet
Farmlands 5-3 feet
Lower Canyon 2.5 feet
Verbatim report from a guide
for 6/28 Fishing was pretty darn good yesterday in the lower canyon. Lots of action nymphing. Not many big fish landed but lots of strikes. Pats Stones, Yellow Sallie and PMD nymphs were the ticket.
….and 6/29Fished the upper canyon with my daughter today and the dry fly and dry dropper fishing was very good. A ton of 9-13 inchers with a few kicker 15-18’s. Some tank refusers. Lots of pressure I’m guessing. Prevalent bugs Sallies, PMDS, beetles and a size 10-12 yellowish brown stone.
Dang good fishing down low on the Yakima for Bass. Predominant tactic has been retreiving streamers utilizing sink tips. The topwater activity should be good over the next week.
UPPER COLUMBIA-BLACK BEAR LODGE…. Catching has been average to good depending on the day. Water clarity is about 6 feet of visibility. Bugs include Caddis and PMDs. Honestly hatches have been pretty light so far-1st gear….. but they are about to kick into 2nd and 3rd gear this week. Mostly nymphing with some soft hackle and some dry fly action starting.
KLICKITAT-THE STEELHEAD RANCH River is in great shape… And there are Steelhead in the river. So far over Bonneville the fish counts are matching an average for the 10 year number! The fish trap on the Klickitat is showing a consistent number of fish coming up! Happy to see this – should be a good season!
Fishing is spot on! Big water but spot on. Short leash nymphing has been the key.
#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.
LOOKING good….Big, but looking good. We will be back on the wtaer starting Friday:)