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YAKIMA RIVER REPORT SINCE 1988

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I get a little complacent on posting…. After 28 years, I think you can understand why:))

So I will apologize in advance.  That being said, If you asked most of the guides on the river what one of their favorite times of year is, they would say, ‘the winter.’

Fishing has been good recently.   Watch for the fishing to be great when  water temps raise ‘a little’.  One degree increase in the winter and the fishing can be fantastic.

Food choices are pared to the bone at this time of year, as is the landscape.

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Predominant food sources
Baitfish
White fish spawn
Stones
Worms
Caddis Larvae
Midges

Here are some favorites of ours….

Report -11/8/2020

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YAKIMA RIVER

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.
 
Fun stuff!

 

KLICKITAT RIVER

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

REPORT 10-22-20

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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:))

 

TIP OF THE DAY

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MENDENITIS

This explanation is based on the technique of swinging a fly

MENDENITIS Definition  – A term referring to the affliction of constantly manipulating your line voluntarily or involuntarily causing your fly to waggle about unnecessarily.

Please no mendenitis….

If you are ‘true quartering down’, Zero mend needed .

If you are casting at a 90 degree often times the best time to mend is after the fly is done drifting and comes under tension.  I routinely see involuntary mends, and multiple ones at that, by anglers.  These mends have zero purpose and generally are moving the fly throughout the water column.

YAKIMA, KLICKITAT, UPPER COLUMBIA & KVICHAK RIVER REPORT 10/10/20

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YAKIMA

At Fall levels and fishing consistent.

 The big bug recently has been ok to good; predominantly Craneflies and October Caddis.  Watch for that to change  and striking out soon.

The later Fall can be listed as the Far and Fine on the Yakima  Don’t get me wrong, a streamer and the like will continue to catch fish of course, but the big dry flies will lighten and become non existent soon.

#14-20 Nymphs  WD-40’s, Brassies, Blue Wing Epoxy Jigs, CDC PT Soft Hackles, YB’s
# 14-18 Soft Hackles  Iron Dun, Yellow and Partridge,
#18 BWO Quigley’s, Parachutes, Sparkle Duns,
#16 Mahogany Duns  Quigley’s, Parachutes, Sparkle Duns
#14-16 Fall Cahills  Quigley’s, Parachutes, Sparkle Duns
#10 Craneflies
#8 October Caddis

 

KLICKITAT

Plenty of fish in the river:)) Just been a tough one to get any water consistency on.  We just finally came into shape from to much heat and now we are dealing with rains…..

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

Up and down this Fall season.  Average to tough fishing overall.  Water levels have been way higher than normal with very little bug activity.

 

 

KVICHAK

We met with some good success this fall on the Kvichak.  Not many salmon in the river this year which most likely equates to fewer rainbows coming down from the lake.  Regardless, good fishing!

Entire trip was two hand swingtime:))

2021  Dates – more to follow
June 8-19
Sept 19 – Oct 9

 

 

 

 

Sept 24 YAKIMA, KLICKITAT, UPPER COLUMBIA, KVICHAK RIVER ALASKA

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YAKIMA

This river is like clockwork this year

September Crane flies, October Caddis, Summer Stones and Hoppers make the month a great opportunity for big dry flies. The big bug recently has been gooood. Watch for that to start to change soon.

The later Fall can be listed as the Far and Fine on the Yakima  Don’t get me wrong, a streamer and the like will continue to catch fish of course, but the big dry flies will lighten and become non existent soon.

#14-20 Nymphs  WD-40’s, Brassies, Blue Wing Epoxy Jigs, CDC PT Soft Hackles, YB’s
# 14-18 Soft Hackles  Iron Dun, Yellow and Partridge,
#18 BWO Quigley’s, Parachutes, Sparkle Duns,
#16 Mahogany Duns  Quigley’s, Parachutes, Sparkle Duns
#14-16 Fall Cahills  Quigley’s, Parachutes, Sparkle Duns
#10 Craneflies
#8 October Caddis

 

KLICKITAT

Plenty of fish in the river:)) Just been a tough one to get any consistency on.  We just finally came into shape from to much heat and now we are currently out because of the rains:((

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

Up and down with consistency but some good fishing overall. October Caddis, Fall Baetis,

 

KVICHAK

40K  CFS of Swinging trout water that will blow your mind. Average fish being 20-24 inch rockets.  Literally the hardest fighting fish  pound for pound I have experienced.  The BIG ones hooked by the guests have been lost.  Understandably because they literally headed for the Salt.

