For the Yakima
Chart below as of 6/17/13
- Actual Report Below Chart - Conditions Change quickly on any river -
Reference the day that our reports were made...
to Cle Elum River
PMD's , PED's, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Green Drakes,
Elum River to the
Teanaway River Confluence
PMD's , PED's, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones,
Green Drakes, Yellow Sallies
River @ forks near Cle Elum
PMD's, PED's, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies
River to Diversion
PMD's , PED's, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones,
Dam to Wilson Cr.
PMD's, PED's, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Salies
Cr. to Roza
PMD's , PED's, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones,
PMD's, Grey Drakes, Golden Stones
it like it is... No BS... From the Crew that has been on the Yakima
to great fishing throughout the river - End of Story - GREAT
DRY FLY FISHING
The last 48 hours the Yakima has turned on in the Lower Canyon.
Good to great Pale Morning Dun fishing to suspended and rising
trout for parts of the day and in certain zones. A well presented
Parachute or Sparkle Dun seems to do the trick. In the bright
sun the fish have been a bit more hesitant and the soft hackle
dropper or Bubbleback emerger has been good. In addition,
the nymphing during off peak rising has been pretty darn good
river is in GREAT shape. Fishing is avg to good depending
on the day....Last nights nymphing was jusrt fine - The Slab
to Roza, short float but a very happy guest. Best Bug Combo
Sz 10 black Pat's stone w/ sz. 14
Red Flash Back Copper John as a dropper.
river continues to fish reasonable to good. Some evenings
have been borderline great while the daytimes have been average.
Caddis, Pale Evening/Morning Duns and a few Salmon Flies/Goldens
are the fare. Evening rises while not gauranteed have been
pretty good in select zones. A well presented X-Caddis, Sparkle
Dun or Parachute pattern to rising fish have produced. Daytime
nymphing has been average as a general rule - The Stonefly
nymph and dropper nymph combo is a usual. Pat's Stones and
a variety of droppers such as the PMD Bubbleback, Halo Prince
and CDC Soft Hackle have been producers. Streamers , especially
in the evening have produced some great fish like the one
at the top of the page.
daytime has been a bit slow but the fishing in the evening
has been average to good. Pale Evening Duns and Caddis to
rising fish if you find them. Nymphing otherwise with a
bit of Stremer action at low light.
Bugs... #14 X-Caddis, #16 Transition PMD nymph, #4 Dali
LLama for the streamer.
Fishing is the best towards the evening, lots of smaller fish
recently. Most action has been nymphing with the quintessential
Pats stone and an occasional caddis pupa or prince take.
Overall the fishing has been "alright"
Caddis on the Yakima. Avg to Good fishing depending on time
river is good to go! Good Caddis in the Lower Canyon. Fishing
is great, catching is OK. Best approach has been with the
nymph other then some isolated spots with the dry.
on current weather patterns and the forcast, it looks as though
we are back on track for some Yakima Fishing. Will keep you
as though the Yakima will be 'outa sorts' for quite awhile.....
NWS in Pendleton has issued a flood warning for: west central
kittitas county in central Washington,
Until 330 pm pdt Sunday Water from the yakima river as well
as big and little creeks will continue through flow through
the elk meadows subdivision about 6 miles northwest of cle
elum. Persons living in the area report water flowing over
the road in the vicinity of heron drive and night hawk lane.
The water has come up quickly today with some water flowing
under a few houses in the vicinity of mcelroy. The high water
levels are due to rapid snowmelt and also increased releases
from the upstream dams on the yakima river. The very warm
temperatures are expected to continue until Sunday when a
weather system will bring cooler and some rain to the region.
Precautionary/preparedness actions, A flood warning means
flooding is occurring or is imminent. Most flood related deaths
occur in automobiles. Do not attempt to cross water covered
bridges, dips, or low water crossings. Never try to cross
a flowing stream, even a small one, on foot. To escape rising
water move up to higher ground.
river is on its way OUT. One tip - The Upper Columbia does
not blow out and is fishing good!
fishing based on conditions and weather lately. Lot's of Bugs....?
fishing lately is with the nymph and streamer, with some isolated
zones of dry fly fishing! Where we have found fish eating
on the surface, they have been willing to eat a well presented
Skwala pattern. Bugs de Jour are list above in the chart.
Clarity is good throughout the system and the forecast looks
to show the river coming up a bit, but definitely no issue.