 

Sept 8. 2020 REPORT

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YAKIMA

The Yakima just keeps keeping on…. Dang good fishing.  Water is dropping and should be bottomed out here in the next few days.  Water temps are a bit  on the high side and we are looking forward to the cooler weather.

Unfortunately the lower river and canyon has been inundated with fire and has been closed.  Luckily no houses have been lost.   It appears the current weather pattern is certainly more favorable after the crazy winds of the last few days.  The lower canyon is now open:))

The streamer fishing has been goooood. Everyday is diffenrent.  Some days they like the Sparkle Minnow.   Some days they like the Sculpzilla.  Having an arsenal of streamers is a good idea.

The dry fly fishing has been OK .  Summer Stones, Craneflies , October Caddis, Terrestrials and some Caddis make up the mix.

 

 

UPPER COLUMBIA

As per usual…..The fishing on the Upper  Columbia is anomaly.  Trout fishing in 100K CFS . It is what it is,  Regardless, All tactics have proved to be worthy.  Water temps need to cool down a bit and we are looking forward to a ‘Less Hot’ weather pattern

Check out that fang!

KLICKITAT

Continue to run MUDDY… Praying for cooler weather.

Report Aug 29, 2020

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Sorry to be late and short…..

YAKIMA – Fishing has been good on the Yakima.  Dry flies, streamers and nymphs have all been affective at different times and in different zones.  I would say the dry fly fishing in the Lower Canyon has been a little rought due to the MEGA pressure.

Hoppers, Summer Stones, Caddis nymphs, Sparkle Minnows

KLICKITAT – Just cannot get a groove on but will here shortly.  When the river has been in shape, the fishing has been worthy.  Even in the mud the Bait guys are still getting a few.  The mud should subside after this next week.

UPPER COLUMBIA – We are just kicking into gear for our Fall season ]= on this one. More to follow

Photos to follow.

 

REPORT 8/15/2020

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So,  if the fish aren’t biting….. Well, just saying!

YAKIMA

Like a broken record this river rocks on but you have to get’r done.  Just because you are floating down the river casting doesn’t mean it is going to be great catching. The evenings have been pretty magical.  Some mornings have been good…Watch for the fishing to be ROCKIN as they drop the flows on the flip flop +/-  August 20 to Sept 10

Get your dates now

Every day has been a bit different but getting good drifts and utilizing the right bugs will make a difference.

Water flows are typical for summer time…Reasonably big.

Marathon floats can be the ticket.   Looking for the opportunistic spot and fish.  Definitely a fast game. You can also slow down/ stop and probe some spots as well.

CLARITY REPORT

UPPER PROPER  – 6 Feet
UPPER FLATLANDS – 7 FEET
UPPER CANYON – 7 to 5 FEET
FARMLANDS – 5 to 3 FEET
LOWER CANYON – 2 FEET

INSECTS AND FOOD SOURCES

PMD’s
Yellow Sallies
Caddis
Salmon Smolt
Summer Stone
Evening Baetis
Terrestrials…. Beetles, Ants, Hoppers

FLIES  DE JOUR

Under the surface

  1. #14 PT Jig head CDC

  2. #6 Pats Stone –  Tan, Coffee and Black, Brown

  3. #14 Hares Ear Soft Hackle

  4. #8 Dali Llama

  5. # 4-8 Sparkle Minnow

  6. #10-12 San Juan

  7. #12-16  Prince

  8. #16 PMD Hot Spot nymph

  9. #14-16 YB Jig heads

Dry Flies

  1. #14-16 Caddis

  2. #8-10 Chubbies

  3. #14 Purple haze

  4. #14-16 Quigley PMD

  5. #14-16 Yellow Humpy

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KLICKITAT

There is definitely fish in the river.  Numbers are certainly better then the past few years.   When the river’s clarity has been fish worthy with our tactics, fish have been caught.

Watch for this to be ‘GAME ON’ once we have some consistency in water.  This is why we do not operate our program generally until the end of August as that is typically when things stabilize out…… That being said,  ‘They are here’

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UPPER COLUMBIA – Our fall season is just around the corner:)))