Best Streamer - #4 Dark Vader
Dry - #10 Bullet head Skwala
Nymphs - #14-16 Lightning Bugs, Spanker, Formerly Known As
/ # 6-8 Stone Nymphs
its been a bit breezy the Lower Canyon has been decent fishing
considering the clarity which is about 1.5-2 feet. Peak
water temps on the river have been reaching 46.5 degrees
by about 5 PM daily and dropping nearly 5 degrees nightly.
are currently around 3000 cfs at Umtanum and are forecasted
to be on a steady drop for the next 5 days. Best bugs have
been on the small side: Purple Prince sz 16, Bead head Flashback
Pheasant Tail sz 14 and San Juans here and there. Lower
water clarity fishing requires the small bugs 'to get in
their face' for results. Fish your spot thoroughly.
will be in the Farmlands manana and give you a report.
river is on a straight drop .... sould be 'Good to Go' throughout
the entire river in the next 24 hours. The river above the
Teanaway is good to go, now!
duty throughout the river currently. The best clarity is above
the Teanaway. We still have bugs throughout the system but
clarity is POOR to NADA is you head downstream from the Teanaway.
to fish goooood...With both the dry and the nymph. Reasonable
to good hatches of March Browns, Blue Wings and Skwala. See
below for the best bugs lately.
a broken record....... The river is in GREAT shape. The
predominant tactic has been nymphing recently but there
is dedinitely some dry fly fishing to be had in the right
zone and at the right time. The Upper Farmlands have the
aforementioned Dry Fly MOJO in the afternoon for sure.
listed below, the Blue Wings continue to show and the March
Brown's have made an appearance and should blossom sooner
then later. The upcoming weather shows high temps next and
most likely we will see a rise in water levels starting
around the 29th.
entire river is in beautiful shape right now,
and fishing is good! We are seeing more and more BWO's daily,
and sporadic March Browns. Dry flying is ok in the right
places at the right times with the Skwala.
nymphs lately are the Hand Tied Skwala, Pat's Stones, and
an assortment of size 14 through 18 Mayfly nymphs like the
Bubbleback BWO and CDC Pheasant Tail. Look for the BWO's
to light up on the next warm calm day.
the river has dropped and cleared considerably the last 24
hours. Nymphing with stones and worms was and will be the
way to fish until we receive less volume and more visibility,
which is currently four feet and green above the Teanaway
and about two and a half and green below. Find relief when
We have cancelled our boats for today and manana - Monday
is in a hold pattern - If your itching to go fishing, the
Upper Columbia is in GREAT shape.
fishing the past two days. The river below the Teanaway is
in bad shape and gets worse as you head down stream based
on contributing streams. That being said, stabilization looks
to be on the horizon. More reports to follow.
river above the Teanaway is definitely fish-able....The
river below, not so good. Fishing today above the Teanaway
has been slow to average. The Teanaway should start to drop
in the next 4 days based on forecasts. Will keep you posted.
dry fly fishing has been good to great
the past couple day......Looks like it should be good the
next few days as well. Best pattern - A #10 Bullet Head
have been on the river from top to bottom. The best dry
fly zones have been in the Lower Canyon, Upper Farmlands
and the Upper Flatlands.
last report....We have a slight little weather change for
today and manana....'Ain't nothing but a thing"
2013 brings us anglers another pre-runoff trout season on
the Yakima and since late January, the fishing has been great.
So far the river has given us conditions which one can't complain
about. So far this winter, the snowpack has been normal, somewhere
from 95-100% of normal pack, the reservoirs are full for another
summer irrigation season, the Groundhog stayed out, and weather
and water temperatures have been ideal. With conditions returning
to some assemblance of normalcy this year, we're all optimistic
and hopeful to see another awesome Skwala season, and so far,
it has been productive for the angler who fishes their fly
with purpose. Later this month should hopefully bring an early
spring with Blue Winged Olives and March Browns hatching up
and down the system with consistency. Nymphing this season
so far has been great with an array of different Stonefly
imitations in sizes 6-10, like the Twenty Incher, the Rubberlegs
in Olive and Brown, and Tan, and hand tied Skwala nymph imitations.
BWO patterns like the WD-40 and Flashback Pheasant Tail have
been fishing in sizes 16, and 18 along with Midge Pupa patterns
like the Brassie and the Zebra Midge in sizes 18, 20, and
22. The favorite dries lately have been hand tied Bullethead
Skwala patterns and Smaller Olive Chernobyls for the low light
evenings. When hatch fishing starts, flies like Bubbleback
BWO's, D&D Cripples, March Brown Soft Hackles and Purple
Cripples will all play when there are rythmically rising fish.
When water rises and colors, San Juan worms take trout readily
under an indicator.
The Eastern Washington March 1st lake opener brought lots
of good reports from fly anglers across the basin from locales
such as the Seeps Lakes, Nunnally, Lenice, Dusty, and the
Quincy Lakes. Fly anglers found success with Chironimids rigs
suspended under release indicators, and trollers found success
with lots of different leech, and bugger patterns with full
sinking, and Intermediate lines. Find the contours of the
lake shore, and definition in and around islands, bays, and
shelves, and you should find fish. Many of these lakes are
within an hour or an hour and fifteen minute drive from anywhere
in the county, and weekdays can find you all alone in one
of the most scenic places in the state, the Columbia Basin.
has been about the same; The dry fly fishing has definitely
increased during the afternoons until dark in the Lower Canyon.
is still solid up and down the whole river, afternoons have
been the ticket until dusk with many different varieties of
Skwala renditions. Standouts are the "Home Brew Skwala,"
the 20 Incher, and Brown and Olive Pats. Thinner profile BWO
nymphs have been catching a few trout as well in 18s and 16s.
There a few adult Skwalas out and about, but look for the
adult fishing to pick up in a big way the next two weeks!
Streamer fishing lost its mojo the last week in our opinion.
- Good fishing. We actually have seen a few Skwala Adults!
fishing .... end of story; See below for specifics. Don't forget
the streamer as well.....see photo above. Stop by the shop to
pick up your streamer needs.
the last week has been average to great for healthy, pre spawn
trout. We have been in the Canyon, Farmlands, and upriver, and
fishing has been uncomplainable throughout. Swinging streamers
has still been a great method lately in the a.m. and midday especially,
and nymphing your usual stones, worms, brassies, PT's and Wd-40s
the right places at the right times is good! Skwala nymph movement
is on the fringe, and the warmer temps. the last week have helped
to progress the hatch.
river is peaked and falling at about 1900 cfs at umtanum, look for
the next five days to be great nymphing with this mix up and warmer
daytime temps, especially when weather stabilizes again. Stones,
worms, and streamers both retrieved and swung in corners and cushions
of relief should produce early February bows
has bumped up and gotten dirtier especially from the Teanaway
confluence down. Based on the Northwest forecast center we should
see everything drop and most likely clear - We will keep you updated.
fishing with this warming trend.....
De Jour -
nymphs and San Juan Worms
on the retrieve or on the swing
cold snap can make things a bit tough. Some of the best fishing
during these conditions will be right in the heat of the day with
Down low in the Lower Canyon is choked up with ice. The Farmlands
have some ice choking but not too bad. From Thorp upstream the river
is pretty clear.
the current cold snap is not so good - A little abrupt.
recent cold snap didn't affect the fishing....It affected the angler!
Fishing remains solid. Lot's of ice breaking on the guides but fishing
is definitely worthy. Make sure to wear the right gear and the fishing
can be stellar. The 'perfect winter' day starts out at 30 degrees
and tops out at 38 degrees.
tactics continue to include the streamer (both swung or retrieved)
and the nymphing.
variety of Streamers have been productive lately - #4-8 Woolhead
Sculpins, Sculpzillas, Seal Buggers,
1) Streamer fishing by foot includes but not limited to...
techniques with a down and across cast and a couple steps in between
each cast. 'Likely water is Likely water' but if the angler is
able to swing into slower water that has some depth, this can
be very productive in the winter. Combine the above scenario with
a shelf or drop off leading into the slower deeper water and POW
- This can be awesome
FYI - Slower deeper water might be the difference between 2 feet
of fast riffle water transitioning to a 4 foot deep trough of
walking speed agua.
Streamer fishing from the boat - Many western guides would find
this technique to be a favorite. It is both exciting and challenging.
One of the favorite techniqes from the boat would be to drift
the boat basically at the same speed as the given current while
the angler quarters back upstream and then retrieves the fly at
a genrally slow rate but can be mixed up with faster retrieves.
- The proverbial tandem nymph rig on the Yakima is a #6-10 Stonefly
nymph and a smaller Caddis, Mayfly or Attractor nymph in the #14-18
size range. (PT's, Lightning Bugs, Princes and variations of, etc).
We fish this combo anywhere from 2-6 ft below the bobber to he first
fly - The Stone Nymph Favorite Stone nymph patterns include - Pats
Stones, Marthas Stone, Kingrey's, Jimmy Legs.
fish on the urface can be accomplished if the angler is patient
and in the right zone at the right time. There has been some midging
fish this winter and there will be more as we go forward. Typically
the best time of day for surface activity will be between 2 and
4:30. Often times the pattern is not that critical as long as it
is 'close' to the size of the midge. Generally a #20-22 Para Midge
in black will suffice. More critical will be the drag free presentation
in the trout's feeding lane. This is extremely difficult when you
can't see the fly. Adding a visible point fly and utilizing the
drag mend can be helpful.
to the nymph and the dry fly; remember this... None of the above is
important unless you are presenting the fly correctly which is generally
in a 'drag free' fashion and putting the fly in their feeding lane,
which is not always next to the bank as we so often here. At this
time of year watch for mid river shelves, seamlines and the like.
about 20 years now we have promoted the winter early spring (Dec -
March) as some great fishing. Every day is different but currently
the fishing is goooood on the Yakima.Streamers
and nymphs have been the ticket.
Best streamer lately - #6 Supper Yummy, #6-8 Sulpzilla, #6 Wool Head
Best nymphs lately - #10 Brown/Black Pats, #16-18 Lightning Bugs,
WD 40's and the #14 Catch All